Since last year’s was such a hit, Providence Swings has decided to bring back the late-night dance for Big Swing Out! After the Saturday night festivities with Vintage Jazz Collective at the German Club, hop on back to Studio One where we’ll have a DJ’d dance featuring Jonathan Caron from Montreal’s Northern Lights! We will also have special guests, Shana Weaver & Brandon Barker from NYC’s Big Apple Lindy Hoppers, back again to showcase a performance sure to inspire! A few featured Boston gals from Katie Piselli’s The Riff will also be providing us with a performance. This year’s late-night dance will be EPIC!
$10 at the door, or as and add-on option during online-registration.
Following Saturday night’s main dance: 12:30am-3:30am
Venue: Studio One 85 Industrial Circle, Lincoln
Jonathan Caron hails from Montreal, Quebec, where he took his first dance class nine years ago. The punk kid he was wasn’t into jazz at first, but he quickly grew fond of Basie’s piano, Hampton’s vibraphone and Hodges’ alto saxophone. His music collection started growing, and he eventually started DJ locally in Montreal and Quebec City. He eventually had more opportunities to spin his tunes out of town, appearing as a DJ in events such as Dirty Dozen Weekend and the Boston Tea Party. He’s also been on the DJ team of Beantown Dance Camp for the last four years, where he’s now in charge of the DJ Summit.
Shana Weaver is a professional swing dancer and instructor in New York City. She has been swing dancing for 3 1/2 years and has a background in Hip Hop dance for 19 years. Shana grew up in California where she studied Jazz music at Cal State LA. She holds a Bachelor of Music: Jazz Studies degree. Shana moved to New York in 2013 to pursue her dreams in the arts. You can find Shana performing with: The Sophisticated Ladies, The Big Apple Lindy Hoppers, Gatsby Entertainment, The Harlem Strutters, The Rhythm Stompers, The Rhythm Ambassadors, Chorine, and The Wild Rhythm Dance Company. You can also find her teaching regularly at DanceSport as well as with The Harlem Swing Dance Society and Brooklyn Swings. Shana is an ambassador for the Frankie Manning Foundation and has worked with choreographers including Dormeshia Edwards, Chester Whitmore, Norma Miller, and Sonny Allen.
Brandon Barker is a dancer from Harlem New York with experience in many types of dance; ranging from ballet, modern, west african and more. Although he has been doing ballet since he was three and has been exposed to a lot of styles similar to it, he was introduced to the lindy hop freshman year of high school and has been doing it for five years now. Through the course of his five years in lindy hop, he has gotten the opportunity to work with New York’s finest dancers, Michael and Evita, as well Gaby Cook and Nathan Bugh. He has been able to work with teachers all around the globe on different aspects of the lindy hop technique and stylization; from going to events like Beantown, Boston Tea Party, and the International Lindy Hop Championships. From going to these events, he has been able to work with Peter Strom and Nayomi Uyama, Skye Humphries and Sylvia Sykes, Nicholas and Mikaela, Remy and Alice, Kevin and Jo, along with others. He has the privillege to be in groups like the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers and the Harlem Strutters and perform all over New York and promote the joy of lindy hop to all who watch. Recently he has performed with the Rythm Ambassadors at Beantown and the New Orleans Swing Dance festival.
The Riff is a Boston-based practice and performance team that evolved from a vision to create a community of learning for local social dancers. Founded and coached by dancer and choreographer, Katie Piselli, The Riff inspires audiences with the spirit of Lindy Hop and jazz roots dance while serving as a training ground for its members.