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Houston Swing Dance Society

September Elective is Syncopated Variations

Written by Admin 31 August 2010

Have you wanted to take your dancing to the next level? Do you spice up your basics? Thinking about trying out for the Advanced Track at Lindyfest next year? Join us for the Syncopation elective in September with Brian and Gloria. Every Sunday in September at 7:30pm.

Yes! We're open Labor Day Weekend!

Written by Admin 31 August 2010

Yes, HSDS will be open Sunday, September 5th! Please come out and join us on the long weekend and start the month off with a new cycle of Lindy Hop classes!

Congratulations to our Advanded Jack and Jill Winners

Written by Admin 31 August 2010

The advanced Jack-and-Jill at our 5th Sunday Free Lesson and Dance rocked the house! Thanks to everyone who participated, and a big congrats to Jason and Samantha (1st), Alex and Sherie (2nd) and Frank and Andrea (3rd)! Visit our Facebook page to check out the see videos. Thanks to Tena, Ryan, Brian and Kristina for having the difficult task of judging and Leah for DJing some great competition music!!

Free 5th Sunday Dance and Lesson August 29th!

Written by Admin 26 July 2010

Beat the August heat with a free Lindy Hop lesson and dance on August 29th! Get your friends and family out of the house before they start back to school again with our famous Free 5th Sundays!!  We offer a free beginner's lesson at  7pm followed by a rip-roarin', swingin' good-times dance from 8:00-11pm! As usual, the 5th Sunday is where we break out the entertainment! We're holding an extra special Jack-and-Jill contest open to our advanced dancers (>1 year at Lindy 2 level). Registration will be limited to the first 8 couples who sign up. Don't miss the surprises and great prizes!

Congratulations to All Our HSDS Competitors at ILHC!

Written by Admin 24 August 2010

This past weekend in Alexandria, VA, the International Lindy Hop Championships treated everyone to the true spirit of Lindy Hop! With over 14 competition levels and representations from Sweden, France, Canada, UK and US the dancing was beyond incredible and the soul of the dance palpable! Houston represented by competing in many of the most popular events: Advanced and Open Jack and Jills, Strictly and Cabaret with several of them advancing on to the finals! The hit of the Saturday evening was the Cabaret division with 16 entries! But HSDS's own Jerry Foote swept the competition as The Hip Hop Specialist and took home FIRST place!!! Congratulations to Jerry and all of our Houston dancers for giving it all you got at ILHC this weekend!

 Also of note during the weekend was a unique Showcase performance form Andrew Thigpen and Karen Turman of the Evolution of Lindy Hop.  With this and their wonderful spirit, they took home a new honor, The Heart and Soul of ILHC. This routine is one of a kind and chronicles the progression of the entire history of Lindy Hop fin three minutes from the Breakaway to the Gap Ad and our modern classics, like Minnie's Moochers, Silver Shadows and more! For a break down of Andrew and Karen's inspiration, I highly recommend catching up on these clips




Highlights from Camp Hollywood

Written by Admin 04 August 2010

The videos are coming in like gangbusters and you should check out some of the jaw-dropping dancing that happened last weekend at Camp Hollywood. Make sure to check out Nick Williams and Laura Keat in the second round of the Pro Strictly Lindy at 7:42! Ah-maze-ing!!


Chick Webb Documentary

Written by Admin 14 July 2010

Have you ever wanted to experience what it was really like to dance inside the Savoy Ballroom, the birthplace of Lindy Hop? Check out this pre-release of a feature documentary on Swing-era drummer-bandleader Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald, and Harlem's Savoy Ballroom, produced by Jeff Kaufman. This features Lindy Hop, Frankie Manning and Norma Miller and gives us all an insight into the "loose jointed women and boys made of India rubber" doing the Lindy Hop at the Savoy Ballroom.  

August Elective is Collegiate Shag

Written by Admin 26 July 2010

This elective will blast off your cardio-training for the month of August! The Collegiate Shag, taught by Holly and Cornelius, is a high energy swing dance from the 1930's and 40's. This dance is sure to get your blood pumping, but you'll be rewarded by all the fun you'll have learning it!! Every Sunday in August at 7:30pm.

Swing Dancing at the Chocolate Bar

Written by Admin 23 June 2010

Recent Find: The Rice Village Chocolate Bar (2521 University Blvd) has live jazz music EVERY Thursday evening 7-10pm. The band is Buzz and The Blue Cats  and the play very swing danceable music. They are a very versatile band and respond well to requests; so don't be bashful. They loved having dancers there the last time a group of dancers showed up. Please join us whether you want to dance or just listen and watch the dancers! Since this is a FREE event please be sure to patronize the Chocolate Bar and tip the band!

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