Events

Swing dance and music events in Arizona and around the world! Your source for Lindy Hop, Balboa, Swing, Rockabilly, and Blues.
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Spring – March/April – 2017

  • Tuesday night swing dance at FatCat
  • Friday, March 17th – FREE Big Band Dance at Mesa Arts Center with “Swing Set Project” 
  • Sun., March 19th – SWING SUNDAY SCHOOL – NEW 5 week courses – East Coast Swing Beg./Int. (4pm); Lindy Hop and Charleston (5pm)
  • Fri., March 24th – Fourth Friday Swing Night at FatCat
  • Weds., March 29th – Whiskey Kiss and Voodoo Swing at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix 
  • Fri., April 14th – 2nd Friday Swing Dance at Dance Starz (New Location)
  • Sun., April 23rd – SWING SUNDAY SCHOOL – NEW 6 week courses – East Coast Swing Beg./Int. (4pm); Lindy Hop and Charleston (5pm)
  • Fri., April 28th – Fourth Friday Swing Night at FatCat
  • Ongoing Events – Tuesdays at FatCat Ballroom, Second Fridays at Take the Floor, 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

Article: Dancing is good for your health: https://qz.com/538034/science-says-dancing-with-friends-is-good-for-your-health/

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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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Swing Sunday School – East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop at FatCat Ballroom
5-week progressive courses – Join in on Sunday, March 19th

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:$55 for each course for all 5 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◄

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Big Band Dance under the stars (FREE) at Mesa Arts Center for Spark! Festival
Friday, March 17th   8:00pm – 10:00pm

Join us for a FREE Big Band dance at Mesa Arts Center with the Swing Set Project – a big band playing the best swing tunes of the 1930’s and 40’s.  There will be mini-dance lessons and performances all night. This is an all ages FREE event and fun for the whole family.

Mesa Arts Center – outside under the stars – 1 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ

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4th Friday Swing Dance at FatCat Ballroom
Friday, March 24th     7:30pm – 11:00pm

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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Whiskey Kiss and Voodoo Swing at The Rhythm Room
Wednesday, March 29th    7:30pm – 11:00pm

whiskey_kiss2Join us for a great night of live swing music with two fantastic bands – Whiskey Kiss and Voodoo Swing
7:30 pm – 8:00pm: Beginning Swing Dance Lesson
8:00 pm – 9:15pm: Whiskey Kiss
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm: Voodoo Swing
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm-11pm, $8, 21 and over

 

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Second Friday Swing Social at Dance Starz
Friday, April 14th   7:30pm – 10:30pm

Take_The_Floor_SwingJoin us for our monthly Friday night dance at a beautiful new dance studio in Paradise Valley – at the base of Piestawa Peak.
Dance Starz
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

Beer and wine available for guests 21 and over
* NOTE: This is  a new location!

 

 

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Swing Sunday School – East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop at FatCat Ballroom
6-week progressive courses – NEW classes start on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

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◄

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4th Friday Swing Dance at FatCat Ballroom
Friday, April 28th     7:30pm – 11:00pm

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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ONGOING AZ LINDY EVENTS:

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

Swing_dance_fatcat_ballroom

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 Night at Take the Floor Studio in Phoenix

Take_The_Floor_SwingSecond Friday of every month
7:30pm – 11:00pm

Join us for a Friday night dance at a beautiful new dance studio in Paradise Valley – at the base of the beautiful Piestawa Peak.
Take the Floor Dance Studio – 3153 E. Lincoln Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85016

7:30pm – 8:30pm: Beginner Swing Dance lesson
8:30pm-11:00pm: 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 for this event starting in April!!

 

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, March 7th
Mr. Boogie Woogie from the Netherlands LIVE at FatCat Ballroom
FatCat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm – 11:00pm, $10-$12, All ages

Wednesday, March 8th
Wayne “The Train” Hancock and Big Sandy and His Fly Rite Boys
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
8pm-12am, $18-$20, 21 and over

Friday, March 10th
2nd Friday Swing Night
Take the Floor Dance Studio – 3153 E. Lincoln Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85016
7:00pm -10:30pm, $10, All Ages Welcome

Saturday, March 11th
A Night in the 40’s Big Band Hangar Dance
Falcon Field – 2017 N. Greenfield Road, Mesa, AZ
5:00pm -11:00pm, $40-$45, All Ages

Tuesday, March 14th
Tuesday Swing Night at FatCat Ballroom
FatCat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm – 10:30pm, $7, All ages

Friday, March 17th
FREE Big Band Night at Mesa Arts Center for SPARK! Event
Mesa Arts Center – 1 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ
8:00pm -10:00pm, FREE, All Ages

Saturday, March 18th
Dave Riley and the Juke Joint Blues Band
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
9pm-2am, $8, 21 and over

Tuesday, March 21st
Tuesday Swing Night at FatCat Ballroom
FatCat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm – 10:30pm, $7, All ages

Friday, March 24th
4th Friday Swing Night at FatCat Ballroom
FatCat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm – 11:00pm, $7, All ages

Tuesday, March 28th
Tuesday Swing Night at FatCat Ballroom
FatCat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm – 10:30pm, $7, All ages

Wednesday, March 29th
Whiskey Kiss and Voodoo Swing
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
8pm-11pm, $8, 21 and over

Friday, March 31st
Bad News Blues Band
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
9pm-1am, $8, 21 and over

Saturday, April 1st
Down Home Blues Revue
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
8:30pm-1am, $8, 21 and over

Thursday, April 13th
24th Street Wailers (Swing and Blues)
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
8:00pm-12am, $8, 21 and over

Friday, April 28th
The Sugar Thieves (Swing and Blues)
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
9:00pm-1am, $8, 21 and over

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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/

March 5th – 12th, 2017
Swing Break Mexico
San Pancho, Mexico
http://swingbreakmexico.com/en/about/

March 10th – 12th, 2017
Athens Rhythm Hop
Athens, Greece
https://www.facebook.com/events/1231770583509981/

March 10th – 13th, 2017
All the Cats Join In – A Balboa and Shag Affair
Melbourne, Australia
http://www.allthecatsjoinin.com.au

March 31st – April 2nd, 2017
Portland Lindy Exchange
Portland, Oregon
www.pdxlx.com

April 7th – 9th, 2017
D.C. Lindy Exchange
Washington, D.C.
http://www.dclx.org/

April 13th – 16th, 2017
Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend
Las Vegas, NV
http://www.vivalasvegas.net/

April 28th – May 1st, 2017
Castle Hop Lindy event in Germany
Diez an der Lahn, Germany
http://castlehop.weebly.com/

April 28th – April 30th, 2017
Seven Islands Swing
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
http://www.es.7iswing.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 in theaters and streaming on April 7th, 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCXbWC6KbxA 

Impromptu Swing dance between 87-year-old Kenneth Weeks and 70-year-old Lyne Luxford:
https://www.facebook.com/theguardianaustralia/videos/1284288864939530/

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Dance Etiquette – Tip of the Month

Unsolicited Teaching:  This often happens when a dancer stops in the middle of a song to correct his or her partner, or tell them how to execute a dance figure. Ironically, this error is often committed by individuals who are not fit to teach. Even for experienced dancers, the social dance floor is not the place to teach or to correct your partner. It is better to concentrate on patterns that both partners can do and enjoy. Unsolicited teaching can be humiliating and takes the fun out of dancing.

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Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy

“If I ever get real rich, I hope I’m not real mean to poor people, like I am now.”

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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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