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 HERE…please 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
|January 7, 2016||Open Community Jam||This is a special FUNdraiser for Swing Asheville to help pay for all of our fabulous bands we bring in every week. The music is made up jazz musicians from near and far uniting together in an open community swing jam. All musicians welcome! Dancers are known to jump into the musicial fray to sing a song or two as well.|
|January 14, 2016||Solomon Douglas Quartet||The Solomon Douglas Quartet is a star-studded lineup of current swing musicians featuring Brennen Ernst (Boones Mill, VA) on the guitar, Jen Hodge (Vancouver, BC) on the upright bass, Stephen Tolnay (New York, NY) at the drums, and Solomon Douglas (Seattle, WA) at the piano. Solomon's bands have played at countless exchanges, camps, workshops, and other dance events in North America, Asia, and Australia over the past 15 years. His experience as a swing dancer and dance instructor gives him an understanding unique among musicians of the music that swing dancers like to dance to; his influences as a pianist include Erroll Garner, Oscar Peterson, Gene Harris, Count Basie, and Thelonious Monk. His small groups (such as the Solomon Douglas Quartet) play a mixture of musical styles including blues, old-school swing, and groovy mainstream swinging jazz with tinges of bop and soul-jazz.|
|January 21, 2016||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.|
|January 28, 2016||Gravy-House Storytellers||Hey dancers! Grab a bowl. A cooking bowl. Make it a big one. Now -- what do you get when you mix ragtime piano and hot New Orleans jazz with a scoop of hard-hitting swing, dunked into a bowl of hot brown gravy? ~ Not a clue?! Hot off the press. Fresh out of the oven. The Gravy-House Storytellers has been baking for 8 full days and nights and they’re crisper than a corner-store biscuit.|
Thursday Night Class Schedule
(All monthly class series begin the first Thursday night of the month.)
|January 7, 14, 21, 28 at 7:30 pm||Ready, Set, LINDY: An introduction to 6 count swing dance
Learn the basics of swing dancing with a 6-count step that will get you dancing in no time. In this four-week series, you'll learn the basic 6-count Lindy Hop footwork, turns and a flashy move to impress others on the dance floor. You'll learn not only how to dance, but how to ask others to dance and the history of Lindy Hop. No experience or partner is needed. Because each class will build on the next one, students are encouraged to attend every class in the series.
|Trevor & Lindsey|
|January 7, 14, 21, 28 at 7:30 pm, downstairs||Level 2: Hold My Beer and Watch This! : Confidently Playing with Solo Jazz
TWhile we may learn vocabulary, this class is more about how to /use/ your vocabulary and construct fluid sentences. And also how to "talk" to other solo dancers! The take away from this class will be exercises and theory tools to keep in the back of your mind so that you can focus on feeling the music and dancing in the moment. All classes can stand on their own and will be drop-in friendly!
It is recommended that you are comfortable with lindy hop basics. No partner needed!
There is a dance practice (solo jazz, lindy, balboa) every Wednesday at 7:30 at The Landing (68 Kentucky Drive, Asheville)