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Keeping Austin a Safe Dance Space

The Austin Swing Syndicate would like to join the international swing dance community in our support for Sarah Sullivan and all survivors of sexual violence in the swing dance scene. We admire Sarah for her bravery in publicly disclosing her story, which was especially difficult considering the influence of the person responsible within the international swing dance community.

As other local swing communities have begun to do, the Austin Swing Syndicate would like to take this opportunity to reflect and initiate an open conversation about sexual violence in our own community. We all deserve to feel comfortable and safe at our community dance events; especially, safe and free to speak out against any form of harassment.

The Syndicate board has created a Code of Conduct to express our dedication to providing a Safe Space for everyone; to condemn all forms of harassment; and, to delineate our expectations for all to behave with decency. We are also forming a Safety committee to ensure that this conversation continues and to pursue initiatives that increase the safety of our community.

We understand the necessity for survivors of violence to be heard and supported in the sharing of their experiences. In this way, we also encourage you to be inspired by Sarah’s courage to speak out about breaches of your consent. If you desire our support, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Contact Austin Swing Syndicate’s Safety Staff: safespace@austinswingsyndicate.org; (512) 200-2467

Other resources for help:

Austin’s SafePlace: safeplace.org; 512-267-SAFE(7233)

Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN): rainn.org; 1-800-656-HOPE

National Domestic Violence Hotline: thehotline.org; 1-800-799-7233

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Kick Off 2015 Right with Jonathan Doyle Quintet on January 8th!

We are kicking off the new year in style with the Jonathan Doyle Quintet on January 8th! Live music? How could you miss this?!? The Jonathan Doyle Quintet is one of the hottest swing bands in Austin right now! If you haven’t heard them play yet, you can get a little sneak preview here. They are awesome!!

Jonathan Doyle Quintet at the Austin Swing Syndicate

Admission will be $7 for Syndicate members and $10 for non-members. Doors open at 8pm, intro lesson is at 8:15pm, music and dancing until Midnight! Come on out to the Fed and have a blast! Invite your friends!

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We are Open on New Year’s Day 2015!

Austin Swing Syndicate Wishes you a Happy New Year 2015
Happy New Year’s! Just a reminder that we will be kicking off 2015 with our regular Thursday night dance on January 1st, 2015! That’s right, start off 2015 right with swing dancing at the Fed! We’ll be open our regular hours from 8pm to Midnight and we’ll have both classes going (intro to swing and a side room class). If you’re not sure what to expect, read about our regular Thursday night dance here!

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Join us for a FREE New Year’s Eve Celebration at Highland Lounge!

2014 Austin Swing Syndicate Gatsby New Year's Eve Party

The Austin Swing Syndicate has partnered up with Highland Lounge for a Gatsby Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve Party (Dec 31st, 2014: 8pm to 3am)! Come Dapper, Flapper, and Night-Capper! Jump in the jalopy with your doll and your pal and head on down to the Highland Lounge. Every dame in town knows it’s all the cat’s meow, so be sure to wear your best 1920’s costume out. The great GATSBY New Year’s Party will have all the ritz and the glitz and the champagne will have you blitzed! Please note, to enter the event you’ll need to be 18 years or older since it’s at a club (please make sure to bring a valid driver’s license). Also, if you’re an Austin Swing Syndicate member you can get in FREE at any point in the night, please make sure to bring a current Austin Swing Syndicate membership card to get your free entry. Otherwise, entry is free until 10:00pm, and cover will be $10 after 10:00pm. Highland Lounge is also offering some VIP packages if you want a fancier experience.

Start your night off early with a complimentary Swing Dance Lesson, hosted by the Austin Swing Syndicate. CHICO CHICO will keep the dance floor jiving with live jazz music. Avant Glam Cabaret will perform spectacular burlesque. And when the clock strikes midnight, the grand champagne toast will ignite, followed by an all night Electro Booty Swing Dance Party with DJ Happy Happy James! Here are the details of the 2014 to 2015 New Year’s Eve Event: Read more

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We are Closed Christmas Day but Will Reopen New Year’s Day!

Happy Holidays from the Austin Swing Syndicate!

Just a friendly reminder that the Austin Swing Syndicate will be closed on Christmas Day (Thursday, December 25, 2014)! The Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs Headquarters (the Fed) management has asked that we allow their staff to spend time with their families during the holidays. However, we will be open again starting on Thursday, January 1, 2015 (New Year’s Day)! We hope all of our members and fellow dancers have a great holiday, and we’ll see you in the new year! Happy Holidays!

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Our 2014 Holiday Schedule!

The Austin Swing Syndicate is Open on Thanksgiving 2014!

Hey everyone! It’s that time of year again when holidays are happening and schedules start getting a bit weird. So for 2014 (2015), we have a few Thursdays that land on Holidays. Here’s the remaining 2014 Schedule (we are basically open every Thursday except Christmas!): Read more

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We are Open for Thanksgiving 2014!

Austin Swing Syndicate wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving 2014!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! The Austin Swing Syndicate will be open on Thanksgiving (as we have in the previous years)! In keeping with that tradition, the dance will be completely FREE since it will be run by volunteers who have taken time out of their Thanksgiving evening to operate the Thursday dance! Also, special to this year, we’ll have teachers for the beginner lesson starting at 8:15pm! How can you beat a FREE dance and FREE lesson on Thanksgiving? Seems like one of the best pre-Black Friday deals! The schedule for the Thanksgiving dance is:

  • 8:00pm: Doors Open
  • 8:15pm to 9:00pm: Intro to Swing Beginner Lesson in the main ballroom
  • 9:00pm to Midnight: DJ’ed Social Dance in the main ballroom

Please keep in mind, there will be no side room tonight, and Read more

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ALX 2014 is THIS WEEKEND!

ALX 2014

This Thursday’s dance unofficially kicks off Austin Lindy Exchange! There are well over 200 people registered for the event this weekend, so we’ll have a full house! Expect our weekly Thursday dance to be a little more packed than usual, but otherwise we’ll be holding our regular DJ’ed dance, $3 for members and $6 for non-members. If you have friends from out of town attending the Thursday dance, make sure they bring their local swing group membership card to get the affiliate discount ($3)!

  • Never been to a lindy exchange? There’s a great explanation of what it is on our website!
  • You can register for ALX here until November 19th at 11:59pm for $90. Otherwise you can register at the door for $100!
  • There will be day passes to the event, which you can also purchase online until Midnight or at the door if you cannot attend the entire event.
  • THERE ARE GOING TO BE TEN LIVE BANDS!
  • Want to save some money and attend the whole event? You can try to buy a pass from someone who can no longer attend here and here.
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Live Band Dance on November 6 2014 with Jonathan Doyle Quintet!

Jonathan Doyle Quintet

Start November off with a bang with the Austin Swing Syndicate and the Jonathan Doyle Quintet! That’s right, on November 6th, we’ll be having a LIVE BAND! The Quintet’s one of Austin’s favorite local jazz bands that will be playing at the upcoming Austin Lindy Exchange, so come check them out while dancing your shoes off! Entry for this dance will be $7 for members and $10 for non-members. Doors at 8pm, intro lessons at 8:15pm, dancing until midnight!

Here’s the schedule:

Here’s a video of the Fed with Jonathan Doyle’s Quintet’s song “The Fed Hop”!