SW!NG OUT: Fun Facts

September 22, 2021
Swing Out dancers perform in a gymnasium setting.

Top image: Caleb Teicher, Nathan Bugh, LaTasha Barnes, Evita Arce. Photo © Em Watson.

Explore the past and present of Swing and Lindy Hop with Caleb Teicher and the creative team of SW!NG OUT, whose unique program premieres at Northrop Sat, Oct 2, 2021—a Northrop Centennial Commission. These fun facts might even inspire you to dust off your own dancing shoes!

Dorrance Dancer performers on stage.

Dorrance Dance. Jungle Blues. Photo © DanaLynnPleasant.


A 2011 Bessie Award-winner for Outstanding Individual Performance, and one of Dance Magazine’s 2012 “25 to Watch,” SW!NG OUT’s Caleb Teicher began their career as a founding member of tap company and past Northrop performer Dorrance Dance, while also freelancing in contemporary dance.

Caleb Teicher and Dance Lab New York dancers on stage

Caleb Teicher and Dance Lab New York. Videography © Daniel Robinson.


In 2018 at Dance Lab NY, Teicher choreographed their own take on selections from the Technicolor musical film Summer Stock starring Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. Take a peek as Teicher brings this film to the stage.

Dancers performing on an outdoor stage

Tyedric Hill, Duane Lee Holland Jr., Alaine Lauture, LaTasha Barnes, Ray F. Davis, Shana Maria Weaver, and Reyna Núñez in LaTasha Barnes present The Jazz Continuum at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. In the back are musicians Jon Thomas and Ulysses Owens Jr. Photo © Cherylynn Tsushima.


SW!NG OUT is on the scene! Braintrust member LaTasha Barnes lit up Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out stage with her ensemble The Jazz Continuum, and Evita Arce starred in the Swing documentary, Alive and Kicking, while SW!NG OUT dancer Mikey Pedroza was featured in the Jon Batiste video I NEED YOU.

Caleb Teicher and dancers

Caleb Teicher and SW!NG OUT Dancers. Screenshot © The Joyce Theater.


Love getting a behind-the-scenes look at dance? Caleb Teicher takes you through the creative process of the making of The Rabbit, one of the sections in The Joyce Theater Production of SW!NG OUT.

Painting of people playing instruments in Washington Square Park

Eyal Vilner Big Band Live in Washington Square Park! Painting © Kurt Altschul.


Inspired by their live outdoor performances in New York City on Sunday afternoons throughout the pandemic, The Eyal Vilner Big Band just released the album, Live in Washington Square Park!

Northrop Centennial Commissions logomark


This presentation of SW!NG OUT is a world premiere, created as part of Northrop’s Centennial Commissions program—supporting artists whose performances were postponed and cancelled because of COVID-19.

Caleb Teicher

SW!NG OUT!'s Caleb Teicher. Photo © Jayme Thornton.


Caleb Teicher & Company was founded by Caleb Teicher in 2015. Specializing in a variety of dance techniques including Tap Dance, Vernacular Jazz, and Lindy Hop, CT&Co seeks to expand the capacity of America’s rich music and dance traditions through innovation.


We hope you join us for this immersive evening of dance and music! The event includes a performance on stage by the SW!NG OUT ensemble, followed by a second-act “dance jam” on the Northrop Plaza accompanied by Eyal Vilner Big Band

Single tickets to SW!NG OUT and ALL of Northrop’s 2021-22 Season events are available now, along with flexible Choose Your Own season packages and many other single ticket discounts.