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Updated: Jun 26

Hey Jazz Attackers! As we get into the summer of swing dance it's important to remember to keep cool! Remember to drink lots of water, dress for a warm night, and maybe even invest in a little handheld fan. Let's have some fun!


As a reminder, all lessons are drop-in -- no partner required. Beginner lessons don't require any experience and are always included in admission! Intermediate lessons are an additional sliding scale +$5-15. Live band dances are a sliding scale $15-25. All events are located at the Philadelphia Ethical Society (1906 Rittenhouse Square) unless stated otherwise.



June 9th - Danny Jonokuchi & the Revisionists

8-9pm: Beginner Lindy Hop Lesson with Mary Margaret & Nick Cruickshank

9-11pm: Live Band Social Dance with Danny Jonokuchi & the Revisionists (NYC faves!)

Price: $15-25 sliding scale (show our musicians some love!)

Tickets available on: June 3


June 16th

8-9pm: Beginner Lindy Hop Lesson with Sarah Sasso & Mike McDermott - Upstairs

and Intermediate Lesson with Brennan & Alex DeVoe - Balboa Crash Course (friendly to bal beginners!) - Downstairs

9-11pm: Social Dance with DJ Jenna Whiting

Price: $10, +$5-15 sliding scale for the intermediate lesson

Tickets available on: June 10


June 23rd

8-9pm: Beginner Lindy Hop Lesson with Rozi Fonyo & Matt Rapp

9-11pm: Social Dance with DJ Nii Attoh Okine

Price: $10

Tickets available on: June 17


June 30th

8-9pm: Beginner Lindy Hop Lesson with Sarah Sasso & Matt Rapp - Upstairs

and Intermediate Lesson with Mary Margaret & Mike McDermott - Competition Technique - Downstairs

9-11pm: Social Dance with DJ Zak Kneeland

Price: $10, +$5-15 sliding scale for the intermediate lesson

Tickets available on: June 24


July 7th - Chelsea Reed & the Fair Weather Five

8-9pm: Beginner Lindy Hop Lesson with Mary Margaret & Nick Cruickshank

9-11pm: Live Band Social Dance with Chelsea Reed & the Fair Weather Five (Philly Faves!)

Price: $15-25 sliding scale (show our musicians some love!)

Tickets available on: July 1


July 14th

8-9pm: Beginner Lindy Hop Lesson with Rozi Fonyo & Akshay Madhukar - Upstairs

and Intermediate Lesson with Kate Holden & Tom Borgese - Intro to Swingouts! - Downstairs

9-11pm: Social Dance with DJ Kate Holden!

Price: $10, +$5-15 sliding scale for the intermediate lesson

Tickets available on: July 8


July 21st

8-9pm: Beginner Lindy Hop Lesson with Steve Fox & Jenn Reddig

9-11pm: Social Dance with DJ Mario Ritualo!

Price: $10

Tickets available on: July 15


July 28th - Craig Gildner & Trio

8-9pm: Beginner Lindy Hop Lesson with Kate Holden & an awesome Lead

9-11pm: Live Band Social Dance with Craig Gildner & Trio (DC faves!)

Price: $15-25 sliding scale (show our musicians some love!)

Tickets available on: July 22


That's all for this coming month! You can get your tickets to our swing dance events HERE. Don't forget to invite a friend, and come ready to make a new one!


If you've ever wanted to learn to Lindy Hop, Jazz Attack is the perfect place to get started! With our adult dance classes and welcoming social dance atmosphere you'll be taking your first steps in no time!


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Surprise… you’re an adult! All of a sudden there’s no school, sports teams, or art clubs that you have to go to every day that will supply you with instant best friends. But fear not, Philly! Here are three out-of-the-box ways to make new friends in the city of brotherly love.


1. Get in the Swing of Things!


Whoa! Swing dancing? That’s so cool!

Photo by Bill He


You bet it is! Lindy Hop is alive and well in Philly, with multiple events happening across the city every week. Philly’s home for Lindy Hop & Jazz Dance is Jazz Attack – an event held every Thursday night at the Philadelphia Ethical Society (1906 Rittenhouse Sq) from 8-11pm.

Photo by Bill He


Never danced before? No partner? No problem! Nobody grows up swing dancing anymore, so most attendees start as adults, and about a third of the people at every event are new! Their beginner lessons, which take place from 8-9pm every week and are included in the $10 ticket cost (we love affordable events!) are a great place to meet new people, make friends, and pick up a fun new skill. Then you can dance the night away at the social dance from 9-11. Dance with someone new for each tune and by the end of the night you’ve got a new squad and some new moves!


If you’re looking for a particularly special night, check out their live band nights on the second Thursday of each month. Learn more and get tickets at www.jazzattackswings.com


2. Hit the River! (Or… the slopes?)


Although it was founded in 1905, this isn’t your grandparents’ paddle club – it’s the Philadelphia Canoe Club!

Photo courtesy of philacanoe.org


That’s right, you can join in your or the club’s kayaks and canoes for trips across the region’s waterways, from pleasant afternoons to extended adventures. You can even try out their signature winter kayak sledding at Valley Forge park or a snowy hill near you. Paddlers of all ages are welcome!


Learn more about their lessons, trips, and events at www.philacanoe.org


3. Rock The Block


Did you know that all it takes to host a block party on your street is one form, $25, and a couple of signatures? That’s right! Anyone can do it!

Photo by Angelica Jaszek


Fire up the grill, queue up your favorite playlist, and block off your street for up to 8 hours. It’s a great way to get to know your neighbors and enjoy some delicious food. If you really want to go all out you could even start a collection to rent an adult bouncy house.


Be sure to apply at least three weeks in advance (or there’s an extra fee) and follow the neatly laid-out details on https://www.phila.gov/services/streets-sidewalks-alleys/street-closures/apply-to-hold-a-block-party-or-street-event/


Well there you have it!

Give these a try and you’re guaranteed to make some new friends, or at least pick up some great stories along the way. Comment below and let us know if you tried any of these fun activities!


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