ANCHORAGE DANCING

(and sometimes Mat-su too)

IN THE

“WEEK” OF

April 3, 2014 thru April 10, 2014

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And…

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“COOL STUFF”

(Cool you-tube links for dancing – down at the bottom of this page)

 

FORMAT- I) DANCE ALERTS (lessons & club music); II) LESSONS; III) Future Lesson Events; IV) CLUBS FOR DANCING & LISTENING UNTIL YOU LEARN TO DANCE (Latin, and country, swing, R&B etc.)!

 

I.  Dance Alerts

 

FREE!! Mondays: Project Swing Anchorage, FREE Beginning West Coast Swing Lessons (for new & WCS dancers who want to learn something new ) 6:30-7:30 p.m. at The Moose Lodge (4211 Arctic Blvd., Anchorage). Class is limited to 10 couples at a time.  Learn basic 6 count moves that are the basis for the rest of the hundreds of WCS moves!  Then “graduate” from Project Swing to other lessons when you’re ready for more advanced moves.  Call 223-0387 or email Nellee at nelleeb@gci.net to sign up.  Nellee is a GSDTA certified dance instructor. Our other Monday lessons are: 7:30-8:30 p.m. -WCS 101A, $7 pp (learn 11 more basic 6 & 8 count WCS moves as approved by The World Swing Dance Council), and Project Swing Anchorage II: Free beginning Country 2 Step Lessons @ 8:30-9:00 p.m. Not new to WCS – come anyway and learn something new about WCS.  Can’t come on Mondays? We have lessons on Thursdays too (see below).

 

Thursdays:  Nellee & Bobby’s Beginning & Beyond Swing n’ Country 2 Step Lessons 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Moose Lodge (4211 Arctic Blvd.). Spring 2014 Lessons:  WCS 101A @ 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. ($7pp): Learn the 1st 7 of 14 basic foundation WCS moves as approved by The World Swing Dance Council, how to lead & follow, dance to the music & more; WCS 101B @ 7:30-8:30 p.m. ($7pp): Learn 8 more basic foundation WCS moves as approved by the WSDC & some fun variations 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. ($7 pp); Country 2 Step concurrent basic & beyond lessons 8:30-9:30 p.m. ($7pp). Ask us about our discount coupon book - $35 for 6 lessons, and other discounts are available too. We have the flashy moves to spark up your east coast swing, west coast swing, Lindy Hop & Salsa!  If you’ve caught the Latin & Lindy Bugs – we’ve got the moves for you (yes, WCS is a form of Lindy & you can put swing moves in your salsa to spice it up)! No partner necessary.  No prior experience necessary – we’ll teach you from scratch.  We use the Unit System (developed by dance legend Skippy Blair).  These lessons are for any level of dancer, older teens and adults, and open to the public.  Our emphasis is fun (learning fun moves and building on the basics), frame (holding yourself to connect easily and clearly with your partner), and form (learning the style; dancing not marching, moving fluidly – not just counting and moving through memorized steps and patterns).  Yes, swing dancing has some complicated moves, but it’s also about doing moves that are simple & basic, but look like a lot more; it’s about putting together combinations of moves, and reacting to your partner at the right time in the music.  We mix some footwork, some flair and a whole lot of fun!  For more info call Nellee @ 223-0387.  Lots of free parking! J  We teach the fancy moves you see on Dancing With The Stars (and more)!!  DANCE ALERT:  Drop-in students are welcome!  Nellee is a GSDTA certified dance instructor.  J  Email Nellee about private salsa and swing (WCS, Lindy Hop & 2 Step) dance lessons – ak_sound@hotmail.com . Dance Alert 2: Pricing for Thursday classes – We offer 3 classes (currently WCS & Country 2 Step), but only charge students for 1 of the 2 WCS classes even if they come early or stay for both classes. So the most we charge is $14 for the evening – but ask Nellee about our coupon book & other discounts for continuing students.

 

HOT “WEEKEND” DANCE TIPS:

 

FREE DANCING!! @ The Golden Lion. Thursdays & Fridays. Live music by Don Walker. Located on the S.E. corner of 36th & New Seward Highway (if you’re cool, you know where it is). Don starts at 8:30 p.m. upstairs in the Lounge. Large wood dance floor. $2.50 refillable cokes. No cover. Dance alert: Great music for West Coast Swing, Lindy, Cha Cha, Waltz, Country 2 Step, Night Club 2 Step, East Coast Swing & Hustle dancing! Don also plays Tuesday & Wednesday at 8:30 – 11 p.m. at the Golden Lion

 

FREE DANCING (AND DOOR PRIZES)!! Thursdays are Country Western night @ Platinum Jaxx (6th & I Street, downtown Anchorage). Country 2 Step, West & East Coast Swing dancing & Line Dancing! Join the crowd and dance to music by KBEAR’s DJ & win great door prizes too! The fun starts at 8 p.m. & goes ‘til the place closes in the morning! Dance alert: Be prepared to have tons of fun dancing on the new dance floor. Friendly people, prizes, full bar, full food menu too!

 

FREE DANCING (IF YOU JOIN THE CLUB)! The Moose Lodge (4211 Arctic Blvd) has live music every Friday & Saturday @ 8 pm - 12 mn, a nice dance floor & cheap drinks. April 11/12 Silver Train (Rock, R&B); April 18/19 Bridgett Berry & The Harmonica Guy (chill out time, but we can be surprised); April 25/26 Coyote Creek (A rowdy Country Dance Band - why go to 4 Corners in the Valley, when the band comes to Anchorage?). Dance Alert: Ask Nellee how to join the Moose Lodge – it’s inexpensive and you get your money back in discounts quick. Beer $3.50, Cokes $1.25 (free refills), BIG Meals $7-$14.00.

 

FREE DANCING!! The Flight Deck, located on International Airport Road near Arctic Blvd.  Live & Dj music for dancing on Wednesday thru Saturday nights from 9:30 to 2 a.m.  Good-sized dance floor, $3 soft drinks (the club has a full bar, but Bobby & I just drink cokes...).  No cover charge. DJ music until the band (like Silver Train) plays.

 

Free DJ Dance on 4th Saturday. Balboa & Brew.  Saturdays Swing at Tap Root!  Balboa Lessons every Saturday (3300 Spenard Road).  Join Roxanne & Patrick for 2 levels of Balboa Lessons every Saturday!  Basic Balboa (for rank beginners & to brush up on the basics) 4:00-4:50 p.m. $5; Bal-Swing (for those who know the basics) 5:00-5:50 p.m. $7; Attend both lessons for $10 pp! Dance Alert: So what’s Balboa & Bal Swing? Great versatile & fun related dances for fast swing songs! Look cool and don’t sweat the music when it speeds up or slows down!  Gear up for Patrick & Roxanne’s Bal-Alaska Event in September – great workshops & dances with professional instructors (usually the most recent international contest winners!). Dance Alert: Swing Dance Saturdays – Free DJ Dance from 6-8 p.m. on the 4th Saturday each month.

 

FREE DANCING!! Taproot: located at 3300 Spenard Road, has live music almost every night of the week – and a dance floor too!  Sundays:  Blues Jam 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.; Mondays: Jazz after Dark 9p.m.-1 a.m.; Tuesdays: Open Mic  9 p.m. – 1 a.m.; Weds: Country/Bluegrass Hoedown; Thurs & Fri (various entertainment); Sat: Balboa & Brew – Balboa dance lessons from 4-6:00 p.m. and then stay for the free DJ’d dance from 6-8 p.m. (Swing dance is only guaranteed on 4th Saturdays); New Music Shows weekly (cover varies).  Cover:  Sunday – Wed: free; Thurs – Sat:  varies.  For more info:  http://www.taprootalaska.com  Come & dance to live music!  Dance Alert!  Nellee says the Sunday Jams are a blast!  Music starts at 8 p.m.  No cover, bottomless cokes for $2.50 and a full menu!  Decent-sized dance floor too!

 

FREE DANCING!! Sundays Blues Jam @ Chilkoots. Sundays. Located on Spenard Road near Fireweed Lane (if you’re cool, you know where it is). Jam starts at 9 p.m. in the South West Corner of the building. Expandable wood dance floor (tables can move back). $2 refillable cokes. No cover. Dance alert: Great music for West Coast Swing, Smooth Lindy & Blues dancing!

 

FREE DANCING Fridays & Sundays @ Platinum Jaxx Restaurant, Fridays: $5 Salsa lesson @ 8:30, Free dancing starts @ 9:30. Sundays: Free beginning Salsa lessons @ 8:30-9 p.m.; Intermediate Salsa lessons 9-9:50 p.m. ($8) by Michelle & Chris (AK Dance Promotions). located at the corner of I street & 6th Avenue.  Sundays, Latin dj dance 10- 1:30 a.m. (dance is free).  FYI: The club has a big new dance floor in the back room bar, full bar & food menu.  For more info: www.alaskadancepromotions.com/dance_lounge

 

Nellee says:  “Keep these events in mind folks”:

 

April 12, 2014: (Saturday): WCSA’s next dance (last dance until next fall). 2 levels of WCS Lessons @ 7:30, DJ’d Dance @ 8:30 – 11 p.m. Location: Anchorage Fred Astaire Studio, 1300 E. 68th Ste. 202. Lesson & Dance $8, Dance only $6. Door prizes. For more info:  (http://www.wcsalaska.org). Dance Alert: DJ Liv plays music for WCS, Hustle, Cha Cha, Nightclub 2 Step, Country 2 Step, Waltz, Salsa, ECS & more.

 

April 18, 2014 (Friday):  Strictly Swing, Patrick & Roxanne, presents their monthly Swing Dance & Lesson at the American Legion Post 1 on Fireweed (840 W. Fireweed). Only $5 BUCKS for the lesson and dance! Lesson 7-8, DJ’d Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. (Djs TBA) (Lesson – TBA) – Music for 20’s to 40’s Swing and Swing related Dances.  We’ll be dancing all year – once a month!.  Future dance dates:  (Every 3rd Friday)!   For more info call:  907-720-5000 or visit Back to Basics Dance Company on Facebook. 

 

August 1-3, 2014: The 5th Annual 2014 Alaska Salsa Festival, by Alaska Dance Promotions @ The Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage.  3 spectacular dance parties & performances, plus 3 days of lessons. Beginner’s Bootcamp, and Salsa, Bachata, Cha Cha workshops. It will be great as usual!  Dance Alert: Full 3 day pass is $150 until June 15, 2014, then it’s $175 pp; VIP pass $200 ($300 pp after 6/15/14); Party only Pass $110; Bootcamp only Pass $110 pp. For more info: http://alaskasalsafestival.com/

 

Special Dance Alert:

Need help finding out how to do something? Interested in kickstarting a website that will help you or help you help others? Indeguides will be a free searchable database rivaling YouTube to help people who want to learn unique subjects locate an expert for inexpensive lessons. Indeguides.com is a project of APU business grads. A crowdfunding campaign is under way. The developers will use donations to add interactive features to Indeguides before the website opens in the summer of 2014. “We hope people will see the benefit of Indeguides and support the site financially and by signing up and telling their friends and family,” one of the founders said. “Dance Alert”: HP printer techs took out Nellee’s brand new computer when they tried to connect it to an HP printer (Geez!). But Sai from Indeguides saved the day & restored it back to “life.” (Yup, it’s all true). So Indeguides gets a 5 gold star rating from Nellee & Bobby!

Links for more information: Video link: http://youtu.be/Dxv2nOMYFGU  

Crowdfunding link: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/indeguides

 

WEEKLY ANCHORAGE DANCING

II.  Lessons:

 

FREE!! Mondays: Project Swing Anchorage, FREE Beginning West Coast Swing Lessons (for new & WCS dancers who want to learn something new) 6:30-7:30 p.m. at The Moose Lodge (4211 Arctic Blvd., Anchorage). Class is limited to 10 couples at a time.  Learn basic 6 count moves that are the basis for the rest of the hundreds of WCS moves!  Then “graduate” from Project Swing to other lessons when you’re ready for more advanced moves.  Call 223-0387 or email Nellee at nelleeb@gci.net to sign up.  Nellee is a GSDTA certified dance instructor. Our other Monday lessons are: 7:30-8:30 p.m. -WCS 101A, $7 pp (learn 11 more basic 6 & 8 count WCS moves as approved by The World Swing Dance Council), and Project Swing Anchorage II: Free beginning Country 2 Step Lessons @ 8:30-9:00 p.m. Not new to WCS – come anyway and learn something new about WCS.  Can’t come on Mondays? We have lessons on Thursdays too (see below). Dance alert: Ask Nellee about our discount coupon books.

 

Mondays & Tuesdays: Beginning lessons with Dave & Cherie (8 types, "new" type each month) at the Golden Lion from 7 to 8:30 p.m. ($7).  Lessons:  April – Mon. Night Club 2 Step, Tues. Waltz; May – Mon. Cha Cha, Tues. Night Club 2 Step; June – Mon. ECS, Tues. Cha Cha; July – Mon. CW 2 Step, Tues. ECS.  The Golden Lion is located on the corner of 36th Avenue and the New Seward Highway.  The dance floor is on the 2d floor in the hotel’s bar.  Then stay and dance to live music by Don Walker, 8:30 to 11 ish on Tuesdays. Dance Alert:  Beginning Lessons are on Mondays, Beyond Basic Lessons are on Tuesdays.  Contact Dave @ wdc@gci.net for more info on his classes.

 

Tuesdays: 

 

Square & Round Dance Center Lessons:  Lessons are from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Starting March 11, 2014 Lessons: Cued Partner Dancing with teachers & callers Jeanette & Rob. First series is Cha Cha.  $8.00 pp (students $5).  The Square & Round Dance Center is located at 432 East Harvard Avenue on Government Hill in Anchorage.  For more info:  344-9256, (www.thedancingbears.com), or call Jeanette for info:  272-2868.  Dance Alert: Clean, dry shoes are a must; personal water bottles are encouraged.  For more info:  http://www.thedancingbears.com/db01-12.pdf   Stay tooned for more info on Lessons in 2014. 

 

Wednesdays

 

Square Dance lessons:  2d thru 4th Wednesdays of the Month (plus a dance on Saturdays).  Lessons by Mike & Debbie Preskitt start at 7 p.m.  Location:  Anchorage Square & Round Dance Center, 432 Harvard St. on Government Hill.  $8.00 pp.  For more info:  Contact: Debbie dmpreskitt@gci.net or 345-9556 or 907-350-0447. Dance Alert: Come on down for lots of fun!

 

Clogging Lessons:  Free beginning lesson every Wednesday at The Moose Lodge, 4211 Arctic Blvd.  5:45-6:45 p.m. Public welcome.  No partner required.  Wear smooth sole comfortable shoes.  For more info:  Call Julie @ 743-6924.  North by Northwest Cloggers.

 

Tango Lessons at Inner Dance Yoga Studio with Dan Bocchio & Hiroko Oliver – 2610 Spenard Road, Suite A.  All-Levels Lesson 7:30-8:30 p.m.; Dancing 8:30 p.m. ‘til closing.  $10.  For more info:  http://tangotrance.blogspot.com/ Dance Alert:  Check out this group’s Facebook site for more info on these lessons, and sign up for lessons - Anchorage Tango on Facebook.

 

Line dance lessons:  Mad Myrna’s at 8 p.m. with DJ Deb.  Small cover charge.  8 p.m.  Dance alert:  Mad Myrna’s is a family friendly gay bar (yes, Bobby & I can vouch for it – and the lessons are fun, Nellee).

 

Golden Lion:  All Level Lesson with Jim & Jennon:  April – WCS at 7 to 8:30 p.m. $7  Don Walker plays great dance music at the Golden Lion (no cover, and be sure to tip Don), dancing is located upstairs in the hotel’s bar (36th & New Seward Highway).  Future lessons:  May – Waltz; June – Nite Club 2 Step; July – Cha Cha. Stay tooned for more info.

 

Don Walker plays (live dance music) at the Golden Lion at 8:30 p.m. - following Jim & Jennon’s lesson – no cover (be sure to tip Don).  (www.dwguitar.com) 

 

Thursdays:

 

Thursdays:  Nellee & Bobby’s Beginning & Beyond Swing n’ Country 2 Step Lessons 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Moose Lodge (4211 Arctic Blvd.).  Winter & Spring 2014 Lessons:  WCS 101A @ 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. ($7pp): Learn 14 basic foundation WCS moves in the style approved by The World Swing Dance Council, how to lead & follow, dance to the music & more; WCS 101B @ 7:30-8:30 p.m. ($7pp): Learn 8 more basic foundation WCS moves as approved by the WSDC & fun variations 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. ($7 pp); Country 2 Step concurrent basic & beyond lessons 8:30-9:30 p.m. ($7pp). Ask us about our discount coupon book - $35 for 6 lessons, and other discounts are available too. We have the flashy moves to spark up your east coast swing, west coast swing, Lindy Hop & Salsa!  If you’ve caught the Latin & Lindy Bugs – we’ve got the moves for you (yes, WCS is a form of Lindy, & you can put swing moves into your salsa to spice it up)! No partner necessary.  No prior experience necessary – we’ll teach you from scratch.  We use the Unit System (developed by dance legend Skippy Blair).  These lessons are for any level of dancer, older teens and adults, and open to the public.  Our emphasis is fun (learning fun moves and building on the basics), frame (holding yourself to connect easily and clearly with your partner), and form (learning the style; dancing not marching, moving fluidly – not just counting and moving through memorized steps and patterns).  Yes, swing dancing has some complicated moves, but it’s also about doing moves that are simple & basic, but look like a lot more; it’s about putting together combinations of moves, and reacting to your partner at the right time in the music.  We mix some footwork, some flair and a whole lot of fun!  For more info call Nellee @ 223-0387.  Lots of free parking! J  We teach the fancy moves you see on Dancing With The Stars (and more)!!  DANCE ALERT:  Drop-in students are welcome!  Nellee is a GSDTA certified dance instructor.  J  Email Nellee about private salsa and swing (WCS, Lindy Hop & 2 Step) dance lessons – ak_sound@hotmail.com . Dance Alert 2: Pricing – we teach 3 lessons on Thursdays, but the most you’ll pay is $14. Pricing for Thursday classes – We offer 3 classes (currently WCS & Country 2 Step), but only charge students for 1 of the 2 WCS classes even if they come early or stay for both classes. So the most we charge is $14 for the evening – but ask Nellee about our coupon book & other discounts for continuing students.

 

Golden Lion: April. – Beginning Hustle 7 to 8:00 p.m.; Intermediate Hustle lessons 8-9 p.m. with Jim and Jennon ($7 for 1 lesson, $10 for both).  Don Walker plays great dance music at the Golden Lion after the lessons (no cover, and be sure to tip Don), dancing is located upstairs in the hotel’s bar (36th & New Seward Highway).  Future lessons:  May – Night Club 2 Step; June – WCS; July - Hustle   Stay tooned for more info!

 

Fridays

 

FREE DANCING @ Platinum Jaxx Restaurant, Fridays: $5 Salsa lesson @ 8:30 by Michelle & Chris. Free dancing starts @ 9:30. Jaxx is located at the corner of I street & 6th Avenue.  FYI: The club has a big new dance floor in the back room bar, full bar & food menu.  For more info: www.alaskadancepromotions.com/dance_lounge

 

Golden Lion:  Beginning Hustle or West Coast Swing lesson from 6:30 to 7:30 pm with Liv & Van ($7 pp).  The Golden Lion is located at the corner of 36th Avenue & the New Seward Highway.  Lessons are in the hotel’s bar on the 2d floor. Lessons:  April WCS, May Hustle; June WCS; July Hustle etc.  For more info:  (http://www.wcsalaska.org)  Drop-Ins” are welcome!  

 

Golden Lion:  Beyond Basic lessons with Liv & Van from 7:30-8:30 p.m. ($7, or $25 for a 4 lesson punch card).  The Golden Lion is located at the corner of 36th Avenue & the New Seward Highway.  Lessons are located in the bar on the 2d floor.  “Drop-Ins” are welcome!  Lessons:  April-WCS; May – Country 2 Step; June – Hustle; July - WCS.  “Drop-Ins” are welcome!  For more info: (http://www.wcsalaska.org).  DANCE ALERT:  Take the both the beyond basic and the beginning lesson for just $10 total.

Don Walker plays at the Golden Lion at 8:30 p.m. - following the WCSA lesson – no cover (be sure to tip Don).  (www.dwguitar.com) 

 

Contra Dances:  Dancing Bears Friday contra dances.  Different callers & bands each week.  $8 members, $10 public, $2 students.  7:30-10:30 p.m.  Stay tooned for dances that crop up between the scheduled ones!  Location:  Wendler Jr. High, Corner of Northern Lights & Lake Otis in Anchorage (unless otherwise indicated). For more info:  344-9256.  (www.thedancingbears.org )  Dance Alert:  Check the Bears’ calendar for info for their Friday Contra Dances. 

 

Saturdays

 

On Hold until 3rd Saturday in April (Check Tap Root’s website) Free DJ Dance on 4th Saturday. Balboa & Brew.  Saturdays Swing at Tap Root!  Balboa Lessons every Saturday (3300 Spenard Road).  Join Roxanne & Patrick for 2 levels of Balboa Lessons every Saturday!  Basic Balboa (for rank beginners & to brush up on the basics) 4:00-4:50 p.m. $5; Beginning & Beyond Bal-Swing (for those who know the basics) 5:00-5:50 p.m. $7; Attend both lessons for $10 pp! Dance Alert: So what’s Balboa & Bal Swing? Great versatile & fun related dances for fast swing songs! Look cool and don’t sweat the music when it speeds up or slows down!  Gear up for Patrick & Roxanne’s Bal-Alaska Event every September – great workshops & dances with professional instructors (usually the most recent international contest winners!). Dance Alert: Swing Dance Saturdays – Free DJ Dance from 6-8 p.m. on the 4th Saturday each month.

 

Cancelled: Saturdays Swing at the Golden Lion!  Thanks to the underhanded tactics of the person who now has this venue, Saturdays no longer swing at the Golden Lion. Stay join us for Project Swing on Mondays and our Swing & Country 2 Step lessons on Thursdays. 

 

Carpenters’ Hall:  35 Plus Singles Club Dance and Lessons.  Dance Lessons by TBA from 7-8 p.m., Dance 8 p.m. to midnight.  $18 pp includes, Lesson, Dance and food.  407 Denali Street.  For more info: 952-0751.  Dance Alert: You can only go to this event if you are single and 35+.

 

And:  Check out the “Future Events” section below – there are dances sponsored by different individual groups almost every Saturday.

 

 Sundays

FREE DANCE - Platinum Jaxx:  Alaska Dance Promotion’s Salsa Sundays dance lesson – (Free Beginning class 8:30-9 p.m.; Salsa Technique & Styling 9-9:50 p.m., $8) & open DJ’d dance from 10 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. (free) at Platinum Jaxx's.  Be sure to buy drinks &/or food while you’re there – so they’ll keep the doors open for dancing!  Platinum Jaxx is located at the corner of 6th & I Streets in downtown Anchorage.  For more info:  http://www.alaskadancepromotions.com/dance_lounge or facebook.

 

On Vacation until TBA in 2014 - Asia GardensJanice's Tango Lessons!   Group Lessons every Sunday.  Beginning & Beyond Salon Style Lessons, 4-4:50pm and 5-5:50pm; practice before & after the lessons.  Learn at your own pace!  No partner necessary.   Students with prior experience will be taught more advanced patterns.  Very Friendly People & Atmosphere---Location: Asia Gardens, 7828 Old Seward Highway (between 78th & 79th Ave.).  Cost:  $15 pp for lesson or $20 for both lessons.  More info:  243-3840 or danceelegance@ak.netDance Alert:  Be sure to take some Private Tango, Salsa & Romantic Night Club Slow dance lessons with Janice:  Call and book private lessons that fit your schedule.  $50 per lesson, single or couple.   Call Janice at 720-8197 or danceelegance@ak.netDance Alert:  Be sure to call Janice to reserve your spot at the Sunday Lessons!  Dance Alert II: These lessons are on vacation until sometime in 2014.

 

FREE! Sundays @ Tap Root:  Free swing & blues dance @ the Sunday Blues Jam.  9 p.m. to ??   Tap Root is located at 3300 Spenard Road (in the old Fly By Night building).  Dance Alert:  Nellee says this is great music for fun dancing!!  Food is good.  Dance Floor is good sized.  Big, refillable cokes for $2.50.  No cover!

 

Change Point Church:  Dance Connect’s weekly Sunday Dance & Lessons!  Lessons:  Beginning Hustle.  Lessons are from 7:30 to 8:30 & the FREE dance is from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Lessons cost:  $5 per lesson or $20 for the series. Next series:  Stay tooned for info on the next series of lessons.  Location:  upstairs in the cafeteria at Change Point Church.  Address: 6689 Change Point Drive, 99518.  Dj’d dance music for swing, waltz, latin dancing by Sarah other Djs.  Dance Alert: (2/15/14 is the last day to join the Hustle class, b/c they’re progressive lessons).

Future Lesson and Non-club Dance events, workshops & holiday parties

 

April 12, 2014: (Saturday): WCSA’s next dance (last dance until next Fall). 2 levels of WCS Lessons @ 7:30, DJ’d Dance @ 8:30 – 11 p.m. Location: Anchorage Fred Astaire Studio, 1300 E. 68th Ste. 202. Lesson & Dance $8, Dance only $6. Door prizes. For more info:  (http://www.wcsalaska.org). Dance Alert: DJ Live plays music for WCS, Hustle, Cha Cha, Nightclub 2 Step, Country 2 Step, Waltz, Salsa, ECS & more.

 

April 18, 2014 (Friday):  Strictly Swing, Patrick & Roxanne, presents their monthly Swing Dance & Lesson at the American Legion Post 1 on Fireweed (840 W. Fireweed). Only $5 BUCKS for the lesson and dance! Lesson 7-8, DJ’d Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. (Djs TBA) (Lesson – TBA) – Music for 20’s to 40’s Swing and Swing related Dances.  We’ll be dancing all year – once a month!.  Future dance dates:  (Every 3rd Friday)!   For more info call:  907-720-5000 or visit Back to Basics Dance Company on Facebook. 

 

May 3, 2014 (Saturday):  Paul’s monthly Mostly Waltz Dance at Fred Astaire Studios.  1300 E. 68th Ave.  Free yummy snacks & Water.  Dance is from 8 to 11 p.m. - $5 cover.  Dj music for swing, latin, ballroom – and Waltz! J

 

August 1-3, 2014: The 5th Annual 2014 Alaska Salsa Festival, by Alaska Dance Promotions @ The Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage.  3 spectacular dance parties & performances, plus 3 days of lessons. Beginner’s Bootcamp, and Salsa, Bachata, Cha Cha workshops. It will be great as usual!  Dance Alert: Full 3 day pass is $150 until June 15, 2014, then it’s $175 pp; VIP pass $200 ($300 pp after 6/15/14); Party only Pass $110; Bootcamp only Pass $110 pp. For more info: http://alaskasalsafestival.com/

 

Sept. 2014: (Thursday-Sunday): Back 2 Basic’s 2014 Bal-aska Balboa Workshop! Stay tooned for info on the 2014 Workshops!  Or:  www.back2basicsdancecompany.com for more info on history of Balboa including great video dance clips, and how to buy the 2013 workshop DVD.  For even more info: Call Roxanne at 907-529-9559 (cell) or email at back2basicsdance@yahoo.com.  Dance Alert!  The 2013 Workshop was awesome!  Mark your calendars for the 2014 workshop!  J 

 

October, 2014 (Fri-Sunday): WCSA’s next Workshops.  9 workshop classes (novice and intermediate) Saturday Dance 8:30-11:00 p.m.  All 9 lessons & Dance $115 ($125 after 1/10/14) (4 Novice or 4 Intermediate Packages $75 or $85 after 1/10/14), Dance is $6 ($1 discount for WCSA members).  Location:  The Fred Astaire Studios, 1300 E. 68th Ave., Ste. 202.  For more info:  (http://www.wcsalaska.org).  Dance Alert: Stay tooned for info on the next WCSA workshop!

 

IV.  Club Events (Dancing & Music)

 

A.   Latin Dance Music – Live & Dj’d:

 

Fridays & Saturdays Club Soraya’s is back! Located back in the Blue Mall @ 333 W. 4th Ave. (Door is on the west side of the building). Fridays – music varies (DJ), Saturdays, rotating DJs play music for Latin dancing (salsa, meringue, bachata, cumbia & more!). 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. $5 cover. Full bar.

 

FREE DANCING Fridays & Sundays @ Platinum Jaxx Restaurant, Fridays: $5 Salsa lesson @ 8:30, Free Dance starts @ 9:30. Sundays: Free beginning Salsa lessons @ 8:30-9 p.m.; Intermediate Salsa lessons 9-9:50 p.m. ($8) by Michelle & Chris (AK Dance Promotions). located at the corner of I street & 6th Avenue.  Sundays, Latin dj dance 10- 1:30 a.m. (dance is free).  FYI: The club has a big new dance floor in the back room bar, full bar & food menu.  For more info: www.alaskadancepromotions.com/dance_lounge

 

Fridays & Saturdays Fusion Night Club, located at 720 Gambell Street, Anchorage. Fridays & Saturdays, Latin Dj dance 9 p.m. to ? Music by DJ Papalote and DJ Reymi.  “Come & explore the infectious sounds of latin rhythms & tribal beats that will take you on an unforgettable dance experience every Friday!”  For more info: 907-764-6299.

 

B.    Country, Swing & Blues, and more:

 

Club Soraya’s is back! Fridays Located back in the Blue Mall @ 333 W. 4th Ave. (Door is on the west side of the building). Fridays: DJ Twizt spins rhythm and blues, reggae and hip hop music for dancing. 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. $5 cover. Full bar.

 

FREE DANCING!! Blues Jam @ Chilkoots. Sundays. Located on Spenard Road near Fireweed Lane (if you’re cool, you know where it is). Jam starts at 9 p.m. in the South West Corner of the building. Expandable wood dance floor (tables can move back). $2 refillable cokes. No cover. Dance alert: Great music for West Coast Swing, Smooth Lindy & Blues dancing! For more info:http://www.koots.com

 

FREE DANCING ON Thursdays Platinum Jaxx Restaurant (6th & I, downtown Anchorage) Country 2 Step, line dancing & country swing @ 8:30-closing.; K-Bear radio station is hosting & giving away cool prizes & playing hot music!  So mosey on down for a good ole time! No Cover too! Country is located in the back bar (not the concrete pit in the front bar area).

 

The Last Frontier Club on Muldoon Road:  Large wooden dance floor – the Dj will play any type of dance music you ask for and they sometimes have live bands too.  Thanks for the report Dong!  J 

 

FREE DANCE!! 4th Saturdays @ Tap Root:  Balboa & Brew 4-6 p.m. After the Balboa dance lessons stay for FREE dj’d swing dance 6 – 8 p.m. – That’s right – no cover! So say thanks by buying a snack & something to drink!  Tap Root is located at 3300 Spenard Road (in the old Fly By Night building).  Dance Alert:  Great music for all types of swing dancing!!  Food is good.  Dance Floor is good sized.  Big, refillable cokes for $2.50. Food too (Nice Menu).  No cover! DJ’s vary, so the music is always a fresh mix.

 

FREE DANCE!! Sundays @ Tap Root:  Free swing & blues dance @ the Sunday Blues Jam.  8:30 p.m. to ??   Tap Root is located at 3300 Spenard Road (in the old Fly By Night building).  Dance Alert:  Nellee says this is great music for fun dancing!!  Food is good.  Dance Floor is good sized.  Big, refillable cokes for $2.50. Food too (Nice Menu).  No cover!

 

FREE DANCING!! The Golden Lion upstairs in the hotel’s bar and restaurant area – has a large wooden dance floor and lessons 5 nights a week (for lessons see above in the lessons section).  Live music by Don Walker on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays after the dance lessons:  8:30 – 11:30 p.m.  Great music for east & west coast swing, cha cha, country 2 step, waltz and other types of dancing!  Don has added a bunch of new tunes to his repetoire – so come on down.  For Don’s schedule:  (http://home.gci.net/%7Edwguitar/).  No cover charge, but be sure to tip Don. 

 

FREE DANCING!! Eddies’ Sports Bar:  Thursdays thru Saturdays, Eddie's Sports Bar has live dance music in the club’s cozy basement bar.  Past & current performers:  Brook Faulk, Don Walker, Ken Peletier (Ken is now the “house band”), Mike Olson.  You know you’ll have a good time!.  Usually no cover charge.  6300 Old Seward Highway (563-3970).  Band starts at 10 p.m. (usually a little later than that, y’all come now)!

 

FREE DANCING!! The Flight Deck, located on International Airport Road near Arctic Blvd.  Live & Dj music for dancing on Wednesday thru Saturday nights from 9:30 to 2 a.m.  Good-sized dance floor, $3 soft drinks (the club has a full bar, but Bobby & I just drink cokes...).  No cover charge. Silver Train is playing on December 27 and 28, 2013, and January 10-11, 24-25, 2014. DJ music until the band plays.

 

FREE DANCING!! Taproot: located at 3300 Spenard Road, has live music almost every night of the week – and a dance floor too!  Sundays:  Blues Jam 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.; Mondays: Jazz after Dark 9p.m.-1 a.m.; Tuesdays: Open Mic  9 p.m. – 1 a.m.; Weds: Country/Bluegrass Hoedown; Thurs & Fri (various entertainment); Sat: Balboa & Brew – Balboa dance lessons from 4-6:00 p.m. and then stay for the free DJ’d dance from 6-8 p.m. (Swing dance is only guaranteed on 4th Saturdays); New Music Shows weekly (cover varies).  Cover:  Sunday – Wed: free; Thurs – Sat:  varies.  For more info:  http://www.taprootalaska.com  Come & dance to live music!  Dance Alert!  Nellee says the Sunday Jams are a blast!  Music starts at 8 p.m.  No cover, bottomless cokes for $2.50 and a full menu!  Decent-sized dance floor too!

 

FREE DANCING!! The Whaler on Muldoon Road:  Fridays & Saturdays, live music – they have a great wooden dance floor if they haven’t covered it up.  By the way – no cover!  Stop in and check them out – Loud, energetic & fun!  Small dance floor (“cozy”) in front of the band.  Reviewed by Nellee.  Dance Alert:  Bobby & I visited again in February 2012 – great dj and great music.  Fun & inexpensive.  Cokes are watery though.  J

 

COOL STUFF!  COOL STUFF!

April 2014:

2012 Northern California Swing Dance Challenge: watch couple after couple – ordinary folks, great dancing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ri59rnhjkgU .

 

March 2014

Good Morning America show with New York Lindy Dancers (mid-1990’s) – Frankie Manning, Natlie & Yuval, & more! J

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky98msajaOY

 

February 2014:

 

Jordan & Tatiana, dancing Improv with his Queen Bee in Budapest 2014:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS9v8wzu1SI

 

January 2014:

Ben Morris and Jennifer Duluca, finalists at the U.S. Open: Hip Hop “Swing” –Great Timing, Technique & Teamwork, but is it WCS?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msUJj-9GYJs

 

December 2013:

See Myles and Tessa’s 2D Place U.S. Open routine! It’s got everything: Lindy, WCS, Balboa, Balswing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUGJaDRY7Z8

 

See Jordan & Tatiana put the rolling count to good use in this showy 2012 U.S. open routine:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0htEqpnKUE 

 

Watch out for bears dancing naked (Thanks Mary & Buddy):

http://www.youtube.com/embed/eryxAcsTcOA?rel=0

 

November 2013:

Tribute to Frankie Manning: Lindy Hop history in a nutshell:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m34eD21QzUw

 

October 2013:

Jerry Lewis, Jack Carey & friends dance Lindy (before there was WCS, there was Lindy Hop – there’s even some slow drag in this clip!):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CowekQq6kY8

 

September 2013:

 

Champion West Coast Swing dancing in 1997:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBneHpwgD_8

 

August 2013:

Hal & Betty Takier dancing Balboa and Bal-Swing in the 1943 short “Majaraja” (looks like fast-action lindy hop with some Balboa steps added into the mix):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehVZktW0BK4&list=PL7C27A9BAFF1C739A

 

May/June 2013:

Some classy, and fierce WCS danced by Gary McIntire & Susan Kirkland to Janis Joplin’s Take Another Little Piece of My Heart:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPGJXKhCZb4

 

April 1, 2013:

Dance like it’s 1995 – Robert Royston & Laureen Baldovi win the U.S. Open (Yo mama do dance and Yo daddy do rock n roll)!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD80sojfv6I

 

March 1, 2013:

Watch some great dancing by 2012 Jr. Division Carolina Shag Champions:


http://videos2view.net/shag-dance.htm

 

February 2013:

Dance Like it’s 1999 (or earlier).  The old stuff is the good stuff!  Watch Robert Royston and Laureen Baldavi win the 1997 U.S. Open!

(West Coast Swing showing its Lindy roots!)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x33inSfEDE4

 

January 2013:

Slow Drag & Blues Dancing:  It’s not your grandpa’s dance – or is it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cXp3mXoHqE

 

December 6, 2012:

Zouke:  Is this where swing is going, when the music doesn’t swing anymore?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFRR7x5qHTc

 

Nov. 14, 2012:

Pure WCS with Kyle Redd – not the abstract stuff, but the real stuff!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JHAT3uGwVg&feature=plcp  

 

October 4, 2012: (stay tooned for new cool stuff coming soon)

Get down and swing dance with Dean Collins & his gang.  As he put it “There’s only 2 types of swing:  good and bad.”  As Skippy Blair put it:  “Dean Collins danced lindy – not WCS.”  Nellee asks “Why?  B/C it wasn’t invented yet…”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlhkyS-Nn44

 

September 13, 2012:

Get down & watch some funky disco dancing from the 1970’s – The “stroll” on Soul Train:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R_lhP3J1eQ

 

August 9, 2012:

Here’s an interesting one:  Salsa, Bachata, Swing, rueda -- all mixed up into one performance dance! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMTF8yn7dIw

 

July 5, 2012:

Salsa swings:  The Lindy Hop Swing out and swing outs with turns adapted to Salsa!! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziH6X4QHITY

 

June 7, 2012:

sO They Line Dance in France!  Dressed like Texas Cowboys!  What will those French Guys think of next??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRfIdWmKdfE

 

May 2, 2012:

See the Legends of Swing dancing together:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsWR88sAhC8

Dancers in order of appearance:  Jack Carey and Annie Hirsch (WCS); Skippy Blair and Lance Shermoen (WCS); Jean Veloz and Ray Phelps (WCS); Chazz Young & Erin Stevens (Lindy Hop); Freda Angela Wyckoff & Marcus Koch (Lindy Hop); Lance later dances with Tammy Stevens (WCS meets Lindy Hop).  Uploaded by Rusty Frank on July 10, 2011. Or as I once heard Annie Hirsch tell a guy at a Lindy Hop workshop – “It was all lindy when we were young!”  Nellee

 

April 5, 2012:

Original Lindy Hoppers Al Minns & Leon James dance Lindy to Hip Hop music (thanks to some nifty music editing):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2Agz_2um4c

 

March 1, 2012;

Ever wonder where the “Texas Tommy” dance move came from?  It came from an old pre-swing dance.  Check it out (vintage clip):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx1_bghNJgc

 

February 1, 2012:

Check out this senorita’s dance frame, ladies – she keeps it and woof how she can dance!  (Yup, woof!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPA0-OGyJW8&feature=related

Gracias, Tony!

 

January 5, 2012:

Ok, here’s some self promotion:  Roxanne choreographed a Christmas Lindy Hop routine for an Eskimo Christmas party. See Patrick, Roxanne, Nellee, Brian, Bethan and Michael dance to Michael Bubble’s version of “Jingle Bells!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBOZk0i_zQk

 

And here’s a great reason to learn to follow (it gets funnier & funnier, so hold on to your (um..) hat:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juFhqO9A69E

 

December 1, 2011:

A boogie woogie routine at the European Swing Dance Competition:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Bw4JlzcSKA&feature=related

 

November 2011:

Ben & Debbie, ride ‘em cowboy lindy routine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlLJBmtsYqU&feature=related

 

September & October, 2011:

The best lindy hop routine ever:  Natalie Gomez & Yuval Hod.  Nellee says: “No one has had a more exciting routine at camp Hollywood!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mVFlVMIoe4

 

August 4, 2011:  Lindy Swing @ Swing Brother Swing in Bologna, Italy 2011

Lindy around the world…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdClJO2X4tI

 

July 1, 2011:They call it “Swing Latino” – but it’s a Hungarian couple dancing west coast swing to slow rockabilly and hiphop tunes.  Kind of weird, but it works.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXpyDPUeWlw

 

June 9, 2011:

 

See Patrick Swayze & Jennifer Gray latin dancing from the Finale in “Dirty Dancing” – would they win Dancing With The Stars?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpmILPAcRQo

 

May 1, 2011:

See Frankie Manning Shim Shaming in Australia in 2007!  Nellee says “This is a really good video of how he used to call and dance the Shim Sham!  J

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQYt_6IY9tg

 

March 3, 2011:

 

Lindy contest:  It takes awhile to start, but it’s worth the wait (but hey – they stole our name…)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcMUtyyi5o4

 

 

February 2, 2011:

 

The “TANGO SWING” is sabroso.  Check it out! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPNUcw3eufY

 

January 1, 2011:

 

Ryan & Jenny – Lindy Hoppin’ at the Groovy Movie Anniversary Party 2010:

Check out how the English lindy hop!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3FWQXrAOts

 

December 2, 2010:

 

See why Bobby calls Salsa "Latin Swing!"

 

Columbian swing dancers in London:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eQAWysFY_w

 

November 1, 2010:

 

Doug Silton’s Westcoast Swing Pod cast – check out some of the music they play @ Lindy Groove in California!

 

http://whereswestie.podbean.com/

 

October 1, 2010:

 

The best spot for finding the best vintage lindy hop movies ever!

 

Evolution of Lindy Hop = AWESOME!"
http://one2swing.com/archive/2010_08_31_dailyone2swing.php

 

September 1, 2010:  See Fred Astaire & Sid Cherise dance to Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” – the dancing that inspired Michael’s music video – danced to Michael’s music, instead of the original music from the film Band Wagon.”  See Fred do the “moon walk!”  Thanks, Patrick & Roxanne!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gB0UNey-Uk

 

August 1, 2010:  Swing Guys (from Italy) – 2 of them won Camp Hollywood with this act in 2007!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDWxqXlEPqU&NR=1

 

July 1, 2010:  Marcus & Barbel & Balswing

 

(You can get this good too - Ya gotta start somewhere, so come to the Anchorage Joel Plys Workshop 8/19/10)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JARbUltZqno

 

June 3, 2010:  Colombian Salsa Swing! 

(This one is a guy thing, except when they throw in a few swing aerials for the girls...)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvbN4oSOOc0

May 5, 2010:  Latin Lindy Hop! 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXRgqfpcf84

 

 

April 14, 2010:

 

This was filmed in St. Louis @ The West County Swing Dance Club.  Pretty neat 4 minutes.

 

  Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEli2rrrJwI 

 

March 3, 2010:

 

Watch Me Now Line Dance (we teach this one on Thursdays @ 6 p.m. @ the Moose Lodge in Anchorage)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aek_T86-6Po

 

February 3, 2010:

A collection of Salsa dance videos (including salsa style hip hop) – We teach Salsa @ the Moose Lodge on Thursdays (4211 Arctic Blvd, Anchorage):

 

http://www.tube4salsa.com/net/

 

January 13, 2010:

 

Dancing from the Movie “Swing Fever” (1944) & some great (“live”) music! (We teach ECS & Lindy @ the Moose Lodge on Thursdays @ 7 p.m. (4211 Arctic Blvd., Anchorage).

(This is the classic Jean Veloz dancing scene – see the transition from Lindy Hop to WCS!)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crmyOtMpFQE

 

December 16, 2009: 

 

Nordic Champions, Cuban Salsa 2009:  Hey, like Bobby says, it’s just latin swing dancing!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BOBjAuRqdk

 

And Cuban Salsa from “So you think you can dance?”

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyuXcyucytA&feature=fvw

 

December 2, 2009:

 

Lindy Hoppers rocked this year’s US Open! 

 

You can view the Lindy Hoppers first place clips here!

Shesha and Sarah Strictly Lindy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b58CzZo0CY4

David and Kim Sophisticated Swing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yb23SVUhIUc

One2Swing's The California Rolls (group dancing)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLmDg9QsvQ8

 

 

November 27, 2009:

 

Hustle you won’t believe, by Jamison Kilburn!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISIlxL_3hV8

 

And a non-dancing funny:  Draw a pig & find out who you really are:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISIlxL_3hV8

 

November 18, 2009:

 

Fancy Salsa dancing (I can see why she needs heels) - dressed up with swing moves!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPtPag7U_dY

 

 

November 11, 2009:

 

Ode to Forgetfulness - Sound Familiar???

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=7lSliucgygc

 

November 17, 2009:

Fancy Salsa dancing (I can see why she needs heels) - dressed up with swing moves!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPtPag7U_dY

 

November 10, 2009:

Not about dancing, or is it?

 

Ode to Forgetfulness - Sound Familiar???

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=7lSliucgygc

 

 November 3:

Check out Melissa Rutz and Jordan Frisbee dancing WCS.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHk6zqtycr8

 

October 7, 2009:

 

Check out Mike Eads and his cw dance partner Annick.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqnMwXnrnlU


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqnMwXnrnlU

 

October 7, 2009:

 

Doug Silton & Ben Morris’ new west coast performance!

The Super Jews of Swing brought you Blyers of Glory,

 & Now bring you... Jewlander!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqKd-dTSNrY

 

Sept. 29, 2009:

2009 “Pro” Lindy competition:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKeKF-jcYMk

 

Sept. 23, 2009:

 

OK here’s a non-swing website – sometimes I digress...

 

http://peopleofwalmart.com/

Sept. 16, 2009:

Couldn’t go to Camp Hollywood 2009?

 

Here are some winning team competition videos:

 

Love Me or Leave Me:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOmbDmadFQ0

 

 

All the Cats Join in/Traffic Jam:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtZTWrL9_0E

 

Sept. 8, 2009:

It don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing – whether it’s country 2 step or east coast swing!

Here’s Robert Royston country 2-stepin’ & swingin’ away (2005 Swing Diego):

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2JyzpXSk4E

 

Lindy Show Down (2006) – can you dance this fast & this good?  America Has Talent eat your heart out:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAAAV7BB1HU

 

Oh boy!  Here is some really cool stuff! 

 

Here’s some lindy hop videos – 1 funny one (but some advanced moves) and two winning numbers from Camp Hollywood 2009 (team lindy):

 

Here’s some good reasons for guys to learn to dance:

 

http://www.dancedancedance.com/whtwomen.htm

 

Here's a great website for lindy info. It's kind of an archive, but the info is right on. 

 

http://www.just-the-swing.com/his/swing-history/swing-revival

 

 

Here's a great interview with Jean Veloz - the girl in Groovy Movie & a bunch of other west coast swing start up.  She goes through how swing evolved from Frankie Manning in Harlem showing Dean Collins how to swing to the present: 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJNo_K5kWoc

 

Thanks, Rusty! 

 

 

Did you miss Camp Jitterbug?  Well here’s the Camp Jitterbug 2009 Lindy Jack & Jill finals: 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UwF593fNgc&NR=1

 

Here's a rather startling one!  The Ross sisters sing a swing song about potato salad (hoy, hoy Millie) while they bend over backwards so far they literally more than double over!  I think they are made out of some combination of jelly and slinkies.  Any way you definitely don't want to miss them (well, ok you kind of did - they performed this in 1944): 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mVpGmoES3w  

 

Thanks, Karen! 

 

In honor of Frankie Manning “The Ambassador of Swing” – he’s now dancing with the stars in heaven:

 

To enjoy his life and his dancing, click on these links for wonderful clips:

A Day At The Races (his choreography)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzpVeJodMSo
Hellzapoppin (he's in the overalls)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTg5V2oA_hY
A nice story about him

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e00F7OimG6U
Frankie and the Big Apple

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kY5rdZdZ_b4

 

Here's one you definitely don't want to miss:  Stand By Me - performed sequentially and at the same time by blues singers all over the world -

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2539741 .

Thanks, Mary! 

 

Thinking about attending the Myles & Tessa Lindy & Westcoast swing workshop May 2-3, 2009?

Well, take a peek at this video – see ‘em dance the dances!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GkyZ3uKW_8&feature=related

 

"Taxes and Swing Dancing" are really one and the same!  Check it out:


http://one2swing.com/archive/2004_04_15_dailyone2swing.php

Thanks, Ben!

 

Want to learn how to swing dance?  Here's the how to instructions from "Groovy Movie" circa 1944:

 

http://video.google.com/videosearch?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=s&hl=en&q=lindy+hop+movies&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=On_mSYXbOJGatAP33YHjAQ&sa=X&oi=video_result_group&resnum=4&ct=title#

 

And here's a link to the trailer Swing "The Movie" with folks you never figured were swing dancers:

 

http://video.google.com/videosearch?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=s&hl=en&q=lindy+hop+movies&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=On_mSYXbOJGatAP33YHjAQ&sa=X&oi=video_result_group&resnum=4&ct=title#

 

Wondering what Lindy dancing looked like way back when?

Check out this video – and get the low down from the Man himself, Frankie Manning:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pMDf4ciCRs

 

And, this is just too cool:

 

Robert Royston has a SWING dance movie coming out in May 2009!  Lindy Hop AND west coast swing: 

 

http://www.lovendancing.com/

 

(Thanks, Doug)

 

Here's another cool website - it's SWING DANCE T.V. - watch LIVE swing dance competitions & see interviews and lessons:

 

http://www.globaldance.tv

 

(Thanks, Tony!)

 

And don't forget there's dancing on regular t.v. too:

 

Check out SwingDanceStuff.com for Free Digital Downloads from the Boston Tea Party 2009 and the workshop reviews from our free workshop on March 21st (with Doug Silton, Ben Morris, and Melina). Even if you couldn't go - now you can learn what everyone else did in California & Boston. No charge!  (If the link doesn't work then copy it to your browser: http://www.swingdancestuff.com.  Doug has a lot of good info for Lindy, ECS, WCS & salsa on his website!

 

Thanks, Doug!

 

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