This Week in Swing – December 17

This Week in Swing NYC / Eileen’s Lindy Blog is a calendar of swing dance events in the NYC area and those easily accessible to NYC.  Please make sure you scroll down to see all of the swing dancing events listed, as it includes everything announced  to date.
Weekly events not included in the calendar below:
Monday: Svetlana and the Delancey Five, The Back Room 102 Norfolk St. –
Monday: The Cotton Club –, $25 cover
Mon/Tues:  Vince Giordano, Iguana, 240 W. 54th, $15 cover/$20 food/drink min.-*
Tuesday:  George Gee at Swing 46, $15, dancers discount $10 – *
Tuesday: Swing Practice, DJ music, 9-10:30pm, Free YSBD Students, $5 , 412 Eighth Ave
Tuesday:  White Heat Bal Practice, DJ music, 9:30-11:30pm, Free YSBD Students, $5
Wednesday:  Swing Party w/Jessie Bunting, 9:30pm-$10, free to Dancesport Students (not 12/24 or 12/31)
Thursday:  Frim Fram at Club 412, $8 (Not Christmas or New Year’s Day)
Friday:  Friday Night Blues, Stepping Out Studios, 37 W 26, lesson $10, dance $10
Friday:  Fleur Seule, Tavern on the Green, W 67th, 7-11pm, No cover
Sunday:  St. Mazie’s, Brooklyn.  Subject to change/cancellation – *
Sunday:  Pegu Club All Stars, Glenn Crytzer and Friends, 77 W. Houston, 6:30-9:30pm-*
Nightly:  Swing 46 – check out - *
Most NYC dance venues are generally crowded. Those marked with a * are restaurants and bars that tend to be very popular with dancers and may have limited space to dance.
 Friday, December 19
Mad Hot Swing ‘n’ Ballroom
9:30pm – 12:30am
YSBD – 412 Eighth Avenue
$10, $2 off for YSBD students
Lucky Chops Brass Band
Radegast, Brooklyn
FNBlues Late Night Holiday Party!
Stepping Out Studios is having their big Holiday Gala with dinner, dancing, and performances, and we Blues Dancers are takin’ over the late night!
11:30pm-2:30am (or later!)
With lots of dancing, wine, holiday treats, and a fun late night game lead by Flouer :-)
$10 at the door. Refreshments will be provided, but we encourage everyone to bring a treat or spirit to share the holiday cheer.
All Classes will be canceled for this day.
& a Special Deal if you want to come to the Stepping Out Holiday Gala……..
Presale: $20 total will get you in for the Stepping Out Gala, including Dinner, Dancing & Performances & the Late Night FNB Holiday Party.
*If you wait buy your tickets the day of it will still be only $25 total. To purchase presale tickets without going to the studio, email by Thursday evening.
Stepping Out Studios Holiday Gala Schedule:
9:30-11 Dinner & Dancing
11:00-12:00 Performances
**including 2 Blues Performances! by Flouer & George, and John Joven &Shoshi Krieger
Saturday, December 20
You Should be Dancing – Winter Bash & Holiday Show
Eight to the Bar
Non-stop music on 3 dance floors
DJ Mixed dance room
DJ salsa room
Free dance lesson at 7pm
8pm to midnight
$15 before 9pm, $18 after.
Prohibition Saturday
Please join us for PROHIBITION SATURDAYS at the Gansevoort ParkRooftop featuring Jason Prover and The Sneak Thievery Orchestra and DJVaVa Voon, with no cover, no minimum, and awesome drink specials! More info and events at
featuring live music from 6:00 – 9:30pm by
Hot and sweet music of the Jazz Age, folk music, and the blues,… a fav of dancers and music aficionados.
Sizzling Classic Burlesque by Legs Malone  GoGo Dancing and stage kittening by Sydney Sunrise
plus  BEGINNER DANCE LESSON DJ Voon will be teaching an intro to 1the 920s Charleston starts at 6:45pm!
Sexy trivia… Win a bottle of Champagne! starts at 8:15pm!
hosted by Maestro Soluri
from 5-10pm
Gansevoort Park Rooftop 420 Park Ave South btw 28th & 29th Street
21+ / ID required  no cover
Sunday, December 21
Sock Hop Sundays
featuring LIVE A Capella group “TheTeeTones” at 9:00PM
Come listen and dance to some of your favorite Doo Wop & Motown tunes by singers who have performed with The Drifters and The Delfonics!
Great dance music from the 50’s & 60’s!  Including Rock-n-Roll, Motown, Soul, R&B, and Doo Wop.
Now in our 11th year, we are averaging 160 rockin’ guests per event!
Upstairs at Iguana Cafe
240 West 54th Street btwn Broadway & 8th Ave
Admission $20, which includes coupon for $5 off house liquor, or wine/beer, or 2 free sodas, or $5 off of any food.
Questions? Comments? Email or call Eric at 212.486.9517
Sunday, December 28
Fusion – Melting Pot
Fenella Kennedy will be starting off the holiday Melting Pot festivities with a special pre-dance class for you called:
Torso Time!
Isolations, ribs, rolls and alternative points of contact. In this class we prove that you don’t even need to move your feet to share some amazing dancing! We’ll be covering a range of music styles, and finishing up with my favourite dip.
Fen is originally from London, but currently resides in Ohio while she getting her PhD in dance & labanotation. You will love her bubbly personality and warm teaching skills!
We will also have DJ Orin Davis spinning for you, with another special guest :-)
7:30-8:30 Class with Fennella Kennedy
8:30-midnight Dancing! with DJ Orin Davis
Dardo Galletto Studios

151 West 46th Street, 11th Floor, New York, New York 10036
7:30pm – Midnight
Tuesday, December 30
The Salon at the DL
New Year’s Eve Eve
Some say New Year’s Eve is amateur night; that’s ’cause all the dames and dapper gents know the real party is the night before – at THE SALON – what we like to call NEW YEAR’s EVE EVE.
** 3rd Floor**
George Gee Swing Orchestra
featuring John Dokes and Hilary Gardner on vocals from 10:30pm to 1:45am
Queen Esther & The Hot Five
Grand Prize Winner, Jazzmobile Vocal Competition, with special guests from 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Dj VaVa Voon – spinning swing and lindy
** 2ndFloor / aka The Red Room**
Jason Prover &The Sneak Thievery Orchestra
late night blues n swing from 11:30pm to 2:30am
Scrub Board Serenaders
a new dynamic Hot Jazz band from 8 to 11pm
DJ Flouer – from Friday Night Blues
** 1st Floor**
Swingin Hot Jazz band with lucious female harmonies
on the 1st floor from 10:45pm to 2am
Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. (Sit & Die Co)
rockabilly ballads, boogies and blues on the 1st floor from 7pm t0 10:15pm
DJ Odysseus Bailer – Swing, blues and groove
The Minsky Sisterrs
The ’20’s Tap Sensation
Classic burlesque by Tansy Tan Dora Mr. Gorgeous
Go-Go, Stage Kittens & VIP Gals Sydney Sunrise Miss Kacie Marie, Artist
Master of Ceremonies and Emcee Extraordinaire Dandy Wellington
FREE Beginner swing lesson on the 2nd Floor from 7:30-8pm
Full Bars on Every Floor
Kitchen Open Late (bar menu)
The NYEE Salon tradition continues with Radishes for dapper gents by Michael Ingbar
$30 – Advance Tickets (Dec 10-30th)
$35 – At the Door (if available)
$20 – At the Door after 11pm
Includes access to all floors (except VIP area), and the swing lesson. We strongly encourage advance tickets (last year sold out a week in advance)
$89 – Advance Tickets (Dec 10-30th)
$95 – At the Door
Includes 2hr premium open bar from 8-10pm, skip any lines at the door; swing lesson; exclusive access to the 3rd floor VIP Area. Limited availability (last year sold out a week in advance)
a percentage of proceeds will go to charity (TBA)
Doors open at 7pm with live music from 7:00pm to 2:30am
21+ (ID required)
get tickets and more info at
THE DL 95 Delancey Street, NYC
(Corner of Delancey St & Ludlow St) New York, NY
F/J/M/Z subway to Delancey/Essex or B/D to Grand St.
Basie – Ellington evening with JC Hopkins Biggish Band
David Rubenstein Atrium – Target 
Wednesday, December 31
Please note on NYE listings, I have not been able to vet out the space to dance for each venue.  If that’s your primary goal, I encourage you to do your homework on how you’re spending New Year’s Eve.  
 Dances of Vice NEW YEAR’S EVE – December 31, 2014
It’s a casting call for ingenues, leading men, studio moguls and celluloid stars this New Years Eve, as Dances of Vice stages a cinematic journey through the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Dinner is $80 + gratuity, and includes private table seating in the Dining Hall for the night. Not a fan of waiting for your drink? Bottle service options are available below.
Ragtime Piano by Mister Uncertain Natasha King Samantha and Brian
THE DECO BALLROOMHot Jazz by Gelber & ManningRosie CheeksTansy Tan DoraAnatolia FiregoddessLily Faye
Syncopated City Dance Company
Boogie-woogie, Big Band & Swing by The Tickled Pinks
STUDIO REZIN – Hollywood portraitsAngela Friedman – Corset fittings and lingerie Katie Bickert – Email to reserve your vintage hair makeover session at $40Stephen LaMarche
Additional live performances TBA
Dinner Hours: 8:30-10:30 PM
GA: 10 PM – 3 AM

Get tickets:
DROM, The Speakeasy Sessions & Thirsty Girl Productions Present:
Costumes Strongly Encouraged!
On December 31, we bring you the hot jazz, vibrant colors and magical spirit of 1920s New Orleans to New York City! On New Year’s Eve, hop on board for an unforgettable Mardi Gras carnival adventure that will keep the hoofers floor-flushing with colors, magic, and swelteringly hot jazz. The thrilling night will feature titillating burlesque dancers, an exhilarating New Orleans hot jazz band, delicious electroswing and hot jazz DJs, a mock vintage photobooth, sexy cigarette girls and many more surprises. Guests will be ushered through the night by our stellar MC, American Horror Story’sMat Fraser!
Dazzle us with your fancy Mardi Gras masks and bid a glamtastic adieu to 2014 with a sparkling and phenomenal celebration!
Hot Hot Hot Jazz! Professor Cunningham and his Old School joined by Svetlana of Svetlana & The Delancey Five
Burlesque from Thirsty Girl Productions   Hosted by Mat Fraser of American Horror Story!
Electroswing DJs Faith in the Glitch and Rich Green  Co-host & Hot Jazz/Swing DJ VaVaVoon
Photography from Urban Adventures Tickets:
$35 Early Bird GA (expires December 5)
$45 Advance General Admission
$55 Door General Admission
$150 Table with Food and UNLIMITED Drinks
$170 VIP Table with Food and UNLIMITED Drinks
$20 after 1am
85 Avenue A, New York City
Information: (212) 777-1157
Fleur Seule at Cafe Tellulah
We are thrilled to announce that Fleur Seule will ring in the New Year at Cafe Tallulah! 
Well-hidden on Columbus Avenue and 71st Street, this glamorous venue inspired by Lauren Bacall provides a getaway from Times Square that is swanky and swinging!
Fleur Seule will provide 1940s tunes you’ll tap your feet to from 9pm-1am.
For $75 enjoy a 3-course prix fixe dinner, champagne toast at midnight, and live music. Or for just the live music there is a $20 cover charge.
Cafe Tallulah:
**Pssst…..we can’t actually say you can dance, but we can say it’s smiled upon.
No formal dance floor, but there is space to dance.
The Michael Arenella Quintet
hosts an elegant holiday engagement at THE RED ROOM downtown’s most hush-hush art deco hideout.
Only 32 Tickets are available per seating to this exclusive toast to auld lang syne.
Tickets include live entertainment and a champagne toast;
Small plate a la carte menu provided by Piccola Strada;
Cash bar offering top-shelf cocktails, beer and wine for purchase.
2 drink minimum per ticket. Black tie is encouraged.
First Seating
(checks will be issued by 9:30PM. Guests must clear the room by 10pm,
but are welcome to stay at KGB Bar downstairs)
Second Seating
10:30PM – 1AM
Tickets available at
Friday, January 2
Miss Ida Blue
Miss Ida Blue is a female­led brothel blues group with its core emanating from the rich and roaring coos of Brooklyn born Miss Ida herself. With support from members of “Woody Allen’s Jazz Band” and HBO’s Grammy winning Boardwalk Empire Orchestra, you’ll hear blues as a drunk, raunchy, and illicit work of art.
10:30pm Doors
11pm Show
.B. King Blues Club

237 W 42nd St, New York, New York 10036
January 9 – 10
We’re hosting a dedicated NY Hot Jazz Stage with 9 bands for two blowout nights (Fri/Sat Jan 9&10) of hot jazz, le jazz hot and swing as part of NYC Winter Jazzfest. NYC Winter Jazzfest marathon takes place from Jan 8th to Jan 10th and spans 10 different venues in Greenwich Village with over a 100 different acts!
Dancing encouraged! The lovely townhouse that houses Greenwich House Music School has dancer friendly hardwood floors.
Fri Jan 9 (6pm to 12am)
6:15 – Cynthia Sayer’s Joyride Band
7:30 – Jon Weber – ragtime & stride piano
8:45 – Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniollo w/ Jason Anick
10:00 – Gordon Webster Sextet w/ Brianna Thomas
12:45 am – Bria Skonberg Quintet (Zinc Bar / 82 West 3rd St)
You can continue your Friday night jazz marathon at the Zinc Bar a few blocks away for Bria’s Winter Jazzfest set.
Sat Jan 10 (6pm to 12am)
6:15 – The Ladybugs
7:30 – Dan Levinson’s Gotham SophistiCats w/ Molly Ryan & Blind Boy Paxton
8:45 – Stephane Wrembel
10:00 – Catherine Russell
11:05 – David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band
*This is a general admission, standing room event.
*You will NOT be purchasing a separate pass to NY Hot Jazz Stage but rather an overall pass to Winter Jazzfest. The festival pass grants you admission to all 10 venues were NYC Winter Jazzfest is taking place. Actual admittance to each venue is on first come first serve basis.
Saturday, February 7
Swing Remix – Gordon Webster
Auditorium – JCC
334 Amsterdam
Tuesday, February 17
The Salon at the Player’s Club
Mardis Gras (Fat Tuesday)
Saturday, February 20
Mad Hot Swing n Ballroom
Mardis Gras Party
Sunday, March 1
Pee-Wee Russell Memorial Stomp
It’s 4 great bands, 5 hours of music STARTING AT NOON* — a chance to spread out and show off your snappy dress and your balboa, charleston, fast lindy, peabody and swing chops in a beautiful ballroom with a spectacular dance floor.
Dancers: this year’s discount code and procedures WILL BE ANNOUNCED as all details become available.
For directions and more information, please see our Website:
or call our Hotline: 1-800-303 NJJS
If you have questions, please email Linda at or call 201-306-2769.
Friday March 20
Mad Hot Swing n Ballroom
Mardis Gras Party
Saturday, March 21
Glenn Crytzer and his Savoy Seven
Auditorium – JCC
334 Amsterdam
Friday, April 10
The Salon at the Player’s Club
Billie Holliday Centennial
Friday, April 17
Mad Hot Swing n Ballroom
Mardis Gras Party
Saturday, April 18
Swing Dance Swing 
92st. Y
Saturday, April 25
Band – TBA
Auditorium – JCC
334 Amsterdam
Friday, May 8
The Salon at the Player’s Club
Prohibition Party
Saturday, June 13
Swing Dance Swing 

92st. Y
Saturday, November 14
Swing Dance Swing

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