July 20TH 2005
"Dancing appears glamorous, easy, delightful. But the path to paradise of the achievement is not easier than any other. There is fatigue so great that the body cries, even in its sleep. There are times of complete frustration, there are daily small deaths."
CAMP HOLLYWOOD JUST AROUND THE CORNER
The fun just doesn't stop! This summer there seems to be more dancing than you can shake a stick at. Next weekend July 28-31 is one of the biggest and most fun swing dance camps and competitions on the globe, and it's right in our own backyard -- Camp Hollywood.
Camp Hollywood is actually three great events rolled into one. First you've got your day time classes with world-renowned instructors. Second, you've got your evening dances - four of 'em - all featuring the best of the big bands (Jonathan Stout Orchestra, Mora's Modern Rhythmists, Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra, and Stompy Jones). Third, you've got your NJC -- National Jitterbug Competition.
Bill Elliott is one of our local heros. Well, former local heros. Last year he was hired on at the prestigious Berkeley School in Boston to teach jazz composition. Our loss, their gain. But Bill, for years, brought the highest level of new swing music to our scene. His big band was always one to pack the house. Camp Hollywood is flying him all the way out to California to put his band back together for this one night.
Regarding NJC, what an opportunity for all of us... to simply soak in all the amazing dancing from around the world, and/or to participate. There are all sorts of fun categories. The famous "Jack and Jill" contest is one I would recommend for all. This is where all the contestants come on to the dance floor and then you are arbitrarily matched up with a partner, you dance for about 30 seconds, then you are matched up with another partner, and so on. The idea is that you are judged on your social dancing skills -- that's it!
There are also some other fun categories: Inter generational - this is where you dance with someone 35 years younger or older than yourself. And what about pro-am. This is where one of you can ask a pro (like me, or any teacher of your choice) to dance with you. Only you are judged. But what fun, you get to dance with a teacher. Gio asked me last year, and it was a blast.
One thing I have discovered, it is always more fun to participate rather than sit on the sidelines. May I suggest to you that you join one or two contests. And for the evening dances, which are all themed, make sure to dress up accordingly!
And, if you can choose to only go to one event, I would like to encourage you to go Saturday nite. This is when the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra is playing AND when our very own Ron and Gio will be competing in the Team Division with their Hollywood Hornets; let's cheer on the home team!
Remember to visit the Camp Hollywood website at: http://camphollywood.net
We know there are over 30 Lindy By The Sea folks already signed up. Come join the fun! You wont believe what you see and it'll inspire you for years to come.
AUGUST FEATURED CLASS -- BALBOA!
We just thought we'd let you know way in advanced that our next Featured Class will be Balboa. Always a perennial favorite, Balboa is that wonderful swing dance that enables you to dance to really, REALLY (did we say "really"?) fast music... and not get too winded. We'll be covering the basics and getting into some good variations for your dancing pleasure. So don't forget to sign up for this series: July 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24th.
THE CUSTOM CLASS... TO BEGIN IN AUGUST
This Week's Celebrations
Greg Fry (come back for your birthday dance!)
If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club so you can get your birthday dance!