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Tranky Doo Class with Hep Jen
The Tranky Doo is a solo jazz dance routine from the 1940s that is currently experiencing a big revival.
Learn it and join in the fun!

*Updated Dates*
2-week class on Thursdays: January 25 and February 1, 2018 from 7-9pm. (4 hours total)

Cost for the 2-week (4 hours total) class is $60 in advance, $75 at the door (only if space is available).
Pre-registration is highly recommended. Class will be limited to 14 people.

* Tranky Doo Class (2-week series, 4 hours total): $60

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 7-9pm, and
Thursday, February 1, 2018, 7-9pm.



Location of the Tranky Doo Class:

WestSide Art House
540 Balboa Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.
In the Inner Richmond district of San Francisco.


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On the 31-Balboa MUNI route. Close to routes 5, 33, 38, and 44.
Metered (and non-metered) street parking. If you will be driving,
please allow a few minutes to find parking.


About the Tranky Doo:

The Tranky Doo was choreographed by Pepsi Bethel in the 1940s. Full of challenging high-energy steps, the Tranky Doo was saved from obscurity by the dance documentary "The Spirit Moves". There is also another version of the Tranky Doo choreographed by Frankie Manning. The Tranky Doo is known for a great deal of improvisation within its structure (more so than other line dances like the Shim Sham). While the Tranky Doo was originally choreographed to a 32-bar swing music structure, it is most often danced to Chick Webb's "The Dipsy Doodle", featuring Ella Fitzgerald.

This class is Intermediate Level and up. Class will move at a fast pace.
Some prior knowledge of swing line dances (the Shim Sham, Jitterbug Stroll, etc.) and solo jazz steps is recommended.

Check out this clip from "The Spirit Moves" of Pepsi Bethel, Al Minns, and Leon James dancing the Tranky Doo:



Here's another Tranky Doo clip in later years featuring Al Minns and Leon James:




Interested in more dance classes?
Check out Hep Jen's Swing & Lindy Hop Class Schedule.