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Houston Swing Dance Society

Kemah Boardwalk Jazz Festival September 17-18

Written by Admin 15 September 2011

The 14th Annual  Kemah Boardwalk Jazz Festival is going to be jazz-packed. A fantastic list of Houston and International Jazz stars fill two days of music.  The 2011 Kemah Jazz Festival is September 17-18. Kemah Boardwalk is tuning up for a harmoniously good time at the 14th Annual Jazz Festival, with an exciting free weekend of jazz music that will satisfy everyone from the amateur jazz listener to the long-time aficionado. Local and national jazz artists will take the stage throughout the weekend to perform for festival goers. 

Making Houston Proud!

Written by Admin 30 August 2011

HSDS is proud of all the wonderful dancers who competed in the largest, fiercest International Lindy Hop Championships to date!! While we didn't take home the gold, we're very proud of all the strong dancing and heart and soul you guys put into the weekend! Thanks for representing Houston!!  



Yes, we're open September 4th

Written by Admin 30 August 2011

We'll be open for classes and dancing for our regular hours on Labor Day weekend! A new series of Beginning Lindy Hop will kick off the month! We hope you can join us for another great month at HSDS!!

September Elective

Written by Admin 30 August 2011

September's elective is Advanced Lindy Hop Technique with Quang! Come out on Sundays in September at 7:30pm to push the boundaries of your skills! New Year's isn't the only time for resolutions! Why not set a goal to compete at Lonestar Championships or ILHC next year? This class will help get you there!

HSDS and the House of Blues August 23rd

Written by Admin 02 August 2011

Updates! The Uptown Band will be playing at the Bronze Peacock Room on August 23rd. Doors open at 7pm, band plays  7:30-10:30. The event is all ages and tickets are $10. They'll have drink specials and a $5 and $7 food menu. If you're interested, the Foundation Room (21+) will have a 3 course menu for $45 with cover for the band waived. You can RSVP at our Facebook event page to keep informed.
We're just getting word that the Houston House of Blues Foundation Room will be having a special swing night on August 23rd, 7:30-10:30pm. HSDS will be there to offer a special membership promotion. There will be a live band, drink specials and a special event menu! We'll keep you updated at hsds.org with more details as they come.

Speakeasy-A New Musical Revue

Written by Admin 18 August 2011

On August 19th and 20th, you can wear your finest, say the secret password -- and enjoy the music and atmosphere of the 300 Club during the Roaring 20's. Speakeasy time warps the audience to the time of Prohibition and the awesome club environment that produced so much amazing music. There are only two shows, so go get your tickets now!

Two great jazz events at Miller Outdoor Theater this August

Written by Admin 02 August 2011

Get your toes tappin' to music from Fats Waller at the Miller Outdoor Theater on Friday, August 12th 8:30-10:30pm. The Tony Award-winning musical that honors the legacy of Fats Waller comes to Miller. Song after song, complete immersion into a time when every woe and joy was best expressed in song. This is a free ticketed event for the covered seating area and as always, free open seating on the hill.

On August 27th, The National performing Artists, Conrad O.Johnson Regional Youth Orchestra shares the spotlight with The Shellman, jazz great trombonist Steve Turre of Saturday Night Live in "A Tribute to the Big Band Era: Igniting The Flame; Passing The Torch".  The exciting show will feature original compositions and arrangements by our late Founder, Conrad O. Johnson, as well as other big band greats, such as Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington.

August's Elective is Dean Collins Style Lindy Hop

Written by Admin 26 July 2011

Don't worry if you can't remember the days when there were the "style-wars" of lindy hop. It was all settled peacefully when some swing club made the ironic t-shirts, "I dance (fill in the blank) style." Now we can benefit from learning about and incorporating different styles and techniques into our lindy hop. Join us Sunday's at 7:30pm for the August elective and learn about what made Dean Collins' style so unique.

Free Beginner's Lesson and Dance July 31st

Written by Admin 22 July 2011

Beat the heat with a free Lindy Hop lesson and dance on July 31st! Get your friends and family out of the house this summer and learn some cool moves at our famous Free 5th Sundays!!  We offer a free beginner's lesson at  7pm followed by a rip-roarin', swingin' good-times dance from 8:30-10:30pm! As usual, the 5th Sunday is where we break out the entertainment! So don't miss out on the great performances by both the Hepcats and the B-team! No partner or previous dance experience necessary! We'll teach you the moves to get you out on the floor that night and have a great time! 

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