WHEN: September 28 – October 1
WHERE: Ace Hotel New Orleans l 600 Carondelet St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Ticket Information: www.nolaswingdancefestival.com
The New Orleans Swing Dance Festival
Sept 28th thru Oct 1st 2017
THE NEW ORLEANS SWING DANCE FESTIVAL IS A MUSIC FESTIVAL FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE TO DANCE!
Featuring musical performances by the best of New Orleans jazz, swing, and blues:
The Preservation Hall All-Stars
Shotgun Jazz Band
John Zarsky's Tradstars
G & Her Swingin' Three
Hot Toddy & His Fully Dressed Po'boys
The Royal Street Wreckers
Miss Sophie Lee
With guest performances by:
Frankie Manning Foundation Ambassadors
Denver Diamond Dolls
Atomic Cherry Bombs
Black Lindy Hop Matters
The International Sh$tstorm
The Jazz Squares
The New Orleans Chorus Girls
Kendall & Ronnie Roderick
Dan Wally Baker
Daytime dance classes for all levels (even beginners!) with:
Traditional Jazz, Race and Nostalgia: looking to the future of our musical traditions.
Combatting Sexism, Homophobia, Exploitation and Sexual Assault in the Dance Community: a conversation about community values and best practices.
MORE EVENTS TO BE ADDED!
WHAT TO EXPECT THIS YEAR
During the day we are offering dance classes in a diverse array of styles including: Lindy Hop, Tap, Jazz, Balboa Swing, Blues, St Louis Shag, Carolina Shag, Chicago Steppin’, Detroit Ballroom, and so much more. All of these dance styles are related in some way or another. Many classes will feature live music!
Evening social dances will feature 2-3 rooms of dancing at a time. These rooms will be labeled according to style of music, not style of dance. We think you should dance however you want to whatever music makes you feel good. Its the New Orleans way! Rooms include: Jazz/Swing Room (featuring live bands), Rhythm & Blues/Soul Room (featuring DJ’d music), and The Jam Room–bring your instruments and play music for dancers!
There will be no dance contests happening this year. (The Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown is on indefinite hiatus.) We’re setting aside competition and are looking to the future of our dance traditions by honoring our diversity, exploring not only jazz history but also American history, and making moves to create a stronger, more inclusive, global dance community.
A FRIENDLIER EVENT FOR ALL!
Participating in a huge dance event like the Swing Dance Festival can be daunting - especially in a city as rich with possibility as New Orleans. Whether you're an experienced dancer visiting from across the world, or are taking your first (dance) steps, we have the Crescent City Swing Community Ambassadors available to make you feel at home.
If you’re not sure where to start at the Festival, find an Ambassador. We’d love it if you asked us for a dance. But we’re also here to tell you about the best po'boy in town, the happy hour special you can't miss, the best walking route from A to B, and where to find our live, local music. We're rolling out the red carpet for you - we love this city, we love to dance, and we want to share them both with you.
We are incredibly excited about the festival this year and can’t wait to share the experience with you! ♡
FOR MORE INFO, TO BUY A TICKET VISIT, AND TO BOOK A HOTEL ROOM:
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The New Orleans Swing Dance Festival, now in its 9th year, is held every year on the weekend before "Columbus Day" weekend. Can't make it this year? Check your calendar and plan ahead!