SW!NG OUT Reviewed By Celia Ipiotis
Caleb Teicher in SW!NG OUT. Photo by Kathryn Landefeld.
The delightful Sw!ng Out is a throwback to the days when instead of liquor stores or banks on every corner, dance clubs dotted NYC streets--particularly in Harlem.
The spirited Caleb Teicher, salutes the grand dance ballrooms of the past in Sw!ng Out--an energetic Lindy Hop jam at the Joyce Theater.
Famous for it's integrated clientel and the home of the "Happy Feet" the Savoy Ballroom attracted film stars and Whitey's Lindy Hoppers--the most blockbuster talented dancers of their time. Back in the 1930's and 40's, the dance halls were open for business most of the day sporting some of the swingingest bands in the land including Chick Webb, Count Basie and Jimmie Lunceford.
At the Joyce dance club, clusters of dancers partner up: men with men, women with women, men and women -- not unlike the Savoy days when men easily popped up to dance together, showing off their stuff. Although less frequently, women danced together as well, but those pairings were less physical.