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
July/August 2022
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TUESDAYS - Swing Dance at Imperial Ballroom in Scottsdale
Swing Tuesdays are on a break for July and August but join us for our summer road trip series in Prescott, Cottonwood, and Sedona.

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Thursdays in July - NEW Lindy Hop Intermediate 4 week-progressive series at Dance Wise Studio
Join us every Thursday night in July at Dance Wise Studio in Uptown Phoenix for a 4-week progressive Lindy Hop dance lesson followed by a social dance practice time.
7:30-8:30pm: dance lesson and practice time
Dance Wise Studio - 5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ
$10 per class. All ages welcome, no partner needed. AZ Lindy class cards welcome.
These classes are progressive each week and build upon the week before. You will need to know the basic 8-count Lindy swing out before taking the Intermediate course.

COVID Policy: We have relaxed our policy and no longer require vax cards or a negative test. 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 that week. Please, wait one week. Masks are optional.. Thank you for understanding
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/365732025704668

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Fri., July 15th - Third Friday Soul Night at Dance Wise Studio
Get ready to dance to some solid soul classics at Third Friday Soul Night dance soulcial! Soul music leaves a lot of space for creativity in dancing. Pippa Frame hosts a group lesson at 8pm that will have a focus on Smooth ("LA Style") Lindy. Aren't comfortable with partner dancing? No problem! Solo dancing rocks, too!
8:00pm: Dance Lesson (Smooth "LA Style" Lindy)
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm: Dance to guest DJs
Dance Wise Studio - 5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ
$10 includes dance lesson, dance, and water
All Ages Welcome. No partner needed, no dance experience necessary

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Saturday, July 16th - Swing and Lindy hop workshop, dancing pub crawl of Whiskey Row, and more
Join us in the cool pines of Prescott, AZ for a fun one-day workshop. We will have lessons in East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop and then swing dancing in every country bar in Prescott along the famous Whiskey Row.
The workshop at the Elks Performing Arts Center and dinner is for all ages but the bars are 21 and over that night.
Also, Prescott has some some vintage shops to find clothes and treasures.
Workshop at Prescott Elks Performing Arts Center, 117 E Gurley St., second floor, Prescott, AZ
12-1pm: East Coast Swing
1-2pm: Lindy Hop FUNdamentals for all levels
2pm-3pm: Lindy Hop Intermediate
6pm: Dinner at the Raven Cafe
8pm - 11pm+: Lindy Bar Hop along Whiskey Row in Prescott (21 and over).
$39 for the workshop in advance, $45 at the door.
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/3213061215601462

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Thursdays in August - NEW Balboa FUNdamentals 4 week-progressive series at Dance Wise Studio
Join the Arizona Lindy Hop Society for some exciting new Balboa fundamental 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 Balboa 4 week progressive series will challenge you and help your dancing grow, and great if you are just starting to learn Balboa or refreshing the basics

Join us every Thursday night starting August 4th at Dance Wise Studio in Uptown Phoenix for a 4-week progressive followed by a social dance practice time.

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.
$10 per person, per class
These classes are progressive and build on the previous class each week.

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Saturday, August 13th - Swingin' in the Pines - Balboa and Charleston workshop in Prescott
Join us in the cool pines of Prescott, AZ for a fun one-day workshop. We will have lessons in Partner Charleston and Balboa and then go dancing in every country bar in Prescott along the famous Whiskey Row.
The workshop at the Elks Performing Arts Center and dinner is for all ages but the bars are 21 and over that night.
Also, Prescott has some some vintage shops to find clothes and treasures.
Workshop at Prescott Elks Performing Arts Center, 117 E Gurley St., second floor, Prescott, AZ)
12-1pm: Partner Charleston
1-2pm: Balboa FUNdamentals for all levels
2pm-3pm: Balboa Intermediate
6pm: Dinner at the Raven Cafe
8pm - 11pm: Dance along Whiskey Row in Prescott (21 and over).
$39 for the workshop in advance, $45 at the door.
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/759381392081212

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Thursdays in September - East Coast Swing beginning and Intermediate
September 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29
Join the Arizona Lindy Hop Society for some exciting new East Coast Swing (aka 6 count Lindy) 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 5 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 starting September 1st at Dance Wise Studio in Uptown Phoenix for a 4-week progressive followed by a social dance practice time.

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.
$10 per person, per class
These classes are progressive and build on the previous class each week.

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Saturday, September 24th - Cottonwood Swing Dance Workshop, wine tour, and dance to live swing band!
Join us for a fund day of swing dancing with this workshop in Cottonwood! We are excited to pair the workshop with a walking wine tour of Cottonwood (optional), and a outdoor dance to a live swing band - Come Back Buddy.
We will start with a dance workshop in East Coast Swing and Lindy hop at the Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood from 10am-1pm.
We will walk along for a wine tasting at the wineries in Cottonwood for wine and some food from 2:30-6 and then there is a free swing dance event outside at the Clarkdale town square (1 mile away) with live music from Come Back Buddy. There will be a free swing dance lesson from 6:30-6:50pm, then dancing to the band from 7-9pm. Then more wine and dancing in Cottonwood.
This is going to be a really fun swing dance day trip. The workshop and dance are all ages events. The wine tour is 21+.
Schedule:
10:00am-11:00am - East Coast Swing
11:00pm - 12:00pm: Lindy Hop I
12:00pm-1:00pm: Lindy Hop and Partner Charleston
2:30pm-6:00pm: walking wine tour of Cottonwood meet at Stronghold Winery at 2:30pm
6:30pm: Swing dance lesson at the Clarkdale Town Square
7pm-9pm: Dance to Come Back Buddy (Free, All ages)
9:00pm - 11:00pm: Dancing (and more wine) tour of Cottonwood.
Workshop: $39 in advance, $45 at the door.
The best hotels in Cottonwood are The Tavern (928) 639-1669 or The Iron Horse
There are lots of great wineries in Cottonwood including: Arizona Stronghold, Merkin, Pillsbury, Burning Tree Cellars, Tumbleweed, and more!
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/774397430222758

Great news! Make this weekend a whole wine weekend and dance to live music. We already will be dancing to Come Back Buddy on Saturday night in Clarkdale AND the Sedona Wine Festival is happening on Sunday (about 20 minutes from Cottonwood) and the Sugar Thieves are playing! This is going to be an incredible weekend of dancing, music, and wine!
Sun., Sept. 25th
The Sugar Thieves at the Sedona Wine Festival
Posse Grounds Park - 525 Posse Ground Rd., Sedona, AZ
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$10 for non-drinkers, $35 for full wine tasting experience, 21+
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sedona-winefest-september-24th-and-25th-2022-arizona-wine-festival-tickets-343558732417

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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:
• Todd Yannacone (New Orleans) teaching the Balboa and music tracks
• Jerry & Kathy Warwick (Dallas, TX)
• Terry and Cindy Gardner (Minneapolis, MN)
• Steve Conrad (Phoenix, AZ)
And more to come!

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

Prices start at:
$869 Inside cabin
(per person, based on double occupancy)
Includes 7-day cruise, all dance classes and all dances, all meals on ship
PLUS
• unlimited Beverage Package,
• 2 specialty dining nights
• $50 per port shore excursion
• 150 min internet per room
• and more!

Monthly or quarterly payments available.
Here is the suggested payment option:
July 15th - $250 deposit to hold your cabin
August 15th - $250
September 15th - $250
October 5th - pay balance
You can cancel by October 5th and only have a $50 non-refundable deposit.

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. We are currently working on a block of rooms at a hotel near the French Quarter.

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

Thurs., July 14
Lindy Hop Intermediate 4 week-progressive series every Thursday in July at Dance Wise Studio
7:30-8:30pm: Lindy Hop dance lesson
Dance Wise Studio - 5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ
$10 per class. All ages welcome, no partner needed. AZ Lindy class cards welcome.

Fri., July 15th
Third Friday Soul Night at Dance Wise Studio
8:00pm: Dance Lesson (Line dance and Smooth "LA Style" Lindy)
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm: Dance to guest DJs
Dance Wise Studio - 5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ
$10 includes dance lesson, dance, and water
All Ages Welcome. No partner needed, no dance experience necessary

Fri., July 15th
Bad News Blues Band (Jump Blues and Swing)
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 12:00 am, $12, 21+

Sat., July 16th
Swingin' in the Pines - East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop Workshop in Prescott
Prescott Elks Performing Arts Center, 117 E Gurley St., 2nd floor
12-1pm: East Coast Swing
1-2pm: Lindy Hop FUNdamentals for all levels
2pm-3pm: Lindy Hop Intermediate
6pm: Dinner at the Raven Cafe
8pm - 11pm: Lindy Bar Hop along Whiskey Row in Prescott
$39 for the workshop in advance, $45 at the door.
https://www.facebook.com/events/3213061215601462

Sun., July 17th
Igor and the Red Elvises (Rockabilly)
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
8pm-11pm
$10, 21+

Thurs., July 21st
Lindy Hop Intermediate 4 week-progressive series every Thursday in July at Dance Wise Studio
7:30-8:30pm: Lindy Hop dance lesson
Dance Wise Studio - 5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ
$10 per class. All ages welcome, no partner needed. AZ Lindy class cards welcome.

Fri., July 22nd
Soul Power
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 12:00 am, $12, 21+

Sat., July 23rd
San Diego Harmonica Blues Master Billy Watson with the
Rocket 88's
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 12:00 am, $12, 21+

Thurs., July 28th
Lindy Hop Intermediate 4 week-progressive series every Thursday in July at Dance Wise Studio
7:30-8:30pm: Lindy Hop dance lesson
Dance Wise Studio - 5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ
$10 per class. All ages welcome, no partner needed. AZ Lindy class cards welcome.

Fri., July 29th
Dennis Jones (Blues)
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 12:00 am, $15, 21+

Sat., July 30th
Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 12:00 am, $12, 21+

Thurs., August 4th
Balboa FUNdamentals 4 week-progressive series every Thursday in August at Dance Wise Studio
7:30-8:30pm: Lindy Hop dance lesson
Dance Wise Studio - 5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ
$10 per class. All ages welcome, no partner needed. AZ Lindy class cards welcome.

Fri., Aug. 5th
House Party R&B with Geo Bowman, Lucius Parr, Bam Bam, Christ
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 12:00 am, $12, 21+

Sat., Aug. 6th
Blues Band Showcase with Aaron McCall Band and Smokestack Lightning
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 12:00 am, $12, 21+

Thurs., August 11th
Balboa FUNdamentals 4 week-progressive series every Thursday in August at Dance Wise Studio
7:30-8:30pm: Lindy Hop dance lesson
Dance Wise Studio - 5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ
$10 per class. All ages welcome, no partner needed. AZ Lindy class cards welcome.

Thurs., August 18th
Balboa FUNdamentals 4 week-progressive series every Thursday in August at Dance Wise Studio
7:30-8:30pm: Lindy Hop dance lesson
Dance Wise Studio - 5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ
$10 per class. All ages welcome, no partner needed. AZ Lindy class cards welcome.

Sat., Aug. 20th
The Sugar Thieves
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 12:00 am, $12, 21+

Thurs., August 25th
Balboa FUNdamentals 4 week-progressive series every Thursday in August at Dance Wise Studio
7:30-8:30pm: Lindy Hop dance lesson
Dance Wise Studio - 5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ
$10 per class. All ages welcome, no partner needed. AZ Lindy class cards welcome.

Fri., Aug. 26th
Soul Power
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 12:00 am, $12, 21+

Sat., Sept. 24th
Cottonwood Swing Dance Workshop, wine tour, and dance to live swing band!
10:00am-1:00pm: Workshop
2:30pm-6:00pm: walking wine tour of Cottonwood
6:40pm: Swing dance lesson at the Clarkdale Town Square
7pm-9pm: Dance to Come Back Buddy (Free, All ages)
9:00pm - 11:00pm: Dancing (and more wine) tour of Cottonwood.
Workshop: $39 in advance, $45 at the door.

Sun., Sept. 25th
The Sugar Thieves at the Sedona Wine Festival
Posse Grounds Park - 525 Posse Ground Rd., Sedona, AZ
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm, $10 for non-drinkers, $35 for full wine tasting experience), 21+
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sedona-winefest-september-24th-and-25th-2022-arizona-wine-festival-tickets-343558732417

 

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/

July 9-30, 2022
Herrang Dance Camp (3 one-week long camps)
Herrang, Sweden
https://www.herrang.com/

August 7-21
Bal-Love Week (2 one-week camps)
Prague, Czech Republic
https://www.bal-love.com/

August 18-21
Porto Swing Jam Exchange 2022
Porto, Portugal
http://portoswingjam.com/

September 2-5, 2022
Camp Hollywood
Los Angeles, CA (LAX Marriott)
https://camphollywood.net/

September 8-12, 2022
Hannibal Balboa Festival
Ljubljana, Slovenia
http://festivalhanibal.si/

September 15-18, 2022
Barcelona Lindy Exchange
Barcelona, Spain
https://www.barcelonalindyexchange.com/?lang=en

September 30-October 2, 2022
Belgrade Swingin’ Exchange
Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro
https://www.belgradeswing.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.  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/

"Buck Privates" with Dean Collins and Jewel McGowan dancing as the Andrews Sisters sing in an Abbott and Costello movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5gGPXTamYU

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 two playlists to listen to some great swing music.
Lindy Hop Favorites: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/327oClXmiUlwaisStyyFze

Dance Etiquette - A Lindy hoppers guide to Dance etiquette
No such thing as a free event
There are lots of events that are offered for "free" usually a band at a bar, restaurant, or casino. While they may not charge a cover, they are not supposed to be completely free. Casinos want you to gamble, drink, and buy food, bars depend on alcohol sales and restuarants, of course, want you to buy food and drinks. When you go to a free event, please keep in mind that the band will only keep working there if people spend money. By going to free events and only drinking, that will be cost effective for you personally but it may eventually result in a band losing a regular paying gig or a beloved venue not offering dance events any longer. If you go to a free event, please consider still supporting the place offering the free event by purchasing something.

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!!