Saturday, June 20, 2015

- A2 - Summer Festival - TOP - A Few of the Bands - Nights -

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 - TOP – 2015 –
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Our Favorite Dance + Nights – and Bands -
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- June 12 – Friday -
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The Appleseed Collective
June 12 - 8:30 PM
North University Stage
Mix Django Reinhardt with the sweaty soul of Dixieland, a couple blades of bluegrass, a pinch of ragtime beat, and the swagger of swing and you’ll conjure up Ann Arbor’s Americana specialists The Appleseed Collective.
2014 proved to be a big year for the band, including
a multi-state tour,
opening The Ann Arbor Folk Festival,
the release of two albums, 
Young Love and Live at The Ark.
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Third Coast Kings
June 12 - 10:00 PM
North University Stage
Ann Arbor’s proper deep funk and soul outfit inspired by the funk groups of the 60′s and 70′s.
Their sound is a raw concoction of horn driven hooks, heavy rhythm, in the pocket tightness, Meters style funk, Otis smoothness, and James Brown attitude.
In 2014, they released West Grand Boulevard on Record Kicks
and are making a triumphant return to the festiva after a tour in Japan.
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- June 13 – Saturday -
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Salsa Lesson by Dance Revolution
June 13 - 8:15 PM
North University Stage
We’re dancing in the street! Before the music begins, learn how to salsa with Dance Revolution!
fun beginner lesson  - B4 -  Tumbao Bravo.
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Tumbao Bravo
June 13 - 8:45 PM
North University Stage
an Ann Arbor Latin jazz combo that brings the rhythms of Cuba to life with congas, timbales, sax, flute, trumpet, keyboard, and bass.
Winner of the 2005, 2007, and 2013 Detroit Music Awards for
Best Jazz Recording
Best World Music Band,
In 2012, famed Cuban percussionist Pepe Espinosa (Afro Cuban All Stars, Cubanismo) joined the band. Come early for Latin dance lessons before their set!
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Salsa Lesson by Dance Revolution
June 13 - 10:00 PM
North University Stage
While the bands do a changing of the guard,
Dance Revolution will keep the party going with a fun salsa lesson.
All ages and skill levels are welcome!
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Orquesta RITMO
June 13 - 10:30 PM
North University Stage
Orquesta RITMO specializes in authentic Salsa music and always draws a big crowd to Top of the Park. amazing 11-piece big band  -
Come early for free dance lessons before their set!
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June 16 - Tuesday 
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The Flutter and Wow
June 16  - 5:00 PM
North University Stage
known for their captivating stage presence as they merge vocal harmonies, infectious rhythms, and strings into their brand of Rustbelt Americana.
they’ve been nominated for Detroit Music Awards for
Best Folk Band,
Best Acoustic Band,
Best Folk Recording.
In 2014, they released the EP, Urban Prairie.
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June 18 - Thursday 
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Julie Haven
June 18  - 5:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
rich, textured vocals and deft piano compositions,
indie pop artist capturing the spotlight since she was a teenager,
first performing in coffee houses and eventually in clubs and festivals throughout Michigan.
In 2013, she put out her fifth release, a live album, and is making her festival debut.
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June 21 - Sunday 
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Laura Rain and The Caesars
June 21
8:30 PM
North University Stage
electrifying retro modern soul.
Powerhouse vocalist Laura Rain’s rich tone, artistry, and talent for effortlessly gliding between registers have won her comparisons to Aretha Franklin and Etta James.
The Caesars, all veterans of the Detroit R&B, jazz, rock, and blues scenes.
released two albums, most recently Closer,
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June 24 - Wednesday 
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Salsa Lesson by Dance Revolution
June 24  - 6:00 PM
North University Stage
Dance Revolution is calling your feet to TOP!
Two left feet welcome.
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Los Gatos
June 24
6:30 PM
North University Stage
vibe-influenced Latin jazz quintet
elegant boleros, upbeat pachangas, fiery mambos, cha chas, and exotic, 6/8 Afro-Cuban dance numbers. embraced the “old-school” Latin jazz values set forth by
Cal Tjader,
Mongo Santamaria,
Tito Puente,
Joe Cuba. ..
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Las Cafeteras
June 24  - 8:30 PM
North University Stage
Los Angeles, Las Cafeteras
uplifting, vibrant sound that remixes roots music and tells modern day
uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock …
eclectic instrumentation, including
jarana,
requinto,
donkey jawbone,
West African bass instrument -marimbol, cajón,
wooden platform used to dance zapateado jarocho.
Recently they were named “Best Latin Alternative Band” by LA Weekly featured on NPR’s “World Cafe.”
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June 25 - Thursday 
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Jetty Rae
June 25 - 5:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
Folksy, soulful, sweet, influences including Brandi Carlile, Cat Power, Ray Lamontagne, and Patty Griffin, Sarah McLachlan and Terry McBride chose her as the featured local artist at Lilith Fair in Detroit,
played SXSW this spring, and recently released the single “Forever & Always.”
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June 26 - Friday 
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Billy Mack and The Juke Joint Johnnies
June 26  - 7:00 PM
North University Stage
high energy rockabilly, honky tonk, retro country, and swing!
Front man Billy Mack’s
Tony Handley on drums,
Gary Lintenmuth on bass,
Claybourne Stewart on sax and guitar,
boppers, rockers, two-steppers and swing dancers!
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Delilah DeWylde and The Lost Boys
June 26  - 9:00 PM
North University Stage
original songs with vintage country and honky tonk hits, rockabilly favorites, and surf gems by such artists as Hank Williams, Sr., Johnny Cash, Wanda Jackson, Buck Owens, Gene Vincent, and Dick Dale.
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Horse Cave Trio
June 26 - 10:30 PM
North University Stage
music that travels the American landscape, from rockabilly to Kentucky blues, pure country to gospel.
In 2011, they released Hart County
nominated for  Detroit Music Awards in 2012 outstanding country album, band, and live performance. Touting themselves as “the band most likely to steal your whiskey,”
don’t forget your dancing shoes!
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June 28 - Sunday 
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The Chris Canas Band
June 28  - 8:30 PM
North University Stage
he and his band have made it to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis several years
Their new album, Would You Mind (If I Play The Blues), is expected later this year.
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July  3 - Friday 
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Diana Lawrence
July 3  - 6:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
Called a “drop dead show stopper” by Music Connection Magazine,
singer-songwriter pianist Diana Lawrence draws on pop, blues, folk, jazz, and cabaret.
musical director for The Second City, the Joffrey Academy of Dance, and The Chicago Symphony Chorus, The frontwoman for Diana & The Dishes.
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The Matt Besey Band
July 3  - 7:00 PM
North University Stage
first gained notoriety in the early ‘90s as a guitar prodigy winning Honorable Mention in the 1996 National Fender Guitars Jimi Hendrix Competition.
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Jennifer Westwood and The Handsome Devils
July 3  - 8:45 PM
North University Stage
After years of contributing vocals to R&B, soul, roots, and blues collaborations, and winning an Emmy for her vocal work and several DMA’s, she joined forces with veteran players the Handsome Devils, guitarist Dylan Dunbar (Rumpshakers, Whitey Morgan)
bassist JD Mackinder (Whitey Morgan, Deadstring Brothers)
to build out a swampy, bluesy, “dirty, greasy, and footstomping” sound.
May release, Greetings From This Town.
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July  4 - Saturday 
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Lady Sunshine and The X-Band
July 4  - 10:30 PM
North University Stage
product of the Motor City and is a reflection of the very essence of Detroit
Sunshine and The X-Band were International Blues Challenge semifinalists
 in 2014, released their latest album, Big and Sexee!
Put on your dancing shoes  -  smokin’ hot set at Top of the Park!
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July  5 - Sunday 
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Hoodang
July 5  - 6:30 PM
North University Stage
Kicking off So Long Sunday  -
hard-hitting country featuring gritty vocals, smart lyrics, and gleaming pedal steel.
In 2013, they released the much praised Blissfield,

singer-songwriter and rhythm guitarist Dave Rossiter

Thursday, June 4, 2015

- For the Chicago area Dance Types - June 2015 -

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Saturday, June 6 2015 -
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Ballroom Dance At Ballroom City Hosted By Bob Urbon (ballroomchicago.com)

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Ballroom City207 S Villa Avenue Villa Park, IL 60181
       Lesson,  7:30 - 8:00 pm       Dancing 8:00 - 11:00 pm

$10.00/person

- For Information contact Ballroom City (630) 834-7994 or
BallroomChicago.com (847 757 2227www.BallroomCity.com   - www.ballroomchicago.com
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Ballroom Dancing At Chevy Chase
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 Next Dance Is Wednesday, June 10!





Chevy Chase Country Club Ballroom
1000 N Milwaukee
Wheeling, IL

Doors Open at 6:00 pm
Foxtrot Lesson at 7:00 pm
Dancing Until 10:30 pm

Dance to the ballroomchicago.com collection of the best recorded Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Hustle Music

  $10.00/ Person

 Cash Bar For more info call 847 757 2227 or
Once a Month Wednesday Dances Continue Through October
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Ballroom City
Argentine Tango Workshops
With Bob Urbon

Next Workshop    
   Sunday, June 14
Note: This workshop will require pre-registration.
To register, call 847 757 2227
or email 


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Monday, May 4, 2015

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As you all Swing Types...  might know -
Chicago and the lands further North are infested and overrun by
Swing and Lindy Dancers .
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Here is a little background info for those who might want to take a few lessons -
go out dancing ...
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The MAY SESSION !

Here is Tuesdays in May  2015 .
Office Hours every week at 7:30pm
Intermediate Charleston with Dee & Michael at 8:45pm.
progessive series on partnered Charleston.
for people who have finished Level 2 Charleston class ...takes you to the next level.
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May 5th
7:30 – 8:30pm: Office Hours w/Peter
8:45 – 9:45pm: Intermediate Charleston
May 12th
7:30 – 8:30pm: Solo Dancing to Fun Music
8:45 – 9:45pm: Intermediate Charleston
May 19th
7:30 – 8:30pm: Office Hours w/Peter
8:45 – 9:45pm: Intermediate Charleston
May 26th
7:30 – 8:30pm: Solo Dancing to Fun Music
8:45 – 9:45pm: Intermediate Charleston
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** CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR TUESDAY CLASSES **
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Classes are held Wednesdays in May (6, 13, 20, 27)
at Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts.

7:00 – 8:15pm                                                            8:30 – 9:45pm
Room 1: Level 1 (6-count)                                        Room 1: Level 4
Room 2: Level 2 (Mixing 6 & 8 count)                    Room 2: Level 3

The cost for lessons is $12 per class ($10 for students) or $40 for a 4-week session ($35 for students).
Follow the link below to register and pre-pay (optional) for the session.
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** CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR MAY  WEDNESDAY CLASSES **
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Uptown Swing lessons are held at Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts
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CLICK HERE for info on levels
email  uptownswinglessons@gmail.com
with any questions.
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Here are some places to take some lessons and go out dancing around the Twin Cities :

WEEKLY VENUES

Monday
Rhythm Junction @ Four Seasons Dance Studio
DJ’ed dance for Lindy Hoppers: 8pm-11pm
www.rhythm-junction.com
http://www.facebook.com/groups/199392016782930/

Wednesday
Lee’s Liquor Lounge
Lesson from 8pm-9pm (free, 21+)
LIVE BAND from 9pm-11:30pm
www.shannonandbill.com

Thursday
Late Night Swing @ Social Dance Studio
Biggest dance of the week!($6/$4 for students)
Lessons from 6:30-9:30pm
Dj’ed dance from 10pm-2am
www.tcswing.com

Sunday
Aster Cafe
Live music with Patty & the Buttons (free)
11am-2pm

MONTHLY VENUES
Shannon & Bill’s Sock Hop
Last Saturday of the Month ($7, 21+)
Lesson from 8:30pm – 9:30pm
LIVE BAND from 9:30pm – 1pm
www.leesliquorlounge.com

1st Saturday Swing
Social Dance Studio
Lesson from 7:30pm-8:30pm
LIVE BAND from 8:30pm-12:30am ($10, $8 students)
www.tcswing.com


ANNUAL EVENTS
Midwest Lindyfest
www.midwestlindyfest.com

Uptown Swingout Workshop Weekend
https://www.facebook.com/events/794532003934802/

Sving Du Nord
www.tcswing.com/svingdunord.htm

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

- Dance Descriptions – - a short list and links – April - 2015 -

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- Dance Descriptions – 
- a short list and links –
- condensed from the Heritage Institute – 2015 –
            ( Vancouver – Canada )
( good for a little background info – no Swings – 3 Count – etc. … - )

Dance Descriptions

Argentine Tango Descriptions

Latin Dance Descriptions

Videos

Argentine Tango Videos

Latin Dance Videos





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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

- YA Salsa - Sunday Social - + Guzman & Nunez - March 29, 2015 - ? Spring ? -

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  • American Legion Post 346

    31775 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI (map)

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    The YA Salsa Social is Detroit's biggest salsa dance party. 
    Hosted once per month by YA Salsa,
    attendees have the chance to learn salsa from some of the best instructors in Metro Detroit.

    WHAT:
    $10 at the door gets you:
    Beginner & Intermediate and On2 Salsa Lesson starting at 5:30 p.m.!
    Endless Beverages & Snacks!
    A huge wooden dance floor!
    The hottest salsa tracks spun by our volunteer guest DJ's
    ( Issac,  Cisco,  MarcB)
    Two floors of dancing -
    Salsa and Cha Cha Cha upstairs,
    Latin Mix downstairs !
    Cash Bar!

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    Sunday, March 29, 2015 , from 5:30 - 10 p.m. ---
    WHERE: American Legion Post 346
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    WHO:
    All Ages welcome
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

- - - - - - Just a Reminder - for the Swingaholics - - - - - - - - - Great Place - - - - - ( if you haven't been there ) - - - - - - - Great Bands - - - -

All Night Entertainment presents the 
Battle of the Bands 
at the BIG3 Swing Dance

Saturday, March 21, 2015
at the 

Masonic Temple Crystal Ballroom in Detroit.

31 musicians will battle head-to-head!
Two-time defending champs, 15-piece
Swingmania vs.

Six-time winners, 16-piece

Paul King & 
The Rhythm Society Orchestra

Swingmania from Toledo plays a wide variety of the classic swing and big band music of 
Miller, Ellington and Basie 
plus favorites such as Sinatra, Fitzgerald, Cole, Prima and Presley. 
They have a solid hold on the swing scene in Northwest Ohio.
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PK&RSO from Detroit specializes in swing from the mid-1930s through late 1940s. 
Its sound is influenced by Count Basie and Harry James and has covered the top swing venues throughout the Midwest. 
The band has been nominated for Detroit Music Awards including 
Best Big Band/Swing artists, Outstanding Jazz Vocalist and Outstanding Jazz Instrumentalists.
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Dancers of all skill levels are welcome. 
Many come just to enjoy the sights and sounds. 
Dress is semi-formal or vintage attire. 
General admission begins at 6:30 p.m. with a dance lesson from 7 to 8 p.m. 
The bands will battle  from 8:15 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. 
There is a cash bar available throughout the evening. 
Recommended dress is semi-formal or vintage attire. 
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Tickets are $25 per person in advance or at the door. 
Add $5 for the optional lesson. 
Parking (usually $10/vehicle) is available in: 
  • The Masonic Temple's north parking lot
  • On the west side of 2nd Avenue
  • On the southwest corner of Temple and Cass
  • On the southeast corner of Temple and Cass
There is a lot in front of the main Masonic entrance that is not associated with the Temple but is usually available for $20.

The BIG3s pull dancers and non-dancers from all ages together for incredible evenings of music and dance. 


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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

- Salsa Time Band - 31775 Grand River Ave - Farmington Hills - MI - Sunday - - March 22, 2015 - - - 6 PM -

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At the American Legion Post -
Where they do the YA Salsa Sunday Socials - 


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