This Week in Swing – January 2021

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Times are tough for our friends who are musicians, dance teachers, studio owners, event promoters.  Here are ways you can help support them, if you are able:


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


      January

       


      Friday, January 15

      Impromptu Swing
      We will meet for 90 minutes at the front entrance of the Museum of Natural History on Central Park West overlooking the park
      There is a large open air space with plenty of room for dancing on smooth stone. We have procured a large bluetooth speaker
      We hope dancing couples and solo dancers will venture out to dance near us. If you’d like to join us, this is what we ask of you:
      •You will bring your own person to dance with; no switching partners*
      •You will wear a mask
      •Please observe social distancing**
      This is an impromptu event, not connected with anyone. We are trying to make responsible baby steps back to an activity that we love. We hope that people make responsible decisions in who they choose to be near, and we are not trying to create a situation that would put anyone in danger.


      Saturday, January 16

      Call of the Jitterbug screening
      Step back in time through a FREE screening of “The Call of the Jitterbug.” This 35-minute documentary features rare vintage dance clips, plus interviews with legendary dancers and musicians like Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, and Dizzy Gillespie.
      The film will be streamed through library access over Zoom. Alexander Street Press, a Proquest Company: https://alexanderstreet.com/
      Subtitles will be included! This event is completely FREE to attend and is for educational purposes.
      Trailer: http://www.greenroom-productions.com/the-call-of-the…
      FB event invite
      1-2pm


      Saturday, January 16

      Buck and A Quarter in Washington Square
      Weather permitting – Buck And A Quarter will be back in Washington Square this Saturday, January 16th, 11 am to 1:30 pm.
      If the rain blows through in time, we’ll be playing two sets of vintage pop for dancing and listening, with Brian Nalepka, Tuba; Dan Levinson and John Bianchi, clarinets and c-melody saxes; Mike Weatherly and Arnt Arntzen, banjo, and Ben Mealer, Uke.


      Saturday, January 16

      Louis Armstrong Eternity Band
      Thanks to a change in the forecast we’ll be in Riverside Park at West 84th Street Saturday 2pm – 4pm in addition to our already planned concert Friday. Feed your soul with us and support unemployed musicians while you’re at it!
      check out the band at www.ostwaldjazz.com


      Saturday, January 23

      Swing Footwork Routine

      5:30pm – 7:30pm, New York time
      A Swing Footwork Routine!
      https://syncopatedcity.com/workshops/
      Join us for our first workshop in 2021, where we will teach a fresh, fun and easy routine that utilizes all different kinds of footwork basics. It’s meant to be a Practice routine that will strengthen your stamina and rhythm, but we promise it will also satisfy you in the way a solo Jazz routine would. You can use it as a warmup, teach it to friends, or use it like a line dance.
      Join us for this 2-hour workshop on Zoom, where you will learn the whole routine, and by the end, your swing rhythm will be glorious!
      This workshop is open to everyone, for $25 US dollars. Simply register your monthly account at Syncopated City and you will have access to the workshop AND our entire catalogue of Swing Dance lessons.
      Members of Syncopated City, are welcome to take the workshop at no extra cost, but we ask that you please RSVP in the forum ahead of time.


      Saturday, January 23

      THE SALON: Quarantine Speakeasy

      6:45pm – 9:00pm
      Please join us for our All-Star variety show featuring favorite performers streaming live from New York City into your own quarantine speakeasy!
      * pre-show: DJ ANDRIUS – at 6:45pm
      * intro by PATRICK SOLURI of Prohibition Productions – at 7:00pm
      * music by BABY SODA JAZZ BAND – at 7:05pm
      * dancer GABY COOK – at 7:30pm
      * music by DAN LEVINSON’s PALOMAR JAZZ BAND with Molly Ryan – at 7:40
      * live music & cocktails with JONATHAN STOUT – at 8:10pm
      * outro by PATRICK SOLURI – c.8:40pm
      * afterparty w/DJ ANDRIUS; anyone on Zoom can join on video & dance!
      TO WATCH
      * register on Zoom anytime (it’s free & easy) at – https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fn9uEa8LSny3UedPgFKLrA
      * streams simultaneously on Facebook Live (go to @prohibitionproductions )
      * following livestream full show is posted on our Facebook pag; and a fully remastered version in HD (1080p w/48k audio) on our Youtube Channel
      (https://www.youtube.com/c/ProhibitionProductions)
      DONATIONS
      * donate anytime for this episode/cast from Jan 18th to 31st
      * $5-10 min. suggested donation (split amongst all performers)
      * PayPal direct link https://paypal.me/ProhibitionProd or to “info@prohibitionproductions.com”
      * Venmo to “@Patrick-Soluri” or Zelle to “patrick@soluri.com”
      DETAILS
      * Dj & “doors” at 6:45pm EST // show starts 7:00pm EST
      * Schedule posted on registration & Facebook (subject to change)
      * streamed live as a “Webinar” so you’ll only see video of performers (not video of yourself like a regular zoom meeting).
      THE SKINNY
      Our goal during this unprecedented time is to help bring people together from all over the world who share common interests; and provide musicians & performers the opportunity to share their craft with like minded people passionate about music & dance. The QUARANTINE SPEAKEASY now live streams every other Saturday from NYC averaging hundreds of views from over a dozen countries and half the US states.

      Eileen’s note: These events are time consuming to put together. Please do your part and make a donation to help our dancers and musicians get through this difficult time.


        February


        Saturday, February 6

        THE SALON: Quarantine Speakeasy

        6:45pm – 9:00pm
        Save the date – Please join us for our All-Star variety show featuring favorite performers streaming live from New York City into your own quarantine speakeasy!


        Saturday, February 20

        THE SALON: Quarantine Speakeasy

        6:45pm – 9:00pm
        Save the date – Please join us for our All-Star variety show featuring favorite performers streaming live from New York City into your own quarantine speakeasy!


        March


          Saturday, March 6

          THE SALON: Quarantine Speakeasy

          6:45pm – 9:00pm
          Save the date – Please join us for our All-Star variety show featuring favorite performers streaming live from New York City into your own quarantine speakeasy!


          Saturday, March 20

          THE SALON: Quarantine Speakeasy

          6:45pm – 9:00pm
          Save the date – Please join us for our All-Star variety show featuring favorite performers streaming live from New York City into your own quarantine speakeasy!


          April


          Saturday, April 3

          THE SALON: Quarantine Speakeasy

          6:45pm – 9:00pm
          Save the date – Please join us for our All-Star variety show featuring favorite performers streaming live from New York City into your own quarantine speakeasy!


          Saturday, April 17

          THE SALON: Quarantine Speakeasy

          6:45pm – 9:00pm
          Save the date – Please join us for our All-Star variety show featuring favorite performers streaming live from New York City into your own quarantine speakeasy!

          Match Made in Lindy Hop

          Last year, I met Jaime Lynn at Midsummer Night Swing. She shared how she had met her favorite person (Travis) as a result of him reading my blog. Travis wanted to go swing dancing, read my blog and wound up meeting Jaime Lynn at the dance. Fast forward one year and I met Jaime Lynn and Travis at Midsummer Night Swing with Eyal Vilner where she announced they had just gotten engaged! While it took much more to get to the engagement, it was sweet to hear that they first met due to Travis reading This Week in Swing NYC. Congratulations to the happy couple, with many years on the dance floor ahead of you!

          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

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