Sign up for the the Swing90x waiting list!
Dax & Sarah’s new program is a 3 month adventure combining RhythmJuice’s learning environment with coaching, feedback and guidance. We will also feature our new lesson series, the Total Swing Experience, which contains our most recent ideas, exercises and technique for Swing Dancing.
The idea is simple. Each week you are assigned core tasks that must be completed. In addition to core tasks you are encouraged to work on bonus tasks which explore different areas the dance and culture. Those who complete core tasks continue and those who fail get booted out. Our program is recommend for people who are serious about making a change in their dancing and are willing to do more then just talk about it. We will be straight forward, this is going to be hard work. Our program is not about homogenizing dancers. It is about helping you unlock the ability to make choices that more clearly represent what you want your dancing to be. Space is limited so if you are interested read on, otherwise keep swinging!
90 day transformation programs have been proven, in many fields of self improvement, to show dramatic results. We will give you the feedback and information necessary to make a change. In addition, you will not be alone. Our program enforces team work, partnerships and international collaboration which are crucial elements that have contributed to the success of all great dancers.
Our Goals for You:
- improve body movement, rhythm and physical ability
- learn to communicate body movement clearly while partnering
- improve mental understanding of dance technique
- improve physical understanding of dance technique
- increase creativity and idea flow
- refine personal style
- improve teamwork within partnerships
- improve teamwork within local workgroups
- increase knowledge of jazz dance history, swing music and culture
- have a kick-awesome time and strive to be proud of our own accomplishments
Goals for Dax & Sarah:
- develop and fine tune our program
- get measurable real results and testimonials on the effectiveness of the program
- experiment with the effectiveness of RhythmJuice’s learning tools
- contribute to raising the level of social dancing
- contribute to making swing dancers more respectable in the eyes of non swing dancers.
Reality Check #1 – Learn to Learn
Every top level dancer did something that the rest didn’t. The learned how to help themselves. Whether it was with their own ideas or the the knowledge they acquired from others, they took their dancing into their own hands and put in the hours needed to make the change. You can talk about your goals, but if you don’t practice, it will never physically manifest.
Reality Check #2 – Practice
Practice is the most powerful concept for personal development. Practice helps you develop a habit, and because the best dancing is unlocked when you stop thinking and start feeling, you need to develop the habits that support the dancing you desire. However, many people don’t practice, they just go dancing. Practice is doing with intent to acquire proficiency in something. Moreover, practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect and blue practice makes blue. (No Manu, “blue” doesn’t mean shit.) This means you become better at the “thing” you practice and perfection doesn’t necessarily need to be ones goal. For example, the dancer who spends a lot of time talking about dancing, will probably get really good at talking about dancing.
Reality Check #3 – No Excuses
You can do seriously do this. Swing is one of the only dance styles where greatness has never been defined by a specific body type or personality. Self doubt and laziness are the only two excuses you have left. What to do, how to do it, and when to do it are decided by us. How to fix it and how to improve can be left to our weekly feedback. I have no money? The cost is only $0.88 cents a day for a 3 month RJ premium membership dude and if you are in the the Trial Program, the guidance part is free.
Reality Check #4 – Space is Limited
Space is limited and there are some requirements that you must meet.
Requirements for participation:
Dance Partner : There will be a lot of partner work required so you must have a fully committed dance partner for the full 90days.
Creating a Local Work Group: We recommend creating a local work group of around 2-4 couples. Working in small teams is great for inspiration and motivation. It will also allow for you to take part in the bonus tasks that require a team.
High Speed Internet: You need a fast connection that can handle video upload and streaming.
RhythmJuice Premium Subscription: We will be using RhythmJuice lessons as the primary foundation for the content and feedback system. We recommend the 3 month subscription which offers a discount over the monthly subscription.
Video Camera: You will be required to film your dancing on a weekly basis to complete tasks. We recommend an HD smartphone or something convenient that can upload to youtube with the touch of one button. Otherwise anything that takes video and allows you to upload it to youtube will work.
Practice Space: You will need a good space to practice. Something with enough room and wood floor. It should also be a place that you feel comfortable and can work without distractions.
Men, we will be doing a lot of work in hard leather shoes. You will need a pair of heeled leather sole shoes. We recommend Stacy Adams Madison or Remix’s New Men’s Captoe (http://www.stacyadams.com/shop/styles/mensShoes/classic/page0.html) as a model. Anything dress shoe can work, just get the rubber heel replaced at your local cobbler. Ask for a full leather heel for dancing. Try some second hand stores where you can usually find shoes for under $20.
Ladies, we will be doing some work in both flats and heels. Unless there is a genuine health issue you may have with wearing heels get a pair. We recommend a shoe like Remix’s Deco (http://remixvintageshoes.com/deco.html). Don’t feel pressured to spend a lot of money on your shoes. There are an example. Anything with a leather sole and a small rubber heel. Try some second hand stores where you can usually find shoes for under $20.
- Film a short video and tell us 1) why you would like to do the Swing90x challenge and 2) a little about you goals, 3) your experience with swing and 4) if you have any experience taking our classes or if this will be your first time. Then film about 1-2 minutes of your social dancing to your favorite song. (This must be a new clip, in your practice space. Not some old clip that someone took that one day and uploaded.) Try to make your video less then 2 minutes. We will be doing a lot of filming in this program and if you can’t produce a video with your partner, in your practice space or are uncomfortable doing this, then this program will probably not work for you.
- Upload your video to youtube (set as unlisted if you wish), and submit this link in your application. If you don’t have a youtube account, then sign up. http://www.youtube.com. We will be using youtube to share videos.
- Fill out the application. We will consider people in the order they apply and the Application process will be opened starting Saturday, March 10 12:00pm PST. You can however view the form to see the information we are seeking before then just don’t apply until the date or it will be disregarded. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEltSVpGN2JJVjIxejZhLVFSQ2N1bHc6MQ
- Sign Up for a RhythmJuice Free account. Go to http://www.rhythmjuice.com and click the Join Now Button. Get Familiar with the site. We will be using a group to manage this.
What type of things are we going to be learning? The core content will be lesson’s from our new series titled the Total Swing Experience. All these lessons will have a lesson challenge where you will be required to film yourself doing the lesson material and submit the video for basic feedback and RJ Points. We will also include exercises, solo jazz routines, bonus material and other lessons to mix it up. We are planning things to boost creativity and create a more personal style. We will ask you to complete tasks that won’t necessarily have a lesson on RJ. Stuff like break down an old video clip and try the movements. Choreograph a small section of music. We might add bonus fashion tasks where men learn how to tie a bow tie, dress better or get a gentleman’s haircut and women attempt a vintage hair-do and get fully dolled up. We are going to experiment with things that cover the full spectrum of the dance and culture. We might include written tests, name that song and musician, name that old clip, who’s this dancer etc. It is going to be fully very diverse but heavily focused on the dancing.
What are the actual dates of the Trial Program? We are going to try to start about 2 weeks after the application opens depending on sign ups and processing applications.
Is this program an actual live dance class somewhere or all online? This program will be completely online so you can do it from anywhere. You just need a decent internet connection. However, we are going to consider creating a series of special workshops for people who make it though the program.
What happens if I don’t make it into the program for the trial round? Once we finish the trial, we will price it and offer it with limited places based on our time availability. Eventually we even have other teachers come from the program and be able to supervise their own so that more people will be able to take advantage of it over time.
How many hours per week are you looking for from the dancers? We are going to set it up so you can do a minium of about 4 hours of physical practice, but if you want better results you can do up to something like 7-8 hours or more. Depending on your learning speed though, this may change.
How many RJ memberships are needed for the workgroup or partnership? Each individual person needs their own RJ membership. They will be getting their feedback through this and get points for their lesson challenges that go towards their lesson status.
What about conflicts? Will there be flexibility to work around schedules and time to make up work? We can work around schedule conflicts. We can not work around laziness and excuses. We will ask that people let us know ahead that they have a conflict.
What level is this targeted towards? We are targeting this towards enthusiasts with some dance experience. We think that a work group should have mixed levels to make for the best representation of the social dance floor. Having the mixed group will give you opportunities to learn more and see how effective your lead/follow is while working with less experienced dancers. We want to see what the program can do for beginners as much as advanced dancers and there will be options to be challenged on all levels. With our material, we don’t have beginner variations and advanced variations as much as we have beginner ways to do a things and advanced ways to do things.
Should my partner and I be at a similar level? We recommend the levels be consistent within the partnerships, but not necessarily the work group. We don’t want teacher-student relationship within partnerships. We want equality and respect.
Can we share a lead or follow and work in a partnership of 3? Sharing partners… This is possible as well if absolutely necessary. Maximum 3 people. I will update the application to allow for this. When submitting your challenge videos, you can all 3 people. We will explain how to do this in the tutorial videos for the program.
What if I can’t wear leather for personal Reasons? You will need shoes that slide. We can work around vegetarian issues, but not whining such as, “I am not comfortable dancing in slick shoes and I want to use my sneakers”.
Sarah and I are extremely excited about working with people who are eager to improve and do the type of work that most dancers are just to lazy to do. If you feel like you are ready for this type of program, we look forward to working with you to make a real difference.
If you have any questions post them below!
September 2 – 5, 2011
Queen Mary Art Deco Festival
RMS Queen Mary
1126 Queen’s Highway
Long Beach 90802
There’s still time to join the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles for the 7th annual Queen Mary Art Deco Festival aboard the beautiful Art Deco Queen Mary in Long Beach. It’s the best value vacation you can take this year! “Cruise” aboard the last of the great Maritime Monarchs at Recession–busting prices! There’s a package for everyone–the weekend is filled with tours, lectures, the Art Deco Bazaar, a grand Art Deco Ball, tea dance, Cocktails in Historic Places®, and so much more. The proceeds from the Art Deco Ball and restoration of the original art aboard the 1936 ocean liner. Go to www.queenmary.com or our Queen Mary Art Deco Festival page for all the latest information.
QM Hotel rooms for Saturday Night, September 3, are SOLD OUT!
Remember, you can still purchase a la carte tickets for the Friday night Pajama Party, Saturday night Art Deco Grand Ball and Sunday afternoon Tea Dance, you can attend lectures on Saturday and/or Sunday just by purchasing a general admission ticket for $24.95 for the day!
September 24 • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Art Deco Walking Tour of Hollywood Boulevard
The Egyptian Theater (Meet in the Courtyard)
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood CA 90028
The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles is proud to announce a brand new walking tour of Hollywood Boulevard, where the film industry took root, and flourished, defining glamour, modernity and fun for not just the country, but for the world.
On this tour you’ll see famous Hollywood and Art Deco masterpieces (The Egyptian Theatre and the Pantages Theatre) as well as unsung beauties that you might have walked by. You’ll see palaces of commerce along with pocket-sized examples that housed and continue to house a local businessman’s dream. You might think you know Hollywood Boulevard, but we bet we’ve got some surprises for you!
Saturday, October 8, 2011 • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
28th Annual Hollywood Forever
Cemetery Walking Tour
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Tour one of Old Hollywood’s most sought after “afterworld” addresses as the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles retells Hollywood’s History by the people buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. This historical site is the final resting place for a pantheon of stars, movie moguls and early pioneers including Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, Tyrone Power, C.B. De Mille, and Griffith J. Griffith, and other high-flying Angelenos.
The 110 year-old cemetery showcases an elegant (and eclectic) collection of monument styles, shrines and mausoleums, which attest that our forefathers died as stylishly as they lived. Guided walking tours will explore Old Hollywood through the lives, and deaths of these glamorous and mostly outspoken citizens, those who mapped Hollywood, and those who put Hollywood on the map. The first tour leaves at 10:00 am with subsequent tours departing at approximately 20-minute intervals. The last group leaves at noon. Each tour lasts approximately 2 to 2-1/2 hours.
20$ Entry Fee
Cocktails in Historic Places®
Friday, July 8, 2011 – 6pm-8pm
Los Angeles, CA 91003
Nestled among the seemingly abandoned factory buildings south of the 4th Street Bridge in Downtown Los Angeles, Villains Tavern transports you back to a time when shady drinking establishments, whose mission it was to separate factory workers from their wages, thrived in the neighborhood.
Restaurateur and interior designer Dana Hollister (Bordello, 4100, Brite Spot, Cliff’s Edge) has created a slightly sinister space with a nod to the Steampunk aesthetic. The dark wood interior provides the perfect setting for carefully selected antiques such as the bar top (which was salvaged from a 1880s NYC tavern), antique ironwork, and the repurposed Gothic church window.
The atmospheric 1,600-square-foot open-air patio is illuminated by candles and Edison bulbs and is complete with bar, stage, church pew seating, and shuffleboard. There is a thoughtfully curated bourbon list and hand-crafted libations with intriguing names like Poison Apple, Belladonna, Bluebeard, and Fatal Hour. Edibles include Villains’ interpretation of cozy comfort foods.
Rise of the Latin Lover Lecture
Followed by screening of The Gang’s All Here
Sunday, July 31, 2011 – 2:00 p.m.
The Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
This is a co-presentation with the American Cinematheque.
The Art Deco Society Los Angeles Presents: “Rise of the Latin Lover.” From the mid 1930s through WWII, the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs brought images of Latin America to the average American to improve the relationships along our borders. This talk takes an enjoyable look at these images in film, fashion, animation and music, and is led by film and TV professional Veronica Gonzalez-Rubio and advertising professional B. Todi. Followed by…
THE GANG’S ALL HERE, 1943, 20th Century Fox, 103 min. Dir. Busby Berkeley. Alice Faye may get top billing, but this insane Busby Berkeley musical is most famous for the chorines holding up giant bananas while Carmen Miranda sings “Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat.”
Regular American Cinematheque prices apply for the general public ($11) and students/seniors ($9) and will be available shortly via Fandango, or can be purchased on the day of the event at the door.
Parking: $2 per hour metered parking available near the theatre. $2 for four hours validated parking available at Hollywood and Highland. There are also pay parking lots on Las Palmas and Cherokee that cost approximately $10. Why not take the metro? The Egyptian is a very short walk east from the Hollywood and Highland METRO station.
MSJF was a blast! It was amazing spending time with fellow Ninjammerz and with the entertaining Sonny Allen. During one of his speeches he went off on a little tangent. In it he said something along the lines of, “You know how a negative plus a negative equals a positive? Well, when you get one bad dancer dancing with another bad dancer, you get a GOOOOD dance!” I can’t exactly quote him but that is what I remember.
Even though it took me a few minutes to get where he was going, I loved this statement! Dax and I preach a lot about matching; about dancing WITH your partner. I can’t help but think of what Dax usually says about drunken wedding couples; two people who have no idea what they are doing on the dance floor but they are doing it together. You can easily watch them all night. Then I think about the times I see two swing dancers on the floor…one a beginner and one the more advanced. It’s sad when it appears that the advanced dancer is taking things too seriously (I’m guessing out of frustration or boredom), and as a consequence, I see the beginner looking a little stressed from the pressure. I also rarely get a chance to witness people drastically changing the way they dance to match their partner, stylistically or technically.
At what point do we get so good that we become unwilling to temporarily sacrifice what we have built for ourselves in the name of swing dancing? Let me explain more. Think of a follower in your head that is pretty advanced. Think about her style of dancing (we all have a distinct way we like to dance). Now start putting her with different style leads. Does she change her style to match her lead or does she generally look the same? I can’t honestly think of a follower who chooses extreme change. I’m very often caught doing the same thing. It’s hard when something feels so good to you and your leader is asking you to go to a place that you don’t think you’ll like or that might look stupid.
So with that thought, ask the question, “why do you like social dancing?”. One of my top reasons why I love to social dance (and why I love to be a follower) is that every dance and every leader is different. I find it an exciting challenge to feel these differences; and understand in those few minutes the way they hear the music; chose to move their bodies; and technically view leading. I believe in going beyond appreciating that to wanting to experience it for myself. I try to join my leader’s party even if it sometimes means throwing a lot of what I believe in out the window.
I can’t tell you how many times I have a dance with a beginner student and I see pictures or a video later that I think, “OMG I was doing that?” Sometimes the pictures capture me in the most funny and akward positions but what I remember at those moments is that it was so much FREAKIN FUN! I felt like I was in a totally different body. One that wasn’t mine but just as fabulous. And that is why sometimes I like dancing with the beginners more than the higher level dancers. It’s often that the higher level dancers try to show me how much technique and variations they know. Beginners don’t have much technique or moves under their belt so the only way they know how to impress me is by dancing their hardest.
If you lead me technique and fancy moves; I will follow with technique and discipline. If you DANCE with me; I will DANCE with you
Both approaches are great and function well depending on the circumstance. There is room and a need in the swing world for everything. I just am not sure people have put much importance on learning to have the ability and willingness to do it all.
What I really like about dancing with pro leaders is how I get to go beyond matching my leader. For example, if I am dancing with JUAN (and sadly, this doesn’t happen very often). I love the idea of trying to dance as if I was a female version of him. Then I love to imagine how I would dance if I was Sharon dancing with him and for those few minutes I try to find the magic that I imagine he has with her. Then of course, I get to appreciate the way I move my body. Most people talk about “styling” as an ability to change their body movement within the lead or follow (for example replacing the rock step body movement with a kick ball change body movement). I view styling more as a way of changing the style of one body movement. I try to style by exploring how many different ways I can rock step.
Here is a video from the Ninjammerz jam at MSJF. There are a few times you see me change my body somewhat drastically. There is a part in the first solo we do of the slow section where Dax decides to do some in-and-out movement extremely loose and wiggly. We make our students do this a lot and I can’t help but feel like Gumby when I do this but it’s a great challenge because it makes you find extreme looseness and relaxation. Boy does it look silly but fun! Then towards the end of the video I dance with Thomas. He is one of my favorites to dance with when I’m trying to explore things. First of all, his rhythms and body movements are insane, I can barely keep up. Second, I love Alice’s dancing and I sometimes try to think about how she would react to Thomas.
Here is part two. At around 3:05 Dax and I do a solo. Check out how I drastically change my body movement styling. This time, they were my choices to dance different and not so much about how I was being affected by my partner. The first few eight counts I was trying to dance really smooth and tighter. At that time, I wanted to make it look like I was floating or ice skating (not that that necessarily happened. lol). Then as we started to swing out and I felt the music building; I decided that wasn’t enough for me so I imagined the end of the clip Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers Radio City Revels 1938 where the little girl is dancing with the large man, swiveling extremely low. I do one swingout attempting to do the same. I haven’t gotten them down but their getting there! The last two swingouts I think I just lost it and started whipping my head and poor Dax had to hang on. hahah.
Sometimes the choices I make end up looking really awkward but it has been one of biggest learning tools I’ve had this last year. I find it completely empowering to be able to not just follow or lead but be able to drastically change the way you move your body to fit your partner and/or the music and/or your mood.
So, wrapping this tangent up, I’d like to encourage people to not be afraid to dance ugly. To not be afraid to be completely technically wrong, and to be more open to the various possibilities your body can experience in the name of fun!
June is here! I am so sad to miss these upcoming events (Dax and I are in Europe) but if you live in the area, you should try to make it out to one of these!
June 10, 2011 – 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Celebration for Frank Lloyd Wright
at the Hollyhock House
The Aline Barnsdall Complex
Barnsdall Art Park
4800 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Please join us for a Birthday Celebration of America’s most celebrated architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Friends of Hollyhock House is embarking on a major fundraiser for the next two to three years to restore and revitalize the landscape in and around Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, commissioned by Aline Barnsdall, to the original specifications of Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright and father of Eric Lloyd Wright.
The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles and Friends of Hollyhock House Invite you to a 144th Birthday Celebration for Frank Lloyd Wright at the Hollyhock House. The evening includes tours of the first floor of the Hollyhock House ( photography permitted), swing and sway to the tunes of the Art Deco era featuring Jim Ziegler’s Swingsations and Wendy Rea, raffle, silent auction, food trucks, wine, birthday cake and swag bags. Eric Lloyd Wright will be in attendance and for contributions to the Landscaping Fund of more than $250 you will receive a copy of the book Panorama Wright; for contributions of more than $1000 Mr. Wright will personalize your book.
$65.00 Tickets on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets
Tickets will be available at the door for $80.00
June 11, 2011 – 6:30pm – 11:30pm
Vintage! An Evening to Benefit the Italian-American Museum
The Italian Hall
424 N. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
An event presented by the Italian-American Museum, Vintage! will feature live music and dancing to the swinging sensations Big Lucky (as seen on HBO’s Entourage), delicious cuisine and classic cocktails by a celebrated chef and mixologist, and a performance by the 1920s revue the Atomic Cherry Bombs. The event will also include a costume contest and fashion show with designs by reVamp Clothing, and a presentation on the museum’s design and historic preservation endeavors.
Proceeds benefit the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles and ongoing preservation efforts of the building in which it is located, the historic Italian Hall. Constructed in 1908, the Italian Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the oldest remaining structure from the city’s historic little Italy.
1900-1940s attire encouraged.
The Italian-American Museum is pleased to offer Art Deco Society members, supporters and social networking “friends” discounted presale tickets ($55 instead of $65 and $75 at the door) to anyone who mentions the ADSLA.
To purchase tickets, or to register for the costume contest, call (213) 485-8432 or visit www.italianhall.com
Art Deco Walking Tour
of Hollywood Boulevard
Saturday, June 18, 2011 – 9:00 a.m
Beginning in front of the Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles is proud to announce the debut of a brand new walking tour of Hollywood Boulevard, where the film industry took root and flourished, defining glamour, modernity, and fun for not just the country, but the world.
Hollywood Boulevard is a microcosm of one of the great “golden ages” of L.A. architecture—the post–World War I boom that from which Art Deco, that forward–looking, sleek and iconic style, emerged.
On this tour you’ll see famous Hollywood and Art Deco masterpieces (The Egyptian Theatre and the Pantages Theatre) as well as unsung beauties that you might have walked by. You’ll see palaces of commerce along with pocket–sized examples that housed—and continue to house—a local businessman’s dream. You might think you know Hollywood Boulevard, but we bet we’ve got some surprises for you!
The tour will begin in front of the Pantages Theatre and end at Hollywood & Highland. Explore the neighborhood block by block to see what the area was, what it is, and what it will be!
By special arrangement, and in an ADSLA exclusive, we’ll take you inside the glorious Pantages Theatre, the historic Egyptian Theatre and the très glamorous Hollywood History Museum (the former Max Factor beauty palace).
This is one tour that you won’t want to miss! Be the FIRST Decophile in your neighborhood to experience Hollywood Boulevard, ADSLA style.
Open/General Public ticketing begins on Monday, June 6.
Non–Member (Open) Tickets: $15 per person (beginning June 6)
If you are free Sunday May 22, we are teaching a workshop in LA which you won’t want to miss!
We like to keep it simple. No class titles, no frills and gimmicks, just 100% pure GETTING BETTER AT LINDY HOP.
Would you like to know more about how we teach and run a workshop? Read this page.
Sunday, May 22, 2011 3:00PM-7PM
Cost and Pre Registration
Pre Register: $60.00 , At the Door: $70.00 ($10 discount for RhythmJuice Premium Members and Students who took our last workshop here in LA.)
LiveArts LA 4210 Panamint Street (on the corner of Eagle Rock Blvd.) Los Angeles, CA 90065
We look forward to see you there!
Dax & Sarah
Here is a recap or our adventures in Rennes during Crep’swing festival two weeks ago…
First of all: WOW! I ate wayyyyy to many crepes…I still get a little nauseous just hearing the word. I’m still in awe that the French can thrive off of eating mostly sugar and coffee all day. It’s impressive. lol
But seriously, Dax and I had a blast. Rennes is a pretty fabulous city. We the best hosts and everyone got to stay together in a beautiful huge house with home cooked meals three times a day! The turn out of people was amazing and we had some amazing students take our classes.
It was the first time Dax and I taught a workshop in a month so, unlike Ninja Thomas and Ninja Alice who dance every weekend, we found ourselves pretty dead (I was taking a nap every chance I got!!).
A very precious moment during the weekend was meeting a band of older gentlemen (Jazz o feel) who played live music for us during the first night dance. They have been swing musicians for the past 20 some years without ever knowing such a big scene of appreciative dancers exist. They seemed so overwhelmed with joy to play for us. During the end of the night when all the dancers line up and sit down to cheer on the band’s finale, they had the biggest grins across their faces it brought tears to my eyes.
One of the night dances turned out to be the most fun I have had in a long time dancing. Why? Because the floor was terrifyingly slippery. I was so nervous at first but soon I got used to it and was doing moves on the dance floor I’ve never done before! Just like dancing in heels when your used to flats instantly changes your dancing- so does the surface of the floor! I found myself being so creative. It was exciting and inspiring. Here is a social demo of us sliding around a bit.
At the end of the amazing weekend, Julien took us to an Irish pub for some beer and saucisson!!
Thank you to Peter Wishart and the rest of the crew for a great experience!!
Cocktails in Historic Places
Carlos Bar at Santa Anita Park
Friday, April 8, 2011 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
Santa Anita Park
285 W. Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007
If you’re curious about Santa Anita behind–the–scenes, Ms. Elizabeth Booth, a special events coordinator for Santa Anita, will lead a brief tour at 7:00 pm.
Make a day of it, and take advantage of the park’s Free Friday. Come for the races (post time is 1 pm), pose for a photo with the statue of Seabiscuit, dine at the FrontRunner Restaurant, and then stay for cocktails (the perfect way to celebrate your winnings!)
Come straight from work or slip into something more Deco—either way, plan to join us! Cocktails in Historic Places is open to members and non-members alike.
DIRECTIONS:Santa Anita Park is located in Arcadia, California, 14 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. The racetrack property is bounded by Baldwin Avenue and Huntington Drive and is adjacent to the Westfield Santa Anita Shopping Center. Major freeways giving access to Santa Anita are the Foothill Freeway (I-210) to the north, San Bernardino Freeway (I-10) to the south, the San Gabriel River (I-605) to the east and the Pasadena (110) and Glendale (2) Freeways on the west.
PARKING: Please enter through Gate 5 off Huntington Drive (just west of Santa Anita). There will be a few signs that read “Art Deco Society” directing you to the Club House entrance, and to Carlos’ Bar. FREE parking.
Flappers & Funnies Lecture
Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Co-presented by the American Cinematique: Funnies & Flappers. Everyone is familiar with the image of the flapper – the modern, carefree woman who embodied the spirit of the Jazz Age. Films, literature and music all used the flapper as an artistic device. But there was another medium in which sociopolitical commentary about the flapper was present: comics. Come explore the role of the flapper in the funny papers in this illustrated lecture, presented by historian and historic preservation consultant Mitzi March Mogul.
Then, at 3:00PM: SHOW GIRL IN HOLLYWOOD, 1930, Warner Bros., 80 min. Dir. Mervyn LeRoy. Alice White stars as “Dizzy” Dixie, a Broadway understudy who is lured out to Hollywood when a smooth-talking director promises her fame and fortune. But when Dixie, against the odds of the crummy empty promise that brought her to Hollywood, actually starts to get starring roles in the movies, her ego soars along with her paycheck. Featuring brilliant Technicolor musical sequences! With cameos by Al Jolson and Loretta Young. Preceded by a “Betty Boop” short.
Advance tickets available via Fandango. ADSLA and Cinematheque members are $7.00, non-members $11.00.
1. LindyFest 2011. I wish I went to the event just to watch this adorable number by Mike and Laura in person!!
2. LSSF 2011. Not only do I adore Slovenia but this event seemed like a blast and some of my favorite people were there!
Youtube more of the videos from the event! So fun!