June 26TH 2007
The Groovie Movie Weekend 2007 - Washington D.C.
At the historic Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom
L-R: Mae Lae Louie & Giovanni Quintero, Rusty Frank,
Jean Veloz (special guest!), organizers Debra Sternberg & Tom Koerner, and Caroline Koerner
I've got the BEST job in the world!
~ Tom Koerner,
Lindy Hop teacher
Note: By the way, I agree with him!
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Jean Veloz, Giovannie Quintero, and Rusty Frank
The special guests at The Groovie Movie Weekend
Click HERE to see scrapbook.
RUSTY & GIO JOINED JEAN VELOZ
AT "THE GROOVIE MOVIE WEEKEND"
IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
WHAT A BLAST!
I really don't even know where to begin. It was such a great weekend, such fun, such nice people... I am still on "Cloud 9." From start to finish we were treated royally by Tom and Debra and their entire "Gotta Swing" crowd. And we thank them immensely for making our trip just perfect.
It began with me and dance legend/goddess Jean Veloz flying out to D.C. together. Tom picked us up at the airport and we spent the first night shooting the breeze with Tom over dinner. Meanwhile, Gio and Mae-Lae had spent a week in New York with George Gee as their personal host and tour guide (can you beat that?!). They then took the train from NYC to DC and toured around our nation's capitol.
Friday Mae-Lae and Gio went to the new Air and Space Museum -- and, of course, saw the Spirit of St. Louis (the plane that Charles Lindberg flew over the Atlantic back in 1927 -- giving him the nickname "Lucky Lindy", and our dance it's name after "Lindy's Hop Across The Atlantic").
That same day, Jean and I were met by Tom and two of his three little boys for a tour of Manassas, the sight of the Civil War's first battleground. Tom is an amazing history buff, and he really made the history come alive with his stories of that famous battle.
Friday night we all went to the Chevy Chase Ballroom for the Gotta Swing dance. A super crowd, I tell ya. It was just like being at The Rhythm Club (except hotter -- it is D.C. in the summer, remember). They had a terrific live band, and during the band break Tom and Debra showed "The Groovie Movie" film clip -- with the beautiful Jean Veloz sitting in the front row of the hundreds of dancers enjoying the film. After that, I did a short tap dance performance, followed by Gio dancing with Jean! When the band came back, we continued dancing our little hearts out.
My "Tap For Lindy Hoppers" class
Saturday the workshops began. Some of the classes I taught on my own, some Gio and I taught together. Here was the schedule:
* Tap Dancing for Lindy Hoppers
* Listening and Dancing to the Music
* 1920's Partnered Charleston
Tons o' fun!
That night we cleaned ourselves up and were taken to the historic Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom. Wow! Wow! Wow! We joined a capacity crowd of 800 swing dancers!! All dancing to the fantastic music of the Tom Cunningham Orchestra. It really reminded me of the ol' Satin Ballroom days (how many of you remember those?), with the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra and all of us Los Angeles dancers filling the floor. Only one difference, whereas we used to dance in the Veteran's Auditorium, this is a bona fide ballroom from 1933! As I said, Wow! Wow! Wow!
Tom dips Jean Veloz in front of a capacity crowd at the Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom
During the evening there was a performance by Tom and Debra's "Eight-Week Wonders" dance team (it's a class they offer, where the students learn a choreography -- I know, I know, we should do that, too!). Such fun! Then, the band came back, and guess what? Gio and Tom danced with Jean Veloz for "One Girl and Two Boys" with the Tom Cunningham Orchestra playing. The crowd went wild! I mean, really folks, she's 83, and dances like she's 18!!! (Gio and Tom were okay, too.)
A bunch of us went out for a late night super at the 24-hour diner across the street from our motel, and then crashed at 3:00am. Ah that's the life!
Sunday afternoon (bless them for not starting the workshop classes in the morning) our second day of teaching began:
* Swingout Styling
* The Rhythm Club Stomp
* Lead and Follow Technique
The local students seemed to love our classes -- which really pleased us. There were over 50 people in each of the classes, and it was such fun for us.
After the workshop wrapped up, Gio and Mae were run to the airport to catch their flight home. Debra and I went our for a drink to shoot the breeze and compare notes about running a swing dance operation. (Tom and Debra have been in it longer than I have -- and, I tell you, these two are VERY impressive!). Then she and I went to Tom and Caroline's house for a barbecue. There were about 70 of their students and dancers there along with Jean Veloz. It was a great, relaxing way to close out the weekend.
Monday morning, I woke up and turned on Turner Classic Movies, and what should be playing? "Jive Junction". I frantically phone Jean's room and exclaimed, "Jean, you're on TV~!!!!". How bizarre, that one of her old movies should be on TV just then! (Stephen Smith got it, so maybe we can load Jean's dance sequence on YouTube soon.)
Jean and I were sheparded to the airport and, believe me, were sad to leave after such a great weekend.
I always love doing these special weekend workshops because I meet so many nice people, have such fun passing on what I know, and meet "kindred spirits" who do what I do.
Special thanks to Tom and Debra and their whole gang for making our trip so special. You guys are terrific!
FUN AND PHILANTHROPY
THROUGH SWING DANCING!
As you all know, I love what I do -- teaching swing dance and hosting the weekly Rhythm Club. But one of the things that makes me most proud about what I do, is what takes off from all of you.
One of my dreams from the get go when I started this swing dance business was to have a little volunteer "club" of all our students and friends that would do fun events and good deeds in the community. In 2000, while I was in the hospital recovering from my broken neck & cervical cord injury, this very thing happened -- and it was called The Swing Shift Rhythm Club. It's been going great guns ever since.
The Ruby's weekly event is the very idea of the Swing Shift Rhythm Club -- it's fun and doing something good!
Thanks to all of you for making my dream come true.
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:*
What orchestra is playing the music in our Clip of the Week?
Send your answer to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: Google is your friend! All the answers are only a Google search away. Have fun and learn about our swing history at the same time.
LAST WEEK'S CONTEST
Who is the male dancer dancing with Jean Veloz in the first section of The Groovie Movie?
*Contestants may play as many times as they wish, but may only win the prize once a year. Contestants must use their Rhythm Club pass for the week they won the contest.
Sunday series begins July 1
Tuesday series begins July 3
REGISTER FOR LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES HERE
VIEW CLASS SCHEDULE
ROOM FOR ONE LEADER!
If you are interested, email immediately (first come, first served) or phone us at 310 606 5606. To see if this is the class for you, read HERE.
NO CLASSES TONITE - TUESDAY, JUNE 26!!!
SOME LINDY BY THE SEA BARGAINS
"Now that's a deal"
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.
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.
TUESDAY PEOPLE TAKE ANY SUNDAY SERIES FOR $10
Yes, you read right! Tuesday students may retake any Sunday series for only $10 for the entire 4-weeks. We like to encourage our intermediate and advanced students to come back to Sundays, whether it be to review their basics or learn "the other side" (lead or follow).
SAVE 10% ON ALL YOUR CLASSES -- IT CAN REALLY ADD UP!
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 on-line We hope that you'll enjoy taking advantage of this new offer...
HOLD THESE DATES FOR UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
All workshops are held on selected Sundays throughout the year from 11:00am-1:30pm at Rebekah Hall in El Segundo 90245. Click HERE for details (as they are revealed to us!)
2007 WORKSHOP DATES
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT LAST WEEK...
JEAN VELOZ HAS WEBSITE!
Thanks to Tom and Debra of GottaSwing.com, Jean Veloz has her own brand-new website - JEANVELOZ.COM. You've just gotta take a look! Loads of amazing pictures and a great bio of this dazzling dancer.
Thanks, Tom and Debra, for creating and hosting this site honoring one of our truly greats!
LET'S SWING OUT AT RUBY'S!
L-R: Norman, Donald, waitress, Cathryn (aka Captain Fun), Sally (peaking), Emily, Ji, & "Dippin'
FRIDAY NITE DANCE AND FUNDRAISER GOING GREAT AT RUBY'S
WHY NOT JOIN THE FUN?
Hi fellow Swing Dancers!
Jessica and I just want to thank everyone so much for coming out to Ruby's
on Fridays for our dancing. Thus far we have earned $75.00 worth of food
vouchers in 3 weeks for the shelter. Due to your continued support this can
continue each week. We know that everyone can not come every Friday, but
each week we need to have an idea of who can come.
Just email Jessica at email@example.com or me at firstname.lastname@example.org
by Thursday to confirm that you will be there this friday. Or you can tell
us Wednesday if you are at the Rhythm Club.
Again, Thanks for all your support and remember it is only for 1/2 hour -
1hr of dancing and there still is time to go out afterwards.
NOTE: The Swing Shift Rhythm Club (aka - you!) is doing this for fun (swing dancing at Ruby's throughout the summer at their a classic car show) and to raise food vouchers for a shelter for abused families.
Thanks so much for doing what you love and giving to the community.
All Scrapbooks! Click HERE
Click HERE to see pictures from the Groovie Movie Weekend 2007
THE JIVING LINDY HOPPERS - UK -- Summer is here, and with it our travels begin. Remember, Lindy Hop is international. Before you travel, do a Google search on your destination city and lindy hop... you might just find yourself dancing in London, Singapore, or Moscow! This is the group that inspired me to take up the Lindy Hop back in 1996 - The Jiving Lindy Hoppers from the United Kingdom.
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!):