Events

Swing dance and music events in Arizona and around the world! Your source for Lindy Hop, Balboa, Swing, Rockabilly, and Blues.
Like us on fb for a list of swing dance events each week and more: www.facebook.com/AZLindy

Summer – June – 2017

  • Tuesday night swing dance at FatCat – Voted best place to Swing Dance!
  • Fri., May 26th – Fourth Friday Swing Night at FatCat – Frankie Manning’s Birthday!!
  • June 6th – Big Band Night at Fatcat – 9 year anniversary of Swing Tuesdays!
  • Fri., June 9th – 2nd Friday Swing Dance at Dance Starz (New Location)
  • Swing Road Trip workshops this summer in Flagstaff and Prescott
  • Camp Hollywood  – Sept. 1st-4th, 2017 – An incredible weekend of dancing in Los Angeles!
  • Swing Sunday School returns in the Fall of 2017 – Sunday, Sept. 10th!
  • Ongoing Events – Tuesdays at FatCat Ballroom, Second Fridays at Dance Starz, Fourth Fridays at FatCat Ballroom
  • Upcoming Live Events – Swing, Blues, Jump Blues and Rockabilly
  • Lindy Hop Around the World – Exchanges and Events
  • Videos – Lindy Hop, Swing, and more!
  • Dance Etiquette Tip
  • Deep Thoughts

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TUESDAYS – Swing Dance at FatCat Ballroom in Phoenix for All Ages

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Join us every Tuesday for a fun night of swing dancing. FatCat Ballroom is really nice dance studio with a HUGE floating wood floor. People of all ages enjoy dancing East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa and more. The longest running swing night in Arizona and one of the longest in the Country (20 years!), Swing Tuesdays started at the Bash on Ash in September of 1997. We moved locations a few times – John Q’s, Fahrenheit, Orange Tree Resort – until finding our home of the past 9 years at FatCat Ballroom. The space is huge with a 6,000 square foot floating wood floor, great A/C, a friendly atmosphere, and lots of fun people who love to dance.
Come meet friendly people, be social, enjoy good music, get rid of stress, and feed your heart and soul.

Named “BEST PLACE TO SWING DANCE IN PHOENIX” by Phoenix Magazine.

7:30 pm: Swing Dance Lesson (East Coast Swing) with Steve Conrad and Bernadette Smith
8:30 pm – 10:30 pm: Dance to DJ or occasional live band

Fatcat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
$7 includes dance lesson, water and dance   All ages welcome, always
No partner needed, no dance experience necessary

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4th Friday Swing Dance at FatCat Ballroom – Frankie Manning’s Birthday
Friday, May 26th     7:30pm – 11:00pm

Join us as we celebrate Frankie’s 103rd birthday at FatCat Ballroom. There will be cake and raffle prizes.
7:30 pm – 8:15pm: Beginning East Coast Swing Dance Lesson
8:15 pm – 9:00pm Intermediate East Coast Swing Lesson OR Charleston, Balboa or Shag (alternates)
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm: Dance to DJ or occasional live band
9:45pm – Shim Sham lesson
Fatcat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
$7 includes dance lesson, water and dance

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Second Friday Swing Social at Dance Starz
Friday, June 9th   7:30pm – 10:30pm

Join us for our monthly Friday night dance at a beautiful new dance studio
Dance Starz – 5555 N. 7th Street (at Missouri), Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm – 8:30pm: Beginner Swing Dance lesson
8:30pm-10:30pm: Dance to great swing music all night!

All Ages Welcome
No partner needed
No dance experience necessary

$10 includes dance lesson and dance
* NOTE: This is  a new location!

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Swing Sunday School – East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop at FatCat Ballroom
NEW 6-week progressive courses start Sunday, September 10th

Sunday_School_SignJoin the Arizona Lindy Hop Society for some exciting East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop classes that will have you on the dance floor feeling more confident and having fun. We will be exploring creativity, musicality, improvisation, and new, socially lead-able and follow-able moves.
4:00 pm: East Coast Swing Beginning/Intermediate
5:00pm: Lindy Hop FUNdamentals
LOCATION: FatCat Ballroom – 3131 East Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85032
Prices:$65 for each course for all 6 weeks. Drop in class is $15.
20 class card available for best value ($9 per class) – includes 15 minute mini-private lesson, one night at FatCat on a Tuesday and CD for practicing.
You may pay at the door on the first day of class OR ►PURCHASE 20 CLASS CARD◄
All Ages Welcome

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ONGOING AZ LINDY EVENTS:

TUESDAYS – Swing Dance at FatCat Ballroom in Phoenix for All Ages

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Join us every Tuesday for a fun night of swing dancing. FatCat Ballroom is really nice dance studio with a HUGE floating wood floor. People of all ages enjoy dancing East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa and more. The longest running swing night in Arizona and one of the longest in the Country (20 years!), Swing Tuesdays started at the Bash on Ash in September of 1997. We moved locations a few times – John Q’s, Fahrenheit, Orange Tree Resort – until finding our home of the past 9 years at FatCat Ballroom. The space is huge with a 6,000 square foot floating wood floor, great A/C, a friendly atmosphere, and lots of fun people who love to dance.
Come meet friendly people, be social, enjoy good music, get rid of stress, and feed your heart and soul.

Named “BEST PLACE TO SWING DANCE IN PHOENIX” by Phoenix Magazine.

7:30 pm: Swing Dance Lesson (East Coast Swing) with Steve Conrad and Bernadette Smith
8:30 pm – 10:30 pm: Dance to DJ or occasional live band

Fatcat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
$7 includes dance lesson, water and dance
All Ages Welcome
No partner needed, no dance experience necessary

 

Second Friday Swing Social at Dance Starz in Phoenix

Second Friday of every month
7:30pm – 10:30pm

Join us for a Friday night dance at a beautiful new dance studio
Dance Starz AZ – 5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

7:30pm – 8:30pm: Beginner Swing Dance lesson
8:30pm-10:30pm: Dance to great swing music all night!

All Ages Welcome
No partner needed
No dance experience necessary

$10 includes dance lesson and dance
New location!

 

 

4th Friday Swing Dance at FatCat Ballroom:
Mardi_Gras_Swing3A really nice dance studio with a HUGE floating wood floor
7:30 pm – 8:15pm: Beginning East Coast Swing Dance Lesson
8:15 pm – 9:00pm Intermediate East Coast Swing Lesson OR Charleston, Balboa or Shag (alternates)
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm: Dance to DJ or occasional live band
Fatcat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
$7 includes dance lesson, water and dance
All Ages Welcome

 

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LIVE MUSIC AND SWING DANCE EVENTS:
Get the weekly list of live music happenings every Monday at www.facebook.com/AZLindy

Tuesday, May 23rd
Tuesday Swing Night at FatCat Ballroom
FatCat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm – 10:30pm, $7, All ages

Friday, May 26th
4th Friday Swing Night at FatCat Ballroom – Frankie Manning’s 103rd birthday!!
FatCat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm – 11:00pm, $7, All ages

Saturday, May 27th
Bill Tarsha and the Rocket 88’s tribute to Chico Chism
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
8:00pm – 12:00am. $8, 21 and over

Tuesday, May 30th
Tuesday Swing Night at FatCat Ballroom
FatCat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm – 10:30pm, $7, All ages

Tuesday, June 6th
Tuesday Swing Night at FatCat Ballroom – Bruce Gates Big Band with Dennis Rowland
FatCat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm – 11:00pm, $7, All ages

Friday, June 9th
2nd Friday Swing Night
Dance Starz – 5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm -10:30pm, $10, All Ages Welcome

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Swing Out – Lindy Hop, Swing, Balboa, and Blues Events around the World in 2016 and 2017
see a full list of events around the world at: http://www.swingplanit.com/

May 4th – 7th, 2017
Midwest Lindy Fest
Minneapolis, MN
http://www.midwestlindyfest.com

May 12th – 14th, 2017
Edinburgh Balboa Exchange
Edinburgh, Scotland
http://edinburghbalboaexchange.co.uk

May 12th – 14th, 2017
Great Wall Swing Out – Lindy Hop exchange
Beijing, China
http://www.greatwallswingout.com

May 25th – 28th, 2017
Florence Lindy Exchange
Florence, Italy
http://www.florencelindyexchange.com

September 1st – 4th, 2017
Camp Hollywood – 20th Anniversary
Los Angeles, CA
http://www.camphollywood.net 

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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.  Enjoy.

“Alive and Kicking” a new documentary about the Lindy hop/Swing dance movement around the world – Phoenix premiere is Thursday, May 11th at Filmbar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCXbWC6KbxA 

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Dance Etiquette – Tip of the Month

No-fault dancing: Never blame a partner for missed execution of figures. Regardless of who is at fault when a dancing mishap occurs, both parties are supposed to smile and go on.  Accepting the blame is especially a nice touch. But at the same time, do not apologize profusely. There is no time for it, and it could make your partner uncomfortable.

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Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy

“I hope some animal never bores a hole in my head and lays its eggs in my brain, because later I might think I’m having a good idea but it’s just eggs hatching.”

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Ten ways to improve your dancing

1. Private lessons are the single best way to learn how to dance because the the specialized attention to your dancing
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 and emulate what you like
7. R
ecord 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

AZ Swing Dance – Join the AZ Lindy Hop Society for the best swing dance events in the greater Phoenix area!!

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