Our summer swing dance series is about to start. Make sure to spread the news to all your friends, family, and working cohorts that they can join one of the most fun scenes in Los Angeles -- swing dancing! Our new series of classes starts this Sunday!
Also, don't forget, if you are a Tuesday student at Lindy By The Sea, you can join your friends, family, and working cohorts in any Sunday series for only $10 (for the entire 4-weeks!).
CAMP HOLLYWOOD A BLAST
Once again, Camp Hollywood proved to be one of the hottest tickets around. Over one-thousand swing dancers from ten different countries gathered together in Los Angeles for four days and nights of dancing, dancing, dancing. The spirit was high, and I am sure all the participants are still recovering! (Myself definitely included).
Outside of the classes, competitions, and evening dances, Camp Hollywood was a great opportunity to catch up with dancing friends and getting to know new ones.
Everyone comes away with special memories, and some of mine include:
The Pro-Lindy finals.
I have never seen all the stops pulled out as in this contest. Each of the finalist couples had a short section of music to shine... and, boy, did they! Worth getting the Camp dvd just for this!
In this contest, one couple performs a choreographed routine. Doug Silton and Ben Morris cracked everyone up with their Westy routine. But the Italians stole the show with their hilarious and brilliant routine; it was so unexpected that people could barely stay in their seats until the end for the explosive standing ovation.
Lindy By The Sea students in contests
We've never had so many Lindy By The Sea students enter the various National Jitterbug contests. I was like a "proud mama" sitting on the sidelines. In one contest alone, I counted 11 students!!!! Well done, kids!!!
MC Maxwell DeMille and the evening Quiz
Once again, Mr. DeMille has added so much to the camp. But a personal highlight was when he MC'd the evening quizzes. Each nite a trivia question was asked, and no one except DeMille could make this occurence such a fun event.
Seeing Lauren after 5-years
One of our amazing Lindy By The Sea students was a cute little ten-year old girl -- Lauren. She got so good so fast, she surpassed us all within four months. She's been busy these past years in school, and I hadn't seen her since 2003. Imagine my surprise when this 17-year old young woman came over and greeted me!
L-R Camp Hollywood 2000 (with Lovelynn, Jean Veloz, Lauren, and me), Camp Hollywood 2007
During the evening dinner break, there was wonderful piano and cornet music played in the hotel lobby, and loads of people dancing. It was quite the sight, as regular hotel patrons watched in amazement.
Jonathan Stout Guitar Serenade
The last night of the camp, I found Jonathan Stout (Campus Five) tucked in a hallway corner quietly playing the guitar. I sat in a nice stuffed chair nearby and just soaked it in.
This contest involves a pair of dancers who have a 30-year age difference. It's a division in which I've always wanted to compete... but never could find a willing dance partner 30 years older or younger. This year, just moments before the contest began, I was standing by the entrance form bemoaning the fact that I couldn't find a kid partner (John Mills, 94, wasn't there). Jofflyn overheard me and cried, "Wait! I have just the kid!" He came running right back with the cutest red-headed teenager, Dylan Wood. We had minutes to find out what each other knew and then ran out for the contest. We had such fun! And having a feeling we might make it to the finals, we went in to the other room to get some more stuff prepared. Barbl (of Marcus and Barbl fame) was in the room and generously came over and coached us on some fun moves, The Wild & The Run-Around. Dylan Wood and I did make it to the finals, and during that round we pulled out our new moves, and the crowd went crazy. The voting was by audience applause, and when it came our turn, it was deafening! And we won first place. I couldn't have been more pleased -- as it is the first time a teenager won in this division. Let's hear it for the future. (By the way, my trophy stands proudly in my office here displayed next to our winning number, "385." -- don't worry, he got a trophy, too.)
with Dylan Wood after winning the Inter-Generational Contest, Camp Hollywood 2007
Thank you, Hilary Alexander, for organizing such an amazing weekend.
See you on the dance floor!
SWINGUYS - ITALY
One of the Camp Hollywood highlights was the surprise entrant in Showcase of Swinguys, Filippo & Titty, from Italy. None of us will forget their hilarious winning performance. They got an explosive standing ovation, the likes of which I have never before witnessed at Camp Hollywood. For those who weren't there (and for those who want to see it again), I found this previous performance on youtube.
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:*
In honor of Jean Veloz being at Camp Hollywood, who was the narrator of "Groovie Movie", in which she appeared in the 1940s?
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...
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!)
COMING TO THE RHYTHM CLUB:
08/01 -- DJ NITE WITH THE PROFESSOR 7:30-8:00pm Beginner Swing Dance Lesson
08/08 -- Live Music Neil Morrow
08/15 -- Big Band Nite Geo Valle Swing City Big Band
If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club so you can get your birthday dance!
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
THURSDAY SWING CONCERT IN CULVER CITY
2007 Culver City Music Festival The Jonathan Stout Orchestra featuring Hilary Alexander PLUS Mora's Modern Swingtet 8/2/2007 7:00 pm
City Hall Courtyard
9770 Culver Boulevard
Culver City 90232
Event Contact: Susan Obrow, 310.253.5716 Event website
The Culver City Redevelopment Agency presents the Culver City Music Festival from July 12, 2007 through August 30, 2007. The Jonathan Stout Orchestra opens the evening, bringing back the sounds of the early 1940s riff-filled swing bands. This fifteen-piece ensemble, featuring the cool-toned vocals of Hilary Alexander, performs vintage songs emulating great bands of the swing era. Mora's Modern Swingtet takes the stage later in the evening with classic jazz and swing from the 1930s and ‘40s. Using period arrangements and transcriptions by such groups as Artie Shaw’s Gramercy Five, Tommy Dorsey’s Clambake Seven, and the John Kirby Orchestra, this seven-piece ensemble has become one of the most popular groups in the swing dance scene.
A trusty group of diverse dancers turned up for the second visit this year to Downey Retirement Center and what an afternoon it was!
The participants were:
Norman Kajikawa (Paparazzi to the Swing Crowd!)
Melinda Lee and her Mom Mamie (decked in Polynesian splendor!)
Teresa London (amazing job on the DJing)
Rick (John's recruit new to swing)
Debbie Wastling MC
We danced up a storm with this feisty crowd with residents shouting for their favourite bands before the first dance number was over. Memories flowed and ladies from the crowd were more than happy to dance with our dashing leads attired in their vintage garb and uniforms- thanks for keeping up that stylish side gents!
Our lovely ladies found two gentleman in the audience who danced "like back in the old days". All were impressed
with our beautifully attired vintage dressed ladies, such as our beautifully vintage attired Audrey Hepburn look-alike, Teresa London. Our dancing was warmly appreciated and we can't wait to go back and do it all again.
Come out and join us August 11th at Little sisters of the Poor
WHY NOT COME ALONG? HAVE FUN AND DO A GOOD DEED!
Saturday, August 11, 2007
3:15PM - 4:15PM
Little Sisters of the Poor
2100 S. Western Ave.
San Pedro, CA 90732
"Bing", Activity Coordinator
Debbie's "Girls" will be singing and dressed up in their '40s best
to entertain the residents at Little Sisters of the Poor.
We need dancers for this beautiful facility. Their Recreation Room has
a beautiful stage and sound system and the residents will just have
finished their enthusiastic round of Bingo. Last time we were here
some of the residents even danced with us. Arrive about 3:00PM
and dress vintage or vintage Hawaiian if you can.
Vicky Olivadotti has already said she'll be there.
We've done a great job in our Pops Emergency Fundraising Campaign. It looks like we've raised enough money for 2-3 months. I'll stay in touch with Pops and let everyone know how he and Mrs Pops (Lois) are doing financially and otherwise.
Meanwhile, keep spreading the news about the fundraising by sending people to this active link: POPS
Thank you for all your help, support, and good wishes to Pops and Mrs. Pops.
INSPIRATION WEEKEND - LABOR DAY -- This from event promoter, Shesha Marvin: "Inspiration Weekend is a dance camp and contest weekend designed to excite and inspire the average social dancer. In addition to the workshops especially designed to get you stoked on your dancing, we are hosting The Southern California Inspiration Cup, a series of contests intended to be accessible to social dancers. We hope that the format and staff for the weekend will forever change the focus of local lindy hop and transition us from a mostly social dance scene into a breeding ground of lindy hoppers motivated by innovation and inspiration."
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!):