This Week in Swing – April 21

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, $20 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, 9:30-11:30pm, $5 +tips for band when they are playing
Tuesday: Dandy Wellington, Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow 8-11pm
Wednesday: Syncopated Social,W Park Presbyterian, 165 W86th St 9pm-12, $4/$6 
Wednesday: Swing Party w/Jessie Bunting, 9:30pm-$10, free to Dancesport Students 
Wednesday: Gotham City Blues, http://www.facebook.com/groups/1394387574154053/
Thursday: Frim Fram at Club 412, $8 
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 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.
 
 
Sunday, April 26
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, April 27
Monday, April 27th at Bacchanal
Live Music 9:00-11:00pm
Room to dance!
Fleur Seule returns to Bacchanal on Bowery and Broome.
No cover, fantastic food and drinks available.
146 Bowery Street, New York, NY 10013
(646) 355-1840
View the delicious menu: http://bacchanalnyc.com/
 
Wednesday, April 29
Gordon’s Grand Street Stompers
Radegast Hall – *
Brooklyn
9pm
Thursday, April 30
 Sugar Hill Stomp returns this Spring to a brand new Harlem hot spot. A truly Jazz Age inspired joint, Manhattanville Social is best place to hang your hat for an evening of well dressed Jazz, delicious bite and classic cocktails. Dandy Wellington and His Band will be there the last Thursday of the month to set things swinging. The space is well appointed for a night out in the neighborhood. The backroom’s wood floors and open layout are perfect for taking a spin. Come raise a glass with the band from 7-10pm. We’ll bring a taste of classic Harlem to the end of your week. Go Harlem!
Sugar Hill Stomp
with Dandy Wellington and His Band
at Manhattanville Social
7pm-10pm
Last Thursday of Every Month
Dancers:
There is a beautiful wooden floor and tons of room to dance!! Whether you Balboa, Shag, Lindy or Truck, we encourage you to swing out to our Harlem Rhythm. Don’t know how to dance? No problem! This is a social event, so come hang with a drink and maybe work up the courage to take a spin!
Directions: Take the ABCD to 145th, Exit at the back of the train and walk to 141st. 5-8minutes walk.
Manhattanville Social
2647 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, New York
Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess
Radegast Hall – *
Brooklyn
9pm
Friday, May 1
Big Band First Fridays
George Gee, Dance Manhattan and Patrick Soluri (Prohibition Productions) herald the much-anticipated return of
BIG BAND FIRST FRIDAYS 2015
with a Tribute to The Swing Era Big Bands
(Dorsey, Miller, Basie, Goodman, Ellington, and more!)
with the FULL 17 piece
George Gee Swing Orchestra
9pm – 1am
with dance lesson, Guest DJ, TBA dance performances, full bar, lounge areas and spacious dance space at the
Ballroom on 43rd
4 West 43rd Street, off Fifth Avenue
$20 online advance
$25 at door
 
Jitterbug Jam – First Friday Swing Dance – Park Slope Brooklyn
Flying Home and Arturo Perez are thrilled to present the Jitterbug Jam 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/
 
The Spirit Moves
Frankie Month Uptown – Harlem kick off event – May 1st!  The Spirit Moves: Queen of Swing and the Savoy Ballroom of the 1950’s. 
FREE from  6pm – 7pm Sidewalk Swing Dance in front of the theater!   Then at 7:30 (for only $10) our main feature film  “Queen of Swing” starring Norma Miller, Living Legend of Whiteys Lindy Hoppers and Entertainer Extroadinaire. At 8:45 a panel discussion while reviewing select clips of The Savoy Ballroom from “Spirit Moves” with Sonny Allen, Barbara Ann Billups and others. Afterwards indoor Swing dance and Reception!
Maysles Cinema
343 Malcolm X Boulevard
 
Shanghai Mermaid Cruise
http://www.shanghaimermaid.com/party/moonlight%26music.INFO.html
 
 
Sunday, May 3
*Note – not primarily a dance event… There are people that come to dance, and there are people dancing throughout the entire event, but the floor space is smaller. it’s primarily a music festival but with more of a party atmosphere.
Join us for the 3rd annual NEW YORK HOT JAZZ (AND SWING) FESTIVAL! This year the fest returns to the beautiful and historic Players Club and once again features multiple rooms with continuous live music for nearly 14 hours from 16 bands, 8 solo pianists, a dozen special guests artists and a raucous late night jam session and after party.
THE BALLROOM AND LIBRARY STAGES:
• Andy Farber’s After Midnight Orchestra with Rebecca Kilgore
• Wycliffe Gordon & Friends
• Bria Skonberg & Her Jazz Compatriots with Michael Mwenso
• The Hot Sardines
• Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road with Hilary Gardner
• Stephane Wrembel
• Jon-Erik Kellso and the EarRegulars
• Nicki Parrott Trio with Warren Vache
• Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band
• Dan Levinson’s Bix Millennium All-Stars
• Terry Waldo’s Gotham City Band
• Riley Mulherkar and Alphonso Horne’s Gotham Kings
with Michael Mwenso & Michela Marino
• The Grand Street Stompers
• Glenn Crytzer’s Savoy Seven
• Mona’s Hot Four
• Rhythm Future Quartet
plus
RAGTIME, STRIDE AND JAZZ AGE SONGBOOK PIANO ROOM featuring:
• Bill Charlap
• Jon Weber with Margi Gianquinto
• Terry Waldo
• Conal Fowkes
• Chris Pattishall
• Pete Sokolow (aka Klezmer Fats)
• Derek Smith
• TBA
and
FESTIVAL JAM SESSION with David Ostwald & Gordon Au
THE FILM ROOM with a daylong screening of Hot Jazz in Hollywood’s Golden Age and Hot Jazz Clip Fest
Various additional performers TBA
Celebrating traditional jazz with rising stars and legendary performers – the fest will once again showcase the best talent of the Hot Jazz and Swing Renaissance in New York and beyond with the music spanning the entire breadth and scope of early jazz from the beginnings in New Orleans up through the Roaring ’20s and the Prohibition and well into the Swing era.
more info & tickets:www.NyHotJazzFest.com
12pm to 2am
21+
THE PLAYERS
16 Gramercy Park South, NYC
(btw Park Ave and Irving Place on 20th Street)
N/R/6 subway to 23rd Street or 4/5/6/L/N/Q/R subway to 14th St Union Sq.
GENERAL ADMISSION
Includes admission to the Festival.
Early Bird Tickets: avail. till April 1st
$30 – Half Day Pass A (from 12pm – 5:45pm)
$30 – Half Day Pass B (from 6:30pm – 2am)
$55 – Full Day Festival Pass
Advance Tickets: avail. till May 2
$35 – Half Day Pass A (from 12pm – 5:45pm)
$35 – Half Day Pass B (from 6:30pm – 2am)
$65 – Full Day Festival Pass
Door (Cash only)
$45 – Half Day Pass A (from 12pm – 5:45pm)
$45 – Half Day Pass B (from 6:30pm – 2am)
$80 – Full Day Festival Pass
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
AFTER PARTY (12am)
Festival Jam Session with David Ostwald and Gordon Au
Expect surprises!
OFFICIAL SPONSORS OF THE 2015 FESTIVAL:
La Bella Strings www.labella.com
produced by:
Michael Katsobashvili, Patrick Soluri (Prohibition Productions / The Salon), and Bria Skonberg.
 
Tuesday, May 5
May 5 Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival
$10.00 by April 30, $20 at The Alhambra Door. Save $10 by buying early and online at: http://bit.ly/1E6IbWJ
(NOVICE DANCE COMPETITION DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY!)
VOCALIST CHARENEE WADE | THE KING SOLOMON HICKS TRIO | THE GEORGE GEE 17 PIECE SWING ORCHESTRA WILL PAY TRIBUTE TO THE LEGENDARY “CAFE SOCIETY UPTOWN” A CLUB WHERE AN INTEGRATED BANDSTAND OF TALENTED ARTISTS PERFORMED AND AN INTEGRATED AUDIENCE CAME TO ENJOY THE BIG BANDS, VOCALISTS & DANCERS!
BOTH SERIOUS SWING DANCERS AND LOVERS OF JAZZ (WITH THEIR FRIENDS) WILL WANT TO BE HERE ON TUESDAY MAY 5th!!!
OWNED AND OPERATED BY BARNEY JOSEPHSON, “CAFE SOCIETY UPTOWN” WAS HIS SECOND CLUB IN NEW YORK; HERE ARTSTS SUCH AS LENA HORNE, TEDDY WILSON, SARAH VAUGHAN, BILLIE HOLIDAY AND THE COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA PERFORMED.
JAZZMOBILE WILL CELEBRATE THE WEST 58th ST “CAFE SOCIETY UPTOWN” AT TODAY’S ALHAMBRA, WHERE PRODUCERS PRESENT BIG BANDS, EMERGING AND ESTABLISHED JAZZ ARTISTS!
www.Jazzmobile.org
DOORS OPEN AT 6:00PM
SHOW TIME 7:00
Alhambra Ballroom 
2116 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd 
 
 
Friday, May 8
Dances of Vice
Dances of Vice invites you to the hottest strut of the town, featuring Harlem native Dandy Wellington and His Band, DJ Odysseus Bailer and special guests in a Harlem Renaissance musical retrospective that pays tribute to such Jazz Age Harlem musicians as Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Billie Holliday, Count Basie, Lena Horne, Jelly Roll Morton and other jazz greats that laid the foundation for future musicians of their genre and gave rise to New York as the jazz capital of the world.
Tickets: $25 Adv / $30 Doors
$5 off with code “HARLEM” until 4/25
www.dancesofvice.com
Location: Down Town Association (60 Pine Street)
 
 
Saturday, May 9
Swing Remix | Jason Prover & The Sneak Thievery Orchestra | AUDITORIUM
Band: Jason Prover & The Sneak Thievery Orchestra
Swing Remix is thrilled to feature for the very first time on our stage, Jason Prover & His Sneak Thievery Orchestra! Jason Prover founded The Sneak Thievery Orchestra in 2010 to provide an outlet for his compositions and love of early-American-style jazz. The Sneak Thievery Orchestra celebrated their recent album release at JALC’s Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola….. Read more at SwingRemix.com
 
Friday, May 15
Babble – Evening Dance
Time:  TBA
Band:  All Leader Band
DJ:  TBA
Venue TBA
Brought to you by:  The Salon
Cover: TBA
 
Babble – Late Night:
Time: TBA
Band: TBA
DJ: TBA
Venue: TBA
Brought to you by:  BDNY
Cover: TBA
 
Saturday, May 16
 
Dance Parade – Details TBA
 
Babble – Evening Dance
Time:  TBA
Band:  Gordon Webster
DJ:  TBA
Venue TBA
Brought to you by:  Babble
Cover: TBA
 
Babble – Late Night:
Time: TBA
Band: Tin Pan
DJ: TBA
Venue: TBA
Brought to you by:  Babble
Cover: TBA
 
Sunday, May 17th
 
Historic Harlem Tour
Time: 12-2pm
Meeting Place: Apollo Theater
Brought to you by: Babble
Cover: TBA
Discount Price for Babblers: TBA 
 
Busking Band with Potluck Picnic
Time:  1-4pm ish
Band:  Mystery
Location : TBA
Brought to you by: Babble
Cover: Tips for Band
 
Evening Dance:
Time:  TBA
Band:  George Gee Swing Orchestra
DJ: TBA
Venue: St. Jean Baptiste Roman Catholic Church

1067-1071 Lexington Ave., New York, New York
Brought to you by: NYSDS
Cover: TBA
www.NYSDS.org
www.NYCBabble.com
 
Babble – Late night Swing, Soul, Blues Party
Time: TBA
DJ: TBA
Venue: TBA
Brought to you by: Babble
21+
 
Wednesday, May 20th
Dancing in Bryant Park
Swing and Lindy Hop
Featuring George Gee Swing Orchestra (www.georgegee.com/swing-orchestra)
Dance instructors: Evita Arce, Michael Jagger
Fountain Terrace Stage
Social dance party after work – featuring a different dance genre each week with popular dance instructors
plus an incredible band – hosted and produced by Talia Castro-Pozo.
Salsa, Swing, Tango, and much more. From novices to experts, all are welcome.
Lessons 6 – 7pm, and dancing to live music 7 – 8:30pm.
 
Friday, June 5
Jitterbug Jam – First Friday Swing Dance – Park Slope Brooklyn
Flying Home and Arturo Perez are thrilled to present the Jitterbug Jam 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/
 
Times Square Flash Mob
Produced by Douglas McMillan and featuring Svetlana & The Delancey Five!!! Times Square Swing Dance FlashBomb is a public dance to celebrate Swing dancers and New York City!
7pm
 
Saturday, June 13
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
 
June 13 / 14
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
 
Saturday, June 20
Swing Remix Dance Spectacular
Band: Professor Cunningham & His Old School
PRE-DANCE WORKSHOPS
6:30pm Title Coming Soon Swing Workshop (Adv Basic +)
Instructor: TBA
7:30pmTitle Coming Soon Dance Workshop (Intermediate Level)
Instructors: TBA
7:30 General Admission Doors Open
7:45 Free Dance Lesson
8:30 LIVE MUSIC & SOCIAL DANCING
DANCE PERFORMANCE
10:45 Announcements, Give Aways
11:00 LIVE MUSIC & SOCIAL DANCING
1:00AM END
All Ages
More Details Coming Soon! 
Tickets: $16 advance/$20 door
*specialty dance workshops extra
 
Tuesday, June 23
Save the Last Dance for Me – Roomful of Blues
Plays the Music of Doc Pomus
Style:  Jump Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll
Dance Instructors:  John Joven and Shoshi Krieger teach Blues dancing
DJ:  Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus
Dance Floor:  Opens at 6pm
Dance Lesson:  6:30pm
Live Music:  7:30pm
Location:  Damrosch Park
http://midsummernightswing.org/buy-a-pass-and-save
 
Wednesday, June 24
Nikki Hill
Style:  Rock ‘n’ Roll (assuming this will work for Rock-a-billy swing)
Dance Instructors:  Simone Coonrad
DJ:  The Golden Gup
Dance Floor:  Opens at 6pm
Dance Lesson:  6:30pm
Live Music:  7:30pm
Location:  Damrosch Park
http://midsummernightswing.org/buy-a-pass-and-save
 
Saturday, June 27
Jonathan Stout’s All-Star Orchestra
featuring Hilary Alexander (New York City Debut)
Style:  Big Band Swing
Dance Instructors:  Evita Arce and Michael Jagger teach Lindy Hop
DJ:  Ryan Swift
Dance Floor:  Opens at 6pm
Dance Lesson:  6:30pm
Live Music:  7:30pm
Location:  Damrosch Park
http://midsummernightswing.org/buy-a-pass-and-save
 
Wednesday, July 1
Aurora Nealand and The Royal Roses
Style:  New Orleans Traditional Jazz
Dance Instructors:  Heather Flock teaches Lindy Hop
DJ:  Tomo
Dance Floor:  Opens at 6pm
Dance Lesson:  6:30pm
Live Music:  7:30pm
Location:  Damrosch Park
http://midsummernightswing.org/buy-a-pass-and-save
 
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
 
 
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
 
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
 
Tuesday, July 14

Fleur Seule
We encourage dancers to come dressed in Parisian inspired vintage attire to dance and celebrate with us in the downstairs lounge 9pm-12am.
9:00PM-12:00AM
240 Columbus Ave (@71st)
No cover, room to dance
1940s Jazz & Swing with a Latin flair!
August 15/16
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
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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Feedback request

While I know this is my blog, and I can include what I want to… I want this to be as useful to the community as possible and the best use of my time.  I’ve discussed this in a small circle of dance friends, but want to expand the circle for greater input.

I use my dance budget on primarily lindy events, so I don’t attend fusion dances.  Your input is appreciated.

Thanks!

 

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Help Save the Renaissance Ballroom and Swing Dancing History

“Harlem’s long crumbling Renaissance Ballroom and Casino will soon be transformed into an 8-story, 134-apartment unit mixed-use building that will include community and retail space…More than 1,400 New Yorkers put their name to an online petition to get a reprieve for the Renaissance Ballroom and Casino.”

To find out how you can help, please check out:  http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/uptown/hundreds-sign-online-petition-save-harlem-treasure-article-1.2061416

For updates:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/435022506647169/

Please scroll down to see the regularly scheduled… “This Week in Swing NYC”… 

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A Lindy Memory…

If you haven’t seen this video before, please check it out.  This blog is followed around the world, so please share within your local lindy scene.  This post is in tribute to a dear friend who conceived and co-choreographed/directed this flash mob and introduced me to the Lindy Hop.  If you can, please click through and watch it on YouTube, I’d like to see the view counter rise.  Thanks.

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