The Carolina Invasion! – Sat. May 21st

Join us as we celebrate our sister dance scene to the south and welcome some of the Tar Heel State’s best dancers, musicians, DJ’s and performers!!

Intermediate lesson: 5:30-7:30
Beginner lesson: 7:30-8:30
Social dancing: 8:30 till midnight
After hours drinks and dancing: till 1:30 at The Ghent Taphouse Grill
931 West 21st Street

Featuring:

An evening of hard swinging music from The George Knott Trio

Bassist George Knott has been the driving force behind the Atomic Rhythm All-Stars since starting the group in 2007.  He’s played major music festivals including the JVC Jazz festival and has appeared at Carnegie Hall and the Birdland Jazz Club in NYC.

George’s inspirations include:  Paul Whiteman’s ‘Dance bands’ of the ’20s; Fletcher Henderson’s big bands; Duke Ellington, who captured the ‘sounds of Harlem’; and Charlie Shavers, who packed a big band sound into only 6 pieces for the John Kirby sextet.
 
 
 
 
A special performance by The Carolina Fascinators.

The Carolina Fascinators is a ladies jazz dance performance group based out of Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina. The lineup features dancers: Abigail Browning, Kristy Milliken, Heidi Reule, Elizabeth Tietgen, and Laura Windley.

Performances draw from the dances of the jazz age and swing era, movie musicals of the 1930′s, and other vintage dances.
 
 
Durham based DJ Ken Hanson


 

The return of instructors Abigail Browning and Adam Speen

As instructors they are known for fostering musicality through technique and emphasizes body control through isolation, repetition, and balance while having fun and preserving the historical integrity of the dance.

Abigail and Adam will lead our 2-hour intermediate workshop teaching the Tranky doo, a choreographed jazz line dance originally choreographed by Pepsi Bethel and first appearing at Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom in the ’40s.

Here’s a clip of Abigail dancing the Tranky Doo with Bobby White and Kate Hedin:

Afterwards we’ll be heading down 21st Street to the Taphouse Grill for the killer diller beer menu and to catch Miss Tess and The Bon Ton Parade’s last set of the night.

Lastly, it’s host Victor Celania’s birthday celebration so there will be lots of surprises, great food, vintage fashion, and a swinging birthday jam!

Speaking of great food, who’s up for Sunday brunch at Pasha Mezze and then a little vintage/thrifting? Also, consider sticking around town a few hours to catch the Stockley Gardens Art Festival Sunday afternoon.

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