Swingin’ on Broadway at the Port of San Diego’s Big Bay Ballroom

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portpavilionIt’s time for jumpin’ and jivin’ on Broadway Pier. On Friday, Aug. 10, a large dance floor will be set up for the Port of San Diego’s free Big Bay Ballroom at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, 1000 North Harbor Drive.

The festivities begin with dance instruction by the 2011 winners of the National Jitterbug Championships, Chandrae Roettig and Stephen Sayer. Free dance lessons start at 7:15 p.m.

Music by Tim Gill and the Tim Gill All-Stars Big Band will follow at 8 p.m. The music and dancing will continue until 10 p.m. Vocalist Adryon Gross will also be singing with Tim Gill and the band.

Mary Murphy, owner of Mary Murphy’s Champion Ballroom and judge on the Fox network show “So You Think You Can Dance” will greet the crowd and introduce the dance champions.  

Food will be available at Ms. Patty Melt’s food truck, a creation of Chef Deborah Scott and the Cohn Restaurant Group.

The Big Bay Ballroom at the Port Pavilion is the second of the four free dance events the Port has planned for the public’s enjoyment in August.

On Saturday, Aug. 18, the Big Bay Ballroom moves to Portwood Pier Plaza (Map) in Imperial Beach. The rockabilly swing group Rockin’ Aces will provide the music for the “Barefoot Boogie.” The event is free. Before the dancing begins, there will be the “Taste of IB,” sponsored by the Imperial Beach Chamber of Commerce. The event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. showcases the city's restaurants and businesses and will feature a variety of food. Admission to the “Taste of IB” is $7.

On Friday, Aug. 24, the dance floor will be set up for the “Harbor Hop” in Chula Vista Bayfront Park. (Map) Swingtown, a popular Big Band swing group will provide the music. At each location, the music and dancing will begin at 8 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m.

The first Big Bay Ballroom featuring salsa dancing and music by The Manny Cepeda Orchestra was held Friday, Aug. 3 in Pepper Park in National City.

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The Port is hosting the Ballroom events and numerous other community events, ranging from concerts and dances to festivals, fitness clinics and eco-tourism celebrations to enliven the San Diego Bay waterfront The goal is to create a vibrant waterfront and provide residents and visitors opportunities to enjoy year-round activities in the five Port member cities and their parks and open spaces along the bay and the Imperial Beach oceanfront.

For information on the event, please visit The Big Bay.

About the Port:

The Port of San Diego is the fourth largest of the 11 ports in California. It was created by the state legislature in 1962. Since then, it has invested millions of dollars in public improvements in its five member cities – Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City and San Diego.

The port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, 17 public parks, the Harbor Police Department and the leases of more than 600 tenant and sub tenant businesses around San Diego Bay.

The Port of San Diego is an economic engine, an environmental steward of San Diego Bay and the surrounding tidelands, and a provider of community services and public safety.