The Historic Ali Cultural Arts is proud to announce that Ashanti Cultural Arts will be hosting an exciting new monthly event at the Pompano Beach venue. Swinging Fridays-Jazz on the Boulevard will take place the last Friday of each month from 7-10 pm. Professional instructors will teach the steps to iconic swing dances including the Lindy Hop, the Shag and more. Then, everyone will practice their new moves during the jazz concert which follows. Admission is $7 per person. To learn more, www.aliarts.org.
“Swinging Fridays will be a fun way to unite everyone in the community, young and old, to share the indelible impact these genres have had on our culture,” said Linda Houston Jones, Ashanti’s founder and executive director. “We are thrilled to be offering these exuberant dance classes followed by concerts featuring renowned artists including Jessie Jones, George Tandy and Nicole Yarling.”
The majority of swing dances originated in African American communities, including the Lindy Hop, which began in Harlem in the 1930s. The term “jitterbug” has been famously attributed to famed band leader Cab Calloway, because, as he put it, “[The dancers] look like a bunch of jitterbugs out there on the floor due to their fast, often bouncy movements.”
“According Pompano Beach historians, Calloway along with Louis Armstrong boarded at the Ali Building during the 1930s, bringing this exciting new program full-circle,” said Nguyen Tran, director of the Pompano Beach Northwest Community Redevelopment Agency.
Ali Cultural Arts
353 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
About Ashanti Cultural Arts:
Ashanti was founded in March of 1990 in Fort Lauderdale, FL by Linda Houston Jones. The name Ashanti is a royal West African Tribe known for its Cultural Richness and Diversity. Ashanti has been serving communities for more than 20 years with classes and entertainment in the arts since the organization’s founding.