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

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

Wednesday, January 15th
Cadillac Angels
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm, $7, 21+

Saturday, January 18th
Coco Montoya (Blues)
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 1:00 am, $18, 21+

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

Saturday, January 25th
Soul Power (Blues and Soul)
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
9:00 pm - 1:00 am, $10, 21+

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

Wednesday, February 12th
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, February 22nd
The Sugar Thieves
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 1:00 am, $10, 21+

Wednesday, March 11th
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, March 14th
35th annual A Night in the 40's Big Band Hangar Dance
21 piece big band, dance contests, costume contest, WWII airplanes and vehicles, food, and lots more!
Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona, 2017 N Greenfield Rd., Mesa, AZ 85215
5:00 pm - 11:00 am, $40 adv., All ages
https://www.azcaf.org/event/night-40s-big-band-dance/

 

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/

January 10-12, 2020
Hong Kong Swing Festival
Hong Kong
https://hkswingfestival.wordpress.com/

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

January 24-27, 2020
Shag-a-Bal
Zagreb, Croatia
https://shagabal.com/

February 7-10, 2020
Alamo Stomp 10th anniversary
SAN ANTONIO, TX
http://www.alamostomp.org

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

February 27- March 2, 2020
Austin Blues Party 13
Austin, TX
http://www.austinbluesparty.com

March 6-8, 2020
Vietnam Lindy Exchange
Hoi An, Viet Nam
http://www.thevlx.net

May 22-25, 2020
Camp Jitterbug
Seattle, WA
https://www.campjitterbug.com/

September 4-7, 2020
Camp Hollywood
Los Angeles, CA
https://camphollywood.net/

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/

Irina Amzashvili and Anthony Chen "Bill Bailey" Performance at Lindy Focus 2019: https://youtu.be/sGAMLtbeG1o

Hellzapoppin' - the greatest Lindy Hop scene of all time - in color: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzc7vY9VTnk&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR21LVb7Ie7PJCJ4EU2MArn9S66GKv70MEiKtUl37o6Ya9DwVI1FcirXgKE

 

Recommended Spotify Playlists

Try these two playlists to listen to some great swing music.
Colin McNamara: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6dQK2mnknhSvCDY9AGMyFf?si=uR5f3EtvRk-_M1K50HdVxw&fbclid=IwAR14G5CknI1raIw9bxZQjw-zWD2PjBKE4QTT4ugxHxM45mWZ1Z3K2hpxIoQ

Anne Meyer-Miner: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0XfrwTZKLMXY6PX0XYUt3k?si=bT1kXdK8TW-86jM67YT-Ng&fbclid=IwAR2sfbNd9kdA7FF3jInPRuKq8OeQIKcTfrrcQfu-K3rneExTENDabC18dBA

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 their partner, or tell them how to execute a dance figure. 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 takes the fun out of dancing. If something is not working, ask a teacher for help or ask your partner what you can do better.

 

Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey:

"When I was a kid my favorite relative was Uncle Caveman. After school we'd all go play in his cave, and every once in a while he would eat one of us. It wasn't until later that I found out that Uncle Caveman was a bear."

 

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!!