The City Artists Corps Showcase at Queens Theatre

Swing Into the Past: A Night at the Savoy

Excerpts from an interactive dance theater

October 17, 6:45 PM

Type of event: Dance performance

"Swing into the Past," an interactive dance theater by Project Connect, showcases authentic Lindy Hop while educating about the history and the cultural context of the dance. The plot follows two siblings who time travel to Savoy Ballroom in 1939. Through their eyes, the audience experiences the magnificent Savoy Ballroom first hand, witnessing real events at Savoy and learning about the dance and Jazz music. The show will feature high intensity choreographed lindy hop dances with air steps as well as improvised social dancing. The show will be interactive and participatory so that the audience can truly experience the power of Lindy Hop.

Project Connect Performance Training Sept/Oct, 2021
Meet the artist


Akemi Kinukawa is a Lindy Hop choreographer/instructor who creates artistic work reflecting Lindy Hop’s spirit. Lindy Hop is the original form of swing dancing created by African American dancers in Harlem in the early 1900s to swing jazz music. Her work, from dance pieces to dance theater, champions Lindy Hop’s spirit by educating on its history and cultural context, furthering the legacy of inclusivity. The highlights of her career includes performing at the opening night of Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing in 2017 as well as performing with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in 2016.