Big Band Swing Dance for Free Arts with the Bruce Gates Big Band @ Fatcat Ballroom & Dance Company, Phoenix [10 October]

Big Band Swing Dance for Free Arts with the Bruce Gates Big Band

19:30 - 23:00

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Fatcat Ballroom & Dance Company
3131 E Thunderbird Rd Ste 33, Phoenix, Arizona 85032
Come out for a great night of dancing to the BRUCE GATES BIG BAND — an 18 piece Big Band!!! Hear the best swinging tunes from the 1930's and 40's. This is a rare treat to get a big band playing for us at FatCat Ballroom! All ages welcome, no partner needed.

This is a fundraiser for Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona whose mission is to heal abused and homeless children through artistic expression. Learn about the Foster Care Tax Credit and buy some raffle tickets to support his wonderful non-profit organization!

Tuesday, October 10th
7:30pm — 8:30pm: Swing Dance lesson with Steve and Bernadette
8:30pm — 11:00pm: Dance to a Live Big Band

Fatcat Ballroom — 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
$14 in advance (link above); $18 at the door
All ages welcome!

Led by the former USAF Band Airmen of Note lead trumpeter, the Bruce Gates Jazz Consortium Big Band is a hand picked, 16 piece ensemble of the «creme'-de-la-creme'» of the Valley's music scene. With an emphasis on top shelf musicianship, the band eschews the typical «stock» charts heard so often in favor of custom, forward-looking arrangements of standards and jazz classics, and rare, historically significant, seldom heard big band classics.
For this performance, the band will present the music of the White House Dance Orchestra. Many of these fantastic, swinging manuscripts have not been heard, or danced to, in a public setting for nearly 40 years!
Bruce and members of his band have played with the Soloman Douglas Swingtet for AZ Lindy Hop events at the Wrigley Mansion.

Over the past twenty-four years, Free Arts has proudly transformed the lives of more than 110,000 children in Maricopa County. From an initial volunteer base of five individuals serving 60 children, Free Arts now employs 16 staff members and has more than 900 volunteers who serve more than 8,200 children each year. Free Arts partners with 45 individual social service agencies at over 100 sites to provide a unique combination of arts, a therapy-based curriculum and mentoring to children who are in out-of-home care. Our volunteers help children channel emotions, release anger and express themselves creatively to build self-confidence and develop trusting relationships with adults. Free Arts also partners with approximately 30 major arts and cultural facilities across the Valley to offer Free Arts programs at their sites. Free Arts is the only nonprofit organization in Arizona that brings therapeutic creative arts programs to abused and homeless children.
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