Swing Events

Sisterhood of Swing

led by Bria Skonberg

featuring Regina Carter and Anat Cohen

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Style: Swing

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...

The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra

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...

Naomi & Her Handsome Devils

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...

Heybale

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

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...

James Hunter

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

Harlem Renaissance Orchestra

14th Annual Tribute to Illinois Jacquet

plus the

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...