On Sunday, January 14, Flushing Town Hall presents Savoy! Dancing Through the Swing Era by Project Connect. This interactive show will take the audience on a journey through the swing era of the 1920s. Audiences members of all ages will be on their feet in no time, singing and swinging along during this energetic show.
Presented by Flushing Town Hall Space Grantee Project Connect, this interactive dance program follows its main character, Lillian Carlyle, an aspiring dancer from Hollywood. It features authentic jazz music from the 1920s-40s by Big Band greats, such as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, as well as vintage fashions and most importantly, the high-energy Lindy Hop dance that began during this time.
This family-friendly event engages the entire audience, encouraging guests to sing, swing, and dance with the group. At the end of the show, everyone will learn to dance a historic line dance, called the Shim Sham, and celebrate the joy of dance and music.
“We are thrilled to have Project Connect at Flushing Town Hall to take our audience back to the swing era through the Lindy Hop and Big Band jazz. Through their shows, Project Connect encourages interaction and engagement with the arts, which is central to our mission,” says Ellen Kodadek, Executive & Artistic Director at Flushing Town Hall.
Project Connect is a diverse swing dance group of both professional and volunteer dancers from different backgrounds. Project Connect is supported by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and with support from You Should Be Dancing…! Dance Center, Frim Fram Jam, and Model J Vintage Fashion and Collectibles.
Twice a year, Project Connect brings an interactive and participatory swing dance show to nursing homes and senior community centers. Project Connect aims to bring people across generations together through swing dancing and music. Their mission is to bring joy to those who might have limited access to art and cultural activities.
This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the new “Teen Access Program”, all 13- to 19-year-old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.
The performance is on Sunday, January 14 at 2 PM. Tickets are $10/FREE for Members, Seniors, and Children under 12. For more information, visit www.flushingtownhall.org or call (718) 463-7700 x222.
Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.
Flushing Town Hall is a not for profit organization which receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Mayor Bill de Blasio; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim; Council Members Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Barry Grodenchik, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, and Paul A. Vallone; and the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation.
Support is also provided by 888 Realty USA, William & Joan Cai, Cathay Bank, Chang Jiang Supermarket, Michael Cheng / Epos Development, Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou / New York Institute of Culture and the Arts, Con Edison, Crossings TV, Culture Center of TECO in New York, Decorama Building & Plumbing Supplies, Exploring the Metropolis, Firstrade Securities, Kuang-Yu Fong / Chinese Theatre Works, Barbara Garii, Howard Graf & Kathy Donovan, Heather Harrison / Farrell Fritz, the Glow Foundation, David M. Hunter, Raymond D. Jasen, the Jim Henson Foundation, Nelson Lee / Flushing Bank, James S. Liao, Steven Lii / New United NY Corp, Linden Arts Fund for Children, Lucy Liou, the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Materials for the Arts, the NYC & Company Foundation, William McClure / Queens College, New York Community Trust, Georgiana Reese-Benatti / New York Community Bank & New York Community Bank Foundation, RuDance / Asian American Dance Sport Corp., Sterling National Bank, Mike Sperendi & Jan Schneider, Veronica Tsang, WAC Lighting, Tony & Tai Wang, George Xu / Century Development Group, Minwen Yang, Hank Yeh, and Sandy Yeh
Our work is also supported by gifts made in memory of Irene Seligman.
Savoy! Dancing through the Swing Era was made possible by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.