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 The Harlem Roots and Rhythm Urban Dance Festival


 FALL 2023  

September 29th - October 1st

 DAY 1 - NEW DATE is Nov. 3rd! 


The Harlem Roots and Rhythm

Urban Dance Festival

This Special annual Harlem event gives you room to explore and get a Great Taste of

Harlem's famed Jazz and Lindy Hop Culture!


This year we also explore the Roots and Connection

to Hip Hop on its 50th Anniversary!


POSTPONED   -  September 29th ONLY -

 Stormy NYC Weather and Flooding have us announcing 

a new date soon!    DAY 1 - NEW DATE is Nov. 3rd! 




FRIDAY    DAY 1 - NEW DATE is Nov. 3rd! 


Celebrating and Keeping

Harlem's Jazz & Lindy Hop Legacy Alive!   6pm - 11pm

6PM -- Film: The Savoy King (60m)  Jazz Master Chick Webb's Legacy includes the beginnings of Harlem's famed Savoy Ballroom!  See Harlem in its heyday and what made it HOT

7PM -- Panel Discussion: Keeping Harlem's Jazz and Lindy Hop Culture in its Harlem Home  (also Vintage Harlem Lindy Hop clips!)

Featured Panelists:

 ~ Voza Rivers -- The Arts & Culture Leader of Harlem tells of his experience with the Making of the Savoy King

 ~ Honoring Sonny Allen -- The Savoy Ballroom and The Harvest Moon Ball - and beyond!  Living History of the 1950s Savoy Style of Lindy Hop

 ~Ralph Hopkins -- Historian & Preservationist with The Savoy Manor, The Harvest Moon Ball, The Mama Lu Parks Legacy and more!   The 1960's/70s

8PM --  FREE Dance Lesson!  Learn a little Swinging Lindy Hop


8PM --- Social Dance with the Jazzy Sounds of the Savoy Ballroom Legacy! 

with the band  The Savoy 3 featuring Patience Higgins


Includes rare vintage dance videos!


Harlem School of the Arts

645 St Nicholas Ave (W. 140 St & St. Nicholas Ave)


Harlem's Legacy: Links bet Lindy Hop & Hip Hop  


                    NEW DATE!   December 9th  at 12pm

















Film, Discussion & Demos

Harlem Library     9 W 124th Street





SATURDAY      September 30th


Multiple Harlem Cultural Events for ALL ages to enjoy!

1PM-- POSTPONED:  Harlem's Legacy: Links bet Lindy Hop & Hip Hop   New Date to be announced!

NEW DATE December 9th  at 12pm

Film, Discussion & Demos

Harlem Library     9 W 124th Street 



4PM -- Lindy Hop! Harvest Moon Ball Reenactment

Performance with Harlem Dance Club / MOTHERSHIP 5 event (3pm - 7pm)

Richard Rodgers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park

6PM - 9PM -- Retro Dance Party ! Dine and Dance 

DJ'd Jazz, R&B, SOUL and more!  Partner or Freestyle

Harlem Shake      124th St and Lenox Ave       Indoor/Outdoor 

8PM - 11:30PM -- LATE NIGHT Juke Joint

                             at The American Legion Post


248 W 132nd St.  Basement/Street level door - Squeeze on in for R&B and more!   DJ DOC and Smootee will have you cozy, neighborly... and great music and good food they offer the most reasonably priced drinks anywhere in NYC




SUNDAY    October 1st 


Pick one of two Great Harlem Morning Experiences!

9AM - Harlem Gospel and Brunch Tour   $$

Discover Harlem’s rich and diverse community, and experience the hand-clapping, foot-stomping, soulful rhythms of black gospel music filling the air.

Please go to Welcome to Harlem site for payment options


TOUR GROUPS will be meeting by the Apollo Theater's outside  ticket booth on

W. 125th St bet 7th and 8th Aves


A SAVOY Sunday JAZZ Afternoon   $$

Keeping Harlem Legacies Alive and Thriving 

   Culture...   Dance...   Jazz...   Lindy Hop...   Savoy...   Swing!

3PM -- Syncopated Sistas!

Jazz Ladies discuss preserving Harlem's famed Jazz culture and their means of doing it (includes rare film clips!)

Featuring -

 ~~ Topsy Durham -- Preservationist, Eddie Durham Music Legacy

 ~~ Kim Austin -- NAMA: New Amsterdam Musical Association

 ~~ Antoinette Montague -- Jazz Power Initiative , WHCR

 ~~ Robin Bell - Stephens -- Harlem's Jazzmobile Legacy

4PM --  DJ'd Classics    Social dancing begins!


4PM - DANCE LESSON    Wanna learn some of Harlem's Lindy Hop? 

            Have a free mini lesson: First come, first served (limited space)

4:30PM --  Battle of the Harlem Jazz Divas

Live Jazz:  Two HOT Canaries go at it!

Get ready for a Sing Off

Featuring - 

KIM AUSTIN and the other Dueling Harlem Diva

LEE OLIVE TUCKER!      Featuring The Jazz Jewels

Early Bird $15  till 9/27/23   

Afterwards $20 online and at the Door

Use the email

Tickets at this link also


Lt. Joseph P Kennedy Center     34 W 134th St    Bet 5th & Lenox Aves

                        SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


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