| NOVEMBER 25TH 2003
Stanley Catron & Kaye Popp
"What better advice could we possibly leave for the aspiring Lindy Hopper? Lindy Hop is the one social dance we know of that is pretty much dedicated to the art of free expression and improvisation. You dance it your way, on your terms. Your feet are jazz instruments, your body a mobile big band. You have so much creative power at your fingertips that you owe it to yourself to Lindy like nobody has Lindy Hopped before."~ Peter & Vida from Australia!
Thanksgiving is perhaps one of our most meaningful American holidays, as it gives us all a chance to reflect on the quality of our lives. So please let me, once again, say how thankful I am that I am able to do what I do for a living -- and that is thanks to all of you. Thank you for being such friendly, wonderful, welcoming people. Thank you for always having a smile on your face and a song in your heart. Thank you for making a "family" for all of us.
Oftentimes, people will comment how lucky I am for doing what a love for a living. I want you to know that it is even more than that. Dancing has always been my favorite hobby and one of the things in my life that gives me the greatest happiness (I don't have to explain the reasons why to any of you!).
But my greatest passion is to try to make this world a little better place upon which to live. From the get-go, I have always felt that swing dancing, in it's small way, helps to accomplish this. How? So many ways. The music is "happy" and uplifting. The activity itself is such a rush that we all experience a wonderful release of endorphins. We get exercise and feel better as a result. But most importantly, It brings people together, people who might otherwise be sitting home alone. It offers people human contact in an otherwise sterile lifestyle. It creates community.
Every week at the Rhythm Club, there are moments when I almost start to weep. I'm looking out at all of you on the dance floor and visiting on the sidelines. I see smiles on your faces, I see interaction, I hear laughter, and this is all as a result of this little thing I "do for a living".
So you see, it is more than you thought. Through this thing I "do for a living" I get to do my favorite hobby AND my passion. Thank you. And my best wishes to you for a happy Thanksgiving.
RHYTHM PAL RON CAMPBELL HAVING A BABY!
That's right! Our very own Rhythm Pal Ron Campbell is at Torrance Memorial Hospital with his beautiful wife Robin, awaiting the arrival of their first child (a lead). Wish them all the best! We'll let you know the minute the little fellow arrives.
Dance Lesson and DJ on the first
Wednesday of each month from 7:30-8:00 NOTE: If your birthday was this week, come to the Rhythm Club next week so we can celebrate in high style! CLICK HERE: For all of you in the Lindy Styling class, and anyone else interested, all the "AABA" notes are up on the website .
Dance Lesson and DJ on the first
Wednesday of each month from 7:30-8:00
NOTE: If your birthday was this week, come to the Rhythm Club next week so we can celebrate in high style!
CLICK HERE: For all of you in the Lindy Styling class, and anyone else interested, all the "AABA" notes are up on the website .
HOLIDAY GIFT CERTIFICATES!
What a great holiday gift idea -- Swing Dancing!
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* Wondering 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).
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