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One Girl and Two Boys

One of the signature tracks from our first album Durham on Saturday Night is the song One Girl and Two Boys, a classic tune performed originally by NC native Kay Kyser’s orchestra in the 1944 film Swing Fever.  We love songs that tell a story, and so do dancers – it’s fun to see how people will put their own spin on this tale of a love triangle, so here are a few interpretations through dance choreography using MJJB’s recording of this song:

One of our favorite chorus girl troupes, New York City’s The Bathtub Ginnys:

A “Dance Wars Spectacular” with dancers Lisa Pearson, Dave Saylors, and Craig Johnston  in the signature roles:

And, finally, the winner of the 2013 Jazz Dance Film Fest (and unofficially our first music video), spearheaded by and starring Seattle dancer Jennifer Lee:

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All Balboa Weekend 2015

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We are excited to be returning to All Balboa Weekend for our third year at the grandaddy of all Balboa events and home to the American Classic Balboa Championships! Join us in Independence, Ohio on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 9:00 p.m. to midnight for a grand evening of shuffling, competitions, and classic swing era tunes. For more information on this event, including an entire weekend of classes taught by some of the best Balboa dancers in the world, please visit the All Balboa Weekend website.

Photos from The Streets at Southpoint

Richard Springs of A Captured Image Photography took these wonderful photos of the band and dancers at the Mint Julep Jazz Band performance at The Streets at Southpoint on June 8, 2013 – click here for the full set.

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Triangle Swing Dance Society Swing Dance, June 1, 2013

We’re kicking off June with our #1 Kickstarter backer, the Triangle Swing Dance Society! Join us at the Murphey School this Saturday, June 1, 2013 for our first swing dance of the summer, with a great venue and a great floor.

Swing out!

Swing out!

Murphey School
3717 Murphy School Rd
Durham, NC

7:00 p.m. beginner east coast swing lesson

Dance from 8:00-11:00 p.m. with the live music from the Mint Julep Jazz Band!

Members/Students $8
Non-members $12

For more information about the Triangle Swing Dance Society, visit their website at http://www.triangleswingdance.org.

DJ Chrisbe’s Song of the Week #165: Get it Southern Style

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We are delighted to have our version of “Get It Southern Style” featured as DJ Chrisbe‘s song of the week on Swing DJ Resources! This is great series highlighting classics and lesser known tunes from new and old swing bands that dancers enjoy. The website is also full of helpful resources, advice, and articles for swing DJs, both current and aspiring – check it out!

News & Observer Interview with Laura Windley and Lucian Cobb

A few weeks ago the News & Observer’s Martha Quillin interviewed Laura Windley and Lucian Cobb of the Mint Julep Jazz Band about big band music and swing dancing in the Triangle. The article was published in this weekend’s Sunday paper!

Read the article at http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/05/20/2077923/swing-dancing-with-big-band-sound.html.

Piedmont Swing Dance Society Dance in Greensboro – April 28, 2012

On Saturday, April 28, we’ll hit the road for a gig in Greensboro at the Oriental Shrine Club, playing the evening dance as part of the Piedmont Swing Dance Society‘s spring workshops with Joel Plys and Jenna Applegarth. We’re looking forward to seeing a big crowd of dancers out for this one!

Oriental Shrine Club
5010 High Point Road
Greensboro, NC

7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Free beginner lesson with admission

8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. – Mint Julep Jazz Band plays

Admission: $8.00 for Members and Students Under 21, $10.00 for Non-Members

For more information about the Piedmont Swing Dance Society, the dance, and the workshops, please visit the PSDS website at http://www.piedmontswingdance.org/