We're moving to the Elks Performing Arts Center !

Dear Friends of the Nest,
We’re writing to let you know that we’ll be moving out of our studio. Tomorrow, Halloween is our last day and we're having a blowout swing dance. But, never fear, the Flying Nest is migrating to a new location- The Elks Performing Arts Center. More on that later but for right now….
I want to reflect on all the dance, community and connection that has happened at Flying Nest for the last two and a half years. The studio became the place for all stripes of movement arts and hosted a variety of workshops from healing modalities to martial arts to tango. It fostered the start of several vibrant social dance communities from Lindy Hop Swing to Salsa/Bachata, Ecstatic Dance, African, Hip Hop, Flamenco, Belly Dance, more people in Prescott are now dancing, with each other.
I’ve loved teaching Dance Skills for Humankind with Breanna Rogers every Wednesday since we opened. It’s been a time and place for all ages of people to explore art through the immediacy of the body. And maybe most importantly, it affirms how dancing together builds community. 
We’ve rehearsed many hours in the studio with the newly formed Ævium, a women’s intergenerational dance group, for our Arizona Commission on the Arts sponsored project “Intimacy with Disappearance.”
The Lindy Hop/Swing classes have taken off ! Earl and Monique are doing a great job there with 3 sections and open dances now happening. Several local bands have seen our dancers and have approached Earl to work with them on hosting live music/dance events.
We have hosted artists from around the world for performances and workshops.  We’ve done Acker Night and Girl’s Summer Dance Camp for two years. Lot’s of great events have happened. So a BIG thank you to everyone who has taught or taken a class or watched a performance. Your energy collectively made it happen. The Flying Nest is not a place, it’s people in movement.
I know that Movement and Art Spaces are important to the health and resilience of a community. We want to see more, not less spaces for art in Prescott. So it is sad to give up this sweet space. And particularly so, since the space has been a yoga and dance studio for at least 20 years under several names. I honor the history of the space and the good long run of staying in business for the Movement Arts. 

It is bittersweet for Earl and I to let the studio go because we love the space and the people who gather there, but all the overhead associated with running a studio pushed us to reevaluate our priorities. It became increasingly difficult to pay the rent. The Elks Performing Arts Center with its new facility is more attractive to us and many others. We look forward to moving our classes to the Elks PAC and letting go of the many details of running a studio. We’re grateful to have a new and beautiful space to teach from and look forward to seeing you in the new studios.
At the Elks PAC Earl and Monique will be doing their swing classes on Monday nights, 5:30-7:30 starting in November. Dance Skills for Humankind will continue on Wednesdays starting January of 2018. 
We will continue to host workshops, special dance events with live music and open up new classes such as Blues and Argentine Tango. Stay tuned. We’ll be keeping and restructuring our website flyingneststudio.com and keeping our Flying Nest Movement Arts Facebook page. So please continue our connection there too.
The last day at the studio is Halloween and we’ll have a costume, swing dance party on Tuesday, October 31st to dance us out of the studio. Our last Humankind Class in the space is October 25th and it will be a free improvisation class open to all. You are invited and Please Come to either or both events to bid farewell to the space.
Dance On!

Delisa and Earl

Acker Night at the Flying Nest: Friday, Dec 9th, 2016

Acker Night is coming this Friday December 9th!  The Flying Nest Studio will be sharing our goods

Acker Night is coming this Friday December 9th!  The Flying Nest Studio will be sharing our goods


Hello Friends of Flying Nest,


Our schedule of events:

5:30 Doors Open and a little socializing and hot cider

6:00 Performances begin including Hip Hop, Humankind Dancers and Selected Solo Works, this will be a little over a half hour and we will take a short chat break, audience and performers can talk informally and have a snack.

7:00 The Lindy Hop Swing Class Performs followed by a basic swing class, open to all, with Earl and Monique.

7:20-8:30 Open Floor Social Dance open to everyone!

We hope you can come by the studio this Friday and see what some of the classes have been up to at The Flying Nest and then jump into a little social dance to end the evening.

Donations will all go toward youth arts scholarships for the J.S. Acker Scholarship Program

I look forward to seeing many of you on Friday and throughout the new year at the studio.

Love and Dance!


Argentine Tango Workshop with USA 2014 Champions - Nicholas Tapia and Stephanie Berg

This Weekend July 29-30, 2016


Argentine Tango Workshop with Nico and Steph

Workshops in Argentine Tango Salon, Practicas and our monthly Sunday Afternoon Milonga and BBQ with Stephanie and Nicholas - 2014 USA Salon Champions.

This is going to be a fantastic weekend. Here's what we have I store for you.  All the lessons and practicas will be at the Flying Nest, 322 West Gurley St, Prescott. And then we'll have our monthly milonga up at Delisa and Earl's Home.

Here's workshop topics and pricing
You can buy your weekend pass at www.flyingneststudio.com/nico-steph

@ the Flying Nest Movement Arts Studio
Friday July 29, 2016

  • 7:00PM: "The Cross":  A buffet of tips, tricks, and moves. We will take a closer look at the famous cross. The goal for this class is to help improve the feel and the ease of the lead and follow for this fundamental movement.
  • 8:30PM: "Practica" w/ DJ James

Saturday July 30, 2016

  • 1:00-2:30PM: "His and Her Adornos" -  In this class we will go over some of the basic and advanced theory of adornos, a few steps for quick and easy application, and some drills to take home and practice
  • 3:00-4:30PM: "Developing Stability and Grounding: " -   With stability comes more freedom and enjoyment of our dancing! This class is a series of exercises for both leaders and followers who are ready to feel rooted and happy in their movement.

4:30-6:00PM - Practica w/ DJ James

Sunday July 31,2016

  • 12-1:30PM: "Giros !" Giros (Molinetes) are our favorite because they offer so much musicality in tight spaces. We will build our giros from the beginning into something extremely useful for musical dancing in the milongas.  @ the Flying Nest Movement Arts Studio
  • 2:00PM-5PM: Milonga w/ DJ Buldog @ Earl and Delisa’s House
  • BBQ begins at 5pm @ Earl and Delisa’s House

Ala Carte: 
Practica - $10
Lesson - $20
Full Weekend (4 Lessons + 2 Practicas) = $80 (click to register)
Milonga - FREE


Here are the available times



Cost: $115 per hour. All lessons are with Steph and Nico

Contact Earl - info@flyingneststudio.com to schedule. You can also call or text me at 928 600 2450

Friday Swing Lessons at the Flying Nest & Mob Burgers for Shakes and Burgers

Lindy Hop, Vintage Line Dance and East Coast Swing w/ Earl Duque & Monique McConnell


5:15-5:45pm Tranky Doo (A Swing Line Dance, All Levels)
5:45-6:30pm East Coast Swing (Beginners)
6:30-7pm Practice

The we head over to Marinos @ 7pm for Burgers and Milkshakes !!!

More at: www.flyingneststudio.com/swing-dance/

Performance and Workshop with Uzo Nkem Nwankpa

Uzo Nwankpa is an extraordinary West African dancer and teacher. She will be offering a performance this Saturday May 21st at 7:30 and a workshop Sunday May 22nd from 4:30-6:30.

Performance $10-$15
Class: $10-$15
Performance + Class: $20

Uzo Nwankpa is from the eastern part of Nigeria West Africa. An Igbo woman following her call of duty passed on to her from a long line of ancestral healers. She is dedicated to sharing the healing power of Indigenous healing practices through music and dance. She has been immersed in music and dance since the age of five and has, as a performer, student and teacher, toured countries in North America, Europe, Australia and Africa. She uses her skills as a community health registered nurse to merge with ancient traditions of the world to nurture the Uzo Method Project- A Public Health Solution, a program developed to enhance, restore and rejuvenate the health of society using the arts. For more informa on please visit www.theuzo.com 

For questions contact Nikki Kokotovich nkokotovich@gmail.com

Tango Weekend with Liz and Yannick Vanhove - Feb 19-21


Tango Classes, Workshops, Practicas, Milongas and Private Lesons w/ Liz and Yannick VanHove
2012 European salon champions
February 19-21, 2016

This is the month !!! Flying Nest Movement Arts Studio is fortunate to present: Liz and Yannick Vanhove - 2012 European Salon Champions. This is going to be a fantastic weekend. 

Here's what we have in store for you. All the lessons and practicas will be at the Flying Nest. And then we'll move up our monthly milonga to Sunday afternoon February 21st.

Here's workshop topics and pricing You can buy your weekend pass atwww.flyingneststudio.com/vanhove 

@ the Flying Nest Movement Arts Studio
Friday February 19, 2016
7:00PM: "The how to’s of the closed embrace": the technique of dancing in a closed embrace, how to transition to closed embrace comfortably, how to return to an open embrace, how to work on the closed embrace from the perspective of the traditional tango. 

8:30PM: "Practica"
Saturday February 20, 2016
1:00-2:30PM: "Traditional resolutions": We will take a look at ways of closing or ending figures (called resolutions) that have all but disappeared. It will create new possibilities for your tango and will make it richer.

3:00-4:30PM: "Musicality: Your Figures and steps according to different orchestras" 
Every orchestra sounds a bit different, so if we want to understand the musicality, we will see that every orchestra will be danced to slightly differently as well! We will have a broader understanding of musical phrasing and orchestra differences.
4:30-6:00PM - Practica

Sunday February 21,2016
12-1:30PM: "Steps of the old maestros" @ the Flying Nest Movement Arts Studio

2:00PM-5PM: Milonga @ Earl and Delisa’s House

Ala Carte: 
Practica - $10
Lesson - $20
Full Weekend (4 Lessons + 2 Practicas) = $80 may be purchased onlinewww.flyingneststudio.com/vanhove

Milonga - FREE
Here's are GOOGLE DIRECTIONS for to Milonga @ Earl and Delisa's house FROM DOWNTOWN PRESCOTT: 


The address is 2345 Skyline Dr, Prescott, zip 86303. HOWEVER many GPS systems including google may send you to the other side of the mountain. So use the link.

ComMUSIKey and Flying Nest Movement Arts Present a music and movement workshop w/ Jonathan Best and Delisa Myles: Silence, Stillness, Music and Movement

ComMUSIKey and Flying Nest Movement Arts Present a music and movement workshop w/ Jonathan Best and Delisa Myles:

Silence, Stillness, Music and Movement

These qualities fill our lives whether we know it or not. Music and movement are born from silence and stillness. Through bringing focused attention to silence and stillness we invite an opportunity to go inward and listen to the ground of sound and the seed of motion. What are the songs and dances that live inside you? How can your inherent dancing music maker be enticed to come out and play? In this workshop we will explore the range of music from silence to exuberant sound and stillness to full-bodied movement. 

Jonathan and Delisa will guide you through a landscape of contours and contrasts from inner listening into the joys of sharing dance and music with others. All are welcome. A sense of adventure and curiosity about deepening into our music and dance are the only prerequisites. 

Cost: Sliding Scale $30-$60

Lindy in the Pines - A weekend of Lindy hop, Shim Sham and Balboa in Prescott, AZ with International dance instructor Steve Conrad - August 28-29, 2015

Lindy in the Pines - A weekend of Lindy hop, Shim Sham and Balboa in Prescott, AZ with International dance instructor Steve Conrad

Friday: August 28, 2015

DJ Dance Party

Saturday: August 29, 2015

11am-12pm: Lindy hop FUNdamentals
12pm-1pm: Lindy Hop 2
1pm-2pm: LUNCH
2pm-3pm: Shim Sham - Vintage jazz line dance from the 1920's
3pm-4pm: Balboa FUNdamentals

Break 4-7:30pm

7:30pm: East Coast Swing Lesson
8:30pm-11pm: Dance at Studio


Full weekend pass (classes and dances): $55 OR 
Dances $7 each
Drop-In classes: $15 each

Instructor Bio:

Steve Conrad has been swing dancing for 20 years. He had his first lindy hop lesson with dance legend Frankie Manning in 1996 at Swing Camp Catalina. He was hooked and soon became a founder of the AZ Lindy Hop Society that same year. He has been teaching/performing Lindy hop and East Coast Swing for over 19 years. He has taught on twelve Lindy Cruises, at the Desert Dance camp in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Carnage Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, at Lindy Groove in Pasadena, throughout Europe, and the only instructor to teach and perform in 26 cities in China. He worked with the Mercury hip hop squad, the Phoenix Suns dancers, and the Arizona Sidewinders, teaching or performing at half time. Steve has taught more than 20,000 people how to swing dance through workshops, school districts, classes at Borders Books, and over 19 years of lindy hop classes in Arizona. He was a founder of the Phoenix Lindy Exchange in 2001 and he was also the promoter/DJ/instructor for the Bash on Ash for 5 years. Steve runs the swing nights at FatCat Ballroom on Tuesdays in Phoenix. Currently he is teaching dance in schools and is working with non-profit organizations to help bring social dance into the school system of AZ.

Argentine Tango Prescott is now transitioning over to the Flying Nest!

We're excited and happy to announce that Prescott Tango has a new home - Flying Nest Movement Arts Studio, 322 West Gurley St, Prescott, AZ next to Rosa's Pizzaria. 

As many of you know, we've had issues with teaching out of our home studio. We can now fully resume teaching and even expand our program. Starting on Thursday, June 7th,  we'll start with a Beginner Tango series from 7-8pm followed by Intermediate from 8-9pm.  We'll be scheduling a regular practica once we get the program started. Also, expect to have some fantastic visiting teachers and LIVE tango music events. 

It is our vision that the Flying Nest Movement Arts studio will be a neighborhood/community facility offering healthy movement programs for all ages and fitness levels. The studio will  have a diverse and exciting program with small group classes that provide you with quality instruction in various movement arts. All the programs will be design with the idea of improving your overall well-being through Social Dance, Improvisational Dance, Performance Dance, Yoga and Meditation.  - Founders, Delisa Myles and Earl Duque

To keep  you up to date, we'll be sending out our regular tango updates and migrating our current wix webpage to www.flyingneststudio.com