Swing Dance Crash Course and Dips Workshop – Thursday, December 18

Join us this Thursday, December 18 for our last workshops of the year! We look forward to ending the year of right by dancing with you! Workshops are held at 889 Broadway at 19th Street. 

6:30-8:00pm Swing Dance Crash Course (Intro to 6-count Swing)
This is your chance to learn the fundamentals of swing dancing! Our goal in this class is to teach you the basic figures and get you dancing as soon as possible. After this workshop, you will be ready to go out and dance the night away!

8:00-9:30pm Dips Workshop
Join us as we finish off our last workshop of 2014 with the grand finale, End with a Dip! Learn a collection of fun ways to finish song: follows dips, leaders dips(!), fun tricks, and other fancy moves. We’ll also talk about creative ways to end dancing to a song with different finishes, whether they be long, short, quirky, easy to catch, or those spicy trick endings. Join us, and close out the year right!

$25 per workshop
$40 for both!

The Winter Ball 2013Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk

Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk Photography
from The Winter Ball 2013 with Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra!

The Rainbow Room with James Langton’s New York All-Star Big Band

Tonight we returned to the Rainbow Room with Syncopated City Dance Company to dance to the tunes of James Langton’s New York All-Star Big Band! This is now our fourth time dancing at the Rainbow Room with the Company (click to see our posts about dancing with Jonathan Tunick & The Broadway Moonlighters, Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra, and George Gee Swing Orchestra), and each time it just seems to get more and more magical. There is just nothing like dancing Swing and Lindy Hop—as well as some Foxtrot, Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha, and Tango—on the 64th Floor of Rockefeller Plaza. Tonight was a beautiful night to be dancin’ on top of the world!

Maya’ s Hope Gala 2014

Maya's Hope Gala 2014 - Samantha and BrianIt sure has been a busy week for us and we aren’t complaining… and the week isn’t over yet! Dance has filled every moment of every day and we feel so very blessed! On Tuesday night we had the incredible opportunity to get dressed to the nines and attend Maya’s Hope Gala 2014 to bring Swing and Charleston to the Cabaret de Paris event along with our friends and fellow dancers Michelle Puskas and Peter Bullen. We truly treasure having these special moments to spend together, and to share our love for dance with others!

Photo by Alex Potemkin

Prohibition Clothing Company – “Women of Style and Substance”

Photo Copyright Prohibition Clothing Company 2014 - Samantha L SiegelSamantha had the great honor of being included in a recent photoshoot and interview with Prohibition Clothing Company‘s series Women of Style and Substance, “celebrating the confidence, beauty and depth of some of the women from the New York vintage scene along with the lovely clothes [Prohibition Clothing Company] makes”. Check out Samantha’s interview here, and Corey Miller’s incredible dapper men and women’s fashion on his company’s website: www.prohibitionclothing.com

Columbia University Swing Dance Club

It’s been an awesome three weeks with these crazy kids at Columbia University! Thank you to
CU Swing Dance Club for having us come to teach weekly swing dance classes while Evita Arce and Nathan Bugh were away, and thank you for inviting us to teach a special Saturday workshop as Samantha and Brian! We’ll miss you ’til next time!Columbia University - CU Swing Dance Club - Samantha and Brian

Swing ReMix 2014

Swing ReMix - Samantha and BrianThis Saturday we had the pleasure of teaching workshops and performing at Swing ReMix. We performed one of our favorite routines, “The Lady’s in Love With You”, a high-flying Lindy Hop routine we choreographed about a couple going on a first date. Click here to see our performance! Thank you to Paolo Pasta Lana and to Spencer Weisbond for the great event and for the invitation to be a part of it!

Check out their upcoming events, and come out dancing with us next time!
www.swingremix.com

All photos below by the incredible Byron Hon!

The Rainbow Room with George Gee Swing Orchestra

Every time we are at the Rainbow Room we can’t help but to think… is this real life? This Monday we danced to the swingin’ tunes of George Gee Swing Orchestra. The night was filled with Swing and there was even some Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha, and Mambo thrown in the mix! The beautiful voices of John Dokes and Hilary Gardner filled the beautiful space as the view of the Empire State Building illuminated the background. It is a pleasure to dance with Syncopated City Dance Company in such a remarkable venue. What a true honor.

 

NYU Alumni Day 2014

What an amazing evening at our alma mater, NYU! Tonight we performed an 8-minute mini-cabaret within a full cabaret evening for NYU Alumni Day 2014. After, we attended the closing ceremonies and received such kind compliments and had such wonderful conversations, we didn’t even get the chance to take a bite of the awesome taxi cake! It’s been an eventful day, from teaching a beginner swing workshop as part of NYU Alumni Day in the morning, to running to Columbia University to teach a swing workshop in the afternoon, and then back to the cabaret in the evening… It was a wonderful day of dance!

NYU Alumni Day 2014 - Samantha and Brian

#SamanthaandBrian2015

He won’t let her get away…

Samantha and Brian - Photo by Michael George Photography

Photo by the phenomenal Michael George Photography.
More engagement-dancey photos to come from our photoshoot this week!
Instagram: @sam_and_brian, @migeophoto

“Turn, Turn, Turn,” Celebrating Pete Seeger through Music and Dance with The Vanaver Caravan

A company we perform with, The Vanaver Caravan, needs your help! Today is the last day for our Indiegogo campaign to raise money for our new evening length production, “Turn, Turn, Turn,” Celebrating Pete Seeger through Music and Dance. Contributions will go toward paying the dancers for rehearsals, the creative team for their creative awesomeness, costumes, visual effects and other media elements.

Today, Sunday, November 2, is the last day to contribute!: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/vanaver-caravan-celebrates-pete-seeger-s-life

In this video, Pete Seeger says “The Vanaver Caravan is showing us how dancing can bring us all together”, when really we believe it is Pete’s music that brings us all together! Pete was a dear friend of the company and the directors of the Caravan, Bill and Livia Vanaver, so this show was created out of a genuine place of love for a truly remarkable individual. In 1996, Pete, Bill, and Livia created “Turn, Turn, Turn”, where Pete got to sing and perform live—oh, what a wonder that must have been. Now, we recreate and redevelop this show to sing and perform in his honor and in his memory. We have had a few preview performances of this show, including last night in Oneida, NY. Stay tuned for its debut, and please consider contributing today to making it all happen!

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