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Houston Swing Dance Society

July's elective is Swing Rueda

Written by Admin 27 June 2011

July's elective is Swing Rueda! Come out on Sundays in July at 7:30pm to discover the secrets to the sushi roll, amoeba and mini-dip!

July 3rd at HSDS

Written by Admin 27 June 2011

Yes, we're open on July 3rd! Join us for all our usual classes and dance on Sunday and celebrate our country's independence with your friends at HSDS!!

June's elective is the Trankey Do!

Written by Admin 02 June 2011

June's elective at HSDS is the Trankey Do! What's that you say?? Don't know what the Trankey Do is? Come out on Sundays at 7:30pm in June to learn this classic jazz dance choreography from the 1940s. You'll learn classic jazz steps like the "Mess Around", "Cake Walk" and "Fall Off the Log" and have a great time putting them all together and dancing this group line dance at the conclusion of the class. Here's a vintage look at the Trankey Do and a modern recreation.

Congratulations to HSDS's Jerry Foote

Written by Admin 04 June 2011

In carrying on the dreams of Frankie Manning to have everyone in the world doing the lindy hop, the Frankie Manning Foundation announced the following winners of the Ambassador Scholarship 2011. These people will be going to Herrang Dance Camp this summer:

International Ambassadors:
  • Denise Serpa and Luiz Claudio Martins, Rio de Janiero, Brazil

Ambassadors to the African-American Community:

  • Jerry Foote - Houston TX

  • Jamin Jackson - Tulsa OK

The Frankie Manning Lindy Hop Legacy Fund, which came into being during the planning stages of the Frankie Manning's 95th Birthday Festival, is offering its first Scholarship to Herrang Dance Camp in Sweden this Summer.

The scholarships are intended to empower exceptional students of Lindy Hop who come from communities that have little or no exposure to Lindy Hop so that they may take what they learn back to their community of origin to help the spread of Lindy Hop.

DSDS Workshop with Mikey and Nikki

Written by Admin 25 April 2011

The Dallas Swing Dance Society is having a workshop with Mikey Pedroza and Nikki Marvin on June 3-5th. The workshop will offer both Beginner & Intermediate tracks and will cover Lindy hop and Charleston.  Additionally there will be an instructors choice advanced class offered. More details coming soon.

Unwind at Nouveau Art Bar

Written by Admin 25 April 2011

On Wednesday nights, join fellow dancers to unwind at Nouveau Art Bar to the sounds of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. The word is that the bar DJs the evening and that there's plenty of space to dance, socialize or just sit back and enjoy the ambiance. For more info visit the Facebook group set up for this event.

Swing Out of Town-Spring/Summer Edition

Written by Admin 07 April 2011

Dallas-DSDS is having a workshop with Mikey Pedroza and Nikki Marvin June 3-5th. The workshop will offer both Beginner & Intermediate tracks and will cover Lindy hop and Charleston.  Additionally there will be an instructors choice advanced class offered. More details coming soon.

Austin-The Engine Room-Live jazz music from the '20s-'40s era by some of Austin's best musicians. There's space to dance, play ping pong, foosball, or just hang out and listen to the awesome music in a cozy community center. BYOB and bring some tips for the band!
When: Third Saturday each month; 9:00pm - midnight
Where: @ Space 12
How much: $7 for Syndicate members, Syndicate affiliates and students/ $10 for general public
For more information: www.engineroomjazz.org

And Beyond
Minneapolis, MN-Midwest Lindy Fest-May 6-8th-Midwest Lindyfest 2011 is shaping up to be the biggest and best ever. We're adding more live music, more instructors, more classes, more fun, and more excitement. Our lead band, Glenn Crytzer and his Syncopators, are well known across the Lindy Land - We are very excited to have them this year. There will be FOUR live music classes this year. Yup, we're excited to bring all this to you and we hope that you come and make the event more exciting than anyone can possibly imagine.  Instructors include: Skye Humphries Marie Nahnfeldt, Peter Strom, Naomi Uyama, Mike Roberts, Laura Glaess, Mike Faltesek, and Adam Boehmer.

Surrey, England-Ryan and Jenny's Camp Savoy 2011-Aug 5-7th. Ryan Francois & Jenny Thomas are proud to announce that Camp Savoy is returning for 2011! As always, great attention is being paid to the quality of your swing dancing experience so you can expect the very highest quality classes and international teachers during the day and dancing to great DJs and live music, and performances in the evenings.

Alexandria, VA-International Lindy Hop Championships-Aug 25-28th. We were astonished at the overwhelming positive response to ILHC last year and happy to have several hundred dancers in attendance! 2011 will bring 4-days of dance experiences that include amazing competitions, high-level workshops, thought provoking LED talks and tons of social dancing! Come join us and watch the best of the best Lindy Hoppers in the world strut their stuff!

Free Beginner's Lesson and Dance on the May 29th!

Written by Admin 28 April 2011

Summer vacation is just around the corner. Start planning your Summer-fun now! Why not take our Free Beginner's Lindy Hop lesson on May 29th to get you started? Class is from 7-8:30 and is followed by the dance from 8:30-10:30. No partner needed and no previous dance experience required. We specialize in two-left-feet!

May's Elective is Dancing in the Pocket

Written by Admin 28 April 2011

Dancing in the Pocket - Make your big moves stand out and prepare to shine with this month's elective taught by Brian and Megan. The elective meets every Sunday at 7:30pm.

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