JAZZ AGE LAWN PARTY AND SWING DANCE with live music and dance instruction
This is THE dance to bring out your seersucker suits, knickers, and flowy flapper dresses! The Night Owls will play all of your favorite 1920s tunes in the ballroom. During the band breaks, we will have activities outside on the lawn and the veranda including croquet, badminton, cool treats, and all shellac DJ sets by Valerie Salstrom.
The Lakewood Masonic Temple swing dance is the longest running swing dance in the Cleveland area. Amazing live music and DJs have been keeping everyone's toes tapping the second Friday of every month since before 1998. The Lakewood Masonic Temple is located at 15300 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio. There is a large parking lot behind the building. Enter through the front doors. This month we will have activities on the lawn and veranda.
From 8-9pm Get Hep Swing instructors lead a beginner-friendly, partnered Charleston lesson.
9-12 the Night Owls hit the stage.
THE BAND — The Night Owls are a unique 10 piece orchestra specializing in the authentic performance of the irresistible hot dance music of the 1920’s — the Golden Age of Jazz! The tuxedo-clad Night Owls perform songs such as “You’re Driving Me Crazy” and “Crazy Words, Crazy Tunes”, as well as fox trots, waltzes, and standards of the 20’s such as “Baby Face.”
ATTIRE — 1920s-30s daytime attire is encouraged but not necessary.
Dances are $12 per person, $10 for students and seniors with a valid ID.
WHO MAY ATTEND?
You do not need to bring a dance partner but you may be dancing with lots of different people during the lesson and while the band plays, if you like. If you want to only dance with the person you bring with you, that is fine too. You do not need previous dance experience. We do hope you bring a positive and open mind and attitude.
We welcome anyone to join us who has an interest in dance, music, socializing and fun. We don't care what your physical ability or size is, where you are in life, where you are on the spectrum of sexual or gender orientation, what color or creed, or non-creed, you are. Are you a man who wants to learn how to follow or a woman who wants to learn how to lead? That's cool! This idea is not new to the swing dance scene. We are the easiest club to join. If you have an interest, you are in. :)
WHO WE ARE — We are the swing dance company Get Hep Swing. Get Hep Swing is lead by owner, founder, and multi-year national and international swing dance champion, Valerie Salstrom.
We love spreading the gospel of swing dancing and we are excited to share the language and culture of this truly American, urban folk dance form with you. It is important for us to let you know that this dance style started in the African-American ballrooms of Harlem, New York in the late 1920s/early 1930s. This dance has a gritty earthiness that is incredibly empowering and joyful. We can't wait for you to experience this conversation of dance with us.
We make learning to partner dance easy and enjoyable. Please join us the second Friday of every month at the Lakewood Masonic Temple and the last Saturday of every month at the
Slovenian Workmen's Home.
We have one of the biggest swing dances in the area with over 150 people attending each month. Attendees have a variety of dance experience (including none) and come from all walks of life and ages. You will not need to bring a dance partner. We rotate partners during the dance lesson. How often do you get to meet 50-100 new people in under an hour? We provide the highest quality swing dance instruction from some of the nicest, most patient people you will ever meet. Our staff includes regional, national and international swing dance competitors (and winners) in multiple swing dance forms.
Please see GetHepSwing.com
for the most up to date information on dances, bands playing at the dances, classes, private lessons, school programs, performances and special topic workshops.
For more info, please email Valerie Salstrom; the owner of Get Hep Swing, at [email protected]