The Cool Cat Corner - Swing Dance Workshop Weekend
For three days in October, we’re transforming our humble dance hall into the Charlotte Cool Cat Corner, where you can again congregate and learn the newest moves from the best in the business and dance 'till the wee hours of the morning, just like they did over 80 years ago at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. The Savoy is, alas, long gone, but we would like to pay homage to the pioneers of this wonderful dance form and the corner from which they showed their stuff.
We are back for our fourth year of bringing top-notch dancing, music, and instruction to Charlotte, and this year we are bringing several new additions to the weekend. We'll still have the great live music and DJ's, late night blues dancing, and for the first time in our history, we are offering classes with multiple instructors organized along different tracks. This means smaller class sizes, and content that is better tailored to each dancer's skill/experience level. This year we will also have several new twists that will make Cool Cat Corner a truly unique and memorable dance weekend. More announcements about the event will be made throughout the summer, so check out our facebook page for more information: Cool Cat Corner Facebook Page.
Chantilly Hall, 2101 Shenandoah Avenue, Charlotte
The Cornwell Center at Myers Park Baptist Church, 2001 Selwyn Avenue, Charlotte
On March 12, 1926, the Savoy Ballroom officially opened its doors, and it quickly became the "volcanic center of creative magic" in Harlem. When the innovators of the new “swing” dance started arriving, management allowed them to use only a 10-square-foot area at the northeast corner of the ballroom, which later became known as the "Cool Cat Corner". Creativity and personal expression ruled this spot; it’s where swing dance legends Frankie Manning and Shorty George and their friends congregated; where Herbert “Whitey” White drafted the original members of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers; where impromptu exhibitions and competitions called “jams” took place so great dancers could shine surrounded by a circle of admirers. This is where everyone in New York City went to learn the newest swing dance steps taught by the best in the world.
The Savoy is, alas, long gone, but we would like to pay homage to the pioneers of this wonderful dance form and the corner from which it grew! From October 22-24, we’re transforming our humble dance hall into the Charlotte Cool Cat Corner, where you can again learn the newest moves from the best in the business and dance ‘til the wee hours of the morning, just like the first Lindy Hoppers did over 80 years ago. So come, join us, learn…and most importantly….DANCE!
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