Holiday in Havana: A Swingtime Voyage South of the Border

Join us as we celebrate the Holidays with a classic 1940s floorshow

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Holiday in Havana: A Swingtime Voyage South of the Border will feature over 75 performers bringing you classic song and dance numbers that will transport you to 1948 Cuba, featuring some of the most delightful Latin Jazz and traditional American Jazz music you will hear in any place, at any time.

Performers include the elegant and often revealing Donna Touch, the alluring Senora Tentacion, Chicago’s darlings, The Galaxie Girls, the rhythm bound Chicago Chorus Girl Project, our dashing host Richard Strimer, entrancing Mambo performance and lesson by Mixed Motion Arts the fantastical Flat Cats, the spectacular Chico Havana Orchestra and even more guests.

Wednesday December 16, 2015, Alhambra Palace, 1240 W Randolph

  • 7:45pm Doors open
    8pm Free Mambo lesson
    8:30-10pm Holiday in Havana: A Swingtime Voyage South of the Border
    10pm a complete set featuring the Flat Cats

Tickets are general admission: $25 at the door.

Make a night of it!  Click here for reservation at Alhambra Palace for dinner.

About the amazing music for the evening:

The Chico Havana Orchestra, lead by Paul Asaro featuring The Flat Cats, Andy Schumm of the Fat Babies, Richie Santiago and many more will inspire you to dance, to sing, and to take a conga line trip around the magnificent dance floor at the Alhambra Palace, 1240 W. Randolph. This 12 piece orchestra was put together expressly to bring the sounds and feel of Caribbean and South American  music into Chicago’s Riverwest neighborhood for this very special event. The music for the evening will range from traditional Mambo to quintessential  Hot Jazz. You can try to stay in your seat, but your body is sure to take over and find you in the middle of the floor dancing the night away.

Guests are encourage to don classic vintage attire.

For more information, or to inquire about having your own “Holiday in Havana”, contact us!

Chorus Girl University July 2016

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Registration Open!

The Nation’s first ever Chorus Girl University

Brought to you by the ULHS Chorus Girl Champions: The Galaxie Girls

Participate in the International Chorus Girl Championships

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Summer 2016 you will find a whole new way to get an education: Chorus Girl Style.
Join us for an amazing weekend of workshops that will include:
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Evening events to include a Vintage Chorus Girl film screening and fashion show

Chorus Line performances and the International Chorus Girl Championships plus social dancing to the Fat Babies and special guests!

Showcases and jam sessions throughout the Chicago.

Pass options include 3 class, 5 class and 7 class passes, plus guest passes and ala carte options for classes and evening events. (see ticket options)

Brought to you by the ULHS Winners of the National Chorus Girl Competition, and the folks who took over Chicago with their 100 Gal Chorus Line, summer 2015, the Midwest’s Darlings…. The Galaxie Girls. See our Facebook page.

Workshops and performances will be hosted in the magnificent and historic Logan Square Auditorium, in the heart of one of Chicago’s most fashionable neighborhoods, and close to public transportation.

Make Chicago and Chorus Girl U your summer holiday destination.

You only have to be a Chorus Girl at Heart!

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.