Mood Swing Orchestra

Hosted by Karen and Michael

  • 8pm Main Room: Beg-Int Swing/Lindy Lessons with Cheryl McBride and Michael Marangio
  • 9-12pm Live Show and Dance Party with Mood Swing Orchestra
  • DJ–Cheryl McBride & Shim Sham at the break 
  • Doors Open at 7:30 pm.   $15
  • 1317 San Pablo Blvd., Berkeley, CA (corner of Gilman).  Parking at REI after 9pm.
  • Admission $15 includes lessons and party. Click Here to Buy Tickets

MSO5-350Mood Swing Orchestra: One doesn’t need a tux and gown to dance to the Mood Swing Orchestra, but the music presented under the leadership of saxophonist Michael Young is in the elegant ballroom style of big band East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop. Mood Swing has performed regularly at venues from the Claremont Resort to Bimbo’s. The band was launched in 1995 and was chosen as one of the best local swing bands in the March 1999 issue of “San Francisco” magazine. Trumpeter Peter Anastos provides many of the arrangements of classic big band dance hits of the 1930s and ’40s by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Xavier Cugat, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and Artie Shaw. The tunes are ageless: “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “In the Mood,” “Harlem Nocturne,” “Come Fly with Me,” and dozens more.  Website:

unnamedDance Instructor Cheryl McBride: Cheryl has been inspiring dancers to move their feet to the dancing beat for more than 30 years. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, she has been dancing since she was a mere tyke. She is well known for teaching Cajun and Zydeco dancing which evolved in the Lafayette area of Louisiana. Her love of Swing dancing is inspired by the likes of Frankie Manning and she is passionate about sharing her enthusiasm through swing, lindy hop, charleston and balboa. In private lessons her repertoire also includes basic west coast swing, salsa, tango, waltz and more. The emphasis is on body language, comfort and fun. Yay for dancing!

michael-marangioDance Instructor Michael Marangio: Michael specializes in vintage dances, mainly of the “Swing Era.” Dances include Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, St. Louis Shag, Big Apple, Shim Sham, Charleston, and Balboa. Michael has been swing dancing since 1985, and dance teaching since 1995. He has taught at many different clubs and studios, mainly in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Michael is known for the ability to break down dance steps to into small pieces that make it easier to learn. He was inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame in 2008. He also does DJ work providing swing music for dance parties.  Michael learned the St. Louis Shag in 1986 and especially enjoys teaching it and dancing it. He hopes it gets to be more popular again and wants to see more people doing this fun dance.