The Arizona Lindy Hop Society is dedicated to preserving vintage vernacular Jazz and Blues dance and music within the Arizona community through social dance and education in order to bring joy into people’s lives.
Founded in 1996, the AZ Lindy Hop Society promotes jazz dance and music through live concerts, workshops, classes, and exchanges. We also have an education outreach program that teaches dance in the public school system.
Contact: Steve Conrad, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
About the founder/instructor:
Steve Conrad started swing dancing in 1995 and had his first lindy hop lesson with Frankie Manning in 1996 at Swing Camp Catalina. He was hooked and soon became a founder of the AZ Lindy Hop Society that same year. He has been teaching/performing Lindy hop and East Coast Swing for over 17 years. He has taught on ten Lindy Cruises, at the Desert Dance camp in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Carnage Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, at Lindy Groove in Pasadena, and throughout Europe. He worked with the Mercury hip hop squad, the Phoenix Suns dancers, and the Arizona Sidewinders, teaching or performing at half time. He also performed with the Judds for the Millennium New Years Eve reunion and taught Ashley Judd aerials. Steve has taught more than 20,000 people how to swing dance through workshops, school districts, classes at Borders Books, and over 13 years of lindy hop classes in Arizona. He founded the Phoenix Lindy Exchange in 2001 and he was also the promoter/DJ/instructor for the Bash on Ash for 5 years. Steve runs the swing nights at FatCat Ballroom on Tuesdays, Copper Blues on Wednesdays, The Swing Lunge on Thursdays and 4th Fridays with James and Danielle Ferguson at FatCat, and special swing dance road trips, as well. Currently he is teaching dance in schools and is working with non-profit organizations to help bring social dance into the school system of AZ. Steve currently is on staff at Mesa and Scottsdale Community College in the dance department and works with Free Arts of Arizona, teaching ballroom dance. Steve Conrad appeared on ABC’s “The Bachelorette” in 2016, along with Jean Veloz and Rusty Frank, demonstrating Lindy hop and teaching Jojo and James Taylor how to Swing Dance.
In the past 20 years Steve has produced over 300 concerts including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Jive Aces with Keely Smith and Toni Prima, Sam Butera, Royal Crown Revue, the Count Basie Tribute at the Biltmore Resort, Dennis Rowland, Indigo Swing, The Juke Joint All-Stars, Margo Reed, Barbara Morrison, Johnny Boyd, Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums, Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, and more. For 12 years he has presented the “Arizona Swing Jam” with Frankie Manning and the AZ Swing Jam is now in it’s 16th year!
On the Radio:
Steve was an on-air jazz host on KJZZ 91.5 FM (NPR and Jazz) for over 7 years where he and Blaise Lantana created and hosted “In the Groove”, a two hour program dedicated to great swing music. He had his own show from 11pm-1am weekdays and reported local and national news on weekends.
Steve has DJ’d all over the world including for Yehoodi Radio, on ten Lindy Cruises to Mexico and the Carribean; Lindy Groove in Pasadena; Swing 46 in New York; Apollo Jazz Cafe in Montpellier, France; The Hep Cat Club in Dublin, Ireland; Lindy and Party Weekend in Phoenix, the Phoenix Lindy Exchange; Lindy on the Rocks in Denver, CO; San Diego Lindy Exchange, Minneapolis, MN; Herrang Dance Camp in Sweden; and much more. He has his own DJ business and loves to travel and share music.
Outside of dance:
After getting his first degree in Pre-Veterinary medicine from Northern Arizona University, Steve worked as a veterinary technician for over five years before changing career paths. He soon went into acting (a natural transition) and was in commercials (Colt 45, Kit Kat, Ping) and a few films (Robin Cook’s Terminal – 1995; No One Would Tell with Fred Savage and Candace Cameron – 1996; No Code of Conduct with Charlie Sheen and Brett Michaels 1996). He had a short stint in stand-up comedy (very short) and then found dance. On a teaching and dancing tour of Europe in 2000 he realized one of his other passions: the study of religion. He returned and enrolled at Arizona State University, receiving a Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies in two years. He went into the Master’s program with the goal of become a university professor but instead decided to start a family, having two boys, who have become the center of his life.
Steve has spent much of his life supporting non-profit organizations through fundraising efforts and organizing events for the Arthritis Foundation, KJZZ 91.5, MDA, and many more. In 2005, he went to work as Director of Development for the New Foundation, a treatment center for abused and drug addicted teens. He developed a signature gala event, the Arizona Celebrity Dance Challenge, a live local version of Dancing with the Stars, that featured local celebrities in a dance competition.
Contact Steve Conrad: email@example.com 602-717-2787