Cocktails with the Crooner featuring Johnny Boyd 9/11/15

Johnny promo 9:11The legendary Johnny Boyd (former front man of Indigo Swing) will be bringing his unique and classic brand of crooning to the Chicago area in this exclusive one show only event.

Friday September 11, 2015 Fizz Bar and Grill, 3220 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL 8pm

This performance is the Chicagoland premier of his nationally sought after Cocktails with the Crooners performance series, and will debut the Galaxie All Girl Revue, featuring a carefully selected collection of Chicago’s finest from the Chicago Chorus Girl Project 2015.

Limited tickets will be sold for this event (a total of 150 general admission tickets), so act fast.

**** Your ticket purchase will get you on the guest list for Friday’s performance. No physical tickets are necessary*******


2nd Annual Roaring Twenties Party in the Park 9/20/15


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with support by ArtsFest St. Charles and Tri City Swing




Join mavens of vintage culture, music and dance from all corners of the Chicagoland area as they celebrate the 2nd annual Roaring Twenties Party in the Park, Sunday September 20, 2015, Pottowatomie Park, St. Charles IL

This free, all-ages, afternoon event will boast live music by The Fat Babies, special performances by The Galaxie Girls, a picnic and pie baking contest, vendors from the Chicagoland area, a vintage auto exhibition, dance instruction and more!

Don your best Charleston era Sunday afternoon attire, pack your lunch and lawn games, and join Tri-City Swing and The Galaxie for the afternoon as they celebrate this immersive cultural experience for all ages.  Step back in time and step out in style.

We’re anticipating an enormous crowd at this year’s event, and to ensure that we have enough room for all of those happy feet, we have created a Capital Campaign to assist with the rental of a larger dance floor for the event.

Remember, this is a FREE event, and open to all, funded only by grant money. If you can contribute to help us expand the dance floor, we would really appreciate it!

Enter your donation amount here:

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Lunchtime Vintage Music and Dance Extravaganza 8/21/15

Take a break on a summer Friday afternoon in the loop to join us for some great music and spectacular dancing, all right in your your backyard.

2 N. Riverside Plaza will play host to vintage Jazz sounds as guests join us for a midday break from the hustle and bustle, 11:30am-1:30pm.

The Chicago River at our backs, the sounds of vintage Jazz music will echo off the walls of the Lyric Opera House, and find its way down the nearby boulevards. Join in to dance, to listen, or just to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of times gone by.

August 21


Chicago WinterDance- Chicago Cultural Center

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Chicago Cultural Center Spring Open House

Friday March 6, 2015

Join The Chicago Cultural Center in celebrating an iconic African-American painter and devotee of the Chicago Jazz scene in the 1930s by way of Bronzeville nightclubs and Honky Tonks.
The Galaxie is partnering with the Chicago Cultural Center and the Lake Shore Four to create an atmosphere inspired by some of Motley’s most prolific work.
Free and open to the public.
Charleston dance lesson 7:30-8pm, Live music 8pm-9pm
Chicago Cultural Center Spring Open House includes tours and special events all day long.





Taste of Chicago: A winter dance celebration



“Taste of Chicago: a winter dance celebration” is a weekend long workshop celebrating Chicago’s favorite American social dance forms.

The workshop will feature your favorite local instructors and the main social forms represented here in Chicago: Blues, Balboa, Charleston, Lindy Hop, and Swing!

Together we will build our dance community by presenting introductory classes in 6 different American vernacular Jazz dance forms, while simultaneously presenting a variety of more advanced workshops for multiple skill levels. Try something new and advance your current skill set, all in one weekend!

Dancers of all levels will find something that intrigues them, with beginner and intermediate/ advanced level partnered and solo dance classes in each style. Register for a  whole weekend of learning, a group of classes, or drop in for one or two sessions that really speak to you.

Featured Instructors: (click here for bios)
Andrew Twiss
Nicolle Wood
Jenna Stworzyjanek
Sara Cherny

Register here

Build the Chicago Dance community! Refer the most students to the beginning level classes and get a great prize!

Rhythm Mad Workshop with Peter Flahiff

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December 13 & 14, 2014

This just in! Peter Flahiff and Nicolle Wood will be performing on Friday evening, December 12 at Chicago’s own 50/fifty dance!




412 S Wells Street, 7th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60607

We’re going to shake things up in December with this potpourri of amazing workshop titles featuring the So Cal phemon Peter Flahiff. Find out more about Peter here

Check out our Facebook event here!

Intro to Collegiate Shag (1 hour) (no pre-req) (mark as ICS)
Tap Dance for Lindy Hoppers (1 hour) (no pre-req) (mark as TD)
Intermediate Balboa (1 hour)(Experienced with Balboa) (mark as IB)
Int/Adv Balboa (1 hour) (Advanced experienced with Balboa) (mark as IAB)
The Art of Social Dancing (2 hours- counts as one class) (no pre-req) (mark as ASD)

See workshop descriptions

Saturday December 13

11am-12pm- Intro to Collegiate Shag- (Dance Connection 3117 N Clyborn, Chicago, IL)

1pm-2pm- Intermediate Balboa- (Dance Connection 3117 N Clyborn, Chicago, IL)

2pm-4pm- The Art of Social Dancing – (Dance Connection 3117 N Clyborn, Chicago, IL)

Sunday December 14

12pm-1pm-Int/Adv Balboa – (Dance Connection 3117 N Clyborn, Chicago, IL)

2pm-3pm Tap Dance for Lindy Hoppers- 4200 W. Diversey. Porchlight Theater rehearsal space. (** no tap shoes required. There will be a 1/2 hour practice session post class to try the moves with shoes- no tap shoes will be worn in class)

5 class pass: $75
3 class pass: $54
Either pass can add a ticket to Rhythm Mad- A Swingtime Holiday Celebration, Wednesday December 17th for only $15!

Register Here:

**You will receive a confirmation email for your registration.

**Make sure to let us know what classes you’re thinking about, using the “mark as” codes above- Remember- there is no commitment to these choices, we just want to make sure we have a good idea of who will be enjoying which great workshops with us!

** Refunds will only be issued with a REALLY good story to back them up.

You can also register in person with cash or check. Email me at nicollewood1@gmail dot com

Workshop pre-registration options

General ala carte classes: $20 (based upon availability, at the door only)
Art of Social Dancing (2 hours): $30 (based upon availability, at the door only)

Rhythm Mad- A Swingtime Holiday Celebration

Rhythm Mad- A Swingtime Holiday Celebration

Wednesday December 17th, Alhambra Palace 1240 W. Randolph, Chicago, ILL.

7:30pm Beginning Swing Lesson
8:30pm Rhythm Mad
10pm Exclusive performance by The Flat Cats
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Mark the date and don’t be late, because this is going to be a holiday party the likes of which you have never seen before, and may never see again!

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Paul Asaro
Andy Schumm
The Flat Cats
Donna Touch
Peter Flahiff
Amanda Wolff
Special guests!

Expect to be thrilled old school style for the premier of Rhythm Mad: A Swingtime Holiday Celebration.
An evening length floor show that includes thrills, chills and absolutely no spills!

Chorus line numbers, Tap dancing, high flying Lindy Hop numbers, titillating Fan dancing, amazing music and enchanting songstresses. The night couldn’t get any better…BUT WAIT! The dance floor will ALSO be open for your dancing pleasure AND a beginning lesson by Big City Swing.

Boy oh boy, will it be a night for the books!

7:30 lesson, 8:30-10pm show, and an exclusive Flat Cats performance to follow.
Tickets available at the door

Wednesday December 17th, Alhambra Palace 1240 W. Randolph, Chicago, ILL.

Balboa in Chicago

Join us for the 1 year anniversary of the Wonderful Wednesday Balboa Social- Wednesday March 11, 8pm-12am. Featuring Andy Schumm’s Gin Bottle Four. $12

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Balboa is a spectacular partner dance originated in Southern California in the 1930s. Its close body position and intricate footwork makes it ideal for both fast Jazz music of the 1920s and 1930s, and the crowded dance floors of the time. The current resurgence of Hot Jazz has brought Balboa back into the spotlight nationally and internationally.

To find out more check out what Wikepedia has to say
To find out more about the origins, setting into this great discussion by Peter Loggins

Balboa events in Chicago:

Join The Chicago Balboa Underground at our new monthly home- Lilstreet Loft!

4437 N Ravenswood

RSVP on Facebook for a chance to win free admission!

LillstreetLoft_10The second Wednesday of every month you’ll find Chicago’s best shuffle and slide in this amazing and creative venue. Lilstreet Loft offers bal-erific hardwood floors, climate control, plenty of free parking, lounge areas and perfect lighting for a perfect opportunity to dance the night away. There will be a beginner-friendly balboa lesson from 8-9 pm before the dance which is included with price of admission Then, join us for three hours of bal-friendly djed music. The tempos will be bright, so bring your Swing and Lindy skills, and put them to the test.

Beginning Balboa class at 8pm monthly.








Past Events

Chicago Loop Alliance: Balboa Bonanza in Pritzker Park

Friday September 5, 11:30am-1pm

Find out more on with our Facebook event page


 Chicago Autumn Balboa Weekend 2014

Friday September 26- Sunday September 28

Find out more here

Autumn Balboa Workshop

Big Sky Circus at Chop Shop/1st Ward Spring 2014

 The Galaxie creates the premier in-house produced event for Wicker Park’s hottest new event venue:

Big Sky Circus at Chop Shop/1st Ward Events

About the event: The heavens came alive with acts that made our guest’s jaws drop and got their blood boiling. Silks, Straps, Lyra, Hoops, Burlesque, Acro, Contortion and plenty more to drew their eyes to the skies, all intermixed with body moving dance music. Don’t miss a minute of the music, the amazing artistry and the cool cocktails on a hot spring night.

What we provided: The Galaxie partnered with Reed Rigging to design and  create the perfect environment for this evening long spectacle. We assesed the physical space, and engaged every corner of the unique room. The Galaxie sought out some of Chicago’s most unique and engaging performers, and created a night that set the stage for a thrilling event that has proven to be inspiration for clients ever since.

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Your Hostess with the Mostess, Siren Jinx- Her name says it all. Her calls will seduce you into compliance as The Big Sky Circus leaves you hanging at the edge of your seat. Siren Jinx is an international burlesque performer, best know for her Queen of Heart act, and her mastery of the mic and stage with events including Unbridled at Untitled, Original Tease, Plan 9 Burlesque and Pretty Propaganda in Paris, France. Come, get enchanted and a little  bit scared.

SimoneSimone Lazar- A local girl done hot, Simone grew up studying circus arts in addition to classical forms, and was swept off to to San Francisco to train aerial hoop under masters of Russian swinging trapeze and contortion, Elena Panova and Leslie Tipton. Coquette of the North side, Simone played a leading role in The Actors Gymnasium’s production of The Magical Exploding Boy and the Invisible Circus in Evanston.  Cirque Polynesia, Lone Star Circus and a tour of North American Fringe Festivals- they’ve all had a part of her, but she’s back and you will have to struggle to keep your jaw from hitting the floor.Ammunition

Ammunition- Resist the temptation to duck and cover when Ammunition takes the stage with her electrifying feats that light up the room.  Resident performing artist of the multi-award winning party, Porn and Chicken Dance Party. She was voted “Performing Artist of the Year” for Chicago Raw Artists in 2011! Featured at major music festivals including Spring Awakening and Wavefront Music Festival, she leaves the audience hot in their seats.

TilaTila Von Twirl-  Known as the Origami Crane of Sequins and Pain, she is the picture of a femme fatale. Tila Von Twirl is one third of The Amazing Bendable Posable Dolls of Doom, an internationally known acrobatic and aerial burlesque group.  The Dolls have had the honor of being inducted into the esteemed Burlesque Hall of Fame twice with the titles of Best Group 2010 and Most Comedic 2011.  For stalker tips and tricks go to  Always fun and flirty, she will be sure to get you all tied up….in knots.

Lady Gaea- Lady Gaea has been moving in mysterious ways since she was 3 years old, and hasn’t ever given it up.  An Gaea Ladyenchanter by nature, she sees her body as her instrument to express herself.  Studying classical forms to start her career, her attention soon went the way of the ethereal including fire, hoops and hypnotizing fabrics. dabbling amid any form she can get her toes on, her style borrows from the graceful and energetic mix of all she’s studied in the past. Feature with Kiss Kiss Cabaret and at Untitled’s Unbridled she has a duo act that is not to be missed- Solaire. Become enchanted.

SpringMr. Spring- Watch as this spectacle toys with gravity, and defies it with ever step. With 20 years of acrobatic experience and technique passed down from circus legends of the past, we present Mr Spring. Founder of Spectrum Circus Troupe, he is proud of his unique mastery as a male contortionist and hand balancer in Chicago, as well as offering Hand to Hand (with Mr. Power), Solo Hand Balancing, Acrobatics, Whips, Fire, Rolla Bolla, and oh yeah, the mustache!Dizzy Lizzy

Dizzy Lizzy Delicious-This Australian-born, Chicago-based circus artist with a biting wit and mesmerizing hips, specializes in hula-hoops, static trapeze, aerial silks, and sideshow skills. She began performing at the tender age of twelve and later earned a Bachelor degree from Australia’s prestigious National Institute of Circus Arts. Dizzy Lizzy has demonstrated her hula-hooping and high-flying skills all over Australian, Asia, and the U.S, and does not appreciate being asked if a dingo stole her baby.
Mr. PowerMr. Power-Mr. Power, the Mongolian tower ( Battulga Batogtokh for those not too scare to get close enough).  Mr. Power comes by way of far off and mysterious lands, trained in the Circus arts from a young age, this strong man is a must see in your lifetime. He has just finished a 4 year tour with Ringling as their strong man, and has most recently settled in Chicago. Working with Mr. Spring, his Hand to Hand partner, Mr. Power is a performer that has dedicated his life to the performance he brings.


You won’t know where to look when Angela Eve, an accomplished artist, International burlesque performer combining aerial strap accents, costume/set designer, choreographer and producer specializing in creating performance extravaganzas, takes to the Big Sky.
Combining the finest elements of visual art, she intricately designs costumes accenting her performances.  Her show Eve’s Parlor Cabaret originally helped kicked off the Neo burlesque movement in Chicago in 2004, later reaching international status featuring in and headlining for shows in Ireland, Italy and London along with traveling around the country regularly. Chicago get’s the benefit of her international flair.

Mr. AutomaticMr. Automatic is the alias of the man behind Chicago’s Dead 2 Me Records, Bill Holland. He first became known in the Chicago music scene by DJing legendary underground parties with many of his current label mates. Eventually he began playing venues all over town such as Smart Bar, Beauty Bar, Berlin, Untitled, and Sixteen at the Trump Tower. He has opened for a wide range of acts including Light Year, Lord Justice, Good Co., Lady Miss Kier, Tycho, and Plastic Plates.