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The Harlem Swing Dance Society: The Harlem Roots & Rhythm Dance Festival – 2020 VIRTUAL

November 6, 2020 @ 6:00pm - November 8, 2020 @ 9:00pm PST

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ZOOM event – MUST have access! Links will be provided each day

NOTE: A purchased ticket will include one to 4 chances for the Gift Raffle that will be announced Sunday November 8th at 10:45pm!…/the-harlem-roots-rhythm…

Donations accepted here…/Swing-Back-Giving…

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Featuring Harlem’s Harvest Moon Ball Champs and Winners from the 50’s to the 80’s! They are representing the Savoy Ballroom and the Savoy Manor…
Friday eve starts with a Harlem Culture and Dance Film Fest at 9pm exploring Harlem’s dance influences that spawned from the Lindy Hop! We will also delve into The Harlem Renaissance with Jazz and more
There will be a Dance Cousin Dance Contest in the spirit of The Harvest Moon Ball competitions! Exclusive talks, Live streamed features; Harlem Nights Rent Party Dance and Jazz Divas


*** FRIDAY NIGHT November 6th ***
-3 Day FILM FESTIVAL – PART 1 Premiere Night ! 9pm – 11pm (Doors open 8:30pm)
~9pm NOV. 6th – Tonight’s theme includes The Big Apple, Shag and The Lindy Hop! See Harlem Dance Icons, Influences and as you visit Harlem culture of the times and see why this culture is so important to preserve. We travel to North Carolina and see how Harlem influenced dance styles of the South….
FILMS: The Big Apple, Charlies Place and Harlem Legends Soundie

Join Zoom – Doors open 8:30pm…
Meeting ID: 857 3655 6129
Passcode: 702686
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*** SATURDAY November 7th ***
–SATURDAY AFTERNOON 4pm – 6pm (Doors Open at 3:30pm)
~4pm NOV. 7th – Theme is The Harlem Renaissance: Harlem Culture and Harlem’s Famous Dance! See Harlem in the 30’s, The Lindy Hop and the Savoy Ballroom History makers… and a Feature Film highlighting Harlem’s famed nightlife
FILMS: Featuring interview and insights with Frankie Manning, Norma Miller and Al Minns of Harlem’s famed Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers! Also history of pioneer famed filmmaker Oscar Micheaux

–SATURDAY EVENING 7pm to 1am (Doors open 6:30pm)
~7pm DANCE LESSON – Frankie Manning Basic Lesson #1
~8:15pm Meet Harlem’s Harvest Moon Ball Champs (and winners!)
TALK – What was the Harvest Moon Ball? Why important… rich Harlem History ! Q and A Discussion
~9pm The Battle of the JAZZ Diva’s !
In the spirit of Ella, Billie, Nina, Sarah and more we will have FOUR Divas form the local Harlem and NYC area belt out their best for an exquisite evening showcase
~10pm Harlem Nights: Rent Party!
A 3 Hour Social Dance & Music Extravaganza with DJ Sets featuring Classic Jazz, Rhythm & Blues , SOUL PLUS Infuzed Retro/21st Century! Virtual Dance Party for ALL ages!
You’ll hear the jams for all genres of dance: Freestyle, partnering, Swing, Bop, Swing Out and more!

–SUNDAY AFTERNOON 4pm – 6pm (Doors Open at 3:30pm)
4pm Film Fest Part 3 4pm – 5:30/6pm
~4pm NOV. 8th – 4pm Keepers of the Flame: Mama Lu to the rescue! The 1960s are here and the Mama Lu Parks Dancers along with Sonny Allen and his Rockets keep Harlem’s dance of the Lindy Hop alive in their own way for many years … years when many claimed (even to this day) “the dance is/was dead”. Smalls Paradise History included and dance footage/video
Features Smalls Paradise History included and dance footage/video with Harlem Dance Icons from these two famous groups

–SUNDAY EVENING 7pm – 12am (Doors open 6:30pm)
~7pm DANCE LESSON Frankie Manning Basic Lesson #2
~8pm The Evolution of Black Dance
Lindy Hop and Beyond!
The evolution are our Dance Cousins: Chicago and Detroit Steppin, Philly Bop, Hand Dance, Swing Out, etc. The legends will critique and judge what they see in the style of The Harvest Moon Ball contests they participated in.
~8:30pm Savoy Sunday: The Ballroom and the Manor
Honored HMBs talk of the place they danced in and what we missed… and if we can get it back….
~9pm Harlem Swing Band – SUNDAY Nights with Swinging Jazz – a Harlem tradition!
Join us for a Special Savoy Sunday of Hot Swinging Jazz with the Harlem High Society Band featuring Jazz Diva Terri Davis! Dress up and dance on your virtual dance floor for a fun and soulful Sunday evening to classic tunes with a new groove…
Two DJ’s take us out with Jazz, Soul, Motown and a host of musical gems!


The Harlem Roots and Rhythm Urban Dance Festival is made possible in part with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC.
UMEZ enhances the economic vitality of all communities in Upper Manhattan through job creation, corporate alliances, strategic investments, and small business assistance.
The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Manhattan and beyond.


November 6, 2020 @ 6:00pm PST
November 8, 2020 @ 9:00pm PST
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