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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!

We are Closed Christmas Day but Will Reopen New Year’s Day!

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Happy Holidays from the Austin Swing Syndicate!

Just a friendly reminder that the Austin Swing Syndicate will be closed on Christmas Day (Thursday, December 25, 2014)! The Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs Headquarters (the Fed) management has asked that we allow their staff to spend time with their families during the holidays. However, we will be open again starting on Thursday, January 1, 2015 (New Year’s Day)! We hope all of our members and fellow dancers have a great holiday, and we’ll see you in the new year! Happy Holidays!
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We are Open for Thanksgiving 2014!

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Austin Swing Syndicate wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving 2014!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! The Austin Swing Syndicate will be open on Thanksgiving (as we have in the previous years)! In keeping with that tradition, the dance will be completely FREE since it will be run by volunteers who have taken time out of their Thanksgiving evening to operate the Thursday dance! Also, special to this year, we’ll have teachers for the beginner lesson starting at 8:15pm! How can you beat a FREE dance and FREE lesson on Thanksgiving? Seems like one of the best pre-Black Friday deals! The schedule for the Thanksgiving dance is:
  • 8:00pm: Doors Open
  • 8:15pm to 9:00pm: Intro to Swing Beginner Lesson in the main ballroom
  • 9:00pm to Midnight: DJ’ed Social Dance in the main ballroom
Please keep in mind, there will be no side room tonight, and
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ALX 2014 is THIS WEEKEND!

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ALX 2014 This Thursday’s dance unofficially kicks off Austin Lindy Exchange! There are well over 200 people registered for the event this weekend, so we’ll have a full house! Expect our weekly Thursday dance to be a little more packed than usual, but otherwise we’ll be holding our regular DJ’ed dance, $3 for members and $6 for non-members. If you have friends from out of town attending the Thursday dance, make sure they bring their local swing group membership card to get the affiliate discount ($3)!
  • Never been to a lindy exchange? There’s a great explanation of what it is on our website!
  • You can register for ALX here until November 19th at 11:59pm for $90. Otherwise you can register at the door for $100!
  • There will be day passes to the event, which you can also purchase online until Midnight or at the door if you cannot attend the entire event.
  • THERE ARE GOING TO BE TEN LIVE BANDS!
  • Want to save some money and attend the whole event? You can try to buy a pass from someone who can no longer attend here and here.
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Live Band Dance on November 6 2014 with Jonathan Doyle Quintet!

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Jonathan Doyle Quintet Start November off with a bang with the Austin Swing Syndicate and the Jonathan Doyle Quintet! That’s right, on November 6th, we’ll be having a LIVE BAND! The Quintet’s one of Austin’s favorite local jazz bands that will be playing at the upcoming Austin Lindy Exchange, so come check them out while dancing your shoes off! Entry for this dance will be $7 for members and $10 for non-members. Doors at 8pm, intro lessons at 8:15pm, dancing until midnight!

Here’s the schedule: Here’s a video of the Fed with Jonathan Doyle’s Quintet’s song “The Fed Hop”!
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We have a New Parking Garage!

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New Garage Parking Map

UPDATE: Starting 12/15, we will not be using a parking validator. But parking is still free! Instead, we will be providing a different parking code at the front desk of the Fed each week that can be entered in at the exit of the parking garage.

The wonderful management of the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs Headquarters, lovingly known to us as “The Fed”, has secured a new parking garage for us to park at! There will be no more tokens needed like the previous garage. Instead, you will bring your parking ticket to the front desk to get validated. The parking garage will be FREE to all our attendees. The new parking garage is:

New Parking Garage at the Quarters Parking Garage

Look for this Entrance to the Garage with the Green/Aqua-colored “P” sign.

The Quarters Parking Garage 2216 Rio Grande St. Austin, TX 78705 Here’s how the parking will work:
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Shim Sham classes for the month of August!

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Shim Sham Classes

Photo Courtesy of Andrew Fritz



The Austin Swing Syndicate will be teaching a Shim Sham Class for the month of August. The Shim Sham is traditional jazz line dance (no partner necessary, think of it like an old school, 1920’s version of Cupid Shuffle or Teach Me How to Dougie). We do the Shim Sham every Thursday around 10:30pm and this is a great way to learn the steps so you can participate with everyone. The best part, is the class is FREE with admission into the dance.

We have fabulous instructors teaching two week series on the Shim Sham. We’ll have two separate series of classes so if you miss one just wait until the next series starts. Here’s the information:

First 2-Week Series

  • Teacher: Joanna Lucero
  • Dates: Thursday, August 7 & Thursday, August 14, 2014
  • Time: 8:15pm to 9:15pm
  • Location: Austin Swing Syndicate (in the Art Gallery, when you walk in it’s in the side room to your left)

Second 2-Week Series

  • Teacher: Vanessa Shields
  • Dates: Thursday, August 21 & Thursday, August 28, 2014
  • Time: 8:15pm to 9:15pm
  • Location: Austin Swing Syndicate (in the Art Gallery, when you walk in it’s in the side room to your left)
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Join Us For a Special Dance Event Celebrating our 15th Anniversary!

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Hey everyone! Join us for a special evening on August 7th, as the Austin Swing Syndicate celebrates its 15th Anniversary! We have a lot of great things in store for our attendees. We’ve booked one of the best jazz bands in Austin, Thrift Set Orchestra to help us celebrate 15 years. We have some other surprises lined up. So come out and dance!
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Learn the Frankie100 Global Choreography in Austin!

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Learn the Frankie100 Choreography in Austin!

This year marks the celebration of Frankie Manning’s 100th birthday! In a global tribute to Frankie, cities around the world are learning and performing The Lindy Chorus, choreographed by Frankie himself.

To kick off Austin’s participation in this centennial celebration, the Austin Swing Syndicate will be teaching the Frankie 100 choreography in a 4-week class starting Thursday, April 24! The class will be taught by Andrew Muñoz and Gina Helfrich, and is FREE to everyone with admission to the Syndicate’s weekly Thursday dance.
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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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