NYC, Prepare to Get #Syncopated

The Syncopated Ladies on set for their "So You Think You Can Dance" appearance (Courtesy Syncopated Ladies)

NYC, you don't know what's coming for you.

You've seen them battle it out on "So You Think You Can Dance," you've read about their incredible journey in our October issue and you've watched them beast video after video after video. To quote founder Chloé Arnold in her interview with DS, "The Syncopated Ladies are here, and [they're] here to stay."

Lucky for us New Yorkers, the Ladies' next stomping ground of choice is none other than the Big Apple. This November, they're bringing their wildly successful Syncopated Ladies Boot Camp to the East Coast. Intermediate/advanced and pro tappers will spend three days learning Syncopated Ladies repertory, taking technique, improvisation and specialty classes and hangin' with some of the fiercest women out there.

The boot camp will run from November 7–9. Click here to register, and check out their cute promo video of footage from their L.A. camp last spring:

Not a tapper? No worries—there's something for you, too. The Syncopated Ladies will host a concert after the first day of boot camp (November 7) at the Gerald Lynch Theatre. Oh, and btws, it's free! Click here to reserve your tickets, then check out the trailer below:

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