Are You in the Running for A FREE PASS to DCLX??

If for some reason you have not registered for DCLX yet, now is the time! Register and pay for your ticket by Saturday, 3/15  at 11:59PM and not only will you be saving yourself some cash, as the price increases to $80 after 3/15, but you will also be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a WEEKEND PASS to DCLX!! You heard us right, the entire weekend – FREE. So for all you procrastinators out there, end your procrastination right now (or by 3/15 if you insist on procrastinating a while longer) and get yourself to DCLX’s registration page – it’s that tab right up there that says “Register.” After the deadline, we’ll draw one lucky winner for a priceless weekend here at DCLX!

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Photo thanks to Jerry Almonte

On another note, thanks for coming out and making our March 1st event DCLX’s most successful Saturday night event to date! Of course, when you have classes taught by the wonderful Mike Thibault and Joanna Kassoulides followed by an evening of dancing to the tunes of Michael Gamble and His Rhythm Serenaders and then top it off with Mike Thibault DJing some of his favorite songs for our dancing delight, you can only expect to have a happy crowd. We got some great feedback from those who attended, so we’ll be sure to make our upcoming events that much better! And a huge thanks to all of our special guests, Jerry Almonte for DJing the main dance, and all of our volunteers who made the event possible.

March 1st Events

So in case you’re still debating whether you should join us this Saturday, March 1st the exciting things we have lined up for you, just sit back and relax while we help you make up your mind:

Mike Thibault and Joanna Kassoulides

Starting at 1pm, you’ll have the chance to take 4 hours of workshops with the amazing Mike Thibault and Joanna Kassoulides in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park! When is the next time you will have the chance to learn from the mastermind behind the event known as Stompology, who also happens to be the Organizer of Swing Out New Hampshire and one of the founding members of Groove Juice Swing in Rochester, NY? And who better to learn from than the “chief confectioner” behind the Sugar Shakers, an all-female 1920s solo dance performance group based in Toronto, Canada, to find that confidence boost your dancing needs? You’re not going to find another deal like this for quite a while, so better come out this weekend to see what these fabulous dancers are all about before the chance passes you by!

If you’re still not convinced to come out and join us this weekend, we’ve still got a few more cards up our sleeve. Coming all the way from Ashville, NC, Michael Gamble and his Rhythm Serenaders will be playing their hearts out starting at 9pm for our evening of social dancing! This fabulous group is dedicated to the sound of the mid-to-late 1940s music, drawing their inspiration from the small jazz groups of this era such as those led by Count Basie and Duke Ellington. And the group’s leader, Michael Gamble, is a Renaissance man when it comes to the world of swing dance, so he knows exactly what dancers like us are looking for in a night of live music!

Michael Gamble and His Rhythm Serenaders

And if you still haven’t had enough by the time the Rhythm Serenaders step off the stage at midnight, join us for our Late Night dance right next door in the Back Room for another couple of hours DJed by the one and only Mike Thibault!

Now that you are completely convinced that you could not possibly go on living if you missed any of these awesome events, all that’s left for you to do is to figure out how to get yourself to Glen Echo Park for all of this excitement.

Details:
Workshop Facebook Event
Dance Facebook Event

Can’t wait to swing out with you this Saturday!

DCLX presents Halley’s Hot Gumbo Swingtet on Jan 11!

halleyDCLX is proud to present Washington’s own Halley Shoenberg in Halley’s Hot Gumbo Swingtet! We’re bringing back this old favorite in her newest way to help you ring in the newest year in the old Spanish Ballroom. She’s an inspired jazz star who’s graced stages from the Kennedy Center to Germany and added her talents to jazz festivals all over DC and in places like British Columbia, New York, and New Orleans too. With her utter mastery of sound and mood (and her clarinet and saxophone), she’ll have you swingin’ out all night, all right.

Speaking of Washington’s own, DC dance team Fidgety Feet will be doing a very special performance during our first band break! Don’t miss it!

We’ve got the fabulous Kelly Pavao and Jeff Booth teachin’ your basics, and the gentleman and scholar Colin Hay spinnin’ your band breaks.

Admission: $16.
Lesson: 8 to 9 pm, free with paid admission.
Dance: 9 pm to midnight.

This dance is presented in cooperation with Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, the National Park Service and Montgomery County, MD.

DCLX 2014 Registration Opens Dec 19!

Photo thanks to Jerry Almonte

Photo thanks to Jerry Almonte

Come get a taste of New Orleans at DCLX 2014!  <hint hint> Register now!

You’ve been waiting all year for this.  You’ve been ever so good (with a hint of naughty) so you deserve something a little special for the holidays.  FEAR NOT! Give yourself a present this season, the gift of Lindy Hop, with a full weekend registration for DCLX 2014, which will be held 25-27 April 2014.

Registration opens  on Dec 19 at 5pm.   If you register within the first 36 hours, you are entered to win one of six cool gifts. Maybe it’ll be a cd. Maybe a t-shirt. Maybe it will be a full weekend registration for FREE.

So check out dclx.org on December 19 at 5pm to register for a weekend full of dancing cheer and merriment.    See you April 25th-27th!”

DCLX Presents the Josh Fialkoff Quintet!

DCLX is proud to present the Josh Fialkoff Quintet! Josh Fialkoff, has been delighting dancers up and down the east coast. The featured band for Philadelphia’s Lindy & Blues – “LaB Love” – in January, he has come into his own mixing traditional jazz with some smoky blues. Lindy Hoppers will delight in his creative arrangements and engaging interplay.

And feel free to come to the dance with your spookiest costume.  Because Halloween is close enough.

Update (24 Oct):  Right before the dance, from 6pm-9pm, the GEPPAC is hosting a happy hour that will serve as a fundraiser for their “Shutdown Relief Fund.”  A lot of artists lost a lot of business (and $$$) during the government shutdown and Glen Echo is trying to do something about it.

Kind of like public radio, a thank you gift for donating $30 will be a pass to the dance later that night with Josh Fialkoff!  You can donate more, schmooze with friends and GEPPAC staff.  DC’s own John Mortenson will be your DJ as you enjoy wine and snacks.  In addition, there will be several free activities that night.  Check out Glen Echo’s web page for more info.

Also note that Glen Echo’s annual Fall Frolic will be happening earlier in the day.  For more info check out their website.

Date:  Saturday, October 26, 2013.  Enjoy a beginner swing dance lesson at 8:00 pm (included in the admission), followed by dancing until midnight.

Location:  The Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Glen Echo, MD 20812

Admission: $16

This dance is presented in cooperation with Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, the National Park Service and Montgomery County, MD.