Glenn Crytzer and Solomon Douglas at Casa Loma, 30 Sept. (Friday)

“America’s Most Authentic Vintage Swing Band!”

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

Tuesday Practices at Flavor

DJed Lindy Hop from 7:00-8:30pm

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.

Urban Eats’ Jazz Brunch and Lindy Hop St. Louis Meet & Greet, 18 June

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:

Saturday, 18 June 2011, 11 am to 2 pm

Breakfast and Lunch Specials TBA

Live Music TBA

Urban Eats, 3301 Meramec Street

St. Louis, Missouri

http://www.urbaneatscafe.com/

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!

St. Louis dancers move to the music!
St. Louis dancers move to the music!
Dancers and the Casa Loma Ballroom go together!