This Week in Swing – September 19, 2021

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FEATURED QUARANTINE VIDEO

“Down the Hatch” – Keenan McKenzie & the Riffers

 


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. 


September


Monday, September 20 

Swing Dance Classes with Nathan Bugh, Gaby Cook and Caleb Teicher Starting September 20 myself, Nathan Bugh and Caleb Teicher will return to teaching regular classes, now at the 92nd Street Y. This program will include 5 weekly classes on Mondays and Tuesdays for beginner to advanced dancers.


Monday, September 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)


Monday and Tuesday, September 20 & 21 

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, September 21 

Swing Dance Classes with Nathan Bugh, Gaby Cook and Caleb Teicher Starting September 20 myself, Nathan Bugh and Caleb Teicher will return to teaching regular classes, now at the 92nd Street Y. This program will include 5 weekly classes on Mondays and Tuesdays for beginner to advanced dancers.


Tuesday, September 21 

Brass Tacks at Club Club

PLEASE BE AWARE dance space is limited! There are a few good spots you can find on the wood floor.
Coby Club is a new speakeasy in Manhattan. I’ll be there leading my band, The Brass Tacks, in two short sets (8:30-9:00, and 9:30-10:00).
If there’s a big turnout, we may extend some of the set times. This club has an awesome atmosphere and we’re trying it out for the first time. No cover.
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm.
156 1/2 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011
No cover, reservations accepted but not required
https://www.cobyclubnyc.com/


Wednesday, September 22 

Danny Lipsitz and the Brass Tacks
7:00 – 10:00 pm
639 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036
No cover, reservations not accepted
https://scruffyduffys.com/
*please note, this is an outdoor event with dancing on the sidewalk at at the outdoor seating area


Thursday, September 23 

Sarah King and Friends
Chelsea Triangle (as part of meatpacking districts open streets) 1-4pm


Thursday, September 23 

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, September 23 

$1.25 Quartet
Lucky Dog, 303 Bedford Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, 5 – 8 p.m., the dog-friendly bar with a GREAT menu and a backyard for relaxing and listening to music…like ours! Three sets of music, no cover, tip bucket.


Friday, September 24 

Fleur Seule
Fleur Seule Tavern on the Green (W 67th & CPW) 7-11pm (subject to weather)-Reservations suggested


Friday, September 24 

Friday Night Blues – Live Music Night
Save the date for our first live music night of 2021! More info coming soon.
This event is at La Nacional. Proof of vaccination is required to attend.
239 W 14th St, New York


Saturday, September 25 

Swing Remix
Saturdays at 7:00-9:30pm 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.


Sunday, September 26 

NY Vintage Dance
Beach fun, swing lesson, DJ swing dancing, retro swimsuit contest and rockabilly band Screaming Rebels
Rockaway Beach 97th Street, beach ,boardwalk and Concession
Free
Rockaway Beach 97th Street meet on the beach 11 to 1:30, 1:30 swing dance lesson 2;00 – DJ music Paul Okin- 4:15 retro swimsuit contest 5:00 Screaming Rebels band.
Lessons by Jaime Shannon, Paul Capo, Kathleen Crayne and Seth Harris


Sunday, September 26 

Wild Birds with Danny Jonokuchi & The Revisionists
Danny Jonokuchi & The Revisionists are back at Brooklyn’s best new music venue for an evening of
dancing and swingin’ live music!
– Proof of vaccination required
– Indoor event with wood floor plenty of space for dancing
– No cover, suggested donation
Wild Birds – 951 Dean Street


Monday, September 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)


Monday, September 27 

Baby Soda at Little Island
Time: 12:00pm. Admission: free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Pier 55 West St & 14th st.. Quintet playing in Little Island Park. trumpet, trombone, clarinet, banjo, box bass. Time TBD. check calendar. probably 12:15-1:15pm Tickets


Monday and Tuesday, September 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.


Thursday, September 30 

Music Staff Swing Orchestra
Free Swing Band Concert
7-9pm
St. Helen’s Parking Lot
157th Avenue and 84th St
Howard Beach


Thursday, September 30

Sarah King and Friends
Ganesvoort Plaza (as part of meatpacking districts open streets) 1-4pm


Thursday, September 30 

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


October


Friday, October 1 

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


Friday, October 1 

Fleur Seule
Fleur Seule Tavern on the Green (W 67th & CPW) 7-11pm (subject to weather)-Reservations suggested


Saturday, October 2 

Swing Remix
Saturdays at 7:00-9:30pm 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, October 4 

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)


Monday and Tuesday, October 4 & 5 

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.


October 5-17

Swing Out at the Joyce Theater
Note: Not a dance event but is a performance including many dancers and musicians we love to see and listen to:

Acclaimed choreographer Caleb Teicher brings the best of the swing dance world to The Joyce, with live music by Eyal Vilner Big Band. Conceived by Caleb Teicher alongside their brain trust of collaborators Evita Arce, LaTasha Barnes, Nathan Bugh, and Macy Sullivan, Swing Out features exciting Lindy Hop choreography and improvisation. Each performance concludes with an on-stage jam session, inviting audiences to join in the fun!
Curtain Chat: Wed, Oct 6
Family Matinee: Sat, Oct 9 at 2pm
Tickets

Vaccination Required.


Thursday, October 7 

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 9 

Lindy hop and Trad Jazz Workshops with Nathalie Gomes Adams
On Saturday, October 9, Nathalie will teach a two part workshop of 2 hours each part.

10am-12pm Lindy Hop basics and Styling Variations:(level 3)
Learn or review the fundamentals of classic Lindy hop patterns, while focusing on connection and styling. Variations will develop as the class progresses for those who need a little challenge. In this class, there will certainly be something to take away regardless of your level of experience. (Room #2B)

3pm-5pm “Be a ReBelle for a day”:
This class is Trad Jazz and 20s Charleston inspired (open level. no partnering). It will cover some of the most popular Trad Jazz steps and vocabulary, a must to have in your répertoire.
You will learn a short version of one of Nathalie’s most popular charleston routines that she’s created for her New Orleans performance group “Les Rebelles”! If you wish, you will be able to “perform” it, in a very casual setting, that same evening at our outdoor dance. (Room #4A)

Address: Ripley-Grier Studios 939 8th Ave. Bet 55th and 56th
10am Room #2B, 3pm Room #4A

Covid policy:
Proof of vaccination required.
All participants must wear masks.
Partner class participants will rotate unless you bring your own person.

Pricing: $50 for one workshop
$80 for both (per person)

Class-size limited to 30 (15 leads and 15 follows)
Pre-registration will reserve your spot. These classes will sell out!

To reserve your spot, click the Venmo link below:
https://venmo.com/code?user_id=2120344806621184041&created=1631762868.4288468&printed=1
Please put “dance Workshops” in the comments and and your class choice and role if for the partner portion (lead or follow)
Refunds up till Oct 2nd.


Saturday, October 9 

Swing Remix
Saturdays at 7:00-9:30pm 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.


Sunday, October 10 

History Preserved, Generations Connected: A Celebration of Jazz Dance and Jazz Music
A Walking Tour of Jazz Corner followed by spoken word, tap presentation, and dance featuring live band Charles Turner and Uptown Swing.
Hosted by Julia Loving, Swing With Us NYC
Woodlawn Cemetery Jazz Corner, Bronx New York
FREE!!!

Event Schedule:
3:30 pm
Arrivals & Welcoming
4:00 pm – 5:00pm
Walking Tour of Jazz Corner (Includes internment sites of Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Florence Mills, Illinois Jacquet, Norma Miller, Frankie Manning, and Fayard Nicholas and more)
5:00 pm -5:30 pm
Spoken Word Presentation with poet extraordinaire Taneeka Wilder
Tap Dance Performance by Jason Samuels Smith in honor of tap dance legend Fayard Nicholas
5:30 pm- 6:30 pm
Jazz Performance & Dance featuring live band Charles Turner and Uptown Swing
6:30 pm- 7:00 pm
DJ Ron (Ronald Jones)

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS:
Last Stop on the #4 Train Woodlawn/Jerome Avenue
Transportation available to Jazz Corner at the cemetery gate.
If you drive parking is available at Jazz Corner.

COVID RESTRICTIONS:
Masks and Social Distancing required!
RAIN DATE TBD
For further details contact Julia at swingwithusproductionsnyc@gmail.com


Monday, October 11 

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)


Monday and Tuesday, October 11 & 12 

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, October 14 

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, October 15 

Fleur Seule
Fleur Seule Tavern on the Green (W 67th & CPW) 7-11pm (subject to weather)-Reservations suggested


Saturday, October 16 

Swing Remix
Saturdays at 7:00-9:30pm 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, October 18 

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)


Monday and Tuesday, October 18 & 19 

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, 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


Friday, October 22 

Fleur Seule
Fleur Seule Tavern on the Green (W 67th & CPW) 7-11pm (subject to weather)-Reservations suggested


Saturday, October 23 

Swing Remix
Saturdays at 7:00-9:30pm 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, 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)


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.


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


Friday, October 29 

Fleur Seule
Fleur Seule Tavern on the Green (W 67th & CPW) 7-11pm (subject to weather)-Reservations suggested


Saturday, October 30 

Swing Remix
Saturdays at 7:00-9:30pm 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


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 7:00-9:30pm 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 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)


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.


Saturday, November 13 

Swing Remix
Saturdays at 7:00-9:30pm 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)


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.


Saturday, November 20 

Swing Remix
Saturdays at 7:00-9:30pm 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)


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 7:00-9:30pm 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)


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.

This Week in Swing – September 12, 2021

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FEATURED QUARANTINE VIDEO

“Down the Hatch” – Keenan McKenzie & the Riffers

 


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.   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. 


September


Monday, September 20 

Swing Dance Classes with Nathan Bugh, Gaby Cook and Caleb Teicher Starting September 20 myself, Nathan Bugh and Caleb Teicher will return to teaching regular classes, now at the 92nd Street Y. This program will include 5 weekly classes on Mondays and Tuesdays for beginner to advanced dancers.
Monday
7-8pm: Solo Jazz for Newbies (beginner)
8-9pm: Solo Jazz for Experienced Dancers (intermediate)


Monday, September 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)


Monday and Tuesday, September 20 & 21 

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, September 21 

Swing Dance Classes with Nathan Bugh, Gaby Cook and Caleb Teicher Starting September 20 myself, Nathan Bugh and Caleb Teicher will return to teaching regular classes, now at the 92nd Street Y. This program will include 5 weekly classes on Mondays and Tuesdays for beginner to advanced dancers.
Tuesday
7-8pm: Zero to Hero (beginner)
8-9pm: Lindy Hop for Social Dancing (intermediate)
9-10pm: Lindy Hop on Stage (advanced)


Tuesday, September 21 

Swing Dance Classes with Nathan Bugh, Gaby Cook and Caleb Teicher PLEASE BE AWARE dance space is limited! There are a few good spots you can find on the wood floor.
Coby Club is a new speakeasy in Manhattan. I’ll be there leading my band, The Brass Tacks, in two short sets (8:30-9:00, and 9:30-10:00).
If there’s a big turnout, we may extend some of the set times. This club has an awesome atmosphere and we’re trying it out for the first time. No cover.
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm.
156 1/2 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011
No cover, reservations accepted but not required
https://www.cobyclubnyc.com/

Wednesday, September 22 

Danny Lipsitz and the Brass Tacks
7:00 – 10:00 pm
639 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036
No cover, reservations not accepted
https://scruffyduffys.com/
*please note, this is an outdoor event with dancing on the sidewalk at at the outdoor seating area


Thursday, September 23 

Sarah King and Friends
Chelsea Triangle (as part of meatpacking districts open streets) 1-4pm


Thursday, September 23 

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, September 24 

Fleur Seule
Fleur Seule Tavern on the Green (W 67th & CPW) 7-11pm (subject to weather)-Reservations suggested


Friday, September 24 

Friday Night Blues – Live Music Night
Save the date for our first live music night of 2021! More info coming soon.
This event is at La Nacional. Proof of vaccination is required to attend.
239 W 14th St, New York


Saturday, September 25 

Swing Remix
Saturdays at 7:30-9:30pm 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 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.


Sunday, September 26 

NY Vintage Dance
Beach fun, swing lesson, DJ swing dancing, retro swimsuit contest and rockabilly band Screaming Rebels
Rockaway Beach 97th Street, beach ,boardwalk and Concession
Free
Rockaway Beach 97th Street meet on the beach 11 to 1:30, 1:30 swing dance lesson 2;00 – DJ music Paul Okin- 4:15 retro swimsuit contest 5:00 Screaming Rebels band.
Lessons by Jaime Shannon, Paul Capo, Kathleen Crayne and Seth Harris


Monday, September 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)


Monday, September 27 

Baby Soda at Little Island
Time: 12:00pm. Admission: free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Pier 55 West St & 14th st.. Quintet playing in Little Island Park. trumpet, trombone, clarinet, banjo, box bass. Time TBD. check calendar. probably 12:15-1:15pm Tickets


Monday and Tuesday, September 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.


Thursday, September 30 

Music Staff Swing Orchestra
Free Swing Band Concert
7-9pm
St. Helen’s Parking Lot
157th Avenue and 84th St
Howard Beach


Thursday, September 30

Sarah King and Friends
Ganesvoort Plaza (as part of meatpacking districts open streets) 1-4pm


Thursday, September 30 

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


October


Friday, October 1 

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


Friday, October 1 

Fleur Seule
Fleur Seule Tavern on the Green (W 67th & CPW) 7-11pm (subject to weather)-Reservations suggested


Monday, October 4 

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)


Monday and Tuesday, October 4 & 5 

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.


October 5-17

Swing Out at the Joyce Theater
Note: Not a dance event but is a performance including many dancers and musicians we love to see and listen to:

Acclaimed choreographer Caleb Teicher brings the best of the swing dance world to The Joyce, with live music by Eyal Vilner Big Band. Conceived by Caleb Teicher alongside their brain trust of collaborators Evita Arce, LaTasha Barnes, Nathan Bugh, and Macy Sullivan, Swing Out features exciting Lindy Hop choreography and improvisation. Each performance concludes with an on-stage jam session, inviting audiences to join in the fun!
Curtain Chat: Wed, Oct 6
Family Matinee: Sat, Oct 9 at 2pm
Tickets

Vaccination Required.


Thursday, October 7 

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 9 

Lindy hop and Trad Jazz Workshops with Nathalie Gomes Adams
On Saturday, October 9, Nathalie will teach a two part workshop of 2 hours each part.

10am-12pm Lindy Hop basics and Styling Variations:(level 3)
Learn or review the fundamentals of classic Lindy hop patterns, while focusing on connection and styling. Variations will develop as the class progresses for those who need a little challenge. In this class, there will certainly be something to take away regardless of your level of experience. (Room #2B)

3pm-5pm “Be a ReBelle for a day”:
This class is Trad Jazz and 20s Charleston inspired (open level. no partnering). It will cover some of the most popular Trad Jazz steps and vocabulary, a must to have in your répertoire.
You will learn a short version of one of Nathalie’s most popular charleston routines that she’s created for her New Orleans performance group “Les Rebelles”! If you wish, you will be able to “perform” it, in a very casual setting, that same evening at our outdoor dance. (Room #4A)

Address: Ripley-Grier Studios 939 8th Ave. Bet 55th and 56th
10am Room #2B, 3pm Room #4A

Covid policy:
Proof of vaccination required.
All participants must wear masks.
Partner class participants will rotate unless you bring your own person.

Pricing: $50 for one workshop
$80 for both (per person)

Class-size limited to 30 (15 leads and 15 follows)
Pre-registration will reserve your spot. These classes will sell out!

To reserve your spot, click the Venmo link below:
https://venmo.com/code?user_id=2120344806621184041&created=1631762868.4288468&printed=1
Please put “dance Workshops” in the comments and and your class choice and role if for the partner portion (lead or follow)
Refunds up till Oct 2nd.


Sunday, October 10 

History Preserved, Generations Connected: A Celebration of Jazz Dance and Jazz Music
A Walking Tour of Jazz Corner followed by spoken word, tap presentation, and dance featuring live band Charles Turner and Uptown Swing.
Hosted by Julia Loving, Swing With Us NYC
Woodlawn Cemetery Jazz Corner, Bronx New York
FREE!!!

Event Schedule:
3:30 pm
Arrivals & Welcoming
4:00 pm – 5:00pm
Walking Tour of Jazz Corner (Includes internment sites of Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Florence Mills, Illinois Jacquet, Norma Miller, Frankie Manning, and Fayard Nicholas and more)
5:00 pm -5:30 pm
Spoken Word Presentation with poet extraordinaire Taneeka Wilder
Tap Dance Performance by Jason Samuels Smith in honor of tap dance legend Fayard Nicholas
5:30 pm- 6:30 pm
Jazz Performance & Dance featuring live band Charles Turner and Uptown Swing
6:30 pm- 7:00 pm
DJ Ron (Ronald Jones)

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS:
Last Stop on the #4 Train Woodlawn/Jerome Avenue
Transportation available to Jazz Corner at the cemetery gate.
If you drive parking is available at Jazz Corner.

COVID RESTRICTIONS:
Masks and Social Distancing required!
RAIN DATE TBD
For further details contact Julia at swingwithusproductionsnyc@gmail.com


Monday, October 11 

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)


Monday and Tuesday, October 11 & 12 

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, October 14 

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, October 15 

Fleur Seule
Fleur Seule Tavern on the Green (W 67th & CPW) 7-11pm (subject to weather)-Reservations suggested


Monday, October 18 

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)


Monday and Tuesday, October 18 & 19 

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, 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


Friday, October 22 

Fleur Seule
Fleur Seule Tavern on the Green (W 67th & CPW) 7-11pm (subject to weather)-Reservations suggested


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)


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.


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


Friday, October 29 

Fleur Seule
Fleur Seule Tavern on the Green (W 67th & CPW) 7-11pm (subject to weather)-Reservations suggested


November


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.


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.

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