Date: 09/10/2016

Time: 9:00 pm

Price: $10-20, RSVP for location

A classic speakeasy party in a secret Brooklyn loft, with live swingin' sounds by vintage jazz bands, blazing burlesque divas, exotic cocktails, and the best electro-swing DJs remixing and reinventing vintage grooves late into the night. "Gatsby-era fun with a twist of new-school vibe" (The Village Voice). The night starts with an introductory dance class by Brooklyn Swings (who teach at our loft every Monday night). They will teach the Peabody, a quickstep foxtrot variation that became popular in the 1910s. Live music until 1am by the much-beloved Tin Pan Band: mixing rough and tumble jazz with the gritty side of blues. Come early to be entertained by the ragtime piano of Isaac Tetenbaum! Burlesque fabulousness during and between band sets, by the "hysterical" Victorian Beelzebabe and Deco darling Dandy Dillinger. Sweet remixed vintage beats after, until the dancing is done. The Jazz Age never ended, it just got funky. Dress accordingly: "An event worth wearing that ridiculous zoot suit for." - TimeOut NY; "Corsets and top hats tweaked with studs and leather are totally appropriate." - The New York Times. Suggestions: vintage (1920s-1940s) with a modern twist, cabaret, burlesque, Weimar Berlin, classic Hollywood, classy, sassy, tailored, hats, feathers, sequins, beads. Effort required. Dress code modern-friendly after 1am for the electro-swing dance party. About Downton to Deco weekend: Celebrating a delightful decade of decadence (1915-1925) with a weekend of vintage dress-up and entertainment, inspired by Downton Abbey. Food, drinks, music, dancing, costumes. Details TK. Participation welcome. Saturday: Swing House, a ragtime speakeasy in a secret Brooklyn loft. Sunday: Grand Victorian Garden Tea, a proper turn-of-century tea party, in a darling garden attached to an impossible Victorian cottage overlooking modern Manhattan. See below for Victorian Tea details.

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