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Welcome to Swing Asheville! Below you’ll see a quick overview of the happenings at our official Thursday night weekly dance at Club Eleven, 11 Grove Street, Asheville from 8:30 to 11:00 p.m.

Note that every month, this schedule will change to reflect the upcoming bands and learning opportunities!

Thursday Night Music Schedule

DateMusicDescription
January 15, 2015Vernacular Jazz BandThe Vernacular Jazz Band blends swing and hot jazz in the grand tradition of bandleader Eddie Condon, creating a driving sound that is riveting to watchers and irresistible to dancers. The core material is nothing less than the Great American Songbook, and will be appreciated by everyone who loves the timeless compositions of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Hoagy Carmichael, with plenty of blues and traditional tunes thrown in. Those songs come alive through the interweaving joy of a New Orleans-style front line of soprano saxophone, trumpet, and trombone. Bandleader Michael Gamble takes a heavy influence from Sidney Bechet, and strives to bring a little bit of that legendary player's arresting, electric sound to the dance floor.
January 22, 2015 The Resonant RoguesKeith Smith and Sparrow Pants write songs that transcend genres, and their meaningful lyrics and infectious melodies will catch your ear and move your feet. With accordion, guitar, violin, upright bass, banjo, and vocal harmonies, their instrumentation and stylization are at once innovative and steeped in tradition. Gypsy jazz and traditional eastern European music blend seamlessly with American folk traditions like old-time, blues, and vintage hot jazz. From swing dance events to rowdy bars and quiet listening rooms, belly dance conventions to circus variety shows, the Resonant Rogues bring love and joy to whatever venue they visit.
January 29, 2015One Leg UpOne Leg Up represents Asheville's jazz scene in fine form, playing a lively, danceable mix of gypsy jazz, Latin, swing, and original compositions. Always a responsive and fun dance band, and also delightful to just sit back and watch while they make musical magic!

 

Thursday Night Class Schedule

(All monthly class series begin the first Thursday night of the month.)

TimeClassInstructors
6:30pmExpanding Your Balboa!

For dancers who have some previous Balboa experience, including down holds and out-and-ins.

Weeks 1 & 2 will focus and pure bal rhythms and variations, as well as being able to travel with our steps. Weeks 3 & 4 will expand our bal-swing repertoire while improving transitioning smoothly between steps.

Kemper & Aliceann Talley
7:30pmBeginner Lindy Hop!

This class is open to brand new dancers as well as more experienced dancers looking to expand the way they dance and get a new perspective.

We’ll be going over some of our favorite moves and ways to move during this series as we cover the basics of Lindy Hop and how to have a fun and creative partner dance while discussing what inspires us.

No partner or dance experience is required. However, we do close the class to new students after week 2 of our 4-week series to ensure that all students entering the class have a positive experience and are able to keep up with the material, which is cumulative.

Kemper & Aliceann Talley