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DOC SCANTLIN'S IMPERIAL PALMS ORCHESTRA at the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo

  • Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park 7300 MacArthur Boulevard Glen Echo, Maryland 20812 (map)

Beginner swing lesson with Tom and Debra 8-9pm, dance 9pm-12midnight, $18

Celebrating Frankie Manning Month! In conjunction with the Frankie Manning Foundation, the international Lindy Hop community comes together every May to honor the original Ambassador of Lindy Hop. We'll spend the night doing the best thing we could ever do in the memory of Frankie Manning—dancing the dance we all love and spreading the joy of Lindy Hop with old friends and new. We'll be performing two dance routines during the first band break: "In The Mood," which was choreographed in honor of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II last summer, and a short and snappy routine utilizing some of Frankie's favorite moves. The third band set will kick off with a gigantic Shim Sham Shimmy to the song Frankie frequently requested at Gottaswing dances—Tuxedo Junction. Join us and be part of the world-wide Lindy community.

When Doc Scantlin and the Imperial Palms Orchestra step to the stage, the audience is transported to the high life immortalized by F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Great Gatsby. Shake over ice, add a twist of jazz and you'll get Scantlin's living homage to the music of the era with the group bringing down the house as everything old becomes new again. The 18-piece ensemble, featuring the irrepressible Chou Chou, swings with manic abandon through the early Great American Songbook, infusing standards with new energy. The Big Band Era comes alive for a night of fantastic swing dancing.