This Week in Swing – September 2020

 

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 QUARANTINE VIDEO OF THE MONTH

THE HOT TODDIES JAZZ BAND: Don’t Fence Me In – Featuring Gordon Webster and Queen Esther

 


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:

Keep scrolling for what’s happening online…. This Week in Swing NYC.


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


  • Mon:  Practice with Bobby White
  • Mon:  Free 20’s Charleston Class with Yuval & Juls
  • Mon:  Intro to Lindy Hop 5:30pm & Line Dances 6:30pm
  • Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun: College of Swing Era Knowledge– with Joel Plys 10pm
  • Tues: Solo Jazz with Akemi; Donation Based – 6:15pm
  • Tues: Weekly Tuesday Zoom – SOLO Charleston/Jazz w/ Elena Iannucci
  • Tues/Thurs: JitterBlast with Nick Williams; Donation Based – 8pm
  • Tues/Thurs/Sun: Solo Jazz with Stina; Donation Based – 7pm
  • Wed: Live Stream with Syncopated City – 3pm
  • Wed: Swing Outs Free Dance Class
  • Fri: Solo Dance with Margaret – 1pm; Donation, email for zoom link: marg@nyc.rr.com
  • Fri: Blues Dance New York, 8pm Virtual DJ set / lesson
  • Fri: Friday Night Dance Hall -6:30pm
  • Sat: Saturday Sessions with Remy Kouakou Kouame, Virtual Learning Fun-12pm
  • Sun: Solo Jazz/Charleston for Beginners – Astoria Park Edition – 4:30pm
  • September



    • Friday, September 18

      IMPROMPTU SWING we are going to have a dance. We will meet for 60 minutes (or until I get arrested) at the beautiful 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. 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.
      6:30pm – 8pm
      The museum of natural history is on Central Park West at about 78th St. This is not the Sunday class location! This is on Central Park West overlooking Central Park
      *Your dance partner should be someone you live with or someone you socialize with inside your home someone you are ALREADY in close contact with
      NO BATHROOMS!


    • Saturday, September 19

      Michael & Evita: September 19th Solo Jazz Workshop

      Live Online Workshop with Michael and Evita
      1:00pm – 3:00pm NYC
      Join us for our second Solo Jazz workshop during this socially isolated pandemic! In this 2 hour live zoom class, Michael and Evita will teach a sequence of steps, first explaining and demonstrating a “Beginner-Friendly” version. Then, significantly more advanced variations on the same sequence will be taught in order to challenge you and show options for expanding the rhythms and technical difficulties.
      Whether you are a Beginner or Advanced, this workshop will show how to develop steps, play with rhythm variations and give you plenty to work on.
      The workshop is open to EVERYONE, for $35 US dollars. Or … if you become a Member of Syncopated City, for $25 a month, the workshop is included! (you can also cancel membership when you want. There is no required membership time.)
      * Already a Member of Syncopated City? You are welcome to take the workshop at no extra cost, but we ask that you please RSVP and register for a spot.
      * Workshop will be via Syncopated City’s Zoom room.
      Meeting ID will be shared to the email you provide before the workshop begins.
      *Registration space is limited to 100 participants
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      Sunday, September 20

      Outdoor Class

      This Sunday at 10:30AM we will have a two-part class. First, (Tawni Lawford or Jamie Shannon) will teach a 30 minute beginner level solo jazz class.
      Tawni will lead a basic warm up, and then a short routine. No experience, or talent required.
      Second class to follow.
      Spencer Weisbond will teach 45 minute Advanced beginner swing/Lindy Hop. Level 2/3
      Brush up your basic swing, and push it to the next level with basic Lindy hop 8 count patterns and styling.
      Beginner friendly! (Some experience helpful)
      BRING YOUR OWN PARTNER.
      NO PARTNER ROTATION.
      MASKS REQUIRED.
      SAFE DISTANCE IN EFFECT.
      Location: The Museum Of Natural History entrance @ 77th St.
      Directions: 77th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West. The entrance to the museum is closed off and there is a little cul-de-sac where we will have our class in the shade.
      This is a donation based class
      Suggested $10-20 for both.
      Stone tile floor
      20 person maximum


      Sunday, September 20

      Eyal Vilner Big Band
      Washington Square Park
      2:30 – 5:00pm
      Weather Permitting
      Bring Your Own Partner / Wear a Mask 

    • Wednesday, September 23

      The Duke Ellington Story Pt. 1
      It’s one of the most astonishing stories in American history – Edward Kennedy Ellington, born in the segregated Washington D.C. of 1899, lived long enough to havre his 70th birthday celebrated at a grand White House party. Acclaimed around the world for his originality, we’ll take our time with four presentations covering his long musical life. Join us for part one!
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      Sunday, September 27

      Eyal Vilner Big Band
      Washington Square Park
      2:30 – 5:00pm
      Weather Permitting
      Bring Your Own Partner / Wear a Mask 

    • Sunday, September 13

      Outdoor Class

      This Sunday at 10:30AM we will have a two-part class. First, (Tawni Lawford or Jamie Shannon) will teach a 30 minute beginner level solo jazz class.
      Tawni will lead a basic warm up, and then a short routine. No experience, or talent required.
      Second class to follow.
      Spencer Weisbond will teach 45 minute Advanced beginner swing/Lindy Hop. Level 2/3
      Brush up your basic swing, and push it to the next level with basic Lindy hop 8 count patterns and styling.
      Beginner friendly! (Some experience helpful)
      BRING YOUR OWN PARTNER.
      NO PARTNER ROTATION.
      MASKS RE7 to the museum is closed off and there is a little cul-de-sac where we will have our class in the shade.
      This is a donation based class
      Suggested $10-20 for both.
      Stone tile floor
      20 person maximum


    • Monday, September 28

      The Sound of Surprise: 4 Great Jazz Albums to Introduce Someone to Jazz 2
      It has been over 100 years since the first jazz recordings were made, and now the number of jazz recordings is in the tens of thousands. Many people still want to know which album is the best one to turn someone onto jazz. We’ll continue this series with Duke Ellington’s Live at Newport 1956 and see what makes it tick.
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        October


         


      • Friday, October 23 – Sunday, October 25

        2020 American Lindy Hop Championships

        The 2020 American Lindy Hop Championships will be broadcast beginning October 23, 8pm ET to 8pm on October 25, 2020. During that time we’ll offer a jam packed weekend of dance classes, the ALHC Sounds Film Fest, dance contests, live and DJed music, features, special performances, tributes and a telethon to raise money toward our 25th anniversary celebration in Harlem.
        In addition, we are proud to announce that our profits will, also, benefit the American Cancer Society during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
        No entry fees this year, but there is a nominal video submission registration fee. Registration for contests and the ALHC Sounds Film Fest opens September 1, 2020.
        For only $49.99 attendees will see the entire weekend of events that includes classes, the Film Fest, contests, performances, vintage films and ALHC archival footage. You’ll, also have the option of buying classes outside of PPV for $6.99 each.
        It’s a weekend not to be missed. For more info use one of the following links: Staff – https://artspectrum.org/staff.htm
        Contests – https://artspectrum/org/contest_info.htm
        Enter – https://alhc.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/57003
        Film Fest – https://artspectrum.org/filmfest.htm
        Enter – https://alhc.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/57004
        https://www.facebook.com/events/750793449086694/?active_tab=about


          November



            November 27-29

            Virtual ILHC

            So Virtual ILHC will take place online November 27-29, 2020! This year will feature 3 days of stellar competitions, our juniors program and juniors competition, top-level instruction, thought provoking LEDs, and fun dance parties.
            Our mission is to respect and honor the spirit of Lindy Hop by hosting an international competition weekend which is organized, performed, and judged at the highest levels possible and inclusive of all nations wishing to participate. With collaboration by Lindy Hop experts, we are coordinating an exciting online experience to showcase our Lindy Hop dance to the world. See our competition details.
            YOUR support of the event helps to fuel our mission. ILHC has already incurred expenses related to what would have been the in-person event as well as other yearly costs. You can support by joining in on the fun. Also, because of the financial hard times some of our Lindy Family is facing, we have donation opportunities to give passes to others that may need help to attend.
            Our ILHC team will be reaching out directly to our currently registered attendees with information about providing refunds, transfers to Virtual ILHC, or converting part or all of paid registration fees as a charitable gift.
            We look forward to bringing you Virtual ILHC 2020 as a reimagined event that brings dancers, competitors, friends and family together in a showcase that celebrates the global Lindy Hop Community!
            www.ilhc.co

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