The best resources for quarantined swing dancers
Updated: May 7, 2020
Lindy hoppers everywhere are stepping up with more than just online lessons. Here are the projects and people offering resources, assistance, or just good old entertainment to help get you through.
We have a separate list for our favorite online dance lessons happening right now. See those here.
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Resources & Tools
Facebook Group: Swing and Blues Dance Teachers and Musicians COVID-19 Support Page
A bulletin board for professional musicians and dance instructors to share their services and products to an audience who wants to support them through this difficult time. Lots of practical as well as fun content and 1,400+ members-strong.
The Digital Gig Collective
This New Orlean’s based talent board not only gives a platform for dance talent to find work (similar to Swing Hire), but has something for ALL industries. It's for dancers, musicians, bartenders, and anyone else whose job has been displaced. So whether you’re a pro or a hobbyist, you can offer instruction, entertainment, and all kinds of forms of online community to anyone.
The best part? It’s 100% free.
Virtual Swing Music & Dance Event Calendar
Hosted here at www.swinghire.com/virtual-swing-events-calendar
Original google calendar here.
Hundreds of online swing dance and music events have been submitted to one master-calendar by instructors, students, musicians, and people just like you from across the globe. With this many options, there are now virtually zero times you cannot dance while in quarantine. Big thanks to its mastermind, Laura Keat at Elevated Rhythm.
Submit your own vintage dance or music event here.
Facebook Group: Streaming Swing Dance & Music
A place to share virtual or streaming swing dance opportunities like live music, DJing, lessons, or any fun swing-thing. Super active community with over 1,400 members.
See the hashtag across facebook by clicking here.
Produced by facebook.com/maria.and.aurelien and facebook.com/gustavandlaia
By Barcelonian dancers María Ferrer, Aurélien Darbellay, Laia Puig, and Gustav Jakobsson
Daily dance videos to keep you active, inspired, and happy (until the real thing comes along.)
As of May 12, they've now even further evolved to offer their own online classes! Learn more at www.facebook.com/untiltherealthingcomesalong.
Self Care for Lindy Hoppers
Somewhere between entertainment, inspiration, and good ol' sagely advice is this blog post written by Jo Hoffberg and Kevin St Laurent at iLindy. They cut right to what so many of us need to hear right now: Everything from limiting our media consumption to keeping our bodies supported and artistically nourished.
www.twitch.tv/swingchannel | www.facebook.com/SwingChannel | www.instagram.com/swingchannel1
Swing interviews, commentary, performances, and online classes from the swing world's top international dance instructors and community leaders.
Jazz in A Flat
Jazz in A Flat already won our affections for officially claiming the all-time best pun for jazz-dancing from home. But to top that off, they've found a way to bring the challenge of competition to everyone who participates in their online event. They're hosting an online competition with a division for solo and partnered dancing, with cash prizes and judging provided by LaTasha Barnes, Pamela Gaizutyte, Felipe Braga, and Felix Berghäll.
*UPDATE: Jazz in A Flat is now into the finals round! Follow them on facebook to catch the finalists' broadcast!
Frankie Manning Foundation Emergency Support Program
Providing financial assistance for full-time Lindy Hop professionals who have had an unanticipated loss of income because of cancellations due to the COVID-19 outbreak and are now having difficulties paying for food, rent, medical bills, childcare, and other basic necessities.
Mega-List of Grants and Other Financial Resources for artists, dancers and musicians
A collaborative facebook group doc housed here
Published by the Swing and Blues Dance Teachers and Musicians COVID-19 Support Page
Note: You must request to become a member of the group before being able to view this doc.
An extensive resource list compiled by Paul Loschak with links and guides for everything from swing-dance-specific support to government programs available to artists and freelancers.