December 16 – NYC Swing Dance Update

Regular weekly events not included in the calendar below:

Mon: Svetlana & the Delancey Five, The Back Room 102 Norfolk St 8:30pm*
Mon: Glenn Crytzer, Kola House, 408 W15th, $15 min./No cover (off until 1/8)
Mon: The Cotton Club, $25 cover
Mon/Tues:Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, Iguana, 240 W. 54th, 20/20 food/drink min* (off 12/12, 12/25)
Tues: Bal Practice, 9:30-11pm, Students free, $5 others, 412 8th (except White Heat nite)
Tues: George Gee / Swing 46, Dancer discount $10
Wed: Gotham City Blues
Wed: Swing practice, 9:30-10:30, Students free, $5 others, Dancesport 22 W 34 Street, 4 flr
Thurs:  Frim Fram at Club 412, 412 Eighth Ave, $10, Students $7, 9pm
Fri: Friday Night Blues $10 class | $12 dance | $20 both link for location
Fri: Brooklyn Swings, Trinity Grace Church 231 Ainslie St, 7-10pm, $5-10
Sun: Baby Soda, St. Mazie’s, 345 Grand St., Brooklyn. 10pm *
Nightly: Swing46 (Closed 12/24-25)

*Please note that most Monday night gigs listed above are probably off on 12/25, 1/1.  I advise checking with the venues if you’re inclined to go dancing those days, as I’ve not gotten confirmation yet from all of the band leaders.


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


December Swing Events


Sunday, December 17
Fleur Seule – Tavern on the Green
Join us in Central Park from 7-11pm on these dates to dance and dine to the sounds of Fleur Seule:
In the Bar Room. As always, no cover.
Central Park West & 67th St.


Sunday, December 17
Sock Hop Sundays
Now in our 14th 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!
7:00-11:30pm
Iguana Cafe
240 West 54th Street btwn Broadway & 8th Ave
Admission $15 CASH ONLY at the Door
***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
www.sockhopsundays.com


Sunday, December 17
Sunday Brooklyn Swings presents: Hot Cocoa Night
The dance will be Sunday this week ONLY due to space management, also then you can go see Star Wars on Friday 😉
Teacher-on-call: Mo Hossain
DJ: Odysseus Bailer
Admission is $5 – 10 (sliding scale)
Location: 231 Ainslie Street (upstairs)
off the Graham Ave stop on the L line
7:00-7:30 Learn a Short Solo Routine
7:30-10:00 Dance!
What is the ‘Short Solo Routine’?
You will be taught 8 counts of 8 (about a phrase) aka a short dance combo that you dance alone in a group of people learning. The idea is that you will be able to warm up with rhythm ad movement and then be ready for the dance. We do not perform this, it’s really just for fun.
Sliding Scale?
In short: Pay anywhere between $5-10, your choice. Reasoning/details: This is a donation based dance so we ask for people to chip in anywhere between $5-10 on DJed nights, $10-15 for band nights. The idea is that people put in based on what they get out of the night. Plus we don’t know anyone’s finances and want everyone to be able to come out dancing.


Monday, December 18
Bierhaus – The Blue Vipers
JAZZ HAUS: every Monday 7:30-1130pm at Bierhaus NYC
Hot Jazz n’Swing bands, classic burlesque, swing DJs… No Cover!
* The Blue Vipers Of Brooklyn (3 sets / 7:00-10:15pm)
* classic burlesque Velvetina Taylor
* exzellent German food n’ drink specials!
* No Cover / No Minimum / All ages / 21+ to Drink
* no dance lesson this week
Hofbräu Bierhaus NYC
712 3rd Ave, New York, New York 10017


Monday, December 18
America’s Sweethearts and Swing Dance Astoria Present: Swinging
Learn to swing dance with Swing Dance Astoria, and then put those dancing moves to good use dancing to the live vocals of America’s Sweethearts. Join us for both the class and the show for $17, or just the show for $10.
Our classic, 1930’s and 40’s, Andrews Sisters-style, WWII themed show. Victory rolls, red lipstick, vintage costumes, and all your favorite songs of the era – including Hold Tight, Bei Mir Bist du Schon, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, and of course, Sing Sing Sing.
You’ll have a chance to win some prizes including TWO pairs of swing dance shoes by Dancestore.com and get in the holiday spirit with some Christmas tunes. Come dance, drink, and be merry!
The swing dance lesson will be for beginners and will be from 7:30 to 8:15
QED: A Place to Show & Tell
27-16 23rd Ave, Astoria, New York 11105


Tuesday, December 19
Buck and a Quarter Quartet *
Holiday Show at SISTERS Bklyn: We’re on at SISTERS Bklyn, 900 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, 8:30-11 p.m. giving you another chance to celebrate the season with us. No minimum, no cover, plenty o’ holiday tunes, guests and good cheer! At this incredibly free show, there’s a $5 suggested donation.


Tuesday, December 19
2nd Annual Swing Dance & Cookie Party
It’s the last class of the 2017 and we’re celebrating with the 2nd holiday cookie party PLUS social dance. Starting at 7:30, join us for two all-levels workshops on solo jazz and lindy hop improvisation. Then join us for dancing, cookies, and more
7:30: All-Levels Solo Jazz Grab-Bag Routine
8:30: All-Levels Lindy Hop Secrets to Improvisation
9:30: Social Dance
Ripley Grier Studios
520 8th Ave 10th Fl (west 36th St) room 10 D, New York, New York


Tuesday, December 19
White Heat:End of Year Bash
White Heat featuring live music with Ian and International Stomp!
$10 cover and the most space you’ll ever have to dance in NYC.
Two sets of live music!
9:30-9:45 DJ
9:45-10:45 BAND
10:45-11 DJ
11-12 BAND
DJ Mimi Liu-Leyco during the band breaks.
HOLIDAY THEMED Bal Bar!!!!! (please bring cash to tip your bartenders!) Hand-crafted cocktails for our lovely dance scene by your favorite bartenders!
YSBD – 412 Eighth Avenue, 4th Floor


Wednesday, December 20
Jason Prover & his Sneak Thievery Orchestra*
Radegast Hall
113 North 3rd St., Brooklyn
9pm


Thursday, December 21
Emily Asher’s Garden Party*
Radegast Hall
113 North 3rd St., Brooklyn
9pm


Friday, December 22
Fleur Seule – Tavern on the Green
Join us in Central Park from 7-11pm on these dates to dance and dine to the sounds of Fleur Seule:
In the Bar Room. As always, no cover.
Central Park West & 67th St.


Tuesday, December 26
Jason Prover*
Radegast Hall
113 North 3rd St., Brooklyn
8pm


Tuesday, December 26
Pete and Paul, A Fargenign: Yiddish Swing Dance Party
* Paul Shapiro’s Ribs & Brisket Revue
* Pete Sokolow’s Yiddish-American Jass Band
* The Shvesters of Swing: Joanne Borts, Tamar Korn, Cilla Owens & Eleonor Reissa
In 1937, Yiddish swing swept the nation with the #1 hit by the Andrews Sisters, Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, the only Yiddish song ever to top the American charts. The craze launched a weekly radio show Yiddish Melodies in Swing, as well as the careers of the genre’s leading performers – the Barry Sisters. Yiddish New York celebrates this uniquely American art form with a special dance party. Music will be provided by acclaimed saxophonist Paul Shapiro’s Ribs & Brisket Revue and Pete Socolow’s Yiddish American Jass Band with renowned Yiddish vocalists/Broadway stars Eleanor Reissa (Indecent) and Joanne Borts (Once), the amazing jazz vocalists Tamar Korn (The Cangelosi Cards, Brain Cloud, Kornucopia) and Cilla Owens (“as smooth as Nancy Wilson, as authoritative as Sarah Vaughan, and as informed as Carmen McRae” Jazz Times).
Free to 6-day YNY registrants. Others may purchase tickets online soon or pay at the door.
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center
107 Suffolk St, New York, New York 10002
**Eileen’s note: I do not know what kind of space there may/may not be. This came on my radar because of Tamar. I’d call the venue if you want more information.**


Wednesday, December 27
Sock Hop Wednesday
Now in our 14th 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!
7:00-11:30pm
Iguana Cafe
240 West 54th Street btwn Broadway & 8th Ave
Admission $15 CASH ONLY at the Door
***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
Info


Thursday, December 28
Hot Club of Flatbush*
Radegast Hall
113 North 3rd St., Brooklyn
9pm


Friday, December 29
Fleur Seule – Tavern on the Green
Join us in Central Park from 7-11pm on these dates to dance and dine to the sounds of Fleur Seule:
In the Bar Room. As always, no cover.
Central Park West & 67th St.


Saturday, December 30
The Salon: New Years Eve Eve
7:30 PM – 1 AM
The Players 16 Gramercy Park S, New York, New York 10003
* Early Bird Tier 2 Tickets now on sale… only $39!! (limited quantity)
SWING (in the Ballroom)
* Jason Prover‘s Sneak Thievery Orchestra
HOT JAZZ (in the Library)
* Tamar Korn & A Kornucopia
SULTRY SWING n BLUES (the Kinstler Room)
* King Solomon Hicks Quartet
* piano ragtime master Terry Waldo
GYPSY JAZZ (in The Grill / Bar)
* Adrien Chevalier Gypsy Jazz Quartet
* piano ragtime master Terry Waldo
— plus —
* chorus gals The Bathtub Ginnys
* Djs Lewi Gilamichael and Odysseus Bailer
* FREE Beginner swing lesson (8:00-8:25pm) by Jaime Shannon
Classic burlesque & Go-Go by
* Velvetina Taylor / Dandy Dillinger / Trinity Starligiht
* NYEE Salon tradition continues with Radishes for dapper gents by Michael Ingbar
* Full Bars in the Ballroom (Dining Hall), The Grill (lower floor), and a VIP bar in the Card Room. No food will be available or for sale.
doors at 7:30 / ends at 1am
21+ (ID required)
get tickets and more info at
Tickets


Giving Tuesday – Annual Appeal

 

A Note to the Swing Dance Community,

I established This Week in Swing NYC in 2008, when an email list to help friends go dance together kept growing until the distribution list grew too large, so a blog was born.

I’ve expanded the format to help support the needs of the community, dancers, dance teachers and musicians; with a move to a paid hosting site earlier this year.  The feedback has been very positive.  While my hosting costs are quite reasonable, I have needed some technical support to get us started.

While I’ve had a few donations from a couple of kind lindy hoppers, it hasn’t quite covered the cost.  In the spirit of giving Tuesday, it was suggested that I launch an annual appeal.  If you’re a member of the community who’s benefited from This Week in Swing, if you’d consider pitching a buck or two the cause, I’d appreciate it.

I’m hoping to launch some advertising in the next year, but my time outside of building this new site has been limited, so I appreciate your consideration.  Please note that all current policies towards listings will continue to be applied.

For how to support our efforts, please go to:  http://thisweekinswingnyc.com/support/

Thank you for your consideration.  Please scroll down for this week’s listings.

Best wishes,

Eileen

Founder, This Week in Swing NYC

 

 

 

Cleveland Junior Jitterbugs

Valerie Salstrom runs the Cleveland Junior Jitterbugs. A fabulous program supporting the kids in Cleveland who learn how to dance. They are trying to get to events this summer to increase their exposure to dance. If you’re able, take a read through Valerie’s note below and support if you can.
Thanks, Eileen


From Valerie Salstrom
Hello Friends,
This is an ask. I hate asking for money. It doesn’t feel good to ask for money. You feel like “less” when you hold out your hand for money. But, I have to do this for the kids. Ugh, my stomach hurts. I put on a good face that this is great, everything is great. This is actually really difficult for me. Ok, Here we go. Think of the kids, think of the kids.
I wish the arts were valued. I wish swing dancing and it’s African American history was valued. I wish more people realized what being involved in a swing dance program means to children and their families.
In the next few months some of the members of the Cleveland Junior Jitterbugs will be making their way to events around the country to take classes, social dance, perform, compete, hang out with other youth who are involved in the dance scene, meet some of their swing dance heroes, and hear stories about the great ones who have passed. We also have three jitterbug relatives traveling with us as chaperones. (We have lots of little bugs whose ages are in the single digits and we need the extra help.)
These efforts require a pretty hefty chunk of change and we are hoping you can help us finish raising the money we need. Our goal is to raise at least $7500 and we have already raised slightly under $3000.
If you would like to donate and have your donation be tax deductible, the Frankie Manning Foundation has kindly agreed to have your donations go through them. You will need to designate your dollars go to the Cleveland Junior Jitterbugs, the Cleveland Kids, the Cleveland Youth Program, or something similar. You may further specify that your funds go for travel only, food only, travel to a particular event, accommodations at a particular event, costumes, food and beverages while training in Cleveland, etc. What your donations will NOT cover are studio space rental in Cleveland, training fees while in Cleveland, event passes, or transportation or meals for chaperones. The Brooklyn Branch of the Cleveland Public Library has been letting us use their community room for practice sessions for free. I donate my coaching, choreography, and transportation services for the youth during their summers in Cleveland. Uptown Swingout, the International Lindy Hop Championships, and Camp Hollywood have all donated passes for our Cleveland group. Some of these events also provide food and accommodations for our youth participants.
Here is a break down of what is happening –
Alexis and Cyle are going to Uptown Swingout in Minneapolis. MN. August 11-13. Uptown Swingout
Alexis, Cyle, Jermaine, Jonathan, Mario, Mariana, Gabi, and Aniyah are going to the International Lindy Hop Championships near Washington, DC. August 24-27. ILHC
Alexis, Cyle, Jermaine, Mario, Mariana, and Gabi are going to Camp Hollywood/National Jitterbug Championships in Los Angeles, CA. September 1-4. http://www.camphollywood.net/
Think of everything they will need. Flights to Minneapolis. Rental of a 15 passenger van to get to DC. Tolls, gas, and food on the way to and from DC. Flights to LA. Hotel rooms in LA. Meals in LA. Costumes. Shoes. In case you didn’t know, a 9 year old is practically capable of eating their own weight in food each day. The bills for food are enormous for this group. Wanna sponsor a pizza party or two? Can we get a poolside picnic organized at Camp Hollywood?
Please email, info@gethepswing.com, or message me here on Facebook for more details on our budget and/or information on how to donate to the Cleveland Junior Jitterbugs through The Frankie Manning Foundation via paypal or check. There are a few things you should know that can help you decide if a check or paypal is better. We can also let you know how to avoid extra fees through paypal.
Frankie Manning Foundation
I would also like to thank Beantown Lindy Hop Camp for continually supporting the Frankie Manning Ambassadors at their camp. Alexis and Cyle have loved every minute of their time spent with you all. Beantown

Welcome to THIS WEEK IN SWING NYC

Welcome to THIS WEEK IN SWING NYC!

After starting on Blogspot in 2008 and moving to WordPress, This Week in Swing, has a new home!

I hope everyone finds this to be an improvement to finding out where to dance, where to take dance lessons or where to go out and just listen (yes we can just go listen) in our love of all things swing!

Major shout out to Mandi Gould for helping make this happen.

Please check it out, what a couple of videos and check back often as we continue to do updates.

 

 

2018 New York City Swing Dancing Update


Regular weekly events not included in the calendar below:

Mon: Svetlana & the Delancey Five, The Back Room 102 Norfolk St 8:30pm*
Mon: Glenn Crytzer, Kola House, 408 W15th, BigBandMondays.com $20 min./No cover
Mon: The Cotton Club, $25 cover
Mon/Tues:Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, Iguana, 240 W. 54th, 20/20 food/drink min* (Off 1/1, 1/2, 1/8, 1/9)
Tues: Bal Practice, 9:30-11pm, Students free, $5 others, 412 8th (except White Heat nite)
Tues: George Gee / Swing 46, Dancer discount $10
Tues: Svetlana & the Delancey 5, Roxy Hotel*, 2 Sixth Avenue, 7-10pm, No cover
Wed: Gotham City Blues
Wed: Swing practice, 9:30-10:30, Students free, $5 others, Dancesport 22 W 34 Street, 4 flr
Thurs: Frim Fram at Club 412, 412 Eighth Ave, $10, Students $7, 9pm
Fri: Friday Night Blues
Fri: Friday Brooklyn Swings, Trinity Grace Church 231 Ainslie St, 7-10pm, $5-10
Sun: Baby Soda, St. Mazie’s, 345 Grand St., Brooklyn. 9:30pm *
Nightly: Swing46


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

January Events


Wednesday, January 10
Swing Dance Party at Dancesport hosted by Milo Saidl

Featuring live music: SUSQUEHANNA INDUSTRIAL Tool & Die Co.
Extra Blues Room with Mary Christensen
8:30
Dancesport 22 W 34 Street, 4 floor
$12 until January $15 at door


Sunday, January 14
Sock Hop Sunday
Now in our 14th 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!
7:00-11:30pm
Iguana Cafe
240 West 54th Street btwn Broadway & 8th Ave
Admission $15 CASH ONLY at the Door
***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
www.sockhopsundays.com


Sunday, January 14
Glenn Crytzer Orchestra at APAP Showcase
New York Hilton Midtown – 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019
Big dance floor


February Events


Sunday, February 18
Sock Hop Sunday
Now in our 14th 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!
7:00-11:30pm
Iguana Cafe
240 West 54th Street btwn Broadway & 8th Ave
Admission $15 CASH ONLY at the Door
***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
www.sockhopsundays.com


Saturday, February 24-Sunday, February 25
Skye & Frida NYC Weekend
Adelante Studios – 25 W 31st Second Floor, New York, New York 10001
We are excited to welcome you to our Skye and Frida New York City Weekend! We hope to offer a fun intensive in Lindy Hop and Jazz dancing for the dedicated enthusiast.
Tracks: Solo Jazz or Lindy Hop (of course if you are feeling fit and ambitious you are more than welcome to sign up for both)
Level: Intermediate advanced and higher
Cost: Each track costs 115 dollars
Schedule: Each track will have 6 hours of classes spread over two days.
Saturday
11 am-2 pm Jazz
2 pm-3 pm lunch
3 pm-6 pm Lindy Hop
Sunday
11 am -2 pm Jazz
2 pm-3 pm lunch
3 pm -6 pm Lindy Hop
Sign up here


April Events


April 23-29, 2018
Bal Week 2018
Save the date for Bal Week 2018!