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Swing is the thing at our season finale. The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra keeps the spirit of jazz legend Illinois Jacquet alive with classic big-band tunes and blazing uptown energy. Always one of the best parties of the season, the night reaches its glorious peak when New York’s best dancers compete for the Ambassador Prize, an homage to Lindy hop icon Frankie Manning.
To enter the contest, sign up at this link or in person at the entry gate. Both partners must be registered and checked in by 8:00 pm on July 14.
Judges: Margaret Batiuchok, Mercedes Ellington, Charlie Meade, Judy Pritchett, and Lana Turner
Prizes: Tickets to Midsummer Night Swing 2019, Nespresso machine, dinner for two at Lincoln Center Kitchen, $100 gift card to Hill Country BBQ
Moderated by Zita Allen
Thursday, June 21 at 7:30 pm
Film Society's Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center's Amphitheater, 144 West 65th Street
Dance critic, author, and professor Zita Allen and an esteemed group of dancers and scholars trace the evolution of Lindy hop from its Harlem Renaissance roots to its modern-day revival.
Panelists: LaTasha Barnes, Mickey Davidson, Cynthia Millman, Tena Morales, and Sally Sommer
Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 6:00 pm Damrosch Park
Dance floor opens at 6:00 pm
Dance lesson at 6:30 pm
Live music at 7:30 pm
For Ambassador Passes, please choose the Buy Tickets button.