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Press photos by Paul CmilEric Jones and Shawana Serpe cut a rug at the Gas House Dance Hall, 311 Front St., during a special dance event Jan. 27. Press photos by Paul CmilEric Jones and Shawana Serpe cut a rug at the Gas House Dance Hall, 311 Front St., during a special dance event Jan. 27.
Left: Kayla Keating’s jazz orchestra, Two-Beat Dames, delight the crowd with its smooth sounds. Left: Kayla Keating’s jazz orchestra, Two-Beat Dames, delight the crowd with its smooth sounds.
Above: Abie Schelly and Gabby Quandel take to the floor to showcase their skills. Above: Abie Schelly and Gabby Quandel take to the floor to showcase their skills.
Press photos by Paul CmilKevin Fischbach and Chelsea Smarr dance to some ’20s sounds at the dance hall. Press photos by Paul CmilKevin Fischbach and Chelsea Smarr dance to some ’20s sounds at the dance hall.
Sascha Newburg and Robert Vrabel dance the night away at the Gas House Jan. 27. Sascha Newburg and Robert Vrabel dance the night away at the Gas House Jan. 27.

Cutting a rug

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Dixieland, rockabilly, even burlesque on event list at Gas House Dance Hall

Are you “In the Mood” for a little ’40s swing music? Want to test your skills at the Charleston?

Get acquainted with the Gas House Dance Hall on Front Street and its “Dixieland 1920s” revue.

Called one of the Lehigh Valley’s premier dance clubs, the Gas House hosted a special dance Jan. 27. Host Vickie Bartholomew counted at least 40 dancers in the crowd. Some voyeurs were there, only to be amazed by the dancing and music.

To dance, you need a band — and the star for this night was Kayla Keating’s jazz orchestra, Two-Beat Dames. Kayla and her brother Martin formed the orchestra.

“There are few good women jazz clarinet players, and she is one of the best,” Sascha Newburg said while taking a little break from dancing.

Shawana Serpe, of Freemansburg, is a ballet instructor by day but turns into a swing dancer after hours.

“I started doing it and learned the steps. Now it has become something that is fun to do,” she said during a moment between sets.

Robert Vrabel donned his best zoot suit for the night.

“I got into this music in high school. I’m a history major, and I expanded my interest to include jazz,” he said.

Vrabel has a master’s degree from Rutgers University. He picks up extra coin by offering his services as a deejay spinning 78s and jazz classics.

Interested? The Gas House has dance classes targeted for those who want to learn different styles such as the jitterbug and lindy hop.

Upcoming events at the Gas House, 311 Front St., include Kyle Lacy with Harlem River Noise Feb. 17. Lacy leads a rockabilly band that got canceled during a December snowstorm.

The Black Flamingos bring their rendition of surf-rock music to the stage Feb. 24.

Beat the Valentine’s Day crowd with a burlesque review Feb. 10. A couple of legends will show up to tickle your funny bone. Burlesque is the original stand-up comic routine with a saucy touch.