Coming to the Tiger Rag classes is the best way to learn to swing dance in Memphis.  Our four-week progressive lessons on Wednesdays are taught at Madison Dance Studio at Minglewood Plaza in Midtown Memphis.  You never need a partner, and no previous experience is required for our beginner classes.  We offer a fun, friendly, and inclusive learning environment, and our curriculum includes something for everyone. 

Our classes offer:

  • Friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced instructors that are passionate about teaching dance.
  • Progressive classes to help you build and develop your skills every week of the month.
  • New sessions beginning the first Wednesday of the month, and the first monthly class is FREE.
  • Online class registrations and discounts.
  • Free admission coupon to our Friday night dance for our students.

Beginner Classes

Our beginner classes are geared for brand-new dancers or those who have been dancing for less than six months. The same material is taught the first two weeks, with varying moves illustrated the last two weeks, allowing dancers to re-take the same class multiple times and always learn new things.

Continuing Classes

These classes, when offered, are for dancers who feel confident in their basic dance steps and would like to move to the next level.


First class of the month: Free! 
Monthly rate: $35 if you register in advance (before the second class), $45 at the door.
Student rate: $25 if you register in advance, $45 at the door.
Bring-a-friend rate: $25/each for two people!
Repeater special: $25 if you have attended the same beginner class before

You can pay by Paypal (includes a small processing fee), or by cash, check, or credit card on the first or second week of class.

Upcoming Classes

December 2016: We will not be having Tiger Rag classes in December.  Check back in 2017 for our next round of classes.  In the meantime, we do offer private lessons for individuals, couples, or groups.  Contact us for more information!

November 2016, 7-8 PM: Beginner Lindy Hop with Josephine and Jason:  Come learn the original swing dance that started in the 1920's and 30's.  We'll cover the fundamental footwork, lead-and-follow technique, and basic moves that will get you started on the dance floor, and add new moves every week.  We always cover the essential moves (swing out from open and closed, Lindy circle) and teach a variety of new moves each month.  This class is appropriate for absolute beginners, as well as those who would like to build up their repertoire of moves. 

Other Classes

  • We teach a beginner lesson before our dances at Club Rumba on Friday evenings.
  • The University of Memphis Swing Club offers lessons and dances on Mondays.  Please see their Facebook page for more information.