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Welcome to the home page of Mike & Mary Richardson, swing dance instructors & performers. We teach and promote the original swing dances of the 1930's & 40's big band swing era - Lindy Hop & Balboa - and the great music of that era!

Saturday, June 3rd: Swingin' on Short!
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Saturday, June 3rd:  Swingin’ on Short! 

Saturday, June 3rd:  Swingin on Short Swingin’ on Short is Lexington’s annual street dance, this year featuring music by Blair Carmen & the Belleview Boys!  Location: Swingin' on Short, Lexington's annual street dance.

downtown Lexington, corner of Short & Limestone streets.  Admission:  free!  See this link for all the info.

Out of Town Events

o Saturday, April 8th, 3-6 pm:  2nd Saturday Balboa Practice Session, at College Hill Town Hall, Larch St., Cincy.  Calling all Balboa dancers….a chance to practice and dance Balboa! Thanks 2ndSatBalto Heather Fanska for organizing this event.
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o June 8th-11th:  All Balboa Weekend (ABW), Independence, OH (about 15 miles SW of Cleveland).   There really is no debate:  this is the best weekend workshop Balboa event you can attend.  For Balboa dancers, this is a must attend event!

Big Band Revival:  The Chick Webb Project & Lindy Focus 2016

chickwebbMike & Mary were proud to sponsor two of the songs for the Chick Webb Project, a project that transcribed c. 31 songs from the Chick Webb library for live performances, the first which was at Lindy Focus on Thursday night, Dec. 29th, 2016!  For the Chick Webb dance, we got to sit in on a rehearsal that afternoon, which was both entertaining and enlightening.  Click here for more info.

Mike & Mary – Report on Lindy Focus (LF).

 What is Lindy Focus (LF)?  As many of you know, LF is an annual event that takes place in Asheville, NC the week between Christmas and New Years.  In addition to workshop classes, competitions and other activities, a definite highlight of the event for 2016 was five nights of swing-era big band music that featured the music of Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Chick Webb and Benny Goodman.   Due to family obligations, this past year’s event (Dec. 27-31, 2016) was the first chance we’ve had to attend LF – and we picked a good year!

LF 2016.  We attended for two days/nights, Dec. 29th & 30th.  The Dec. 29th and Dec. 30th nightly dances featured the music of Chick Webb and Benny Goodman, respectively.  The music for both dances was truly exceptional.  The musicians at Lindy Focus did a great job playing the songs in the right style, and at the correct tempo (and maintaining the correct tempo throughout the entire song).  What a treat it was to dance, and listen, to the great swing music of the big band swing-era (instead of the “mayonnaise & white bread” stuff you get from most “big bands” that play these days).

And for those that couldn’t attend the event, here is a link to a You Tube page for the live stream for the Dec. 29th Chick Webb night dance:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV2M7i8pGl4.

In closing, if you get a chance to attend the LF event in the future, do so – especially if LF continues to feature swing-era big band music for the nightly dances!