December 14TH 2005


(Please excuse this abbreviated Weekly Newsletter. I am still overwhelmed with Fayard Nicholas Fund Campaign. Full Newsletters will resume 2006)

Greetings Gates,

Hope that you are all surviving and enjoying the last few weeks of 2005. Please forgive me for once again dashing off a short newsletter. Here it is:

1. Rhythm Club Holiday Party, Wednesday, December 21, 2005 "Don't miss it!"

I'm really looking forward to our big Holiday Part next Wednesday at the Rhythm Club. We've got The Fabulous Esquires, MC Maxwell DeMille, surprise performances, and YOU!

I've billed it as "formal". Since so many of you have been asking what I mean by that, I'll simply say, "You can't dress up too much!". Men, go for it! Wear a tux or tails. Women, go for it! Wear floor length gowns, beaded dresses, cocktail dresses. Just have fun! (And, of course, make sure you can still dance).

If you don't have anything formal, don't worry, just dress up as you wish. (Please no jeans or T-shirts.)

If you would like to add to the fun, feel free to bring along some Holiday munchies -- cookies... I'll be supplying the candy canes.

2. Lindy By The Sea

We only have one more week of classes for Sunday students. Tuesday finished yesterday for the year. It has been a great year!

New classes begin:

Sunday, January 8th
Tuesday, January 10th

Take a look at the website and make sure to take advantage of pre-registration discounts.

Special thanks to Jamie, Liz, and Akiko for helping assist me this series of Sunday classes!

3. Fayard Nicholas Update

Fayard is still in critical condition at St. Joseph's. His wife Katherine is there every day... Please keep thinking and sending you best hopes and wishes. Thank you again for all your support to them and to me. You have no idea how much it lifts our spirits.

I am still spending over half my days helping Fayard and Katherine while they go through this trying time. Thanks to Liz Donaldson for coming in to my office and helping me get a bit caught up in all the emails that have been pouring in, and helping me with errands and such. I think I would have had a "meltdown" without her help... there's so much to do.

The New York Times did an article on Fayard's condition which is posted here:

There is also a wonderful Nicholas Brothers' clip here:

Thanks to Stanley Sheff for posting both of these.

Hope you are all doing well.