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Updated: May 22

Live bands! Fast dancing Lessons! The return of Mob Attack Jazz Town! We've got a great month of dancing coming up for you. Who's ready to swing out? Whether you're taking your first syncopated steps or you're here for your hundredth Lindy Hop lesson & dance, we've got the perfect Thursday night in Philly for you.


All Thursday night swing dance events are held at the Philadelphia Ethical Society (1906 Rittenhouse Square).


But first: What is Mob Attack Jazz Town?

It's our inter-city Lindy exchange with our friends from Baltimore! Four straight days of dancing to Live Music between our two cities, and a chance to meet a whole lot more dancers from the area. Presented by Jazz Attack, Mobtown Ballroom, and Rittenhop. Check out the full schedule below.



May 2nd: Mob Attack Jazz Town Day 1 | LIVE BAND -- Chelsea Reed & the Fair Weather Band @ Jazz Attack | Philadelphia Ethical Society

This event is very likely to sell out, so make sure to get your tickets in advance!

8-9pm:

Lindy 101 Lesson: Intro to Lindy Hop & Jazz with Kate Holden & Mike McDermott

Topics Lesson: no topics lessons on live band nights, but join us at Rosy's Taco Bar at 7:30

9-11pm: Live Band Social Dance with Chelsea Reed & the Fair Weather Band

Price: $15 ($10 for students)


May 3rd: Mob Attack Jazz Town Day 2 | LIVE BAND -- Jonathan Ng @ Mobtown Ballroom | Baltimore, MD

This event may sell out, but does not sell tickets in advance, so plan to arrive on time!

8-9pm: 

Lindy 101 Lesson: Intro to Lindy Hop & Jazz with two awesome Baltimore instructors

9pm-12am: Live Band Social Dance with Jonathan Ng

Price: $20 ($15 for students)


May 4th: Mob Attack Jazz Town Day 3 | LIVE BAND -- Jonathan Ng @ Jazz Attack | Commodore Barry Ballroom

We booked a 350+ capacity venue, complete with a full bar and special performances. Please help us spread the word to fill this one up!

7-8pm: Lindy 101 Lesson: Intro to Lindy Hop & Jazz with Lauren Fosnight & Matt Rapp

8-11pm: Live Band Social Dance with Jonathan Ng

Price: $25 ($15 for students) in advance, $30 ($15 for students) day of


May 5th: Mob Attack Jazz Town Day 4 | LIVE BAND -- Laura Orzehoski @ Rittenhop | Rittenhouse Square

A free outdoor park dance with a perfect weather forecast? Say less.

1-3:30pm: Live Band Social Dance with Laura Orzehoski

Price: Free!


May 9th:

8-9pm: 

Lindy 101 Lesson: Intro to Lindy Hop & Jazz with Ericka Skirpan & Steve Fox

Topics Lesson: Fast Dancing for Fun with Alex DeVoe & Mike McDermott

9-11pm: Social dance with DJ Nick Cruickshank

Price: $10 ($7 for students), +$5-15 sliding scale for the intermediate lesson (+$3 for students)

Tickets available on: May 5th

May 16th:

8-9pm: 

Lindy 101 Lesson: Intro to Lindy Hop & Jazz with Kate Holden & Gavin Laur

Topics Lesson: Fast Dancing with Flair with Lauren Fosnight & Nick Cruickshank

9-11pm: Social dance with DJ Kate Holden

Price: $10 ($7 for students), +$5-15 sliding scale for the intermediate lesson (+$3 for students)

Tickets available on: May 10th


May 23rd:

8-9pm: 

Lindy 101 Lesson: Intro to Lindy Hop & Jazz with Akshay Madhukar

Topics Lesson: Fast Dancing with Musicality with Rozi Fonyo & Lewi Gilamichael

9-11pm: Social dance with DJ Akshay Madhukar

Price: $10 ($7 for students), +$5-15 sliding scale for the intermediate lesson (+$3 for students)

Tickets available on: May 17th

May 30th:

8-9pm: 

Lindy 101 Lesson: Intro to Lindy Hop & Jazz with Lisa Pilchman & Mike McDermott

Topics Lesson: Rhythm is our Business Solo Jazz Taster Lesson with Special Guest from BRAZIL, **International Instructor Gabs Novellino**

9-11pm: Social dance with Special Guest DJ Gabs Novellino & DJ Mike McDermott

Price: $10 ($7 for students), +$10-15 sliding scale for the intermediate lesson (+$5 for students)

Tickets available on: May 24th


Dancing is a great way to meet new people, strengthen your brain, get some exercise, and just let out any of the week's stressors. Don't forget to invite a friend, or come ready to make some new ones. Get Jazz Attack tickets by clicking the button below:



Get ready to tuck turn and swing out on some of the finest dance floors in Philadelphia.


Have any questions? Check out our FAQ page!


Follow us on social media:

Facebook: Jazz Attack page and group


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It's Thursday and I feel like talking about my favorite dance shoes. While there are plenty of cheap options out there, the following guide is for dancers that are ready to take their next step into fancy footwork, slick slides, and more. Enjoy (or don't enjoy) this non-exhaustive list.


photo by @broadsizevisuals

My current favorite brands, made by dancers for dancers:


✨ Swivells , based out of France.

Swing Shoes (swivells.com)

Use discount code HANNASWIVELLS15 for 15% off your order!



"The Swivells adventure began in a small apartment in the heart of Paris's Batignolles district. This is where materials are studied, technical specifications drawn up and shoes designed. The rest takes place in Spain, in a small family workshop run by Maria and her three brothers. And because quality knows no boundaries our models are worn, and loved, in over 40 countries around the world!"


I own several pairs of Swivells boots currently and they are a go-to for a classy look. I love these for performance especially. Amelie is incredibly responsive and helpful and my experience with their team is that they go above and beyond to make sure quality shoes are received. It's been a joy dancing in Swivells for the last 5 years. They offer a variety of solid color options in their boots, have a sandal option, and recently have started offering a sneaker that looks pretty sweet. They wear in well and are comfortable from the moment you put them on, which isn't always the case with new shoes 😉

Fun facts: Swivells donates on a monthly basis to the Frankie Manning Association, is family run, offers leather & vegan shoes, and carries mens' & womens' shoe options.


✅Support: 8/10 designed w a soft insole but this wears down w excessive use

✅Toe Box: 7/10 the leather expands and molds to fit your foot in a very comfortable manner

✅Durability: 9/10 I have worn my most recent pair (gold vegan) 2-3 times a week typically for the last 2 years and they are only now nearing the point of being retired from the dance floor

✅Spin: 9/10 leather soles make for great movement; extremely slick on fast floors

✅ European/US Sizing: I am a Size 9 US. I wear size 40 European for this company. Note: I have noticed the sizing varies model to model just a bit. If ordering, don't be afraid to email Amelie and verify sizing before making your purchase.


🔥 Fuegos , based in the U.S.

Use discount code HANYAN10 for 10% off your order!

Fuegos are an all-in-one dance sneaker engineered for dancing on any surface. They are one of the comfiest sneakers I've worn. Fuegos are the pair of shoes in my closet that I nearly always opt to wear due to their flexibility, comfortability, and wearability on and off the dance floor. They're easy to spot with the two low-traction circles on the sole. Get yourself a pair!


photo by @broadsizevisuals

✅Support: 8/10 designed without much built in support for high arches; will need an insole for high arches

✅Toe Box: 8/10 wide toe box, tapers a bit towards the toe but is flexible and flexes with use

✅Durability: 7/10

✅Spin: 10/10 moves well on pretty much every surface


✨ Saint Savoy , based out of Austria.

Beautiful leather shoes/heels with an incredible variety of styles. I own a pair of heels and they are one of the comfiest pairs of heels I wear (and if you know me, you know I prefer dancing in flats!). If you are in search of that perfect pair of either heels or a solid dressy dance shoe, this is the place for you. They're the yellow ones in the picture below. Have fun browsing!


photo by @broadsizevisuals

✅Support: 9/10 fantastic support for high arches

✅Toe Box: 10/10 comfortable immediately; leather molds to shape of foot

✅Durability: 7/10 *haven't had long yet nor do I use heels as often as I do my other shoes

✅Spin: 10/10

✅ European/US Sizing: I am a Size 9 US. I wear size 40 in heels with this company


These are the shoes I wear and imperfect ratings based off of my experience ❤ Feel free to share your favs below.


Other great brands out there to check out as well:


Big thanks to Hanna for this guest article! You can check out some of her work at https://www.jazzcollectivelanc.com/ and follow her on Instagram @thrivingthroughjazz


If this blog has you ready to swing out, be sure to check out the rest of our site for upcoming Lindy Hop dances & swing dance events here in Philadelphia.

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  • Writer's pictureJazz Attack

Updated: Apr 19

International Instructors! TWO big bands! A night out at City Winery! Lindy hoppers, we've got a great month of dancing coming up for you. Who's ready to swing out? All swing dance events are held at the Philadelphia Ethical Society (1906 Rittenhouse Square).


Whether you're taking your first syncopated steps or you're here for your hundredth Lindy Hop lesson & dance, we've got the perfect Thursday night in Philly for you.



April 4th

Welcome back, Jazz Attackers!

8-9pm:

Lindy 101 Lesson: Intro to Lindy Hop & Jazz with Alyssa Hernandez

Topics Lesson: RagTag Balboa Series Taster with Brennan & Alex DeVoe -- come get a tiny stepping taster with some of Philly's fav bal pals. If you like it, sign up for RagTag's series!

9-11pm: Social Dance with Special Guest DJ Tommy Brazelton

Price: $10 ($7 for students), +$5-15 sliding scale for the intermediate lesson (+$3 for students)

Tickets available on: April 1st


**SATURDAY & SUNDAY** April 6th-7th: Special Weekend Workshops with Sofia Contreras & Ramiro Frick and Dance with Chelsea Reed & the Fair Weather NINE

SPECIAL EVENT ALERT! All the way from Santiago, Chile, these International Lindy Hop Champions are making their US debut with six hours of awesome workshops!

11am-1pm Saturday: Intermediate & Up Morning Track with Sofi & Rami

2:30pm-4:30pm Saturday: Intermediate & Up Afternoon Track with Sofi & Rami

8-11pm Saturday: 3-hour LIVE BAND Social Dance ft. Chelsea Reed & the Fair Weather NINE

Early Afternoon Sunday: Advanced* Track with Sofi & Rami

Pricing:

Saturday Lindy Hop & Specialty Track Bundle - $60 ($30 full-time student / pay-it-forward)

Saturday Morning Track only - $40 ($20 full-time student / pay-it-forward)

Saturday Afternoon Track only - $40 ($20 full-time student / pay-it-forward)

Social Dance -- $15 students, $20 general in advance; $25 day of

Sunday Advanced Track - $40

Workshop Levels:

Intermediate & up: Self level test -- dance the California Routine without air steps/lifts/jumps at 160bpm and the full Shim Sham solo routine.

Advanced: Video required -- you've been dancing for years and are probably teaching or competing. Send any video of you social dancing, competing, or performing.


April 11th -- NO JAZZ ATTACK -- Night out at City Winery!

No Jazz Attack because we're going to the Lizzy & the Triggermen Show at City Winery! Join us and get 20% off merchandise & a free digital copy of Lizzy's album from the merch stand with promo code "SWING"! Get tickets HERE


April 18th:

8-9pm: 

Lindy 101 Lesson: Intro to Lindy Hop & Jazz with Gracie Zhang & Lisa Pilchman

Topics Lesson: World of Floorcraft with Kate Holden & Mike McDermott -- we've got a lot of live band nights coming up, so this game-centered lesson will help you navigate crowded floors with ease

9-11pm: Social dance with DJ Lauren Fosnight

Price: $10 ($7 for students)

Tickets available on: April 12th


April 25th: LIVE BAND -- Josh Lee & the Extended Family BIG BAND

Dress up and swing out to this absolute wall of sound! You won't want to miss this.

8-9pm: 

Lindy 101 Lesson: Intro to Lindy Hop & Jazz with Rozi Fonyo & Max VerNooy

Topics Lesson: Shoe Night! Bring a pair of flat-bottomed shoes and learn how to suede or chrome (leather) them to make the perfect dance shoes! Keds / discount tennis shoes are perfect.

9-11pm: Social dance with LIVE BAND: Josh Lee & the Extended Family BIG BAND

Price: $15 ($10 for students)

Tickets available on: April 19th


Dancing is a great way to meet new people, strengthen your brain, get some exercise, and just let out any of the week's stressors. Don't forget to invite a friend, or come ready to make some new ones. Get Jazz Attack tickets by clicking the button below:



Get ready to tuck turn and swing out on some of the finest dance floors in Philadelphia.


Have any questions? Check out our FAQ page!


Follow us on social media:

Facebook: Jazz Attack page and group


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