Music 2017-07-01T17:19:30+00:00

Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five

Feat. Hilary Alexander

Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five is the nation’s premier swing dance band. Showcasing the small-group sound of the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, the Campus Five is the most danceable swing band anywhere. The 7-piece Campus Five captures the true sound of the Swing-era, with all the energy and excitement that inspired millions to dance. Influences include the Benny Goodman Sextet, Artie Shaw’s Grammercy Five, Count Basie’s Kansas City Six, and the Harlem-based small groups of Illinois Jacquet, Cootie Williams, Coleman Hawkins, and Hot Lips Page.

Both founders are dedicated swing dancers, and the relationship between Swing music and Swing dance informs all aspects of the Campus Five. Song selection, tempo, song length and feel are all chosen with danceability in mind. The Campus Five’s three albums, “Jammin’ the Blues”, “Crazy Rhythm”, and “Moppin’ and Boppin’”, are favorites of Swing DJs and Swing Dance Instructors all over the globe. The Campus Five have been featured at many of the premier Swing dance events around the world, and are known for their unparalleled competition music, which inspires dancers to new heights.

Hop, Skip, and Jump!

DJ’s

Taylor Stender

“While Taylor’s love for jazz predates her dance obsession, she found her passion when  the two came together.  Hailing (or should we say “raining”) from Seattle, Taylor has been DJing regionally and locally since 2013. She takes joy in creating the best possible dance environment through song selection and loves to keep shoes a shuffling with up-tempo tunes.  When Taylor is behind the table you will be sure to hear songs from her favorite artists: Jimmie Lunceford, Count Basie, and Sidney Bechet. She enjoys interacting with dancers while she DJs; so if you like what you hear come talk music, if you don’t like what you hear you can always talk about shoes.”

Lainey Silver

Based out of New York City, Lainey Silver is a globetrotting jazz era dancer, DJ, performer, choreographer, and vintage fashionista.  She is the head DJ of the weekly Bal Practice at You Should Be Dancing…! as well as of the monthly White Heat dance, where she also does double duty bartending the Bal Bar.  Lainey DJs regularly for NY events such as Frim Fram Jam, The Salon, and Gotham Jazz Club.  Her favorite jazz is big band and small group of the 1930s.

Amir Rosenblatt

Amir has been DJing for Balboa dancers since 2010, when he regularly played at Seattle’s monthly Balboa Speakeasy. Along with gigs at regional events in the US and Canada, he continues to play regularly around Seattle and, for the last year has been the house DJ at Seattle’s twice-monthly Balboa Happy hour. Amir has been a staple of Seattle’s Balboa scene since he fell in love with the dance back in 2009 and started and ran the local public Balboa practice group for 5 years. He travels regularly to attend workshops, sometimes competes and occasionally teaches. Few things in life make him happier than seeing a floor full of people, with smiles on their faces, dancing their hearts out.

Tony LaBorie

Tony LaBorie’s love for Swingin’ music comes from years as a bass player, vocalist, and steel guitarist in bands across the West Coast.  Now based in Seattle, Balboa dancing and Swing DJ’ing came as a perfect fit.  There’s nothing he likes better than keeping the floor moving with hot Big Band numbers along with obscure vintage Western Swing, Jump Blues and Hawaiian tracks.