We are Sweet Jubilee, a dance troupe in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We specialize in vintage jazz dance styles from the 1920s – 1950s. We draw inspiration from chorus girl performances from the same eras. Dancing to the music of hot jazz and big band, our goal is to keep the history of this American art form alive and bring it to audiences in Albuquerque and New Mexico.
We are comprised of dancers from various backgrounds, some of us from the local swing dance community. We do this for fun while we are students, teachers, or professionals in other fields. While most of us lead busy lives outside of our troupe, we still manage to dedicate numerous hours a month to training and learning new routines.
Sweet Jubilee is available for hire to perform at events or functions. We have even been known to craft new routines for a specific event. Let us know what you need and we can try to accommodate if your event has a theme. Please feel free to with questions or for a quote. Facebook is a great way to get in touch! https://www.facebook.com/SweetJubileeGirls/
Do you love to dance and feel inspired by the 1920s-1950s? We are always looking for more folks interested in joining Sweet Jubilee. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are interested. Facebook is a great way to get in touch! https://www.facebook.com/SweetJubileeGirls/
Information for Sweet Jubilee Participants (Classes, Events, Performances)
We promise to revise this document as we learn and grow as teachers, organizers, and leaders, so we welcome respectful dialogue.
Expectations of our students/participants:
Dancing involves some risk of injury – we will strive to teach variations for a variety of skills and abilities but no one knows your body better than you so please pay attention to your body and make adjustments as necessary. None of us are professional dancers or dance instructors so please do take ownership of your own health and wellness. Most important is that you are dedicating time to bring dance into your life!
Issues of cultural appropriation:
We acknowledge that we are teaching and performing a dance form with roots primarily in the African American community in the early 20th century, and that many of us do not have that cultural background. To honor those artists, we strive to continue to educate ourselves and we urge our students to use the exposure to this art form to learn more about the cultural history that contextualizes this dance, and the difficult and complex issues that arise. For example, https://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2011/07/05/race-appropriation-lindy-hop-how-to-honor-our-heroes/?fbclid=IwAR10b8ATnl_w1Ce6UEfn5oTEQDqXmrQ3OkMGaPef942eu-V0UI25pkR__Sg
Code of conduct:
We will not tolerate discrimination and harassment for the following reasons: sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status (class), race, ability, age, mental health, education, and size. If you have a concern of discrimination or harassment with anyone at our classes or events, please tell one of the SJ members and we will take it seriously and be as private as possible; we will address the situation in the manner that we deem appropriate up to and including dismissal of the accused from SJ events. As this is a privately rented rehearsal that we are opening up for others to attend, we reserve the right to refuse entrance to anyone.
Places and Organizations That We’ve Performed For: