May 18, 2019 – New York City Swing Dancing

NYC Swing Dancing


Regular weekly NYC Swing Dancing events not included in the calendar below:

Mon: Svetlana & the Delancey Five, The Back Room 102 Norfolk St 8:30pm*
Mon: Ethyl’s Uptown 1629 2nd Ave, 8pm-Mid
Mon: The Cotton Club $25 cover
Mon/Tues:Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, Iguana, 240 W. 54th, 20/20 food/drink min*
Tues: Bal Practice, 9:30-11pm, Students free, $5 others, 412 8th ($10 on White Heat nite)
Tues: Swing Practice, 9:30-11pm, Students free, $5 others, 412 8th
Thurs: Frim Fram 412 Eighth Ave, 4th Floor $10/$7 students @9pm, lesson $5 @8pm
Fri: Friday Night Blues
Fri: Brooklyn Swings, Trinity Grace Church 231 Ainslie St, 7-10pm, $5-10
Sun: Baby Soda, St. Mazie’s, 345 Grand St., Brooklyn. 9:30pm *


Most NYC dance venues are generally crowded. Those marked with a * are restaurants and bars that have limited space to dance.


Eileen’s Notes

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May Events



Monday, May 20

Jazz Haus

JAZZ HAUS: every Monday from 7-11pm at Bierhaus NYC
7:00-10:15pm
— plus —
King Solomon Hicks
No Cover / No Minimum / All ages / 21+ to Drink
Stone floor – bring appropriate shoes
Hofbrau Bierhaus – 712 3rd Avenue



Thursday, May 23

Panel: The Pivotal Role of Al Minns in Modern Day Lindy Hop

PANEL: THE PIVOTAL ROLE OF AL MINNS IN MODERN DAY LINDY HOP **Part of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing** Time: 7:30pm Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 West 65th Street Moderator: Zita Allen Panelists: Denise Harris, Sandra Cameron & Larry Schulz, Paul Grecki, Lennart Westerlund FREE – Seating is first come, first served. Doors will open approximately 30 minutes prior to the event. Note: Not a dance event, posting due to it’s swing content and a unique opportunity



Thursday, May 23

Mike Davis and the New Wonders*

Radegast Hall 113 N. 3rd St., Brooklyn 9pm



Thursday, May 23

Frankie Frim Fram

412 Eighth Avenue – 4th Floor Frankie Manning holds a special place in our hearts and it is only fitting that we celebrate his life at Frim Fram in May, a time of year that we traditionally celebrated his birthday. Heather Flock will be teaching a Shim Sham class that evening at 8 pm, and DJs Nicole Zuckerman & Ryan Swift will be playing Frankie’s favorite tunes for dancing all night long! 9pm – 1am



Friday, May 24

Norma Miller’s Celebration of Life

Funeral home: 630 St. Nicholas Ave., New York 10:00 – 10:30 private viewing for family & invited guests 10:30 –1:00 public viewing, sharing & remembering 1pm travel to Woodlawn Cemetery 2pm Burial at Woodlawn Cemetery Woodlawn Cemetery: 4199 Webster Ave, The Bronx, NY 10470

*Bus service is being offered from the funeral home to Woodlawn Cemetery free of charge, courtesy of the Frankie Manning Foundation. However, we ask that you reserve your spot in advance here to help us plan: https://app.eventsframe.com/e/q4XfIZq3C/norma-miller-bus-to-woodlawn/



Friday, May 24

SUGAR HILL SWINGS!
Friday Night Panel & Dance hosted by The Harlem Swing Dance Society
Honoring Norma Miller
VENUE: Sugar Hill Children’s Museum 898 St Nicholas Ave, New York, NY 10032, USA
Harlem’s Lindy Hop Heritage: From the Savoy to Smalls Paradise…and Beyond… Honoring Norma Miller
Followed by Jazz & Social Dance with Live Music
Times: 7pm to 12am
6pm Doors Open
7pm Two-part panel
9pm Band & DJ music 

 


Friday, May 24

Fleur Seule

Tavern on the Green – Central Park & West 67th St. Live music 7-11pm. Join us for dinner and dancing in the Courtyard (weather permitting). No cover, one item minimum.

 


Friday, May 24

Norma Miller’s Celebration of LIfe

Ladies and gentlemen, we can now confirm the arrangements, to celebrate Norma Miller’s life. Norma Miller will be buried on Friday 24th May 2019. The day will comprise the following: 10:00am –10:45 – Viewing 10:45 – 11:30 – Program 11:30 – 11:50 – Viewing 12:00-12:15 – Load up for Woodlawn 3pm Jazz Corner Tour & Celebration of Life ADDRESSES New Location: St. James Presbyterian Church 409 West 141 st St. at St Nicholas Ave. New York, NY 10030 (This is across the street from Benta’s) Woodlawn Cemetry: 4199 Webster Ave, The Bronx, NY 10470 *Bus service is being offered from the funeral home to Woodlawn Cemetery free of charge, courtesy of the Frankie Manning Foundation. However, we ask that you reserve your spot in advance here to help us plan: https://app.eventsframe.com/e/q4XfIZq3C/norma-miller-bus-to-woodlawn/ You may also choose to join us for the rest of the weekend. Events that were already planned for the weekend have been adapted to honor Norma throughout the 3 days. There is also a group dinner at Sylvia’s Harlem Restaurant. If you want to join, you must register in advance. Dinner for Norma

 


Friday, May 24

SUGAR HILL SWINGS!

HOSTED BY THE HARLEM SWING DANCE SOCIETY Sugar Hill Children’s Museum 898 St Nicholas Ave, New York, NY 10032, USA 6pm – Doors Open 7pm – Two-part panel highlighting Norma Miller ~”Harlem’s Lindy Hop Heritage: From the Savoy to Smalls Paradise” ~”The Norma Miller Legacy” with rare film footage from abroad 9pm – 12am Patience Higgins & The Sugar Hill Quartet Jazz & Social Dance with Live Music Tickets – $20 early bird – more at the door
Friday Night

 


Saturday, May 25

Swing Remix & Swedes in NYC

The Swing Remix joins a weekend long series of special events celebrating the Swedes enthusiastic contributions during the 1980s on Lindy Hop and how Frankie Manning and Al Minns influenced them and thousands of enthusiastic dancers from around the world. The spirit of the event is to return to the approach that dancers took 35 years ago when they were first discovering Lindy Hop. Expect some fabulous dance performances, unique vintage video clips and panel discussions our vintage market and lots of social dance time. LIVE MUSIC featuring Anna Cevilia (from Sweden) and The Big Time Band.
WORKSHOPS/PRESENTATIONS
6:30PM (55min) – SPECIAL PANEL | THE SWEDISH PERSEPECTIVE
Location: Auditorium L2
PANEL MEMBERS: Lennart Westerlund, eWa Staremo-Burak, Åsa Heedman discuss their experiences and perspective of Lindy Hop
7:30PM (55min)
LINDY WORKSHOP | EXPLORING THE ROOTS (intermediate level and up)
Location: L4
Description: Influential Lindy Hoppers who trained in the 1990’s with some of the greats from the Swing Era join us in the RARE opportunity to experience their styles and stories. We’ll cover some unique and classic patterns that date back to the beginnings of Lindy Hop.
Instructors: Sing Lim (Singapore) joined by Lindy Hop Veterans Roddy Caravella, Nathan Bush, Paolo Pasta Lanna
7:45PM (30 min) BEGINNER SWING | Level: Beginner Open
Location: Auditorium L2
This class is great if you’re new to swing or if you would like a refresher on partnering. You’ll learn techniques that will bring you up to speed with the crowd of swing dancers. This class is FREE with your General Admission ticket.
Instructor: TBA
Tickets

PRICING ONLINE & DOOR
General Admission
$25 Early Bird Online Price (Includes Panel at 6:30)
$28 Online (limited quantity for panel)
$35 DOOR
7:30 Lindy Hop Workshop & Dance
$35.00 Early Bird price (Also includes Panel 6:30)
$38 Online purchase (Also includes Panel 6:30)
$45 DOOR
VIP ADMISSION
$65.00 ADMISSION (Includes Panel 6:30)
$85.00 WORKSHOP & ADMISSION (Includes Panel 6:30)



Sunday, May 26

Norma Miller & Frankie Manning Tribute dance at the Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem

A Harlem Lindy Hop Day Celebration!
Join us for a 105th Birthday Celebration to honor the Life and Legacy of Frankie Manning at the historic Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem featuring Charles Turner III and Uptown Swing.
The event will include live streaming as part of the global #FrankieMonth celebration and will be a Harlem Lindy Hop Day celebration!
7pm to 12am
Historic Alhambra Ballroom
2116 Adam Clayton Powell Jr #3, New York, NY 10027, USA
Charles Turner III and Uptown Swing
Special Guest Performances
Livestreaming around the world as part of #FrankieMonth celebrations
Hosted by members of the Harlem community, Julia Loving & Ronald Jones
Included in the full weekend package for workshop participants
Admission: $45 (for non-package participants) / special seniors discount at the door for $20 with ID age 60+

Tickets



Sunday, May 26

Old Skool Frankie Celebration

17pc. George Gee Swing Era Big Band with Old Skool vocalist John Dokes from 830pm to 1130pm 349 West 46th St.



Sunday, May 26

Fleur Seule

Tavern on the Green – Central Park & West 67th St. Live music 6-10pm. Join us for dinner and dancing in the Courtyard (weather permitting). No cover, one item minimum.



Monday, May 27

Jazz Haus

JAZZ HAUS: every Monday from 7-11pm at Bierhaus NYC
7:00-10:15pm
— plus —
* Baby Soda Jazz Band
* No Cover / No Minimum / All ages / 21+ to Drink
Stone floor – bring appropriate shoes
Hofbrau Bierhaus – 712 3rd Avenue



Friday, May 31

Fleur Seule

Tavern on the Green – Central Park & West 67th St. Live music 7-11pm. Join us for dinner and dancing in the Courtyard (weather permitting). No cover, one item minimum.

 


June Events

 

Monday, June 3

Jazz Haus

JAZZ HAUS: every Monday from 7-11pm at Bierhaus NYC
7:00-10:15pm
* Hannah Gill & After Hours Jazz Band
* No Cover / No Minimum / All ages / 21+ to Drink
Stone floor – bring appropriate shoes
Hofbrau Bierhaus – 712 3rd Avenue

 


Wednesday, June 5

Glenn Crytzer Orchestra at Chelsea Music Hall

Join the award-winning Glenn Crytzer Orchestra for music from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s at the Chelsea Music Hall.
Doors open at 6:30, band plays at 7:30. Come early to enjoy a pre-show drink with Glenn!

Tickets are $25 at the door.
Online tickets are $20.

Dress-code: While there is not a strictly enforced dress code, we request that you avoid wearing tee-shirts or jeans out of respect for the performers.

Plenty of space for dancing, concrete floor
Limited advance tickets at $15 online using discount code SAVOY.
Additional advance tickets at $20
Tickets at the door $25
Chelsea Music Hall Tickets



Thursday, June 6

Grand Slam Sextet Live at FrimFram! We’re thrilled to be hosting Jonathan Stout and The Grand Slam Sextet, featuring Hilary Alexander live for the first time at Frim Fram! About the Grand Slam Sextet: Grand Slam Sextet was created in response response to promoters desire for an additional “flavor” of the Campus Five. Thus, we created a new band featuring the unique and magical combination of Clarinet, and Vibraphone. Inspired by the sound and spirit of the Benny Goodman Sextet, along with Benny’s Trios and Quartets. Thus the Grand Slam Sextet features the iconic front line of Clarinet, Vibraphone and Electric Guitar, backed by the rock solid Campus Five rhythm section. Just like our other bands, the Grand Slam Sextet features arrangements made specifically for Balboa and Lindy Hop, because we wouldn’t have it any other way. The band was such a hit at its debut at the California Balboa Classic, that it was immediately added to the line up at Inspiration Weekend, and has been in high demand ever since, including Camp Hollywood, Rusty’s Rhythm Club, and Dance at Joe’s. • 8pm beginner lesson • Dancing begins at 9pm • DJ TBD during band breaks • $20 Admission YSBD – 412 Eighth Avenue – 4th Floor



Saturday, June 8

Intrepid Battle of the Big Bands

proudly present our fourth annual epic battle of the big bands and swing dance on the flight deck of the historic aircraft carrier Intrepid. This highly anticipated one-night-only annual event celebrates the music, dancing and style of the swing era aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid – commissioned at the height of this era in 1943! THE FLIGHT DECK – live music by: * Harlem Renaissance Orchestra (18 piece) * Sisterhood Of Swing (11 piece) – all female big band led by Bria Skonberg * The Jonathan Stout Orchestra, feat. Hilary Alexander (18 piece) – rare NYC appearance! Each band plays a one hour set on our massive 50ft stage, and the last set features all three big bands on the same stage, battling it out — culminating in them playing all together! THE HANGER DECK – live music by: * Cait and the Critters (3 sets) – plus – * MC Dandy Wellington * chorus gals The Bathtub Ginnys * Madhattan (barbershop quartet) * DJ’s Andrius Sc, VaVa Voon, and Odysseus Bailer * Beginner swing dance lessons by Jaime Shannon & Tony Fraser * our very own INTREPID SWING DANCE BRIGADE (choreo by Jaime Shannon of Kilowatt Dance Theater) * 1940’s style Pinup & Cigarette Gals: incl. Delysia LaChatte II, PussnBoots Kimmitz, AGENT WEDNESDAY, and GEORGIE – with costumes by 26 Stars / Carmela Lane. THE HARVEST MOON HOPPERS – dir. Bobby White with Evita Arce, Gaby Cook, Lewi Gilamichael, Morgan Lee, Akemi Kinukawa, Jeff Liu-Leyco, Mimi Liu-Leyco, Jessica White, Rafał Pustelny, Milo Milson Saidl, Ari Silburt, Yurina Shin, Macy Sullivan – sponsored by You Should Be Dancing…! Dance Center. * Photo Booth setup w/ 1940’s era airplane * Best-dressed contest and promenade * Two Dance Contests: Strictly and Solo Jazz (see below) * Guided tours of the Intrepid (VIP Ticket holders only) * Cash bar and snacks available for purchase. DANCE CONTESTS Compete for lindy hop glory on International Lindy Hop Day in one of TWO dance competitions at the Intrepid Battle of the Bands. This year, we are hosting a Lindy Hop strictly, and Solo Jazz competition. Prizes include cash, trophies, and guest performance at Midsummer Night Swing! [details coming soon] BAR & FOOD Rose, Prosecco, White Wine, Red Wine, and beer will be available for tastings on the flight deck and hanger deck with drink tickets that can purchased for $7ea / cards only. Snacks & water will also be available for purchase at a concession stand on flight deck. SPONSORS: 212 Brewing Company (served at all bars & VIP tasting) St-Germain (served exclusively at VIP tasting) Pier 86, W 46th Street and 12th Av, NYC 8:00pm – 1:00am 21+ w/ID Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged as this event sells out every year. Tickets are nonrefundable, and the event will take place rain or shine! (In case of inclement weather, the event will be held on the hangar deck). GENERAL ADMISSION: includes: access to hangar deck & flight deck of the ship (except VIP areas), plus swing dance lesson. $49 Advance (until June 3, or until sold out) $59 Full Price / Door (June 3–June 8) VIP TICKETS: $95 Advance (until June 3, or until sold out) $105 Full price (June 3–June 8) Battle of the Big Bands Tickets VIP includes: same as General Admission plus a dedicated VIP only checkin area on the 2nd fl of Museum’s Welcome Center (via the pedestrian bridge across 12th Ave) with early entry at 7:45pm, VIP-only guided tasting hosted by our liquor sponsors from 8:30pm–9:30pm; VIP-only 30-min guided tours of the ship btw 8:30pm–11:00pm; VIP-only reserved seating and tables in a roped-off area on flight deck, dedicated VIP-only bar within the VIP area, and Swing dance lesson. DRINK TICKET ADD-ON (limited offer / any ticket type): Add one drink voucher to your admission ticket now for $6. Additional drink vouchers will be available for purchase at the event for $7 (cards only). Drink voucher good for one beer, wine, or bubbly. Must be 21+ to redeem. All tickets are nonrefundable. A limited number of drink vouchers will be available for pre-purchase at each ticketing level.



Sunday, June 9

Sock Hop Sundays

Now in our 16th year of great dance music from the 50’s & 60’s! Including Rock-n-Roll, Motown, Soul, R&B, and Doo Wop. We average 175+ guests at Sock Hop Sunday, so come alone or come with friends and join the fun!
Connolly’s 121 West 45th Street btwn 6th & 7th Ave – 3rd floor (elevator available)
$20. Cash at the door
Includes coupon for $5 off liquor, wine, beer, soda or food.
7:00pm -11:30pm
Questions: sockhopsundays@gmail.com



Monday, June 10

Jazz Haus

JAZZ HAUS: every Monday from 7-11pm at Bierhaus NYC
7:00-10:15pm
* Tamar Korn & A Kornucopia
* No Cover / No Minimum / All ages / 21+ to Drink
Stone floor – bring appropriate shoes
Hofbrau Bierhaus – 712 3rd Avenue

 



Monday, June 17

Jazz Haus

JAZZ HAUS: every Monday from 7-11pm at Bierhaus NYC
7:00-10:15pm
Champian Fulton Quintet
* No Cover / No Minimum / All ages / 21+ to Drink
Stone floor – bring appropriate shoes
Hofbrau Bierhaus – 712 3rd Avenue

 



Saturday, June 22

Swing With Us NYC Presents…An Uptown Saturday Night Swing Dance @The Historic National Black Theatre 2035 5th Ave. (Btwn. 125th &126th St) 7:15pm to 8:00pm Dance Lesson 8:00pm to 11:00pm Social Dancing LIVE DJ (Swing, Blues, R&B and Soul) $10.00

 



Sunday, June 23

Sock Hop Sundays

Now in our 16th year of great dance music from the 50’s & 60’s! Including Rock-n-Roll, Motown, Soul, R&B, and Doo Wop. We average 175+ guests at Sock Hop Sunday, so come alone or come with friends and join the fun!
Connolly’s 121 West 45th Street btwn 6th & 7th Ave – 3rd floor (elevator available)
$20. Cash at the door
Includes coupon for $5 off liquor, wine, beer, soda or food.
7:00pm -11:30pm
Questions: sockhopsundays@gmail.com



Monday, June 24

Jazz Haus

JAZZ HAUS: every Monday from 7-11pm at Bierhaus NYC
7:00-10:15pm
— plus —
* Holy Crow Jazz Band With Jessy Carolina
* No Cover / No Minimum / All ages / 21+ to Drink
Stone floor – bring appropriate shoes
Hofbrau Bierhaus – 712 3rd Avenue

 



Tuesday, June 25

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks

Style: 1920s Big Band Swing, Jazz-Age Big Band
Dance Instructors: Heather Gehring and Lou Brockman teach Silver Screen Foxtrot
DJ: DJ Zuckerpunch
Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Vince Giordano and his Nighthawks have been attracting flocks of swing lovers to their weekly club dates for years, but their music has also been featured recently in hit shows The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Boardwalk Empire. Veterans of the very first Midsummer Night Swing, these hot jazz ambassadors kick off the 2019 festival with an evening of classic ‘20s and ‘30s standards.
Damrosch Park – 70 Lincoln Center Plaza

Tickets

Door 6pm, Dance Lesson 6:30pm, Live Music 7:30pm until 10pm



Saturday, June 29

Swing Remix Summer Dance with Danny Jonokuchi and the Revisionists

7:30PM Doors Open for General Admission
Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan 334 Amsterdam Ave NYC

WORKSHOPS
6:30PM (55min) – SWING WORKSHOP | TBA (Adv Basics and up)

7:30PM (55min) LINDY HOP WORKSHOP | TBA Level: Int +

7:45PM (30 min) BEGINNER SWING | Level: Beginner Open

PRICING ONLINE & DOOR

General Admission
$16 Early Bird Online Price (limited quantity – sales deadlines)
$18-20 Online (limited quantity – sales deadlines)
$25 DOOR
6:30 Swing Workshop & Dance
$27.00 Early Bird price (limited quantity)
$28-30 Online purchase (limited quantity)
$35 DOOR ($12 Add On for those who purchased General Admission online)
7:30 Lindy Hop Workshop & Dance
$27.00 Early Bird price (limited quantity)
$28-30 Online purchase (limited quantity)
$35 DOOR ($12 Add On for those who purchased General Admission online)
6:30 & 7:30 Both Workshops & Dance
$40 Online purchase (limited quantity)
$50 DOOR ($24 Add On for those who purchased General Admission online)



July Events

 

Wednesday, July 3

Sisterhood of Swing Seven

Led by Bria Skonberg featuring Catherine Russell
with Camille Thurman, saxophone; Emily Asher, trombone; Endea Owens, bass; Shirazette Tinnin, drums; Champian Fulton, piano; and Molly Ryan, guitar

Style: 1930s-40s Classic Swing
Dance Instructor: Shana Maria Weaver teaches Lindy Hop
DJ: Heather Flock
Damrosch Park – 70 Lincoln Center Plaza

Tickets

Door 6pm, Dance Lesson 6:30pm, Live Music 7:30pm until 10pm



Saturday, July 6

Charles Turner & Uptown Swing

Style: Swing, Jazz, Blues
Dance Instructors: LaTasha Barnes and Joshua Mclean teach Lindy Hop
DJ: Odysseus Bailer
Young jazz vocalist and bandleader Charles Turner III—winner of the first-annual Duke Ellington Center for the Arts vocal competition, among other accolades—has quickly made his mark in the New York City jazz scene, playing regularly at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s late-night dance sessions, Ginny’s Supper Club, Smoke, and more. Turner slides effortlessly from crooning jazz melodies to hard swinging standards to down-and-out blues, all backed by a flawless five-piece rhythm and horn section. There’s no time like the present to hear from the new generation of swing ambassadors.
Damrosch Park – 70 Lincoln Center Plaza

Tickets

Door 6pm, Dance Lesson 6:30pm, Live Music 7:30pm until 10pm



Wednesday, July 10

Eyal Vilner Big Band

Style: Big Band Swing
Dance Instructor: Sam Coleman teaches Lindy Hop and Authentic Jazz
DJ: DJ Ron
Featuring Brianna Thomas and Brandon Bain
Led by saxophonist, composer, and conductor Eyal Vilner, this 16-piece, multigenerational ensemble has been called “an exciting new sound in the finest tradition of contemporary big band music” (All About Jazz). As a group these international players have collaborated with jazz legends such as Jimmy Heath, Jimmy Owens, and Frank Wess, as well as the new generation of greats. Join them under the stars for this evening of big band swing standards as they celebrate the release of their new album.
Damrosch Park – 70 Lincoln Center Plaza

Tickets

Door 6pm, Dance Lesson 6:30pm, Live Music 7:30pm until 10pm



Saturday, July 13

Harlem Renaissance Orchestra

Style: Big Band Swing
Style: Big Band Swing
Dance Instructor: Margaret Batiuchok teaches Swing
DJ: Ryan Swift
Swing is the thing at our season finale. The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra keeps the spirit of jazz legend Illinois Jacquet alive with classic big-band tunes and blazing uptown energy. Always one of the best parties of the season, the night reaches its glorious peak when New York’s best dancers compete for the Ambassador Prize, an homage to Lindy hop icon Frankie Manning.
Damrosch Park – 70 Lincoln Center Plaza

Tickets

Door 6pm, Dance Lesson 6:30pm, Live Music 7:30pm until 10pm


 

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