Upcoming events!
Check out these events and also like the facebook page to get a weekly list of swing dance and music events at www.facebook.com/AZLindy
Spring 2024

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First Friday LIVE: Jazz and Swing with Dennis Rowland
Friday, April 5th  6pm-9pm
Herberger Theater - 222 East Monroe St., Phoenix, AZ

Enjoy all that Jazz with live music from Dennis Rowland, Diana Lee, and Greg Warner! With live performances and dance lessons from the Arizona Lindy Hop Society, and a live at demonstration by Mercedes Kim. A perfect evening out with the whole family, there will also be live art demonstrations, activities for kids, drinks at the Spotlight Bar, and more! Be sure to stop by and check out the latest installments in the Herberger Theater Art Gallery while you’re here.
FREE, All ages welcome.
https://www.facebook.com/events/376586501826729

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Sentimental Dreams Dance with the Swing Memories Big Band (15-piece orchestra)
Saturday, April 6th  5pm-8pm
American Legion Post #2 - 2125 S Industrial Park Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282
$15, All ages welcome

Annual Boys & Girls State Fundraiser. 15 Piece Orchestra playing Big Band Music of 30's and 40's. Tickets are $15.00 a piece and include entry into the dance, hors d'oeuvres/desserts
FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1136993247311667

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April 11, 2024 Thursday night - Lindy Hop FUNdamentals
Thursday, April 11th
Join the Arizona Lindy Hop Society for an exciting new two week Lindy Hop series that will have you on the dance floor feeling more confident and having fun. This 2 week progressive series will challenge you and help your dancing grow.

Dancewise Dance Studio: 5555 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ
7:00-8:00pm: Lindy Hop FUNdamentals
All ages welcome, no partner needed.
$15 per person, per class (class cards available to bring price to $11)
These classes are progressive and build on the previous class each week

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Rattle and Roll Night
Friday, April 12th
Phoenix's new 1950s Rock'n' Roll and Jiver's Night! (No cover).
Rockabilly Jive dance lesson at 7pm followed by non-stop Rock'n' Roll, Jump Blues, Doo-Wop, Boppers and Strollers til 1am
Starlite Lounge - 4346 W. Olive Ave, Glendale, AZ
7:00pm: Rockabilly Jive Dance Lesson
8:00pm-1:00am: Dance to DJ's playing the best Rockabilly
FREE, 21+

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Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend
April 18-21 2024 - Orleans Hotel, Las Vegas
The Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender is the largest and most respected Rockabilly festival in the world and is now the longest-running music festival in Las Vegas, having just celebrated its 26th anniversary. The Weekender annually attracts over 20,000 attendees to The Orleans Hotel and Casino for four nonstop days of music, hot rods, dancing, burlesque, and partying. Rock ‘n’ Roll and Rockabilly aficionados from all over the world mark their calendars each year for the event, coming from Europe, South America, Japan and even as far as New Zealand!
This festival features the best Rockabilly music from over 75 world-renowned bands and legends of Rockabilly as well as dozens of wild DJs, sure to keep you on your feet. Past headliners include: Jerry Lee Lewis, Wanda Jackson, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Brian Setzer, Brenda Lee, Dita Von Teese and so many more!
The weekender also puts on North America’s biggest pre-1960’s era car show where you can find hundreds of hot rods and just as many vendors selling vintage clothing, home wares, music and vintage reproduction must-haves.
Join us for the biggest Rockabilly party in the world!
6 Music Stages with more than 100 bands, huge dance floors in most rooms, Burlesque Shows, Car Show, Tattoo Lounge, Pin-Up Contest, Tiki Pool Parties, Vintage Swimsuit Competition, Viva Las Bowling!, Fashion Show, Jiving Classes & Contest, Guitar Geek Festival, All Nite Jumpin’ Showcase, Glamour Ball, Sober and Singles Meetups, Hair & Make-up services, On site Weddings, great vendors, and more!
Tickets are $40-$195, all ages welcome
Make sure to catch the Jive Aces and Big Sandy on Sunday night!
https://www.vivalasvegas.net/

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Arizona Tiki Oasis
April 25 - 28, 2024
Arizona Tiki Oasis is an island lifestyle meet-up held in the middle of the desert at one of the best-preserved Mid-Century hotels in America — Hotel Valley Ho (est.1956). Wear your most festive aloha wear; sip crafted tropical cocktails by top mixologists; browse the pop-up Art Show; relax in a cabana by the pool; learn about mid-century style, design, and lifestyle from experts; shop the outdoor marketplace with a variety of artists, makers, and traders; and, of course, enjoy the overall island-in-the-desert vibe. Live music, dancing, ukulele classes, and more!
Hotel Valley Ho - 6850 E Main St., Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

Events not to miss:

Thurs., 4/25 - 6:00PM - 7:30PM - Exclusive Deluxe VIP Cocktail Party with LIVE MUSIC from Moonlight Magic. Mainplace Courtyard. Ticket required.

Fri., 4/26 - 2:30PM- LIVE MUSIC with Thee Stillnites - Poolside at OH Pool. Ticket required.

Sat., 4/27 - 1pm-2pm - Ukulele Strum & Sing - Presented by Steve Conrad - Free event - do not need ticket to attend

Sun., 4/28 - 1:00PM - 2:00PM - Dances from the Swing Era
Learn the steps of East Coast Swing (6 count Lindy Hop) and Foxtrot. No experience necessary, so complete beginners are welcome. Location: The Sands. Ticket and advance registration required.

Plus, there are lots of poolside dances, DJ parties, run tastings, live music, tiki marketplace, and more!

 

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Scottsdale Jazz Festival - Blues and Brews
Saturday, April 27, 2024
The Molina Fine Jewelers Scottsdale Jazz Blues & Brews Festival Presented by Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale is coming to the Scottsdale Civic Center’s new East Bowl April 27.

Grammy award-winning contemporary Jazz/R&B superstar Norman Brown headlines this signature event. Other artists include internationally known New Orleans jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison, renown vocalist Nayo Jones and more. In addition to a captivating array of sounds and sights, food showcasing the flavors of New Orleans will be on hand as well as a beer garden.

Scottsdale Civic Center - 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ
4:00 PM - 10:30 PM, $35, All ages
https://scottsdalejazzfest.org/

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Saturday Afternoon Swing Tea Dance at NRG
Saturday, May 4th  2pm-5pm
Join us for a day of lessons, dancing, tea, and appetizers and come celebrate Steve Conrad's birthday!
NRG Ballroom - 931 E Elliot Rd, Tempe, AZ (Rural and Elliot)
2:00pm-3:00pm: Swing and Lindy Hop lessons (two at the same time) with Steve Conrad & Dana Stephenson and Kiffer & Sam Dengler
3:00pm-5:00pm: Dance to DJs, enjoy fresh brewed teas and delicious finger foods. Plus, a shim sham lesson during the dance.
All ages welcome, no partner needed.
$12 per person, Class cards welcome. Students get in for half price with Student ID.

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Country Two-Step and East Coast Swing weekend in Prescott - try something new!
May 17-18, 2024

We would love to have you join us for a really fun weekend getaway in Prescott. We will start on Friday, May 17th by going to a barn dance in Dewey, AZ at Mortimer Farms - just off I-17 on the way to Prescott (requires separate ticket). There will be a live band and you can do Country Two-Step and Swing/Lindy Hop to the band.

Then, Saturday there will be Arizona and Texas Two-Step lessons during the day, a group dinner at the Raven Café, and then we go dancing (Country and Swing/Lindy Hop) at all the bars along Whiskey Row in Prescott.

Ticket gets you admission to all the classes from 2:30pm-5:30pm on 5/18 at the Prescott Elks Theatre & Performing Arts Center (117 E Gurley St., Prescott, AZ, 2nd floor), plus the dance tour of Whiskey Row that evening.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/731620619081104

Purchase ticket for workshop and dance tour of Whiskey Row on 5/18: https://square.link/u/UXCB0FAo

Purchase ticket for Barn dance at Mortimer Farms on 5/17: GET TICKET

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Camp Jitterbug - Seattle
May 24-27, 2024 - Memorial Weekend in Seattle
Join us for the 23rd annual Camp Jitterbug in Seattle featuring live music, workshops, competitions and the return of The Jump Session Show!  Truly one of the best Lindy hop weekend events in the world!
https://www.campjitterbug.com/

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August 16-18, 2024 - Save the Date
Summer Swing Fest
Mesa, AZ
www.summerswingfest.com

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Three dance cruises coming soon!

Cruise #1
Alaska Lindy and Balboa Cruise

July 2-9, 2024

Join us for a beautiful trip to Alaska on the Lindy and Balboa Alaska Cruise. We will start in Seattle and start the night before the cruise by attending a local dance.
Here are the ports of call: Seattle, WA ► Tracy Arm Fjord ► Skagway, AK ► Juneau, Alaska ► Ketchikan, Alaska ► Victoria, Canada
This will be a 7-day Lindy Cruise aboard the Carnival Dream while dancing our way to the Northern Lights!

Instructors: Steve Conrad (Phoenix, AZ), Stephanie Lee Demetreon (Bellingham, WA), Jason and Crystal Warner (Abbotsford, B.C., CAN), Jerry and Kat Warwick (Dallas, TX)

Classes during days at sea, dances at night on the ship to our DJs and the ship's live music! Learn to dance from top international instructors from around the U.S. with classes in Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, Charleston, vintage jazz steps & line dances, and so much more! Beginning to advanced level classes.

Singles and couples welcome - plenty of partners for everyone. We will enjoy our dance lessons and continue the fun at our private dance cocktail parties! We dine as a group and we have some fun theme nights too!
The fun never stops and you will make memories and friends that can last a lifetime.

You MUST book with our group to participate in the dances, workshops, and group dining!

www.LindyCruise.com

Cruise #2
Swingin' on the Sea Lindy and Balboa Cruise to the Western Caribbean
Feb. 16-22, 2025
from Galveston, TX
We can't wait for the Lindy and Balboa Cruise, happening February 16-22, 2025. Join us for an amazing time in the Western Caribbean.
Here are our ports: Galveston, TX ► Costa Maya, MEX ► Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Honduras ► Cozumel, MEX
This will be an 6-day Lindy and Balboa Cruise aboard the Carnival Dream while dancing our way to paradise!
We leave from Galveston, TX (come in early for local dances in Austin and Houston) and head to the warm beaches and crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean to visit the exotic ports.
Classes during days at sea, dances on beaches and dances at night on the ship to our DJs and the ship's live music!
Learn to dance from top international instructors from around the U.S. with classes in Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, Balboa, Shag, Charleston, vintage jazz steps & line dances, swing music on an ukulele, and so much more! Beginning to advanced level classes.

Instructors include:
• Steve Conrad (Phoenix, AZ)
• Terry & Cindy Gardner (Minneapolis, MN)
• Camille Hartley (Wilmington, NC) swing music/ukulele track
• Paul Riding and Laura Evans (Corona and Irvine, CA)
• Jerry & Kathy Warwick (Dallas, TX)

You MUST book with our group to participate in the dances, workshops, and group dining!
Singles and couples welcome - plenty of partners for everyone. We will enjoy our dance lessons and continue the fun at our private dance cocktail parties! We dine as a group and we have some fun theme nights too!
The fun never stops and you will make memories and friends that can last a lifetime.

Prices start at:
$649 Inside cabin, $799 ocean view, $949 balcony (per person, based on double occupancy). Note: Prices can change once our block is sold. Price does not include taxes, and dance fee.
Optional travel insurance available.

Dance fee: Only $249 for all dance classes, dances, swag, and more for 6 days! EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Only $149 before May 31st, 2024.
Note: The dance fee is fully refundable up to 60 days before the cruise begins.

Please mention where you heard about the cruise when you book!
There is currently no fee for non-dancing friends who join us. Please note that they will not get into dances or classes or get our cruise swag.
Register today at www.LindyCruise.com

Cruise #3
Lindy, Shag, and Soul Cruise
November 6-10, 2025
Join us for the Lindy, Shag, and Soul Cruise, happening November 6-10, 2025. We will have an amazing time in California and Mexico.

Here are our ports: Long Beach, CA ► Catalina Island, CA ► Ensenada, MEX

This will be an 4-day Lindy, Collegiate Shag, and Soul Cruise aboard the Carnival Radiance while dancing our way to paradise!

We leave from the Carnival Port in Long Beach, CA (right next to the Queen Mary). Come in early for local dances in Orange County/Los Angeles and head to the warm beaches and crystal-clear waters.
Classes during days at sea, dances on beaches, dances on Catalina Island and at a winery in Ensenada, and dances at night on the ship to our DJs and the ship's live music!
Learn to dance from top international instructors from around the U.S. with classes in Lindy Hop, Shag, Soul, Balboa, Charleston, vintage jazz steps & line dances, and so much more! Beginning to advanced level classes.

Instructors include:
• Stephen Sayer and Karine Hermes (Los Angeles, CA)
• David Frutos and Kim Clever (Ventura, CA)
• Steve Conrad (Phoenix, AZ)
• Camille Hartley (Wilmington, NC)
• Emma Bowser (Washington, D.C.)
• Jerry & Kathy Warwick (Dallas, TX)

Singles and couples welcome - plenty of partners for everyone. We will enjoy our dance lessons and continue the fun at our private dance cocktail parties! We dine as a group and we have some fun theme nights too!
The fun never stops and you will make memories and friends that can last a lifetime.
You MUST book with our group to participate in the dances, workshops, and group dining!
Prices start at:
$399 Inside cabin, $449 ocean view, $599 balcony (per person, based on double occupancy).
Note: Prices can change once our block is sold. Price does not include taxes, and dance fee.
Optional travel insurance available.

Dance fee: Only $249 for all dance classes, dances, dance events held on Catalina Island, dance events held in Ensenada, swag, and more for four days! EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Only $149 before May 31st, 2024.
Note: The dance fee is fully refundable up to 60 days before the cruise begins.
Please mention where you heard about the cruise when you book.
www.LindyCruise.com

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LIVE MUSIC AND SWING DANCE EVENTS:
Get the weekly list of live music happenings at www.facebook.com/AZLindy
Thurs., 4/4
Big Al & The Heavyweights
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm, $20, 21+
Fri., 4/5
First Friday Live with Dennis Rowland and Diana Lee
Herberger Theater - 222 East Monroe St., Phoenix, AZ
6pm-9pm, FREE, All ages welcome.
https://www.facebook.com/events/376586501826729
Sat., 4/6
The Sugar Thieves
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm, $20, 21+
Sun., 4/7
Phoenix Blues Society Fundraiser & Band Showcase
with Big Daddy D & The Dynamites, West of The Blues, Eric Ramsey, Leon J, Gypsy, Jimi Primetime Smith, The Black Hole, Elizabeth Green, Dry Heat Blues Band, Bob Corritore, Lila Sherman, Nico Barberan, JC & The Juke Rockers, Sebastian Bugliera
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm, $20, 21+

Thurs., 4/11
Lindy Hop class at Dancewise
Dancewise Dance Studio: 5555 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ
7:00-8:00pm: Lindy Hop FUNdamentals
All ages welcome, no partner needed.
$15 per person, per class (class cards available to bring price to $11)

 

Fri., 4/12
Rattle and Roll Night
Starlite Lounge - 4346 W. Olive Ave, Glendale, AZ
7:00pm: Rockabilly Jive Dance Lesson
8:00pm-1:00am: Dance to DJ's playing the best Rockabilly
FREE, 21+
Sat., 4/13
SUZIE AND THE ACCELERATORZ
Desert Ridge Marketplace District Stage - 21001 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm , Free, All ages
Sat., 4/13
Tribute To The Three Kings
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm, $20, 21+
Fri., 4/19
Rocket 88s, Big Daddy D & The Dynamites with Betty Jo, Smoke
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm, $20, 21+
Sun., 4/28
Suzie and The Acceleratorz
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm, $15, 21+
Sat., 5/4
The Sugar Thieves with Bad Cactus Brass Band, Scotty Spenner
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm, $20, 21+
Fri., 5/31
Robert Jon & The Wreck
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 12:00 am, $30-$35, 21+
Weekly event updates at www.Facebook.com/AZLindy

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

April 1-7, 2024
New York City’s BALBOA WEEK
New York City - Manhattan
http://www.balweek.com

April 5-7, 2024
Gentse Lindy Hoppers Exchange
Ghent, Belgium
https://gentsehoppersexchange.com/

 

April 12-14, 2024
Prague Swing Spring Festival
Prague, Czech Republic
http://www.pragueswingfestivals.com

 

April 19-21, 2024
DC Lindy Exchange (DCLX)
Washington, DC
http://www.dclx.org

 

April 19-21, 2024
Portland Lindy Exchange
Portland, OR
https://www.portlandlindysociety.com/pdxlx

 

April 25-28, 2024
Copenhagen Lindy Exchange
Copenhagen, Denmark
https://copenhagenlindyexchange.dk/

 

May 1-5, 2024
Menorca Lindy Exchange 2024
Ciutadella de Menorca, Spain
http://www.menorcalindyexchange.com

 

May 24-27, 2024
Camp Jitterbug & the Jump Session Show
Seattle, WA
http://www.campjitterbug.com

 

June 14-16, 2024
Oxford Lindy Exchange
Oxford, United Kingdom
https://oxfordlindyexchange.com/

 

July 2-9, 2024
Alaska Lindy and Balboa Cruise
www.LindyCruise.com

 

August 16-18, 2024
Summer Swing Fest
Mesa, AZ
www.summerswingfest.com

 

Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2024
Camp Hollywood
Los Angeles, CA
http://www.camphollywood.net

 

Sept. 12-15, 2024
Barcelona Lindy Exchange - 10th Edition
Barcelona, Spain
https://barcelonalindyexchange.com/

 

Oct. 3-6, 2024
SEOUL Lindyfest
Seoul, South Korea
https://seoullindyfest.wordpress.com/

 

Dec. 26, 2024-Jan 1, 2025
Lindy Focus
Ashville, NC
https://www.lindyfocus.com/

 

Dec. 29, 2024-Jan 1, 2025
Stormy Weather Jazz Dance Festival
Seattle, WA
https://www.stormyweatherjazzfest.com/

 

Dec. 26, 2024-Jan 1, 2025
Snowball
Stockholm, Sweden
https://www.thesnowball.se/

 

 

On the Web

Each month we will offer you some web videos that are making their way around the world.  We have a video page up filled with vintage and new swing dance clips: azlindy.com/videos/

What is Lindy Hop?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fDIPCuGpjE

Late Night Lindy Hop Contest at Lindy Focus (Dec. 2023): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClZTGXmCVlQ

Strictly Lindy Finals in Istanbul: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVWPOQbAuFM

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Spotify playlists:

Try these playlists to listen to some great swing music. These are playlists from the most recent Lindy Cruise

Here are some of the playlists from our cruise!
Hollywood Glamour Night: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0MTHV5nKk1pweb9nGs58fh?si=a4b0354bc63f48cd
Animal Night: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4zPeH7h6Zdo6wvBFU7QHRq?si=7bae4add4f9643e8
Swingin’ Soul Night: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2BiAqjdO9UQH80CsXlm7Qp?si=c945ee2b83ce4b46
Balboa practice music: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1QpZX4ASwrThTeD6wnBeo5?si=bddc22079a3a407e

Dance Etiquette - A Lindy hoppers guide to Dance etiquette
Unsolicited Teaching
This is unfortunately one of the more common breaches of dance etiquette. This often happens when a dancer stops in the middle of a song to correct his or her partner, or tell them how to execute a move. Ironically, this error is often committed by individuals who are not fit to teach. Experienced social dancers dance at the level of their partners. Even for experienced dancers, the social dance floor is not the place to teach or to correct your partner. It is better to concentrate on patterns that both partners can do and enjoy. Unsolicited teaching can be humiliating and can take the fun out of dancing.

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!!