Friday, January 16, 2015

Saving the Renny January 26th: Harlem's Historic Renaissance Ballroom



The Renaissance Ballroom 
and Casino



Monday January 26th  

  Save the Renny  


6pm to 8:30pm



 Informational Meeting  


Encouraging the preserving of 

The Renaissance Ballroom:

 Also known as “The Renny”  




 The Harlem Renaissance Ballroom and Casino
was a large reception hall where
 African Americans would gather for entertainment. 

Completed in 1924, this cultural icon accentuated Harlem; it showcased accomplishments of African Americans, as during the Harlem Renaissance period was a time of artistic revolution and culture. William Roach & Joseph Sweeney were overseeing the only major black-owned uptown
 theater during this time. 





The two story tall building had 
a 900-seat movie theater,
 a large space for dances, meetings,
 private parties, and even sporting events! 




Home for the famous "Rens”

 The first all African American 

professional basketball team 

in the nation.



Film, Discussion, Q&A 

and Petition Signage 




Lt Joseph P Kennedy Center
34 West 134 St
NY NY 10037




For more information call

 The Harlem Swing Dance Society

at 347 – 709 – 7022

 or email 




 If you cannot make this event 

 sign the petition online at 




Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Giving Back Culturally to Harlem's Youth: The Harlem Swing Dance Society's Youth Program



 Under construction -more info coming



  Give to a noteworthy Harlem non profit: #Giving The Harlem Swing Dance Society (THSDS) plans on bringing to Harlem's youth their Swing dance and the Lindy Hop legacy with our Youth program. 

http://givingtuesday.razoo.com/story/Swing-Back-Giving-Culturally-For-Harlem-Youth

All and any amounts appreciated to have this exciting folk dance re-ignited in the Village of Harlem! The Harlem Swing Dance Society team is aiming for the best in 2015 in reaching Harlem's youth 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tuesdays Intermediate Swing Dance Class: The California Routine with Mimi and Jeff!





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Intermediate 

Harlem Swing Dance Class
with
Spirit Moves Styling





TUESDAYS


With Instructors 
Mimi Liu and Jeff Leyco




7 pm - and Only $10pp




***For DECEMBER***

December 2, 9, 16 and 23




Lt. Joseph P Kennedy Center
34 West 134 St  (enter thru 135th St)
HARLEM NYC  






theharlemswingdancesociety@gmail.com

 Info LINE: 347 -709 - 7022



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Monday, December 1, 2014

Tuesday Beginner Dance Class - Swing with Savoy Legend Sonny Allen










Where was Lindy Hop
 named and perfected?

IN HARLEM

at the world famous Savoy Ballroom




Come and join 

The Harlem Swing Dance Society (THSDS)

with Savoy Ballroom Legend

 Sonny Allen 

and learn how to dance 

Harlem's famous cultural art form!




On TUESDAYS 





At 7pm - and for only $7 !


Lt. Joseph P Kennedy Center
34 West 134 St (enter thru 135thSt)
HARLEM NYC  



Info LINE: 347 -709 - 7022

theharlemswingdancesociety@gmail.com



www.facebook.com/pages/Harlem-Swing-Dance-Classes-The-Official-Classes-of-THSDS/1476168702633333 

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Giving Tuesday: Give to Preserve Harlem's Rich Dance Culture for Youth


More details TBA
Under construction -more info coming



  Give to a noteworthy Harlem non profit: #Giving The Harlem Swing Dance Society (THSDS) plans on bringing to Harlem's youth their Swing dance and the Lindy Hop legacy with our Youth program.

http://givingtuesday.razoo.com/story/Swing-Back-Giving-Culturally-For-Harlem-Youth

All and any amounts appreciated to have this exciting folk dance re-ignited in the Village of Harlem! The Harlem Swing Dance Society team is aiming for the best in 2015 in reaching Harlem's youth

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Harvest Moon Ball Legends with Barbara Bronx
Can you name all of them and the years???



Look out for Rare Interviews, 
Harlem Swings on Tuesday Dance Classes,
and more exciting updates from 
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The 2014 Harvest Moon Ball Swing Dance - Harlem History for All! Nov 8th 2014









2014:The Harvest Moon Ball Swing Dance



On November 8th The Harlem Swing Dance Society partnered with the NYC Parks and Recreation to have the annual Harvest Moon Ball (HMB)Swing Dance with HMB Champions and Winners present to tell their stories.

                              
Beatrice Pierce with her partner Smitty (John Smith) in 1953 
- and here she is today just as sharp!


Beatrice Pierce (Champ, 1953), Barbara Billups (3rd Place, 1958) and Sonny Allen (Champ, 1958) represented the Last of the Best of the Savoy Ballroom era. 


  
Sonny Allen                             Barbara Billups

Representing the Savoy Manor era we had two rare and history making champions present: Clementine "Tiny" Thomas (a TWO time Champ, 1971 and 1976) and Crystal Johnson who is a 2nd generation champion! Crystal won in 1972, and her father Tops Lee (of Tops and Wilder) won in 1940.  Needless to say THIS will never happen again, and these two brought a few prized artifacts for all to view.



Ralph Hopkins and Bernard Dove


  The surprise of the evening was Ralph Hopkins, a 2nd and 3rd place winner in the late 1960's and 1970's with a slew of medals to prove it - and getting back into his costume of over 40 plus yeas ago!  His partner back in the day was Sheryl D. Sullivan..... yes the daughter of George Sullivan and Sugar Sullivan 1955 Champions

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 Recounting and hearing their first hand experiences had many guests excited; this with a free dance lesson,classic film clips, music and social dancing made the evening electric and memorable!   The words were repeated over and over: "Lets bring this back to Harlem and it's youth!"

 

STAY TUNED:  As we get more photos we'll be posting them here and on Facebook!