This Week in Swing – August 2020




THE HOT TODDIES JAZZ BAND: Glory of Love – feat. Hannah Gill



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:


Sunday, August 9

Glenn Crytzer All-Stars Livestream

The stream will be part of the “Arts on Air” series and I’ll be joined by musicians Mike Davis, Jay Rattman, and Ian Hutchison.
We’ll be streaming via Youtube at this link:
Tune in Sunday at 7:30pm Eastern Time, pour yourself a cocktail, and join us for some hot music and big fun!

Sunday, August 9

Outdoor Swing & Solo Class

This Sunday Aug 9th at 10:30AM we will have a two-part class. First, Jaime Shannon will teach a 30 minute beginner level solo jazz class.
Jaime 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)

Location: The Museum Of Natural History entrance @ 77th St.
Directions: 77th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West.
This is a donation based class
Suggested $10-20 for both.
Stone tile floor
20 person maximum
Spencer 212-873-5286

Friday, August 14

Outdoor Swing & Solo Class

Impromptu Socially Distant Swing Dance
One hour outdoor swing dance hosted by Spencer Weisbond with DJ Tomo Tanaka
West 77th St. entrance (outdoor cul-de-sac area) to the Museum of Natural History (77th St. between Columbus Ave & Central Park West).
Chalked social distance circles will indicate where couples can dance 6 feet apart with no partner switching.
Masks Required
Bring your own partner, it should be someone you live with or socialize with inside your home.
Observe social distancing, please be responsible
Wear a mask properly:
Rain date: Saturday, August 15th, 7:00pm-8:30pm
No restrooms
Not endorsed or hosted by the Museum of Natural History

Saturday, August 15

Quarantine Speakeasy

** To attend on Zoom, register anytime (it’s free & easy!) –>

Please join us for 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!
Saturday, Aug 15th (7-9pm // all times EST):
* pre-show music w DJ Andrius- at 6:45
* intro by Patrick Soluri of Prohibition Productions – at 7:00
* music by Eyal Vilner Big Band (full band / 1st set)- at 7:05
* dancer by LaTasha Barnes – at 7:25
* cocktails by Eryn Reece (from Freemans at “Banzarbar Shipwreck” a new pop-up outdoor bar) – at 7:30
* music by Champian Fulton – at 7:35
* video preview by The Hot Toddies Jazz Band w/Queen Esther & Gordon Webster – at 7:55
* dancer by LATASHA BARNES – at 8:00
* music by EYAL VILNER BIG BAND (full band/2nd set)- at 8:10
* outro by PATRICK SOLURI – at 8:25pm
* After Party w/DJ ANDRIUS – from 8:30-9:00 (anyone on Zoom can join on video & dance!)
* $5 suggested donation (will be split amongst all performers).
* PayPal direct link or to “”
* Venmo to “@Patrick-Soluri” or Zelle to “”
* 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

Saturday, August 29

Quarantine Speakeasy – Details to be Announced

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.
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,, 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.