Mood Swing Orchestra starts off the Swing in the Fall Series At Ashkenaz.

Hosted by Karen and Michael

  • 7pm Main Room: Beg-Int Swing/Lindy Lessons with Karen and Michael
  • 7pm Back Studio: Balboa Lesson with Cheryl McBride & Michael Marangio
  • 8-11pm Live Show and Dance Party with Mood Swing Orchestra
  • Shim Sham at break
  • DJ Michael Arntz
  • Doors Open at 6:30 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

new-image-cropMood 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!


 c_mcb_sfDance 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!


17780003-version-3Dance Instructor Karen Lile: Karen began teaching in 2006. She considers teaching as an opportunity to share her love of dance and to unlock each student’s potential for enjoyment and mastery. She helps students discover the dancer inside of themselves and feel comfortable on the dance floor. Karen has studied dance with enthusiasm for many years. These studies have included university level dance classes, teacher college certification and travel around the world to study with various teachers.

 


_mg_0602a-2ndcrop-iii-220Dance Instructor Michael Arntz: Michael began teaching with Karen in 2007. Michael Arntz combines his years of experience as a musician with his training as a professional dance teacher to help students learn how to dance to the music with skill and ease. His patience and expertise help students feel comfortable about learning to dance for the first time. He is also a DJ for private events, and plays the music between the band’s sets when there are live shows.