Today we’ll be taking a miniature tour of jazz and Lindy hop in American visual art. I was inspired to explore the topic after coming across some stunning images by the early cartoonist E. Simms Campbell, who created several prints and watercolors of 1930s Harlem culture. I figured other swing dancers might enjoy his illustrations, so here they are—plus art from several other artists besides: Frank Myers, William H. Johnson, and Richard Yarde.
Today we’re looking at how to make dance scenes more friendly and welcoming. What can individual dancers do? What can scene organizers do? If you’re new to dancing or to a particular location, how can you ingratiate yourself more quickly? Here are a range of ideas for dancers to keep in mind both at home and in their travels.
June is jam-packed with dance opportunities. From our Intermediate Balboa classes in Level 2.5, to our beginner series at SKEYE Brewing there's a lesson for everyone this month. Join us also for our Beginner's Bootcamp in prep for the 1940s ball June 11th, and our swing social at NCAR June 24th. Click here to find out everything we have in store for June!
You've probably noticed that swing dance events tend to showcase a particular clothing style. Contemporary but with clear vintage influences, it borrows elements from a wide span of decades. Bow ties, oxfords, pageboy caps, shirtwaist and drop-waist dresses, bow blouses.... Sound familiar?
If you've ever wondered which style elements come from which era, or which societal changes influenced American trends over the years, you're in luck! Let's take a tour of jazz era style through the decades.
We are very grateful to the woman who rents our dance space to us. You may have even danced with her before! Click here to read a little about the one and only Mamie Kakes.
Ella Fitzgerald's recordings capture many of the jazz era's best-known songs, like "Summertime," "My Funny Valentine," and "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got that Swing." Every jazz fan knows her music, or at least some of it—she was a famously prolific musician, with over 200 albums to her name. But what else do you know about the First Lady of Swing? Click here to read more...
Join us this April for classes of all levels on Monday nights in Boulder. Head to Longmont for our beginner series on Wednesday's and join us at SKEYE for a social dance on the last Wednesday of the month. Don't miss our 3-hour Slow Dance workshop on April 9th. Information on that and more: click here!