This Week in Swing – April 2021

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QUARANTINE VIDEO OF THE MONTH

Gabe Terracciano Trio – Everybody Loves my Baby


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 Dance Classes not included in the calendar below (outdoor events are subject to weather and change):


Regular weekly NYC Swing Dance Performances not included in the calendar below (outdoor events are subject to weather and change):

  • Sat/Sun: Anderson twins play in Riverside park at W. 106 St. 3-5pm (subject to weather)

Regular outdoor performances, often announced after I publish, check them out.  

Eileen’s note:  (Please observe social distancing and tip the bands!)


Regular weekly NYC Online Swing Dances / Concerts (please tip the bands!):


April


Saturday, April 10 


David Ostwald’s Eternity Jazz Band
Riverside Park at West 84th Street Saturday noon – 2pm for joyous dancing!


Saturday, April 10 


$1.25 Quartet
Join us in Washington Square this Saturday, 4/10, weather permiting. Downbeat is at 11 for two sets for dancing and listening. We’ll be on the west side of the park, unless someone beats us to it – then look for us on the east side.
11:00am – 1:30pm
Washington Square Park


Saturday, April 10 


Impromptu Swing
 7:30PM – 9PM
We will meet for 90 minutes at the 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*

•Please observe social distancing**

•You will wear a mask
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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.

*Your dance partner should be a person (s) you live with or someone you socialize with inside your home (or pod)
someone you are ALREADY in close contact with (or have vetted). 
** We assume that anyone coming to join us is observing local quarantine guidelines.

*** even though vaccinations have rolled out, the spread of this virus is real.

NO BATHROOMS!



Saturday, April 17
THE SALON: Quarantine Speakeasy 6:45pm – 9:00pm
* pre-show: DJ BRIAND FERDMAN – at 6:45pm
* intro by PATRICK SOLURI of Prohibition Productions – at 7:00pm
* music by TBA – at 7:05pm
* music by DANNY LIPSITZ & BRASS TACKS – at 7:35pm
* cocktails by ERYNN REECE at 8:05
* David Ostwald’s LOUIS ARMSTRONG ETERNITY BAND – at 8:15
* outro by PATRICK SOLURI – c.8:45pm
* afterparty w/DJ BRIAND FERDMAN c.8:50pm; anyone on Zoom can join on video & dance!
TO WATCH
* register on Zoom anytime (it’s free & easy) by clicking “Join Event” button on this page or go to
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qrCcvU8aT82XazFPnddLlw
* NOTE: this episode will not live stream on Facebook, only Zoom
* full show will be posted on our Youtube & Facebook pages 24-36hrs after livestream (fully remastered in HD 1080p w/48k audio) – go to https://www.youtube.com/c/ProhibitionProductions
DONATIONS
* donate anytime for this episode/cast April 12th-25th
* $5-10 min. suggested donation (split amongst all performers)
* PayPal direct link https://paypal.me/ProhibitionProd or to “info@prohibitionproductions.com” & avoid fees w. ‘friends & family’
* Venmo to “@ProhibitionProd” (biz account) 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).
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, April 24 


Al & Leon Shim Sham Workshop with Michael Jagger | Syncopated City

https://syncopatedcity.com/workshops/
Al Minns and Leon James were two prominent Jazz and Lindy Hop dancers from Harlem. And while they might be best known as dancers in the famous Lindy Hop performance troupe, Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, they were also amazing solo dancers, with several great routines in their canon.
Michael Jagger will be teaching Al & Leon’s unique version of the Shim Sham, which can be seen in Mura Dehn’s documentary, The Spirit Moves. This routine makes reference, in moments, to the classic version of the Shim Sham, but there will be plenty of fun variations and new steps to excite even the most seasoned of dancers.
All levels are welcome, but we do recommend that you familiarize yourself with the classic Shim Sham prior to attending this workshop.
Price: $25
To join, go to https://syncopatedcity.com/workshops/ (link also in the details). Registering for the workshop will also give you one month of Membership to our site, allowing you to see recaps and break down videos plus full access to our entire catalogue of Swing Dance lessons (which includes the classic Lindy Shim Sham)!

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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