Roaring 20s Party!

Roaring 20s (Jazz Age) Party fts Tuba Machine Dance Orchestra! Plus beginner classes!

  • Sunday April 5, 1:30pm to 6:30pm.
  • Trinity St. Paul’s, in the large dance hall, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto. (Unlike all other Swing Toronto events, this special event is not at Dovercourt House.) Right across Bloor from the west exit of the Spadina subway station on the Bloor line.
  • Party 3:30pm to 6:30pm, featuring the wonderful Tuba Machine Dance Orchestra! This is the first time this excellent band is playing at a Swing Toronto event!
  • 1:30pm to 3:30pm, beginner classes in fun easy-to-learn partner dances of the Roaring 20s!
  • No prior experience is needed, absolute beginners are welcome, and there is no need to bring your own dance partners.
  • Class Schedule. 1:30pm: Charleston. 1:50pm: Jazz Age Two Step (fun and easy-to-learn, very popular in the Jazz Age). 2:3opm: Jazz Age Fox Trot (the basic step is just walking) and Peabody (a brilliant and fun version of Jazz Age Fox Trot).
  • Coming in 1920s style attire is encouraged, but optional. Modern attire is also perfectly good.
  • The music will be great for both Roaring 20s dances and for swing dancing.
  • Join us for supper and drinks nearby after the Party. (Location tba at Party.)
  • Advance prices til Saturday March 28 at midnight: Party $15, $20 with the classes (take as many or few of them as you like), $5 off for full-time students.
  • Tickets available at Saturday Night Swing every Saturday Night, and at the monthly Friday Night Waltz Dance. Will soon also be available online.
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Giff (click on picture):

About 1920s dances!

  • 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 th!e 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.
  • Charleston is another very popular dance of the 1920s.
  • 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.
  • Here’s a great short film clip about the Roaring 20s Dance Craze. And another.
  • 1920s superstar Josephine Baker dancing in 1926 or 27 in Paris.

What to wear!

  • Come in 1920s inspired attire, or modern attire, as you please. If you’d like to come 1920s style, you could come dapper or as a flapper. Men often wore boater hats, women often wore headbands, turbans and other headware. Women often wore men’s style shirts, ties and pants or knickerbockers. Come as Gatsby or F. Scott Fitzgerald, or as a gangster, or as Wooster or Jeeves. Or wear a tuxedo (either dinner jacket or tails) as many did at 1920s balls and parties. Or anything 1920s or 1920s inspired. 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.
  • It is the decade of the Flappers, with women having more freedom and equality than in thousands of years. The Flappers and the 1920s Feminist Revolution.
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • One of the wonderful 1920s recording of Yellow Dog Blues with some fun 20s photos, a 1920 recording. Crazy Rhythm with some great 20s images. Following You Around. Back Beats. Last Night on Back Porch. Vo-Do-Do-Di-O Blues. Crazy Blues (1920, first record featuring a Afro-American blues vocalist).

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