November 2018 - Swing

Swing Dance

Saturday, November 3, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: Advance: $15; Door: $20 general / $15 students & Partnership members

Contact Email: reitan@glenechopark.org

http://www.glenechopark.org

 


 

Advance tickets now available online for just $15. Click HERE to purchase. You will not receive a physical ticket. Please bring your payment confirmation with you to the dance.

 

The Glen Echo Park Partnership presents a Roaring 20’s dance with Halley Shoenberg’s Revival Jazz BandJoin us in the Spanish Ballroom for a night of Swingin’ Jazz Age music for dancing and listening. The band will mainly play music that is good for Swing, Charleston, and Foxtrot, but don't be surprised if you hear a few other Jazz Age styles. Vintage party attire is encouraged but not required.

 

The fine instructors from Flying Feet Enterprises will teach a beginner Swing dance lesson, along with some Charleston basics, from 8 - 9 pm. Tonight there will also be a bonus lesson during the first band break, which will focus on dance styles of the Jazz Age. All lessons are included in the cost of admission. No partner or prior experience needed. Live music runs until midnight.

 

Halley Shoenberg has been playing clarinet and saxophone for dances at Glen Echo Park for 20 years, most recently with her own group, “Halley’s Hot Gumbo Swingtet,” the Tom Cunningham Orchestra, the Craig Gildner Big Band and Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes. For nine years Halley played Glen Echo Sunday tea dances with the La Salle Dance Orchestra, which focused on 1920's and 30's ballroom dance music and she acquired the music from that group to perform with her 11-piece Revival Jazz Band. She also learned to dance the dances such as Lindy Hop, Charleston, Blues, Salsa and Tango and likes to dance during band breaks or go out for an evening of dancing. She pulls together some of the finest DC area musicians for lively music events.

 

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

Swing Dance

Saturday, November 10, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Flying Feet Enterprises

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $20 / $15 students

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 Eric Felten's Jump 7 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 "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Swing Dance

Saturday, November 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

 


 

American Swing presents a swing dance with the Girls From Mars in the historic Spanish Ballroom!

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

 

Wendi BourneLauren Janson and Annie Patterson, all formerly members of Big Nite Out, are the GIRLS FROM MARS, singing and playing swing music from the 1930s and '40s made popular by such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, the Andrews Sisters, the Boswell Sisters, Cats 'N the Fiddle, Billie Holiday, and Glenn Miller. Their unique style features the kind of close harmony you'd hear from groups such as the Andrews Sisters and the Boswell Sisters. Tonight, the Girls are joined by Tom Mitchell, John Previti and Big Joe Maher--what a line-up! The Girls from Mars are big favorites of the old-school DC swing dance community.

 

Tonight, Gottaswing also hosts the Fifth Annual Virginia State Jitterbug and Lindy Hop Competition during the dance dance. Grab a partner and join the competition, or come out to cheer on your favorite dancers. 

• FIRST PLACE $300 • SECOND PLACE $150 • THIRD PLACE $50
• DANCE TO YOUR OWN MUSIC • LOCAL, FRIENDLY! • NO ENTRY FEE • PROFESSIONAL JUDGE •

• HOW IT WORKS: The competition will be held during the first and second band break; winners will be announced during the third band set. 
• HOW THE COMPETITION WILL BE RUN: Limited to a maximum of eight couples. Each couple will dance individually to music they will provide, song length not shorter than 2 minutes, not longer than 3-1/2 minutes. Costumes encouraged but not required. 
• HOW TO SIGN UP: Simply Email Tom@gottaswing.com no later than 5pm on Friday, November 16 to reserve your spot and request a copy of the rules.
• HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? NOTHING! Competitors get into the dance free; bring your friends to cheer you on.

BEFORE AND AFTER THE COMPETITION HEATS, WE’LL ENJOY DANCING TO GIRLS FROM MARS. SEE YOU THERE!

 

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

Swing Dance Workshops

Saturday, November 24, 1:00 - 4:20 pm

Presenter: American Swing

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Back Room

Admission: Varies, see below

Contact Email: Debra@gottaswing.com

http://www.americanswing.org

 


 

TWO SPECIAL WORKSHOPS WITH JEAN VELOZ AND RUSTY FRANK

Advance registration ends Friday, November 23 at 11:59pm

REGISTER HERE

 

JEAN’S SUGAR PUSH STYLING AND VARIATIONS WITH JEAN VELOZ AND RUSTY FRANK

Price: $20/advance registrations; $25/at the door

1-2pm

In this class with Jean Veloz and Swing Dance Hall of Fame member Rusty Frank, leaders and followers will learn the tips, tricks and techniques that help create Jean's signature look. All levels.

 

LISTENING AND DANCING TO THE MUSIC WITH RUSTY FRANK

Price: $30/advance; $35/at the door

2:20-4:20pm

The old saying "Dancing is music made visible" is what makes Lindy Hop special. We as swing dancers make our dancing reflect the music. But how do we do it? How do we interpret the music right at the moment we are dancing? In this class you’ll get some “inside” ideas that will really get your more connected to the music while you’re dancing, even if you’ve never heard the song before. This class, open to all levels, is taught by Swing Dance Hall of Fame member Rusty Frank.

 

Advance registration ends Friday, November 23 at 11:59pm

 

REGISTER HERE

 

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

Swing Dance

Saturday, November 24, 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Presenter: Tom Cunningham Orchestra

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $20 general / $15 students

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 to 11:30 pm. No partner or prior experience needed.

 

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