New York, NY, April 24, 2014 --(PR.com
Harlem Swings! After School Harlem Lindy Hop Project
Friday May 2rd, 2014
6 pm-10 pm
Dance Lesson: 6-7pm
A. Phillip Randolph High School
443 W 135th Street
4th Floor Gymnasium
New York, NY 10031
Since its 1926 debut at Harlem’s famed Savoy Ballroom, the American jazz dance “Lindy Hop” has become one of the most prominent and popular dance forms to ever emerge from the American dance scene.
Today, Harlem Swings! is helping to preserve and reinvigorate that Harlem heritage of dance, while at the same time enriching the lives of youth in the Harlem Community. Harlem Swings! after school Swing Dance club is an unusual and dynamic mix of cultural arts programming, dance instruction and community building.
Harlem Swings! will hold its first official fundraising event May 3rd 2014, from 6-10pm at A. Phillip Randolph High School—a swing dance featuring famed swing band “Glenn Cryzter and his Savoy Seven.” The evening will include dance instruction from 6-7pm and dancing to three band sets with presentations during the band breaks focused at engaging kids and adults in this unique art form.
The event will also feature a performance by young Harlem dancers from Harlem Swings! in celebration of the upcoming centennial celebration of Harlem’s “Grandfather of Swing” Frankie Manning.
Created in 2010 by professional Lindy Hopper, now Artistic Director Adam Brozowski, and maintained with arts maven and dance enthusiast Executive Director Yvonne Conybeare , tHarlem Swings! has taken root in the community, and has grown steadily.
With their dance and arts backgrounds, and an array of experience working with youth, Conybeare and Brozowski are passionate about the growth they have seen with the youth in the community. Adam says “It’s amazing to see how engaged the kids become once they start to understand the freedom of expression social dancing provides.” says Conybeare, “Seeing kids learn a dance created in their own neighborhood is so special and rewarding.”
Assistant Principal Kierra Foster-Ba says “A student involved in the program told me that being in swing dance has helped her feel more committed to her studies. I think this is true of other students as well.”
Tickets for the event are $25.00 and are tax-deductible. All proceeds will directly the Harlem Swings! project. which is sponsored in part by non-profit organization The Harlem Swing Dance Society, a 501(c) 3. The Harlem Swing Dance Society will also collaborate with Harlem Swings! on this event.
Members of the press are cordially invited to attend. To find out more about the Harlem Swings! project please visit: www.HarlemSwings.com or on Facebook under Harlem Swings!
Contact: Yvonne Conybeare