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Uptown Lowdown

The Uptown Lowdown is a vintage jazz dance troupe, directed by Emily Vail. We perform original choreography and classic routines in the style of the 1920s-1940s. Based in Kingston, NY, we perform throughout the Hudson Valley. Interested in having us perform at your event? Contact Emily here.

The Uptown Lowdown honors the tradition of the chorus girl dancers, while working within a modern-day context. We believe in vintage style, not vintage values. We perform to music by women- and BIPOC-led bands. Our choreographies range from sassy showgirl numbers, to feminist protest pieces, to joyful holiday routines. We design most of our costume elements and have collaborated with Karina Dresses and Blue Byrd's Haberdashery and Music in Kingston. Chorus girls dance together as a unit, and we believe that our dance troupe together is much greater than the sum of its parts.  

Video performances:

  • Riverboat Shuffle | Video

  • Deep Henderson | Video

  • It's Carnival Time! | Video

  • I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm | Video

  • A Woman's Place is in the Groove | Video

Routines include:

  • Too Late (summer 2019, performed to live music by Tuba Skinny!) | Video

  • Pennies from Heaven (spring 2019, collaboration with Karina Dresses)| Video

  • Waltz of the Flowers (holiday 2019, collaboration with Blue Byrd's Haberdashery) | Video 

  • T'ain't Nobody's Business (winter 2019) | Video

  • The Stars Are Brightly Shining (holiday 2018) | Video

  • Shake It & Break It (summer 2018, performed to live music by Tuba Skinny!)| Video

  • Deep Henderson (summer 2017, performed to live music by Tuba Skinny!) | Video

  • Tranky Doo (fall 2018, collaboration with Karina Dresses)| Video

  • Coquette (summer 2017) | Video

  • Flying HO+ME (fall 2017)| Video

  • March of the Toys (holiday 2017) | Video

We regularly perform at Uptown Swing in Kingston. Other notable performances have included the Flurry Festival in Saratoga Springs, OldTone Roots Music Festival in North Hillsdale, Sinterklaas in Rhinebeck, Rivers Casino in Schenectady, Swinging Moments Cabaret in Kingston, The Colony in Woodstock, O+ parade in Kingston, Bon Odori Dance Festival for Peace in Kingston, Let's Move! Ulster in Kingston, Midtown Kingston Block Party, Hudson Valley BRAWL Men's Beauty Pageant in Rosendale, Poughkeepsie Farm Project fundraiser in Poughkeepsie, Snowflake Festival in Kingston, Hudson Valley Community Dances swing dance in Poughkeepsie, and Unison Arts swing dance in New Paltz.

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