October 5-7, 2018 // Chicago, IL

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A Vintage Jazz Workshop Weekend

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We have sold out of regular price full weekend passes. If you would like to join the waiting list for those passes, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/D8gVZizhhv7yS0Is2. A limited number of student passes and single day passes are still available for leads.

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Event Information

Second City Swingout is a brand spankin' new vintage jazz workshop weekend in the city of Chicago! We're not limiting our awesome to any one vintage jazz dance style, so there will be a hearty mix. We're bringing in some world-class instructors for the main tracked workshops, and we're growing a list of add-ons taught by local dancers in a number of other dance styles to fill out the weekend!

The city of Chicago has been notoriously difficult to hold an event like this in, so our goal is to really highlight the city and all it has to offer. From the music to the venues to the plethora of city-wide events we've got in store, we expect there to be something for everyone!

For us, the real highlight of the event is definitely going to be dancing to the live jams from Jake Sanders in the ballroom of the Chicago History Museum. Home to the very first 'L' car, the Chicago History Museum is a beautiful space and we'll even have a private viewing on the second floor for dance attendees. We can't wait to see you there!

October 5-7, 2018

Chicago, IL

Presented by Traffic Jam!

Vintage Jazz Music

Jake Sanders

Jake Sanders will be bringing the vintage jazz jams all weekend with a quintet, a septet, and a trio for the late night dance.

Naomi Uyama

Naomi Uyama will be joining Jake Sanders for the Saturday night main dance at the Chicago History Museum.

Jake Sanders

A self-taught guitar and banjo player Jake truly delved into into vintage music while working for renowned bandleader Vince Giordano in New York City. While living there he formed The Cangelosi Cards, planting a seed for the current, thriving, young, traditional jazz scene you find in New York today. He's played with many notable projects including The Fat Babies, a renowned hot jazz band playing in Chicago and beyond. He currently performs with Naomi & Her Handsome Devils and has collaborated with Naomi on numerous original arrangements for the band.

Claire Lorman (DJ)

Claire Lorman

Hailing from the East Coast, Claire learned to Lindy Hop in the Southeast in 2009 and started playing music for dancers shortly thereafter. She's had the privilege of DJing for numerous Lindy Hop exchanges, workshop weekends, and national events; these include Midwest Lindyfest, Atlanta Varsity Showdown, Lindy Diversion and Cowtown Jamborama. She's also had the chance to DJ at various weekly dances, such as the Jam Cellar in Washington DC, Rhythm Junction in Minneapolis, and Frim Fram Jam in New York City.

She is currently based out of Brooklyn, NYC.

Bob Bednarz (DJ)

Bob Bednarz

Bob has been DJ'ing for dancers since 2004. Although you won't find him traveling to dance events these days, you'll find him DJ'ing at all local dances (including Traffic Jam!) and providing live sound for bands around Chicago. Nicknamed, DJ Thor, Bob always "brings the thunder." You'll have to attend Second City Swingout to find out what that means.

World-Class Instructors

Naomi and Peter

Naomi Uyama & Peter Strom

Naomi Uyama discovered Lindy Hop in her hometown of Washington DC in 1997. Before graduating high school she had already been hand picked by Aretha Franklin to perform with her onstage, and had won numerous national level contests. Today she is a top performer and competitor and has collected dozens of titles at such major competitions as the US Open Swing Dance Championships and the International Lindy Hop Championships. As an instructor she has taught thousands of students in over 20 countries. Today, she travels the world teaching dance and singing with her band "Naomi & Her Handsome Devils", while calling Minneapolis home.

Peter Strom is one of the most dedicated and well traveled instructors on the lindy hop scene today. His humor in classes is only matched by the clarity and care he takes with his students. Since his start in 1998 he has taught at international dance camps from Australia to South Korea to Herrang, Sweden. In addition to teaching he brings with him his skills as a sought after DJ and experienced Master of Ceremonies. He was a member of the renowned lindy hop team the Silver Shadows and the founder of Uptown Swing in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Mia and Andy

Mia Halloran & Andy Reid

Mia Halloran (Goldsmith), with her incredible string of competition wins and international teaching and performing gigs, excels in dances from the Jazz Age and is known as one of the best Balboa Swing dancers in the world. Her unique approach to teaching is full of energy and creativity, bringing a passionate and motivated air to the classroom. She is known for her highly impressive footwork, elegance, improvisation, and individual approach to the dance. Above all else, she is driven by her desire to create with both partner and band on the social floor.

Andy Reid is one of the most well known and influential swing dancers out there. Since he started dancing in the late nineties, Andy has left an indelible mark on the dance scene. Andy's style is a balance of the refined and the eccentric. His proficiency with rhythm and partnering make his dancing rich and inspiring to watch and experience. While Andy specializes in and is passionate about the original styles of Lindy Hop, his dancing is a mix of many influences, is always inventive, and is never encumbered by labels.

Jenny and Christian

Jenny Shirar & Christian Frommelt

Since being introduced to Lindy Hop in 2008, Jenny Shirar has quickly become known as a dynamic dancer, teacher, competitor, and performer. She embodies a distinctive, high-energy style that favors audacity and individuality over perfection. Ever proud of her hometown roots in St. Louis, Missouri, Jenny also specializes in St. Louis Shag and the regional dialect of swing that developed in St. Louis between the 1930s-present. She has been privileged to learn from and dance with some of the great St. Louis Shag and Swing dancers of eras prior and as one of the only followers in the world to have had this training, she enjoys sharing this unique perspective with students from all over. Jenny has had numerous competition successes, including first place wins at the International Lindy Hop Championships, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Midwest Lindy Fest, and more. As a teacher, she adopts a people-first approach and gets most excited about seeing dancers discover and explore their own way of moving.

Christian Frommelt is a passionate swing dance instructor, performer, and social dancer who has dedicated his life to bringing people together through music and dancing. His unique style blends an emphasis on traditional swing movement and a highly personal character. In addition to his renown as a lindy hop and solo jazz dancer, Christian is the foremost aficionado of St. Louis Shag, which he learned in his hometown from original jitterbugs through interviews and close study. Some of Christian’s proudest accomplishments include winning the 2014 and 2015 Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Battles in New Orleans, Louisiana and placing 1st in the Open Showcase contest at the 2015 International Lindy Hop Championships with partner Jenny Shirar. Christian is thankful to travel the world doing what he loves most--dancing--but is equally grateful and proud of his projects in St. Louis, including organizing the Nevermore Jazz Ball & St. Louis Swing Dance Festival, cultivating a strong community of dance through the St. Louis Jitterbugs, and learning jazz piano.

Jon Tigert

Jon Tigert

Jon Tigert found swing dancing at the tender age of 15 and never looked back. Now, somewhat older than 15, Jon shares his knowledge of the dance all over the United States and the World. You may know him from his roles at events such as Lindy Focus, Lindy Fest, The Canadian Swing Dance Championships, The Chinese Lindy Hop Championships, Herrang Dance Camp, The International Lindy Hop Championships and many more. Known for his concise language, historical knowledge and and infinite supply of dad jokes, Jon's classes are immensely informative and entertaining. Beyond teaching, Jon is often seen behind the microphone as a well known MC and host, behind the computer as a DJ, or behind the drum kit playing and singing with various bands.

Julee and Andrew

Julee Mertz & Andrew Twiss

Beginner Track

Julee Mertz has been dancing since she could walk and teaching since she was 15. But, she had to learn to swing out, follow, and lead from the very beginning, which is what makes her knowledge so deep and her instruction so clear. She helps her students find joy in every count. Having taught both nationally and internationally with some wildly talented leads, Julee has since returned her focus to the studio she founded right here in Chicago back in 1997, Big City Swing, where teacher training courses have produced a band of fantastic instructors who themselves have gone onto national acclaim.

Andrew Twiss, a tap dancer from the age of 10 and a Lindy Hopper since 1996 is known for his seamless connection, momentum based creativity, and dynamic musicality, which is what makes his dancing so eye-catching and his choreography so unique. He has taught, performed, judged and competed in Lindyhop, Blues, and other Swing Era dances in the U.S. and Europe with both Evin Galang and Julee Mertz. He is most inspired by participating in and sharing his love of the social and improvisational aspects of the dance and his relaxed, humorous teaching style makes every topic more fun to learn! He continues to teach and dance weekly in Chicago, and continues to be inspired by many different dance forms including Salsa and Tango.

Julee and Andrew have been swinging out and teaching together for over 20 years! They have mastered the art of delivering instruction with clarity, brevity, and humor. They each have a long resume of teaching all over the world, but teaching together in Chicago always puts a smile on their and their students’ faces!

Bril Barrett

Bril Barrett

Tap Elective

Bril Barrett is a dedicated tap dancer, whose mission is to preserve and promote tap dance as a percussive art form, foster respect and admiration for the history and creators of tap, and continuously create opportunities for the art form and its practitioners.

Bril is the founder of M.A.D.D. (Making A Difference Dancing) Rhythms, Co-founder of M.A.D.D. Rhythms Canada, director of The Chicago Tap Summit and founder of The M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Academy. His Performance opportunities include Riverdance, Tap Dance Kid, Imagine Tap, The St. Louis Tap Festival, The Calgary Tap Summit and many others. Bril has taught and/or performed in Prague, Canada, Germany, Finland, Turkey, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Albania, Amsterdam, and across the U.S. He has started many outreach programs in Chicago's public schools, Park districts and even a performing arts high school in Gary, Indiana.

Mr. Barrett has been running an After School Matters Youth Tap Program at The Better Boys Foundation in the North Lawndale community for the last 3 years and has just started one at Englewood High School in Englewood this year. The BBF program has been so successful that it has spawned a new addition to the M.A.D.D. Rhythms family. “ M.A.D.D. Rhythms West: The BBF Crew”

The M.A.D.D. Rhythms Jr. Squad is in its second year and quickly gaining a reputation for layin’ some madd rhythms on the wood.

Bril is determined to make a difference in his community by using tap and it’s history to expose our youth to the art form that saved his life!

Respect The Dance!

Chicago Venues

Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum is one of the finest museums, located in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. With breathtaking views, beautiful Georgian-style architecture, and featuring stained glass from Tiffany and Frank Lloyd Wright, the Chicago Room will host our Saturday night dance. We’ll also have the top floor of the museum and access to the permanent collections for a private viewing ahead of the dance. Have a seat in Chicago’s very first ‘L’ car, which brought visitors from all over the world to the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893, and learn more about our fine city’s long history!

We couldn’t be more excited to listen to the fine tunes of Jake Sanders, have a stroll through the grounds, and dance away the evening in this beautiful space!

Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum

Shapiro Ballroom

Located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood, the Shapiro Ballroom is a beautiful space with exposed brick, large windows with views of the city, and a great atmosphere!

Schedule of Events

We’ve got three main dances and a Saturday late night to finish off two full days of workshop classes. We’re also working with organizations around the city to hook our attendees up with some of the best Chicago has to offer! Check back for more details as we get closer to the event! Sign up for the newsletter to stay up to date!

Friday

Main Dance
Jake Sanders Quintet
Shapiro Ballroom
$20 at the door

Saturday

Classes and Chicago events during the day.

Main Dance
Jake Sanders Septet
Chicago History Museum
$25 at the door

Late Night Dance
Jake Sanders Trio
$15 at the door

Sunday

Classes and Chicago events during the day.

Main Dance
Swing and Soul Party
$10 at the door

Tickets and Registration

Registration will open April 1, 2018. No joke. Stay up to date by signing up for the newsletter. We never spam, we just want to make sure you get your ticket!

Weekend Passes

We will be offering full weekend passes that will include entry to all the dances as well as all the workshops.

Pricing Tiers
  • Full Weekend Tier 1: $130 (20 passes)
  • Full Weekend Tier 2: $145 (20 passes)
  • Full Weekend Tier 3: $160 (30 passes)
  • Full Weekend Tier 4: $170 (30 passes)
  • Full Weekend Students: $75 (50 passes)
  • Beginner Track: $110 (40 passes)

Party Passes

Party passes will be available for the whole weekend. This includes admission to all of the main and late night dances at a discount from the a la carte dance prices.

Pricing
  • $60 for the weekend

A La Carte

Single dance passes and single day workshop passes will be available as well as elective classes (we’ll be announcing these later).

  • Friday Main Dance: $20
  • Saturday Main Dance: $25
  • Saturday Late Night Dance: $15
  • Sunday Main Dance: $10
  • Saturday Tap Elective: $20
  • Sunday Steppin' Elective: $20
  • Single Day Workshop Pass: $65

A Note About Tracks and Levels

The Beginner track will be a separate track for new dancers and dancers that are new to Lindy Hop. Julee and Andrew will have you swinging out by the end of the day!

The main workshops are tracked into two self-placed levels: Intermediate and Advanced.

  • There are no auditions, choose the track with which you feel most comfortable.
  • A survey will be sent out to all Intermediate and Advanced registrants to help gauge experience level and make adjustments to class sizes.
  • Everyone in the Intermediate and Advanced tracks will have equal class time with each set of national visiting instructors!

Intermediate

You are very comfortable with the swing-out and can Lindy Hop to an entire song. You know partner charleston and can mix it in with your swing outs. You are comfortable switching between 6 and 8 count moves.

Advanced

You are not only comfortable with swinging out but you can throw in variations, solo jazz steps, and lead/follow a variety of rhythm changes within 6 and 8 count moves. You dance at a wide range of tempos, travel outside your scene with regularity, and might even perform and/or compete!