This Week in Swing – October 17, 2021

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FEATURED QUARANTINE VIDEO

“Five O’clock Coffee” – The Hot Toddies Jazz Band

 


Eileen’s notes:   

As New York City continues to open and swing dancing returns, do not be surprised if you are asked by a potential dance partner about your vaccination status.  We are a welcoming community, but the tri-state area was hit hard and we want to be safe.   Please be honest.  

I’m also starting to post indoor events that I’m being told that the venue is immediately requiring proof of vaccinations.  I’m obviously not going everywhere, so please decide what’s best for you.  If you see something here and they don’t check vaccination status, please feel free to let me know. 


October


Thursday, October 21 

Soho Dances Swing
Free DJ’d swing dance in SoHo complete with hardwood floors and air conditioning!
6:30-9:30 PM
138 Sullivan Street
New York, New York

Must be fully vaccinated & show proof to enter.* Masks optional.
Fully vaccinated means:
It has been two weeks since the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna), or
It has been two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson’s Jansen)
If you are not feeling well or experiencing (or recently experienced) symptoms of Covid, please do not attend without receiving a negative Covid test result first

Free 30min Beginner Class
Class starts at 6:30
No partner or experience necessary


Saturday, October 23 

Swing Remix
Saturdays at 6:30-9:30pm we have a public-space, outdoor dance.
We will meet for 2ish hours at the beautiful outdoor deck area overlooking The Hudson river and New Jersey at 66 street and Riverside Boulevard.
There is a large open air space with plenty of room for dancing on an outdoor wood floor! We have procured a huge 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 make smart choices on who you dance with
•Please observe social distancing
•You will wear a mask if not vaccinated

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, October 23 

Collegiate Shag Bootcamp
Want to try Collegiate Shag? Or do you know some shag and want to take it to a whole different level? Come join Jaime and Tony for this shag progressive bootcamp. We’ll start from the very first basics and move quickly into the first half dozen most common patterns. From there we’ll keep going as hard as we can, through more patterns and content, lead follow, rhythms, all that we can pack in. By the end of this workshop, you’ll probably be ready for either a Red Bull or or a nap, but you will have the ability to shag the night away if you want to.
The structure of the workshop is bootcamp style — one section builds on the next with three or four sections in total and breaks as needed. The last little bit will be practice and coaching.
Cost:
55$ per person / Venmo pay in advance. Proof of vaccination in advance required. You are not on the roster until both are handled. PM us if this doesn’t work and you want to work something else out.

Suggestions:
1. Dancing shag is one thing, but learning shag is high friction on the shoes. If your shoes stick to the ground, like rubber tennis shoes would, that sometimes hurts. Wear hard leather or suede bottom shoes, or something similar. Simply put, don’t stick to the ground.
2. Bring power snacks, Red Bull, water, etc. You’ll want the calories and fluid.
3. You might want to bring a spare shirt or three.
As usual, join us for dinner and chat somewhere after.

More information


Saturday, October 23 

Jazz Haus All Stars & Okto-burlesque (5th Anniv! )
Celebrate our 5th anniversary at Bierhaus & Okto-Burlesque… one night only with:
* JAZZ HAUS ALL-STARS led by The Hot Toddies Jazz Band; featuring Adrian “Prof.” Cunningham, Hannah Gill, Cait Jones, and more! (3 sets / 6:45-10pm)
* DJ ANDRIUS
* classic burlesque by PEARLS DAILY at 7:25pm, EMILY SHEPHARD at 8:40pm, DELYSIA LACHATTE at 9:30pm
* Beginner swing dance lesson by JAIME SHANNON at 7:30pm
* musicians please sit-in!
* No Cover / No Minimum / All ages / 21+ to Drink
* must show proof of vaccination for entry!
Join us to celebrate the end of Oktoberfest with “Okto-burlesque”, and the fifth anniversary of our weekly events at the beloved Bierhaus – one night only!!
Pre-pandemic we were at Bierhaus every Monday year round in the vibrant, hedonistic Weimar era tradition with our weekly ‘Tanz Kabarett’ featuring gotham’s best Hot Jazz n’ Swing bands!! Plus swing DJ’s, classic burlesque, and free dance lessons… und exzellent German drink specials, just 2 blocks from Grand Central… and NO COVER!!


Monday, October 25 

Back Room Speakeasy Sessions!
Back Room Speakeasy Sessions – “most deliberate recreation of an actual speakeasy” (Wall Street Journal) – in it’s 9th year since May 2012! Delancey Five Starts the show – opening it up to a vocal and instrumental jam session! Please bring your axe and your voice! Hardwood floors – for dancing!
7:30pm – Doors
9p-10:30p Svetlana & Delancey Five
10:30p-12:30a Jam session
Swing / big band tunes in band breaks
EVERY MON! NEVER A COVER!!!! ALWAYS GOOD TIMES…
(NO FUR / 21+ / TIP / SIT IN – PLAY W US / DANCE)

Backroom – 102 Norfolk St


Monday and Tuesday, October 25 & 26 

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
Bond 45 Downstairs – New York, Italian kitchen and bar 221 West 46th St (between 8th Avenue & Broadway) Doors open at 7:30 pm
Music cover: $25 cash at door Food/Drink minimum: $25 
Vaccination required.


Tuesday, October 26 

White Heat: Scary Toss Out Edition
Come turn up the heat with live band Cait and the Critters and DJ Steve Wong!
Sliding scale $10-$20 cash only.
Vax required — If you have not yet sent your vax proof for our records, please message an image of your CDC card or a screenshot of the Excelsior App to Jen Barnett so that you are on the door list.
No RSVPs needed!
You Should Be Dancing
37 West 26th St


Thursday, October 28 

Soho Dances Swing
Free DJ’d swing dance in SoHo complete with hardwood floors and air conditioning!
6:30-9:30 PM
138 Sullivan Street
New York, New York

Must be fully vaccinated & show proof to enter.* Masks optional.
Fully vaccinated means:
It has been two weeks since the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna), or
It has been two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson’s Jansen)
If you are not feeling well or experiencing (or recently experienced) symptoms of Covid, please do not attend without receiving a negative Covid test result first

Free 30min Beginner Class
Class starts at 6:30
No partner or experience necessary


Thursday, October 28 

Hannah’s Haunted Halloween
It’s spooky season again! And to celebrate it, Hannah’s back with some spooky jazz. Playing with a full 6-piece band, she’ll perform tunes from last year’s Spooky Jazz EP + lots more. And If you live in NYC, buy a ticket here in advance and come thru to Revision, located at 219 Avenue B, NY, NY, to dance in person
Vaccination cards required

Buy a ticket and get a digital download


Friday October 29 

Friday Night Blues: Live Music Night
Save the date for our next live music night at La Nacional.
Our live music night features music by King Solomon Hicks! Our local favorite is back to get us dancing til late.
Schedule:
8:30pm – Lesson w/ TBD
9:30pm – DJ’d music by TBD
10:00pm – Live music with King Solomon Hicks (2 sets)
1:00am – end of night
This event requires proof of COVID vaccination to attend.
La Nacional – 239 West 14th St
More information


Saturday, October 30 

Swing Remix
Saturdays at 6:30-9:30pm we have a public-space, outdoor dance.
We will meet for 2ish hours at the beautiful outdoor deck area overlooking The Hudson river and New Jersey at 66 street and Riverside Boulevard.
There is a large open air space with plenty of room for dancing on an outdoor wood floor! We have procured a huge 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 make smart choices on who you dance with
•Please observe social distancing
•You will wear a mask if not vaccinated

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.


November


Monday, November 1 

Back Room Speakeasy Sessions!
Back Room Speakeasy Sessions – “most deliberate recreation of an actual speakeasy” (Wall Street Journal) – in it’s 9th year since May 2012! Delancey Five Starts the show – opening it up to a vocal and instrumental jam session! Please bring your axe and your voice! Hardwood floors – for dancing!
7:30pm – Doors
9p-10:30p Svetlana & Delancey Five
10:30p-12:30a Jam session
Swing / big band tunes in band breaks
EVERY MON! NEVER A COVER!!!! ALWAYS GOOD TIMES…
(NO FUR / 21+ / TIP / SIT IN – PLAY W US / DANCE)

Backroom – 102 Norfolk St


Monday and Tuesday, November 1 & 2 

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
Off this week due to private parties at the venue.


Thursday, November 4 

Soho Dances Swing
Free DJ’d swing dance in SoHo complete with hardwood floors and air conditioning!
6:30-9:30 PM
138 Sullivan Street
New York, New York

Must be fully vaccinated & show proof to enter.* Masks optional.
Fully vaccinated means:
It has been two weeks since the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna), or
It has been two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson’s Jansen)
If you are not feeling well or experiencing (or recently experienced) symptoms of Covid, please do not attend without receiving a negative Covid test result first

Free 30min Beginner Class
Class starts at 6:30
No partner or experience necessary


Friday, November 5 

Bandcamp Fridays
Today is a good day to support your favorite bands/musicians. All proceeds on this day go straight to the musician.


Saturday, November 6 

Swing Remix
Saturdays at 6:30-9:30pm we have a public-space, outdoor dance.
We will meet for 2ish hours at the beautiful outdoor deck area overlooking The Hudson river and New Jersey at 66 street and Riverside Boulevard.
There is a large open air space with plenty of room for dancing on an outdoor wood floor! We have procured a huge 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 make smart choices on who you dance with
•Please observe social distancing
•You will wear a mask if not vaccinated

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, November 6 

Andersons Play “The Dorsey Brothers” November 6th, 5 & 7:30pm
Symphony Space 2537 Broadway
$35
Tickets Musicians include: Peter Anderson, Will Anderson, Vince Giordano
Not a dance event.

Not a dance event


Sunday, November 7 

2021 Harlem Roots & Rhythm Urban Dance Festival – VIRTUAL
6-11pm
Harlem’s Roots & Rhythm Urban Dance Fest  will be celebrating Legendary Lindy Hoppers and Harvest Moon Ball Legends!
Registration


Monday, November 8 

Back Room Speakeasy Sessions!
Back Room Speakeasy Sessions – “most deliberate recreation of an actual speakeasy” (Wall Street Journal) – in it’s 9th year since May 2012! Delancey Five Starts the show – opening it up to a vocal and instrumental jam session! Please bring your axe and your voice! Hardwood floors – for dancing!
7:30pm – Doors
9p-10:30p Svetlana & Delancey Five
10:30p-12:30a Jam session
Swing / big band tunes in band breaks
EVERY MON! NEVER A COVER!!!! ALWAYS GOOD TIMES…
(NO FUR / 21+ / TIP / SIT IN – PLAY W US / DANCE)

Backroom – 102 Norfolk St


Monday and Tuesday, November 8 & 9 

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
Bond 45 Downstairs – New York, Italian kitchen and bar 221 West 46th St (between 8th Avenue & Broadway) Doors open at 7:30 pm
Music cover: $25 cash at door Food/Drink minimum: $25 
Vaccination required.


Tuesday, November 9 

Dancing Classrooms – Swing Uptown!
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Assembly Hall, Riverside Church

Join us uptown for a jazzy and joyful evening celebrating Dancing Classrooms and the “Roaring 2020s.” The evening will feature live music and a swing dance party with some of our Teaching Artists and cherished supporters.
Buy your tickets early before they sell out as we are limiting attendance to ensure there is enough space to uphold our COVID safety protocols!*

Our Evening:
7 – 7:15pm – Welcome
7:15 – 7:35pm – Mini Swing Lesson with Dancing Classrooms Senior Teaching Artists
7:40 – 8:10pm – Music and Dancing
8:10 – 8:30 – Shim Sham Demo
8:30 – end – Music and Dancing
Assembly Hall, Riverside Church

91 Claremont Ave
New York, NY


Thursday, November 11 

Soho Dances Swing
Free DJ’d swing dance in SoHo complete with hardwood floors and air conditioning!
6:30-9:30 PM
138 Sullivan Street
New York, New York

Must be fully vaccinated & show proof to enter.* Masks optional.
Fully vaccinated means:
It has been two weeks since the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna), or
It has been two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson’s Jansen)
If you are not feeling well or experiencing (or recently experienced) symptoms of Covid, please do not attend without receiving a negative Covid test result first

Free 30min Beginner Class
Class starts at 6:30
No partner or experience necessary


Saturday, November 13 

Swing Remix
Saturdays at 6:30-9:30pm we have a public-space, outdoor dance.
We will meet for 2ish hours at the beautiful outdoor deck area overlooking The Hudson river and New Jersey at 66 street and Riverside Boulevard.
There is a large open air space with plenty of room for dancing on an outdoor wood floor! We have procured a huge 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 make smart choices on who you dance with
•Please observe social distancing
•You will wear a mask if not vaccinated

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.


Monday, November 15 

Back Room Speakeasy Sessions!
Back Room Speakeasy Sessions – “most deliberate recreation of an actual speakeasy” (Wall Street Journal) – in it’s 9th year since May 2012! Delancey Five Starts the show – opening it up to a vocal and instrumental jam session! Please bring your axe and your voice! Hardwood floors – for dancing!
7:30pm – Doors
9p-10:30p Svetlana & Delancey Five
10:30p-12:30a Jam session
Swing / big band tunes in band breaks
EVERY MON! NEVER A COVER!!!! ALWAYS GOOD TIMES…
(NO FUR / 21+ / TIP / SIT IN – PLAY W US / DANCE)

Backroom – 102 Norfolk St


Monday and Tuesday, November 15 & 16 

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
Bond 45 Downstairs – New York, Italian kitchen and bar 221 West 46th St (between 8th Avenue & Broadway) Doors open at 7:30 pm
Music cover: $25 cash at door Food/Drink minimum: $25 
Vaccination required.


Thursday, November 18 

Soho Dances Swing
Free DJ’d swing dance in SoHo complete with hardwood floors and air conditioning!
6:30-9:30 PM
138 Sullivan Street
New York, New York

Must be fully vaccinated & show proof to enter.* Masks optional.
Fully vaccinated means:
It has been two weeks since the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna), or
It has been two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson’s Jansen)
If you are not feeling well or experiencing (or recently experienced) symptoms of Covid, please do not attend without receiving a negative Covid test result first

Free 30min Beginner Class
Class starts at 6:30
No partner or experience necessary


Saturday, November 20 

Swing Remix
Saturdays at 6:30-9:30pm we have a public-space, outdoor dance.
We will meet for 2ish hours at the beautiful outdoor deck area overlooking The Hudson river and New Jersey at 66 street and Riverside Boulevard.
There is a large open air space with plenty of room for dancing on an outdoor wood floor! We have procured a huge 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 make smart choices on who you dance with
•Please observe social distancing
•You will wear a mask if not vaccinated

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.


Monday, November 22 

Back Room Speakeasy Sessions!
Back Room Speakeasy Sessions – “most deliberate recreation of an actual speakeasy” (Wall Street Journal) – in it’s 9th year since May 2012! Delancey Five Starts the show – opening it up to a vocal and instrumental jam session! Please bring your axe and your voice! Hardwood floors – for dancing!
7:30pm – Doors
9p-10:30p Svetlana & Delancey Five
10:30p-12:30a Jam session
Swing / big band tunes in band breaks
EVERY MON! NEVER A COVER!!!! ALWAYS GOOD TIMES…
(NO FUR / 21+ / TIP / SIT IN – PLAY W US / DANCE)

Backroom – 102 Norfolk St


Monday and Tuesday, November 22 & 23 

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
Bond 45 Downstairs – New York, Italian kitchen and bar 221 West 46th St (between 8th Avenue & Broadway) Doors open at 7:30 pm
Music cover: $25 cash at door Food/Drink minimum: $25 
Vaccination required.


Saturday, November 27 

Swing Remix
Saturdays at 6:30-9:30pm we have a public-space, outdoor dance.
We will meet for 2ish hours at the beautiful outdoor deck area overlooking The Hudson river and New Jersey at 66 street and Riverside Boulevard.
There is a large open air space with plenty of room for dancing on an outdoor wood floor! We have procured a huge 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 make smart choices on who you dance with
•Please observe social distancing
•You will wear a mask if not vaccinated

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.


Monday, November 29 

Back Room Speakeasy Sessions!
Back Room Speakeasy Sessions – “most deliberate recreation of an actual speakeasy” (Wall Street Journal) – in it’s 9th year since May 2012! Delancey Five Starts the show – opening it up to a vocal and instrumental jam session! Please bring your axe and your voice! Hardwood floors – for dancing!
7:30pm – Doors
9p-10:30p Svetlana & Delancey Five
10:30p-12:30a Jam session
Swing / big band tunes in band breaks
EVERY MON! NEVER A COVER!!!! ALWAYS GOOD TIMES…
(NO FUR / 21+ / TIP / SIT IN – PLAY W US / DANCE)

Backroom – 102 Norfolk St


Monday and Tuesday, November 29 & 30 

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
Bond 45 Downstairs – New York, Italian kitchen and bar 221 West 46th St (between 8th Avenue & Broadway) Doors open at 7:30 pm
Music cover: $25 cash at door Food/Drink minimum: $25 
Vaccination required.


December


Friday, December 3 

Bandcamp Fridays
Today is a good day to support your favorite bands/musicians. All proceeds on this day go straight to the musician.


Monday, December 6 

Back Room Speakeasy Sessions!
Back Room Speakeasy Sessions – “most deliberate recreation of an actual speakeasy” (Wall Street Journal) – in it’s 9th year since May 2012! Delancey Five Starts the show – opening it up to a vocal and instrumental jam session! Please bring your axe and your voice! Hardwood floors – for dancing!
7:30pm – Doors
9p-10:30p Svetlana & Delancey Five
10:30p-12:30a Jam session
Swing / big band tunes in band breaks
EVERY MON! NEVER A COVER!!!! ALWAYS GOOD TIMES…
(NO FUR / 21+ / TIP / SIT IN – PLAY W US / DANCE)

Backroom – 102 Norfolk St


Monday and Tuesday, December 6 & 7 

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
Bond 45 Downstairs – New York, Italian kitchen and bar 221 West 46th St (between 8th Avenue & Broadway) Doors open at 7:30 pm
Music cover: $25 cash at door Food/Drink minimum: $25 
Vaccination required.


Monday, December 13 

Back Room Speakeasy Sessions!
Back Room Speakeasy Sessions – “most deliberate recreation of an actual speakeasy” (Wall Street Journal) – in it’s 9th year since May 2012! Delancey Five Starts the show – opening it up to a vocal and instrumental jam session! Please bring your axe and your voice! Hardwood floors – for dancing!
7:30pm – Doors
9p-10:30p Svetlana & Delancey Five
10:30p-12:30a Jam session
Swing / big band tunes in band breaks
EVERY MON! NEVER A COVER!!!! ALWAYS GOOD TIMES…
(NO FUR / 21+ / TIP / SIT IN – PLAY W US / DANCE)

Backroom – 102 Norfolk St


Monday and Tuesday, December 13 & 14 

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
Bond 45 Downstairs – New York, Italian kitchen and bar 221 West 46th St (between 8th Avenue & Broadway) Doors open at 7:30 pm
Music cover: $25 cash at door Food/Drink minimum: $25 
Vaccination required.


Saturday December 18 

Andersons Play “A Jazzy Christmas”
The Anderson Play “A Jazzy Christmas” December 18th, 5 & 7:30pm
Symphony Space 2537 Broadway
$35
Tickets Musicians include: Peter Anderson, Will Anderson, Molly Ryan, Chuck Redd
Not a dance event.


Monday, December 20 

Back Room Speakeasy Sessions!
Back Room Speakeasy Sessions – “most deliberate recreation of an actual speakeasy” (Wall Street Journal) – in it’s 9th year since May 2012! Delancey Five Starts the show – opening it up to a vocal and instrumental jam session! Please bring your axe and your voice! Hardwood floors – for dancing!
7:30pm – Doors
9p-10:30p Svetlana & Delancey Five
10:30p-12:30a Jam session
Swing / big band tunes in band breaks
EVERY MON! NEVER A COVER!!!! ALWAYS GOOD TIMES…
(NO FUR / 21+ / TIP / SIT IN – PLAY W US / DANCE)

Backroom – 102 Norfolk St


Monday and Tuesday, December 20 & 21 

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
Off tonight due to private parties at the venue


Monday, December 27 

Back Room Speakeasy Sessions!
Back Room Speakeasy Sessions – “most deliberate recreation of an actual speakeasy” (Wall Street Journal) – in it’s 9th year since May 2012! Delancey Five Starts the show – opening it up to a vocal and instrumental jam session! Please bring your axe and your voice! Hardwood floors – for dancing!
7:30pm – Doors
9p-10:30p Svetlana & Delancey Five
10:30p-12:30a Jam session
Swing / big band tunes in band breaks
EVERY MON! NEVER A COVER!!!! ALWAYS GOOD TIMES…
(NO FUR / 21+ / TIP / SIT IN – PLAY W US / DANCE)

Backroom – 102 Norfolk St


Monday and Tuesday, December 27 & 28 

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
Bond 45 Downstairs – New York, Italian kitchen and bar 221 West 46th St (between 8th Avenue & Broadway) Doors open at 7:30 pm
Music cover: $25 cash at door Food/Drink minimum: $25 
Vaccination required.

Camp Hollywood

News from our dance community:

If you didn’t see the news, Hilary Alexander had to cancel Camp Hollywood this year due to the recent COVID developments. The non-refundable costs from this are substantial (five figures) and that comes out of her pocket — CH is her livelihood.

She went out on a limb to put on an event that many of us would have delighted in had the pandemic not taken a turn for the worse. If you’ve attended CH, planned on attending CH, thought about attending CH, enjoyed videos from CH, or just have it in your heart and wallet to help out someone who’s kept a big event going for the community for almost a quarter century, please donate.

Even if you can’t donate, please reshare this in your communities; let’s make sure that Hilary and CH land on their feet.

Eileen’s note:  While I normally don’t post gofundme links, this seems like a good time to help support a member of our community.  If you can help, please do so here.

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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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.