Glenn Crytzer and his Syncopators of Seattle, WA, featuring Solomon Douglas on piano, will be playing at the fabulous Casa Loma Ballroom this Friday, September 30th. Glenn Crytzer and Solomon Douglas are two of the most active and authentic swing musicians on the scene today and have quickly become the musicians of choice for dancers across the nation. Pair their swinging grooves with the Casa Loma’s enormous maple floor, and you’ve got yourself a ball! Be sure not to miss this spectacular night!
Casa Loma Ballroom, 3354 Iowa Avenue, Saint Louis
Friday, September 30th, 2011. Lesson at 8:00, music at 8:30
Admission is $10
FREE with Lindy Hop St. Louis membership, $3 for anyone else
Come and dance on the nice studio floors while supporting your favorite dancing non-profit. NOTE: If you haven’t been to Flavor, it is difficult to find, so make sure you have a friend’s number to call.
This has been and will continue to be the best local opportunity for actually improving ones dancing skills. It is much easier to practice these things with a raised floor, mirror and a higher average dancer quality/commitment than any other weekly event.
Dancing is great! But it’s also nice sometimes to hang out in another setting, specifically a beautiful community cafe with delicious and affordable in-house-made food and drink specials (if you’re not sold already, keep reading). Urban Eats is located in the Dutchtown South neighborhood of South St. Louis City and they are all about collaboration, innovation, and just being friendly and cool. It didn’t take long for Lindy Hop St. Louis to team up with this urban foodie and arts hub to create the idea of a Jazz Brunch, a low-key event featuring live music and offering a time and place for music lovers, dancers, citizens to relax and get to know eachother. Of course, dancing is not discouraged, but is optional in this case, not the focal point. Most of all, Urban Eats and Lindy Hop St. Louis would like this to be a community gathering, a chance to experience something new, and a time to enjoy great food over friendly conversation. Here are the event details:
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!
St. Louis is just a short trip away from wherever you are, so come learn, take classes, dance all night, meet new friends, and explore the city. Experience the unique history and culture of music and dance in St. Louis and be a part of the worldwide swing dance tradition!
Registration, pricing, and more details will come soon. Come one, come all!
Be sure not to miss this singular dance and music event at the fabulous Casa Loma Ballroom! Miss Jubilee’s Jitterbug Jamboree will take place on Sautrday, April 16, 2011 and will feature live jazz and blues music by Miss Jubilee’s Hot Swing Combo as well as The Tommy Halloran Combination. In addition to the beginner swing dance lesson and hours of social dance time of regular Casa Loma swing nights, this special event will also feature a handful of dance performances from local and regional talent, and a dance contest hosted by the Nevermore Jazz Ball. There’s no need for you to know how to dance or to have an interest in competing–a beginner dance lesson is included with admission (only $10) and will begin at 8:00 pm, followed by open social dancing and the events listed above until 12:30 am. You won’t find an event like this in any other city or in any other part of St. Louis! Come out and enjoy yourself on April 16th at the Casa Loma, 3354 Iowa Avenue (at Cherokee). All ages, all are welcome to attend.
Renowned lindy hop instructors Jason and Stacia from Minneapolis, MN will be teaching 4 1-hour classes at Washington University in St. Louis on April 23, 2011. The event will be hosted by the Wash U Swing Dance Club. Don’t miss this great opportunity to bring your dancing to the next level! The workshop will be followed by a dance with the Tommy Halloran Combination in the majestic Holmes Lounge on the Wash U campus. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=180389792003740 or email email@example.com.
This Saturday, 15 January, 2011, Miss Jubilee and Swing Set will furnish hot jazz for dancing at St. Louis’s premier dance venue, the historic Casa Loma Ballroom! Playing with Miss Jubilee is special guest Chloe Feoranzo, California native and student at Webster University. You should come out not only for the music or the dance floor, but also because we will be video taping dancers for use in a promo video for The Nevermore Jazz Ball, to take place in St. Louis November 3-6, 2011. We want to represent the community in this video, so please come out and strut your stuff!!! We’re going to have a jam to give everyone a chance to rock their moves and rep StL. Make yourself counted and come out to the fabulous Casa Loma Ballroom this Saturday night!!! More information here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178085245558829
Join us at the Focal Point as we celebrate a wonderful 2010 and anticipate an even more fabulous 2011! We’ll welcome the New Year with live jazz by Miss Jubilee, dancing, drinks, friends, and family– we have a lot to celebrate!
The festivities begin at9pm with a free, informal intro swing dance lesson for anyone who wants to learn.
Miss Jubilee will take the stage and keep us swingin’ all night long! The bar at the Maya Cafe will also be open so you can party like it’s 1929, sans Prohibition. Enjoy a couple of Maya margaritas and bring your own champagne to toast the New Year!
The Focal Point is located at 2720 Sutton Blvd. in Manchester. This is an all ages event and there will be something for everyone to enjoy– dance, listen, or just enjoy the time with friends. All are welcome!
$15 advance/$25 at the door. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to buy your advance tickets or see Gene at the Maya Cafe. Vintage-inspired or dressy attire encouraged. Please accept this invitation and welcome the New Year in style!
On Sunday, 5 December, St. Louis swing dancers, as well as a handful of people from Kansas City, Columbia, and Illinois came out to the Focal Point to dance to the music of six local DJs, who vied for dancers’ votes at a fundraiser for the Nevermore Jazz Ball. The DJ Battle was a battle indeed as each DJ contestant prepared great selections of jazz and blues to keep the dancefloor full all night. At the end of the night dancers voted for Nick Apperson, who, as a result, will receive a chance to spin at the Nevermore Jazz Ball, November 3-6, 2011 in St. Louis, MO.
The DJ contestants, who all deserve applause, were Evan Groopman, Tal Stein, Clayton Smith, Scott Lowry, and Kayce Swigelson. Clay Hellman spun for the first segment of the event. The DJs filtered onto the dance floor throughout the night as John Bedrosian swung and grooved with many fine ladies, including Claire Cobley, who will soon be moving from St. Louis, and Birce Onal, whose 21st birthday was on Sunday. Miss Jubilee of Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers also made an appearance out on the dance floor. As Owen Gentry, the event’s talented emcee, reminded the dancers throughout the night, this DJ Battle was a Kick-Off and fundraiser for the Nevermore Jazz Ball to take place in St. Louis November 3-6, 2011. Owen exclaimed that the rich history of jazz and blues, let alone the dances associated with this music, is a big part of St. Louis, and that the Nevermore Jazz Ball will serve not only to recall but to celebrate this history. The NJB will feature classes in lindy hop, tap dance, territory dances such as St. Louis Shag and Kansas City Heel Shag, as well as other jazz dances. Furnishing the weekend’s music will be the best in St. Louis swing music, including Tommy Halloran, Swing DeVille, and the Rum Drum Ramblers. Stay tuned for more info about the Nevermore Jazz Ball!!! And mark your calendars: November 3-6, 2010.