Harlem Roots & Rhythm Urban Dance Festival 2023
Fri, Sep 29 to Sun, Oct 1

The Harlem Roots and Rhythm Urban Dance Festival 2023

New York, NY
About the Event

SOLD OUT September 29th ONLY —

However there will be a waiting line in case spots open up – so Show Up!

NOTE – On September 29th at HSA Doors open at 5:20pm; Ticket holders get priority till 5:45pm. At that time all will be invited to fill the auditorium to capacity. Once filled to capacity you cannot enter the building AT ALL ; perhaps afterwards as attendees leave and there is space availability.


This Special annual Harlem event gives you room to explore and get a great taste of Harlem’s famed Jazz and Lindy Hop Culture!

For the month of August: Tickets to FRIDAY EVENT ONLY will be available here

SUNDAY October 1st events will have a modest cost – $15 early bird till 9/27

See YOU there!


FRIDAY September 29th

Theme – Celebrating and Keeping Harlem’s Jazz and Lindy Hop Legacy Alive 6pm – 11pm

Harlem School of the Arts — 645 St Nicholas Ave (W. 140 St & St. Nicholas Ave)

6PM — Films: The Savoy King (also Vintage Harlem Lindy Hop clips!)

7PM — Panel Discussion: Keeping Harlem’s Jazz and Lindy Hop Culture in its Harlem Home

Featured Panelists:

~ Voza Rivers — Mr. Arts & Culture of Harlem tells his experience with the Making of the Savoy King

~ Honoring Sonny Allen — The Savoy Ballroom and The Harvest Moon Ball (’50s) – and beyond!

~Ralph Hopkins — The Savoy Manor, The Harvest Moon Ball (60’s/70’s), Mama Lu Parks and more!

8PM — Social Dance with Jazzy Classics and more of the Savoy Ballroom (1926 – 1958)


SATURDAY September 30th

Theme – Dance it Up Day! From Lindy Hop to Hip Hop and Between: Experience Dance with Various Films, Performances and Social Dancing in Central Historic Harlem

1PM — Harlem’s Legacy: Links bet Lindy Hop & Hip Hop

Film, Discussion & Demos

Harlem Library — 9 W 124th Street

4PM — Lindy Hop Contest! Harvest Moon Ball Reenactment

Richard Rodgers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park

W. 122 Street and Mount Morris Park West (behind Pelham Fritz Rec Center)

Performance with Harlem Dance Club / MOTHERSHIP 5 event (3pm – 7pm) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mothership-five-dance-music-festival-tickets-682461610047

6PM – 9PM — Retro Street Dance! Dine and dance to DJ’d Jazz, R&B, SOUL and more

Harlem Shake — 124th St and Lenox Ave — Indoor/Outdoor Dance Party!

9PM – 11:30 PM — LATE NIGHT Juke Joint at the Post!

The American Legion Post —- 248 W 132nd St. — Street level door

Squeeze on in for R&B and more! DJ DOC and Smootee will have you cozy, neighborly… and great music and good food they offer the most reasonably priced drinks anywhere in NYC


SUNDAY October 1st $$

Pick one of two great Harlem Experiences!

9AM – Harlem Gospel and Brunch Tour $$

Discover Harlem’s rich and diverse community, and experience the hand-clapping, foot-stomping, soulful rhythms of black gospel music filling the air.

Harlem Gospel and Brunch Tour

See above link for details

9AM — Harlem Lindy Hop/Jazz Tour $$

3 Hour Walking tour exploring Harlem’s Jazz, Dance and Harlem Renaissance Legacy


Groups of 5 or more can be discounted contact THSDS here till 9/27 afterwards call/email

PAYPAL Link for payment: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=ZRF4XYTMCTUEY

Use the email [email protected]


A SAVOY Sunday Afternoon

Theme: Keeping Harlem Legacies Alive and Thriving

3PM — Syncopated Sistas: Jazz Ladies discuss preserving Harlem’s famed Jazz culture

Featuring –

~`~ Topsy Durham — Eddie Durham Music Legacy

~~ Kim Austin — NAMA New Amsterdam Musical Association

~~ Antoinette Montague — Jazz Power Initiative , WHCR

~~ Robin Bell – Stephens — Jazzmobile Legacy

4pm — DJ’d Jazz Classics

4:30PM — Battle of the Jazz Divas 2023 Edition!

Featuring –

~~Kim Austin

~~LeeOlive Tucker

Early Bird $15pp till 9/27/23

Afterwards $20pp online and at the Door

Use the email [email protected]

Lt. Joseph P Kennedy Center 34 W 134th St bet 5th and Lenox Aves


Schedule subject to change

W 135th St
New York, NY 10035
United States
Free – $20
Book tickets on the organizer's website