Upcoming events!

Check out these events and also like the facebook page to get a weekly list of swing dance and music events.

May 2022

TUESDAYS - Swing Dance at Imperial Ballroom in Scottsdale
Come dance on the huge, 5,000 sq. ft. 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.
7:15 pm: East Coast Swing Dance Lesson with Steve Conrad
8:00 pm - 9:30 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 (cover is more on live band nights). AZ Lindy class cards welcome.
All Ages Welcome, no partner needed.
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1750386511837825
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Thursday, May 5th - NEW Lindy Hop FUNdamentals 4 week-progressive series every Thursday in May at Dance Wise Studio
Join us every Thursday night starting May 5th 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. If you are new to Lindy Hop, please come on the first week.

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/503567554792128
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Fri., May 20th - 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
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/5029182593863949
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Swing Road Trips - Summer 2022
Join us as we head up North this summer to cooler weather and scenic views for workshops and dances in Cottonwood, Jerome, Prescott, and Flagstaff.
We typically have a two or three class workshop on a Saturday afternoon each day and then dance at night - sometimes to live bands, sometimes to swing DJs. When we go to Cottonwood and Jerome, we have a wine tour during the day, after the workshop.

Save these dates (and you can book rooms now):
Sat., June 4th - Jerome, AZ. Workshop from 10am-1pm. Wine tour from 2-5, live music in Clarkdale with Big Daddy D and the Dynamites 7-9pm. $39 for dance workshop.

Sat., July 16th - Prescott, AZ. Workshop from 12pm-3pm, dinner at the Raven Cafe, dancing all along Whiskey Row at night.
$39 for dance workshop.

Sat., August 13th - Prescott, AZ. Workshop from 12pm-3pm, dinner at the Raven Cafe, dancing all along Whiskey Row at night.
$39 for dance workshop.

Sat., September 24th - Cottonwood, AZ. Workshop from 10am-1pm. Wine tour from 2-5, live music in Clarkdale with Come Back Buddy 7-9pm. $39 for dance workshop.

More details coming soon and will be posted in the events section of www.AZLindy.com

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Swing and Lindy Cruise - Feb. 2023
We are bringing back our Lindy and Balboa cruise in 2023. Join us as we start in New Orleans and head to beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. All details will be out soon!

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

Tuesday, May 3rd
Tuesday Night Swing Dance at Imperial Ballroom in Scottsdale
7:15 pm: East Coast Swing Dance Lesson with Steve Conrad
8:00 pm - 9:30 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 in advance or at door - includes dance lesson and dance (cover is more on live band nights). AZ Lindy class cards welcome.
All Ages Welcome, no partner needed.

Thursday, May 5th
NEW Lindy Hop FUNdamentals 4 week-progressive series every Thursday in May 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., May 6th
Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys with opening set by Brea Burns and the Boleros.
Swing dance lesson at 7:30pm with Steve Conrad
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 12:00 am, $20, 21+

Tuesday, May 10th
Tuesday Night Swing Dance at Imperial Ballroom in Scottsdale
7:15 pm: East Coast Swing Dance Lesson with Steve Conrad
8:00 pm - 9:30 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 in advance or at door - includes dance lesson and dance (cover is more on live band nights). AZ Lindy class cards welcome.
All Ages Welcome, no partner needed.

Thursday, May 12th
NEW Lindy Hop FUNdamentals 4 week-progressive series every Thursday in May 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.

Saturday, May 14th
The Sugar Thieves
Kazimierz Wine & Whiskey Bar, 7137 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, $10, 21+

Tuesday, May 17th
Tuesday Night Swing Dance at Imperial Ballroom in Scottsdale
7:15 pm: East Coast Swing Dance Lesson with Steve Conrad
8:00 pm - 9:30 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 in advance or at door - includes dance lesson and dance (cover is more on live band nights). AZ Lindy class cards welcome.
All Ages Welcome, no partner needed.

Thursday, May 19th
NEW Lindy Hop FUNdamentals 4 week-progressive series every Thursday in May 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., May 20th - Third Friday Soul Night at Dance Wise Studio
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
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/5029182593863949

Fri., May 20th
The Sugar Thieves
Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ
8:00 pm - 12:00 am, $10, 21+

Tuesday, May 24th
Tuesday Night Swing Dance at Imperial Ballroom in Scottsdale
7:15 pm: East Coast Swing Dance Lesson with Steve Conrad
8:00 pm - 9:30 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 in advance or at door - includes dance lesson and dance (cover is more on live band nights). AZ Lindy class cards welcome.
All Ages Welcome, no partner needed.

Thursday, May 26th
NEW Lindy Hop FUNdamentals 4 week-progressive series every Thursday in May 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.

Tuesday, May 31st
Tuesday Night Swing Dance at Imperial Ballroom in Scottsdale
7:15 pm: East Coast Swing Dance Lesson with Steve Conrad
8:00 pm - 9:30 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 in advance or at door - includes dance lesson and dance (cover is more on live band nights). AZ Lindy class cards welcome.
All Ages Welcome, no partner needed.

 

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/
Please check websites for updates and watch for cancellations.

May 5-8, 2022
Athens Rhythm Hop
Athens, Greece
http://www.athensrhythmhop.com

May 26-29, 2022
Copenhagen Lindy Exchange
Copenhagen, Denmark
http://www.copenhagenlindyexchange.dk/

May 27-30, 2022
Camp Jitterbug
Seattle, WA
https://www.campjitterbug.com/

June 10-13, 2022
Melbourne Swing Festival
Melbourne, Australia
https://www.melbourneswingfestival.com/

June 24-26, 2022
Oxford Lindy Exchange
Oxford, United Kingdom
http://www.oxfordlindyexchange.com/

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

September 10-11, 2022
Sydney Lindy Exchange
Sydney, Australia
https://www.swingplanit.com/event/www.sydneylindyexchange.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/

Lindy Hop Dance Performance with Surprise Proposal - Anthony Chen & Irina Amzashvili https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zfm--ByjSBc

A Day at the Races (1937) Lindy Hop Scene, colorized: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egopcBsOPIU

 

Recommended Spotify Playlists

Try these two playlists to listen to some great swing music.
Stephen Edward Sayer's Beginning Lindy Favorites: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3qDrToPNRi1VHvucElK2ko

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 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.

 

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

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