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Roaring 20s NYE Ball!



Roaring 20s New Years Eve Ball 2020!!!

  • Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the start of The Roaring 20s, Jazz Age and Harlem Renaissance!
  • Party like the 1920s at the start of the 2020s!
  • 7pm to 3am.
  • Location: Dovercourt House, multiple floors, 805 Dovercourt Road, Toronto. Subway and parking are close by.
  • Live music: Ben Harvey and His Ornamentals!
  • Basement Speakeasy DJ’d by T.O. Blues!
  • 1920s hors d’oeuvres & snacks (included with admission)!
  • Beginner lessons in fun easy-to-learn partner dances of the Roaring 20s! Absolute never-danced-before beginners are welcome, no need to bring your own dance partners. Lessons 7pm to 9pm. Ball 9pm.
  • Full licensed bar. 1920s cocktails available.
  • Midnight champagne toast and favours (included with admission).
  • This is the real deal, 1920s themed all night on both floors!
  • Presented by Swing Toronto and T.O. Blues, in association with The Dovercourt House.

Tickets

  • $50 until midnight Saturday December 28th.
  • $60 after December 28 and at the door (if spaces are left).
  • Tickets are available at Dovercourt House at Saturday Night Swing every Saturday Night (7pm til midnight), TO Blues Blue Christmas Friday December 13 (9pm til 1am), and at the bar on the main floor every Sunday from 7pm to 11pm. If you buy in person you get a physical ticket.
  • You may also purchase tickets online with your credit card (use the form below, note that if you pay that way there is a flat $5 service fee each time you order, no matter how many tickets you order). Or by Interac e-Transfer to payswingtoronto at gmail dot com (if you use Interac of course send your password and the name(s) the tickets are in in a separate email to same address).
  • Admission includes Roaring 20s Ball, Speakeasy Party, live band, 1920s hors d’ouvres and snacks, midnight Champagne toast, favours.

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Some further details!

  • Double Deck: Roaring 20s Ball on the First Floor  + Basement Speakeasy downstairs! 9pm til late.
  • Ball features Ben Harvey & His Ornamentals! A great five-piece band steeped in the music and spirit of the 1920s. Excellent music for popular dances of the 1920s, and for swing dancing!
  • The Basement Speakeasy is DJ’d by T.O. Blues! Great music for dancing, including for slow dance and blues dance.
  • Classic snacks and hors d’ouvres of the 1920s will be served, along the lines of what was served at 1920s speakeasies and parties! Included with admission!
  • Here’s a great short film clip about the Roaring 20s Dance Craze. And another, and another.
  • 1920s superstar Josephine Baker dancing in about 1926-27 in Paris.
  • Josephine Baker singing in recordings from 1926 and 27 when she was about 20 years old: “Blue Skies,” “Bye Bye Blackbird,” “I’ll Be Happy,” “After I Say I’m Sorry,” and “Dinah.”
  • Roaring 2os Dance Party in Paris (looks like a New Years Eve Party).

Beginner dance classes 7pm to 9!

  • Take classes in fun easy-to-learn partner dances of The Roaring 20s!
  • No prior experience is needed. Absolute beginners are welcome. There is no need to bring your own dance partners (because there will be plenty at the Ball).
  • Schedule: Lindy Hop 7pm. 1920s Charleston 7:30pm. 1920s Two Step 7:50pm. Jazz Age (1920s) Fox Trot, One Step and Peabody 8:20pm.
  • Take as many or few of the classes as you like. Included with admission.
  • In the 1920s almost everyone danced, so they needed fun easy-to-learn dances that almost everyone could do.
  • Jazz Age Fox Trot is the main dance of the 1920s. The basic step is just walking. It can be done to almost any tempo, is highly adaptable and full of possibilities. It can also be called Jazz Age One Step, but in the 20s Fox Trot was the cool and in name. Peabody is a brilliant version of Jazz Age Fox Trot and One Step.
  • Here is a great short film clip of 1920s Two Step and Shimmie, two very popular easy-to-learn dances of The Roaring 20s.
  • Lindy Hop is the classic swing dance of the late 1920s, the 1930s and the 1940s, and is done by Lindy Hoppers all around the world today.  It comes out of earlier Afro-American swing dancing going back to 1910s Texas Tommy Swing. We will teach Lindy Hop in the style of the late 1930s and early 40s, the style done around the world today.

What to wear!

  • Come in 1920s inspired attire, or modern attire, as you please. If you’d like to come 1920s style, here’s  some options. Come as a flapper, or come dapper, or as a Suffragette, or gangster or gun moll or G-man. Or, men, wear a boater hat. Or, women, tie a 1920s style head band/scarf or turban (or buy a 1920s style turban or headband). Women, wear a men’s style shirt and tie and pants or knickerbockers if you like (as many women did in the 1920s, sometimes with a feminine style hat and shoes). Or come as Gatsby, or as Wooster or Jeeves. Or wear a tuxedo (either dinner jacket or tails) as many did at 1920s balls. Or anything 1920s. Modern attire is also perfectly good.
  • If you’d like to see some images, suggestions and links about dressing 1920s style, see the 1920s Attire page.

The amazing 1920s!

  • The 1920s are one of the most amazing decades in history! It is the decade of great Jazz Age music and dance coming mostly from Afro-American culture, dancers and musicians! It is the decade of the Charleston craze and the creation of Lindy Hop, and of much else in dancing. And of Art Deco. And of Prohibition and speakeasies. Women had the right to vote, and more freedom and equality than in thousands of years. The 19th Amendment to the US Constitution guaranteeing the right of women to vote was passed in August 1920 after decades of protest by the Suffragettes. Voting rights for women also made major headway in Canada and much of the world. It is the decade of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and other great works such as Wodehouse’s Wooster and Jeeves stories. And of great silent movies often played with live accompaniment on piano, and of radio broadcasting and other technological marvels that changed the world.

The TTC will probably be free on New Years Eve from 7pm to 7am, as in previous years. The closest subway exit is the west exit of the Ossington subway stop, about two blocks from Dovercourt House.

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