Recently, I was working on a new instructional tap dance DVD for my "Tapping With The Masters" series, and I was once again struck by the international nature of dance.
This DVD features a San Francisco tap dance legend -- Stan Kahn. I ventured to contact some of his students who had gone on to become professional teachers, carrying on his legacy. I found them, not only in America, but around the globe -- Brazil, Japan.
The student who lives in Japan, I had met years ago while working on my tap dance documentary. His name is Shinichi Matsumoto and he is one of the most active tap dancers in Japan. I met up with him again a couple weeks while doing some more research up in the Bay Area -- he happened to be there visiting, too.
I thought you would really enjoy seeing him perform with his group - The Tokyo Rhythm Boys Deluxe -- so I have selected it as The Clip of the Week.
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THE TOKYO RHYTHM BOYS DELUXE
Performances by the Tokyo based tap trio, Tokyo Rhythm Boys Deluxe, featuring a combination of tap dancing and instrumental accompaniment with marimba.
THIS WEEK'S CONTEST!!
The first person to send us an email with the answer to the following wins a free pass to the Rhythm Club for tomorrow nite:*
One of the most famous tap dancers of all time was Fred Astaire
PETE JACOBS -- Pete Jacobs will be playing tomorrow nite at the Rhythm Club, so I thought it might be nice to feature him and his music as our link of the week.
Pete is a big fan of ours, too. Take a gander at this swell letter he wrote some time back:
LETTER FROM PETE JACOBS
I wanted to just share with you on a personal note how much the entire band
enjoyed the other night. As you know, this was our first time out, and to
have the level of interaction between the dancers and the band was really
inspiring to us. It made us play on another level. I, personally, was
amazed at some of the things coming out of players that have been with me for
I attribute this to the enthusiasm of your crowd. And a lot of this
is because of the fact that you teach your students much more than just dance
moves. You have been a very strong proponent of 'dance etiquette', but that
spills over to everything else. There is a certain kind of 'swing-mindset'
that you have instilled in your students.
And it also seems that your
students really know how to treat a band! That crowd was an inspiration to
us. It made us play better.
Please tell your students how much we
appreciated their enthusiasm.
Keep it up. You are loved by a lot of people, including me.
what the heck a "gate"is? This was a phrase popularized by 1940's comedian,
Jerry Colonna, who would holler it out every time he was introduced on the
Bob Hope radio program. It was a friendly salutation to a swing cat (dancer
or swing music enthusiast). Basically, we swing like a gate!
JOIN THE FUN!
BUT, WHAT THE HECK IS IT?
Many of you still don't know about our Swing Shift Rhythm Club. It's one of our best kept secrets. Now is the time to get the SSRC "above the radar."
THE SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB (SSRC), founded in 2000 by Rusty Frank's swing dance students, The SSRC has two missions:
1. Having fun! (Fun)
2. Doing good deeds! (Philanthropy)
1. Having fun: Events where swing dancers can socialize and get to know each other outside of class (vintage clothes shopping, going to a dance-related movie, dancing in the park, eating at retro restaurants before a dance, etc.).
2. Doing good deeds: Events where we bring swing dancing to hospitals, senior homes, and community events for the purpose of good deeds, entertainment, and education in the Los Angeles area.
The SSRC is a volunteer club open to the public and the events are organized by its members. There are no dues. Members can attend as many or as few events as they wish.
"How do I join?"...
Right now, fill in your email address
and click the Yahoo log (that's it!):