May 24th 2005
Bill Bojangles Robinson
"Whereas tap dancing is a joyful and powerful aesthetic force providing a source of enjoyment and an outlet for creativity and self-expression for Americans on both the professional and amateur level;
by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that May 25, 1989 is designated "National Tap Dance Day." The President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe such a day with appropriate ceremonies and activities."
----Text excerpt from the Tap Day Bill, 1989
(Complete Bill text in Link of the Week below)
RUSTY HITS THE ROAD AGAIN --
NOW IT'S PHILADELPHIA!
By the time this reaches you I shall probably be fast asleep having just returned from my world-wind teaching job in Scotland. Tomorrow, I board a plane for Philadelphia (hoping to get a load of laundry and a few moments with my cat in there!).
And now, why would I be going to these two cities in such close time proximity? There is a reason, outside of insanity!
National Tap Day.
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson
National Tap Day was declared in 1989. I was actually in Washington D.C. doing work on my tap book the DAY the bill was signed. If you are wondering what the heck "National Tap Day" is... it's basically a day set aside to honor tap dance as a uniquely American art form. Through the years, the day, May 25th (chosen as it was the birth date of one of tap's greats, Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson) has been adopted by tap dancers throughout the world as a day to celebrate.
So... in both Scotland and Philadelphia I will be participating in their National Tap Day celebrations by teaching tap in their local communities. Pretty cool, eh!
JUNE SCHEDULE POSTED
FEATURED CLASS - LINDY RUEDA!
The new schedule is posted below, so we have opened up Pre-Registration. For you Sunday Level 3 people, we're looking forward to you joining our Track and the Featured Class on Monday and/or Tuesday.
ONE WEEK OFF FOR SUNDAY PEOPLE ONLY BEFORE STARTING NEW SCHEDULE
NEW SUNDAY SERIES BEGINS JUNE 5TH
After this coming Sunday's class, we will take May 29th off, and then begin our new Sunday series of classes on June 5th. Help spred the word.
MONDAY AND TUESDAY... NO BREAK FOR THE "WICKED"
We will be starting our new series on May 30th and 31st, and, as we have added a 5th week for this series, they'll be no break between series. Happy dancing! So mark it in your calendars to add one more week to this series. The price for this additional week will be $10 a class and $5 for each additional class on the same nite; and for Golden Ticket people $6 plus $3 for each additional class on same day. Remember, this is optional for you.
WHAT THE HECK IS A RUEDA?
HOW ABOUT A "SWING SQUARE DANCE"
Rueda came from the Salsa world, and simply put, is a Swing Square Dance. We partner up and stand in a circle, like in class. The caller (Rusty or Ron) calls out the moves throughout the song, and all the leaders follow the calls. Many of the moves involve passes from one partner to the next (like in a Square Dance). We use all the Level 1, 2, & 3 moves, PLUS there are a bunch of moves just for the Swing Rueda: "Po Po Bump", "Lone Star," etc.
We love this class! It is such a high, such a laugh, AND such a good opportunity to get the basics down pat.
If you are a Level 3 or up, come along and join the fun.
DANCE CLASSES! WHAT A BARGAIN!
We have a lot of wonderful options at Lindy By The Sea. Such as any second class taken on the same day is 1/2 price, and our "Golden Ticket" allows you to take ALL of our classes in a given series for only $100 or $90!! if you pre-register! What a deal. If you took four classes in the series, it would break down to $5.62 a class -- where else are ya gonna find that kind of bargain.
As mentioned last week, Ron and I have decided to add one more week in this series that is optional to you. We felt that it would be an excellent idea for those in the "Secret Agent Man" class, and for those in the Track, you would get a "review" week. This will also keep us with the Sunday classes who will be taking one week off for Memorial Weekend (NOTE: We will NOT (again NOT) be taking a week off).
"I learn it on Monday, I practice it on Tuesday"
We have been noticing a rise in "Golden Tickets" as a result of our dual nite Tracks. People have been buying this all-in-one card as an opportunity to real pace themselves. As we have heard, "On Monday nite I learn the moves, on Tuesday nite, I practice the moves." If you would like to take advantage of our best offer, sign up for a Golden Ticket ($100, all the classes you want in the month series, or $90 (!!!!) pre-registered).
USE YOUR QUICK STOP CARD TO PRE-REGISTER AND SAVE 10% ON CLASSES
(click on image to find out how it works and how you can get one!)
We have pre-registration discounts of 10% on the website. So you can register with your Quick Stop Card, or right on our site "easy peasy lemon squeezy". Go HERE. Remember, pre-register for class(es), you'll get a 10% discount off the normal prices. You can pre-register over the phone (310 606 5606), by check, or at on-line We hope that you'll enjoy taking advantage of this new offer...
COUNTDOWN TIME FOR OUR NEW FLOOR AT THE RHYTHM CLUB!
ONE MORE WEEK!!
Well, only one more week (May 25th!), before our new floor will be debuted! The floor has been installed and has been getting "used" to the room's environment. On May 18th, we will be closed, as that is the week the finish coats will be applied to the floor. The entire floor installation has been completely supervised and put in by our very own Michael D'Angelo. He's the best. And we're the luckiest.
Please make sure to let everyone know about our schedule, especially those who are not on the internet. Here's the schedule:
May 18th Closed (finish put on our new floor!)
May 25th Grand Re-Opening at Elks Lodge!!!!
This Week's Celebrations
(This list includes those who missed their birthday because of last week's club closure)
If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club so you can get your birthday dance!
Here's some information about an upcoming event with our "Swing Shift Rhythm Club". We hope you will consider joining this wonderful yahoogroup made up of US for the purpose of doing good deeds in the community through swing dancing and just having plain ol' fun! Go to the bottom of this newsletter for information on joining
FROM JESSICA DENSMORE - OUR "GOOD DEEDS COORDINATOR"
JUNE 18TH EVENT - JOIN US!
We have an Event On June 18th
Little Company of Mary Sub Acute Care Center
3620 West Lomita Blvd. (between Hawthorne and Madison)
Torrance, CA 90505
3rd floor Dayroom
310-378-8587 (#4262 Shirley Torstensen, Activity Coordinator)
According to Activity Coordinator, Shirley, "Most of our residents
are vent or trach. Some are very responsive and enjoy live
entertainment. For others, the dance and music would provide a
wonderful sensory stimuli."
Not only do we need 4-6 couples to dance, we also need "hold hands"
with residents, a narrator, DJ, (digital) photographer, all that
stuff. As well as the usual display of Lindy and West Coast, we hope
for a sample of Ballroom or Latin, as well as a tap number from a
local tap student.
Hope to hear from you soon. You can talk to me at classes, at the Rhythm Club, or via my email below.