November 2016 - Swing

Swing Dance

Saturday, November 5, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: American Swing

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $18 / $14 ages 11-17

Contact Email: Debra@gottaswing.com

http://www.americanswing.org

 


 

American Swing presents a swing dance with live music in the historic Spanish Ballroom. Tonight, Mr. Boogie is back in town! MITCH WOODS AND HIS ROCKET 88s are the torch-bearers of a great American heritage, taking their inspiration from the great jumping’ boogie outfits and swinging’ little big bands of the ‘40s. Mitch takes his cue from Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway, Joe and Jimmy Liggins, and Louis Prima, to name just a few. If you like Boogie Woogie (and who doesn’t?), this is another don’t miss night.

 

The dance includes a beginner swing lesson with Tom and Debra from 8 - 9 pm, followed by dancing from 9 pm - midnight.  Beginners are welcome and no partner is necessary.

 

For a calendar view of all the November dances, visit the November 2016 Month-at-a-Glance.

Swing Dance

Saturday, November 12, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Flying Feet Enterprises

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $18 / $14 with valid student ID

Contact Email: dance@flyingfeet.org

http://www.flyingfeet.org

 


 

Come salute our veterans at the annual Veteran's Day WWII Canteen Swing Dance featuring live music by the Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra in the Spanish Ballroom. Flying Feet will donate proceeds from tonight's dance to the USO.

 

Eric Felten brings his talents as a singer and trombonist to the classic American popular music of the '30s, '40s and '50s. Leading a gold-standard orchestra of Washington's finest musicians, Eric Felten sings hits from Frank Sinatra, Nat "King" Cole, Bobby Darin and Joe Williams, and performs favorites from the great big bands -- Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Harry James and more.

 

The night begins with a beginner Swing dance lesson from 8 to 9 pm and is followed by dancing from 9 pm to midnight. No partner or prior experience needed.

 

For a calendar view of all the November dances, visit the November 2016 Month-at-a-Glance.

Swing Dance Workshops

Saturday, November 19, Noon - 3:40 pm

Presenter: American Swing

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Ballroom Back Room

Admission: $20/class in advance; $25/class at the door

Contact Email: Debra@gottaswing.com

http://www.americanswing.org

 


 

As part of their Jitterbug Jamboree, American Swing presents an afternoon of swing dance workshops with acclaimed teachers and dancers Carla Heiney and Marty Lau. Carla Heiney is a former World and U.S. Lindy Hop Champion and Marty is a well-known competitor and teacher, especially of Balboa. They will present three intermediate/advanced classes: 

 

Connection Perfection (12:00 - 1:00 pm)A close-up look at how you can enhance your partner connection. In this class, expect some one-on-one feedback from your partners and your instructors as well. It is all about making it not only look good, but feel good.

 

Swing-Out Technique (1:20 - 2:20 pm)Fifty ways to swing out...okay, maybe we won't cover 50 in class, but we do want you to know of some of the many options out there! Let's get into the nitty-gritty of the Swingout and explore different ways to be more creative with your swingout while still feeling good. Learn how to be more efficient and clear with your ideas for both followers and leaders. You'll work on swivels, forward momentum, rotational ideas, and more.

 

Flow-mentum and Redirection (2:40 - 3:40 pm)Let's create a dynamic dance that embraces organic movement all while being creative and interesting. This class looks at how to make better choices on the social dance floor while working on some cool new moves! Four-count, six-count, eight-count—it is all about increments of two and using natural flow!

 

Classes are $20/each, advance registration (register at http://www.gottaswing.com/jitterbug-jamboree-saturday-classes/) or $25/each at the door.

 

For a calendar view of all the November dances, visit the November 2016 Month-at-a-Glance.

Swing Dance

Saturday, November 19, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: American Swing

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $20

Contact Email: Debra@gottaswing.com

http://www.americanswing.org

 


 

American Swing's Jitterbug Jamboree continues with a swing dance in the Spanish Ballroom and a special dance competition!
 
Home grown in Los Angeles and refined over thirteen years, Phat Cat Swinger is a 10-piece “little-big band” with a West Coast sound that brings style, class, charisma and an explosive energy to the stage. Combine their ingenious song list with a powerful 5-piece horn section, jumpin' rhythm section and their Canadian Crooner, Curtis Parry, and you've got a recipe for an instant party. Phat Cat Swinger made their debut performance with Gottaswing in April and blew the roof off. We are delighted to have them join us again!

 

Making tonight even more special, it's the Third Annual Virginia State Jitterbug and Lindy Hop Competition. Grab a partner and join the competition, or come out to cheer on your favorite dancers. Get more details on prizes and entry rules at Gottaswing.com.

 

The dance includes a beginner swing lesson with Tom and Debra from 8 - 9 pm, followed by dancing from 9 pm - midnight. Beginners are welcome and no partner is necessary. 

 

For a calendar view of all the November dances, visit the November 2016 Month-at-a-Glance.

Swing Dance Workshops

Sunday, November 20, Noon - 3:40 pm

Presenter: American Swing

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Ballroom Back Room

Admission: $20/class in advance; $25/class at the door

Contact Email: Debra@gottaswing.com

http://www.americanswing.org

 


 

As part of their Jitterbug Jamboree, American Swing presents an afternoon of swing dance workshops with acclaimed teachers and dancers Carla Heiney and Marty Lau. Carla Heiney is a former World and U.S. Lindy Hop Champion and Marty is a well-known competitor and teacher, especially of Balboa. They will present three intermediate/advanced classes: 

 

Mixing Rhythms (12:00 - 1:00 pm)We will be looking at different ways to move through your dance and still create harmony with your partner and the music. This is a little glimpse into how to get started with your improvisation and create more flow and options in your dancing.

 

Improvisation, Styling, and All That Jazz! (1:20 - 2:20 pm)You have learned the dance, but now you need to "become" the dance and showcase who you really are as a dancer. We will explore how you can express yourself as a dancer and still connect with your partner and the music.

 

Building a Dance (2:40 - 3:40 pm)Your chance to put it all together on the dance floor. How do the best dancers create a memorable and exciting dance? Let's create the ebbs and flows, highs and lows of a good dance and get started on the right foot to set up success. The class will utilize a mini-routine format to accomplish some of these goals, but it's all about building upon social dance techniques.

 

Classes are $20/each, advance registration (register at http://www.gottaswing.com/jitterbug-jamboree-sunday-classes/) or $25/each at the door.

 

For a calendar view of all the November dances, visit the November 2016 Month-at-a-Glance.

Swing Dance

Saturday, November 26, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Tom Cunningham Orchestra

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $18 / $14 with valid student ID

http://www.tomcunningham.com

 


 

Hear for yourself why Frankie Manning, one of the original Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers and an icon to the Swing World, called the Tom Cunningham Orchestra “the Swingin’est Band in all the Land!” The 16-piece orchestra’s appearances at Glen Echo Park are a Washington institution going back to 1983 and celebrated on TV, radio, newspapers and in books. So take a tip from The Washington Post’s Mike Joyce, “The Cunningham Band is bound to please.”

 

Enjoy a beginning swing lesson with Tom & Debra of Gottaswing at 8 pm, followed by dancing from 9 pm to midnight. No partner or prior experience needed.

 

We are thrilled to have a special guest tonight - Ms. Jean Veloz! Jean Phelps Veloz, the icon of Hollywood-Style Lindy to generations of swing dancers, provides a living bridge from the the Los Angeles dance scene of the 1940s to the present-day Lindy Hop revival. 

 

For a calendar view of all the November dances, visit the November 2016 Month-at-a-Glance.