This Week in Swing – July 25, 2021

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FEATURED QUARANTINE VIDEO

Times Square Swing Dance Flashmob with Svetlana & The Delancey Five (June 2015)


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 – Duke Ellington Blvd (W 106th St) & Riverside Drive. 3-5pm (subject to weather) – Currently on hiatus, but check for future dates.
  • Thur/Fri: Fleur Seule – Tavern on the Green (W 67th & CPW) 7-11pm (subject to weather)-Reservations suggested

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:

Eileen’s note:  Please tip the musicians / DJs!


Weekly In-person Classes – Vaccinated Only :


Eileen’s notes:   

As New York City and the surrounding community 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.   

At this point, I am listing:

  • Virtual events
  • Outdoor events with space to dance (for more than one couple)
  • Indoor events that require proof of vaccination plus 2 weeks or a recent Covid Anti-body test.   

July


Wednesday, July 28 


Buck and A Quarter Quartet

Buck And A Quarter Quartet is playing Jalopy Tavern, outside, inside if it rains, at 317 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, July 16th, 7-9:30 pm.

The show is free and there’s no cover, but please bring at least a fin for the tip bucket and throw it in if you think we done good. We’ll be Mike Weatherly – bass; John Bianchi – reeds; John “Sir Scratchy” Landry – viola; Angus Loten – tenor banjo/guitar; and Ben “Corn” Mealer – ukulele.

Eileen’s note: Vaccine required if the event moves indoors. 


Thursday, July 29 


Free Swing Dance in Soho

Let’s dance swing, free, dj music, Indoor, AC, wood floors, in Soho, 30 person capacity, vaccination status mandatory. 138 Sullivan St, New York 6-9pm Free


Thursday & Friday, July 29 & 30 


David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Jazz Band
Riverside Park in Manhattan at West 84th Street, enter Riverside Park at West 84th Street and Riverside Drive, New York, NY
4-6pm


Saturday, July 31 


IMPROMPTU SWING
This Saturday at 7:30pm we are going to have a dance. We will meet for 2 hours at the front entrance of the Museum of Natural History on Central Park West and 79th street overlooking the park
There is a large open air space with plenty of room for dancing on smooth stone. We have procured a huge bluetooth speaker and DJ Paul Okin! 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, July 31 


Advance Jazz Routine w/ Evita
12pm – Europe time (not specified which part of Europe)

Evita is back with an Advanced Solo Jazz workshop! The goal is to work through as much of this 2 minute routine as we can and then groove with these steps on the music. Everyone is welcome to attend but be ready for an advanced learning pace and a lot of dancing! The 2 hour workshop is $29 which includes a month of access to Syncopatedcity.com. The workshop recording, a video review and breakdown will be available for anyone who can’t make the actual time of the class. Members attend for free and of course can access the material on the site anytime
More information


Saturday, July 31 


Cait and the Critters
There is LOTS of room for dancing and plenty of shade.
Bring your friends, bring a chair/blanket and an appetite to swing out. Can’t wait to see you!
Full band to be announced soon. Rain date TBD if it comes to that (hopefully not!)
King Jagiello Monument – Central Park
1-3pm


Saturday, July 31 


Impromptu Swing
Saturday at 7:30pm we are going to have a dance. We will meet for 2 hours at the front entrance of the Museum of Natural History on Central Park West and 79th street overlooking the park
There is a large open air space with plenty of room for dancing on smooth stone.
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.


August


Sunday, August 1 


Speakeasy Swing at goodyoga in Greenpoint
Come for a night of swingouts with a live band including a musician who played with Benny Goodman! 💃 🕺
goodyoga—a yoga studio by day and dance floor by night—is hosting the event in their artsy renovated studio. Perfect for those of us who love dancing barefoot—bring your favorite socks! 🧦
$10 suggested donation for swing dancers and jazz musicians coming to enjoy the tunes 🎶
BYOB 🍷 🍺 proof of vaccination required
114 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn


Monday, August 2 


SWING UNDER THE STARS
Join us every Monday for dancing & live music as we Swing Under the Stars with NYC’s best Hot Jazz n’Swing bands… No Cover!
* CHARLES TURNER & UPTOWN SWING (3 sets / 6:00-9:15pm)
* Happy Hour 4-6pm
* fully outdoor & open air venue w/amazing harbor & skyline views
* space for dancing in front of band (concrete floor)
* for tables or cabanas reserve on Eventbrite
* for menus & more visit www.watermarkny.com
* Outdoor Venue – no vaccination requirements. * No Cover / All Ages / 21+ with ID to drink

WATERMARK BEACH is a stunning waterfront venue perched on the edge of the ultra-modern double level Pier 15 adjacent to NYC’s historic South Street Seaport. It has a stylish, yet serene bar and lounge atmosphere with an unparalleled panorama of the New York Harbor, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges.


Thursday, August 5 


Free Swing Dance in Soho

Let’s dance swing, free, dj music, Indoor, AC, wood floors, in Soho, 30 person capacity, vaccination status mandatory. 138 Sullivan St, New York 6-9pm Free


Friday August 6 


Impromptu Swing
On Friday, August 6th Nathan will spin classic tunes and his own brand of swing on the smooth floor of an Upper West Side auditorium.
Vaccinated parties may social dance at their leisure, masks optional.
If you’d like to join us, here’s what we ask of you:
•Bring proof of identification and vaccination status, either on your phone or hard copy. It is imperative to your entrance.
•Please consent to contact tracing (name, #).
The particulars:
Friday, August 6th, 8pm-11pm
Free Beginner class: 7:30pm
Trevor Day School
1 West 88th St.
Cash only at the door $15
FREE BEGINNER CLASS:
7:30 sharp
No partner or experience required
Instructor: Spencer Weisbond


Saturday August 7 


Lindy Beach Party
Get your Lindy on at the beach at DredSurfer Bar | Grill
16-27 Seagirt Blvd, Queens, NY 11691 (in front of the Beach 17th Street sign on Far Rockaway Beach’s walkway).
Check-in begins at 2:45PM
Dance instruction begins at 3PM.
Social Dancing runs from 4PM to 7PM.

This is our first Lindy Hop Dance outing at DredSurfer Bar | Grill to introduce Lindy Hop – aka Swing Dancing – to this community. Our goals are to propagate New York State’s Official Dance -Lindy Hop, and cultivate a community of Far Rockaway Lindy Hoppers among the youth and the folks who are young at heart. We encourage all Newbies to Lindy Hop to come out for the free lesson in front of DredSurfer Bar | Grill.
As Black Entrepreneurs, we also get to support Black owned businesses, like DredSurfer Bar | Grill Caribbean restaurant, to bolster its economic revival.
Minimum Donation is $30.00 per ticket. There will be brief lecture on the history of Lindy Hop, free basic Lindy Hop dance lesson and DJ music by DJ Ron from Uptown Saturday Night swing dance events in Harlem’ The first sixty people who donate will get VIP tables and seating inside the DredSurfer Bar | Grill, and up to $15 dollar credit toward the purchase of food and beverage from the items on the menu. All donations after sixty people will still get up to $15 dollar credit toward the purchase of food and beverage.

Participants must wear masks and maintain a safe social distance for the entirety of the event.
This event is hosted and produced by Swingwithusnyc, and Black American Dance Heritage, at the invite of Far Rockaway Education Advocate, Queen Mother Makkada, owner of Queen’s Parents Consultant and Advocacy Services.
Dancing will be outside in front of the Grill and possibly on the boardwalk
Inside reserve seating will be for VIP ticket holders only.


Monday, August 9 


SWING UNDER THE STARS
Join us every Monday for dancing & live music as we Swing Under the Stars with NYC’s best Hot Jazz n’Swing bands… No Cover!
* EYAL VILNER HOT FIVE w. Ron Wilkins (3 sets / 6:00-9:15pm)
* Happy Hour 4-6pm
* fully outdoor & open air venue w/amazing harbor & skyline views
* space for dancing in front of band (concrete floor)
* for tables or cabanas reserve on Eventbrite
* for menus & more visit www.watermarkny.com
* Outdoor venue, no vaccination requirement
* No Cover / All Ages / 21+ with ID to drink

WATERMARK BEACH is a stunning waterfront venue perched on the edge of the ultra-modern double level Pier 15 adjacent to NYC’s historic South Street Seaport. It has a stylish, yet serene bar and lounge atmosphere with an unparalleled panorama of the New York Harbor, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges.


Tuesday, August 10 


“Stomp House” Swing Dance Party
9:30-11:30pm
Bobby White, Lindy hop & Balboa superstar presents STOMP HOUSE, an intimate party focusing on great swing music of all tempos, along with some other incredible dance music thrown in, like Afro-Cuban, Soul, BeBop, and Waltzes. The party also strongly encourages switch-dancing, individual dancing, and jams. Swing, the way grandma used to make it.
Price: $15 pp
Pre-registration is required. 30 people maximum capacity.
Location/Information:
You Should Be Dancing..!!
37 W 26th St, 2nd flr NYC


Saturday, August 14 


Swing Fundamentals & Connection Tune Up
SWING DANCING IS BACK!! Shake off the dance cobwebs and join partnering specialists Tony Fraser and Jaime Shannon as they help students get back into connected partner dancing.The objective of this workshop is three fold.
1. Work with and tune several basic swing patterns
2. Significant practice with patterns, techniques and transitions in closed positions
3. From 3pm-4pm, FREE PRACTICE TIME ON A GREAT FLOOR! We’ll be there to coach on any topic including aerials if space permits.
4. We’ll probably hit shake shack or a diner afterwords for a chat. Please join!) This workshop is primarily a Lindy workshop, but much of the content and techniques covered in the closed position section of the class will be applicable to lindy, bal swing and shag dancers alike. Multilevel, intermediate to advanced +.

If you’re newer, you can get a lot out of the class as long as you know some basics and have practiced what you know. This workshop is in person, in midtown, from noon to 4PM on August 14th.
Mask is optional, but proof of full vaccination is required before being added to the list.
There will be an upper limit TBD, probably 20, and definitely first come first served. PLS REACH OUT NOW. UPPER LIMIT. WILL FILL UP. 50$ for the day. FB event invite


Saturday, August 14 


Impromptu Swing
Saturday at 7:30pm we are going to have a dance. We will meet for 2 hours at the front entrance of the Museum of Natural History on Central Park West and 79th street overlooking the park
There is a large open air space with plenty of room for dancing on smooth stone.
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 & Sunday, August 14 & 15 


JAZZ AGE LAWN PARTY
The 15th Anniversary of JAZZ AGE LAWN PARTY and the official “RETURN OF THE TWENTIES”
THIS EVENT IS RAIN OR SHINE
NO REFUNDS
2021 brings about two incredible milestones for JAZZ AGE LAWN PARTY:
Our 15th Anniversary, and the official
“RETURN OF THE TWENTIES”
The ‘20s were fabulous frenzy, discovery and rebellion. The passing of Prohibition in 1920 triggered more than the guns of gangsters:
It was a golden age of art, thought and social progress. The discovery of the tombs of King Tuthankamen and Queen Nefertiti exploded Art Deco design and women’s fashion, blurring gender lines. Coco Chanel literally wore the pants, and women’s right to vote and the newfound freedom of the affordable automobile helped the now-bobbed flapper have the world for her oyster.
Dorothy Parker and Gertrude Stein joined the world’s most influential writers and minds and the hottest Jazz rang down from the hills of Harlem. All of this and more will be celebrated at the most glamorous and entertaining event of the summer.
Jazz Age Lawn Party is the world’s original and largest Prohibition Era inspired gathering. Originating in 2005 as a small gathering on NYC’s Governors Island, we have since grown into one of New York City’s most beloved, and longest running, events. This historically sold out event attracts thousands of time travelers each year, who come together to discover the music and zeitgeist of the 1920s. Consistently selected by the New York Times as one of the year’s most memorable events, Jazz Age Lawn Party offers the unique, interactive opportunity to relive one of the most colorful and formative epochs in American history. This is the original, and official Jazz Age Lawn Party, founded and hosted by Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra.Tickets – $50 plus fees and tax

Eileen’s note: This event tends to get very crowded and tends to attract a lot of tourists. Talk to your fellow dancers to make a decision.


Monday, August 16 


SWING UNDER THE STARS
Join us every Monday for dancing & live music as we Swing Under the Stars with NYC’s best Hot Jazz n’Swing bands… No Cover!
* TBA (3 sets / 6:00-9:15pm)
* Happy Hour 4-6pm
* fully outdoor & open air venue w/amazing harbor & skyline views
* space for dancing in front of band (concrete floor)
* for tables or cabanas reserve on Eventbrite
* for menus & more visit www.watermarkny.com
*Outdoor venue, no vaccination requirement
* No Cover / All Ages / 21+ with ID to drink

WATERMARK BEACH is a stunning waterfront venue perched on the edge of the ultra-modern double level Pier 15 adjacent to NYC’s historic South Street Seaport. It has a stylish, yet serene bar and lounge atmosphere with an unparalleled panorama of the New York Harbor, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges.


Saturday, August 21 


Impromptu Swing
Saturday at 7:30pm we are going to have a dance. We will meet for 2 hours at the front entrance of the Museum of Natural History on Central Park West and 79th street overlooking the park
There is a large open air space with plenty of room for dancing on smooth stone.
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, August 28 


Impromptu Swing
Saturday at 7:30pm we are going to have a dance. We will meet for 2 hours at the front entrance of the Museum of Natural History on Central Park West and 79th street overlooking the park
There is a large open air space with plenty of room for dancing on smooth stone.
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.

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.

 

 

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.