Upcoming events!

Check out these events and also like the facebook page to get a weekly list of swing dance and music events.

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Get the weekly list of live music happenings at www.facebook.com/AZLindy

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

Saturday, December 15th
The Brian Setzer Orchestra 15th Anniversary Christmas Rocks! Tour
With Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones
8:00pm - 11pm, $63-$96, All ages welcome
Rows 1-3 will be removed to allow room for dancing

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

Friday, December 21st
Frosty & the Silver Tones and free swing dance lesson
Tempe Marketplace Main Stage - 2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ
6:45pm - 10:00pm, FREE. All Ages Welcome!

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

Tuesday, December 25th
Merry Christmas!
No dance at Fatcat

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

Saturday, December 29th
Ukulele JAMboree - Holiday Edition
Bookmans Phoenix - 8034 N 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ
3:00pm - 4:00pm, FREE, All ages

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+

Monday, December 31st
A Swingin' New Years Eve - Vintage Swing Dance Celebration
Dance Starz - 5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ
8:00 pm - 12:30 am, $25-$35, ALL AGES

Tuesday, January 1st
The Hot Sardines (Swingin' jazz)
Musical Instrument Museum - MIM - 4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, Arizona 85050
TWO shows: 3pm and 7pm, $33.50–$43.50, All ages welcome!

Sunday, January 6th
Swing Sundays at FatCat - new beginning courses! week 1 of 6

4:00 pm: East Coast Swing Beginning
5:00pm: Lindy Hop FUNdamentals
FatCat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix
Prices:$65 for each course for all 6 weeks. $15 Drop in.

Friday, January 19th
The Sugar Thieves
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 1:00 am, $10, 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/

December 26, 2018-January 1, 2019
Lindy Focus XVII
Asheville, NC

December 26, 2018-January 1, 2019
Stockholm, Sweden

January 11-13, 2019
Saigon Swing Fest
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

January 18-21, 2019
California Balboa Classic (CalBal) - Balboa weekend
NewPort Beach, CA

January 25-27, 2019
Hong Kong Swing Festival
Hong Kong

February 14-17, 2019
Lindy on Ice
Reykjavik, Iceland

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

February 22-24, 2019
Swingin’ at the Savoy
Oakland, CA

March 1-3, 2019
Inspiration weekend
Fullerton, CA

March 22-24, 2019
Moscow Jazz Weekend
Moscow, Russian Federation


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/

Don't Knock the Rock (1956) Dance scene with Bill Hailey and his Comets: https://youtu.be/HdlfZ4213zM

International Lindy Hop Championships (ILHC) Strictly Lindy Finals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8PwNkwLoXY

Dance Etiquette - Breaking the Dance Monkey and Dance Clique Cycle

This month we feature a blog by dancer and writer Laura Riva - BLOG


Contemplations - from comedian Mitch Hedberg

"I would imagine that if you could understand Morse code, a tap dancer would drive you crazy."


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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