Dancers Had A Ball At Miss Jubilee’s Jitterbug Jamboree!
Over 300 dancers and music enthusiasts from all over the region filled the dance floor at Casa Loma Ballroom on Saturday, April 16th for Miss Jubilee’s Jitterbug Jamboree!
We cannot make mention of any of the evening’s festivities without first recognizing the two fabulous live, local bands who kept us moving all night long! Miss Jubilee’s Hot Five and the Tommy Halloran Combination furnished non-stop hot rhythms and the dancers just couldn’t help themselves. Check out some footage of the bands and dancers here!
Some other highlights:
The University of Illinois Swing Dings performed their championship-winning routine (watch it!). St. Louis’ own Evan Groopman and Liz Schwarzkopf pleased the crowd with a killer blues performance, and Jon Tigert debuted his new solo routine, The Stanky Doo. Over 20 dancers from all over the Midwest jumped up for a performance of the historic Big Apple routine.
Tommy Russo with young dancers at Casa Loma Ballroom!
Just like in the old jitterbug days, dancers strutted their stuff in front of judges in a social dance Jack and Jill contest. Over 25 contestants took the floor in the preliminary round, and you can check out the footage of our 10 contest finalists here. Congratulations to all of our finalists andour top 3 couples: Bradley Smith and Andrea Udey (Champaign, IL), Christopher Cohen and Liz Schwarzkopf (St. Louis, MO) and Jeannette Bailey (Champaign, IL) and Nick Apperson (St. Louis, MO). A huge thank you to our judges John Bedrosian, Joan Di Pretore, Jon Tigert, and Tommy Russo.
Everyone in attendance had the unique privilege of meeting 94-year old St. Louis dance legend Tommy Russo. Tommy inspired us with his love for the dance, his personability, and the impromptu floor show that he put on for everyone–he sang, tap danced, and danced with the ladies in a performance that we will surely never forget.
A huge thank you to Casa Loma Ballroom, Miss Jubilee’s Hot Five, Tommy Halloran’s combo, and ALL THE DANCERS who came out and made Miss Jubilee’s Jitterbug Jamboree a night to remember! And remember, this event was just a taste of the amazing dancing, music, and energy that the Nevermore Jazz Ball and St. Louis Swing Dance Festival will be celebrating in November!