Welcome to Swing Asheville! Below you’ll see a quick overview of the happenings at our official Tuesday night weekly dance at THE BLOCK off Biltmore at 39 S Market St, downtown Asheville. The cover is $5 for Swing Asheville members (become a member by clicking HERE…please be patient, page takes a while to load!).
Note that every month, this schedule will change to reflect the upcoming bands and learning opportunities!
Tuesday Night Music & Class Schedule
The dance runs from 9-11 pm, followed by late night vintage blues dancing. There is a $5 cover to attend, and 10% of all bar sales + donations go to a different local non-profit every month.
|Feb 6, 2018||Community Jazz Jam||This monthly fundraiser for Swing Asheville has become one of our favorite nights and really brings our community together! The music will be our community swing jam band which means YOU are welcome to jump on stage with the house band and sing or play old jazz favorites with us- or dance your heart out. Visit our Asheville Swing Jam facebook page for setlist and charts if you want to join us on stage.|
|Feb 13, 2018||The House Hoppers||Trumpeter, bandleader & vocalist Mick Glasgow [Low Down Sires] and friends bring rootsy good-time swingin' jazz & early 20th century vintage pop classics back around.|
|Feb 20, 2018||Sparrow & Her Wingmen||With a wide repertoire ranging from gypsy jazz to early ragtime pop to New Orleans blues, they play gems from every era of early jazz. Featuring Sparrow Pants on vocals and accordion, Keith J. Smith on guitar, and the marvelous Je Widenhouse on cornet, this new band on the block is ready to move your feet.|
|Feb 27, 2018||The Posey Quartet||The 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.|
|March 6, 2018||Community Jazz Jam||This monthly fundraiser for Swing Asheville has become one of our favorite nights and really brings our community together! The music will be our community swing jam band which means YOU are welcome to jump on stage with the house band and sing or play old jazz favorites with us- or dance your heart out. Visit our Asheville Swing Jam facebook page for setlist and charts if you want to join us on stage.|
Tuesday Night Class Schedule
All monthly class series begin the first Tuesday night of the month, but you can drop in at any time. Classes are $10 ($8 for Swing Asheville members).
|Tuesdays in February at 7 pm|| Intro to Blues
Come join Charlie Myers and Hannah Clark every Tuesday in February for an introduction lesson series to blues dance. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged! Beginners can take their skills from zero to competency, and more experienced folks can hone their skills.
Blues dance is a collection of individual dances that developed across the country in the early 20th century. Danced alongside a wide variety of blues music, blues dance is strongly connected to the Black American experience.
Over the course of four lessons, we will be covering blues frame and aesthetic, a variety of basic steps, pulses and turns, body isolations, and techniques for playing and improvising with your partner. Throughout these lessons, we'll also be including information on blues history and culture.
Classes are held every Tuesday from 7-8 pm at The BLOCK off biltmore. Each class costs $10, or $8 if you are a Swing Asheville member.
|Charlie Myers & Hannah Clark|
|Tuesday in February at 8 pm||Beginning 6 Count Swing
PRE-REQUISITES: none! No partner needed! This 4 week series will take beginning swing dancers from the classroom to the social floor by exploring a variety of basic musical rhythms- 6 count, 8 count, and more. We will develop basic partner dance skills and focus on short, rhythmic choreographies to give leads and follows a basic vocabulary to build comfort and confidence on the dance floor. This class is suitable for beginner and intermediate dancers, no partner required, no experience necessary. We encourage folks to take the whole series for maximum learning, but drop ins are ok Classes are held every Tuesday from 8-9pm at The BLOCK off biltmore. Each class costs $10, or $8 if you are a Swing Asheville member.
|Deb Pelton Hall & Franklin Smith|