Top Hat & Tales

January Top Hat and Tales


In this newsletter:


  • Specialty Workshop Series: Body Conditioning with Beth Grutzmacher, January 11

  • Masterclass Workshop Series:  Musicality and Music Theory with Jameson Kilburn, January 25

  • Adult Tap Resumes February 1

  • Belly Dance Classes are back at THDS

  • New Thursday Night Salsa Classes Added for the New Year

  • Text Notification Program

  • Special Dates of Interest

  • Class Cancellations





On Saturday, January 11, we will hold our next Specialty Workshop Series.  This workshop will focus on Body Conditioning taught by Top Hat’s own Beth Grutzmacher.  This workshop will be structured in a Barre Fitness format and is designed to develop body strength and stamina. In addition, the workshop will focus on core strength and centering.  This type of work is essential for students looking to excel in a higher level of dancing and to encourage a strong foundation for body movement. 


Barre fitness is a hybrid workout class- combining ballet-inspired moves with elements of Pilates, dance, yoga and strength training.  Most classes incorporate a ballet barre and use classic dance movements such as plies, alongside static stretches.  Barre also focuses on high reps of small range movements.  Barre is a perfect way for dancers of all levels to increase strength, flexibility and range of motion.


There will be a class for our youth students at 4:30 pm followed by a class for the adult students at 5:30 pm.   Classes for all students are $20.00 per person.  It is highly recommended to pre-register for this class in order to reserve your spot. 


Looking ahead, be sure to mark your calendars for our next Masterclass Intensive with Jameson Kilburn coming on Saturday, January 25.  Details will follow shortly.


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





Are you looking forward to the next instalment of our Masterclass Series?  We are!  Join us on Saturday, January 25 as Jameson Kilburn hosts a Masterclass Theory on Musicality and Music Theory.  Jameson will demystify the juggernaut that is expressing musicality through dance.  There will be three distinct, yet cohesive workshops included in this series.  First, from 2:00-3:00 pm, Music Theory for Dancers; then from 3:30-5:00 pm West Coast Swing Musicality and finally from 5:30-7:00 pm Hustle Musicality. 


The package price for this incredible workshop series is $60.00 per person.  Pre-registration is highly recommended!!   For further information or to register contact the studio at 215-676-3100 or





On February 1, the sounds of shuffles and slaps will once again be heard in the studio as the Adult Tap Class resumes.  After a brief hiatus this fall, we are anxious to have the class back on the studio roster.  If you have wanted to add tap to your dance repertoire and have not had the opportunity, now is your chance.  Join us on Saturday, February 1 at 1:00 pm. 





Belly Dance Classes are coming back to Top Hat beginning Wednesday, February 5 at 8:00 pm! We are happy to have Special Guest instructor Heni Glant sharing her knowledge with our students.

Heni takes a natural approach to the class by teaching students to trust their bodies and learn how to connect with the music. This method of learning, using movement and feeling more than choreography, will be extremely useful to all students. Belly dancing provides a high level of body awareness, and basic techniques, isolation and learning to let the music become one with the dancer and then allowing the music to move their body!

This special series will run for 6-weeks and is only $75.00 for six weeks. Pre-registration is strongly suggested for the class. Drop-in rates are available, pending space allotment, at a rate of $15.00 per class.





The Rumberitos Salsa program at Top Hat Dance Studio continues to grow every month.  To accommodate such growth and at the request of the students, we are adding two more classes on Thursday evenings.  At 6:00 pm there will be a Level 1 Salsa on 2 class.  This class is designed for students who cannot attend the class on Sunday, or for those who would like additional reinforcement in the beginning stages of their learning.  At 7:00 pm there will be an Intermediate Salsa with Styling class.  This class is for students who have progressed into the Level 2 class, feel comfortable with their footwork, and would like to start adding style and flair to their dance.  Arm styling, optional footwork and body movement are just a few of the topics that will be covered in this class.  It is designed to take your dancing to the next level. The new classes begin on Thursday, January 16!  We look forward to seeing you then!


Just a reminder that the Salsa/Bachata classes changed their start time on December 8. Salsa 1 and 2 are now held at 3:30 pm with Bachata immediately following at 4:30 pm. Please make a note of the time change. 


For your convenience and proficiency, we have added a teacher-guided Salsa practice session on Sundays at 5:30 pm.  The practice session is an excellent opportunity to practice what you just learned in class under the guidance of the Rumberitos Salsa teachers.  The practice session is open to all salsa students for only $5.00. 




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.




January 1:  Happy New Year!

January 11:  Specialty Workshop Series:  Body Conditioning

January 11:  Flingin’ Swing n’ Hustle Dance Party!

January 16:  NEW Thursday Night Salsa Classes begin today!

January 19:  Salsa/Bachata six-week session begins. 

January 20:  Hustle six-week session begins.

January 21:  West Coast Swing six-week session begins.

January 25:  Masterclass Workshop series:  Jameson Kilburn

January 25:  California Mix Dance Party!




January 1:  Happy New Year! 

January 12: No Salsa or Bachata classes today!



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

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