This Week in Swing – October 2020

 

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 QUARANTINE VIDEO OF THE MONTH

Big South Swing

 


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:


    October


    Friday, October 23

    Impromptu Swing

    Fridays , 600pm-730pm
    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!
     

    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


    Saturday, October 24

    Buck And A Quarter Plus Three at Washington Square

    Buck And A Quarter Quartet busks in Washington Square Park, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., playing two physically distanced sets of vintage pop with Dan Levinson and John Bianchi, clarinets and c-melody saxes; Arnt Arntzen and Mike Weatherly, banjos and guitars; Brian Nalepka, tuba; John Landry, fiddle; and Ben Mealer, ukulele. Drop by the west side of the park, say “Hi!,” dance, sing-along, and bring a few bucks for the bucket!


    Saturday, October 24

    THE SALON: QUARANTINE SPEAKEASY

    Our new & improved All-Star variety show featuring some of our favorite performers from around the world streaming live from New York City into your own quarantine speakeasy!
    OKTOBERFEST & VIRTUAL BIERHAUS 4TH ANNIVERSARY!
    (Sat. Oct 24th (7-9pm // all times EST):
    * pre-show: live recordings made at Jazz Haus (Bierhaus) – at 6:45
    * intro by PATRICK SOLURI of Prohibition Productions – at 7:00
    * live toast from BIERHAUS at 7:05
    * ERICA MANCINI solo accordian & vocals – at 7:10
    * music by MIMI & THE PODD BROTHERS in Prospect Park – at 7:25
    * JAZZ HAUS & BIERHAUS Anniversary – at 7:55
    * live music by GORDON WEBSTER – at 8:05
    * outro by PATRICK SOLURI -c.8:40pm
    * Afterparty with live recordings we made during Jazz Haus (Bierhaus). anyone on Zoom can join on video & dance!
    DONATIONS
    * donate anytime for this episode/cast from Oct 19th-Nov 1st)
    * $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).
    * will also livestream simultaneously from FACEBOOK LIVE
    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.


    Saturday, October 24 & Sunday, October 25

    Louis Armstrong Eternity Band

    Live band with Swing dancing outdoors, kids welcome
    Riverside Park in Manhattan at West 84th Street
    Donations Welcome
    Saturdays (2pm – 4pm), and Sundays (2pm – 4pm)


    Sunday, October 25

    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
    Southside entrance to the Museum of Natural History.
    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, October 25

    Eyal Vilner Big Band

    2:30-5:30pm, weather permitting
    Washington Square Park
    Swing by (safely) if you’re around!
    Eyal Vilner Big Band featuring:
    Nick Marchione, Alex Norris, Dan Blankenship, Bruce Harris – trumpets
    Mariel Bildsten, Corey Wilcox, Gina Benalcázar López – trombones
    Eyal Vilner, Chris McBride, Michael Hashim, Dan Pearson, Eden Bareket – saxophones
    Josh Dunn – guitar
    Ian Hutchison – bass
    Jay Sawyer – drums


    Thursday, October 29

    Louis Armstrong Eternity Band

    Live band with Swing dancing outdoors, kids welcome
    Riverside Park in Manhattan at West 84th Street
    Donations Welcome
    4-6pm


    Saturday, October 31 & Sunday, November 1

    Louis Armstrong Eternity Band

    Live band with Swing dancing outdoors, kids welcome
    Riverside Park in Manhattan at West 84th Street
    Donations Welcome
    Saturdays (2pm – 4pm), and Sundays (2pm – 4pm)


      November



        Friday, November 6

        Band Camp First Fridays

        Every First Friday for the rest of the year, Bandcamp is waiving all fees and giving all proceeds from music sold directly to the artists. Many of our favorite artists have music on BandCamp and have lost practically all their income for the forseeable future. If you have the means and want to support our musicians in the swing scene, please go to Band Camp and check it out. A sample of music available can be found here.


        Friday, November 6 – Sunday, November 8

        Harlem Roots & Rhythm Dance Fest: Celebrating Lindy Hop and Harlem’s Harvest Moon Ball Champs!

        More details coming – Stay tuned! Featuring Harvest Moon Ball Champs and Winners from the 50’s to the 80’s! Representing the Savoy Ballroom and the Savoy Manor
        Dance Cousin Dance Contest! Exclusive talks, Live streamed features; DJ’d Dance Parties, Film Festival and more!
        NOTE: There will be a suggested donation for select features of this Fest
        FB event invite


        Saturday, November 7

        THE SALON: QUARANTINE SPEAKEASY

        Our new & improved All-Star variety show featuring some of our favorite performers from around the world streaming live from New York City into your own quarantine speakeasy!
        DONATIONS
        * $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”
        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.
        instigated by Prohibition Productions / Patrick Soluri in NYC.


        Saturday, November 21

        THE SALON: QUARANTINE SPEAKEASY

        Our new & improved All-Star variety show featuring some of our favorite performers from around the world streaming live from New York City into your own quarantine speakeasy!
        DONATIONS
        * $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”
        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.
        instigated by Prohibition Productions / Patrick Soluri in NYC.


        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.com


          December


          Friday, December 4

          Band Camp First Fridays

          Every First Friday for the rest of the year, Bandcamp is waiving all fees and giving all proceeds from music sold directly to the artists. Many of our favorite artists have music on BandCamp and have lost practically all their income for the forseeable future. If you have the means and want to support our musicians in the swing scene, please go to Band Camp and check it out. A sample of music available can be found here.


          Saturday, December 5

          QUARANTINE SPEAKEASY: Repeal Day

          Our new & improved All-Star variety show featuring some of our favorite performers from around the world streaming live from New York City into your own quarantine speakeasy!
          DONATIONS
          * $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”
          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.
          instigated by Prohibition Productions / Patrick Soluri in NYC.

          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:


          September


          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.
          FB Event Invite


            October


            Friday, October 2

            Impromptu Swing

            We will meet for 90 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 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.
            That said, let’s dance.
            PS if you would like to DJ please reach out to me on Spencer Weisbond
            630pm-8pm
            The Museum of Natural History is on Central Park West at about 78th St. 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!


            Sunday, October 4

            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
            Southside entrance to the Museum of Natural History.
            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, October 4

            Eyal Vilner Big Band

            2:30-5:30pm, weather permitting
            Washington Square Park
            Swing by (safely) if you’re around!
            Eyal Vilner Big Band featuring:
            Nick Marchione, Alex Norris, Dan Blankenship, Bruce Harris – trumpets
            Mariel Bildsten, Corey Wilcox, Gina Benalcázar López – trombones
            Eyal Vilner, Chris McBride, Michael Hashim, Dan Pearson, Eden Bareket – saxophones
            Josh Dunn – guitar
            Ian Hutchison – bass
            Jay Sawyer – drums


            Friday, October 9

            Impromptu Swing

            We will meet for 90 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 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.
            That said, let’s dance.
            PS if you would like to DJ please reach out to me on Spencer Weisbond
            630pm-8pm
            The Museum of Natural History is on Central Park West at about 78th St. 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, October 10

            THE SALON: QUARANTINE SPEAKEASY

            Our new & improved All-Star variety show featuring some of our favorite performers from around the world streaming live from New York City into your own quarantine speakeasy!
            DONATIONS
            * $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”
            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.
            instigated by Prohibition Productions / Patrick Soluri in NYC.


            Sunday, October 11

            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
            Southside entrance to the Museum of Natural History.
            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, October 11

            Eyal Vilner Big Band

            2:30-5:30pm, weather permitting
            Washington Square Park
            Swing by (safely) if you’re around!
            Eyal Vilner Big Band featuring:
            Nick Marchione, Alex Norris, Dan Blankenship, Bruce Harris – trumpets
            Mariel Bildsten, Corey Wilcox, Gina Benalcázar López – trombones
            Eyal Vilner, Chris McBride, Michael Hashim, Dan Pearson, Eden Bareket – saxophones
            Josh Dunn – guitar
            Ian Hutchison – bass
            Jay Sawyer – drums


            Friday, October 16

            Impromptu Swing

            We will meet for 90 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 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.
            That said, let’s dance.
            PS if you would like to DJ please reach out to me on Spencer Weisbond
            630pm-8pm
            The Museum of Natural History is on Central Park West at about 78th St. 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!


            Sunday, October 18

            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
            Southside entrance to the Museum of Natural History.
            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, October 18

            Eyal Vilner Big Band

            2:30-5:30pm, weather permitting
            Washington Square Park
            Swing by (safely) if you’re around!
            Eyal Vilner Big Band featuring:
            Nick Marchione, Alex Norris, Dan Blankenship, Bruce Harris – trumpets
            Mariel Bildsten, Corey Wilcox, Gina Benalcázar López – trombones
            Eyal Vilner, Chris McBride, Michael Hashim, Dan Pearson, Eden Bareket – saxophones
            Josh Dunn – guitar
            Ian Hutchison – bass
            Jay Sawyer – drums


            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


            Saturday, October 24

            THE SALON: QUARANTINE SPEAKEASY

            Our new & improved All-Star variety show featuring some of our favorite performers from around the world streaming live from New York City into your own quarantine speakeasy!
            DONATIONS
            * $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”
            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.
            instigated by Prohibition Productions / Patrick Soluri in NYC.


            Sunday, October 25

            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
            Southside entrance to the Museum of Natural History.
            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, October 25

            Eyal Vilner Big Band

            2:30-5:30pm, weather permitting
            Washington Square Park
            Swing by (safely) if you’re around!
            Eyal Vilner Big Band featuring:
            Nick Marchione, Alex Norris, Dan Blankenship, Bruce Harris – trumpets
            Mariel Bildsten, Corey Wilcox, Gina Benalcázar López – trombones
            Eyal Vilner, Chris McBride, Michael Hashim, Dan Pearson, Eden Bareket – saxophones
            Josh Dunn – guitar
            Ian Hutchison – bass
            Jay Sawyer – drums


              November



                Saturday, November 7

                THE SALON: QUARANTINE SPEAKEASY

                Our new & improved All-Star variety show featuring some of our favorite performers from around the world streaming live from New York City into your own quarantine speakeasy!
                DONATIONS
                * $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”
                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.
                instigated by Prohibition Productions / Patrick Soluri in NYC.


                Saturday, November 21

                THE SALON: QUARANTINE SPEAKEASY

                Our new & improved All-Star variety show featuring some of our favorite performers from around the world streaming live from New York City into your own quarantine speakeasy!
                DONATIONS
                * $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”
                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.
                instigated by Prohibition Productions / Patrick Soluri in NYC.


                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.com


                  December


                  Saturday, December 5

                  QUARANTINE SPEAKEASY: Repeal Day

                  Our new & improved All-Star variety show featuring some of our favorite performers from around the world streaming live from New York City into your own quarantine speakeasy!
                  DONATIONS
                  * $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”
                  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.
                  instigated by Prohibition Productions / Patrick Soluri in NYC.

                  This Week in Swing NYC during Covid-19

                  NYC Swing Dancers, Musicians, Organizers… 

                  As you well know, these are strange times.  I’ve pretty much broken all of my rules on what I post/don’t post, in an effort to help support our musicians and dance instructors.

                  What I’d really like do is hear from you.  Is there anything that would be useful for me to include?  Is there anything you wish I wouldn’t?  I’d like to hear from followers of this blog to see how I can best serve the community.  My only firm conclusion is that if there are instructors or musicians from outside of New York, I need to know them and feel comfortable vouching for their instruction and/or musicianship.  I’m also limited to evenings when I can update, as a lot of online postings are happening at the last minute and I’m not hearing directly from many instructors.

                  Please let me know your thoughts…

                  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

                  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, watch a couple of videos and check back often as we continue to do updates.