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Swing Time!
In-school Educational Programming

Midwest swing champions Margot McGraw Toppen and Riley Wimes Jr. present an interactive program on American swing dance and music history.

From the turn of the century to modern times, we take students on a journey through Swing—focusing primarily on the 1920s-40s when Swing music and dance were at the center of popular culture.

Our presentations are customizable for any age group and can vary in length from a 5-minute dance demo to a full day workshop.

"Swing Time!" at Adler Park Elementary:

Riley speaks to the students:

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Our basic program is a 45-minute presentation that includes a history lesson, dance demonstrations and dance instruction.

We discuss the development of American jazz music as it relates to historical events and we share our personal love of the dances that grew out of that music through performance and instruction.

This program can be tied into curriculum or other programming that relates to:

  • American History: Early 20th century

  • History of Jazz music

  • Arts appreciation: American dance forms

  • Physcial Education: Dance as exercise

    In addition to educational programming, Riley and Margot are also available for Swing, Lindy Hop and Collegiate Shag dance instruction and Riley is available to DJ private parties and other events.

    For more information, contact us at 312-371-4753 or email: