DCLX presents a swing dance with live music by Glenn Crytzer’s Savoy Seven! This amazing New York-based band will keep you swinging out in Glen Echo Park’s beautiful Spanish Ballroom. Glenn Crytzer’s Savoy Seven is a swing combo in the tradition of the 1930s and 1940s. Comprised of trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, guitar, piano, string bass and drums, the group plays transcriptions of vintage classics as well as Crytzer’s original songs and arrangements. This band is a favorite amongst swing dance enthusiasts and has performed at dozens of dance events across the US.
Beginner lesson (included in your admission) from 8:00 - 9:00 pm, followed by dancing from 9:00 - midnight. No partner or prior experience needed.
New in 2017, the Craig Gildner Big Band presents a series of dances celebrating the Unsung Heroes of Swing. The band will shine a spotlight on bandleaders who were instrumental in the development of swing music, but were overshadowed by such luminaries as Goodman, Miller, and Ellington.
The Craig Gildner Big Band is a thirteen piece repertoire orchestra authentically recreating the sounds of the swing era made famous by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Artie Shaw and others. Arrangements are direct transcriptions and stock selections that would have been played back in the day by bands across the country. Adding to the period feel, the rhythm section boasts calfskin drums arranged in a manner much like Krupa’s, gut wound bass strings, acoustic rhythm guitar on a vintage Gibson L7, and stride piano solos.
The musicianship is of the highest caliber. Bandleader Craig Gildner handpicked each and every section from DC’s pool of talented musicians. The band can whisper and scream… and everything in between…all in just one song!
Enjoy a beginner swing dance lesson at 8:00 pm (included in the admission), followed by dancing until midnight. No partner or prior experience needed.
We know how it is, babies. Ever since you joined your family, your parents have been talking about how they never get a chance to go out swing dancing anymore, so tell them about this great Saturday DJ dance that's parent and children-friendly. They won't have to worry about getting a babysitter, because the whole family can attend together. They won't have to worry about bothering other dancers, because you're all in the same playpen! The music will be soft and the lights will be up, so Mommies and Daddies can get their swing on in a family-friendly setting.
Children must be supervised by a guardian at all times. Adults do not have to be accompanied by a baby (but they must like babies!).
Parents/guardians are entirely responsible for their children and child care is NOT provided by GEPPAC or American Swing.
Flying Feet Enterprises presents a swing dance with live music by Halley Shoenberg's Hot Swingtet in the historic Spanish Ballroom. Enjoy a beginner swing dance lesson at 8:00 pm (included in the admission), followed by dancing until midnight. No partner or prior experience needed.
Purchase the American Swing FREQUENT DANCER DISCOUNT CARD—a $120 value. Pre-pay $100 for five American Swing dances at the Spanish Ballroom and get the sixth FREE! On sale at all American Swing dances at the Spanish Ballroom. Email Debra@gottaswing.com for more info.
Join us for a fabulous night of manic swing dance fun with the JIVE ACES, the UK's top swing band! This wildly popular group has performed at thousands of festivals, theaters and events throughout the UK, Europe and the USA, as well as Japan, Israel and the Caribbean. Renown for their high-energy music and spectacular stage show, you'll be treated to swing and R&B classes made famous by greats such as Louis Prima, Cab Calloway, Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin, Big Joe Turner, and Sammy Davis, Jr., among others. The Jive Aces will be joined tonight by the lovely songstress Makinna Ridgway of the Satin Dollz - what an incredible treat!!
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.