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Young and Cheap Downtown: Swing Dancing at Copper Blues

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Young and Cheap Downtown chronicles our community editor’s attempt to actually have a social life Downtown while spending less than $10 per person.

“Do you know how to triple step?”

What I know are the three swing steps we were taught during the oh-so-brief dancing lesson. I’m pretty sure this “triple step” wasn’t one of them, but before I can muster a response my dance partner is doing something akin to galloping. Three little steps to my right, three little steps to my left. His fedora doesn’t move during any of this.

swing dancing at copper blues“I’m pretty sure we didn’t learn that!”

“Naw, but you can do it.”

Apparently I can’t. After a few efforts at triple stepping(?) in rhythm with the music while he spins and slides and does some fancy footwork, he lets me off the hook.

“We’ll just go back to the basic rock step.”


I’m in this whole swing dancing mess for the simple reason that I’m determined not to let my budget hamper my desire to experience the nightlife Downtown. I’m young, I’m adventurous and I’m, well, willing to try most anything as long as I can afford it. I gave my friend a copy of our What’s Happening guide and told her to pick something.  She chose swing dancing to live blues music from the Sugar Thieves at Copper Blues – which is free every Wednesday.

As soon as the basic lesson ended, I knew why she picked dancing.

Twirling around the floor, she was busting out some pretty advanced moves – this was clearly not her first time swing dancing. And yet, my inability to make my arms and feet move in time with the music wasn’t preventing me from having fun. The gents on the floor were more than happy to keep dancing with me, even if I did step on their toes a few times. Most importantly, the Sugar Thieves were kicking it.

After an hour of laughing my way through the open dancing, I called it a night. My feet were singing along with the music (pro tip: don’t wear sandals) and I had exhausted my repertoire of swing dance moves – yes, all four of them.

But I’ll be back – I hear they teach a few different moves every week.

Total cost: $16 for drinks for two people. Three blisters.

If you go: Hump Night Blues at Copper Blues kicks off at 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday. The dancing lesson occurs while the Sugar Thieves break between sets, around 8:30 p.m. Bring good dancing shoes.

Copper Blues

50 W. Jefferson St., Ste. 200
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Introducing the New Downtown Weekly Insider

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

You spoke, and we listened.

DPP Home Final_1269.1After carefully studying results from two online surveys we have redesigned the look and feel of our weekly Downtown Insider e-newsletter to give you more of what you want, including:

More Events Coverage

Did you know that the Downtown Phoenix Partnership produces a weekly guide to everything happening in Downtown? It’s called What’s Happening and in addition to making the download more prominantly featured on the Insider (see upper right) you can read Silvia’s weekly musings on the Downtown Blog. The Weekly Insider will also feature four featured events.

Earlier Delivery

Subscribers will now receive their Downtown Insider on Tuesdays as opposed to Thursdays, giving you more time to plan your weekend.

Increased Focus On Local Business

From a story about the new coffee shop on the corner to regular updates on CityScape, our goal is to provide you with the very latest Downtown business news. For more business and economic development news, be sure to subscribe to our Downtown Dateline newsletter.

More Coupons

Now you can access our Deals page directly from the Insider. There you’ll find valuable coupons from Downtown restaurants, venues and service providers.

Business Directory

Our goal is to be the No. 1 resource for Downtown directory information, which is why we encourage our readers to add reviews to their favorite destinations Downtown.

We hope you enjoy the changes we’ve made to Weekly Insider and you can email additional feedback to

Thank you for your continued support of Downtown Phoenix!

Downtown is Rocking this Week

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

It’s official.  The season has started!  Just like last fall, I am already having a hard time squeezing all of the things going on into the latest edition of What’s Happening. I encourage you to download the entire guide but here are just a few of this week’s highlights.

tompetty_img02_hires-official-from-press-release-20101First things first, our very own Urban Wine Walk, a FREE, light rail-based event that encourages participants to explore the best of Downtown Phoenix, the Camelback Corridor, and Tempe, takes place this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Enjoy special pricing available only to Urban Wine Walk participants as your favorite restaurants regale you with their best wines and succulent hors d’oeuvres.  What a great way to visit all the places you’ve heard of but haven’t had a chance to try! Play amateur wine critic as you track all the places you visit using the map and wine list available at the link above. If you don’t want to take my word for it,  read this great piece by Kellie Hwang of the Arizona Republic.

 The Diamondbacks finish out their final homestand of the season this week against the Rockies and arch-nemesis Dodgers and they are going out with a bang with Fandamonium.  This Saturday and Sunday they’ve got amazing giveaways like trips to Las Vegas, spa days, free stays at Wild Horse Pass and Casino, and even a free ATV!  Go to Chase Field and show your DBacks pride – you may win a cool prize!

daniel-tosh182x135The Phoenix Symphony performs one of the most popular pieces of the 20th Century, Bolero.  This evocative piece debuted in 1928, and made a splash 50 years later in the movie “10,” starring Dudley Moore and Bo Derek.   We may not have beaches for you to run on, but you can still be moved at Symphony Hall this Thursday and Saturday.  Also featured this week at Symphony Hall is the fiery Poncho Sanchez, who is heralded as one of the top percussionists of our time. 

Other big names in Downtown this week – Daniel Tosh (from “Tosh.0″ on Comedy Central) performs at the Dodge Theater on Saturday, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are at US Airways Center on Sunday and the annual charity event Beauty of a Bonzer with featured performing artist Train, is happening on Saturday as well.

This is just the tip of the iceberg so dig in and have fun!

Your Guide to Downtown Fun

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Although the wind was rough, the weekend was gorgeous. I hoped everyone enjoyed it. There is a great deal to enjoy this week, so let’s get started.

The Cinco De Mayo Festival came and went but there’s no reason not to continue celeberating the culture that’s so important to our Southwest identity. The Matador Mexican Restaurant and Mi Amigos have festivities sure to engage you in the revelry.

RattlersThe Suns continue their march to the Finals by hosting the arch-rival Spurs in Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference semifinals at US Airways Center. No tickets for tonight’s Game 1? No problem! Head over to Majerle’s or Coach & Willie’s and watch the game with your closest Orange friends.  

By the end of the week the Diamondbacks will have fans cheering at Chase Field, playing the Brewers. The Brewers have a pair of super sluggers in Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder so expect some high-scoring affairs.

Need more sports? Head over to US Airways Center Friday night and watch the Rattlers take on the Spokane Shock.

The theater crowd will be happy this week with three shows at the Herberger Theater, one of which is by the famous comedy troupe Second City. With alums like Bill Murray and Gilda Radner, I was more than curious to see what they came up with, and I was laughing all the way to the end. They took cracks at all the little quirks that make Arizona unique, and it was refreshing to see what we look like from an outside point of view. Absolutely hilarious!

One last thing to take a look at. The Phoenix Public Market has been given a great opportunity to win some funds and they need your help. Follow this link to cast your vote and help the Market, as well as to benefit a great and worthwhile community cause. Please do your part and cast your vote for the Phoenix Public Market. Thank you!

Want more of What’s Happening? Download the weekly PDF here or grab a copy at the Ambassador Information Center (Adams / 1st Avenue).

Have a great week!