Dance in the Holiday Season at our Second Annual “Cool Yule” Lindy Hop Dance on Thursday, December 14th
On Thursday, December 14th from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. at Bent’s Opera House, Medina Lindy in the Village will hold its second annual “Cool Yule” themed Holiday Lindy Hop swing dance. DJ Tommy Sprinkles from Swing Buffalo will serve up holiday jazz hits of yore, including classics by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, for area dancers in Bent’s historic opera house, now gorgeously decorated for the season.
Unlike previous monthly dances, December’s dance falls on the second Thursday of December. This marks a break from the precedent of holding dances on the third Thursday of each month.
The “Cool Yule” dance caps off Medina Lindy in the Village’s second year of community-centered social dances at Bent’s Opera House. A free beginner lesson at 6:30 will be included as part of the evening’s festivities, with the dance itself immediately following at 7:30. Tickets for the dance are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and $30 for families, all of which include the free lesson. All dance levels including beginner and spectator are welcome. Holiday attire is optional but encouraged. The “Cool Yule” holiday dance event will feature an all-blue decoration theme for a spectacular visual backdrop to an evening of swing jazz holiday fun.
“Cool Yule” both celebrates the season and the ways in which 2023 was an eventful year for Medina Lindy in the Village. This December dance will be the group’s twelfth monthly dance of the year. Medina Lindy dances were featured on WHAM and WKBW ABC News stations. They held a successful “Swing Pink” fundraiser dance for breast cancer research, hosted a huge live band event featuring Gordon Webster’s Jazz Septet, held a Lindy Exchange featuring dancers from all across the region, and have continued to hold free weekly Lindy Hop lessons throughout the year. Medina Lindy’s founder, Medina resident Phil Berry, is now in active development on a feature film involving Lindy Hop dancing to be filmed this summer in both Sweden and in Western New York and will host an information session about the project in January.
Berry formed Medina Lindy in the Village to spread Lindy Hop social dancing through monthly dances and free group and one-on-one instruction, and to keep social dancers informed of learning and practice opportunities in the Niagara-Orleans area.
Bent’s Opera House on Main Street in Medina is a beautifully restored 1865 performance space. The building has three floors with a restaurant and hotel on the first and second floors, and on the third floor, a fully and historically restored Opera House Ballroom.
Monthly Dance (this dance typically happens on the third Thursday of every month):
Come dance the night away at this fun community Lindy Hop dance in the beautifully restored 1865 Bent’s Opera House! Includes a free beginner 6-count lesson at 6:30 so no dance experience is necessary!
The dance starts at 7:30 directly after the lesson.
Lindy Hop is a social dance so you don’t need a dance partner for the lesson or the dance.
Entry is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and $30 for family households.
Tickets are purchased at the door.
Monthly: Free Group Lindy Hop Lessons
Get ready for the next Bent’s Opera house Lindy Hop dance by learning or improving some basic 8 count and 6 count Lindy Hop Swing patterns. This class is for adults (and Youth 12 or older comfortable dancing with others including adults). Each lesson will be taught by Phil Berry along with another guest instructor. There is no experience necessary. More lessons will be added based on continued interest.
Lessons take place the first three Mondays of every month 7-8PM at Bent’s Opera House at 444 Main St, Medina, NY 14103.
Dances every Tuesday night at the Polish Cadets Hall in Buffalo.
- Beginner Lesson: 7:45PM – 8:30PM
- Open Dance: 8:30PM – 10PM
- Admission: $5
- Address: 927 Grant St, Buffalo, NY 14207
Rochester Lindy Jam
Dances every Wednesday night in Rochester.
- Beginner Lesson: 8:15PM
- Open Dance: 8PM – 10PM
- Admission: $7
Address: Check their facebook page for current location.