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Hart & Soul is back in CT

October 25th to 27th, 2019

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 invite you to come to Hartford and party like we do.

  • 8 hours of soul dance classes featuring LaTasha Barnes, Javier Johnson, and Mike Legenthal — All levels, No partner required
  • DJ’d dancing on Friday Night
  • Live band on Saturday night featuring Wurliday
  • Sunday afternoon send off at a local restaurant (optional)


LaTasha Barnes

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 Connecticut Swing Dance Society / Hartford Underground) back in 2007. He wanted to create a space where folks could get down and have some serious fun.

Mike Legenthal

Mike is a passionate aficionado of jazz and blues dances, known all over the world for her teaching skills, beautiful following, and expressive dancing. A full time blues and jazz instructor since 2007, she has been honored to teach at international events like BluesShout, Lindy Focus, and Korea Blues Camp.  Some of her past awards included placing in invitational/champion/all-star competitions, but the award she treasures most is the Keith Shapiro Memorial Award for community contribution. She brings both vibrant energy and technical precision to the classroom, and strives to make every social dance the best experience possible. Mike’s ultimate goal as a teacher is to help her students fall in love with the music and the movement of dance, and to help them develop themselves into better movers, thinkers, and partners in pursuit of that love.




TimeClassroom AClassroom B
10:00-11:30 This is Home: Sometimes It’s Okay to Be Basic
A class on the fundamentals of less is more. Often times, folks start out doing way too much in a disconnected manner, and we’d like to start them out with some simple movements to help them get started.
Instructors: LaTasha & Javier
Instructor: Mike
Instructor: LaTasha
How to Get Stuck in a Groove
Can we traverse from sweet to some super funky poly rhythmic grooves to challenge them to settle into some repetitive movements to match the grooves?
Instructors: Mike & Javier
3:15-4:45Soul Train or Electric Slide
Instructors: LaTasha, Mike, & Javier


TimeClassroom AClassroom B
11:00-12:30 Hips and Wiggly
Instructors: Mike & Dan
Layaway Choreo
Instructor: Javier
Instructors: LaTasha & Javier

Instructor: Mike
Instructor: LaTasha
Slow Jams!
Let’s play around with “Grown folks music” and see if we can get people to dance with expression and not be creepy.
Instructors: Mike & Javier



Hailing from Albany, NY, Wurliday brings together some of the most exciting, dynamic musicians in the live music scene for a lively injection of soul-funk goodness, direct to your ears. The group led by guitarist/songwriter Justin Henricks, and fronted by vocalist Ilana Morris brings forth a new take on combining funk, soul, and songwriting. Behind the vocalists, their rhythm section packs two guitars, bass, drums, and screaming organ that is sure to have you dancing all night long.

Wurliday has been making their way onto the scene in a big way having shared stages with legendary acts such as The Meters, EnVogue, and more. Their latest release, ‘Bedtime Blazer Vol. II’ is the conclusion of a two EP collaboration project that features special guests Jennifer Hartswick, Girl Blue, and Steve Swatkins to name a few. Bedtime Blazer was recorded and produced by Alan Evans (Soulive) at his Iron Wax Studio in Millers Falls, MA.



  • Friday, Oct 25
    • 8pm-12am: Epic DJ’d Dance, Location TBD
  • Saturday, Oct 26
    • 10am-4:45pm: Soul Dance Classes*
    • 8pm-12am: Wurliday Live Soul Music and Dancing
  • Sunday, Oct 27
    • 11am-4pm: Soul Dance Classes*
    • 4:30pm- : Send Off at a Local Restaurant, Optional

*Class descriptions coming soon


Full Pass: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” (I’m at Hart & Soul!)Only available until 10/9!$135
Full Pass: “Love Train” (Ticket to Hart & Soul)10/10-10/26$145
Day Pass: Saturday (includes Sat. night dance)$80
Day Pass: Sunday$70
All Dance Pass (Friday and Saturday night)$30
Friday Night Dance$15
Saturday Night Dance$25

**Military ID, Active college student ID, or Senior discounts available. Group rates available. Contact social@hartfordunderground.com for details.

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