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The 2018 dance season in Damrosch Park kicks off with an all-star, all-woman big band led by “the shining hope of hot jazz” Bria Skonberg (New York Times), with jazz violin legend Regina Carter, powerhouse clarinetist Anat Cohen, and some of the jazz world’s best musicians. When this Sisterhood rips into a set of classic swing, you will have no option but to rise up and experience the joy of a night dancing under the stars. The band’s inspiration? The International Sweethearts of Rhythm, the first integrated, all-female swing band that Earl Hines once praised as “the first Freedom Riders.”
Panel Discussion: The History of Lindy Hop
Moderated by Zita Allen
Thursday, June 21 at 7:30 pm
Film Society's Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center's Amphitheater, 144 West 65th
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.
“Shaking up the jazz world.”– Vanity Fair on Bria Skonberg
“The finest jazz violinist of her generation.”– New York Times on Regina Carter
“One of the leading clarinetists of her generation, adept at everything from Dixieland to Brazilian music.”– Time Out New York on Anat Cohen
Tuesday, June 26, 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
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with Lakecia Benjamin, Sharel Cassity, Chloe Feoranzo, and Camille Thurman, saxes
Emily Asher, trombone
Linda Briceño and Jami Dauber, trumpets
Endea Owens, bass
Savannah Harris, drums
Michela Lerman, tap dancer
Champian Fulton, piano