Hart & Soul Weekend 2019

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Hart & Soul Weekend is back and better than ever!

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Sweet Soul Music & Great Dancing!

Hart & Soul Weekend is a weekend devoted to good soul music and great dancing. Take classes from world-class instructors during the day and dance to awesome music all evening! We are bringing back our favorite, headlining band, “Booyah”, who are phenomenal musicians. They are the gem of the Hartford music scene. We invite you to come to Hartford and party like we do!

  • 8 hours of soul dance classes featuring LaTasha Barnes & Javier Johnson - All levels; No partner required
  • DJ'd dancing on Friday Night
  • Live Band on Saturday Night featuring Booyah!
  • Sunday Afternoon send off at a local restaurant (Optional)


LaTasha Barnes: Latasha "Tasha" Barnes is an internationally acclaimed and awarded dancer, educator, coach and ambassador of culture from Richmond, VA. Globally celebrated for her musicality, athleticism and joyful presence throughout the cultural traditions she bears, which include: House, Hip Hop, Waacking, Vernacular Jazz and Lindy Hop. Her expansive artistic, competitive and performative skills have made her a frequent collaborator to Dorrance Dance, Singapore based Timbre Arts Group, Caleb Teicher & Co., Ephrat Asherie Dance and many international Urban Arts and Jazz/Lindy Hop festivals like Summer Dance Forever and Paris Jazz Roots Festival. Accolades and accomplishments aside, Tasha's forever purpose is to inspire fellow artists and art enthusiasts to cultivate an authentic sense of self in their creative expressions and daily lives.

Javier Johnson: Javier is a rocket scientist by trade, and he brings a powerful analytical sense which joins the mechanics of dance and the soul of expression. He is well versed in all the swing dances, but specializes in Balboa and Soul. As an international swing dance instructor, he's traveled around the world sharing his joy of teaching and his passion for jazz dances. He was the founding member of Lindy Circle (Now CT Swing Dance Society/Hartford Underground) back in 2007. He wanted to create a space where folks could get down and have some serious fun.


Friday, October 25th (Location TBD)

  • 8PM-12AM: Epic DJ'd Dance

Saturday, October 26th (Locations TBD)

  • 10AM-5PM: Soul Dance Classes*
  • 8PM-12AM: Booyah! Live Soul Music & Dancing

Sunday, October 27th (Locations TBD)

  • 11AM-4PM: Soul Dance Classes*
  • 4:30PM (Optional): Send off at a local restaurant

*Class Descriptions coming Mid-August


Since there are so many ways to be soulful, we strive to offer participants a variety learning opportunities. Each class is a unique window into the soul of dancing. Class descriptions will be coming soon, as our staff is working on coming up with the right balance of sweet and spicy grooves.


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