|Typically Saturday late-nights (early Sunday) starting at about 12:20am, weather permitting.||Grandview Overlook, opposite Saint Mary of the Mount Church (403 Grandview Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15211).|
It looks like cold weather is with us for a while longer. In the mean time, warm up with photos from the 2018 Steel City Blues Festival.
Why do we do this? We love to dance! Many of us head up to the overlook on Mt. Washington for free DJed music following Swing City in Squirrel Hill because three hours of dancing is not enough. Want to be sure never to miss a dance? See below — Facebook is not a reliable way to hear about these late nights.
Being outdoors in public at a popular viewpoint (part of Pittsburgh's Emerald View Park), we see all kinds of interesting people come by: hula-hoopers, fire-spinners, bachelorette parties, formal wedding photography shoots, and more. Some even join in the dancing!
Since this is an outdoor dance, the decision whether to actually hold it is based on the weather forecast for Mount Washington as of the morning before the dance (generally: at least 60°F and less than 20% chance of precipitation). We'll then update the status of a planned dance from "tentative" to either "confirmed" or "cancelled".
From Swing City: Take Murray Avenue down the hill. Get on I-376 West and follow signs to the Liberty Bridge. Cross the bridge, and turn right at the signal on the far side (don't enter the tunnel). At the top of Mount Washington, PJ McArdle Roadway makes a sharp left to an intersection. Turn left at the intersection and go 1.5 blocks. If you reach the stop sign, you overshot by 50 feet.
From Absolute Ballroom: Take Fifth Avenue to Oakland. Past the Cathedral of Learning, follow the signs for I-579 to get on Boulevard of the Allies, then follow the signs to the Liberty Bridge and continue as above. (Follow the signs to I-376 West instead if the Liberty Bridge is closed.)
If the Liberty Bridge is closed: Take I-376 West to the Grant Street exit. Turn left onto Fort Pitt Blvd at the first light, then turn left onto Smithfield Street at the following traffic light. Continue as below.
From Downtown: Cross the Smithfield Street Bridge toward Station Square. Turn left onto Carson Street at the traffic light, then turn right at the following light and turn right again just after the underpass. Take East Sycamore Street up the side of Mount Washington and turn right at the intersection (you'll be facing a Do Not Enter sign). Follow the street around the 90-degree left bend to the brightly lit church.
From Elsewhere: Click "View larger map" to access Google's directions.
Note that the Thomas J. Gallagher Overlook (its official name, after a former mayor) is just a concrete platform — it has no facilities of any kind, nor are there any nearby. Please prepare accordingly.
Blues styles include "Jookin'" (Juke Joint Blues), "Ballroomin'" ([Harlem] Ballroom Blues), "Struttin'", "Slow Drag", "Drag Blues", and more.
For more Blues dancing, come to Peter's Pub in Oakland for Hot Metal Blues every Tuesday. No cover, free lesson from 8-9pm.