The dance floor was filled with swingers, and wanna-be swingers, all having a fun evening on the smooth wood floor, perfect for dancing - even in sneakers.
From 8-9pm, introductory dance class for beginners, led by Kate Feldman and Carl
Herrmann of New School Swing. "Introductory" in that everyone finds
a partner and forms a circle, basic steps are taught for a couple of songs.
Then everyone moves down one person and starts with a new partner for a few more
songs. By the time the band starts, everyone has been introduced to seven
or eight new friends, and even the shy persons are comfortable with dancing with
This was Trumpeter-vocalist extraordinaire Bria Skonberg's second appearance at Boston Swing Central, and she was sincerely welcomed by the crowd of swing dancers.
One o’clock Jump Pennies From Heaven, Deed I Do, Out of Nowhere, Whispering featured Ted's electric guitar. Bria sang My Blue Heaven, Paper Moon, (nice bowing by Meyer), Them There Eyes, Shimmy Like My Sister Kate. John was featured on clarinet with Rose Room (with a bit of In a Mellow Tone slipped in.)
What Is This Thing Called Love featured Clark on tenor sax. And there were many more; from the 60's, Janice Joplin’s Mercedes Benz, check out those swing moves!
(It was difficult keeping track of everything while swing-dancing with my grandson.)
When Bria left us, she was heading for NY, Iowa, New Jersey, Chicago and Switzerland - she's in demand all over the world. http://www.briaskonberg.com/live/
She will celebrate the release of her new Random Act Records So Is The Day, with nine originals and three well-known pieces, at The Iridium in New York City on April 24. http://www.randomactrecords.com/
We're looking forward to her return to New England - June 9th when she'll bring another swing band to Boston Swing Dance, The St. James Armenian Church, 465 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA.
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