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

Sunday, December 1st
Swing Sundays - Aerials, Lifts, Dips, and Tricks and the California Routine
Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
4:00pm - Aerials, Lifts, Dips, and Tricks
5:00pm - California Routine
$35 for all three weeks, per course, All ages welcome

Tuesday, December 3rd
Tuesday Swing Dance at Fatcat
Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, $10, All ages welcome

Wednesday, December 4th
Nikki Hill with Tony Holiday & The Soul
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 1:00 am, $12-$15, 21+

Sunday, December 8th
Swing Sundays - Aerials, Lifts, Dips, and Tricks and the California Routine
Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
4:00pm - Aerials, Lifts, Dips, and Tricks
5:00pm - California Routine
$35 for all three weeks, per course, All ages welcome

Tuesday, December 10th
Tuesday Swing Dance at Fatcat
Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, $10, All ages welcome

Wednesday, December 11
2nd Wednesday Swing Social in Tempe
NRG Ballroom (formerly Paragon) - 931 E Elliot Rd, Tempe, AZ (Rural and Elliot)
7:30 pm - 8:15pm: East Coast Swing dance lesson
8:15pm - 9:30 pm: Dance to Swing DJs
$10, All ages welcome

Sunday, December 15th
Swing Sundays - Aerials, Lifts, Dips, and Tricks and the California Routine
Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
4:00pm - Aerials, Lifts, Dips, and Tricks
5:00pm - California Routine
$35 for all three weeks, per course, All ages welcome

Tuesday, December 17th
Tuesday Swing Dance at Fatcat - Holiday Party with gift exchange
Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, $10, All ages welcome

Friday, December 20th
The Sugar Thieves
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 1:00 am, $10, 21+

Tuesday, December 31st
New Years Eve Party - "Puttin' on the Glitz" - DJ Steve Conrad playing swing music
Dress 1920's-40's themed
Embassy Suites - Tempe, 4400 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, AZ
7:00 pm - 12:30 am, $50 includes full dinner, All ages
More Info.

Tuesday, December 31st
Gin & Jazz New Year’s Eve!
Heritage Square - 113 N. Sixth St., Phoenix, AZ
8:00 pm - 12:00 am, $125 per person, includes hors d’oeuvres. All ages welcome
https://heritagesquarephx.org/jazz/tickets/

Tuesday, December 31st
Roaring into the 20's New Years Eve Party at FatCat
Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
6pm dinner, 7:30pm: Foxtrot lesson, 8:15pm-12:30am Dancing
NOTE: This is a ballroom dance night and will have swing music in with all ballroom styles - Foxtrot, Waltz, Salsa, Cha Cha, etc.
Tickets (Dinner, Lesson, Dance Party): $40 in advance. $45 at the door
Dance Only tickets (Lesson, Dance Party): $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Call 602.324.7119 or stop by the studio to reserve your seat!

Sunday, January 5th
Swing Sundays - East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop - NEW 6 week courses
Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
4:00pm - East Coast Swing - Beginning to Intermediate
5:00pm - Lindy Hop FUNdamentals
$65 for all six weeks, per course, All ages welcome

Sunday, January 5th
Elvis Presley Birthday Bash - 20+ bands and musicians pay tribute to the king!
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, $8, 21+

Tuesday, January 7th
Tuesday Swing Dance at Fatcat
Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, $10, All ages welcome

Wednesday, January 8th
2nd Wednesday Swing Social in Tempe
NRG Ballroom (formerly Paragon) - 931 E Elliot Rd, Tempe, AZ (Rural and Elliot)
7:30 pm - 8:15pm: East Coast Swing dance lesson
8:15pm - 9:30 pm: Dance to Swing DJs
$10, All ages welcome

Saturday, January 11th
The Sugar Thieves
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 1:00 am, $10, 21+

Sunday, January 12th
Swing Sundays - East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop - NEW 6 week courses
Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
4:00pm - East Coast Swing - Beginning to Intermediate
5:00pm - Lindy Hop FUNdamentals
$65 for all six weeks, per course, All ages welcome

Tuesday, January 14th
Tuesday Swing Dance at Fatcat
Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, $10, All ages welcome

Sunday, January 19th
Swing Sundays - East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop - NEW 6 week courses
Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
4:00pm - East Coast Swing - Beginning to Intermediate
5:00pm - Lindy Hop FUNdamentals
$65 for all six weeks, per course, All ages welcome

Tuesday, January 21st
Tuesday Swing Dance at Fatcat
Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, $10, All ages welcome

Sunday, January 26th
Swing Sundays - East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop - NEW 6 week courses
Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
4:00pm - East Coast Swing - Beginning to Intermediate
5:00pm - Lindy Hop FUNdamentals
$65 for all six weeks, per course, All ages welcome

Tuesday, January 28th
Tuesday Swing Dance at Fatcat
Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, $10, All ages welcome

Sunday, February 2nd
Swing Sundays - East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop - NEW 6 week courses
Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
4:00pm - East Coast Swing - Beginning to Intermediate
5:00pm - Lindy Hop FUNdamentals
$65 for all six weeks, per course, All ages welcome

Sunday, February 9th
Swing Sundays - East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop - NEW 6 week courses
Fatcat Ballroom - 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
4:00pm - East Coast Swing - Beginning to Intermediate
5:00pm - Lindy Hop FUNdamentals
$65 for all six weeks, per course, All ages welcome

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 7-8, 2019
Tokyo Balboa Weekend
Tokyo, Japan
http://www.swing-jack.com/2019tokyo_balboa.html

December 13-15, 2019
Shanghai Lindy Festival
Shanghai, China
https://www.facebook.com/events/404863943562456/

December 26, 2019-January 1, 2020
Lindy Focus
Asheville, NC
http://www.lindyfocus.com/

January 17-20, 2020
California Balboa Classic 2020
Newport Beach, CA
https://calbalclassic.com/

February 15-22, 2020
Swingin' on the Sea Cruise - Lindy and Balboa Cruise to the Exotic Caribbean
Miami, FL; Grand Turk, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Angel Cove, Dominican Republic
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/

One of the largest performances of the California Routine ever (at Lindy Focus): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MydEYbUt9Yw

Hellzapoppin' - the greatest Lindy Hop scene of all time - in 1080 HD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=E40IgBYVkKk&feature=emb_logo

Dance Etiquette - Aerials

The only thing to be said about aerials on the social dance floor is: don't do them. While they may look cool, the execution of aerials requires training by a qualified instructor. Don't do them by yourself unless you are trained, and certainly don't do them on the social dance floor. Dancers have been badly hurt by either participating in aerials, or unluckily being in the proximity of those who did. Aerials are reserved for performances and jam circles so that social dancers are not nearby when a dancer goes into the air.
The same principle applies to other lifts and drops, as well as choreographed patterns that require a large amount of floor space.

 

Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey:

"To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other."

 

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

AZ Swing Dance - Join the AZ Lindy Hop Society for the best swing dance events in the greater Phoenix area!!