This Week in Swing – August 16

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.
 
Saturday, August 23
Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ
2pmat Pier 84
Back for its 15th anniversary, Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ Festival pairs America’s best blues and roots musicians with three of New York City’s best BBQ restaurants, Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque, Delaney Barbecue and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que for an unforgettable summer day on the Hudson River! Rain or Shine
2014 Blues BBQ artists
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
John Németh
Samantha Fish
Shemekia Copeland
Slide Brothers
Not in order of appearance. Artists and schedule subject to change.
 
Lucky Chops Brass Band
Radegast Hall-*
Brooklyn
3pm
 
Sunday, August 24
Swing Beach Party 2014
The best beach day of the year will soon be upon us.
Come and celebrate the third edition of the Swing Beach Party 2014 at Rockaway Beach with the best things New York can offer this summer; the beach, good food, live music and swing dancing on Sunday, August 24th, 2014.
In a nutshell, we will be swinging out by the sea until the sun goes down – and beyond!
Schedule:
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.- meet and hang out at the beach. Bring frisbees, paddle balls, volley balls and Twister.
5 p.m.- It’s time to put your dance shoes on and have fun and party down at Low Tide Bar at 97th Street. Starting with a Beginners Swing Lesson.
6-9 p.m. Gordon Au and The Grand Street Stompers.
9-10 p.m. DJs battle between Roland Coneybeare and Dan Bates and during band breaks.
Low Tide Bar

97-01 Shorefront Pkwy, Rockaway Park 11693
Melting Pot – NYC Fusion Dance party
We are all on summer vacation! So we are taking a break from Melting Pot for a few weeks, but will be back in action on August 24th to rock your socks off and ramp up for the fall.
Enjoy the outdoors and beautiful weather!
Dardo Gilette Studios
151 West 46th Street, 11th Floor, New York, New York 10036
7pm – 12am
Wednesday, August 27
Baby Soda Jazz Band
Radegast Hall-*
Brooklyn
9pm
 
Thursday, August 28
6-8pm
Seaport Swing with Dandy Wellington & his band
Enjoy the sounds of Dandy Wellington and His Band down by the historical South Street Seaport for a total of 7 dates!!! Join us as we bring back a little history through music and dress at New York’s oldest port.
Seaport Swing with Hot Jazz by Dandy Wellington and His Band
at The South Street Seaport Front/Row Stage on the corner of Front Street and Fulton Street
Emily Asher’s Garden Party
Radegast Hall-*
Brooklyn
9pm
 
Saturday, August 30
Empire Salon
featuring live music by (5:30 – 9:00pm)
Sizzling Classic Burlesque byTANSY
GoGo Dancing and stage kittening by SYDNEY SUNRISE
plus Tassles n’ Tease Trivia
Sexy trivia… Win a bottle of Champagne!
hosted by  Maestro Soluri
*we party rain or shine!
HAPPY HOUR is from 5-8pm and includes; $6 beers, $8 wine, $8 well cocktails, and $10 cocktail specials (Makers Mark Manhattans, Hendricks Gin Martini,or Grey Goose Vodka Martini). Food will be available throughout the event.
So before hitting the town, stop by for a drink or a bite, and don’t forget your dance shoes. The best part… there’s no cover charge or minimum!
EMPIRE SALON from 5-10pm
Level R
44 West 63rd St, NYC
btw Broadway & Columbus Ave
(formerly Empire Hotel Rooftop)
21+ / ID required
Wit’s End
Saturday, August 30th in NYC, come to Wit’s End™ and drink Prohibition era cocktails and dance to live hot jazz from the Brooklyn Sugar Stompers! (brooklynsugarstompers.flavors.me/)
Join us as we celebrate the birthday of our lovely hostess is burlesque showgirl Kita St Cyr! (https://twitter.com/kitastcyr) and pay tribute to one of her favorite stars, Josephine Baker!
Come in your finest jazz age or vintage inspired attire (or Josephine Baker style) to celebrate in style with live hot jazz and specialty cocktails in an authentic 1920s speakeasy (Texas Guinan’s Club Intime, now at Flute Midtown, 205 W. 54th Street at Broadway)!
Our co-sponsor is the Dorothy Parker Society (dorothyparker.com), the drinking club with a book problem.
DJ Michael Haar will be playing hot jazz between sets! (http://wfmu.org/playlists/RP)
Dress code: Jacket and tie, vintage or vintage-inspired, Jazz Age, evening wear, cocktail attire and of course, seasonal! 1920s, 30s and 40s vintage or Josephine Baker attire is encouraged!
Just $12 at the door!
Doors open at 8pm
Free dance lesson at 8:30 with Jeri Lynn and Neal!
Advance tickets can be purchased soon at Brown Paper Tickets.
Doors open at 8 pm
Free dance lesson at 8:30pm!
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)
Workshop
2:00 – 5:30 pm
Dance
8:00 – 9:00 Intro Lesson
9:00 – 10:00 Practica
10:00 – 1:00am DJed Dance
Cost:
Intro Lesson & Practica $10
Dance $10
Sign Up: http://www.brooklynswings.com/workshop.html
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, and more
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
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)

 
Saturday, September 13
Swing Remix
Ron Sunshine
Where: JCC Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue
Swing Dance Swing
92 Street Y
 
 
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
 
Saturday, September 27
You Should be Dancing
Seasonal Bash with a live swing band
 
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
 
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
October 24-26
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
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
 
 
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