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Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 • New Vintage Swing Band plus the NYC Shaggers Demo Performance • SDLI

Posted by Tom on 11/23/2012 • Permalink

Time to put on your dance shoes, get out and dance off those Thanksgiving calories!


We are having the New Vintage Swing Band performing for us this Saturday evening.

For an extra special treat, the NYC Shaggers are performing a piece choreographed by Tony Fraser and Jaime Shannon.

See the video for a sampling of Carolina Shag performed by Tony and Jamie.

NYC master shaggers Tony Fraser and Jaime Shannon are some of the most sought after international shag teachers around the globe. They took took the North American shag community by storm in 2010 when after just six weeks weeks of partnering, (and only six weeks of Jaime doing any partner dancing at all) they placed a solid third in the prestigious Hot Rhythm Holiday’s shag division in Austin Texas. Five and a half months later they became international champions and they’ve worked tirelessly ever since to advance their practice, their students, the shag community, and the dance itself.


Teaching out of Dance Manhattan in NYC, Tony Fraser is a 17 year veteran of swing dancing, competition, coaching and teaching. He’s a best of breed technical instructor having taught workshops in shag, aerials, partner charleston and lindy all over world. He’s been on television many times and is an ALHC and US Open champion.

Jaime Shannon acquired her B.A. in dance from Hofstra University in 2006. Since then, she has established her professional modern dance career by performing throughout the northeast and Colorado with such companies as Lauren Hale Dance, HalloHallo, Dance Cat-Alyst, Kelley Donovan and Dancers, and the Bronx Opera Company.  As a swing dancer, Jaime is an assistant instructor at Dance Manhattan, one of the most well known shag follows around the globe, and a master coach in partnering technique across all styles of swing dancing.

Join a fun group of people for a night of Swing Dancing and socializing. No partner or experience is necessary. We start off at 7:30pm with a short beginner lesson on a few of the basic steps of swing dancing. What are you waiting for - give it a try!

Door Prizes ++ Refreshments ++ Snacks

Band: New Vintage Swing Band

Much like fine champagne, The New Vintage Orchestra bubbles with an unparalleled energy and charisma that is sure to keep dancers going all night. Formed by trumpeter Brian Lewis in August of 1992, the band puts forth an incredibly diverse range of musical talent.


Featured is female vocalist Doris Anne Lewis, singing the hits of Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, Dianne Schure, and many other swing singers.
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The bands “Frank Sinatra” crooner is Ron D’Abruzzo who adds his own special blend to the great American standards.

The swing scene’s resurgence in the late 90’s was undeniable. The New Vintage Orchestra reproduces 1930’s and 40’s sounds using original arrangements from Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and Harry James, and with special arrangements written by Brian Lewis, the band belts out the sounds of popular dance chart-toppers. Not all of New Vintage’s charts are vintage, however! They also play the hits of Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

The band has backed up such names as The Temptations, Jerry Vale, Connie Francis, Al Martino , Frankie Valli, Bob Newhart and Joan Rivers. Few bands possess the ability to set a room in motion like The New Vintage Orchestra. From the opening downbeat to the last note, screaming brass, gritty saxes, and a strong rhythm section keep the audience jumping the whole night long.

“Standards Aged to Perfection”, The New Vintage Orchestra’s debut CD release, captures the incredible versatility of the group. The album’s eleven tracks include a wide range of classics from the 1930’s and 40’s. From a foot stomping rendition of Benny Goodman’s “Sing Sing Sing” to the silky smooth lyrical lines of Doris Anne Lewis in “And the Angels Sing”, to a rousing, jazzy finale of “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In”, the band is sure to entertain, and, like that bottle of bubbly, only gets better with time.

Contact: Brian Lewis
Phone : (516) 742-3961
Website: http://www.lewismusicstore.com

Venue: Brush Barn

Brush Barn

The Smithtown Historical Society’s Brush Barn is located behind the historic Epenetus Smith Tavern at 211 East Main Street, Smithtown NY 11787 and is not visible from the street. About 0.2 miles east on Main Street from the intersection of Route 111 and Route 25 (Main Street).  There is a white house that is #211 (Epenetus Smith Tavern) and a gravel drive beside the house.

Epenetus Smith Tavern

Frank Brush Barn

Organizer: Swing Dance Long Island, Inc. (SDLI)

Swing Dance Long Island, Inc. is an all volunteer, not for profit organization dedicated to the promotion of swing dancing on Long Island, New York.


Join a friendly group of people every Tuesday evening for a mix of East Coast Swing, Savoy Lindy Hop, Hollywood Lindy, West Coast Swing, Balboa, Collegiate Shag and some Ballroom dancing.  No partners are needed and beginners are welcome.

Pricing: Saturday Band

$15 General Admission, $12 Students with current ID, $10 SDLI Members
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