The Masters of Lindy Hop & Tap take over Seattle's Century Ballroom Aug. 13-17, with public dances, demonstrations, film screenings and more.

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Young tappers and venerable jitterbuggers are brushing off their dance shoes and getting ready for the third annual Masters of Lindy Hop & Tap festival, kicking off tonight at the Century Ballroom.

And if you happen to work anywhere near Seattle City Hall, you might want to consider brown-bagging it Thursday, and grabbing a ringside seat for a terpsichorean treat.

Starting at noon, the fest will offer a demonstration of up-tempo 1940s-style dancing at City Hall Plaza, with such rollicking oldsters as Sugar Sullivan, Norma Miller and Chazz Young, with special guest Lennart Westerlund (co-founder of the Swedish dance troupe the Harlem Hot Shots). A live combo led by swing band leader Casey MacGill will keep the joint jumpin’.

Stick around after the exhibition, and you can participate in a free dance lesson give by some of the masters.

One of the best feel-good dance events of the summer, the fest will continue through Sunday evening with workshops, panels, film screenings and live performances honoring old and new dance masters.

Frisky lindy-hop king Frankie Manning won’t be among those present. Now in his 90s, Manning, who was part of the event last year, has been under the weather recently but is recovering well, says festival organizer and Century Ballroom impresario Hallie Kuperman. Still, some of his peers from the Big Band days will be on hand to shake a leg and reminisce.

A contingent of dedicated young Seattle tappers will also be around to strut their stuff.

Some highlights of the schedule:

6 p.m. today, Century Ballroom: A tribute to the vivacious, trailblazing dancer Jeni LeGon (who turns 92 on Thursday), with Joel Schwarz’s rare film and video clips of LeGon’s glory years on stage and screen.

Noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, City Hall Plaza: Free dance demonstration and class.

8:30 p.m. Thursday, Century Ballroom: Young Talent Showcase, with performances by such upstart local groups as Sister Kate, a Seattle-based jazz dance troupe, and Totally Tap Kids.

7:15 p.m. Thursday, Century Ballroom: “Race, Social Change and Dance,” a panel led by Amanda Wilde, host of the KUOW radio show, “The Swing Years and Beyond.”

Masters of Lindy Hop & Tap events include nightly swing dances open to the public, featuring live music by Glenn Crytzer and his Red Hot Syncopators and the Solomon Douglas Swingtet.

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