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Austin Swing Syndicate

The Austin Swing Syndicate is a non-profit, all-ages organization devoted to the care and growth of the Austin swing and Lindy Hop dance community. Austin is blessed to have one of the largest, best, and friendliest swing dance communities in the United States. Our goal is to maintain this supportive and welcoming environment for as diverse a group as Austin has to offer!

Celebrating our 16th Anniversary on July 23rd!

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Austin Swing Syndicate 16th Anniversary Dance on July 23, 2015

The Austin Swing Syndicate has been around since 1999 to support and grow the local swing dance scene. Can you believe it’s been 16 years? The Austin Swing Syndicate is celebrating its 16th Anniversary! And there’s no better way to celebrate than with one of Austin’s best jazz bands, the Jonathan Doyle Swingtet! We have a lot stuff planned for this year such as: raffles, photo booth, and more! Don’t forget to park for FREE in our parking garage!

The best part: Admission to this dance is FREE if you’re a current Austin Swing Syndicate member (Sorry, affiliate memberships do not count for this)! For non-members, admission is $10 (or you can sign up for a membership at the door to take advantage of the perk). Please remember to bring your membership cards in order to get free admission!

There will still be a beginner swing dance lesson at 8:15pm, so if you’ve never danced or attended the Austin Swing Syndicate before, don’t fret! We’ve got you covered. There’ll also be a beginner collegiate shag lesson followed by DJ’d groove tunes in the side room. Dancing and live music until midnight! Hope to see everyone there!

Remember to dress up since we’ll be having a photo booth there as well! We also have raffles for a month pass from each of these dance studios:
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Swing Central at Central Market on May 24!

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Swing Central at Central Market - Live Band with Dance Contest

Join us on May 24, 2015 for Swing Central. Swing Central is an annual event put on by the Austin Swing Syndicate and Central Market to showcase swing dancing in Austin. Every Swing Central, there is a Jack and Jill dance contest (free to enter). In the Jack and Jill contest, no partners are necessary and you dance with a different partner for each song. This year, Swing Central will have Jonathan Doyle’s Swingtet playing for us. Come out and have a great time!

Event Information:
  • Date: Sunday, May 24, 2015
  • Time: 6:30pm to 9:00pm (if you are competing please show up by 6:15pm)
  • Place: Central Market North Lamar on the Patio (4001 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78756)
  • Band: Jonathan Doyle’s Swingtet
  • Cost: FREE
  • Contest: Jack and Jill Contest, Free entry, prizes to be announced at event (professional teachers or instructor-level dancers may not compete, we are trying to keep the competition fun and open for everyone)
  • Prizes: TBD


Find out more about the event and live updates on our Facebook Event Page. Click HERE. NOTE: We talked to Central Market and the event will happen rain or shine. If it is raining, everything will be relocated to the covered patio. If it rains the band will still play, but the contest may not happen due to space restrictions.
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Live Band with Floyd Domino’s All-Star Band on May 14th!

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Floyd Domino's All Star Band plays at Austin Swing Syndicate on May 14, 2015

Join us Thursday, May 14 for a special LIVE BAND dance! We’ll be having the Floyd Domino’s All-Stars playing jumpin’ and swingin’ tunes all night long! We’ll also be having snacks and our usual beginner lessons at 8:15pm!

Band members: Floyd Domino, Alice Spencer, David M. Jellema, Jonathan Doyle, Brooks Prumo, Joshua Hoag and Hal Smith!

8pm: Doors open
~8:15pm: Beginner swing lesson in main ballroom and beginner Balboa lesson in side room
9:15-9:30pm until midnight: Dancing and live band!

Entry will be $7 for members, and $10 for non-members. Hope to see everyone there!
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Spring Fling Live Band Dance on March 26th!

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Fried Bananas - Live Band on March 26

Join us for our Spring Fling on Thursday, March 26! In conjunction with this year’s Austin Blues Party, the Austin Swing Syndicate​ will be having a live band! Coming all the way from the northeast, The Fried Bananas will be playing some sweet jazz for us at the Fed.

Check out their website: http://www.thefriedbananas.com/


There will be a photobooth!
Snacks will be provided!
Intro lessons included!

Entry will be $7 for members, $10 for non-members
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Vote for Your 2015 Syndicate Board of Directors!

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It’s time for the annual Austin Swing Syndicate Board of Directors Elections!

Voting Dates: February 19 and February 26

To vote:
1. You must be a member. Annual membership is $20 for students and $30 for adults, plus you get in for $3 the rest of the year. If you’re expired, it’s time to renew!
2. You must be physically present to vote during one of the two weeks.
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Meet your Nominees for the 2015 Syndicate Board Elections!

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Hey everyone! It’s that time of year again, Elections!

Please note that the Austin Swing Syndicate board would like you to vote for the most qualified candidates, not just your friends. Please think who will best serve the community and help the Austin Swing Syndicate grow and continue to move in the right direction. Please keep those things in mind when voting.

Here are your nominees!
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Keeping Austin a Safe Dance Space

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The Austin Swing Syndicate would like to join the international swing dance community in our support for Sarah Sullivan and all survivors of sexual violence in the swing dance scene. We admire Sarah for her bravery in publicly disclosing her story, which was especially difficult considering the influence of the person responsible within the international swing dance community.

As other local swing communities have begun to do, the Austin Swing Syndicate would like to take this opportunity to reflect and initiate an open conversation about sexual violence in our own community. We all deserve to feel comfortable and safe at our community dance events; especially, safe and free to speak out against any form of harassment.

The Syndicate board has created a Code of Conduct to express our dedication to providing a Safe Space for everyone; to condemn all forms of harassment; and, to delineate our expectations for all to behave with decency. We are also forming a Safety committee to ensure that this conversation continues and to pursue initiatives that increase the safety of our community.

We understand the necessity for survivors of violence to be heard and supported in the sharing of their experiences. In this way, we also encourage you to be inspired by Sarah’s courage to speak out about breaches of your consent. If you desire our support, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Contact Austin Swing Syndicate’s Safety Staff: safespace@austinswingsyndicate.org; (512) 200-2467

Other resources for help:

Austin’s SafePlace: safeplace.org; 512-267-SAFE(7233)
Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN): rainn.org; 1-800-656-HOPE
National Domestic Violence Hotline: thehotline.org; 1-800-799-7233
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Kick Off 2015 Right with Jonathan Doyle Quintet on January 8th!

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We are kicking off the new year in style with the Jonathan Doyle Quintet on January 8th! Live music? How could you miss this?!? The Jonathan Doyle Quintet is one of the hottest swing bands in Austin right now! If you haven’t heard them play yet, you can get a little sneak preview here. They are awesome!!

Jonathan Doyle Quintet at the Austin Swing Syndicate

Admission will be $7 for Syndicate members and $10 for non-members. Doors open at 8pm, intro lesson is at 8:15pm, music and dancing until Midnight! Come on out to the Fed and have a blast! Invite your friends!
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We are Open on New Year’s Day 2015!

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Austin Swing Syndicate Wishes you a Happy New Year 2015 Happy New Year’s! Just a reminder that we will be kicking off 2015 with our regular Thursday night dance on January 1st, 2015! That’s right, start off 2015 right with swing dancing at the Fed! We’ll be open our regular hours from 8pm to Midnight and we’ll have both classes going (intro to swing and a side room class). If you’re not sure what to expect, read about our regular Thursday night dance here!
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Join us for a FREE New Year’s Eve Celebration at Highland Lounge!

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2014 Austin Swing Syndicate Gatsby New Year's Eve Party
The Austin Swing Syndicate has partnered up with Highland Lounge for a Gatsby Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve Party (Dec 31st, 2014: 8pm to 3am)! Come Dapper, Flapper, and Night-Capper! Jump in the jalopy with your doll and your pal and head on down to the Highland Lounge. Every dame in town knows it’s all the cat’s meow, so be sure to wear your best 1920’s costume out. The great GATSBY New Year’s Party will have all the ritz and the glitz and the champagne will have you blitzed! Please note, to enter the event you’ll need to be 18 years or older since it’s at a club (please make sure to bring a valid driver’s license). Also, if you’re an Austin Swing Syndicate member you can get in FREE at any point in the night, please make sure to bring a current Austin Swing Syndicate membership card to get your free entry. Otherwise, entry is free until 10:00pm, and cover will be $10 after 10:00pm. Highland Lounge is also offering some VIP packages if you want a fancier experience.

Start your night off early with a complimentary Swing Dance Lesson, hosted by the Austin Swing Syndicate. CHICO CHICO will keep the dance floor jiving with live jazz music. Avant Glam Cabaret will perform spectacular burlesque. And when the clock strikes midnight, the grand champagne toast will ignite, followed by an all night Electro Booty Swing Dance Party with DJ Happy Happy James! Here are the details of the 2014 to 2015 New Year’s Eve Event:
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Park in our
NEW Parking Garage!

The Austin Swing Syndicate has garage parking for our attendees. Garage parking is provided down the street at the Quarters Parking garage (right next to our previous garage). For more information on how to get there and instructions on where to park please click the link below to read more.

You can also find the location on the map to the left.

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