Back when swing dancing was the biggest thing on the Washington nightlife scene, the annual Black and White Ball gala charity event sponsored by the Junior Women's Club of Chevy Chase was circled in red on many Lindy Hoppers' calendars - a chance to dress to the nines in vintage clothing and hit the floor to the sounds of one of the area's best bands, all to help the less fortunate. Swing's popularity has waned a bit since the early 2000s, but the Black and White Ball is still going strong. This year's event again features the music of Blue Sky Five, a group in the mold of Artie Shaw's Gramercy Five small ensemble, who combines tunes by Count Basie, Shaw and Slim and Slam with originals that fit the period so beautifully you'd think they were long-lost Tommy Dorsey or Nat "King" Cole tunes. Tickets include three hours of dancing, an introductory swing dance lesson from local fixtures Tom and Debra, and a performance by the Eight Week Wonders dance team. All proceeds benefit the National Center for Children and Families.
Vintage or formal attire is request to help set the mood.
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