November 13TH 2007
~ May 3, 1982, Bob Thaves
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NEWSLETTER DEVOTED TO ANOTHER DANCE...
Many of you may have noticed by now that I've not been here. I've been there. But where's there? New York is there. And I've been there visiting friends, seeing Broadway shows, dining at Sardi's, and (the point of the trip) teaching at the Tradition In Tap weekend honoring my dear, dear friend, octogenarian Miriam Nelson.
I'll be back tonight for class (airline schedules permitting), and by next week I'll have my photos up.
Tap was my first dance. I started when I was six years old, hooked after I saw my first Shirley Temple movie. Since my broken neck "incident" back in 2000, I haven't been tapping as much as before because it was too jarring. But recently I have been lacing up my shoes more and getting out on the boards again.
I'm thrilled to be part of this weekend as Miriam's "protege" along with her other protege, Ray Hesselink, and many other world-class tap dancers.
Ofer Ben and Avi Miller are the hosts and founders of Tradition In Tap (see our Link of the Week). They are Israeli's who fell in love with tap long ago. Well, you'll learn all about them late... But special thanks to them for organizing this wonderful weekend honoring my special friend, Miriam Nelson.
I first met Miriam in 1987, when she directed an instructional tap video in which I was a "student". I again met up with her in 1992, when she and Bob Scheerer (another legendary tap dancer) met twice a week to work out in the tap studio. This time 'round, Miriam and I became friends for life.
Miriam and I often try to decide whether I'm her best friend, sister, daughter, or agent. I think we've settled on all four!
At 88, she has more energy and vitality than all of us rolled into one. I hope that one day you can meet her.
See you in class tonight and/or at the club tomorrow nite!
Note: to learn more about my "Tapping With The Masters" dvds above, click HERE.
TAP WORKSHOP THIS SUNDAY!
I'm all warmed up from last weekend in New York and ready for this Sunday's tap workshop. If you can do a shuffle, a slap, a heel, and a toe, come along to my "Shim Sham II" workshop!
Click HERE to register.
THANKS TO ALL FOR KEEPING OUR SWING EMPIRE GOING IN MY ABSENCE
Special thanks to Ron and Gio for keeping the classes going, Robert "The Professor" Vangor, Mike Klein, Jon Moody, Peter Livingston, Capt Fun, and this week's Birthday Girl, Jessica Densmore for keeping the Rhythm Club going in my absence. You're all the best a girl could hope for!
See you on the dance floor!
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:*
Who are the founders of Tradition In Tap?
Send your answer to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only the weekly winner will receive a response to their Contest Answer.
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.
What band was playing in the Clip of the Week
"All The Cats Join In"?
*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.
REGISTER FOR LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES HERE
OUR LAST SERIES OF THE YEAR!
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER CLASSES BEGIN:
Sunday, November 25th
Tuesday, November 27
SAVE THE DATE - NOVEMBER 18TH
TAP WORKSHOP WITH RUSTY
"THE SHIM SHAM II"
All workshops are held on selected Sundays throughout the year from 11:00am-1:00pm at Rebekah Hall in El Segundo 90245. Click HERE for details (as they are revealed to us!)
STILL NEED MORE DANCERS -- WHY NOT JOIN?!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH - NORWALK SENIOR CENTER
Another Event from John Apodaca, this time at the Norwalk Senior Center
a call for dancers from Center Coordinator Johana Coca.
On saturday, November 17, '07 from 12Noon - 1pm. The residents request
dancers to perform at their Holiday Boutique.
John needs to know if you are available as soon as you can check your
calendar so please contact him at
JOIN THE SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB NOW!
All Scrapbooks! Click HERE
TRADITION IN TAP -- Read all about this amazing organization that honors legendary tap dancers. And you can also learn about the weekend in which I participated.
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!):