What? Swing Dance hosted by Get Hep Swing
When? Friday, April 13th
Where? The Lakewood Masonic Temple,15300 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107.
Dance lessons? Yes. Beginner-friendly jitterbug from 8-9
Is there a band? Yes, with the swing dance-able Gypsy Jazz band, Moustache Yourself. They play from 9-12
Is there a DJ? Yes. The DJ plays during band breaks.
Who can attend? Everyone is welcome. People of all ages attend.
Do I need previous dance experience? No
Do I need a partner? No, we rotate dance partners during the lesson and people ask each other to dance all throughout the evening.
What do I wear? Wear comfy shoes that allow you to pivot and turn easily. Wear clothing that makes you feel good about yourself.
What is the cost? $12 per person, $10 for students and seniors, $5 for first-timers.
Come and get your swing dance fix with Gypsy Jazz band Moustache Yourself and Get Hep Swing.
What is Gypsy Jazz?
As much as a style of music can be created by one person, Gypsy Jazz was created by one man: Django Reinhardt. Other people played roles in the formation of this style and it continues to evolve today, but Django's influence is the most celebrated. Django was a Gypsy (Romany), and a guitar player of unusual talents despite a serious handicap on his left hand. Gypsy Jazz centers around the guitar; both rhythm and lead, although the violin plays an important role in many Gypsy Jazz groups.
The violin player that played with Django in the first Gypsy Jazz group, The Hot Club de France, was Stephane Grappelli and he is arguably just as important in the creation of Gypsy Jazz. Most often there is a double bass player and occasionally Gypsy Jazz groups will include an accordion, and/or a clarinet, and/or a mandolin.
If you are interested there are many resources on Django and Gypsy Jazz! Ultimately it is impossible to accurately describe Gypsy Jazz in words, it needs to be seen, heard and felt.
A few key attributes of Gypsy Jazz:
Groups consisting entirely or at least dominated by stringed instruments.
A special form of rhythmic guitar accompaniment called La Pompe. (The Pump)Improvisation on all instruments.
Waltzes, fast tempos, minor keys, exotic melodies.
Men with moustaches.
Everyone is welcome to come and have fun with us at the swing dance. There is no need to have previous dance experience or a dance partner.
The Lakewood Masonic Temple is located at 15300 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107. There is a parking lot in the back and plenty of street parking available too. Please enter the building through the front double doors.
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