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THE 6:30pm DANCE LESSON IS AT CAPACITY:
Please visit http://beachculture90-1.eventbrite.com to make a reservation for an 8pm entry.
5:15-6:15pm Docents available at the Marion Davies Guest House to discuss the site
6:30-7pm: Swing Dance Lesson with Sara Lerner (shorter lessons throughout the night!)
7-10pm Dance Party
Come down for our second Dance Hall event, where we clear the hall, get a band on stage, and put on a social dance! This month we celebrate the heyday of the Beach House with live music from the late 20s through the 30s from the Swingsations, with special guest vocalist Wendy Rea. They'll be dusting off classics popularized by Jimmie Lunceford, Louis Armstrong, and Tommy Dorsey like "Swing That Music", "Rhythm Is Our Business", and "The Music Goes 'Round and Around". Plus Lindy Hopper extraordinaire Sara Lerner will be teaching a half-hour beginner swing dance lesson at 6:30pm and giving pointers throughout. Live music starts at 7pm and all levels are welcome, partner or no, with points for outfits from the 20s-30s. Tie on your dancing shoes and get ready for a wild ride!
Please note that seating is very restricted for this event - most of the hall will be open for dancing. There will be seats available in the Terrace Lounge for resting.
Formed in 1995, The Swingsations are dedicated to preserving and swinging the best Classic Jazz, Swing and Novelty tunes of the 20s to the 40s. With a repertoire that runs the gamut from classic swing era tunes to dixieland favorites, as well as fun novelty numbers from the great vocal groups of the eras, the group is led by trumpeter and vocalist Jim Ziegler, with Phil Krawzak on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Tom Hynes on guitar, Lee "Westy" Westenhofer on string bass and vocals, and Bryan Taylor on drums. Performance credits include nightclub appearances at the Derby and the Argyle Hotel, the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, the Big Bear Lake Festival of Jazz, and outdoor concerts throughout the Southland. Swingsation's two recordings, Swing That Music and Swingers and Noveltiesare both available on Cdbaby.com.
Described by the LA Weekly as the “Classiest Canary in LA”, Wendy Rea might be the only jazz singer in the history of the genre to make her first public appearance singing the National Anthem at a rodeo. A California native, she fell in love with jazz the first time she heard Peggy Lee sing. She has performed at Disney World and extensively in the Los Angeles area, sharing the stage with such notable bandleaders and vocalists as Bill Elliot, Eddie Reed, Dean Mora, Nancy Sinatra, and Anita O’Day. In addition, she fronted her own band for several years in Los Angeles. Wendy is now the featured vocalist for Jim Ziegler’s Swingsations, and brings a variety of moods to her vocal stylings. Some of her primary influences include Lee Morse, Lee Wiley, Helen Forrest and The Boswell Sisters.
Sara Lerner has been dancing since 1997 and teaching, performing, and competing in California and around the country since 1998. She blends her prior experience in figure skating with extensive training in several forms of swing, including Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and Big Apple. Her enthusiasm for the dance and the music shine through in her teaching. Her mix of humor, great musicality, and her knack for breaking it down ensures that everyone has a good time learning how to dance!
Stop by early for information on the Beach House by docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy before every Beach=Culture evening, from 5:15-6:15pm.
Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please reserve online. Please plan to arrive by 6:15pm to retain your reservation. Late entry, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email email@example.com. We appreciate your keeping in touch!
Directions: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway, a half mile north of the California Incline and a half mile south of Chautauqua Blvd. Plenty of public parking is available - enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light. The facility is easily accessible by foot or bike from the beach bike path, although the Beach closes at sunset. There is ample bike parking at racks throughout the site - remember to bring your own lock.
Parking: There is a daily parking charge at the park and pay machines available in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Fees change but are currently $6; please check the websitefor details.
Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check http://annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.