About

ABOUT SWEET JUBILEE

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We are the ladies of 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 composed 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 contact us with questions or for a quote.

Meet the Girls

 Eva

Eva

Eva, also known by the team as “Mama Eva,” is known for her creative choreography and boundless enthusiasm for everything related to vintage dance. Eva inspired the formation of Sweet Jubilee in summer 2012, and has been the driving force behind the team’s early success. She is captivated by Josephine Baker, whose dancing shows both feminine power and feminine beauty.

In “real” life, Eva is a PhD student in ecology. Her favorite vintage dance movie is Stormy Weather, because it has the greats of vernacular jazz dance all in one place.

 Morgan

Morgan is the creative mastermind behind the team’s website and photography. She also manages the team’s etsy store. A life-long dancer, she has loved film star Ginger Rogers since she was a wee bunhead in pink tights and black leotard. She will always love the quote, “Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in heels.” Watching old black and white Fred and Ginger movies is still her default on a sick day.

Morgan is Photo Editor at the Albuquerque Journal. Her favorite flavor of ice cream is plain chocolate, with chocolate syrup of course.

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Marisa

Marisa

Marisa is the designer behind many of Sweet Jubilee’s vintage-inspired, original costume pieces. She collaborates with choreographers to create and produce costumes that reflect the time period and the tone of the dancing itself. In addition to her skills in sewing, Marisa has a passion for vintage clothing and can be found spending many Saturdays scouring antique malls and estate sales in Albuquerque for the perfect vintage finds. She also helps Morgan run the team etsy store. She loves dressing up as much as she loves dancing, and is inspired by style and dance icons such as Clara Bow and Cyd Charisse.

By day, Marisa teaches Humanities classes at a local middle school. Her favorite dance move is the Suzy Q… what girl doesn’t love a little swivel in her step?

 Monique

Occupation: Student at the University of New Mexico, studying Secondary Education with a focus in Communicative Arts. Part-time waitress.

Favorite Vintage dance move: My favorite vintage dance move is Charleston! I love doing the Charleston because it is simple, fun, and cute.

Dance inspiration: My dance inspiration can’t be placed on an individual. Rather, the actual jazz music itself is what inspires me.

Favorite flavor of ice cream:
My favorite flavor of ice cream is Rocky Road. Who doesn’t love almonds and marshmallows in their ice cream?

 Monique
 Anna

Anna

Occupation: Assistant Accountant in the film industry & graduate student of English & Creative Writing

Favorite vintage dance move: Susie Q’s, because they’re so darn cute!

Dance Inspiration: Frida Segerdahl, not just because I think she’s the best, but because she makes dancing look effortless and she has so much fun doing it!

Favorite ice-cream: Hands down Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – because ice-cream is always better when it has cookies in it.

 Emma

Check back soon for a bio! :)

 Emma
 Alyx

Alyx

Miss Alyx, now known as Mama Alyx, is currently on maternity leave. She brought a little boy into the world on Feb. 28, 2014! We know she is enjoying her new role in life!

Favorite Vintage dance move: Boogie Drops or Camel Walks  or Alley Cat…

Dance Inspiration: Jean Veloz (or Jeanne Phelps) has kind of always been my favorite old timer dancer.

Favorite flavor of ice cream: Chocolate ice cream with cookie dough, mini-marshmallows, and raspberries from Coldstone. Because on special occasions it allows me to be forever young!

 Melanie

Melanie is our newest member of the team. Check back soon for a bio! :)

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 You?

Interested in being the next member of Sweet Jubilee? We are always looking for more ladies interested in joining our troupe. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are interested. CONTACT INFORMATION