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

Spring – April/May – 2017

  • Tuesday night swing dance at FatCat – Voted best place to Swing Dance!
  • Friday and Saturday – April 28 and 29 – Kinetic Connections Dance Concert at SCC featuring a swing dance piece
  • Sun., April 30th – SWING SUNDAY SCHOOL – NEW 6 week courses – East Coast Swing Beg./Int. (4pm); Lindy Hop and Charleston (5pm)
  • Thurs., May 11th – “Alive and Kicking” Phoenix Premiere at Filmbar in Phoenix 
  • Fri., May 12th – 2nd Friday Swing Dance at Dance Starz (New Location)
  • Sat., May 20th – Adrianna Marie and Her Groovecutters at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix 
  • Fri., May 26th – Fourth Friday Swing Night at FatCat – Frankie Manning’s Birthday!!
  • 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, always
No partner needed, no dance experience necessary

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Kinetic Connections – Dance Concert featuring a Lindy hop performance choreographed by Steve Conrad
Friday and Saturday – April 28 and 29 –  8:00pm – 10:00pm

Join us for a dance concert showcasing the artistry and physicality of SCC dancers.  Come see the swing dance piece choreographed by Steve Conrad of the AZ Lindy Hop Society.  The piece is dedicated to Frankie Manning and the people who help keep swing dancing alive.

Scottsdale Community College – Performing Arts Center – 9000 E Chaparral Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
8pm, Free, All ages welcome

 

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Swing Sunday School – East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop at FatCat Ballroom
6-week progressive courses – Join in on Sunday, April 30th

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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Alive and Kicking – Phoenix Premiere at Filmbar
Thursday, May 11th  7:30pm

Join the AZ Lindy Hop Society for an exclusive, one night only, screening of the swing dance film “Alive and Kicking”! The film gives the audience an intimate, insider’s view into the culture of the current swing dance world while shedding light on issues facing modern society.
Movie Trailer: https://youtu.be/eCXbWC6KbxA

We will have a raffle with prizes including lessons, dance passes, Swing CDs, and lots more!

Purchase your tickets by May 1st – we must sell 75 tickets by May 1st for this screening to take place.
Link to tickets: https://www.tugg.com/events/alive-and-kicking-ipmu

Filmbar – 815 N 2nd St, Phoenix, Arizona 85004
$13.50, All ages welcome

Note: Stay with us after the show as we go “Lindy Mob” a local nightclub and swing dance to whatever music they are playing.

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Second Friday Swing Social at Dance Starz
Friday, May 12th   7:30pm – 10:30pm

Take_The_Floor_SwingJoin 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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Adrianna Marie and Her Groovecutters – CD Release Party at Rhythm Room
Saturday, May 20th     9:00pm – 1:00am

Adrianna Marie is truly a spell caster in every sense of the word. Whether she’s singing a haunting slow blues or a lowdown shuffle; Adrianna digs deep into blues and roots music with a sense of arrangement, timing and soulful delivery that draws the listener in and leaves them spellbound. Her new CD – Kingdom of Swing – features great dance tunes for everyone to enjoy.

Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
$10-$12, 21 and Over

 

 

 

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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
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

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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

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

Join us for a Friday night dance at a beautiful new dance studio
Take the Floor Dance Studio – 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

Friday, April 28th
Kinetic Connections – Dance Concert featuring a Lindy hop performance choreographed by Steve Conrad
Scottsdale Community College – Performing Arts Center – 9000 E Chaparral Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
8pm, Free, All ages welcome

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

Saturday, April 29th
Kinetic Connections – Dance Concert featuring a Lindy hop performance choreographed by Steve Conrad
Scottsdale Community College – Performing Arts Center – 9000 E Chaparral Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
8pm, Free, All ages welcome

Saturday, April 29th
Blues for Vets (Veterans Benefit show)
Hans Olson, Jeordie & Mixology Project, Booya, Sistahs Too, and many more!
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
1:00pm – 7:00pm. $20, 21 and over

Saturday, April 29th
Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
9:00pm – 2:00am. $8, 21 and over

Tuesday, May 2nd
Tuesday Swing Night at FatCat Ballroom
FatCat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm – 10:30pm, $7, All ages

Friday, May 5th
Cinco de Mayo Blues Party with the Mike Eldred Trio
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
9:00pm – 1:00am. $8, 21 and over

Saturday, May 6th
Puscie Jones Revue (Blues, Soul, and Funk)
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
9:15pm – 1:00am. $10, 21 and over

Tuesday, May 9th
Tuesday Swing Night at FatCat Ballroom
FatCat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm – 10:30pm, $7, All ages

Wednesday, May 10th
Greyhounds (Blues)
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
8:00pm – 12:00am. $10-$12, 21 and over

Thursday, May 11th
Alive and Kicking Phoenix Premiere
Filmbar – 815 N 2nd St, Phoenix, Arizona 85004
$13.50, All ages welcome
Link to tickets: https://www.tugg.com/events/alive-and-kicking-ipmu

Friday, May 12th
2nd Friday Swing Night
Dance Starz – 5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm -10:30pm, $10, All Ages Welcome

Saturday, May 13th
The Paladins with Kenny Love and the Rockerfellas
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
9:00pm – 2:00am. $16-$20, 21 and over

Tuesday, May 16th
Tuesday Swing Night at FatCat Ballroom
FatCat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm – 10:30pm, $7, All ages

Saturday, May 20th
Adrianna Marie and Her All Stars – CD Release Party
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
9:00pm – 2:00am. $10-$12, 21 and over

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

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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/

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 – 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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