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about us

Our Mission

The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate is an organization of volunteers, non-profit, focused on the preservation, promotion and teaching the classic forms of swing dance from the 1920s-1940s Jazz Swing Era of Harlem.  Lessons include 6 count Swing (some call it East Coast), Lindy Hop, Charleston, Collegiate Shag and Balboa.

The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate has been recognized by the United Nations (UNESCO) as a Global Cultural Heritage organization for its work preserving our Jazz Swing culture. 

Our Goals

  • To preserve and promote the classic forms of swing dancing in the region and to educate the public about the history and cultural significance of the dances.

  • To foster the continued education of current dancers and to facilitate the creation of new dancers through instruction and social interaction.

  • To host classes, workshops and dances for the swing dance community.

  • To be welcoming and supportive to people of all ages and all walks of life into our community of dancers.

Attention dancers: During these uncertain times due to COVID concerns, TOSS will plan to host dances on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays each month 2022.  Supporting our comittment to provide a reasonably safe environment TOSS will HOST a dance only when COVID numbers are stable or declining.  Please see our Facebook page for updates  www.facebook.com/theoklahomaswingsyndicate

volunteering

The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate is run entirely by volunteers who love to dance. From the elected board of directors to everyone who puts up a chair at the end of an evening, our organization is successful due to the time and talents shared by our members.

If you are enjoying dancing with us and would like to get more involved in helping to keep things running smoothly, we want to hear from you! Our volunteer team enjoys great incentives like free admission to dances and special events, t-shirts, and sometimes dinner!

We need YOU!  Keep TOSS Swinging! Please contact us at ritar@live.com

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what is lindy hop?

Lindy Hop is an American social dance, from the swing dance family. It evolved in Harlem, New York City in the 1920s and '30s and originally evolved with the jazz music of that time. Lindy was a fusion of many dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway and Charleston. It is frequently described as a jazz dance and is a member of the swing dance family. TOSS is dedicated to preserving this dance and its related forms of 6-Count Swing and Charleston in the region

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