This Week in Swing – August 31

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 – http://www.cottonclub-newyork.com/?id=6, $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: Dance Manhattan Practice, DJ music, 9-10:30pm, Free DM Students, $5 
Wednesday:  DM Gotham City Blues, DJ music, 9-11, Free DM Students, $5
Wednesday:  Swing Party w/Jessie Bunting, 9:30pm-$10, free to Dancesport Students
Thursday:  Frim Fram at Club 412, $8
Thursday:  Them There Guys, NY Distilling Co., 79 Richardson Street, 9-11pm, No cover
Friday:  Friday Night Blues, bluesdancenewyork.com/calendar, lesson $10, dance $10
Saturday:  Fleur Seule, District M/The Row, 9pm-12am, No cover, dance floor, lesson, some latin plus swing
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 swing46.com - *
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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.
 
Monday, September 1
Scrub Board Serenaders
Radegast Hall, Brooklyn -*
8pm
Tuesday, September 2
Joel Beaver Trio featuring Pooquette
Radegast Hall, Brooklyn -*
8pm
Friday, September 5
George Gee First Fridays at Dance Manhattan
The 17pc. George Gee Swing Orchestra with special guest clarinetist Dan Levinson in the much anticipated return of The Big Band Tribute to BENNY GOODMAN!
DJ TOMO and special dance performances!
$20 Music Charge, $15 with valid College ID.
Dance Manhattan
39 West 19th St., 5th Floor
9pm – 1am
First Friday Swing Dance – Park Slope Brooklyn
Flying Home and Arturo Perez are thrilled to present a new monthly swing dance night in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The evening begins with a half-hour dance class with renowned instructor Arturo Perez, and then the dance floor opens with live 30s and 40s swing music from Flying Home–playing the music of the King of Swing, Benny Goodman, with special guest singers each month!
8–11pm, first Friday of the Month.
Admission: $15 / $12 Seniors, Students, PSFC Members / $10 Kids 12 and under
Location:
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park West, NY 11215
(718) 768-2972
More info at http://www.brooklynswingdance.com/
 
Saturday, September 6
Basement Blues (Brooklyn Swings)
with Jenny & Dan
LIVE MUSIC with Dan Nash (London)
Workshop
2:00 -3:00 pm D-J Drag Moves
3:15 – 4:15 pm Add Ons
4:30 – 5:30 pm Triplet Blues
Dance
8:00 – 9:00 Intro Lesson with Jenny & Dan
9:00 – 10:00 Practica with Jenny, Dan , …
10:00 – 1:00am DJed Dance
Cost:
Intro Lesson & Practica $10
Dance $15
BOTH $20 total
Sign Up: http://www.brooklynswings.com/workshop.html
LIVE MUSIC DIRECT FROM LONDON: Dan Nash
DJs:
Jenny Sowden (NYC), Dan Repsch
Practica: This is a safe space to ask questions, get tips, get feedback, try something new, it’s like a mini private with an instructor. Practica Instructors: Jenny, Dan and more
Class Descriptions:
D-J Drag Moves (2:00 – 3:00 pm)
We’ll show you some of our favorite vocabulary and variations in the Drag Blues style. Add a little something different to your repertoire
Add Ons (3:15 – 4:15 pm)
There are lots of ways to add to a dance independent of what your partner is doing, and we’ll explore some of them. A little of this technique will go a long way toward
having the most fun with dancers of all levels.
Triplet Blues (4:30 – 5:30 pm)
We use 1, 2, and 4 beat basics all the time. But in certain songs – especially slow ones -the triplet rhythm is highlighted. We’ll create a basic around this rhythm, then share some of our favorite triplet moves and show how you can modify your movement to include the triplet rhythm.
Venue:
Earth Wellness Cafe
397 Graham Ave.
Graham stop off the L line
only 3 blocks from the subway stop!
More info at: BrooklynSwings.com
Sunday, September 7
Sock Hop Sundays
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!
7:00-11:30pm
Upstairs at Iguana Cafe
240 West 54th Street btwn Broadway & 8th Ave
Admission $15, which includes coupon for $5 off house liquor, or wine/beer, or 2 free sodas, or $5 off of any food.
Questions? Comments? Email sockhopsundays@gmail.com or call Eric at 212.486.9517
www.sockhopsundays.com
Monday, September 8
Jason Prover
Radegast Hall, Brooklyn -*
8pm
Tuesday, September 9
Gypsy Jazz Caravan
Radegast Hall, Brooklyn -*
8pm
Wednesday, September 10
Baby Soda Jazz Band
Radegast Hall, Brooklyn -*
9pm
Thursday, September 11
Jason Prover & his Sneak Thievery
Radegast Hall, Brooklyn -*
9pm
Friday, September 12
Mad Hot Swing ‘n’ Ballroom
With DJ’s Danny ‘Scarface’ Scarola & Tina ‘Elle Peas Miss Itch’ Micic
Where those wild about dance go to party!
Hit your dancin’ ‘Sweet Spot’ at the DM Candy Shoppe…
Dust off those wing tips, saddle shoes, varsity sweaters, and poodle skirts for this olde tyme candy inspired trip to the sock hop*!
Candy Shoppe Photo Booth… Confections to satisfy your sweet tooth.
A fantastic night of swing and mixed ballroom dancing in two dedicated rooms splitting the 5th floor ballroom.
Admission: Current DM Students, $8/ General Public, $10
*Festive dress encouraged, but not required. Come ready to dance!
Dancing 9:00 pm-12:30 am
Pre-party basic lesson 8-9 pm (included in price of admission)
 
The Salon at the Player’s Club
*** Get $25 Early Bird Tickets & more info at www.TheSalon.biz
* Gordon Webster Septet
* Jason Prover and the Sneak Thievery Orchestra
* The Blue Vipers Of Brooklyn
* DJ VaVa Voon
* Classic Burlesque by Legs Malone and Gin Minsky
* MC Dandy Wellington
and so much more!
Please join us for the first SALON of the season at the beautiful and historic PLAYERS CLUB! Featuring a stellar lineup of swing and hot jazz bands, plus classic burlesque, and so much more!
-7pm to 1am / live music from 7:30pm to 12:30am
21+ (ID required)
THE PLAYERS CLUB
16 Gramercy Park South
(btw Park Ave and Irving Place on 20th Street) NYC
N/R/6 subway to 23rd Street or 4/5/6/L/N/Q/R subway to 14th St Union Sq.
GENERAL ADMISSION
$25 – Early Bird (ends Sept 3rd)
$30 – Advance Tickets (starting Sept 4th)
$35 – At the Door (cash only)
Advance tickets strongly encouraged.
VIP TICKETS
$69 – Early Bird (ends Sept 3rd)
$75 – Advance Purchase (starting Sept 4th)
$80 – At the Door (cash only / limited)
Includes 2hr premium open bar from 8:00-10:00pm (use any bar in Club); skip any lines at the door. Limited availability.
More info and events at www.TheSalon.biz
 
 
The Speakeasy Sessions at DROM
The cool cats of The Speakeasy Sessions are bringing you another night of dance, debauchery, dapper daddies and dolled up dames!   Svetlana & The Delancey Five will be hittin’ on all sixes to kick off your floor flushing with some seriously hot jazz.
Our resident DJs Faith in the Glitch and Rich Green will be on hand to bring you the best in Electroswing!
And be sure to get there at 10:30 on the dot to learn all the best in swing dance from Brooklyn Swings!
$10 before midnight
$20 after
$10 all night in vintage attire
$10 early bird
Drom -85 Avenue A
 
Saturday, September 13
Swing Remix
Ron Sunshine
Where: JCC Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue
Ron Sunshine and his Hot Rhythm Orchestra will be our musical entertainment for our Fall Season KICK OFF on Saturday Sept 13th, 2014. Ron’s Hot Rhythm Orchestra has been conceived and imagined exclusively for our dance crowd. Ron Sunshine will be presenting a special collection of his most Lindy friendly material, selected in part by us.
Ron will also be premiering two swingin’ rhythm & blues gems from the 1950’s that you likely have never heard before and that only a singer like Ron Sunshine can do right.
Plus free intro swing class and *specialty workshops before the show!
JCC in Manhattan 334 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10023 (646) 505-4444
All Ages
Tickets: $16 advance/ $18 door
6:30 Specialty Dance Workshops TBA
7:30 Doors
7:45 Free Dance Lesson
8:30 LIVE MUSIC
10:30 Dance Performances
By Nathan Bugh’s Performance
Plus a LIVE with the BAND performance by
The Rhythm Stompers
*specialty dance workshops extra
 
Lucky Chops Brass Band
Radegast Hall, Brooklyn -*
3pm
Swing Dance Swing
92 Street Y
In the ballroom:  swing dj dance
Lounge:  dance party mix (blues, funk, soul)
$14 in advance or online
$19 at the door.
7pm – 1am
Free snacks, refreshments, cash bar
92 street Y
 
Thursday, September 18
Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess
Radegast Hall, Brooklyn -*
9pm
 
Saturday, September 20
BRIA SKONBERG’s Lower East Lowdown is…….VOONSTRUCK!
Bria Skonberg, Serdar Ilhan and DJ VaVaVoon present another exciting hot jazz and swing dance party at DROM after a follow-up on Bria’s fabulous debut there on July 5th.
This is also to celebrate Bria’s recent move to the Lower East Side and also DJ VaVaVoon’s special pre-birthday festivities! Yup he’s turning 30! *
* again….it’s always going to be 30 moving forward just saying.
ABSOLUTELY NO GIFTS. Your presence is fabulous and gift enough! We just want to have a fab turnout!
An exciting and gorgeous venue for dancing (smooth dance floor!), drinking and shenanigans will abound.
The evening’s entertainment will feature Bria Skonberg and a carefully assembled group of hot jazz musicians.
Interspersed with music curated by DJ VaVaVoon to keep you dancing all night.
Tickets: $12 in advance/$15 at door
Drom 85 Avenue A
7pm to 11pm
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*Photo is included as a one time birthday present for Voon.  I do not plan on including photos on an ongoing basis. 
 
 
Tuesday, September 23
Jessy Carolina’s Flying J’s
Radegast Hall, Brooklyn -*
8pm
Wednesday, September 24
Gordon’s Grand Street Stompers
Radegast Hall, Brooklyn -*
8pm
Thursday, September 25
Baby Soda Jazz Band
Radegast Hall, Brooklyn -*
9pm
MaidenItaly Italian Swing Trio & Thinkin’ Big Band:  A New Swing Romance
Zinc Bar
 
Friday, September 26
Lucky Chops Brass Band
Radegast Hall, Brooklyn -*
9pm
 
Saturday, September 27
You Should be Dancing
Seasonal Bash with a live swing band
 
Sunday, September 28
Sock Hop Sundays
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!
7:00-11:30pm
Upstairs at Iguana Cafe
240 West 54th Street btwn Broadway & 8th Ave
Admission $15, which includes coupon for $5 off house liquor, or wine/beer, or 2 free sodas, or $5 off of any food.
Questions? Comments? Email sockhopsundays@gmail.com or call Eric at 212.486.9517
www.sockhopsundays.com
 
Friday, October 3
George Gee at Dance Manhattan
The 17pc. George Gee Swing Orchestra
$20 Music Charge, $15 with valid College ID.
Dance Manhattan
39 West 19th St., 5th Floor
9pm – 1am
First Friday Swing Dance – Park Slope Brooklyn
Flying Home and Arturo Perez are thrilled to present a new monthly swing dance night in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The evening begins with a half-hour dance class with renowned instructor Arturo Perez, and then the dance floor opens with live 30s and 40s swing music from Flying Home–playing the music of the King of Swing, Benny Goodman, with special guest singers each month!
8–11pm, first Friday of the Month.
Admission: $15 / $12 Seniors, Students, PSFC Members / $10 Kids 12 and under
Location:
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park West, NY 11215
(718) 768-2972
More info at http://www.brooklynswingdance.com/
 
Friday, October 10
Mad Hot Swing ‘n’ Ballroom
Dance Manhattan
39 West 19th Street, 5th Floor!
Dedicated swing dance room
9pm – 12:30am
 
Sunday, October 12
Sock Hop Sundays
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!
7:00-11:30pm
Upstairs at Iguana Cafe
240 West 54th Street btwn Broadway & 8th Ave
Admission $15, which includes coupon for $5 off house liquor, or wine/beer, or 2 free sodas, or $5 off of any food.
Questions? Comments? Email sockhopsundays@gmail.com or call Eric at 212.486.9517
www.sockhopsundays.com
 
Saturday, October 18
Swing Remix
Allyson Briggs & Fleur Seule | Johnny Boyd & His Swing Lover Band | AUDITORIUM
Where: JCC Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue
Band and details TBA
Friday, October 24
Peter and William Anderson Quartet
Empire City Swings
Chelsea Theaterworks
Details TBA
Empire City Swings
3 Days and Nights of Dancing and Workshops.
Presenting our Lindy Track with the always kick-ass Nina Gilkenson and Mike Faltesek. Balboa and Bal-swing with firecracker Kelly Arsenault and the always looking back in the mirror at me, Mickey Fortanasce (me). Additional instructors may be added this year for another idea I have. More details will be coming so stay on alert.
Details to be announced.  empirecityswings.com
Saturday, October 25
Gordon Webster
Empire City Swings
Chelsea Theaterworks
Details TBA
Empire City Swings
3 Days and Nights of Dancing and Workshops.
Presenting our Lindy Track with the always kick-ass Nina Gilkenson and Mike Faltesek. Balboa and Bal-swing with firecracker Kelly Arsenault and the always looking back in the mirror at me, Mickey Fortanasce (me). Additional instructors may be added this year for another idea I have. More details will be coming so stay on alert.
Details to be announced.  empirecityswings.com
Sunday, October 26
Empire City Swings
3 Days and Nights of Dancing and Workshops.
Presenting our Lindy Track with the always kick-ass Nina Gilkenson and Mike Faltesek. Balboa and Bal-swing with firecracker Kelly Arsenault and the always looking back in the mirror at me, Mickey Fortanasce (me). Additional instructors may be added this year for another idea I have. More details will be coming so stay on alert.
Details to be announced.  empirecityswings.com
Sock Hop Sundays
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!
7:00-11:30pm
Upstairs at Iguana Cafe
240 West 54th Street btwn Broadway & 8th Ave
Admission $15, which includes coupon for $5 off house liquor, or wine/beer, or 2 free sodas, or $5 off of any food.
Questions? Comments? Email sockhopsundays@gmail.com or call Eric at 212.486.9517
www.sockhopsundays.com
Friday, October 31
The Salon at the Player’s Club
Halloween Stomp
Friday, November 7
First Friday Swing Dance – Park Slope Brooklyn
Flying Home and Arturo Perez are thrilled to present a new monthly swing dance night in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The evening begins with a half-hour dance class with renowned instructor Arturo Perez, and then the dance floor opens with live 30s and 40s swing music from Flying Home–playing the music of the King of Swing, Benny Goodman, with special guest singers each month!
8–11pm, first Friday of the Month.
Admission: $15 / $12 Seniors, Students, PSFC Members / $10 Kids 12 and under
Location:
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park West, NY 11215
(718) 768-2972
More info at http://www.brooklynswingdance.com/
 
Saturday, November 8
Swing Dance Swing / 92Y
 
 Saturday, November 15
Swing Remix
Where: JCC Manhattan 
Gordon Au & His Grand Street Stompers | AUDITORIUM
334 Amsterdam Avenue
Band and details TBA
 
Friday, December 5
First Friday Swing Dance – Park Slope Brooklyn
Flying Home and Arturo Perez are thrilled to present a new monthly swing dance night in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The evening begins with a half-hour dance class with renowned instructor Arturo Perez, and then the dance floor opens with live 30s and 40s swing music from Flying Home–playing the music of the King of Swing, Benny Goodman, with special guest singers each month!
8–11pm, first Friday of the Month.
Admission: $15 / $12 Seniors, Students, PSFC Members / $10 Kids 12 and under
Location:
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park West, NY 11215
(718) 768-2972
More info at http://www.brooklynswingdance.com/
 
Saturday, December 13
Swing Remix
Jan Marie and The Mean Reds
Where: JCC Manhattan 334 Amsterdam Avenue
Saturday, December 20
You Should be Dancing
Seasonal Bash with a live swing band
 
Tuesday, December 30
The Salon at the Player’s Club
New Year’s Eve Eve
 
Tuesday, February 17
The Salon at the Player’s Club
Mardis Gras (Fat Tuesday)
 
Friday, April 10
The Salon at the Player’s Club
Billie Holliday Centennial
 
Friday, May 8
The Salon at the Player’s Club
Prohibition Party
 
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A Lindy Memory…

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