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LIVE MUSIC AND SWING DANCE EVENTS:
Get the weekly list of live music happenings at www.facebook.com/AZLindy

Tuesday, November 6th - Election Day!

Tuesday, November 6th
Tuesday Night Swing Dance at Fatcat

Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, $7, All ages welcome

Saturday, November 10th
The Armed Forces Ball - Live music with the Lava Hot Jass Band
Fabric - 132 E. 6th St, Tempe, AZ
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, $15-$60, All ages welcome
https://www.facebook.com/events/316994095756835/

Saturday, November 10th
Bill Tarsha's Birthday Party with Rocket 88's
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
9:00 pm - 1:00 am, $10, 21+

Sunday, November 11th
FRANCINE REED FOODBANK FUNDRAISER
FRANCINE REED AND FRIENDS, MICHAEL REED BAND, DENNIS ROLAND WITH THE BETH LEDERMAN BAND, JOEL ROBIN BAND WITH DELPHINE CORTEZ, ANDY GONZALES ALL STAR BAND, and more!
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
4:00 pm - 8:00 am, $10  or canned food, 21+

Sunday, November 11th
Swing Sundays at Fatcat - week 4 of 5
Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
4:00pm - East Coast Swing (Beg./Int.)
5:00pm - Lindy Hop (Beyond FUNdamentals)
$15 per person per class or discount packages

Tuesday, November 13th
Tuesday Night Swing Dance at Fatcat

Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, $7, All ages welcome

Thursday, November 15th
VooDoo Swing
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm, FREE, 21+

Friday, November 16th
The 44s
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
9:00 pm - 1:00 am, $10-$12, 21+

Sunday, November 18th
Swing Sundays at Fatcat - week 5 of 5
Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
4:00pm - East Coast Swing (Beg./Int.)
5:00pm - Lindy Hop (Beyond FUNdamentals)
$15 per person per class or discount packages

Tuesday, November 20th
Tuesday Night Swing Dance at Fatcat

Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, $7, All ages welcome

Wednesday, November 21st
BIG SANDY & HIS FLY-RITE BOYS
SECOND HAND SAM & HIS COUNTRY GENTLEMEN
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 1:00 am, $12-$15, 21+

Friday, November 23rd
The Sugar Thieves
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 1:00 am, $10, 21+

Tuesday, November 27th
Tuesday Night Swing Dance at Fatcat

Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, $7, All ages welcome

Sunday, December 2nd
Swing Sundays at Fatcat - NEW CLASSES! week 1 of 3
Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
4:00pm - Aerials, Dips, and Tricks
5:00pm - Frankie Manning's California Routine (Lindy Hop  - 8 count and 6 count)
$15 per person per class or discount packages

Tuesday, December 4th
Tuesday Night Swing Dance at Fatcat

Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, $7, All ages welcome

Wednesday, December 5th
Nikki Hill (CD Release Party)
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 1:00 am, $10-$12, 21+

Saturday, December 8th
ADRIANNA MARIE & HER GROOVECUTTERS
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
9:00 pm - 1:00 am, $10-$12, 21+

Sunday, December 9th
Swing Sundays at Fatcat - NEW CLASSES! week 2 of 3
Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
4:00pm - Aerials, Dips, and Tricks
5:00pm - Frankie Manning's California Routine (Lindy Hop  - 8 count and 6 count)
$15 per person per class or discount packages

Tuesday, December 11th
Tuesday Night Swing Dance at Fatcat

Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, $7, All ages welcome

Sunday, December 16th
Swing Sundays at Fatcat - NEW CLASSES! week 3 of 3
Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
4:00pm - Aerials, Dips, and Tricks
5:00pm - Frankie Manning's California Routine (Lindy Hop  - 8 count and 6 count)
$15 per person per class or discount packages

Tuesday, December 18th
Holiday Swing Dance at Fatcat - live music with the Bad News Blues Band

Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, $10-$15, All ages welcome

Friday, December 28th
The Sugar Thieves
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 1:00 am, $10, 21+

Sunday, December 30th
Cash'd Out with the Devillians (Johnny Cash Tribute)
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, $15, 21+

Swing Out - Lindy Hop, Swing, Balboa, and Blues Festivals and Events around the World
see a full list of events all over the world at: http://www.swingplanit.com/

November 9-11, 2018
Grenoble Swing Dance Festival
Grenoble, France
http://gsdf.grenobleswing.com

November 15-18, 2018
Austin Lindy Exchange
Austin, TX
http://www.austinlindyexchange.org

November 22-25, 2018
Melbourne Lindy Exchange
Melbourne, Australia
http://melbournelindyexchange.com

December 26, 2018-January 1, 2019
Lindy Focus XVII
Asheville, NC
http://www.lindyfocus.com/

December 26, 2018-January 1, 2019
Snowball
Stockholm, Sweden
http://www.thesnowball.se/

February 17-24, 2019
Swingin' on the Sea Cruise - Caribbean Swing Dance Cruise
New Orleans, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman Island, and Cozumel
www.LindyCruise.com

On the Web

Each month we will offer you some web videos that are making their way around the world.  These are a great cure for office boredom (to watch only on your lunch break, of course).  Sometimes these will have to do with dance but other times these links will take you to places you may not have been otherwise.  We have a new video page up filled with vintage and new swing dance clips: azlindy.com/videos/

Malcolm X (1992)  Lindy hop scene from Spike Lee's "Malcolm X" featuring Denzel Washington dancing Lindy Hop. Frankie manning choreographed and appeared in this dance scene, along with his son, Chazz Young, who choreographed the open jazz parts: https://youtu.be/OapkoQEzQS0

World's Largest California Routine at Lindy Focus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MydEYbUt9Yw

Dance Etiquette - Asking for a dance

When asking for a dance, it is easiest to stay with traditional phrases:
"May I have this dance?'', "Would you like to dance?'', "Shall we dance?''
In the past it has been the tradition that men asked women to dance. But this custom has gradually changed. Today, women should feel equally comfortable asking a partner for a dance, even in a formal setting.
If your desired partner is with a group, be unambiguous and make eye contact when asking for a dance. If you vaguely approach a group, two individuals may think you are asking for a dance. You can imagine that the one not getting the dance is going to be miffed. Let's avoid such awkward moments by a decisive approach and solid eye contact.
Exercising common sense and social skills is always a good idea. If someone is sitting closely with their significant other, whispering sweet nothings to each other, then it is probably not a good time to ask either of them for a dance.
Sometimes two individuals simultaneously ask someone for a dance. In that situation, dance etiquette recommends that the object of attention should accept one of the dances, while offering a later dance to the other one.

 

Contemplations - from comedian Mitch Hedberg

"If you stand in the meat section at the grocery store long enough, you start to get mad a turkeys. There's turkey ham, turkey bologna, turkey pastrami. Someone needs to tell the turkey, man, just be yourself."

 

Ten ways to improve your dancing

1. Private lessons are the single best way to learn how to dance
2. Go to group classes and social dancing as often as possible
3. Attend weekend camps for an immersion experience and jump start your dancing
4. Travel and dance out of town
5. Dance with a variety of people, of all dance levels, as much as possible.
6. Watch experienced dancers when you go out, on the internet, and anywhere else you can
7. Record yourself dancing and look at your lines and how you can improve
8. Listen to lots of swing music and dance to live music as often as possible
9. Try other dance forms
10. Have fun, be creative, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes

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