This Week in Swing – March 29, 2020

SPREADSHEET OF GLOBAL VIRTUAL EVENTS – ONLINE ONLY

Global list of virtual events

ALL IN PERSON EVENTS REMOVED THROUGH APRIL 15TH.  ADDITIONAL EVENTS THAT HAVE BEEN CANCELLED ARE MARKED BELOW.


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

March

 


SPREADSHEET OF GLOBAL VIRTUAL EVENTS – ONLINE ONLY

Global list of virtual events


Friday, April 3 – ONLINE EVENT

“Taking Care of Your Body” a one-hour live stream with Michael and Evita doing some essential strength exercises and stretching specific for Lindy Hop dancers. Exercises and stretches are super helpful for keeping the body feeling good while we are all cooped up inside. You can join in or just watch to see who’s stronger/more flexible!
Live Stream will be on the Syncopated City YouTube Channel and Syncopated City Facebook page.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOwHfaALPMH-6XhjEScm_QA


Saturday, April 4 – ONLINE EVENT

Let’s Big Apple Together – Review and Practice Sessions
Let’s get together virtually and have a Big Apple review/practice sessions starting this Saturday at noon!
Noon
30 minutes per session via Zoom twice a week until we finish! Saturday at Noon & Tuesday at 6pm! Each session will cover a section of Big Apple. I know repetition is important so I will review a previous section during the first 10 minutes, then 15 minutes of new section, then 5 minutes of run through starting from the previous section. During the final session, we will all do it together (virtually) and film it!
If possible, any amount of donations will be greatly appreciated via Venmo: akemi-kinukawa.
Thank you. If you are financially, physically, and/or emotionally suffering, no worries about money. I want you to join me and enjoy moving around and enjoy each other’s company. No questions asked. (Some of the donations will go to the dance programs that have supported me and NYC dance community over the years.)
FB Event Invite


Saturday, April 4 – ONLINE EVENT

Mobtown Telethon: Support Baltimore Arts
10 AM – for 12 or 24 hours TBD Facebook invite, more details TBA


Saturday, April 4 – ONLINE EVENT

Live Stream: “Musical Exercises for Dancers from a Musician”
Join Eyal Vilner and Evita Arce for their Live Stream “Musical Exercises for Dancers from a Musician” this Saturday, March 4th at 1:00pm EST. ⁠
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This one-hour live stream will take you through why musicians transcribe solos and how that process can inform dancers. Also, Eyal and Evita will share their homework in translating across the language of dance and music, showing their transcriptions of choreography and musical solos. ⁠
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You can find the live stream here or on the Syncopated City YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOwHfaALPMH-6XhjEScm_QA


Saturday, April 4 – ONLINE EVENT

Balboa “Live Stream” Practice Session
Join me for a Balboa practice on Facebook Live Stream. We will be working on Pure Balboa and Bal-Swing that you can do by yourself or with a partner.
12:00pm PST (3pm EST)
Donations are appreciated.
Venmo: @swingnick
PayPal: nick@swingnick.com
I will stream the video on my personal FB page but also share it with this event group. I’ll start streaming 5 minutes before and play music you can warm-up to.
I will keep the video up for 24 hours if you are not able to join at that time.
FB Event page


Sunday, April 5 – ONLINE EVENT

Virtual solo jazz with Stina
Come join me for a virtual solo jazz lesson. Donations based, pay what you can.
50% goes to YSBD studios who lost all their group classes for the month. The other 50% will be given to jazz musicians, charities, and I will be using a tiny amount to “tip” to various performers doing their shows on Instagram.
My Venmo is @christina-Isaksen
My PayPal is stina93446@mac.com
I am doing these virtual classes every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday until we are allowed to return to normal life here.
If you film yourself dancing the routine and Instagram it, please tag me and I will share it! (Stina93446)
Just because we are stuck indoors doesn’t mean we have to stop dancing!
Facebook invite
or Stina’s Facebook page


Tuesday, April 7 – ONLINE EVENT

Virtual solo jazz with Stina
Come join me for a virtual solo jazz lesson. Donations based, pay what you can.
50% goes to YSBD studios who lost all their group classes for the month. The other 50% will be given to jazz musicians, charities, and I will be using a tiny amount to “tip” to various performers doing their shows on Instagram.
My Venmo is @christina-Isaksen
My PayPal is stina93446@mac.com
I am doing these virtual classes every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday until we are allowed to return to normal life here.
If you film yourself dancing the routine and Instagram it, please tag me and I will share it! (Stina93446)
Just because we are stuck indoors doesn’t mean we have to stop dancing!
Facebook invite
or Stina’s Facebook page


Tuesday, April 7- ONLINE EVENT

Let’s Big Apple Together – Review and Practice Sessions
Let’s get together virtually and have a Big Apple review/practice sessions at 6pm
30 minutes per session via Zoom twice a week until we finish! Saturday at Noon & Tuesday at 6pm! Each session will cover a section of Big Apple. I know repetition is important so I will review a previous section during the first 10 minutes, then 15 minutes of new section, then 5 minutes of run through starting from the previous section. During the final session, we will all do it together (virtually) and film it!
If possible, any amount of donations will be greatly appreciated via Venmo: akemi-kinukawa.
Thank you. If you are financially, physically, and/or emotionally suffering, no worries about money. I want you to join me and enjoy moving around and enjoy each other’s company. No questions asked. (Some of the donations will go to the dance programs that have supported me and NYC dance community over the years.)
FB Event Invite


Thursday, April 7 – ONLINE EVENT

JitterBlast Weekly Live Stream
Join me for regular JitterBlast Live Stream dance fitness classes!
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 8pm EST
Donations are appreciated:
Venmo @swingnick
PayPal nick@swingnick.com
Visit www.jitterblastfitness.com if you’d like to know more.


Thursday, April 9 – ONLINE EVENT

JitterBlast Weekly Live Stream
Join me for regular JitterBlast Live Stream dance fitness classes!
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 8pm EST
Donations are appreciated:
Venmo @swingnick
PayPal nick@swingnick.com
Visit www.jitterblastfitness.com if you’d like to know more.


Thursday, April 9 – ONLINE EVENT

Virtual solo jazz with Stina
Come join me for a virtual solo jazz lesson. Donations based, pay what you can.
50% goes to YSBD studios who lost all their group classes for the month. The other 50% will be given to jazz musicians, charities, and I will be using a tiny amount to “tip” to various performers doing their shows on Instagram.
My Venmo is @christina-Isaksen
My PayPal is stina93446@mac.com
I am doing these virtual classes every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday until we are allowed to return to normal life here.
If you film yourself dancing the routine and Instagram it, please tag me and I will share it! (Stina93446)
Just because we are stuck indoors doesn’t mean we have to stop dancing!
Facebook invite
or Stina’s Facebook page


Thursday, April 9 – ONLINE EVENT

The Global Online Social
THIS WEEKS SCHEDULE
https://www.pauldances.tv/stream-schedule/gosocial2
Each week we will start the social out with a guided practice with a featured dance teacher. While this practice is free, any twitch subscriptions, tips, or purchases made during the lesson (or right after) will be forwarded to the teacher.
The social dance will be DJ’d remotely by some of the finest DJ’s from around the world and we won’t stop playing music until everyone’s done dancing!
I suggest staying home, moving the sofa over and solo dancing unless you’re living with someone who can dance with ya! (And if you’re living with someone who doesn’t dance…. it’s time to teach them)
The music and dancing is shared through zoom. If you’d like to have an additional device set up to tune in to twitch the viewership really helps my broadcast get in front of more non-dancers and helps out my channel. Plus participating in twitch chat is a lot of fun!
If we meet maximum capacity on zoom (100 users) twitch will act as an overflow as that does not have a limit. If you are not currently dancing or interacting via your webcam, I ask that you watch on twitch and make room for more users if we are having capacity issues.
At the start of the event join the video conference call here: https://zoom.us/j/226470740
The Twitch Channel
https://www.twitch.tv/pauldances
1pm – 1am Eastern
Facebook invite


Saturday, April 11 – ONLINE EVENT

Let’s Big Apple Together – Review and Practice Sessions
Let’s get together virtually and have a Big Apple review/practice sessions starting this Saturday at noon!
Noon
30 minutes per session via Zoom twice a week until we finish! Saturday at Noon & Tuesday at 6pm! Each session will cover a section of Big Apple. I know repetition is important so I will review a previous section during the first 10 minutes, then 15 minutes of new section, then 5 minutes of run through starting from the previous section. During the final session, we will all do it together (virtually) and film it!
If possible, any amount of donations will be greatly appreciated via Venmo: akemi-kinukawa.
Thank you. If you are financially, physically, and/or emotionally suffering, no worries about money. I want you to join me and enjoy moving around and enjoy each other’s company. No questions asked. (Some of the donations will go to the dance programs that have supported me and NYC dance community over the years.)
FB Event Invite


Sunday, April 16 – ONLINE EVENT

Virtual solo jazz with Stina
Come join me for a virtual solo jazz lesson. Donations based, pay what you can.
50% goes to YSBD studios who lost all their group classes for the month. The other 50% will be given to jazz musicians, charities, and I will be using a tiny amount to “tip” to various performers doing their shows on Instagram.
My Venmo is @christina-Isaksen
My PayPal is stina93446@mac.com
I am doing these virtual classes every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday until we are allowed to return to normal life here.
If you film yourself dancing the routine and Instagram it, please tag me and I will share it! (Stina93446)
Just because we are stuck indoors doesn’t mean we have to stop dancing!
Facebook invite
or Stina’s Facebook page


Friday, April 17

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.


Saturday, April 18

Swing With Us NYC Presents…An Uptown Saturday Night Swing Dance – CANCELLED


Sunday, April 19

Gotham Jazz Festival – CANCELLED


Sunday, April 19

Sock Hop SundaysCANCELLED


Thursday, April 23 – ONLINE EVENT

The Global Online Social
THIS WEEKS SCHEDULE
https://www.pauldances.tv/stream-schedule/gosocial2
Each week we will start the social out with a guided practice with a featured dance teacher. While this practice is free, any twitch subscriptions, tips, or purchases made during the lesson (or right after) will be forwarded to the teacher.
The social dance will be DJ’d remotely by some of the finest DJ’s from around the world and we won’t stop playing music until everyone’s done dancing!
I suggest staying home, moving the sofa over and solo dancing unless you’re living with someone who can dance with ya! (And if you’re living with someone who doesn’t dance…. it’s time to teach them)
The music and dancing is shared through zoom. If you’d like to have an additional device set up to tune in to twitch the viewership really helps my broadcast get in front of more non-dancers and helps out my channel. Plus participating in twitch chat is a lot of fun!
If we meet maximum capacity on zoom (100 users) twitch will act as an overflow as that does not have a limit. If you are not currently dancing or interacting via your webcam, I ask that you watch on twitch and make room for more users if we are having capacity issues.
At the start of the event join the video conference call here: https://zoom.us/j/226470740
The Twitch Channel
https://www.twitch.tv/pauldances
1pm – 1am Eastern
Facebook invite


Sunday, April 26

Danny Lipsitz and The Brass Tacks at the Triad Theater
8:30 pm – 10:30 pm.
158 West 72nd St. – dance floor provided!
$12 Tickets.  2 drink minimum


Monday-April 27 – Sunday, May 3

Bal Week – CANCELLED
Registration


Monday, April 27

Jazz HausCANCELLED


Tuesday, April 28

White Heat! – Live Music with Ian Hutchison and Pardon My French
You Should Be Dancing, 412 8th Ave, 4th Floor
9:30 PM-12:30 AM
Price $10


Thursday, April 30 – ONLINE EVENT

The Global Online Social
THIS WEEKS SCHEDULE
https://www.pauldances.tv/stream-schedule/gosocial2
Each week we will start the social out with a guided practice with a featured dance teacher. While this practice is free, any twitch subscriptions, tips, or purchases made during the lesson (or right after) will be forwarded to the teacher.
The social dance will be DJ’d remotely by some of the finest DJ’s from around the world and we won’t stop playing music until everyone’s done dancing!
I suggest staying home, moving the sofa over and solo dancing unless you’re living with someone who can dance with ya! (And if you’re living with someone who doesn’t dance…. it’s time to teach them)
The music and dancing is shared through zoom. If you’d like to have an additional device set up to tune in to twitch the viewership really helps my broadcast get in front of more non-dancers and helps out my channel. Plus participating in twitch chat is a lot of fun!
If we meet maximum capacity on zoom (100 users) twitch will act as an overflow as that does not have a limit. If you are not currently dancing or interacting via your webcam, I ask that you watch on twitch and make room for more users if we are having capacity issues.
At the start of the event join the video conference call here: https://zoom.us/j/226470740
The Twitch Channel
https://www.twitch.tv/pauldances
1pm – 1am Eastern
Facebook invite


May


Friday, May 1

Bal Week Friday Night Dance – CANCELLED


Saturday, May 2

Bal Week Saturday Night Dance – CANCELLED


Saturday, May 2

Vintage Derby Day w/ Glenn Crytzer, NYVS, and the Repeal Society
It’s a Kentucky Derby Day Extravaganza, brought to you by The Repeal Society, the New York Vintage Society, and bandleader Glenn Crytzer! Celebrate Derby Day in style with us in Williamsburg at the New York Distilling Company! Entertainment includes:
Glenn Crytzer’s New Yorkers: Live Music from the Jazz Age and Swing Era
Demi Remick: Tap Dancer
Nelson Lugo: Magician
Live Broadcast of the Kentucky Derby
…And MORE performers TO BE ANNOUNCED!
The New York Distilling Co./The Shanty 79 Richardson St, Brooklyn, NY
2pm-6pm
Dress Code: Vintage 20s/30s/40s style encouraged. No jeans, t-shirts, athletic wear or sneakers.
Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at the door (if any tix are left to sell at the door)
Tickets


Sunday, May 3

Bal Week Wrap Up Dance
DJ Dance
You Should Be Dancing, 412 Eighth Avenue, 4th Floor
$15, included in the Bal Week weekend pass


Friday, May 9

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


Thursday, May 14

Nightclub at the Museum: Boaters Ball
Cast off your winter wear and dive into spring as you trip the light fantastic with Dandy Wellington and His Band.
Also on tap: a cocktail bar and a photo backdrop.
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West, New York, New York 10024
Tickets


Friday, May 15

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, June 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


Friday, June 19

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.

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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A LINDY MEMORY: 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.