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
|July 2, 2015||Community Swing Jam||All jazz musicians are welcome to join our house musicians in playing for this dance! Join in and get free entrance to the dance. The evening will be rounded out by our stellar DJs- remember that this week is a fundraiser for Swing Asheville to help support live music at our dances!|
|July 9, 2015||The Gamble/Wilson Swing Orchestra||Michael Gamble & Russ Wilson have created a big band with some of the region's finest musicians. Dance to your big band favorites with this special treat!|
|July 16, 2015||Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five||Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five are at home at swing dances, jazz clubs and concert halls alike. They have played renowned Philadelphia venues like the Kimmel Center and World Cafe Live in addition to touring around the country in a trusty blue van. They love exploring the roots of jazz and finding creative ways to interpret forgotten songs. Drawing upon the influence of artists such as Bessie Smith, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday, Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five bring the intensity and passion of early jazz to every stage they play to put on one heck of a show.|
|July 23, 2015||TBA|
|July 30, 2015||SA MEMBERSHIP PARTY with The Low-Down Sires!!|
Now is your chance to become a Swing Asheville member & save $118 this year! We'll be holding our annual membership drive at the dance this week.
The Low-Down Sires are dedicated to the lost sounds of early jazz, inspired by the compositions and arrangements of Joe "King" Oliver, Edward "Kid" Ory, Jelly Roll Morton, and other giants from the storied origins of the art form. Their raucous style predates the smoother sounds of big band swing and the intellectualism of modern jazz and transports you to the streets of New Orleans and the barrelhouses of early 20th century Mississippi river towns. Their performance style is at once hard hitting and intimate, fitting in easily well at bars, back-porches, swing dances, and street corners.
Thursday Night Class Schedule
(All monthly class series begin the first Thursday night of the month.)
|July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 7:30pm||Beginning Lindy Hop
Beginning Swing/Lindy Hop classes for May will be taught by Stacey and Mick. Come learn the foundation of a dance that has swept across the country! From the basic 6 count to the 8 count, by the end of the series we will have you swinging out with lots of style!
No previous dance experience or partner required!
|July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 7:30pm, downstairs (Getaways)||Balboa FUNdamentals
Come on out and learn a new dance, or brush up on what you already know! This course will teach students the basic steps needed to dance Balboa socially. No Balboa experience necessary, but the class will move quickly enough to satisfy level II dancers. We will cover basic postures, rhythms and patterns in the first two weeks then cover Bal swing moves such as lollies, toss outs, and out and ins in weeks 3 and 4.
|Franklin Smith & Melissa Burdeos|