1920s-Style Dances and More at Alexandria Library

Channel your inner razzle-dazzle spirit. As part of our All Alexandria Reads programming (AAR), we're offering free 1920s-style dance lessons at the Beatley Central and Burke Branch. Learn the exuberant dance moves that were popularized during the jazz era and beyond such as Swing, the Charleston and Lindy Hop.  Or, you can simply enjoy the seminars and demonstrations when you visit. If you have two left feet but still appreciate the dance art form, you can come to our craft event at the Barrett Branch, where you'll learn how to make "dance cards." We look forward to your participation — "it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing"!


Beatley Central Library
Sunday, May 11 at 2 p.m.
Join Gotta Swing to learn about the history of swing dance, to see a swing dance demonstration, and to get a beginner swing lesson. Make Mother's Day memorable and unique! Located in the Large Meeting Room.


Burke Branch Library
Saturday, May 17 at 2 p.m.
Hand Dance is a contemporary, improvisational form of swing style partner dancing developed in the D.C. area in the 1950s by African Americans as a form of recreation; the dance evolved from the early Lindy Hop and Jitterbug dance styles. Come see a demo of several styles of hand dance with historical narration and stay for a short lesson of basic Hand Dance. All ages.


Barrett Branch Library
Tuesday, May 20 at 7 p.m.
Local artist and paper craft collector Laura Hummel will share samples of Dance Cards from the past, a social necessity of the time mentioned in All Alexandria Reads' book selection, When Washington Was In Vogue. Dance Cards were given to women at formal dances or balls, which they would wear on their wrists. Create your own with the supplies provided.


Burke Branch Library
Saturday, May 24 at 3 p.m.
Come join us as we listen to a trio from the Moonlighters play jazz music with a swing dancing demo. If you want to do more than just watch, join in on the dance lessons that they will give. All ages.


Burke Branch Library
Saturday, May 31 at 2 p.m.
Wear your dancing shoes or just come watch! There will be a demonstration of swing dancing, lindy hop, and jitterbug styles of dance including a history of the dance from 1927 to the present. A short lesson will follow and no partner is required. All ages.