This Week in Swing – June 20, 2021

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QUARANTINE VIDEO OF THE MONTH

Shiny Stockings – The Revisionists tribute to Frankie Manning


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)
  • 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!


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.   

June


Tuesday, June 22 


On the tail of our first very successful post-pandemic White Heat we present: another White Heat! Vaccination required, masks optional.
Live music with Cait and the Critters!
Make sure to message Jen Barnett with proof of vaccination *before* the event. If you’ve confirmed vaccination status for a previous White Heat, you’re all set already. Donations accepted for rent & band (bring cash), but no required cover charge.
Note the one-time new location while YSBD finishes the move and build-out of their great new space!
18 West 89th St – 9-11:30pm


Thursday, June 24 


Swingadelic brings a 13 piece Big Band to a free concert at Sinatra Park on Hoboken’s beautiful waterfront.
7pm
Sinatra Park is a bit of a hike, but walkable from the Hoboken Path


Saturday, June 26 


Gotham Jazz Picnic
1:30 pm – 8:30 pm
* GORDON WEBSTER & FRIENDS (7:00-8:30pm)
* EYAL VILNER BIG BAND (5:00-6:30pm)
* ADRIEN CHEVALIER GYPSY JAZZ (3:15-4:45pm)
* THE HOT TODDIES JAZZ BAND (1:30-3:00pm) feat. Hannah Gill & Queen Esther; plus Demi Remick & King Solomon Hicks
Central Park Reservoir
FB event invite for updates

We’ll be overlooking the reservoir and gorgeous midtown skyline from the heart of Central Park (c. 95th st). This is an informal gathering and not a ticketed event… so it is free to attend, but bands will be busking, so please tip generously!
Dancers please be courteous and wear masks or ask partners about vaccination status. We suggest wearing sneakers to dance on the bridal path (dirt).
rain date is Sunday, June 27th
details subject to change


Saturday, June 26 


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.


Monday, June 28 


SWING UNDER THE STARS – Danny Jonokuchi & The Revisionists
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!
* DANNY JONOKUCHI & THE REVISIONISTS w. Alexa Barchini
(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
* 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, June 29 


Brush Up On Your Swing with Adrienne & Rafal
PART 2 – June 29th (7:30-9:30pm)
Review basic musicality in Swing. Breaks, call and response, break away. Have a conversation with your partner and the music by listening & responding to the music, sharing your ideas with your partner and implementing your rhythmic ideas or solo jazz rhythms in break away moments.
Last 30 minutes will be a social dance workshopping the class material.
All participants Must be fully vaccinated (2 weeks + from required dosage) and must be able to show proof at time of check-in.
Limited to 16 spots. Pre-registration is required.
Pricing: $50/person/workshop
YSBD Dance Center
37 West 26th St


July


Saturday, July 3 


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


Monday, July 5 


SWING UNDER THE STARS – Danny Lipsitz & The Brass Tacks
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!
* DANNY LIPSITZ & THE BRASS TACKS
(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
* 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, July 10 


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


Monday, July 12 


SWING UNDER THE STARS – Prof. Cunningham & His Old School
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!
* PROF. CUNNINGHAM & HIS OLD SCHOOL
(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
* 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.


Monday, July 19 


SWING UNDER THE STARS – TBA
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!
* Band 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
* 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.


Monday, July 26 


Baby Soda Jazz Band
Performing at the Little Island Park Pier 55 West st at 13th st NYC.
12:15-1:15p
Free admission but check with their website for timed admission tkts.
www.littleisland.org


August


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.


 

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