About

Swing Buffalo is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to sharing the enjoyment of authentic, historical forms of swing dancing.

We host a weekly dance every Tuesday called Lindy Fix. Each Tuesday night we teach a drop-in beginner dance lesson at 7:47. We also teach progressive classes at 7:00 that cover Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, East Coast Swing, Blues, Solo Jazz, and popular choreographed dances like the Shim Sham, Big Apple, and Tranky Doo. Our focus is on forms of swing dancing that were made popular during the swing era (1920s-1940s). Be sure to sign up for our twice monthly newsletter, and check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

In addition, we hold various annual workshops. We bring in national level instructors and attract dancers from across the U.S. and Canada. Our largest annual event is Rhythm Shuffle, an entire weekend devoted to Balboa.

Swing Buffalo is part of a larger community of Lindy Hop and Balboa that has spread around the world and can be found in almost every major US City, as well as abroad from Japan to Australia, Europe, South Korea, Argentina.... Many of the dancers you see at our events have traveled to events in neighboring cities and countries. Swing Buffalo is a safe space that welcomes all members of the community into our family. Swing dancing is a great way to stay active and healthy, as well as to make lasting friendships with great people.

Volunteer

Swing Buffalo is entirely volunteer run. We’re always looking for people to help us organize our events. We hold a monthly meeting that anyone is welcome to attend. If you’re interested in helping out, please email us!

Rob & Arlette, 2008

History

Rob Leach founded Swing Buffalo in 2007. Upon moving back to Western New York in June, he started teaching Lindy Hop to students of the as yet unofficial UB Swing Dance Club in the fall with Arlette Kirk. Arlette had been actively teaching during the Swing Resurgence in Buffalo in the mid-late 90s. On December 5th, 2007, Rob brought SwingBuffalo.com online.

On Monday January 14th, 2008, Swing Buffalo hosted its first social dance (Lindy Fix) at 220 Lexington Avenue in Buffalo where the old Lexington Co-op used to be. On Monday January 4th, 2010, Lindy Fix was briefly moved to 133 Grant Street before finding its new home at the Polish Cadets Hall (927 Grant Street) on Monday, January 25th, 2010. On October 19th, 2010, Lindy Fix was moved from the traditional Monday night time to Tuesdays. In 2010 and more-so in 2011, Lindy Fix started hosting occasional live bands about once a month.

In addition to Lindy Fix, Swing Buffalo started holding larger monthly dances, called the “Buffalo Hop,” in the summer of 2008. In 2011, a transition from the monthly dance concept to a workshop series began with “Buffalo Bals” on April 9th, 2011 and “Jumpin’ with Jojo” on August 13th, 2011. These workshops began due to the growing success of Swing Buffalo’s annual workshop “Rhythm Shuffle” (originally dubbed the ‘Swing Buffalo Workshop Weekend’). After Rob moved away from Buffalo because of work in December 2013, Swing Buffalo transitioned from a DBA to an LLC and is in the final stages of filing paperwork to become a 501(c)(3).

Over the course of 2015 and 2016, the organizers focused on expanding and improving Swing Buffalo's lesson offerings. Their hard work has paid off for the community: between September 2015 and July 2016 average weekly attendance at Lindy Fix more than doubled, and lesson attendance is also at an all time high. Swing Buffalo regularly hosts live music, bringing in both local bands (like Dr. Jazz, Fredtown Stompers, Hot Club of Buffalo, Sammy Slicker, and National Trust) as well as nationally recognized bands like Jessy Carolina and the Hot Mess, the Holy Crow Jazz Band, Baby Soda, and Solomon Douglas.

This is an exciting time for Swing Buffalo. The organization takes pride in being an active part of the city's economic and cultural resurgence. All of the organizers and members look forward to many more years of dancing in Buffalo.

Swing Buffalo's Policies

Bylaws

As part of the transition to 501(c)(3), Swing Buffalo has drafted and approved a set of Bylaws compliant with NY State law. The full text is available here.

Code of Conduct

Swing Buffalo is dedicated to providing a safe, comfortable, and fun environment for all, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, age, appearance, disability, or religion. We will not tolerate harassment of any kind; including but not limited to offensive verbal comments, unwelcome advances, inappropriate physical contact, and disruptive behavior. We reserve the right to take action including verbal warning, denial of admission, asking an attendee to leave an event without refund, banning from future events, and/or contacting authorities if necessary. We reserve the right to share information concerning specific incidents with other dance organizations. We reserve the right to ask attendees for identification. This Code of Conduct applies to organizers, instructors, students, and any and all other attendees of Swing Buffalo events. By attending a Swing Buffalo event, you agree to be subject to our Code of Conduct.

Reporting a Concern

If you are being harassed or observe harassment, please notify us immediately. We will deal with the situation promptly and with discretion. Swing Buffalo organizers will be clearly identified; you may approach us at any time. You may also contact us by leaving a note in our suggestion box or emailing us at swingbuffalo@gmail.com.

Alcohol Policy

Most of our events are alcohol free, however, occasionally alcohol may be served. Please drink responsibly. We are happy to refer you to a taxi if necessary. Underage drinking or supplying alcohol to a minor will not be tolerated. We reserve the right to deny admission or ask to leave anyone who is disruptively intoxicated.

Privacy Policy

Swing Buffalo may collect phone numbers, email addresses, or mailing addresses from students, event registrants, and members of our electronic community. This information will be kept private and confidential, and will not be used except to distribute information regarding our classes and events. We will not distribute any personal information to other groups or organizations. Photographs and/or videos may be taken by Swing Buffalo at our events for promotional or educational uses only; you agree to the use of your likeness for these purposes.

Video Policy

Videos may be taken by students for their own personal use only. Please, no posting of videos on youtube or other public forums. No video taping of private lessons unless it is *your* private lesson.

Safety Policy

Swing Buffalo prohibits flips and other aerial maneuvers which may take a dancer’s feet above their hips. Attendees to Swing Buffalo classes and events assume all risk and responsibility for injuries they may cause or suffer.