Dance Contest Details
- Congratulations to our Dance Contest Winners
1st Place: Steven Plummer & Tamisha Anthony
- 2nd Place: Samuel Coleman & Rehema Trimiew
DANCE CONTEST FILM FOOTAGE
This footage is compliments of Va Va VOOM our DEEJAY from the night.
DANCE CONTEST ON DECEMBER 13th SWING REMIX, 2014
At The Swing Remix on SATURDAY DEC 13th, we are going to be featuring a DANCE CONTEST (our tradition of crowning the YEAR’S END Swing Remix LINDY HOP CHAMPIONS. Winners get entry at our dance for 6 MONTHS, a PAIR of TICKETS to “RING IN THE SWING” the Glitzy, Stunning New Year’s Eve hosted by JAZZ at LINCOLN CENTER. And a slew of other prizes! VALUE of PRIZES will be over $1,000
1. You must enter with a partner
2. Contestants will have several rounds to dance to at the Prelims. Judges will Tap out dance couples as the rounds go by.
3. The Final Rounds (ON SAT NIGHT) will include a "Jam Circle" , where each Finalist couple will get the floor to solo for several phrases of music.
4. "Anything Goes" during the Jam Circle rounds.
On Saturday Dec 13th We now plan to run the Preliminary Rounds and Final Rounts all starting at 10:30pm
Please sign up at the volunteer desk by 9:40pm to ensure you will be included in contest.
Preliminary Rounds begin during the Second Band Break (at 10:30pm)
We recommend you arrive early to sign up for the contest!
The FINAL ROUND will be held at approx 11:00pm
On Saturday December 13th, 2014
If you are a finalist, please be ready and on the dance floor by 10:45 for the Final Rounds.
COST TO ENTER
$10 Per Couple - Entrance fee for this competition.
You may sign up the night of this event. Please SHOW UP BY 9:30pm on SATURDAY DEC 13th to insure your inclusion.
We have distinguished Judges on our panel for this Contest. They will be judging the dance couples based on the following 3 criteria:
A. Musicality and Improvisation
B. Skill and Technique (Related to: The Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, Balboa and/or any of the Early Social Jazz Dances)
C. Entertainment Value (Audience Reaction)
Known for her magical energy, high-flying aerials and dynamic movement, Evita Arce is a specialist in the Lindy Hop, The Charleston, and other Swing era dances. Evita performed the featured Lindy Hop role with partner, Michael Jagger, in the Broadway show SWING for the 2008 Japan tour, The Sacramento Music Circus, and the Benedum Theater in Pittsburgh. As well as staring in musicals, Evita has appeared as a dancer in movies, commercials and competed with partner, Michael Jagger, on the Fox TV show, "So You Think You Can Dance". She has performed at many of New York City’s top venues, including Lincoln Center Plaza, The Waldorf Astoria, The New York Athletic Club, and The Rainbow Room.
Evita performed in "Let Freedom Swing", a Celebration of America, sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center and held at the Kennedy Center. It was part of the Martin Luther King day and 2009 Inaugural Festivities. Evita's choreography and partner work have earned her 1st and 2nd place in numerous national contests. In October 2007 at the American Lindy Hop Championships she won 1st place in Blues and Cabaret. Evita also has been recognized for her solo-Charleston dancing with 1st and 2nd place standings. Her competition credits stretch back to 2001, when she placed 1st in Jack and Jill at ALHC. She has also won 1st and 2nd place in several regional qualifiers for American Showcase and twice advanced to the final round. Her latest accomplismhment was to take 1st place in the Jazz dance competitions, both solo and partner (with partner Nathan Bugh), at ILHC 2012!
Michael Jagger and Evita Arce are full time professional dancers in New York City, and they have each been dancing for over 10 years and with each other for over 4 years. They both teach regular swing classes at Dance Manhattan and have taught at several national and international dance camps including: Swing Out New Hampshire, Swing Out North West, Lindy Focus, Beantown Swing Camp, Boogie Bären and Camp Savoy. They also work with world renown Lindy Hoppers Ryan Francois and Jenny Thomas in their company, Swing Xtreme. Competitively, Michael and Evita recently took 1st place in the Cabaret Division at ILHC and have placed in several other national competitions in various divisions. As if all this weren’t enough, they attempt to balance teaching and competing with their professional performance careers.
They have multiple stage credits as Lindy Hoppers, working with renowned artists like Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. They were featured dancers for J@LCO in Let Freedom Swing, a celebration of jazz for Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Kennedy Center earlier this year. They joined J@LCO again this summer for a tribute to Benny Goodman at the Rose Theater in NYC. As principle dancers, they have starred as the Lindy Hop couple in several productions of the Broadway musical Swing!, including regional productions at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, the California Music Circus in Sacramento and the 2008 Japanese tour.
Students and audience members alike are drawn to their energy and humor, while also admiring the couple’s technical execution. In all their endeavors, Michael and Evita strive to spread the love and spirit of Lindy Hop.
Margaret Batiuchok co-founded the New York Swing Dance Society (NYSDS) in 1985, when there was no organized Swing dancing in New York. The NYSDS became a mecca for all generations, races, and level of dancers, with the weekly dances consistently drawing 300-500 dancers. Margaret, a volunteer board member who has hired the bands for over 26 years, has also been president since 1996.
Margaret launched the Lincoln Center Midsummer Night Swing series with Frankie Manning, where she recommends bands, teaches, and performs each summer. On closing night 2005, she helped conceive, produce, and danced in a tribute to Illinois Jacquet, which is repeated each year, and in 2009 helped Lincoln Center launch the Ambassador’s Prize Swing Competition in honor of Frankie Manning........
Margaret was inducted into the National Living Legends of Dance in 2012.
has been dancing and teaching for over 20 years. He has taught, choreographed and performed nationally and internationally, and currently teaches independently in Manhattan and Westchester County. He was fortunate to study for many years with lindy hop legend Frankie Manning and three-time U.S. Professional Ballroom champion Sandra Cameron.
Highlights of his career include performing (or teaching and performing) on American Movie Classics Swings with Cherry Poppin' Daddys, Good Morning America, Good Day New York, Midsummer Night Swing (at Lincoln Center), the Vicki Lawrence Show, for the Crown Princess of Holland at the Peter Stuyvesant Ball, the IDMC Dance Festival in Budapest, Hungary, being featured in Smithsonian magazine, and promoting monthly swing dances at the 92nd Street Y for over a decade.
personal note: When I was 17, I saw the Marx Brothers movie A Day at the Races. What struck me most was the Lindy hop scene and I remember thinking, 'Wow! If I ever learn how to dance that's how I want to dance!' It would be many years before I learned how to Lindy, but I was fortunate to be able to study for many years with the man who choreographed that sequence, Frankie Manning.
THE PRIZES (Over $1,000 in Cash and Prizes)
Jazz At Lincoln Center's
Ring in the Swing: A New Year's Eve Dance Party
Winning Couple will receive a pair of tickets to Jazz At Lincoln Center's HOTTEST New Year's Eve Dance Party. Backdropped by the finest (and most romantic) view of Central Park, you and your guests will dance into 2014 with the help of alternating sets by Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (CA) and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s own Michael Mwenso.
In addition to a full night of live music, the evening includes an open bar, Southern style buffet dinner, champagne toast, and party favors.
Swing Remix Dance Spectacular
The JCC in Manhattan
6 Months of FREE ENTRY to our dance parties
from JANUARY - JUNE 2015
New Year's Eve Eve: A New Year's Celebrationin New York City
Midsummer Night Swing 2015 Season
Top Two Couples will receive Swing Passes to Midsummer Night Swing, New York City's hottest outdoor dance party presented by Lincoln Center.
GIFT CERTIFICATES TO:
Big Daddy Diner Upper West Side
2454 Broadway (90th / 91st Street)
Swing 46 Jazz Club on 46th Street (8th/9th ave)
All of our prizes for competition have a TOTAL VALUE OF over $1,200.00