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Dance the Night Away! 1939-1940 Swing Dance Party & Ceremony at Treasure Island Museum

Join us for a celebration of the anniversary of the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition with a Swing Dance Party and Ceremony!

Date and time

Sat, April 16, 2022, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM PDT


Treasure Island Museum, in the lobby of the historic Administration Building 1 Avenue of the Palms, San Francisco, CA 94130 (View Map)

The swing dance is part of a host of events by Karen Lile Productions in partnership with Treasure Island Museum. The dance will be proceeded by recognition of our history, and world premieres for art, music and film from 7-8 pm. Mike Young’s Mood Swing Orchestra will play live for 3 hours of dancing to Big Band music from the 1930’s from 8-11 pm.

The theme for the Treasure Island Museum is “Inspiring Past – Innovative Future” and the tremendous accomplishments of collaboration and skill that created the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island, has inspired our producers and creative artists to contribute to that legacy in 2022.

Event Schedule

House Opens at 6:30pm

  • DJ Michael Vincent plays 1930’s/1940 popular standards, including songs performed in the 1940’s ASCAP concert during the World’s Fair

  • No host bar and reserved seating.

Program From 7pm-8pm

  • Introduction by: Hernando Torres Fernandez, Vice Dean of the SF Consular Corps, Consul General of Peru in San Francisco

  • Short Film: Two Weeks Inside Studio D by Filmmaker Michael J. Kofford featuring musicians of the Two Weeks Inside Studio D Album for KCSM that was recorded on the 1952 Steinway D.

  • Short Film: Featuring Ballet Choreography by Tiit Helimet and Julia Rowe

  • Art on Piano Unveiling: Complimentary Skills by Seiko Tachibana on Fantasy Studios Producer’s 1952 Steinway D rebuilt by Kendall Ross Bean.

  • World Music Premieres by composer Kendall Ross Bean, lyricist: Karen Earle Lile from the Breathe Free on Wings in Rhythm Project (in partnership with the Oakland Symphony/ Mieko Hatano Executive Director)

    • Break Free on Wings of Music for cello/piano (arranged by Jonah Kim/Kendall Bean)

    • Break Free on Wings of Music 1930’s Big Band Arrangement by James Anthony McMillen with Guest conductor Chris Tedesco

Live Music by Mood Swing Orchestra 8-11 pm with DJ Michael Vincent playing swing and balboa dance music between the live band sets.

Dress: Festive. Vintage Dress Admired But Not Required.

Note: We will ask for proof of vaccination at the door, and gather in the spacious lobby of Building One. The room has high ceilings and space for 1,000 or more, but we are keeping our numbers smaller in consideration of those who want to social distance. Masks are still encouraged when in close proximity to others.

*Proceeds from this event go to our performers and the Treasure Island Museum.*


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