June 2017 - Swing

Swing Dance

Saturday, June 10, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $20 / $15 students and Glen Echo Park Partnership members

Contact Email: reitan@glenechopark.org

http://www.glenechopark.org

 


 

The Glen Echo Park Partnership presents a swing dance with live music in the historic Spanish Ballroom. Flying Feet Enterprises will teach a beginner dance lesson from 8 - 9 pm (included in the cost of admission), followed by dancing from 9 pm - midnight. No partner or prior experience needed.

 

Tonight: Tara O'Grady and the Black Velvet Band

 

Tara O'Grady & the Black Velvet Band combine celtic, folk, funk, blues, and especially jazz in their unique lickety-split swing sound that has been described as 'Black Irish' and 'Celts in the Cotton Club.' This Irish-American jazz powerhouse based in New York City writes original music that sounds like it was composed for Billie Holiday or Ella Fitzgerald, but also performs traditional Irish songs with fresh arrangements meant more for a prohibition swing dance hall than an Irish pub. Her stellar musicians have shared the stage with legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Debbie Harry and Muddy Waters.

 

"This torchy chanteuse leads one of the most badass old-time swing bands you'll ever hear. One thing that distinguishes her from the legions of come-hither, moldy fig front women is that O'Grady writes her own songs - when she's at the top of her game, which she generally seems to be, they sound like classics from the 1930s. She brings Bessie Smith into this century with lickety-split swing."

-  New York Music Daily

 

For a calendar view of all the June dances, visit the June "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Swing Dance

Saturday, June 17, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: American Swing

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $20 / $15 ages 11-17

Contact Email: Debra@gottaswing.com

http://www.americanswing.org

 


 

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. 

 

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 June dances, visit the June "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Swing Dance

Saturday, June 24, 8:00 pm - 12:00 am

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.

 

For a calendar view of all the June dances, visit the June "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."