Music to Your Ears
The Swing of Things
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.
Good thing the dance floor's nice and warmed up. This weekend, Oct. 23 through 25, the Albuquerque Lindy Exchange will test the tensile strength of those sprung-wood rooms with a swing music and dance blowout.
On Friday night from 7 to 11 p.m., the Hot Club of Phoenix will fill the community center with Django-inspired jazz for a "Jack and Jill" dance competition. Bring your Dr. Scholl's, because The Dance Studio (4217 San Mateo NE) is following up the competition with a red-eye dance from midnight to 4 a.m.
On Saturday, the Heights Community Center opens at 7 p.m. for the Solomon Douglas Swingtet from Seattle and a Lindy Hop couples competition. Then it's back to The Dance Studio from midnight to 4 a.m. for more Hot Club of Phoenix and a solo Charleston dance-off.
On Sunday, the Rio Grande Jazz Society will host a five-band jam at the German American Club (4821 Menaul NE) from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. A final wrap-up dance party at The Dance Studio, from 8 p.m. to midnight, closes out the Lindy Exchange.
There's a $5 entry fee for couples in the dance competitions. Otherwise, events cost $5 to $20 à la carte, or you can buy a full pass for all three days’ activities for $65. Take advantage of the advance registration at abqlx.com, and click through the photo albums from last year's Lindy Exchange to get an idea of what you're signing up for.