Swingin'  good time

Swingin' good time

Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association celebrates 30th anniversary Saturday

By John Sollenberger 05/23/2013

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It’s been 30 years since sisters Erin and Tami Stevens started the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association, a school teaching everything from the Lindy Hop to the tango. Besides the classes, the association’s weekly Saturday Swing Dances have proved a big hit for dancers of all ages and skill levels.
On Saturday, the school celebrates the milestone with a special appearance by Pete Jacobs’ Wartime Radio Revue swing orchestra (wartimeradio.com). In addition, special surprise guests will be there to aid in the festivities.
Jacobs’ band offers an interesting, entertaining take on swing. The group brings back the musical sounds of World War II, with band members sporting the authentic look of that era. The show starts with Jacobs uttering the vintage words, “Broadcasting live, all across America, to all the ships at sea, and to all of our boys in uniform stationed abroad, this is Wartime Radio Revue.”  
Then the band launches into its extensive repertoire, featuring the music of Glenn Miller, Rosemary Clooney, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, the Andrews Sisters, Benny Goodman and other greats, plus Jacobs’ own original music.
This band is a popular draw, and Saturday promises to be a swinging good time.

The evening starts with a complimentary swing dance lesson at 7:30 p.m., followed by dancing at 8 p.m. at Grace Hall, 73 N. Hill Ave., Pasadena. Admission is $20. Call (626) 799-5689 or visit pasadenaballroomdance.com.

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