Category: Dance Band Winter Park Florida

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…

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…

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…

Swing Dancing Fun Facts

Swing dancing emerged in the 1920s when household radios allowed Jazz to sweep the nation also known as “The Jazz Age.” The dance the Lindy Hop was named after the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh or “Lucky Lindy” known for his transatlantic flight from New York to Paris. Many people use the terms Jitterbug, Lindy Hop and Swing Dancing interchangeably although many seasoned dancers consider Swing Dance to be the genre…

Come enjoy the sweet sound of live Jazz in Orlando!

Orlando is well known for its family friendly entertainment and theme parks, but its Jazz culture is often overlooked.  Orlando is home to many amazing musicians who often perform at the theme parks as well as Jazz clubs, lounges and other venues throughout Central Florida.  The Jazz music scene is thriving in Orlando and here are some places to look. Timucua Arts Foundation – 2000 S Summerlin Ave, Orlando, Florida…

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