This Week in Swing – July 2

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.
 
Reminder – follow @LCSwing on Twitter to follow any updates in the event of rain!
 
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Weekly events not included in the calendar below:
Monday:Svetlana and the Delancey Five, The Back Room 102 Norfolk St 8:30pm-
Monday:The Cotton Club – http://www.cottonclub-newyork.com/?id=6, $25 cover
Mon/Tues:Vince Giordano, Iguana, 240 W. 54th, $20 cover/$20 food/drink min.-*
Tuesday: Swing Practice, DJ music, 9-10:30pm, Free YSBD Students, $5 , 412 Eighth Ave
Tues: White Heat, 9:30-11:30pm, $5 +tips (band nights) (canceled 6/23)
Tuesday: Dandy Wellington, Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow 8-11pm
Wed: Syncopated Social,W Park Presbyterian, 165 W86th St 9pm-12, $4/$6 (off 7/1)
Wednesday: Swing Party w/Jessie Bunting, 9:30pm-$10, free to Dancesport Students 
Wednesday: Gotham Jazz Club, Swing Bands (below) + DJ, 7-11:30pm, Free 
Wednesday:  Gotham City Swings, location TBD
Thursday: Frim Fram at Club 412, $8, Students $5, 9pm
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
Friday:  Friday Swing, Trinity Grace Church 231 Ainslie St, 7-10pm, $5 Brooklyn Swings
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-* (off 7/5)
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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.
 
 Thursday, July 2
Baby Soda Jazz Band
Radegast Hall 
Brooklyn, NY
9pm
 
Friday, July 3
Kahulanui
Style:  Hawaiian Swing
Dance Instructors:  Paolo Lanna – Balboa / Collegiate Shag
DJ:  Meredith Ochs
Dance Floor:  Opens at 6pm
Dance Lesson:  6:30pm
Live Music:  7:30pm
Location:  Damrosch Park
http://midsummernightswing.org/buy-a-pass-and-save
 
Sunnyside Social Club
Radegast Hall 
Brooklyn, NY
9pm
 
Saturday, July 4
THE LIBERTY BELLE EXTRAVAGANZA A Vintage Fourth of July Rooftop Spectacular! The Liberty Belle Extravaganza returns this July 4th for another year of patriotic frivolity! We’re taking over two floors of the HUDSON TERRACE (including rooftop and terrace) with 40 performers (incl. 5 bands), with breathtaking views of the Hudson River, Jersey, and The Intrepid!! So wrap yourself up in stars n stripes and join us for a fourth of July spectacular!! Sizzling live music by: * Baby Soda Jazz Band* Dandy Wellington and His Band* Svetlana & The Delancey Five* Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co.* Gelber & Manning and The Star Spangled Orchestra featuring Molly Ryan and Tamar Korn Scintillating Burlesque by * Hazel Honeysuckle* Calamity Chang “The Asian Sexsation”* Gal Friday* Rosie Cheeks* VooDoo Onyx with stage kittens and Go-Go * Pearls Daily* Justease * Minx Arcana* Sydney Sunrise* Velvetina Taylor also featuring DJ TOMO DJ Michael Cumella DJ Odysseus BailerDJ Ronnie Magri hosted by that most extravagant of emcees * Mr. Dandy Wellington plus * Food & BBQ available a la carte * More to be announced! Join us as we celebrate America’s birth with Hot Jazz, Swing, Blues, and Rockabilly; plus sizzling burlesque in red, white, n’ blue! Enjoy cocktails, BBQ, and more while dancing and lounging under the stars! —————————— LIBERTY BELLE EXTRAVAGANZA July 4, 2015 3pm – 2am / 21+ (ID required) TICKETS $25 Early Bird (ends June 24th) $30 in advance (online only) $35 at door (cash only) LATE NIGHT: only $25 after 10pm! HUDSON TERRACE 621 WEST 46TH STREET NEW YORK, NY 10036 more Info & tickets at http://libertybelleextravaganza.com/ ————————– * for dress code & FAQs (see our website) * Schedule of performances TBA * we encourage everyone to buy advance tickets! * We party RAIN or SHINE / No Refunds * Limited tickets will be available for purchase at the door at Hudson Terrace on a first-come-first serve basis. Once capacity is reached, guests waiting in line will be let in as guests leave. 
 
 
George Gee Swing Orchestra
On Stage at Kingsborough 
Kingsborough Community College
2001 Oriental Avenue Brooklyn
8pm
Patriotic Big Band Program
 
 
Dances of Vice
It’s Vespas vs Tritons, mop tops vs pompadours, miniskirts vs pencil skirts and sharkskin vs leather in this celebratory face off between Mods and Rockers this July 4th at the Gansevoort Park Rooftop. Soak in three sun-kissed levels of open air terraces, classic cocktails, beach cabanas, cotton candy and BBQ while live bands, gorgeous go-gos and delinquent DJs hit the deck to the sounds of live surf rock, beach pop, rockabilly, bossa nova, swing and jazz. Which side are you on? NO COVER! 3-9 PM 21+ / RSVP Required http://www.dancesofvice.com/ Featuring: Banda Magda / Eddie Clendening & The Blue Ribbon Boys / The Clams / Nick Palumbo DJ Sei (REBEL NIGHT NYC) / DJ Saiko Mikan / DJ Ronnie Magri / DJ Michael Tee Hosts: Stella Rose Saint Clair / Sara Bender Les Enfants: Raquel Reed / Mia Julep / Evelyn DeVere / Lil’ Miss Lixx / Rosie Cheeks / Lady Alchemy Popup Vintage Hair Salon: Katie Bickert / Bettina May Vintage Popup Shop: Julie Mollo GA – No Cover! Priority – Guaranteed admission if venue nears capacity, includes 3 drinks and express entry/bar service, $50. VIP – Table Reservation w/ bottle service. http://www.dancesofvice.com/
 
Blue Vipers of Brooklyn
Join The Blue Vipers Sextet for the first of two 4th of July concerts in two boroughs.
We will be performing one set 3PM at South Street Seaport.
More info at http://www.southstreetseaport.com/4th-of-july/
PECK SLIP STAGE (corner of Peck Slip and Front Street) New York, NY 10038
 
Monday, July 6
Gypsy Jazz Caravan
Radegast Hall 
Brooklyn, NY
8pm
 
Tuesday, July 7
 
The New York Jazzharmonic at the Washington Square Music Festival
Ron Wasserman, artistic director and conductor
Miho Hazama, associate director and conductor
JP Jofre, bandoneon, Elvy Yost, vocalist
Our 17 piece big band will perform Original Music, Jazz Favorites, and surprises.
Music by Count Basie, Billy Strayhorn, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Ron Wasserman, Miho Hazama, JP Jofre, Leiber and Stoller, John Philip Sousa, Scott Joplin, Dizzy Gillespie and more.
FREE.
RAINSPACE: NYU’s Frederick Loewe Theatre, 35 W. 4th.
As part of the Washington Square Music Festival
www.nyjazzharmonic.org
www.washingtonsquaremusicfestival.org
*** I don’t know much about this event, but if they’re able to hold the event outdoors, it sounds like you may be able to make your own dance space in the park.  No guarantees. ***
 
Wednesday, July 8
Gordon Webster with featured vocalist – Brianna Thomas
Style:  Big Band Swing
Dance Instructors:  Laura Jeffers teaches Lindy Hop
DJ:  Va Va Voon
Dance Floor:  Opens at 6pm
Dance Lesson:  6:30pm
Live Music:  7:30pm
Location:  Damrosch Park
http://midsummernightswing.org/buy-a-pass-and-save
In the event of questionable weather, please follow @LCSwing on twitter for updates.
 
GOTHAM JAZZ CLUB at Bar Urbo Hot Jazz & Swing every Wednesday 7pm to late / No Cover! Baby Soda Jazz Band (MSNS After party) Step back in time to old New York every Wednesday at the gorgeous vintage inspired Bar URBO for a night of swing dancing, lounging, classic cocktails, and delicious food! Every week features a different live swing, hot jazz, or blues band for your lounging and dancing pleasure. Plus swing DJs, vaudeville performers, and a classic cocktail menu with weekly specials. And the best part; no cover or minimum! Bar Urbo (2nd floor) 11 Times Square / 8th ave & 42nd St The GOTHAM JAZZ CLUB is presented by Prohibition Productions andURBO Upstairs
 
Gotham City Swing
Come out to blues dance at the beautiful Quinn’s on 44th!
Quinn’s NYC

356 W44th St, New York, New York 10036

8-9pm all-levels blues lesson
9-11:30pm social dancing
Admission $5
Music this week by the totally awesome DJ Jeanette Holmes!

 
Thursday, July 9
Mideri Brothers (old time swing)
Lunchtime swing concerts
345 Park Avenue, near 52nd street
12:30-1:30pm 
Stone surface, space for dancing.
 
Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess
Radegast Hall 
Brooklyn, NY
9pm
 
Saturday, July 11
Harlem Renaissance Orchestra – 
Style:  Big Band Swing
Dance Instructors:  Margaret Batiuchok teach Lindy Hop
DJ:  Odysseus Bailer
Dance Floor:  Opens at 6pm
Dance Lesson:  6:30pm
Live Music:  7:30pm
Location:  Damrosch Park
11th Annal Tribute to Illinois Jacquet
plus the Ambassador Prize Lindy Hop Dance Contest
http://midsummernightswing.org/buy-a-pass-and-save
In the event of questionable weather, please follow @LCSwing on twitter for updates.
 
Sts. Simon & Jude Church Presents A BIG BAND ERA DINNER DANCE
Featuring M.A.S. SWING A fabulous 15-piece band
(Visit the M.A.S. Swing website @ www.mariestack.com)
TIME:  Doors open @ 6:30 PM
PLACE:  Sts. Simon & Jude (Lower Church)
295 Avenue T (between Van Sicklen Street and Lake Street)
Gravesend, Brooklyn, NY 11223
(Conveniently located near the Kings Highway or Avenue “U” Stations of the “F” Subway Line)
Tickets are $50.00 per person and include a Hot Dinner Buffet, Hot and Cold Beverages and Dessert
Enjoy and evening of food, fun and dancing with Music from the 1930’s and 1940’s
Tickets will be on sale in the Church Lobby after all weekend Masses
For further information and tickets, please contact the Sts. Simon & Jude Rectory@ 718-375-9600, Monday through Friday, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
PLEASE NOTE:  NO tickets will be sold at the door
>>>TILE FLOOR
 
Monday, July 13
Jason Prover
Radegast Hall 
Brooklyn, NY
8pm
 
Tuesday, July 14
The Hot Sardines
Bowery Ballroom
Tue, Jul 14, 2015 08:00 PM
***From a reliable source, this is a dance-oriented show! Any seats will be to the back or side… the band wants dancers right up front with them. $24 (including fees) is extremely reasonable for a band which is selling out theaters across the country and in Europe. Now that they are in such demand, we don’t see them in NYC as often, and quite rarely in a room suitable for a dance crowd. Let’s pack the house and get sweaty!
 http://www.ticketmaster.com/the-hot-sardines-new-york-new-york-07-14-2015/event/00004EA4E9416F8C?brand=boweryballroom
 
Bastille Day Festival, NYC  2015
Join us for the French National Day celebration! Four bands, swing dancing, musette, champagne cocktails, french food & drinks, and more… FREE ADMISSION (RSVP required)!
featuring live music on two stages by:
Stephane Wrembel
Avalon Jazz Band
Jolie Môme – French Band
Tatiana & the Zazou Swing Orchestra
* French Inspired Food & Drinks (a la carte)
* VIP Dinner Tickets available for purchase
Urbo NYC
11 Times Square (corner of 42nd and 8th Ave)
All Ages / 21+ to drink
5pm to 2am
* No cover / Free Admission (RSVP Required)
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bastille-day-festival-nyc-tickets-17539197211
 
Thursday, July 16
Swingadelic
Swing Lunchtime concerts
345 Park Avenue, near 52nd street
12:30-1:30pm 
Room for dancing, stone surface.
 
Friday, July 17
Baby Soda Jazz Band
Pier 45 – Greenwich Village
7pm – Free
Big Band First Fridays
BIG BAND FRIDAYS 8pm to 1am The Ballroom at 4 West 43rd St
-> ALL AGES / 21+ to drinkGeorge Gee Swing Orchestra with special guest vocalist RON SUNSHINE! from 9:30pm – 12:30am * Free beginner dance lesson by Elena of DANCE MANHATTAN from 8:30 – 9:15pm GENERAL ADMISSION incl. general admission to the event & dance lesson $20 – with postcard or YEHOODI password
 
 
July 17
Nocturne Blues Exchange
Downtown Shimmy 
92nd St Y 1395 Lexington Avenue
http://nocturneblues.com/dance-schedule/ – for details
 
Saturday, July 18
FLEUR SEULE TROPICANA NIGHTS AT THE COPACABANA On November 10, 1940, the Copacabana opened its doors and went on to become the most famous nightclub in New York. Let us take you back to Copa’s heyday: Where variety was key in the music, dances, and clientele. We’ll be bringing out the original days of the Copa with style, class, and the Fleur Seule Big Band! TICKETS: http://fleurseule-copacabana.eventbrite.com/ Advance Tickets $25 online At the Door $30 Student Discount (with valid ID) $20 An exotic night of ballroom and latin dances with swing – There is something for all to enjoy. Join us on the Air Conditioned, scenic Rooftop of the Copacabana. We got you two dance floors – Come enjoy the 8,000 square feet of space! 7-8PM Free double dance lesson: Mambo & Foxtrot – Jerry Feldman & Celia Gianfrancesco 8-11PM Live Music by Fleur Seule Big Band Special Guest Performance – SALSA by Piel Canela Dance Company Vintage DJ – Gene Eagle Photo booth – Ambika Singh Cash Bar Ages 21+ Attire: No jeans, sneakers, tee shirts. Fleur Seule Tropicana Nights is a dance series designed to bring the original dance clubs back to New York: With style, class, and variety being central, you will experience Old School New York like never before!
***Please note that this is a mixed event.  1/3 of the night will be Ballroom, 1/3 of the night will be Swing, 1/3 of the night will be latin, so come and try out a new dance style
 
Dancing in the Park: 80th Anniversary of Harlem Jazz and Swing Dancing!
Hours:  5pm to 8pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/1602345486710660/
Jackie Robinson Park  85 Bradhurst Ave and West 148 Street,  NY 10030
Join us to celebrate Harlem’s jazz culture and most famous dance on the 80th anniversary of a special swing dance in Colonial park (Jackie Robinson Park’s formerly name).  This event includes a dance lesson by Odysseus Bailer,  the renowned Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, a swing dance performance and a best dressed contest!
Rain date August 7th. Schedule subject to change.  For last minute updates call the THSDS hotline at 347 – 709 – 7022 or check The Harlem Swing Dance Society  Facebook page
 
Nocturn Blues Exchange
Fried Bananas
92nd St Y 1395 Lexington Avenue
http://nocturneblues.com/dance-schedule/ – for details
 
 
Sunday, July 19
Nocturne Blues Exchange
DJ Dance
Stepping Out 39 W26th st, 9th Fl
http://nocturneblues.com/dance-schedule/ – for details
 
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 12th year, we are averaging 150 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
For more information and to see photos from past parties, please visit www.sockhopsundays.com
 
 
Wednesday, July 22
Plaza Swing Series:  Brain Cloud
7-9pm
Dance lesson:  6:30pm
Central Library, Plaza
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn Public Library
In case of rain, the event will be held Thursday, July 23 
 
Saturday, July 25
Sammy Miller & The Congregation
Radegast Hall 
Brooklyn, NY
3pm
 
Sunday, July 26
Rockaway Swing Beach Party
Save the date 2- 10pm Come and celebrate the fourth edition of the Swing Beach Party 2015 at Rockaway Beach with the best things New York can offer this summer; the beach, good food, live music and swing dancing, More details to come.
 
Thursday, July 30
Jason Prover & His Sneak Thievery
Radegast Hall 
Brooklyn, NY
9pm
 
Friday, July 31
ZINC BAR PRESENTS: Seth Weaver Big Band with Svetlana Shmulyian
(3 sets, 9PM, 10:30PM, and 12AM)
$20 – 9pm
$15 – after 10:30pm
SWING FOR THE NOW! Come celebrate the Seth Weaver Big Band’s monthly residency at the world famous Zinc Bar!!! Hear and dance to classic jazz standards and original swing music by Seth Weaver and Svetlana Shmulyian inspired by Count Basie, and Frank Sinatra .
 
Friday, August 7
Big Band First Fridays
Details TBA
 
Saturday, August 8
Great Jazz on the Great Hill
4pm – 7pm
The Great Hill (enter at 106th St. and Central Park West)
A Jazz and Blues Festival paying tribute to Central Park Conservancy’s 35th Anniversary
Featuring:  The George Gee 17 Piece Swing Orchestra
King Solomon Hicks Quintet
Bring your picnic blanket and best friends for an afternoon of music, dance, food, and family fun!
Food available for purchase on-site. Family activities ongoing throughout the event.
Program is weather permitting and subject to change. For more information call 212.860.1370.
Check back for more information coming soon!
 
Friday, August 14
Baby Soda Jazz Band
Pier 45 – Greenwich Village
7pm – Free
 
 
Saturday, August 15
Governor’s Island with Michael Arenella
SATURDAY & SUNDAY JUNE 13th & 14th AUGUST 15th & 16th, 2015 11:00 am to 5:00 pm For Tickets & Information, visit: www.JazzAgeLawnParty.com/tickets.html
 
Sunday, August 16
 
Governor’s Island with Michael Arenella
SATURDAY & SUNDAY JUNE 13th & 14th AUGUST 15th & 16th, 2015 11:00 am to 5:00 pm For Tickets & Information, visit: www.JazzAgeLawnParty.com/tickets.html
 
 
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 12th year, we are averaging 150 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
For more information and to see photos from past parties, please visit www.sockhopsundays.com
 
 
October 6
Dances of Vice: Summer Nights Burlesque Sailr
Dances of Vice invites you to set sail on an adventure of seductive espionage around the Hudson and New York Harbor aboard a gorgeous Civil War-era schooner as a scintillating burlesque and variety floor show unfolds against spectacular views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, New Jersey and The Statue of Liberty.
Tickets and Info: http://www.dancesofvice.com/summer-nights-burlesque-sail-2015 This summer’s cruise takes place on the first Tuesday of each month between May-October, featuring a different theme and cast for each sail. Sailing 9:45-11:45PM from Battery Park, Slip 2 May 5th – Sailors & Sirens Swing We’re starting off our summer burlesque sail series with a romantic Jazz Age nautical night featuring live performances by the beautiful Lady Alchemy, tap sensation Gin Minsky, MC extraordinaire Albert Cadabra and dance music of the 1920s, 30s and 40s by DJ Vavavoon for the hoofers on board.
**Space for 2-3 couples to dance.  
October 23-25
Empire City Swings
Frida Segerdahl Skye Humphries Jo Hoffberg Kevin St. Laurent
We will be offering three levels for workshop takers this year. Advanced, Intermediate/Advanced and Beginner/Intermediate. 
Registration will be open June 4th at 12pm (EDT).
Registration is based on a tiered system in which purchasing before other attendees equals saving money. Please note, there will be no drop in options for the workshops. 
If you have questions regarding the level you should sign up for please visit  our
Level Description Page.
Dance passes and Workshop only passes are not included in the tiered system and prices will remain the same until the week of the event when registration closes.
http://www.empirecityswing.com/#!registration/ck0q 
Dance passes and Workshop only passes are not included in the tiered system and prices will remain the same until the week of the event when registration closes.
Dance info to follow as more details are announced.
 
Saturday, November 14
Swing Dance Swing 
92st. Y
Admission: $14 Advanced Admission (purchased in person at the 92nd Street Y’s box office or online at 92nd St. Y’s pre-sale link) $19 Door Admission (HS/College Students & Seniors $15 at door with valid ID) Dress Code: Swingin’ 1930’s-60’s Swing Fashion Highly Encouraged for our Buttenwieser Ballroom Venue. (but not required:) Featuring: *Complimentary Snacks/Soft Drinks, Coffee/Tea * Two Fabulous Dance Spaces! (92Y Ballroom: Swing) (92Y Lounge: The Hustle & NEW: Latin) *Cash Bar [Check out our renovated lobby!] *Dancing (8pm-1am) *Free Swing Lesson (Basic to Pre-Intermediate 7pm-8pm) If you know somebody you would like to introduce them to swing dancing, let them know about the free lesson and the event to follow right after! ** No experience or partner required! ** Check out our website for more information:www.SwingDanceSwing.com
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A Lindy Memory…

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