Top Hat & Tales

In this newsletter:


  • West Coast Swing In-Person Classes return on June 22!

  • Group Class and Dance Party Policies at THDS

  • Dance Parties Coming Soon: Stay Tuned

  • Spring Showcase UPDATE

  • Mid-Term Youth Hip Hop and Salsa Workshops

  • Youth Summer Dance Camp

  • Take Advantage of Adult Classes Offered at THDS

  • Special Dates of Interest


We are very happy to announce that we will be resuming in-person West Coast Swing classes at THDS on Tuesday, June 22 at 7:00 pm with Jameson Kilburn.  Come join us for the long-anticipated return of this class and get back into the “swing” of things. 

The West Coast Swing class will be offered in an all-levels format and conducted in such a way as to accommodate dancers of various dance levels.  If you have classes remaining on your account from prior to the suspension of the classes, they are still on your account and may be used upon your return. We look forward to welcoming all of you back to the studio and enjoying this class favorite. 


With the reinstatement of our group classes and forthcoming dance parties at the studio, we want to inform everyone of our policies.  To accommodate various comfort levels, all group classes and dance parties will be mask-optional.  We adopted this policy in the fall with the reopening of the youth program and private lessons and it has been very successful.  In group classes, all participants will be asked to rotate partners as we have done in the past.  We do not want to leave anyone out.  Not having a partner, should not discredit a student from participation in a class. 

With regards to vaccinated versus non-vaccinated persons, we feel that this is a private decision entitled to each person.  In accordance with HIPPA laws and privacy acts, students will not be asked their vaccination status, nor will they be required to show proof of vaccination.  We feel it is unethical, bordering on illegal to ask someone of their private medical condition.  We strongly ask all students to respect the privacy of each other and not discuss this information while in the studio. 

Over the last nine months, we have received highly complimented reviews on the cleanliness of the studio as well as our attention to safe practices.  We will continue with these policies as we reopen group classes and dance parties. 

We look forward to having all of you grace our dance floor again soon!


Watch for an announcement on our next California Mix Dance Party!  Date to be announced shortly!


Our annual Spring Showcase is this Saturday, June 5, 2021.  Showtime is 4:00 pm.  We currently only have 25% of tickets remaining.  ALL tickets will be available through our ticketing portal. Tickets will be sold at the door, based on availability.  If you are purchasing the “Live-Steam” show ticket, please take note that the ticket is one ticket per household or IP address.  Multiple devices can access the show in one household.  However, in order to gain “Live Stream” access in multiple locations, you will need to purchase additional “Live Stream” tickets. 


At Top Hat, spring means preparing for our annual Spring Showcase. However, there are a number of new dancers who would like to start class. While it is too late for them to jump in to the showcase, we have prepared a special program just for them.

With current situations as they are, we have received numerous phone calls and emails from parents looking to enroll their children in dance class. At Top Hat every child that wants to, should have the opportunity to dance. Therefore, we are releasing our Mid-Term Dance Workshop Series.

This workshop series is designed for new dancers to begin dance classes without having to wait until the fall semester. We will be offering two class styles in this series.  For ages (7-10) we are offering an introduction to hip-hop and salsa classes. Both classes will give dancers the best start with an introduction to movement and dance skills in their particular style.

Both classes will be presented in 7-week sessions:

Hip Hop Workshop- Mondays, starting June 21 at 7:00 pm

Salsa Workshop- Wednesdays, starting June 23 at 7:00 pm

7-Weeks only $90.00 per session
or $160.00 for both sessions


Are you looking for a fun activity for your children this summer? Have they been cooped up in the house for too many months? Our Youth Summer Dance Camp is perfect for keeping children's dance skills honed during the summer break. It is also an excellent opportunity for curious dancers to get their feet wet.


Top Hat Dance Studio is excited to offer our annual Youth Summer Dance Camp again this year. There will be two weeks of Summer Camp, offered on July 19-23 and July 26-30, 2021, from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Summer Camp tuition is $150.00 per child for one week, or $250.00 for both weeks. (multi-child discounts available.)


To register your child for Youth Summer Dance Camp, click the button below.


As we gradually re-open THDS for in-person classes, be sure to take advantage of all of the classes that we offer in our Adult Program

Monday: Line Dance with Dara Johnston (Live-Stream Only)

Tuesday:  West Coast Swing with Jameson Kilburn (All-Levels)                                                               Wednesday:  Belly Dance with Heni Glant (All-Levels)

Thursday:  Salsa on2 and Bachata with Jose Maldonado



​June 5: Spring Showcase 25th Anniversary Show:  Version 2.1

June 6:  Tantz Recital

June 21:  Mid-Term Youth Hip Hop Workshop Begins

June 22:  West Coast Swing In-Person Classes Begin

June 23:  Mid-Term Youth Salsa Workshop Begins

For further information, please contact the studio at 215-676-3100 or

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