Top Hat & Tales

November Top Hat and Tales


In this newsletter:


  • Spooky Blast Halloween Party!

  • Masterclass Intensive, Guest Artist and Specialty Workshop Series

  • Text Notification Program

  • Special Dates of Interest

  • Class Cancellations




This past Saturday we hosted our annual "Spooky Blast Halloween Party" for the students of our Youth and Special Needs Programs. The party was a tremendous success and a wonderful time was had by all. We had fun activities included a make-your-own slime table, witch hat ring toss, make-your-own picture frame, and learning the "Ghostbusters" dance.


Pictures from the event will be available on our Facebook page in the coming days. 




What is this you ask? Well let us explain.  Many of you will remember the Masterclass Intensive Workshop that was taught in April by Daniel.  We received such positive feedback on the workshop that we have developed a new Masterclass Intensive, Guest Artist and Specialty Workshop curriculum.  These classes will be scheduled on a monthly basis throughout the course of the year.  Each class will focus on a specialized topic and a targeted area of dance.  Through this new program, we aim to elevate our students learning and dance ability.  Some of the classes will be specific to the youth program and some the adult program.  However, most of the planned workshops will be designed to accommodate all Top Hat students.  Read below for a description of each category of classes as well as the schedule for 2020!


Masterclass Intensive


Top Hat instructors have the honor of being invited to studios and dance events around the country to teach intensive workshop weekends. The question was posed to us, “why not have an intensive workshop at Top Hat?” Hence, the catalyst for this program.  The Masterclass Intensive series will be workshops taught by one of Top Hat’s in-house instructors and will occur at 3 intervals throughout the year.  The format of the class will be a progressive workshop increasing in difficulty as the workshop develops. The workshop will be divided into three segments or time slots: 2:00 - 3:30 pm; Break; 4:00 - 5:30 pm; Break; 6:00 - 7:00 pm. The next Masterclass Intensive will be taught by Jameson Kilburn on January 25, 2020.  Watch for specific details to follow.


Guest Artist Workshop


The Guest Artist Workshops will be taught by instructors that we invite into the studio, similar to the Salsa workshops with Edwin and Ahtoy that we hosted in September.  These workshops are designed to give the students training and a perspective of dance from someone outside of the studio.  As reminiscent from our childhood or to anyone who has children…a child (student) will usually accept suggestions, teaching and feedback much better from an outsider than they do from their own parent (teacher.)  Even though said person has presented the identical information before.  Hum?  We look forward to inviting all of the Guest Artists to Top Hat.  The first Guest Artist Workshop will be held on February 15, 2020.  Watch for specific details to follow.


Specialty Workshop


Think of the Specialty Workshop as a mini-workshop designed to target a specific area of dance, for example, spotting, conditioning, etc.  These classes will be scheduled periodically throughout the year to coincide with various happenings of the year.  The first Specialty Workshop will be held on January 11, 2020, taught by our own Beth Grutzmacher and will be a body conditioning and strengthening class.  There will be a class for the youth students at 4:30 pm with the class for the adult students immediately following at 5:30 pm.  Watch for specific details to follow.



For more detailed information on each class and for the class schedule, click on the link below:





To our new students and parents, stay informed with all class cancellations, party notifications and special offers. Text "THDS" to 57711. This is the fastest way to receive information about class cancellations during inclement weather.




Top Hat Dance Studio's 25th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Party, our favorite party of the year, is once again upon us. The Top Hat Thanksgiving Dinner Party is the most anticipated party of the year. This annual tradition is the day when we celebrate the year with our Top Hat family. Top Hat provides the turkey and we invite everyone to bring a dish to share. A sign-up sheet is on the front desk at the studio. If you are planning to attend, please sign your name and indicate what you will be bringing along with how many people will be joining you. Your family is welcome to join the Top Hat family for the dinner.


***Very Important***


Once again, we are limiting the dinner portion of the evening only to students who have participated in studio activities (parties, private lessons or group classes) throughout this current year. If you are unsure if you have been to a studio function in 2019, kindly contact the studio and we can check our computer records. Everyone else is invited to join us for the party after dinner at 9:00 pm. There is no charge for those coming to dinner. The dance party alone is $15.00 for those who are joining for that portion only. The party will be held this year on November 23. Dinner will begin at 7:00 pm and the dance party will begin at 9:00 pm.




November 7:  Country six-week session begins!

November 9: Flingin’ Swing n’ Hustle Dance Party!

November 23: Thanksgiving Dinner Party!

November 26: West Coast Swing six-week session begins!

November 28: Happy Thanksgiving!




November 28-December 1: All classes are cancelled!


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

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