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Sat., Jan. 14th, Swing Dance Practice Session – – And Sun., Jan. 22nd, Hepcats Winter 2017 classes start!
Swing Dance Practice Session
Saturday, January 14th
7:30 – 11:00 pm
Practice makes perfect! Practice is one of the best ways to solidify any Lindy Hop or Balboa material you may have learned. These practice sessions are a chance to practice, social dance, work on a new move…on a floating, smooth wooden dance floor.
While there is no dance lesson at this practice session, Mike & Mary are available to answer questions and provide tips & suggestions.
And DJ Mike Richardson will play a mix of great swing music for Lindy Hop and Balboa at a variety of tempos..
Click here for all the event info.
Sunday, January 22nd: Hepcats Winter 2017 classes start! Beginner Swing Dance and Beginner Balboa classes offered! Cost is only $40 a person for the 5 week class series. Let Mike & Mary put the swing in your step. Save $5. See the Hepcats classes web page for all the info.
Out of Town Events
o February 24th-26th: Dayton Swing Smackdown, Dayton, OH area. A Lindy Hop weekend workshop event.
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
Mike & 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!