Sisterhood of Swing
led by Bria Skonberg
featuring Regina Carter and Anat Cohen
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Dance Instructor: Rehema Trimiew teaches Lindy Hop and Swing
DJ: Heather Flock
The 2018 dance season in Damrosch Park kicks off with an all-star, all-woman big band led by “the shining hope of hot jazz” Bria Skonberg (New York Times), with jazz violin legend...
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Style: ’30s and ’40s Big Band Swing
Dance Instructor: Laura Jeffers teaches Lindy Hop
DJ: David Graybill
Bandleader extraordinaire Glenn Crytzer and his sizzling 17-piece orchestra summon the spirits of Glenn Miller, Chick Webb, and Benny Goodman for an unforgettable moonlight serenade in the heart of...
Friday, July 6, 2018
Style: Classic Swing
Dance Instructor: Gaby Cook teaches Lindy Charleston
DJ: Lewi Gilamichael
Bandleader, velvet-voiced singer, and international Lindy hop champion Naomi Uyama knows how to do it. A favorite on the competition circuit, Naomi and her band—some of the most talented...
Saturday, July 7, 2018
Style: Honky-Tonk, Western Swing
Dance Instructor: Howard Richman teaches Two-Step
DJ: Meredith Ochs
Heybale’s long-running Sunday night residency at Austin’s famous Continental Club is the stuff of Texas legend and now the "country superstar quintet” (Austin Chronicle)...
Brianna Thomas Band
with guest vocalist Frank Senior
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Style: Jump Blues, Swing, Rhythm and Blues
Dance Instructors: LaTasha Barnes and Bobby White teach Lindy Hop and Vernacular Jazz
DJ: Odysseus Bailer
With “a strong voice and a big range” (New York Times), NYC singer and bandleader Brianna Thomas draws on Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, and other great blueswomen of the past for this...
Friday, July 13, 2018
Style: Soul-blues, Rock ’n’ Roll, Rhythm and Blues
Dance Instructor: Paolo Lanna teaches Swing and Shag
DJ: Rita Houston
Silent Disco DJs: Monica Sharp, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus, and Rita Houston
U.K. soul man James Hunter leads us back to the early days of R&B when it was “part rock ’n’ roll, part jump blues, all…swagger” (NPR). With a voice that can...
Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 3:00–4:30 pm
Dance Instructor: Rodney Lopez teaches Ballroom
It’s time for them to move beyond dabbing and the fabulous folks from Dancing Classrooms are here to help! Bring the kids to our annual all-ages dance where they’ll learn the basics of...
Harlem Renaissance Orchestra
14th Annual Tribute to Illinois Jacquet
Ambassador Prize Lindy Hop Dance Contest
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Style: Big Band Swing
Dance Instructor: Margaret Batiuchok teaches Lindy Hop
DJ: Ryan Swift
Swing is the thing at our season finale. The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra keeps the spirit of jazz legend Illinois Jacquet alive with classic big-band tunes and blazing uptown energy. Always one of...