The Kennedy Center

Gottaswing



Biography

Tom Koerner and Debra Sternberg met in 1987 and soon became dance partners. They performed as featured dancers with Doc Scantlin’s Imperial Palms Orchestra at Joe and Mo's Restaurant in Washington, DC, during the late 1980s and early “90s. Among their awards, they are the 6 time Virginia State Lindy Hop and Jitterbug champions, 1994 United Kingdom Lindy Hop champions (airsteps division) and 2010 inductees as National Living Legends of Swing. Creating their own swing dance curriculum, they began teaching regularly scheduled classes in 1994, and were the first to offer DJ dancing and live music following class every week. With the great Swing Dance Revival of 1998, they were perfectly positioned to expand. They currently offer classes in 15 locations throughout the greater DC-metropolitan area and a licensee in Charlotte, North Carolina, teaching over 4,000 students each year and presenting the best in live and recorded music at swing dance events.

Upcoming Performances

Video 11/23/2017: Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party: Gottaswing and Tom Cunningham Orchestra

Dance off your holiday dinner at a Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party, as the Millennium Stage and Gottaswing present a festive program. This event, which includes dance lessons and live music from the Tom Cunningham Orchestra, will run until 9 p.m.

Watch Past Performances

Video 11/24/2016: Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party

Dance off your holiday dinner at a Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party, as the Millennium Stage and Gottaswing present a festive program featuring music by the Phat Cat Swingers. This event will run until 9 p.m.

Video 11/26/2015: Thanksgiving Day Swing: Jive Aces with Gottaswing

Dance off that turkey at a 1940s-themed Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party, as the Millennium Stage and Gottaswing present a festive program featuring dancing and music by Jive Aces. Free swing dance lessons begin at 6 p.m. with Hollywood-Style Lindy icon Jean Veloz, followed by a free, evening-long dance party from 7–9 p.m.

Video 6/6/2015: MyTix My Way Soirée Pre and Post-Let's Be Frank Swing Dance Party

Join in a celebration of the centennial year of Frank Sinatra’s birth with the acclaimed Seth Kibel Quintet. Tom Koerner and Debra Sternberg (Gottaswing) lead free swing dance lessons at 5 p.m. After the Let's Be Frank NSO Pops concert, the fun continues 10 p.m.–midnight with more dancing, social photo booths, and cash bars pouring signature cocktails.

Video 11/27/2014: Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party: A Night at the Stork Club

Dance off that turkey and stuffing at a 1940s-themed Swing Dance Party. Gotta Swing presents a festive program featuring dancing and music by Johnny Boyd. Free swing dance lessons begin at 6 p.m., followed by a dance party from 7–9 p.m.

Video 5/28/2012: Gottaswing featuring Lady Luck and the Suicide Kings

Gottaswing, America’s largest exclusively swing dance instruction and dance event promotion company, presents a Memorial Day Swing Dance Party with music played by Lady Luck and the Suicide Kings and dance lessons taught by instructors Tom Koerner and Debra Sternberg at 5:00 p.m.

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