Miss Jubilee and Swing Set at Casa Loma this Saturday–Come to Participate in the NJB Promo Video!

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

New Years’ Eve Jazz Soiree featuring Miss Jubilee!

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 jenny@lindyhopstlouis.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!

DJ Battle and Kick-Off for NJB Was Successful, Congrats to Nick Apperson!!!

John Bedrosian and Claire Cobley
John Bedrosian & Lina Gentry
Dan Conner & Miss Jubilee
Amanda Bernice & Clayton Smith
Alice Sanvito and Geoffrey Crawford

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.

Owen Gentry announces the winner, Nick Apperson

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.

Beginner Swing Dance Lessons with the Wash U Swing Dance Club Begin Monday, September 13th

We’d like to introduce the very best way for beginners/dabblers to learn lindy hop/swing dancing in St. Louis: Monday night lessons with the Wash U Swing Dance Club. Taught by a variety of experienced and knowledgable instructors, Monday night lessons begin on Monday, 13 September with the very basics, and continue progressively throughout the semester. Once the basics have been covered, instructors will introduce important elements of lindy hop, including the 8 count swing out, partnered charleston, improvisation, and solo jazz movement and routines.  Each lesson is followed by an hour of open dance so that you can try out what you’ve learned, meet other dancers, and learn more about swing music and dancing. Remarkably, this lesson series is absolutely free for ALL students (Wash U and otherwise), Wash U alumni, faculty, and staff; for all others the lessons are merely $5/lesson or $30/semester. Things to remember:

  • Lessons begin with the very basics on Monday, 13 September
  • No experience necessary (for the first two nights. After that, lessons will build on the basics)
  • No partner required
  • Location is in Umrath Lounge on the Washington University in St. Louis campus. Umrath is near the intersection of Forsyth and Wallace.

For more info contact wuss@wustl.edu or call (314) 323-6854.

Welcome to Lindy Hop St. Louis!

Hi Everyone! Welcome to Lindy Hop St. Louis! We’ve been working hard to get this website going and we are excited to finally invite you all to check it out, use the forum, and keep up with the Events Calendar! Keep in mind that it’s a work in progress, and while it has a very basic look now, we will continue to add more pictures, videos, and other exciting things to make it look good.

Our goal is to make this site an excellent community resource for all types of swing dancing– we have the framework here, but we hope that you will make this site come alive by posting your events and thoughts.  If you don’t find what you’re looking for, let us know! Email us at info@lindyhopstlouis.org. with any ideas, questions, or comments you have! (Or… post them to the forum!)

Thanks for visiting; help us spread the word and make this a great community site!