June 12-15, 18-22, and 25-29 all at 7:30 pm.
June 16, 23, and 30 at 2:30 pm.
“Two thirds rhythm and one third soul.” That’s how Fats Waller defined the uniquely American form of popular music and dance known as “swing.” Requiring only joyful enthusiasm and a ready partner, swing exploded out of pre-war Harlem’s hotbed of youth culture and swept the world. It shattered ethnic and cultural barriers, generating specialty styles such as Jive, Swing, Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, and Hip-Hop Swing. Swing! celebrates this remarkable diversity to the beat of the most exhilerating songs of the period. But as this enthralling song-and-dance show makes abundantly clear, swing was never a time or place—it has always been a state of mind!