October 21, 2017 - Dances

Swing Dance

Saturday, October 21, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Craig Gildner Big Band

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $18 / $14 with student ID

Contact Email: craig@bluesky5.com




The Craig Gildner Big Band presents a swing dance with live music in the historic Spanish Ballroom!


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.


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