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Swing AVL Dance w/the Gravyhouse Storytellers

  • THE BLOCK off biltmore 39 South Market Street Asheville, NC, 28801 United States (map)

Soup's on... come and get it with the Gravyhouse Storytellers! There will be swingin' music and a great class for beginners! Stay late for our post-band blues DJ! Plus the venue is not only gorgeous, but they have a fabulous bar!

~~~NEW Schedule (short version- see below for details)~~~
PLEASE NOTE that we are offering Beginning classes only, starting at 8pm, this summer!
8pm (Beginning): Beginning 8-Count w/Karolina & Jessica
8:30pm (All Welcome): Open Practice, teachers available
9-11pm: Swing Dance w/the Gravyhouse Storytellers
11pm - close: Blues Dance w/ DJ
PRICING: Dance/Band is $5 (includes blues) and classes are $10/$8 for Swing Asheville members. 8:30pm Practice is $5 and includes the 9pm dance. Blues Dance is $2 suggested donation for those who didn't pay for Band admission.

Interested in free dances or half priced lessons? Want to help promote the swing scene? Consider volunteering for Swing Asheville! To see what sort of opportunities are available and to sign up, please head over to

The Gravy-House Storytellers are proud to present mouth-watering musical marmalade from the 1920's through the 1940's. The Storytellers perform historically authentic arrangements of Pre-WWII-era blues shoutin', hokum, and swing tunes. Their sound is a 'snapshot' of that moment in time when blues and swing first collided. Their repertoire favors 'mid-tempo blues' and is appropriate for dancing, drinking, and listening alike.

Band finished and you're not done dancing? You're in luck... stick around for our blues after party! Continue dancing to DJ'd music until the bar kicks us out. $2 suggested donation for those coming just in time for the blues.

FOOD: Feeling peckish? The bar has a small selection of vegan goodies to help keep your stamina up! Ask a bartender for more details.

7pm: No Intermediate Classes this summer -- join us at 8:30 for practice open to all levels!

8 pm: Beginning 8-Count w/ Karolina & Jessica

Get ready for the Roarin' 20s! During this 30 minute lesson you will learn the basics of the 8-count lindy hop, the high energy dance that originated in Harlem in 1920s. You'll be able to get out on the dance floor and have fun dancing already after the first lesson! This is a drop-in class, so every week throughout June we will be covering the same set of basic steps, throwing each week a new variation on top. No partner is required to join. After the lesson we have an Open Practice at 8:30 with a DJ when our teachers will be available for dances and questions.

"Core" lessons stress the fundamentals of swing dancing for beginning dancers. Lessons rotate monthly to focus on a different kind of swing dance (6 Count Lindy, 8 Count Lindy, Charleston, Balboa, etc.). Because good fundamentals are hard to develop in one month, we recommend repeating Core lessons (on the same topic) to help develop the solid foundation you'll need in continuing classes. Core lessons are also great for intermediate and advanced dancers who want to "get back to basics" or learn a different dancing role (lead vs. follow).

Do you want to buy a gift certificate for our classes as a gift, or to pre-pay for a block of classes for yourself? You can purchase gift certificates at the door at our weekly dance! They are $40 for a block of 4, and a great way to dive into the fun world of dance.

June 18: One Leg Up
June 25: House Hoppers
July 2: Community Jazz Jam
July 9: Gravyhouse Storytellers
July 16: The Bacchaneers

Earlier Event: June 11
Swing Asheville Dance!
Later Event: June 11
Late Night Blues Dance