Upcoming events!

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

Get the weekly list of live music happenings at www.facebook.com/AZLindy

Sunday, January 3, 2021 (Maybe)
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 and Beyond
$65 for all six weeks, per course, All ages welcome

Tuesday, January 5th (Maybe)
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 6th (Maybe)
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

Expectations: We would like to return in 2021 to dance classes but we will likely be waiting until there is a vaccine and people have taken it. Social dance is a super spreader event and we will not risk the lives of our students.


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/

February 27- March 2, 2020
Austin Blues Party 13
Austin, TX

March 6-8, 2020
Vietnam Lindy Exchange
Hoi An, Viet Nam

March 19-22, 2020
Houston, TX

April 2-5, 2020
Athens Rhythm Hop
Athens, Greece

April 10-12, 2020
Portland Lindy Exchange
Portland, OR

April 17-19, 2020
DCLX (DC Lindy Exchange)
Washington, DC

April 27- May 3, 2020
Bal Week
New York, NY

May 14-17, 2020
Philadelphia Lindy Hop Exchange
Philadelphia, PA

May 21-24, 2020
Madrid Lindy Exchange
Madrid, Spain

May 22-25, 2020
Camp Jitterbug
Seattle, WA

May 29-31, 2020
LA Shag Festival
Los Angeles, CA

September 4-7, 2020
Camp Hollywood
Los Angeles, CA

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

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.


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

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