June 1st 2005
Frankie Manning. Meet him next weekend in Pasadena!
"I dunna have a Scooby"
--This is in the slang language of "Glaswegian". The first person to send me an email with the correct answer, will get free admission to the Rhythm Club tonight. The hint is that we all often feel this way on the dance floor. firstname.lastname@example.org
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME...
WELL, SCOTLAND'S PRETTY GREAT
Meant to get this Newsletter out Tuesday, but jet lag finally slammed me. And no wonder, with travel in the past two weeks from Scotland to Los Angeles to Philadelphia to Delaware (okay, that's not so far) to Philadelphia to Los Angeles, teaching my little heart out in all sorts of dialects ("I dunna have a Scoobie"... translation please), that I would finally fall on my proverbial face. I'm pooped! Now fortified with a full night's sleep in who knows whose time zone, I now will attack the weekly newsletter with gusto.
Special thanks to all who kept the home fires burning in my absence: Jessica Densmore, Ron Campbell, Gio Quintero, Mae-Lae Louie, Robert "The Professor" Vangor, Glenn Parkison, Peter Livingston, Jon Moody... and anyone else who helped unbeknownst to me.
Many of you have asked about my trip, so I have included the Scotland leg of the trip for your reading pleasure under ADDED ATTRACTIONS .
There's no place like home, but then again, Scotland's pretty great!
SWING OUT! PASADENA -- NEXT WEEKEND
Take a look at our Link of the Week below for details on this awesome event brought to you by Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association and featuring legendary Frankie Manning, Shout and Feel It performance troupe from Sweden, and a dance with Stompy Jones!
JIVE ACES HAVE A CHANCE TO GET IN THE TOP 40
YOU CAN HELP! BUT THERE'S A DEADLINE -- JUNE 6TH
Our good friends in the UK, The Jive Aces, have a new single out, and there is a campaign to get it on the Top 40. If you are a Jives fan, a swing fan, a dance fan, you can be part of this. Here's the scoop directly from the boys themselves:
We are releasing our new single on 6th June. It's
the White Cliffs of Dover and the proceeds are going to the Royal British
Legion. What we are
trying to do is get as many people to pre-order on the hmv website as possible
before the release date as all the pre sales count on the first week of release
and we only need a couple of thousand to get into the top 40. All the details
are below including the link direct to the correct page on HMV's site.
Thanks for your help.
"White Cliffs of Dover"
(Cat No. RIGHT038)
Pre-order NOW from www.hmv.co.uk
Available from HMV, Virgin Megastores and all good record shops from 6th June, 2005.
To celebrate the end of WWII the Jive Aces are releasing their jumping version
of the war time classic made famous by Dame Vera Lynn.
The Jive Aces have teamed up with the Royal British Legion and are donating the
profits of the single to the charity.
Help the Jive Aces say thanks to everyone who sacrificed and risked their lives
to preserve the freedom we enjoy today in Britain.
The CD single also features an enhanced CD live video performance of "White
Cliffs of Dover" introduced on stage by soul legend Isaac Hayes and also a
previously unreleased Jive Aces original song, "A Very Strange Trip".
HMV ship internationally so everyone can pre-order now and help contribute to
the Royal British Legion.
JUNE SCHEDULE POSTED
PRE-REGISTER AND SAVE!
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.
NEW SUNDAY SERIES BEGINS IN FOUR DAYS -- JUNE 5TH
We're ready, are you!
FEATURED CLASS -- SWING RUEDA
"I MISSED THE FIRST WEEK, IS IT TOO LATE TO JOIN?"
We understand that some of you were unable to attend the first week because of the Memorial Day Weekend, please come along and join us next week! You'll not find it at all difficult to catch up.
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.
SECRET AGENT MAN PRACTICE AND DISPLAY INFO
Tuesday, June 7: 7:00-7:30
Tuesday, June 14: 7:00-7:30
Rhythm Club Display:
Wednesday, June 15: 9:30ish
Invite your friends!
"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...
Yes, it's that time again, "The First Wednesday of the Month" when we have our Beginner Swing Dance Class at the Rhythm Club. We offer this super easy class for those who just want to check out the scene. Maybe they're not sure enough about swing dancing to sign up for a full 4-week Lindy By The Sea course yet... This class is just meant to give them a "taste" of the dance and the people, the environment, so to speak. Let all your co-workers, friends, relatives, and others (?) know about it. Oh yes, this is also a nice class for our shy beginner students who have been trying to get up their nerve o come to the Rhythm Club. Take the class and you'll meet a bunch of people right off the bat.
TREAT OUR NEW FLOOR WITH CARE
I heard that last week's "Floor Debut" at the Rhythm Club was fantastic. Thank you all for being so patient these past months. And thanks to Michael D'Angelo and his amazing crew for the fine job they did on ensuring that we got a great dance floor.
I do have a huge favor to ask of all: Please treat this new floor with TLC. First of all there is something known as "New Floor Syndrome," quite similar to "New Car Syndrome." You guard it with your life. The Elks over there have it.
You can help us protect our new floor by observing the following "Rhythm Club Floor Protection Campaign":
No tape on the bottom of your shoes
(tape leaves black/grey marks and a sticky mess on the floor.)
(baby powder grinds into the floor and removes the floor finish)
(waxes, like Shuffleboard wax, add a film onto the floor and make it dangerous to the unprepared, and also destroy the finish)
Please refrain from heel slides that tear up the floor
Note: Please let me know if you see someone "hurting" our new floor. I will be happy to take care of it.
This Week's Celebrations
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.