If you don’t know the difference between Lindy Hop, Charleston and Shag Dance, well neither do I TBH. But I’m gradually learning a little since one of the jazz bands I play with – Chicos Swing Combo – has been doing gigs for 8-Count.
Their next swing dance event is on Saturday night (April 17th, 2021). Details here.
It’s a blast to play for these shows; I’ve never seen such enthusiasm to get on the dance floor. So much so that between the band’s two sets, they turn on a dance DJ so the Eight Count crowd can just keep on dancing and having a ball. Though the typical age group seems to be 20 to 40s, there are people of all ages and abilities. There’s usually a dance teaching segment or two as well, sometimes aimed at beginners and sometimes for advanced swing steps.
Saturday night’s gig has an extra advantage. It’s an opportunity to see the recently renovated Eliza Hall, located within Payinthi, City of Prospect’s new Civic Centre.
If you’ve not seen much swing dancing, try this video.
As for me, it’s much safer for everyone if I keep my two left feet firmly on the bandstand.