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

Winter – February/March – 2017

  • EVERY TUESDAY – Swing Tuesdays at FatCat – Voted best place to Swing Dance by PHOENIX MAGAZINE!
  • Weds., Feb. 15th – Whiskey Kiss at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix
  • Fri., Feb. 24th – Fourth Friday Swing Night at FatCat
  • Tues., Feb. 28th – Mardi Gras Party – Fat Tuesday at FatCat Ballroom
  • Saturday, March 4th – Sentimental Swing Big Band at American Legion
  • Sun., March 5th – SWING SUNDAY SCHOOL – NEW 6 week courses – East Coast Swing Beg./Int. (4pm); Lindy Hop and Charleston (5pm)
  • Tues., March 7th – Mr. Boogie Woogie (from the Netherlands) at FatCat
  • Fri., March 10th – 2nd Friday Swing Dance at Take the Floor – 32nd Street and Lincoln
  • Sat., March 11th – A Night in the 40’s Big Band Hangar Dance
  • Aug. 20-27 – Beyond the Sea Cruise to Roataan, Honduras, Puerto Coasta Maya, and Cozumel, Mexico.
  • 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

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TUESDAY NIGHT SWING DANCE AT FATCAT

Swing_dance_fatcat_ballroomJoin 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 (19 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 8 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 Dance at Take the Floor Studio
Friday, March 10th   7:00pm – 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.
Take the Floor Dance Studio – 3153 E. Lincoln Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85016

7:00pm – 7:30pm – Cocktail mixer
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

 

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Swing Sunday School – East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop at FatCat Ballroom
6-week progressive courses – New Courses start Sunday, March 5th

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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Jump, Jive, and Sail – Lindy Hop Cruise to Jamaica and the Cayman Islands!
Feb. 25-March 4th, 2017 (On the ship for Mardi Gras!)

cruiseJoin us for an incredible 7-day Swing & Lindy Cruise to the Western Caribbean!!
Mention STEVE CONRAD or AZ LINDY

This cruise features all the great activities and amenities of a Western Caribbean Cruise
Plus the fun and excitement of a Swing & Lindy event at sea.
Enjoy hours of dancing throughout the cruise and workshops on our days at sea.
All Dances & Workshops are “Private Parties” only for our group.
Aboard the Carnival Freedom – a HUGE ship with lots of activites.

 

Ports of Call:
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Grand Caymen, Cayman Islands
Cozumel, Mexico
Plus a Pre-Cruise Package in Galveston ! (additional)

Our All Star Staff ~
Confirmed Instructors so far:
Steve Conrad (Phoenix, AZ)
Mickey Fortanasce (New York, NY)
Lainey Silver (Brooklyn, NY)
Jerry & Kathy Warwick (Dallas, TX)
Terry & Cindy Gardner (St Paul, MN)

7 Day Cruise Price Includes:
Workshops & Dances
Stateroom Accommodations
All Meals and Beverages (drinks with alchol are extra)
All the Ship’s Entertainment & Activities
Exotic Ports of Call
Aboard the Carnival Freedom

THE CRUISE — http://dancefun.com/lindy/170225_Lindy_WCarib/cruise1_main/main_page.html
THE SHIP — http://dancefun.com/lindy/170225_Lindy_WCarib/cruise2_ship/cruise_page.html
DANCING — http://dancefun.com/lindy/170225_Lindy_WCarib/cruise3_dancing/dance_info.html
STATEROOMS — http://dancefun.com/lindy/170225_Lindy_WCarib/cruise4_staterooms/staterooms.html

Starting at:
$699.00* Interior / $799.00* Ocean View / $999.00* Balcony
* Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include Non-Commissionable Fare of $159.00
Government Taxes $93.41 are additional

Mention STEVE CONRAD or AZ LINDY for a discount – first 10 people get $50 off if signed up by Oct. 5th!

You must book with DanceFun to take part in the Workshops, Nightly Dances and Dining ! Reserve your cabin today with a deposit!

Call 1 -866-DANCEFUN (1-866-326-2338) or 1-405-282-8989  Monday – Thursday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Central Time

Website with Details: http://dancefun.com/lindy/170225_Lindy_WCarib/cruise1_main/main_page.html

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Beyond the Sea Western Caribbean Cruise 2017 – Honduras, Puerto Costa Maya, and Cozumel
August 20-27, 2017

roatan-honduras1We have an amazing dance cruised planned for August 20-27, 2017 on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise departing out of Galveston, Texas. We then cruise to several exotic ports of call including Roatan, Honduras; Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico; and Cozumel, Mexico. From snorkeling around the coral reefs to having drinks on the pool deck, or dancing on sandy beaches, this will be a memorable and exciting trip. As they say, “Don’t miss the boat!”

A renowned team of Lindy Hop instructors have come together to create an incredible cruise-dance experience for you: Crystal & Jason Warner (Abbotsford, Canada,) Steve Conrad (Phoenix, Arizona,) and Peter Flahiff & Lauren Smith (Los Angeles, California.)

Dances classes will include Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing (6-count,) Balboa, Charleston, Collegiate Shag, vintage line dances, Tap, and much more!

Inside cabin starting at: $759.00 CDN per person plus taxes $104.00 and dance fee!
As of 12/13/2016 the exchange rate would make the US Dollar price: $578 plus taxes and the $200 dance fee or $100 non-dancer fee – this incredible low price includes your cruise, all your meals, all classes and all dances!!!

Note: If you joined us for the Alaskan cruise we have a special for you – $100 off your cruise or $150 in credit for private lessons onboard.
Only 150 spots available so reserve your spot today!!

Your travel consultant: Audrey Klaassen email: AudreyK@kvi.travel Phone: 604-850-9491

More info and details:
http://www.suburbanswing.com/cruise/Beyondthesea.html

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ONGOING AZ LINDY EVENTS:

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

Swing_dance_fatcat_ballroomJoin 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 (17 years!), Swing Tuesdays started at the Bash on Ash in October 1997  with DJ and instructor Steve Conrad. We moved locations a few times – John Q’s, Fahrenheit, Orange Tree Resort – until finding our home of the past 6 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

 

 

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

 

Saturday, January 7th – Rhythm Room House Rent Party
THE ROCKET 88s, DAVE RILEY, MIKE ELDRED TRIO, SUGARAY RAYFORD, MIKEL & MERIDITH (SUGAR THIEVES), SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING, GEORGE BOWMAN, JC & THE JUKE ROCKERS, AND MORE!
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7pm – 1am. $10, 21 and over

Friday, January 13th – 2nd Friday Swing Night
Take the Floor Dance Studio – 3153 E. Lincoln Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85016
7:00pm -10:30pm, $10, All Ages Welcome

 

Tuesday, January 24th  7:30pm – 10:30pm
Tuesday Swing Night at FatCat Ballroom
FatCat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
$7, All ages

Friday, January 27th   7:30pm – 11:00pm
4th Friday Swing Night at FatCat Ballroom
FatCat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
$7, All ages

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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/

 

Jan. 27th – 29th, 2017
Florence Swing Camp
Florence, Italy
http://www.firenzeswingfestival.it

Feb. 3rd – 5th, 2017
Black Coffee Blues Exchange
Tel Aviv, Israel
http://www.blackcoffeeblues.com

Feb. 10th – 12th, 2017
Lindy Diversion
Denver, Colorado
http://www.LindyDiversion.com

Feb. 17th – 20th, 2017
Salt Lake City Lindy Con
Salt Lake City, Utah
http://www.swinginonmain.com/lindycon

Feb. 17th – 19th, 2017
Lindylicious
Paris, France
www.lindylicious.fr/en/

Feb. 25th – March 4th, 2017
Jump, Jive, and Sail 7-day Lindy and Balboa Cruise to the Caribbean
Galveston, TX > Ocho Rios, Jamaica > Grand Caymen, Cayman Islands >Cozumel, Mexico
https://www.facebook.com/events/114632462316472/

March 2nd – 5th, 2017
Berlin Balboa Weekend
Berlin, Germany
http://www.berlinbalboaweekend.de/

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

March 3rd – 5th, 2017
Inspiration Weekend
Fullerton, CA
http://inspirationweekend.com/

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

Aug. 20-27, 2017
Beyond the Sea Cruise to Roataan, Honduras, Puerto Coasta Maya, and Cozumel, Mexico
https://www.facebook.com/events/549162735281632/ 

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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.

Nick Williams and Sylvia Sykes – The Snowball Strictly Lindy – Dec. 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djpqa65lSTE

Singing in the Rain – Debbie Reynolds – “Good Mornin'”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB2yiIoEtXw

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Dance Etiquette – Tip of the Month

Aerials and lifts: The only thing to be said about aerials on the social dance floor is: don’t do them on the social dance floor. Aerials are for performances and jam circles. The execution of aerials requires training by a qualified instructor. Don’t do them by yourself unless you are trained. Dancers have been badly hurt by either participating in aerials, or unluckily being in the proximity of those who did. The same principle applies to other lifts and drops, as well as choreographed patterns that require a large amount of floor space.
One should never lift a partner they have not danced with before – you never know if that person has any kind of injury.

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Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy

“The tired and thirsty prospector threw himself down at the edge of the watering hole and started to drink. But then he looked around and saw skulls and bones everywhere. ‘ Uh-oh,’ he thought. ‘This watering hole is reserved for skeletons.”

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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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