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

  • Tuesdays at FatCat Ballroom – Every Tuesday including July 4th!
  • Fri., July 14th – 2nd Friday Swing Dance at Dance Starz (New Location)
  • July 15th and August 19th, 2017 – Swing Road Trips – Workshops and Dancing in 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

For a fancy version with nice photos and more visit: azlindy.com/events/

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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
No partner needed, no dance experience necessary

 

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Second Friday Swing Social at Dance Starz
Friday, July 14th   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

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Swing Road Trips – Workshops and Dancing in Prescott
July 15th and August 19th, 2017

Get out of the Phoenix heat and enjoy these one day workshops. Classes in Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, Balboa, and the Shim Sham.
Then dances at night and a Lindy mob pub crawl through Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott.

Flying Nest Movement Arts – 322 W Gurley St, Prescott, AZ

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Camp Hollywood XX
Labor Day Weekend – September 1st – 4th, 2017
LAX Marriott in Los Angeles, CA


Camp Hollywood is one of the largest and longest running swing dance camps in the world.  Now in its 20th year, we’re proud to offer the finest selection of international dance instructors, live music and competitors which provide a fun-filled long weekend with something for everyone!  We offer classes in Lindy Hop, Shag, Balboa, and various swing line dances in levels from Beginner to Advanced, dance contests for all levels, after hours dancing, live music jams all over the hotel, and lots of spontaneous shenanigans!

The Camp has a three-tiered daily structure, with classes running from daytime on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (Labor Day), followed by dance contests you can either participate in or spectate from 3 PM – 7 PM on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, and live bands Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 9 PM to about 1 AM, with afterhours DJ’d dancing until the wee hours.

More information: www.camphollywood.net/

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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
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
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, June 20th
Tuesday Swing Night at FatCat Ballroom
FatCat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm – 10:30pm, $7, All ages

Wednesday, June 21st
Django Festival All-Stars (sitting, not dancing)
Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) – 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ
7:00pm – 10:00pm, $35-$40, All ages

Friday, June 23rd
4th Friday Swing Night at FatCat Ballroom
FatCat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm – 11:00pm, $7, All ages

Saturday, June 24th
The Sugar Thieves
The Spirit Room 166 Main St., Jerome AZ
9:00pm – 1:00am, Free, 21 and up

Sunday, June 25th
Hot Texas Swing Band – opening set from Brea Burns and the Boleros
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:00pm – 11:00pm, $8-$10, 21 and up

Tuesday, June 27th
Tuesday Swing Night at FatCat Ballroom
FatCat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm – 10:30pm, $7, All ages

Thursday, June 29th
Hacksaw and the Woodchips
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm – 10:30pm, $8, 21 and up

Saturday, July 1st
Rocket 88s
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
9:00pm – 1:00am, $8, 21 and up

Tuesday, July 4th
Tuesday Swing Night at FatCat Ballroom – Red, White, and Blue night!
FatCat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm – 10:30pm, $7, All ages

Wednesday, July 5th
Pat Roberts and the Heymakers
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm – 10:30pm, $8, 21 and up

Friday, July 7th
George Bowman & the Bluesmen
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
9:00pm – 1:00am, $8, 21 and up

Tuesday, July 11th
Tuesday Swing Night at FatCat Ballroom
FatCat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm – 10:30pm, $7, All ages

Friday, July 14th
2nd Friday Swing Night
Dance Starz – 5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm -10:30pm, $10, All Ages welcome

Friday, July 14th
The Sugar Thieves
Kazimierz World Wine Bar, 7137 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ
9:00pm – 1:00am, $5, 21 and up

Saturday, July 16th
The Sugar Thieves – CD Release Party and Tour Kickoff
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
9:00pm – 1:00am, $8, 21 and up

Tuesday, July 18th
Tuesday Swing Night at FatCat Ballroom
FatCat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm – 10:30pm, $7, All ages

Wednesday, July 19th
Hacksaw and the Woodchips
The Womack – 5749 N 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm – 11:00pm, Free, 21 and up

Tuesday, July 25th
Tuesday Swing Night at FatCat Ballroom
FatCat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm – 10:30pm, $7, All ages

Saturday, July 29th
Sugar Ray Rayford (blues)
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
9:00pm – 1:00am, $12-$15, 21 and up

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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/

June 16 – 18, 2017
Madrid Lindy Exchange
Madrid, Spain
www.madridlindyexchange.es

June 23 – 26, 2017
Big Sky Weekend
Kalispell, MT
www.bigskyweekend.com

July 1- August 5, 2017
Herräng Dance Camp (5 different weeks)
Herräng, Sweden
www.herrang.com

July 7-9, 2017
San Diego Balboa and Lindy Exchange
San Diego, CA
www.sdblx.org

July 14-16, 2017
Kiel Lindy Exchange
Kiel, Germany
http://www.kiellx.de

July 21-23, 2017
Hamburg Balboa Exchange
Hamburg, Germany
https://hamburgbalboaexchange.wordpress.com

August 4-6, 2017
Belgrade Lindy Exchange
Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro
http://www.belgradelindyexchange.weebly.com/

August 13-19, 2017
Arctic Lindy Exchange
Reykjavik, Isafjordur, Iceland
http://arcticlindyexchange.com/2017/

August 18-20, 2017
Great Lakes Balboa Escape
Chicago, IL
http://www.greatlakesbalboaescape.com/

August 24-27, 2017
Porto Swing Jam
Porto, Portugal
http://www.portoswingjam.com/schedule/

August 30 – September 4, 2017
Swing Out New Hampshire
Hebron, NH
http://www.swingoutnh.com

September 1st – 4th, 2017 (Labor Day Weekend)
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.

Jean Veloz in “Swing Fever” 1944 – she is 93 today and still dancing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuLUOk–yxg

Shorty George and Big Bea 1937: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Sdk3mqVSRA

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Dance Etiquette – Tip of the Month from “Elements of Dance Etiquette” by Aria Nosratinia

Personal Grooming (especially in Phoenix during the summer): Dancing is an activity where two people come in close contact. Before a dance: Shower and use a deodorant, Brush teeth and use mouthwash or breath mint, Abstain from foods that produce strong odors, like those heavy in garlic
During a dance: Check your grooming periodically, During active dance sessions, freshen up and towel off periodically in the bathroom, bring extra shirts in order to change if you are soaking wet.

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Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy

“I believe you should live each day as if it is your last, which is why I don’t have any clean laundry because, come on, who wants to wash clothes on the last day of their life?”

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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

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