WHAT IS THE EVENT?
| CLASSES & DANCE
$60 PER PERSON
PLUS $3 PAYPAL CONVENIENCE FEE
| DANCE TICKET
Enjoy our three hour dance featuring The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra and a performance by the Fly Rights, plus a special awards presentation to our three honorees - Jean Veloz, Irene Thomas, and Chuck Saggau$35
PLUS $2 PAYPAL CONVENIENCE FEE
Your name will be at door. If you order by Paypal, may we recommend that you print out your receipt and bring it to the event.
The Ebell of Los Angeles
741 S. Lucerne Blvd. LA 90005
There is plenty of FREE parking right at the venue.
The Box Office will be open starting at 11:00am through 8:00pm.
|11:30am-8:00pm||Box Office open|
Location - Ballroom
|4:00pm-5:00pm||Panel with Legends of the "Groovie Movie"
Location - Salon
|5:00pm-6:00pm||Cocktail Hour and
Time to change and rest
Location - Changing rooms on second floor
|6:00pm-7:00pm||Three-course elegant Banquet
Featuring vintage piano stylist Chris Dawson
Location - Banquet Hall
|7:00pm-10:00pm||Dancing to The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra
Master of Ceremonies Maxwell DeMille
Performance by The Fly Rights
DJs Tip & Mike during band breaks
Location - Ballroom
We have wonderful special guests for our evening's dance. In addition to The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra, we have:
We're pleased to welcome National 2010 Jitterbug champions The Fly Rights to perform their show stopping National Jitterbug Championships winning routine during our evening dance! Click on the photograph above and get a preview of the routine you'll see live at A Tribute to the Groovie Movie.
Our special emcee for the evening's dance is non other than Mr. Maxwell DeMille. Yes, that same Maxwell DeMille who is host of one of the world's most elegant vintage nightclubs -- The Cicada Club. You can read more about him on his very own futuristic website: MaxwellDeMille.com
Tip & Mike are two of Southern California's favorite DJs. They hosted Swing Pit for many years and have been on the swing scene since it's resurgence in the late '90s. They were both inducted into the Camp Hollywood Hall of Fame.
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for the dance classes. We suggest a change of shirt for the panel (for those doing the entire day).
For the dance, DRESS UP! We encourage vintage 1940's style cocktail attire.
Please, no casual attire. Let's make this a truly special event.
The answer is "yes." We actually have the rooms on the second floor for everyone to change. And you'll have an hour between the panel and the banquet to "freshen up" for the evening. There's also a gorgeous courtyard in which to relax.
Jean Phelps Veloz, the icon of the Hollywood-Style Lindy to new generations of swing dancers, provides a living bridge from the Los Angeles dance scene of the 1940Õs to the present-day Lindy Hop revival that has swept the United States and the rest of the world since the late 1990Õs.
In 1943 Jean entered a contest at American Legion Stadium in Hollywood, where the prize was a Screen ActorÕs Guild membership card and a dance cameo in the movie Swing Fever starring Kay Kyser and Marilyn Maxwell. Jean won the contest, her SAG card, and the opportunity to dance with Lennie Smith and Don Gallager in the feature-length movie.
This opened the door to many other opportunities. In 1944 Jean made the well-known MGM film short Groovie Movie with Arthur Walsh. Also in the short were Lenny Smith, Kay Vaughn, Irene Thomas and Chuck Saggau. Groovie Movie has become a favorite of swing dancers all over the world as they study this piece of history for the delicious look of this style of Lindy.
When Lindy Hop came back in the 1990's, so did Jean. She continues to be an inspiration to dancers around the globe.
Visit her site: JeanVeloz.com
Rusty Frank first became friends with Jean Veloz in 1996, and for over a decade Rusty has been bringing Jean to her school, Lindy By The Sea, as a special guest star instructor. During these workshops, Rusty and her teaching partner, Ron Campbell, have assisted Jean. They have taught with Jean, not just in Southern California, but in Canada and Italy, as well. Rusty & Ron teach with Jean Veloz and her brother, Ray Phelps, in the landmark dvd "Legends of Swing."
Rusty Frank is the owner of Lindy by the Sea and Rusty's Rhythm Club. She is a world renown instructor and dance preservationist. Among her many honors, she considers her induction in to The California Swing Dance Hall of Fame amongst the highest. Read more about Rusty at her website: RustyFrank.com
Ron Campbell started swing dancing with his wife, Robin, in February 1996, and since that time has studied with top instructors and legends internationally. In 2003, Ron began teaching Tuesday night Lindy By The Sea classes with Rusty Frank, and together they created the acclaimed "Track Series" which has also been produced on DVD. Ron is was a founding member of the Hollywood Hornets, 3-time Team Division National Jitterbug Champions (2002, 2004, 2005).
Ron began teaching Tuesday night Lindy By The Sea classes with Rusty on January 6th 2003.
Christian Perry, having a Masters Degree from the New York Institute of Technology, was first put on the map in Hollywood dancing in the award winning GAP Swing Dance commercial. Christian was there when Lindy Hop had it's burst back on the scene in California in the late 1990's, and he was one of the most prominent Hollywood Style dancers. You may have seen him dancing on the Silver Screen in such movies as "Mona Lisa Smile," "Be Cool," "Meet Dave" and many more. Performing for the Oscars last year in front of a star studded audience was most definitely a highlight of his career. While staying busy dancing and choreographing for "Dancing With the Stars" (on which he choreographed their phenomenal Lindy Hop number), "Ballroom Bootcamp" and his latest project, the Jonas Brothers' "Love Bug" music video featuring jitterbugs, he will never stop teaching and sharing his creativity, talent and passion for dancing. He is the owner of Rose City Ballroom in Pasadena, California.
Much in demand all over the world for their fun and lighthearted teaching style, David and Kim are the only Lindy hoppers with the unique distinction of having placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th at the US Open Swing Dance Competition. Their choreographing skills have been used in the feature films The 13th Floor and Pearl Harbor, and countless music videos. They ran a Tuesday night venue in the Valley, Paladino's, for ten years, and are partners in The Bayside Ball. They are longtime vintage lifestyle enthusiasts and are among those dancers who in the mid-90s poured over original jitterbug clips from movies, looking for authentic moves and stylings. They are excited to be representing one of their favorite inspirations, The Groovie Movie, this fall!
We've got a stellar line-up of instructors for the three afternoon classes.
Learn specific moves that are stand-outs in the Groovie Movie.
Learn some of the unique leader and follower stylings featured in the Groovie Movie that made Los Angeles a mecca for swing dancing in the 1940s.
Take the styling and moves you've learned and put it all together in the actual "Group Precision Jitterbug" routine from the Groovie Movie.*
*We will be doing the first section of the routine, prior to the crazy aerial section.
Event Refund Policy: Sorry, no refunds unless an event has been canceled or postponed. Tickets are transferable as long as the substitute name is given in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org
Event Cancellation Policy: Hilary Alexander & Rusty Frank reserve the right to cancel this event due to circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If the event is cancelled, ticket purchasers will be offered a full refund. Should circumstances arise that result in the postponement of an event, ticket purchasers will have the option to either receive a full refund or use their tickets for the event at the new, future date.
During the dance classes, there will be some snacks available for purchase.
There will be a full cash bar and the dinner and dance.
The Ebell of Los Angeles is a women's social club housed in a historic 75,000 square foot facility of breathtaking Italian Renaissance design. Our event will be held in the Ballroom, Art Salon, and Lounge, and beautiful garden courtyard.
The Ebell of Los Angeles opened its doors 1927 by the Ebell of Los Angeles Women's Club, which was formed in Los Angeles in 1894. The Ebell was the site of aviator Amelia Earhart's last public appearance before attempting the 1937 around-the-world flight during which she disappeared, and the place where Judy Garland was discovered while performing as Baby Frances Gumm in the 1930s.
The Groovie Movie, a Pete Smith short released in 1944, is a satirical look at the "jitterbug" that was sweeping the nation, featuring dancers Arthur Walsh, Jean Phelps (now Veloz), Lenny and Kaye Smith, Irene Thomas, and Chuck Saggau. It begins with a comparison of Lindy Hop and classic jitterbug moves to dances of old, followed by a wild and crazy demonstration by our dancers to Count Basie's One O'Clock Jump. This film was rediscovered in the mid-90s and used as a blueprint for modern swing dancing, and is considered one of the most influential Lindy Hop film clips of all time.
This is something near and dear to my heart - Groovie Movie. When I first started learning the Lindy Hop in 1996, I remember sitting on a floor in London, watching "Groovie Movie" over and over, and over and over, and over and over. Along with just two other clips that were available to dancers at that time (Youtube wasn't even a thought) it truly was the blueprint for modern swing dancing.
That same year, I got to meet for the very first time one of the dancers from the movie - Jean Veloz. We became instant friends, and this friendship has grown over the years to something especially close.
It was Jean's idea to do an event honoring Groovie Movie out here in California (Tom & Debra of Gottaswing.com in Washington, D.C. have been holding a Groovie Movie Weekend for years). I contacted Hilary Alexander, of Camp Hollywood, with the idea of co-producing an event out here, and the rest, as they say, will soon be history!!!
Be the first to get your tickets, and then you'll be proud to tell everyone you know - "I was there!"
Feel free to contact us by email or phone 310.606.5606 before 2:00pm on the 16th.