Margaret Batiuchok's hard work, critical eye, creative drive, and love for dancing has inspired many. Growing up in Queens New York, and after attending Mt Holyoke College pre Med in Massachusetts, Margaret moved to Minneapolis and became part of the New Riverside Cafe Collective, running a natural foods cafe and center for live Blues, Folk and Bluegrass music. She moved back east to Boston to begin her study of dance at age twenty, studying Modern Blues and Jazz with with Consuelo Atlas (soloist of the Alvin Ailey Company) and African American Dance with Bill Mackey, Margaret went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from California Institute of the Arts in 1978. Margaret also studied tap with Stanley Brown in Boston and Phil Black in New York. She began dancing Swing and Country Western two-step, waltz and swing, and clogging, in her early 30's while a pre-med student at New York University. She met George Lloyd, an African-American "Savoy Ballroom 400 Club" dancer (twice her age) and just six months later they won the 1983 Harvest Moon Ball at Madison Square Garden. Margaret then began teaching, performing, promoting, producing, and writing about Lindy for the Swing Community.

In 1988 Margaret received her Master's Degree from NYU. Her groundbreaking 104-page thesis, "The Lindy," and DVD's produced with her partners Frankie Manning, George Lloyd, Charlie Meade and her partner/student Tom Lewis, remain important historic contributions documenting Swing Dance. Margaret has also written many articles (award winning) for Dancing USA, The Ballroom Review, Jitterbug Magazine, and Dance Action.

She co-founded the New York Swing Dance Society (NYSDS) in 1985, when there was no organized Swing  dancing in New York. The NYSDS became a mecca for all generations, races, and level of dancers, with the weekly dances consistently drawing 300-500 dancers. Margaret, a volunteer board member who has hired the bands for over 26 years, has also been president since 1996.

Margaret launched the Lincoln Center Midsummer Night Swing series with Frankie Manning, where she recommends bands, teaches, and performs each summer. On closing night 2005, she helped conceive, produce, and danced in a tribute to Illinois Jacquet, which is repeated each year, and in 2009 helped Lincoln Center launch the Ambassador’s Prize Swing Competition in honor of Frankie Manning.. Margaret has produced many large tribute events honoring great dancers, musicians, and in 2006, the Savoy Ballroom. She currently performs with Charlie Meade and Savoy legend, Harvest Moon champion Sonny Allen.

When West Coast Swing was almost unknown in the East, Margaret traveled to national events as New York's sole ambassador and brought the dance back home. She began teaching and held the first West Coast Swing Dance in New York, bringing West Coast Swing instructors to the NYSDS weekends. In 1986 and '87 Margaret went to Myrtle Beach's SOS to bring Carolina Shag to NYC. Now, venues for dancing Lindy, West Coast, and Shag are available in NYC every night of the week.

Teaching for over twenty years, Margaret ran week-long Swing programs at Omega Institute, ran the annual Mohonk Swing Weekend for 14 years, which she founded. and has taught Jazz, Ballroom, and Swing at NYU. Currently teaching Swing Ballroom and Latin at her own danceMB.com; yoga-stretch at Rockefeller University, teaching seniors elsewhere around New York, she’s also dancing with children, and creates in related arts (poetry and art). She has judged and taught at a variety of Swing Dance events including the U.S. Open, NADC, Seattle Swing, Can't Top the Lindy Hop, and Lindy Hop Showdown. She has shared her love of dance with many students (including John Festa), who have made their own major contributions to the Swing World.

Margaret was inducted into the National Living Legends of Dance in 2012.

Margaret Batiuchok continues to surprise, delight, and inspire through her commitment to the art of dancing.



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About Margaret

Career Highlights:


Education:

* The Garden Prep school NYC

* Attended Mt Holyoke College preMed

  1. *BFA in Dance from California Institute of the Arts

  2. * Masters Degree in Dance from NYU after mostly completing pre med at NYU

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1980's

- Won City Limits Jitterbowl Contest with DeanMoss


1983

- Won Madison Square Garden Harvest Moon Ball with partner George Lloyd


1985

- Co-Founded the New York Swing Dance Society (NYSDS)


1986

- Brought West Coast Swing to NYC


1988

- MA, New York University w/ Thesis on Lindy - produced 4 DVD's on the history of the Lindy


Created the Shim Sham tradition with Frankie Manning at the Cat Club


1989-90

- Dance the Opening performance with Frankie Manning at Lincoln Center's first two Midsummer Night Swings


1993

- Founded the "Mohonk Swing Dance Weekend"


1994

- Co-Founded Northern California Lindy Society


1994

- "In Defense of Stylistic Diversity" article awarded by "Dancing USA"


1997

- Torch Award for Pioneering West Coast Swing in NYC


1998

- Feather Award with Charlie Meade for "Most Outstanding East Coast Swing Couple"


1999

- Principal dancer and dance coordinator for PBS-TV "Swinging with Duke with Wynton Marsalis"


2000

- Produced NYSDS 15th Anniversary at the "Roxy"


2001-2006

  1. -Produced seven big tribute events in memory of:

  2. --Harlem's Savoy Ballroom;

  3. --great tap dancer Buster Brown;  - dance film collector Ernie Smith;

  4. -- great saxophonist Illinois Jacquet; and

  5. --Savoy dancer Samuel Scott; plus

  6. --birthday celebrations for Frankie Manning and

  7. --birthday celebration for Dawn Hampton


2005

- Helped produce tribute to Illinois Jacquet at Lincoln Center

- Produced NYSDS 20th Anniversary - 600 attendees


- Inducted into the World Swing Dance COuncil (WSDC) National Swing Dance Hall of Fame


2006

  1. -Artistic advisor for Swing documentary and

  2. -co-produced NYC's Savoy 80th

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2007

- hosted Dawn Hampton’s 79th Birthday Celebration at ”The

Cathedral NYC” with the NYSDS

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2007

- taught and performed at

Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing Tribute to Illinois Jacquet

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2008

-Participated in NYC’s first BABBLE dance weekend with the New York Sing Dance Society

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2008

- taught and performed at

Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing 3rd Annual Tribute to Illinois Jacquet

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2008

- was a guest on radio show “A Woman’s Perspective”  with Virginia Reed

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2008

- Participated with the New York Swing Dance Society in the Yehoodi Y10A Weekend

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2009

-Frankie95 -performed at and

- with NYSDS  sponsored the Sunday dance

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2009

- co-produced Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing Final Night Tribute to Illinois Jacquet and Frankie Manning- taught 750 in the lesson, did swing demo with Sonny Allen,

- ran the Ambassador’s Prize  Dance Competition, and led the Shim Sham for over 2,0000 people

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2010

- produced the New York Swing Dance Society’s 25th Anniversary gala

- Co produced the BABBE dance weekend’s Saturday night event at the NYSDS

- aught at Lincoln Center again and this year performed a demo including my students

- Organized and judged the Ambassador Prize Dance Contest with Lincoln Center and it’s producers

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2011

- Judged the Salon Ballroom and Swing Dance Contest at the Edison Hotel Ballroom

- Judged and helped organize the Battle of the Bands Swing Competition at Alhambra Ballroom Harlem

  1. -Produced dances for BABBLE dance weekend and

  2. -Dawn Hampton’s Birthday and

  3. -The NYSDS 26th Anniversary dance

- Produced Charlie Meade’s 80th Birthday

  1. -Performed, taught and judged at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing closing night

  2. -Produced end of year show of dance and movement for senior citizen dance and yoga-stretch classes

- Continues to teach choreograph and perform at danceMB.com and at the NY Swing Dance Society

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2012

- Inducted into “National Living Legends of Dance”

- at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing final night

taught lesson, did demo of swing/blues choreography with students and Charlie Meade

- and coordinated and judged Ambassador Dance Contest at Lincoln Center

  1. -Produced end of year show of dance and movement - jazz, swing and cha-cha - for senior citizen dance and yoga-stretch classes

  2. -Produced Frankie Manning’s son Chazz Young’s 80th Birthday Bash starring Norma Miller, Chester Whitmore and others

-produced dance for Gypsy Jam dance weekend

2013

-Moderated Panel as Dance Historian for NHDA in Harlem Conference of National Treasure Original Lindy Hoppers and Hand Dancers

-Worked with BABBLE dance Weekend

-Produced the NYSDS 28th Anniversary

-Produced Charlie Meade’s 82nd Birthday

-Will teach and performa at Midsummer NIght Swing Final night

-will dance with Chazz Young and MC and judge the Ambassador Prize Contest at Lincoln Center

-Featured in NY Times Article

-Produced end of year show of interpretive dance and country western choreography- of dance and movement for senior citizen dance and yoga-stretch classes

-coordinated and moderated panel at NYSDS with Norma Miller, Dawn Hampton, Sugar Sullivan, Sonny Allen, and Barbara Billups

2014

-Danced in the Frankie 100 Show at the Apollo Theater in Classics Club with Sonny Allen and Shiny Stockings starring Mabel Lee

-Ran a Panel discussion “From the Savoy to the Cat Club: On the Dance Floor”

-Produced monthly NYSDS dances

-Was interviewed on the “The Swing Dance Revival” panel at Frankie 100

-Produced a NYSDS dance in conjunction with Frankie Trifecta

-Taught a master class with Lindy Hope legend George Sullivan

-danced in the Mermaid Parade

-taught at and judged at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer NIght Swing final night Tribute to Illinois Jacquet and Frankie Manning

2015

-continues to run the NYSDS, teach groups and private lesson in Swing and Ballroom dance, performs, does special exercise classes and dance classes and performances for seniors, and teaches at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing.

-August -awarded Gotham Swing Dance Club’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” for all she has done for Swing Dance n NYC

2016

-continues teaching at danceMB.com and other venues

-taught and performed at Lincoln Centers Midsummer Night Swing and judged at the contest

-worked on Dawn Hampton’s affairs after her passing

-judged at Remix Annual Dance Competition

2017

one of the Fans of Dawn Hampton who produced the Celebration of Dawn’s Life Feb 11, 2017