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December Workshops

Please join us for a series of swing dance workshops in December while Four on the Floor in on winter break. You can register for classes online here!

Workshop Descriptions

Musicality 101 | Dec 6, 8-9:00pm

Take your dancing to the next level in this fun, interactive workshop! Matt Mitchell and George White will discuss song structure, timing, phrasing, dynamic changes, call and response, and other concepts dancers use to be musical and create the story they want to tell through dance.

The Big Apple | Solo Jazz & Group Performance

4-week series | Dec 6, 13, 20, 27, 8-9:00pm

Learn the Big Apple with Lian Tarhay in this 4-week progressive workshop series that concludes with a performance on Thursday, Jan 3. The Big Apple is a group dance made up of fun solo jazz moves every swing dancer should know. The Big Apple was popular with dancers in the 1930s and is still danced all over the world today!

Swing Sampler | Dec 13, 8-9:00pm

Learn the basics of Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and Lindy Hop with Amanda Pincock and Matt Mitchell. In just one hour, you’ll learn enough to attempt these dances on the social floor. Whether you are Bal or Shag curious or want to learn the opposite role, this workshop is for you!

Swingout Clinic | Dec 20, 8-9:00pm

You’ve been dancing Lindy Hop for a while, you’re comfortable with the Lindy rhythm and basic swingouts or maybe even some variations, and you’re ready to make those swingouts look and feel even better. Joanna Lucero and Mike Roberts will help you take your Lindy Hop swingouts to the next level!

Int/Adv Jitterbug | Dec 27, 8-9:00pm

You’ve been attending our main ballroom lesson and you know some basic 6-count Swing, but you want to add more fun, advanced moves to your repertoire. Join Jennifer Reed and Andrew Munoz for this workshop designed for all you Jitterbugs!


A Red Carpet New Year’s Eve

The Austin Swing Syndicate presents an evening of Old Hollywood Glam! Your Paparazzi awaits! Early bird tickets for just $40 are still available as of 11/13, so get yours today before they sell out.

7:30pm Doors
8:00pm Swing dance lesson
9:00pm Dan Walton and His Orchestra



Holiday Dance 12/13

Join us for our annual Holiday Dance at the Austin Swing Syndicate. Take a photo in front of the Fed’s Christmas tree and swing out to your favorite holiday tunes. Stay “tuned” for more info!

Live Music 11/15: Devan Jones & The Uptown Stomp

To kick off a weekend of live swing music from the best modern dance bands in the US, Devan Jones will be playing the weekly Fed dance on 11/15.

$7 members

$10 non-members

FREE for ALX weekend pass holders

Austin Lindy Exchange: Nov. 15-18th

Join the Austin Swing Syndicate for the 19th Anniversary Austin Lindy Exchange!

This year’s event will honor Frankie Manning‘s contribution to Lindy Hop and our wonderful dance community world-wide. We are proud to announce a top-notch lineup of exceptional swing bands:

The Jonathan Stout OrchestraJonathan Stout and his Campus Five feat. Hilary AlexanderMichael Gamble and the Rhythm SerenadersJonathan Doyle Swingtet, …and more!

Devon Jones and the Uptown Stomp will be playing the Thursday night of ALX on November 15th so be sure to come out to the Fed even if you can’t make all of ALX to meet some great out-of-town dancers.

Black Light Boogie 10/25

For our Halloween Dance this year, we’re going to be boogying under the black lights. Don’t forget your costume so you can enter our annual costume contest! As usual, the beginner class is included with admission:

$8 non-members

$5 members

DJ Battle of the Bands 9/20

Our third DJ Battle of the Bands at the Fed will feature fierce competition between Duke Ellington (presented by DJ Gina Helfrich) and Chick Webb (presented by DJ Lian Tarhay). Come learn about your favorite swing era band leaders and vote for your favorite!

A rematch of the 1937 between Webb and Ellington at the Savoy! Read more about that battle here:

Duke Ellington vs Chick Webb: ‘We Tore Them Up, Man’

Live Music 8/16: Swing Band Jam Session

This month we continue our series of live music in the Art Gallery. You may not have known that we have opportunities for local amateur musicians looking to play for dancers at the Fed! Once a month Austin dance instructor and musician Johnny Serrano organizes a jam session open to all, with several core musicians leading the group.

Please read our guidelines before joining in.

Dance Contest 7/26: Mix and Match

Get ready for our Mix and Match dance contest in July by taking some classes this month! A Mix and Match contest is one where dancers are paired randomly and judged individually until the finals. Check out this video of the Newcomer Prelims at Lindyfest in Houston this March.

You could win a free membership to the Austin Swing Syndicate, free passes to our dances, and more!