Do you love those romantic old-time movies of the 1920s, with the glitz and glam? What about the music and dancing? How about the classic black and white films starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rodgers, or Eleanor Powell? Did you fall in love with how the float across the screen? Maybe you are thinking “yes, but that time period is past, dead, long gone!” What if I told you it wasn’t? Kansas City has many venues that still support this kind of dance (ballroom and swing) and music. Here is a list of venues to check out:
Located right off 14th and Main in downtown Kansas City, in the Alamo Drafthouse Theater. On Friday nights you can get a FREE dance lesson for beginner’s swing at 8:30 PM and join in the fun of the social dance at 9 PM hosted by Kansas City Lindy Hop (founded in 2011). They have great DJs and also host live swing bands! Check them out: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Kansas-City-Lindy-Hop-100626780001668/about/?ref=page_internal
Located off west 105th Street, in Overland Park, Kansas, this venue offers dance lessons with a variety of instructors. If you want to take your swing to the next level, you should check The Swingsters! This group will help you with dips, flips, and other styling to improve your dance! Check them out! https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheKCSwingsters/about/?ref=page_internal
If you want to see the past come to life you should check this place out! In the Grand Plaza a variety of events are held, such as the Gatsby Swing at the Station and the upcoming New Year’s Swinging Eve Swing Party, both featuring the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. You will see everyone glitzed and glammed for the big event!
Located off 39th Street, here you can take classes and learn a variety of styles: ballroom, swing, hip-hop, and more. http://www.cityinmotion.org/
This organization was launched in 2013 with the mission to preserve, promote, and above all celebrate our local scene and its colorful history. They also believe in growing our community by keeping the social in social dance and lessons. They offer classes at City in Motion, The Aquarium, and Innerspace Yoga, and dance with live jazz at PS speakeasy (located in the basement of Hotel Phillips). Check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/627stomp/
Located at off Reeds Road and Johnson Drive, in Mission, Kansas, is Kansas City’s new premier ballroom and dance studio offering a variety of dances and lessons. https://www.facebook.com/Melangekc/
What is your favorite type of dance? Want to share how classic music stays alive in your city? Let us know in the replies!