I Love Jazz Festival – Brazil

The Vivacity band has just returned from the I Love Jazz Festival in Belo Horizonte, Brazil where they performed for an appreciative audience of 5,000 Jazz listeners, Swing and Lindy Hop dancers!  They are still raving about what a wonderful weekend of music that was enjoyed there! Heather Thorn and Vivacity were the headline act for the Saturday evening performance playing classic Jazz and Swing tunes like Five Foot Two Eyes…

Swing Dancing Tips

When you go out to your first Swing Dance, hopefully you are excited because they are really fun! But sometimes you might be a little anxious. Here are some Swing Dancing Tips to get you started! About the Dance Steps “Rock step, Triple step, Triple step” or “Triple step, Triple step, Rock step” – Regardless of whether it starts with a ‘Rock step’ or a ‘Triple step,’ you will probably…

Xylophone: The Original Dance Band Instrument

About the Xylophone The xylophone has thick, hardwood bars to create a sharp, short, crisp notes.  Many are made of hardwood, but some are constructed from other woods including maple and bamboo.  Each wood gives it a different sound. The bars of the xylophone are laid out in the pattern of the piano.  The length of the bars determines the pitch; shorter bars are higher, longer bars are lower. Beneath…

Jazz Fun Facts

Jazz came about as a blend of African and European musical traditions. Jazz became wildly popular across the United States in the 1920s when radios became a household item and spurred “The Jazz Age.” Louis Armstrong is considered a large influence in increasing the popularity of Jazz and became known as the Ambassador of Jazz. Jazz has many different styles (sometimes based on the location they were played) including Swing,…

1920s Slang for a Great Gatsby Party!

Happy Days Are Here Again! Roaring 20s / Great Gatsby Parties are back in fashion. So put your glad rags on and join the fun! “Cut a Rug” –a slang term for dancing in the 1920s meaning to dance so much it would wear a spot on the carpet or “cut a rug” i.e. “The band is swingin’ let’s cut a rug” “Bootlegging” – selling alcohol illegally during Prohibition in…

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