Dance events are returning in 2021
LIVE MUSIC AND SWING DANCE EVENTS:
Get the weekly list of live music happenings at www.facebook.com/AZLindy
Thursday, July 8th
Thursday Night Swing Dance
DanceWise Studio - 5555 N. 7th St. (@Missouri), Phoenix, AZ
7pm-8pm: 6-count Swing - Beginning to Intermediate
8pm-10pm: Dance to Swing DJs
$10 in advance, $12 at door. All ages welcome
Tuesday Swing Dance coming soon
New Venue in Phoenix
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm, $10, All ages welcome
Swing Sundays - East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop - NEW 6 week courses
Coming in the Fall to a new venue
4:00pm - East Coast Swing - Beginning to Intermediate
5:00pm - Lindy Hop FUNdamentals and Beyond
$65 for all six weeks, per course, All ages welcome
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/
Irene Thomas, orginal Lindy Hopper/Jitterbug in the 1940's passed away this week at the age of 98: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEXoljCtmn0
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.
Colin McNamara: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6dQK2mnknhSvCDY9AGMyFf?si=uR5f3EtvRk-_M1K50HdVxw&fbclid=IwAR14G5CknI1raIw9bxZQjw-zWD2PjBKE4QTT4ugxHxM45mWZ1Z3K2hpxIoQ
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.
Quotes from Mitch Hedberg
"I would imagine if you could understand Morse Code, a tap dancer would drive you crazy."
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!!