Monday, August 6, 2007

Big Time Swing

Big Time Swing is a partnership between Riley Wimes Jr. and Margot McGraw Toppen, two Chicago-area performers who have been dancing and teaching together since 1998. They are well versed in Lindy Hop, Charleston, Collegiate Shag, Balboa and East Coast Swing, as well as the history of jazz music and dance. They routinely teach in the Chicago area as well as perform and lecture grade school and high school students on jazz dancing and music . Their dynamic dance style is athletic and very high-energy. They strive to capture the spirit of Harlem's Savoy Ballroom back in the heyday of our nation's great Swing Era.

"Big Time" Riley Wimes can be seen at the DJ's post at virtually every major swing event in Chicago and he's also been invited to provide swing music at major swing events across the nation and internationally. Click here to learn more about Riley's DJ services.

As dance partners, Riley and Margot have won a number of swing dance competitions including first place in the Great Lakes Regional for the American Lindy Hop Championships for 4 years running (1999-2002). They also appeared live on stage with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra during the "For Dancers Only" tour, and they teach as part of the City of Chicago's SummerDance series.


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