December 9, 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: The Cotton Club $25 cover (bring a partner)
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
Wed: Dandy Wellington at DeKalb Stage 446 Albee Square W., Brooklyn, 7-10pm, Free
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
Fri: Prohibition Fri, concrete flr, band 7:15pm, no min at bar/$25 min tables (Reservations Req’d), 707 8th Ave
Sun: Baby Soda, St. Mazie’s, 345 Grand St., Brooklyn. 9:30pm *
Sun: Glenn Crytzer Quartet, HoneyBees, 95 Avenue A, 7-10pm (call to confirm)


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

 


December Events



Monday, December 9

Swing Dancing with Caleb Teicher, Ben Folds and Eyal Vilner
Choreographer and dancer Caleb Teicher, musician Ben Folds, and friends come together for a special performance set in the Guggenheim rotunda. Accompanied by Eyal Vilner Big Band, Teicher will teach an introduction to swing dancing, followed by a party to put the moves in motion.
Tickets $75 and higher
6:30pm – 11pm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue


Monday, December 9

Jazz Haus Holiday Stomp: Grand St. Stompers
JAZZ HAUS: every Monday 7-11pm at Bierhaus NYC with Hot Jazz n’ Swing bands, classic burlesque, swing DJs… No Cover!
* The Grand St. Stompers – 3 sets / 7:00-10:15pm — plus — * DJ Brian Ferdman * chorus gals The Bathtub Ginnys * Beginner swing dance lesson by Jaime Shannon at 7:45pm * No Cover / No Minimum / All ages / 21+ to Drink
Hofbräu Bierhaus NYC
712 3rd Ave, New York, New York 10017


Thursday, December 12

Subway Swing: A Boogie for the Ages
4 bands – including The Brass Tacks and The Revisionists
6:30-9:00pm
Tickets – $35
New York Transit Museum
99 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201


Friday, December 13

Mad Hot Swing ‘n’ Ballroom
A fantastic night of Swing and mixed Ballroom & Latin dancing in two dedicated rooms featuring:
Pre-party basic lesson 8-9pm
Dancing in two Separate Rooms: 9pm-12:30am
DJ Danny Scarola in the Ballroom
DJ in the Swing Room
FREE Refreshments
Admission at the Door:
Current YSBD Students, $8
General Public, $10
YSBD – 412 Eighth Avenue, 4th Floor


Saturday, December 14

Holiday Tea at Three
Chartwell Booksellers invites you to Holiday Tea at Three on Saturday, December 14th featuring Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks (in memory of Sol Yaged). 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the lobby of the Park Avenue Plaza building, 55 East 52nd Street, between Park & Madison, NYC.
Dancing is encouraged and admission is free.


Saturday, December 14

Uptown Saturday Night Swing Dance
Swing With Us NYC Presents…An Uptown Saturday Night Swing Dance
@The Historic National Black Theatre
2035 5th Ave. (Btwn. 125th &1 26th St)
7:15pm to 8:00pm Dance Lesson
8:00pm to 11:00pm Social Dancing
LIVE DJ Ron (Swing, Blues, R&B and Soul)
$10.00


Saturday, December 14

Holy Ground*
Join us at our Saturday late night in Tribeca at the gorgeous Speakeasy & Smokehouse w/incredible cocktails & food, plus NYC’s top hot jazz n’swing bands… NO COVER!
featuring:
* Charles Turner & UPTOWN SWING (3X sets from 10pm-1am)
The gorgeous vintage inspired underground speakeasy HOLY GROUND is intimate, with small areas for dancing (tile floors). They feature an incredible craft cocktail program, weekly drink special, and awesome eats! (kitchen usually open until 11pm / reservations recommended for dinner or tables)
112 Reade St.


Sunday, December 15

Vintage Train Ride with Music!
Just the facts: 145th St. A/C/D station, Uptown D platform (lowest level), 11am-6pm. Band list and set times will be posted in this event invite. All are welcome!
Information on the train rides here.
The event needs volunteers to both pass the hat for the bands and to keep them safe. Please check the invite for how to volunteer.


Sunday, December 15

Sunday Soul Session – December
Partner, solo and group dancing to the best soul and funk tunes played by DJs who know their stuff.
Admission $10
Free Drop in Lesson at 6:30 pm
Dancing from 7-9:30 pm – Soul Train at 9 pm
YSBD – 412 Eighth Ave, 4th Floor
**Eileen’s note: This is not strictly swing – soul is popular in the swing community, but will have a healthy amount of swing danceable music. I’m including this until I get a chance to go or hear substantial feedback from attendees.


Monday, December 16

Jazz Haus: Eyal Vilnter Quintet
JAZZ HAUS: every Monday 7-11pm at Bierhaus NYC with Hot Jazz n’ Swing bands, classic burlesque, swing DJs… No Cover!
* Eyal Vilner Quintet – 3 sets / 7:00-10:15pm — plus — * DJ Yurina Shin * burlesque by TBA * Beginner swing dance lesson upon request at 7:45pm * No Cover / No Minimum / All ages / 21+ to Drink
Hofbräu Bierhaus NYC
712 3rd Ave, New York, New York 10017


Wednesday, December 18

Speakeasy Sessions*
Eyal Vilner Quartet
Join us every Wednesday at SUGAR EAST… doors at 5pm, live hot jazz & swing bands from 7-10pm; and secret cocktails… NO COVER!
Sugar East
1125 1st Avenue New York, NY, New York, New York 10065


Friday, December 20

Rebel Night
Otto’s Shrunken Head at 538 E 14th St.
10pm – 4am
If you’re a dancer who’s all about rock n’ roll, Rebel Night is the party for you! Our DJs spin the best 50s and early 60s music, on original 45 RPM records. Come as you are, or strut in your latest vintage finds!
Our jams are swing- and lindy-friendly and dancers of all stripes are welcome – but we’re happy to teach Rock n’ Roll Jive, Bop and Stroll if you’re interested!
Great music, delicious tiki drinks, and NO COVER!
Eileen’s note: I’ve been told the vast majority is swing danceable.


Friday, December 20

Fleur Seule
Join us for dinner and dancing in the Courtyard (weather permitting).
No cover, one item minimum.
7-11pm
Central Park, West 67th St.


Saturday, December 21

Fleur Seule
Marriott Marquis – Times Square
Join us for dinner and dancing, tile floor.
Live music 5-9pm.
Crossroads Lounge on the 8th floor, no cover, one item minimum.


Monday, December 23

Jazz Haus: Molly Ryan & Manhattan Premier
JAZZ HAUS: every Monday 7-11pm at Bierhaus NYC with Hot Jazz n’ Swing bands, classic burlesque, swing DJs… No Cover!
Holiday Celebration: * Molly Ryan & Manhattan Premier – 3 sets / 7:00-10:15pm — plus — * DJ Andrius Sc * burlesque by TBA * Beginner swing dance lesson by Jaime Shannon at 7:45pm * No Cover / No Minimum / All ages / 21+ to Drink
Hofbräu Bierhaus NYC
712 3rd Ave, New York, New York 10017


Thursday, December 26

Frim Fram
Closed for a long winter’s nap.


Friday, December 27

Fleur Seule
Join us for dinner and dancing in the Courtyard (weather permitting).
No cover, one item minimum.
7-11pm
Central Park, West 67th St.


Saturday, December 28

Fleur Seule
Marriott Marquis – Times Square
Join us for dinner and dancing, tile floor.
Live music 5-9pm.
Crossroads Lounge on the 8th floor, no cover, one item minimum.


Sunday, December 29

Fleur Seule
Join us for dinner and dancing in the Courtyard (weather permitting).
No cover, one item minimum.
12-4pm
Central Park, West 67th St.


Monday, December 30

New Year’s Eve Eve
SWING (in the Ballroom) – * Danny Jonokuchi & The Revisionists
HOT JAZZ & SOUL (in the Library) – * Mimi and The Podd Brothers
SULTRY SWING n BLUES (in the Kinstler Room) – * King Solomon Hicks Quartet
GYPSY JAZZ (in The VIP Room / aka Card Room) – * Adrien Chevalier Gypsy Jazz Trio
— plus —
* Dj Andrius Sc
* chorus gals The Bathtub Ginnys
* FREE Beginner swing lesson (7:45pm) by Jaime Shannon
* NYEE tradition continues… countdown at midnight!
* Full Bar in The Ballroom, and a VIP bar in the Card Room.
(No food will be available or for sale)
VIP ROOM
Sip cocktails at Mark Twain’s own poker table, and lounge on couches in our private VIP room filled w historic curiosities featuring a private VIP only bar away from the crowds – mingle amongst the VIP guests and performers… not to mention a 3hr open bar from 8-11pm, and four sets of live music by Adrien Chevalier’s Gypsy Jazz Trio from 7:30 to 11:30.
doors at 7:00 / ends at 12:30am
21+ (ID required)
Tickets
THE PLAYERS -16 Gramercy Park South
DRESS CODE – Proper attire requested – Retro Chic, Vintage, Suits, cocktail attire, or biz casual… think Boardwalk Empire, Gatsby, Mad Men. No shorts, t-shirts, torn/tattered jeans, workout or warm-up attire, fitness/athletic shoes, and ball/casual caps. Security will have final say on dress code admittance.
This event sells out every year, and our capacity for this event is even more limited then last year, so advance tickets are strongly recommended!
GENERAL ADMISSION
$59 – Advance Tickets – ON SALE NOW!
$69 – Full Price / Door Tickets
Includes access to all rooms on two floors (except VIP Room), and swing lesson.
VIP TICKETS
$119 – Early Bird Tickets – ON SALE NOW!
$129 – Advance Tickets
$135 – Door Tickets
Includes 3hr open bar from 8-11pm (all bars / both floors ), skip any lines at the door; swing lesson; exclusive access to the VIP Room with private bar & dedicated band. Limited availability.


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

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.

 

 

A LINDY MEMORY: Central Park Flash Mob

Central Park Flash Mob

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.