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
October 2022
Special announcement: Tuesday Night Swing returns to Imperial Ballroom TONIGHT and every Tuesday, Gunhild Carling at the Rhythm Room this Saturday, Oct. 8th!
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TUESDAY NIGHT SWING - Swing Dance at Imperial Ballroom in Scottsdale returns TONIGHT, October 4th and will be every Tuesday!
Tuesday Night Swing Dance at Imperial Ballroom - Every Tuesday
7:15 pm: East Coast Swing Dance Lesson with Steve Conrad
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Dance East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop. Balboa, Charleston, and/or Shag to Swing DJs or Live Swing Bands
Imperial Ballroom - 7077 E Bell Rd., Scottsdale, AZ
$10 - includes dance lesson and dance
All Ages Welcome, no partner needed.
Come dance on the huge floating wood floor, enjoy the cool A/C, meet friendly people, be social, enjoy good music, get rid of stress, and feed your heart and soul.
This dance is a continuation of the Tuesday night swing dance that started in 1996 at the Bash on Ash that was run by Steve Conrad and the Arizona Lindy Hop Society. While we changed venues many times over the years to night clubs, hotels, and ballrooms, the quality of instruction and music has remained high. Come dance at one of the longest running swing dances in the US and world.
Instructor Steve Conrad has been teaching Lindy Hop/Swing Dancing for more than 26 years and has traveled around the world teaching. He recently toured China and was featured on ABC's "The Bachelorette", "Arizona Highways" TV, HGTV's "House Hunters", several music videos, in "USA Today" and NBC's "Little Big Shots: Forever Young" dancing with 93 year old dance legend Jean Veloz.
COVID Policy: We ask that if you have any symptoms whatsoever, even if you think it is a cold or allergies, to please not come to the lesson or dance. Please, wait one week and help us end this pandemic. Masks are optional. Thank you for understanding.
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1080096712900935

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Thursdays in October - Lindy Hop FUNdamentals
October 6, 13, 20, 27
Join the Arizona Lindy Hop Society for some exciting new Lindy Hop classes that will have you on the dance floor feeling more confident and having fun. We will be exploring connection to our partners and the music, basic steps, and socially lead-able and follow-able moves. This 4 week progressive series will challenge you and help your dancing grow, and great if you are just starting to learn or refreshing the basics

Join us every Thursday night at Dance Wise Studio in Uptown Phoenix.

Dancewise Dance Studio: 5555 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ
7:30-8:30pm: Swing dance lesson and practice to swing music
All ages welcome, no partner needed.
$12 per person, per class

These classes are progressive and build on the previous class each week.
Event page:

Upcoming swing dance courses - Thursday nights at Dance wise:
November: Lindy Hop Intermediate
December: Lindy Hop Routine with lifts, jumps, and tricks
January 2023: East Coast Swing Beg./Int.
February 2023: Lindy Hop FUNdamentals
March 2023: Balboa basics
April 2023: Collegiate Shag

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Saturday, October 8th - International Jazz Star Gunhild Carling from Postmodern Jukebox at the Rhythm Room
Swedish musical sensation Gunhild Carling is an internationally acclaimed superstar whose show is a can’t-miss event! Whether she’s singing favorite swinging jazz standards, playing one of many instruments (trumpet, trombone, harmonica, oboe, harp, flute, recorder, or jazz bagpipe!) or juggling and tap dancing, Gunhild’s sublime showmanship shines.
She recently performed with her 'Carling Big Band' at the Royal Palace in Stockholm in the celebration of King Carl XVI Gustaf's Ruby Jubilee.
She is featured as a singer and multi-instrumentalist in several of Postmodern Jukebox's songs, including a swing version of Rick Astley's "Never Going to Give You Up", a 1920s jazz swing version of "Material Girl", a vintage jazz version of Europe's "The Final Countdown", a jazz cover of Pharrel Williams' "Happy", and a 1920s hot jazz cover of ABBA's "Dancing Queen".
This is one show not to miss!

Rhythm Room - 1019 East Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ

7pm Doors Open
7:30-8 Swing Dance Lesson by Steve Conrad!
8:15 Live music from Gunhild Carling and her band!
The Rhythm Room is a 21+ club.

$25 in advance, $30 at the door.
Advance tickets are recommended in case this show sells out.

Tickets: https://wl.seetickets.us/event/Gunhild-Carling/484721?afflky=SouthwestMusicalArtsFoundation

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Swing and Lindy Cruise from New Orleans to the Caribbean - February 5-12, 2023
Join us for a 7-day Lindy and Balboa Cruise aboard the Norwegian Breakaway while dancing our way to paradise!
We leave from New Orleans (come in early for dances in NOLA) and head to the warm beaches and crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean to visit the exotic ports of Costa Maya, Mexico; Roatan. Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize; and Cozumel, Mexico! Classes during days at sea, dances on pristine beaches and dances at night on the ship!

FEBRUARY 5-12, 2023

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, 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.

Instructors include:
• Anthony Chen and Irina Amzashvili (OC and Salt Lake City)
• Steve Conrad (Phoenix, AZ)
• Terry and Cindy Gardner (Minneapolis, MN)
• Camille Hartley (Wilmington, NC) Swing music track - ukulele
• Jerry & Kathy Warwick (Dallas, TX)
• Todd Yannacone (New Orleans) teaching the Balboa and music tracks

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

Prices start at:
$899 Inside cabin
(per person, based on double occupancy)
Includes 7-day cruise, all dance classes and all dances, all meals on ship
PLUS choices of perks:
• unlimited Beverage Package,
• 2 specialty dining nights
• $50 per port shore excursion
• 150 min internet per room
• and more!
(Note: some perks have gratuity fees)

Price includes taxes and port fees. Price does not include gratuity or optional travel insurance.

Please mention where you heard about the cruise when you book!

Note: We will be going to New Orleans 3 or 4 days early to dance to great live jazz.

Details and registration at www.LindyCruise.com

We will also be cruising to Alaska in August of 2023!

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

Tues., Oct 4th
Tuesday Night Swing Dance at Imperial Ballroom - Every Tuesday
Imperial Ballroom - 7077 E Bell Rd., Scottsdale, AZ
7:15 pm: East Coast Swing Dance Lesson with Steve Conrad
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Dance East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop. Balboa, Charleston, and/or Shag to Swing DJs or Live Swing Bands
$10 - includes dance lesson and dance
All Ages Welcome, no partner needed.

Thurs., Oct. 6th
Lindy Hop FUNdamentals 4 week-progressive series every Thursday night at Dance Wise Studio
7:30-8:30pm: Lindy Hop dance lesson
Dance Wise Studio - 5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ
$12 per class. All ages welcome, no partner needed. AZ Lindy class cards welcome.

Friday., Oct. 7th
Four Peaks Oktoberfest
Tempe Town Lake
3 days of Live Music, Beer, Brats, Carnival Rides, and More.
Friday, October 7th, from 5PM-12AM
Saturday, October 8th, from 10AM-12AM
Sunday, October 9th, from 10AM- 8PM

Sat., Oct 8th
Gunhild Carling - from Postmodern Jukebox
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm, $25 adv./ $30 at door, 21+

Tues., Oct 11th - Tuesday Night Swing Dance at Imperial Ballroom - Every Tuesday
Imperial Ballroom - 7077 E Bell Rd., Scottsdale, AZ
7:15 pm: East Coast Swing Dance Lesson with Steve Conrad
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Dance East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop. Balboa, Charleston, and/or Shag to Swing DJs or Live Swing Bands
$10 - includes dance lesson and dance
All Ages Welcome, no partner needed.

Thurs., Oct. 13th
Lindy Hop FUNdamentals 4 week-progressive series every Thursday night at Dance Wise Studio
7:30-8:30pm: Lindy Hop dance lesson
Dance Wise Studio - 5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ
$12 per class. All ages welcome, no partner needed. AZ Lindy class cards welcome.

Tues., Oct 18th - Tuesday Night Swing Dance at Imperial Ballroom - Every Tuesday
Imperial Ballroom - 7077 E Bell Rd., Scottsdale, AZ
7:15 pm: East Coast Swing Dance Lesson with Steve Conrad
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Dance East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop. Balboa, Charleston, and/or Shag to Swing DJs or Live Swing Bands
$10 - includes dance lesson and dance
All Ages Welcome, no partner needed.

Thurs., Oct. 20th
Lindy Hop FUNdamentals 4 week-progressive series every Thursday night at Dance Wise Studio
7:30-8:30pm: Lindy Hop dance lesson
Dance Wise Studio - 5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ
$12 per class. All ages welcome, no partner needed. AZ Lindy class cards welcome.

Sat., Oct. 22nd
Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, opening set by Brea Burns & The Boleros
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
1:00 pm - 12:00 am, $20, 21+

Tues., Oct 25th - Tuesday Night Swing Dance at Imperial Ballroom - Every Tuesday
Imperial Ballroom - 7077 E Bell Rd., Scottsdale, AZ
7:15 pm: East Coast Swing Dance Lesson with Steve Conrad
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Dance East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop. Balboa, Charleston, and/or Shag to Swing DJs or Live Swing Bands
$10 - includes dance lesson and dance
All Ages Welcome, no partner needed.

Thurs., Oct. 27th
Lindy Hop FUNdamentals 4 week-progressive series every Thursday night at Dance Wise Studio
7:30-8:30pm: Lindy Hop dance lesson
Dance Wise Studio - 5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ
$12 per class. All ages welcome, no partner needed. AZ Lindy class cards welcome.

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/

October 14-16, 2022
Folloween with Laura Keet
Las Vegas, NV
https://www.eventbee.com/v/folloween#/tickets

October 14-16, 2022
I Heart Balboa
Richmond, VA
https://iheartbal.blogspot.com/

October 20-23, 2022
American Lindy Hop Championships
NY, NY
https://artspectrum.org/alhc.htm

October 28-30, 2022
Copenhagen Balboa Weekend
Copenhagen, Denmark
https://www.balboaswing.dk/copenhagen-balboa-weekend-fall-2022/

November 4-6, 2022
Cambridge Lindy Exchange
Cambridge, U.K.
https://www.cambridgeswingdance.com/cambridge-lindy-exchange

November 10-13, 2022
Austin Lindy Exchange
Austin, TX
https://www.austinlindyexchange.org/

December 26, 2022 - January 1, 2023
Lindy Focus XX
Asheville, NC
https://www.lindyfocus.com/

January 12-15, 2023
California Balboa Classic (Cal Bal)
Pasadena, CA
https://calbalclassic.com/

Feb. 5-12, 2023
Lindy and Balboa Cruise from New Orleans to the Caribbean
New Orleans
www.LindyCruise.com

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/

Gunhild Carling with Postmodern Jukebox - Happy by Pharrell Williams on 10 different instruments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xywNeumntoE

Gunhild Carling Never Gonna Give You Up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTmk0Pqk6hs

Gunhild Carling - Bagpipe Swing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RbVuDuCYMY

Dancing on a beach for the Lindy Cruise (our next one is February 5-12, 2023: https://www.facebook.com/580766469/videos/10156704819016470/

 

Recommended Spotify Playlists

Try these playlists to listen to some great swing music.
Lindy Hop Favorites:  https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7alkC9VEYggGqkP22jrz2V

Dance Etiquette - A Lindy hoppers guide to Dance etiquette
Dance class etiquette top five
1. Listen while the dance teacher is talking. That means no talking while they’re talking. Not even quietly to your neighbor.
2. Stow away the cell phone on silent.
3. Always ask your dance teacher’s permission before recording or photographing any portion of a dance class.
4. Stay for the entire class. It’s always best to stay for the entire duration of the class, but if you must leave early, talk to the teacher beforehand and make your exit as quick and discreet as possible.
5. Arrive to class on time. If you can’t avoid being late, enter very quietly.

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!!