Swing to the tunes of the 1940s when dance halls and clubs (and living rooms) across America were filled with young and old alike who embraced the latest dance craze. You can relive those days at the monthly all-ages Big Band Swing dance at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Event Center on Saturday, September 24 from 6-9pm.
The free admission event begins with free dance lessons from 6-6:45pm conducted by the Albuquerque Swing Dance Community. From 7-9pm you can dance your feet off to tunes performed by The Dukes of Albuquerque American Legion Band, the official military band for New Mexico, and the only American Legion Band in the state.
So, circle your calendars, grab your dancing shoes and join us for a great time. Even if you don't dance, come and enjoy the music-it will energize you!
When the week ends, it’s time to relax, enjoy the company of friends and soak in as much weekend fun as possible, but even nightlife can become routine or mundane. That same restaurant with the same group of friends eating the same entree. While Albuquerque has a lot to offer, sometimes it’s hard to find that new evening outing. Have no fear and let me swing this idea by you.
Rhythm Dance Company has created Saturday nights full of jazz, fancy footwork and an eclectic mix of locals. From 8:15 to 11:15 p.m., this quaint dance studio opens its doors to the public for Saturday Swing. And let me tell you, it’s an absolute blast. For a few bucks, you can dance the night away and be transported back to the roaring ’20s (perfectly apropos of the The Great Gatsby’s upcoming release). Even if you have two left feet, you can still join in on the fun. Rhythm offers basic swing classes before every social dance at 7:30 p.m. for a few extra bucks. As soon as you’ve learned your level one moves, you’d be surprised how quickly you transition from memorized steps to fluid partner dancing. Once you’ve tuckered yourself out from all those spins and dips, you’ll notice the pleasant diversity of the students. You have your regulars—who move with amazing grace—teenagers looking for a different kind of fun, beginners (like me) just trying to master the step-ball-change and every other type of person you can imagine. The dancing is such fun, but the crowd that attends “Saturday Swing” is what makes it truly memorable. You’ll dance with and meet people of all sorts as you become part of swingin’ little community for one night. Try something new. You just might discover your new favorite weekend outing.
The Heritage House bed and breakfast looks like strange good times are always happening inside its four walls. Equal parts warm cheer and old-time magic, it looms over the corner of High Street and Copper. It’s a fitting place for Duke City Repertory Theatre to hold its annual fundraiser, the Twilight Gypsy Bazaar. And who better to play the rollicking tunes than the boys of gypsy swing band Le Chat Lunatique?
During this mystical evening, a market full of treasures and trinkets will bedazzle you, a gypsy psychic will tell your future, and, if you want, a giant will wrestle you. (You should go just to check out that last part.)
More than 30 local businesses donated items to a silent auction, all of which you can bid on throughout the night. Get some great deals! You can have shopping, entertainment, spookiness—and all for a good cause.
Your ticket price includes delectable food and drink and supports the fine work of the nonprofit Duke City Rep. The company’s mission:
“Duke City Repertory Theatre exists to serve the audience. We believe that theatre is a mutual experience between audience and actors. It is not merely witnessing or performing, but something shared and profound. DCRT is accountable to our patrons in providing topnotch, bold theatre that inspires and transforms. It is our aim to make this art accessible and compelling to not only the theatre community, but the entire community at large. Our theatre resides not in bricks and mortar, but in that which can be shared between human beings immersed in a created world.”
Tickets can be had by visiting dukecityrep.com or calling 505.797.7081.
In advance: $30 each, 2/$50
At the door: $35
For more than a decade, Tuesday nights at the Heights Community Center (823 Buena Vista SE, southwest of Yale and Coal) have been Albuquerque's haven for swing dancing and the hopped-up, vintage music that compels it.