The New Orleans Swing Dance Festival

The New Orleans Swing Dance Festival, home to the world famous Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, is celebrating is 11th year!  This five-day festival, from September 27-October 1, features live local jazz and blues, social dancing, outdoor concerts at the French Market, a Frenchmen Street club crawl, swingin' after parties, a second line parade, unique dance performances, a photography contest, swing dance classes for all ability levels, a musicians vs. dancer baseball game and The Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown!  The New Orleans Swing Dance Festival is an international jazz music and dance festival dedicated to promoting swing dancing in New Orleans and introducing this brilliant music community to a wider audience of jazz fans world-wide.

Some events include:

*This schedule may change without notice. Keep checking back for updates.

Thursday, September 27th

Frenchmen Street Club Crawl - Regular Jazz Club Shows & Dancing
10 p.m. Maison (Penthouse): Shotgun Jazz Band
7:30 p.m. Three Muses: Luke Winslow King
DBA: TBA
Spotted Cat: TBA

Friday, September 28th

1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Location: French Market Stage
Activity: Outdoor Concert with Open Dancing and Contest Viewing
Music: Aurora Nealand's Royal Roses
Contests: Lindy Showdown Prelims (Round 1)
Info: Registration for contests will start at noon and close at 12:45 p.m.

9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Location: Wax Museum, 917 Conti Street
Activity: Ticketed Concert with Open Dancing and Contest Viewing
Music: Smoking Time Jazz Club
Contests: Jack and Jill Prelims and Finals

1:30 a.m.-4 a.m.
Location: Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue
Activity: After Hours Party - Ticketed Concert and Open Dancing
Music: NOLA Girl Jam & Three Muses Present: A Celebration of the Female Voice

Saturday, September 29th

11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Old US Mint Jazz Theatre, 400 Esplanade Avenue
Activity: Balboa-Swing Dance Class
Level: All Levels
Teacher: Nick Williams & Mia Goldsmith
Info: No Dance Partner Needed

12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
Location: Old US Mint Jazz Theatre, 400 Esplanade Avenue
Activity: Blues Dance Class
Level: All Levels
Teacher: Mikey Pedroza & Evita Arce
Info: No Dance Partner Needed

1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Location: French Market Stage
Activity: Outdoor Concert with Open Dancing and Contest Viewing
Music: The Jazzsmiths featuring Cristina Perez
Contests: Lindy Showdown Quarter Finals (Round 2)

9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Location: Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive
Activity: Ticketed Concert with Open Dancing and Contest Viewing
Music: Showdown All-Star Band featuring Meschiya Lake
Contests: Lindy Showdown Semi-Final & Final Battles (Rounds 3 & 4), Solo Jazz Prelims & Finals

1:30 a.m.-4 a.m.
Location: Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue
Activity: After Hours Party - Ticketed Concert and Open Dancing
Music: Luke Winslow-King & The Ragtime Millionaires
Contest: Endurance Contest

Sunday, September 30th

11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Old US Mint Jazz Theatre, 400 Esplanade Avenue
Activity: Traditional Jazz Dance Class
Level: All Levels
Teacher: Juan Villafane
Info: No Dance Partner Needed

12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
Location: Old US Mint Jazz Theatre, 400 Esplanade Avenue
Activity: Lindy Hop Dance Class
Level: Intermediate and higher
Teacher: William Mauvais & Maeva Truntzer
Info: No Dance Partner Needed

1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Location: French Market Stage
Activity: Outdoor Concert with Open Dancing and Dance Contest Viewing
Music: Showarama hot Jazz trip (Gypsy Jazz!)
Contests: Intergenerational Dance Contest (at 1:45 p.m.)
Info: Intergenerational Dance Contest - Free to enter! There must be a 30 year age difference between dance partners. Sign up at the French Market Stage prior to the contest.

5 p.m.
Location: French Market Stage
Activity: Second Line parade
Music: Uncle Jacks Brass Band
Info: Parade from French Market to Frenchmen Street

6 p.m.
Location: DBA, 618 Frenchmen Street
Activity: Local Jazz Club Gig
Music: Palmetto Bug Stompers

9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Location: Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive
Activity: Ticket Concert with Open Dancing and Contest Viewing
Music: Meschiya Lake & The Lil Big Horns
Contests: Slow Dance Prelims & Finals, Solo Blues Prelims & Finals

1:30 a.m.-5 a.m.
Location: The Maison, 508 Frenchmen Street
Activity: An all vinyl dance party
Music: DJ Amy J or 7inch Soul Party
Extra: Go-Go Girl Wendy Bushman

Monday, October 1st

2 p.m.
Location: St Roch Field
Activity: Musicians vs Dancers Baseball Game

 

For more information on the schedule and to buy tickets, visit http://www.lindyshowdown.net/

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