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2022 Susquehanna Folk Festival Swing Series in partnership with Lindy Central

About This Event:

Enjoy a solid day of jazz, swing, and Lindy Hop dancing with three internationally recognized instructors and our good friends at Lindy Central.

Swing Dancing

photo by Jerry Almonte

Enjoy a solid day of jazz, swing, and Lindy Hop dancing with three internationally recognized instructors and our good friends at Lindy Central.

The Lindy Hop is a dance created by Black Americans and African-Americans in the ballrooms of Harlem, NY in the early 1900s. It was a response not only to the jazz tunes of the times, but also to the events of the times: systemic racism, challenging living conditions, The Great Depression. The Lindy Hop spread through the nation and the world and continues to do so. It is dance that values improvisation, self-expression, innovation, and community as well. Learn more at LindyCentral.com

Enjoy the rare opportunity to learn from a swing dance legend! Crystal Johnson is a Harvest Moon Ball winner from 1972 and a former member of the Mama Lu Parks Dance troupe. She will be instructing alongside Bobby White, an internationally recognized swing dance instructor from New York City.

Crystal and Bobby will teach a two-hour swing dance class for all levels spanning the noon hour on Saturday. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing for a fast-paced and high-energy class with two amazing instructors, and really get a taste for what it is like to dance jazz, swing, and Lindy Hop.

From 1pm to 4pm, the stellar NYC band The Revisionists brings the spirit of the Savoy Ballroom to the festival for three hours of high spirited, hard swingin' social dancing.

During the band's first break, LindyCentral's Carla Crowen will teach a short "taster" lesson for beginners. Carla (née Heiney) is a world champion dancer with several prestigious competition titles, and is the leader of the SugarSnaps dance troupe.

After the dance, join local string wizard Henry Koretzky at the Pickin' Place for A Survey of Swing. Henry will describe what swing and jazz are (including subgenres like western swing and gypsy jazz), and demonstrate chords, melodies, harmonies and improv that make tunes swing. Instruments are optional but welcome.

To wrap up this Saturday of swing, head over to the Coffeehouse Stage for a fascinating Question & Answer session with our honored guests, Crystal and Bobby. They'll discuss all aspects of Lindy Hop, from its Harlem origins to its current revival. Come prepared with questions so you can really feel a part of the community.

Come back to the Festival on Sunday afternoon to catch The Revisionists on our Main Stage. They have "a classic swing sound you wouldn't think possible."

A Folk Festival Event!

Included with admission to our 2022 Susquehanna Folk Festival August 12-14 at the York Expo Center.

Where & When:

Swing Dance Class (all levels) with Bobby White and Crystal Johnson

Dance Hall on Saturday
11:00 am - 1 pm

Dancing w/The Revisionists High energy social dancing!

Dance Hall on Saturday
1:00 pm - 4 pm

Beginner “Taster” Lesson with Carla Crowen, during the band's first break

Dance Hall on Saturday
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

A Survey of Swing discussion with Henry Koretzky

Pickin' Place on Saturday
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm

Swing Time! Q&A session with Crystal Johnson and Bobby White

Coffeehouse Stage on Saturday
6:15 pm - 7:15 pm

The Revisionists in concert

Main Stage on Sunday
4:20 pm - 5:20 pm

COVID precautions

For the Festival, we will follow CDC recommendations for York County, PA at the time of the festival.

Currently, that means:

  • Vaccination NOT required for admission
    Negative test result NOT required for admission
    Guests may choose to mask at any time
  • Mask-wearing is ENCOURAGED indoors as a courtesy to others but not required
  • Mask-wearing is REQUIRED at Contra Dance and Bal Folk Dance events, at the request of those dance communities
  • If you have symptoms, have tested positive, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please wear a mask or stay home to protect others.

SFMS is committed to creating a festival that is as safe as possible for visitors, volunteers and artists. Advance ticket purchasers will be notified of policy updates, and the policy will be posted here.