Performance Thursday, September 26, 2013 | 8 PM

Notables Prelude
Lindy Hop Dance

Providence NYC
311 West 57th Street
New York City, NY 10019
Join Notables Prelude members for an evening of music, dancing, and cocktails to kick off the 2013–2014 season. The highlight of the event is a Lindy Hop dance contest judged by Steven Reineke, music director of The New York Pops, and a panel of illustrious performers. This is open to all Notables members, as well as non-members who are interested in joining the fun.

Think you have the dancing skills to win? Consider entering yourself and a partner in the contest. The fabulous prize will be an invitation to join The New York Pops on the Carnegie Hall stage during the November 1 concert, Sing Sing Swing.

Three semi-finalists will be chosen at the event. One Grand Prize winner will be selected through video vote by the general public on Facebook and the Carnegie Hall website. Complete contest rules are below.


  • Montego Glover, Judge
    Dawn Hampton, Judge
    Norma Miller, Judge
    Steven Reineke, Judge
    Leetopher Scott, Judge
    Paolo Pasta Lana, Master of Ceremonies
    George Gee, DJ


  • Montego Glover

    Montego Glover created the role of Felicia Farrell in the hit Broadway musical Memphis, for which she won both the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards, in addition to being nominated for Tony and Drama League awards. She will be featured in The New York Pops Sing Sing Swing concert at Carnegie Hall on November 1.

    Dawn Hampton

    Born in 1928, Dawn Hampton played alto and tenor saxophone with the family band under the leadership of her brother Duke. In 1952, the band realized its dream of performing at Carnegie Hall in a performance with Lionel Hampton, in addition to appearances at the Apollo Theater and Savoy Ballroom. Ms. Hampton was also featured with Frankie Manning as a dancer in the Spike Lee film Malcolm X.

    Norma Miller

    Norma Miller is one of the creators of the acrobatic style of swing dancing known as the Lindy Hop. As a child, she watched the dancers at the legendary Savoy Ballroom perched on the fire escape outside her mother's Harlem apartment. When she was 12, she was discovered dancing outside the Savoy, and in 1934 was invited to join Whitey's Lindy Hoppers. She appeared in the Marx Brothers' movie A Day at the Races (1937) and choreographed the dance scenes in Spike Lee's Malcolm X and Debbie Allen's Stompin' at the Savoy. Her biography, Swingin' at the Savoy: The Memoir of a Jazz Dancer, documents the swing-dance era, and her recollections on the Ken Burns: Jazz documentary series provided a first-hand account of the Harlem music and dance scene.

    Steven Reineke

    Steven Reineke's boundless enthusiasm and exceptional artistry have made him one of the nation's most sought-after pops conductors, composers, and arrangers. Mr. Reineke is the music director and conductor of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, principal pops conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and principal pops conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

    Leetopher Scott

    Leetopher Scott is a professional actor, dancer, choreographer, and producer whose specialty is entertainment authentic to the swing era. Dances such as the Lindy Hop, Charleston, jazz, and tap are all within his performance repertoire. He dances frequently within the US and around the world. His TV credits include Elementary and Person of Interest, and his film credits include The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

    Paolo Pasta Lanna

    Paolo Pasta Lanna is a 15-year veteran of swing dance, specializing in the Lindy Hop, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and the Madison. In 1998, he won the American Swing Dance Championships. Mr. Pasta Lanna continues to hone his knowledge and skills of these classic American dances by teaching and performing around the world. He is a staff instructor at Dance Manhattan NYC and has been a featured instructor at Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing for 10 years. Mr. Pasta Lanna has toured with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, as well as with Forever Swing: The Big Band Musical Revue that featured Michael Bublé. In addition to directing the Lindy Hop All-Stars, he has founded events such as the Summer Jamboree Dance Camp in Italy; The Shake, Rhythm n' Roll Festival in Asbury Park; and Swing Remix in NYC.

    George Gee

    George Gee is the leader of George Gee Swing Orchestra, one of the most respected and sought after swing bands in New York City. He is an authority on swing-era music and history, lecturing at The New School, leading clinics and master classes, and serving as an expert resource for reporters, bloggers, and TV producers.

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Schedule of Events

8 PM–10 PM Open Bar
8:15 PM Dance Lesson
8:45 PM Lindy Hop Contest
Social dancing until 1 AM

Current Notables members attend this event for free. Consider joining for as little as $20.

Enter yourself and a partner in the Lindy Hop Contest! A competition package must be purchased prior to Wednesday, September 25 at 3 PM EDT.

Contest overview and rules

Tickets currently not available online.
Walk-up tickets will be available at Providence NYC, 311 West 57th Street.