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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. The cover is $5 for Swing Asheville members (become a member by clicking HEREplease be patient, page takes a while to load!) or $7 for non-members

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

Thursday Night Music & Dance Schedule

DateMusicDescription
September 1, 2016Open Community Jam w/All Star Grove House BandIt will be a full night of BOB WILLS songs, lead by the Grove House Band (Mick Glasgow, Bob Gregory, Annie Erbsen, Cary Fridley, Steve Frankel, Wayne Erbsen). The first set will be be played by the house band, and the second set is open to sit-ins from the community. If you would like to play with the band, please visit the Asheville Swing Jam facebook page for the set list and to download the charts.
September 8, 2016Russ Wilson and his Famous OrchestraThis 10 piece big band with the finest musicians from WNC will be playing authentic big band dance tunes from the 1920's and 30's for your dancing pleasure. Don't miss this special treat!
September 15, 2016One 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!
September 22, 2016The Posey QuartetThe Posey Quartet can’t give you anything but rhythm – and they have so much to share. This small jazz combo is led by Asheville’s own stride pianist, James ‘Posey’ Posedel. The Posey Quartet performs rhythm-centric arrangements of hot jazz and swing obscurities from historic Storyville, LA to the red light districts of St. Louis. The group is heavily influenced by the likes of Fats Waller, Count Basie, and Jellyroll Morton, and features a balboa-worthy eruption of highly danceable rhythm set to turn-of-the-century Harlem Stride.
September 29, 2016The Carolina FootwarmersThis little combo led by Michael Gamble is in the tradition of the informal ad-lib small groups of the late 30's, such as you might hear at a classy swing era tea dance or after-party. Their tight rhythms, driving swing, familiar melodies, and catchy arrangements will warm up the dance floor and your feet for a night full of shufflin'-good music.

 

Thursday Night Class Schedule

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

TimeClassInstructors
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 7:30 pmReady, Set, LINDY! Beginning Lindy Hop

Learn one of the most common footwork patterns in Lindy Hop and several different moves that it can be applied to! Whether you have never taken a dance class in your life, whether you’ve taken a 6-count or Charleston series already, whether you’ve taken 8-count before but would like to continue brushing up on your technique… you will get something out of this class. No partner is necessary as we will rotate in class! $10 per class or $40 for all 5 weeks if you pay in full the first night of the series. ( event page : https://www.facebook.com/events/1602825503379848/ )

Sparrow Pants & Keith Smith
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 7:30 pmSecrets of the Well-Rounded Lindy Hopper

Take it from someone who has moved up a lot in skill level the last few years! This is the kind of stuff I’ve worked on. I'll share with you some of the secrets of how I improved as a follower, a leader, and a dancer. If you are comfortable social dancing a good handful of basic six and eight count moves, this class is for you. As an intermediate, the base you now have in the dance makes you ripe for evolution! And you can improve QUICKLY if you work for it. You have so much potential as a dancer and I believe that in my soul, so let’s work together to create a new depth to your dancing. (event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/169087966832849/)

Josie Heart