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  1. Lindy Focus X Highlights

    April 15, 2012 by Jo

    Here are my personal highlights from Lindy Focus X (and yes, I know these are suuuuuuuuuuper late):

    9) The people!!!

    First I need to thank the volunteer staff for being so incredibly awesome. They did a fantastic job making sure that everything was running in the background so that everyone could have a great time. THANK YOU to the cooks, transportation liaison, coordinator, music and sound technicians, hotel staff for making sure we had water, the DJs, photographers, videographers, the lighting coordinators, and everyone else who helped out Michael and Jaya in the background.

    Secondly, I want to thank all of the people that attended, especially the students. You and your and enthusiasm are what make doing my job such a treat. You guys made the event as fierce as it was. I get to do what I do because of you and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    8) The Nutcrackers.

     

    7) Andrew Thigpen as the MC.

    6) Nina Gilkenson impersonating Andrew Thigpen:

    5) The Balitquerque party.

    The Baltimore and Albequerque scene teamed up some time ago and have been throwing legendary parties at various dance events. At the end of these various events, Dorry (one of the head honchos in Baltimore) would rave about the party and ask us why Kevin and I weren’t there. Unfortunately, we never got an invitation. This happened at two events. No bueno (*shakes head). So this year, Dorry made an extra effort to make sure we felt included.

    Kevin and I received our invitations during our Swing Out Intensive.

    Andrew Munoz dressed up in his tux and cordially informed us that we were invited to (*use your best British accent here) “enjoy an evening of tomfoolery” and that we should swing by room 166 around 7 o’clock. How delightful!

    Here are some pictures that barely do the night justice.

      

     

    This video is too dark to see the madness, but it’s a good start :D

    4) Winning the Invitational Jack & Jill with Todd Yannacone. That competition was really hard to judge so I’m very surprised that we took 1st. I am positive the scores are all over the board, so I have to give a shout out to the Relative Placement system! :D

    3) Nath Bugh and Dorry Segev Dueling Piano number from the show on New Years Eve. The video speaks for itself.

    2) Performing five new numbers this year, most of which I learned in the two weeks prior to the event.

    The most challenging act I did was my solo jazz piece called My Discarded Men. I probably spent around 35 hours putting this routine together and trying to teach myself how to make the particular shapes I did. It wasn’t perfect, but I am really proud of myself.

    The least physically demanding, and most fun was performing my drunken striptease. Hahhaa, it’s so nice to get to be ridiculous sometimes! Otherwise, it was a real pleasure to get to work with Gabby, Kelly, Melanie, Casey, and Natasha on the girls charleston piece in the New Years Eve show, as well as The Killer Dillers on our most recent group number. Finally, Sharon created a gorgeous choreography that had the ladies of the KD mostly naked on the floor.

    1) All of the ridiculously awesome social dances I had on the last night!! Ok, so I was a little buzzed off of all the champagne I had, but man, my following was pretty freaking awesome (*toot toot). I had a number of really-freaking good dances that night, but in particular, I felt that I really connected with Todd and Mikey. Not only that, but Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five were playing. Gaaaaaaaaaah, the music was soooooooooooo freaking gooooood!!!


  2. Lindy Focus X: Busty Bullet and her Drunken Act of Seduction

    December 30, 2011 by Jo

    I needed to put a performance together for when I was in Greece a few weeks ago and I was thinking about doing my old fan dance from Lindy Focus VIII. After some thought, I figured I should push myself to come up with something new, something better. Somehow I decided that a drunken striptease would be the way to go, and who better to help me out than Kevin!

    After performing the number in Greece, I figured I was brave enough to perform it at Lindy Focus X. Here is me being as silly as I can be during opening night!

    The great thing about “acting drunk” is that it covers up a lot of the flaws in the dancing :D

    I LOVE performing this number. It’s unlike everything else I do and have done. Getting to strip down to my skivvies has always been a dr……..what am I saying?!! It was nerve-wracking as all hell, but it was a blast. I figured of all crowds, this would be one that could appreciate my silly sense of humor. I think what I like most about it is that I get to be incredibly silly! The dancing is by no means spectacular in this, but the “acting” was really fun to do.

    Some photos from the show:

    Thank you Jesse Keener for taking some awesome shots of me!! xx

    Now it’s time to talk Costume!!

    • The black thing with the fringe on it….I found that at Red Light in Seattle and it fit perfectly. It was just a black shell, so all the accoutrements that you see were added after the fact (huge thanks go out to the sensational Miss Indigo Blue). I played with the idea of having ugly underwear on at the end (so not only do I come home drunk, and slightly useless, but I have Laundry Day undies on ….hahahha), but Kevin vetoed that idea.
    • The nude slip thingy was also acquired at Red Light. I found some diamond stickers that I put onto the front so there was some sparkle to the costume.
    • I bought the skirt from Betsey Johnson two years ago and it was worth every penny!!
    • I borrowed the scarf from my mother.
    • The gloves came from Amazon and are cheap, satin gloves. I found some fun heart-shaped jewels and glued them on the side of the gloves and added a tassel to the end.
    • The jacket came from Macy’s this March on super sale. God, I love that coat!
    • The black hair flower is from H&M and I bought it less than a week ago.

    And there you have it! Hope you enjoyed the ridiculousness of it all :D


  3. 3rd ANNUAL “BLACK COUTURE BALL” on THE FILLMORE

    September 24, 2011 by Jo

    Black C Ball

     

    Celebrating 100 years of fashion and nightlife

    This event takes place on Fillmore St., between Geary & Eddy Streets. A three block area area on the Fillmore entertainment corridor is transformed into a classy and hip trip back in time.

    An event like no other… Bars, restaurants, dining, drinking, dancing, art, music and more. We encourage you to wear your finest “black” vintage attire of the past ten decades. If you don’t have vintage clothing, then current style is just fine. Pick out your classiest, sexist black outfit.

    DETAILS

    Old Timey
    Black Couture Ball

    FILLMORE CENTER PLAZA
    7pm-7:30pm: Dance Lesson with Hep Jen & Kevin Munroe
    7:30pm-8:15pm: live music Rich & the Rhythm Roustabouts
    8:15pm: Dance Performance The Hot Bloods & Chicago Steppin’
    8:30pm: Dance Contest Round 1
    8:45pm: Dance Performance Double or Nothing & Dj Hep Jen
    9pm: Dance Contest Final Round
    9:15pm-9:45pm: live music Rich & the Rhythm Roustabouts

    YOSHIS LOUNGE
    9pm: Dj Jumpin Jeff Kroll
    10pm-10:45pm: live music Stompy Jones
    10:45pm: Burlesque Shows Mynx D’ Meanor & Vienna La Rouge
    11pm: Swing Dance Performance Michael & Claire from Motion Explosion & Double or Nothing
    11:15pm-12am: live music Stompy Jones
    12am: Dj Jumpin Jeff Kroll & Best dressed man/woman contest
    12:15am: Burlesque Shows Mynx D’ Meanor & Vienna La Rouge
    12:30am-1am: live music Stompy Jones

    RASSELAS JAZZ CLUB
    9:30pm-12:30am: front room, live music Slim Jenkins
    10pm – 1am: back room, live music Robert Stewart Experience

    1300 SUPPER CLUB
    9pm-12am: live music JP & the Rhythm Chasers

    SHEBAS LOUNGE
    9:45pm-1am: live music South Bay Blues Band

    Schedule subject to change!

    SWING DANCE CONTEST  - 830pm at the Fillmore Center Plaza

    All forms of swing dancing are welcome: Lindy Hop, Balboa, Shag, Charleston, etc. Competitors will be judged as a couple. It is not necessary to register in advance, just show up at the beginning of the contest. Competitors will dance in a preliminary round, to 2 DJed songs, of 1-1/2 minutes each. During the preliminary round, judges will tap out competitors. The 3 remaining couples will be in the final round. The final round will be danced to a full song, and the winners will be determined by audience applause.

    Prizes include:
    2 one month passes for Tuesday Night Jump at Verdi Club
    2 tickets to Petunia & the Vipers, The B-Stars, West Coast Ramblers Friday Sept. 30th @ Verdi Club, San Francisco
    2 tickets to 3rd Annual SF Zombie Prom (The House of Voodoo) @ Verdi Club, San Francisco


  4. L’Edition Francaise

    May 28, 2011 by Jo

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    La Danse! Le Burlesque! L’Edition Francaise is playing at the The Triple Door this weekend, so in case you aren’t going to the dances at Camp Jitterbug, you should go support some great local burlesque!!

     

    One of the hotest burlesque numbers, ever!!!

    L’Edition Francaise features an all star cast: Miss Indigo Blue, Kitten LaRue, Lily Verlaine, Bunny Monroe, The Luminious Pariah, Paris Original, Changra La-La, Trojan Original, Stella Saintclair, Inga Ingenue, Sassy DeLure and Scott Bartell (both of whom are flying in just for these performances). The three nights of shows also feature the formidable talents of Kylie Lewallen and Ty Cheng of Spectrum Dance Theater.

    Lily Verlaine, Olivier Wevers, and Kitten LaRue choreographed three individual performance suites tied together by French music and nostalgic pop culture- and of course, burlesque. It’s smoldering, playful and full of surprises.

    Photos from Chris Blakeley

     

     


  5. Burlesque Audition – The Atomic Bombshell

    April 7, 2011 by Jo

    WHEN: Sunday, April 10 • 3:00pm – 6:00pm
    WHERE: Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts (Pioneer Square), 115 Prefontaine Pl. S., Seattle, WA

    The Atomic Bombshells are holding their FIRST EVER OPEN AUDITION for the newest addition to their internationally celebrated Burlesque supertroupe! Critically acclaimed in local, national, and international press, The Atomic Bombshells have become one of the most recognized and accomplished burlesque troupes around. In addition to consistently selling out venues such as The Triple Door in Seattle, the Bombshells have toured the U.S., Portugal, China, and have a yearly summer residency in Provincetown.

    Prerequisites:

    Girls, boys, everything in-between are welcome, but interested applicants MUST have some previous dance experience and be able to learn choreography. Previous burlesque experience welcomed but not necessary.

    *Kitten LaRue is the Artistic Director/Producer of The Atomic Bombshells, so if chosen as a troupe member, you must be comfortable with being directed and styled. Every troupe member’s input is welcome and valued, but final decisions about every detail come down to one director.

    *As being an Atomic Bombshell involves a certain amount of time, energy, and dedication, with definite rewards for said dedication, if chosen as the new member, we require that the Bombshells will be the only TROUPE that you are a member of. Solo and other show projects are fine.

    Audition:

    Please bring a headshot (doesn’t have to be professional, just something to recognize you with) and a performer bio. The audition will be composed of 2 parts:

    *In part one, everyone will learn a few 8 counts from the Bombshells rep, and be divided into groups to perform it.
    *In part two, those who have something to show us (a short dance, striptease, extra skill or talent, whatever you want!) will do that one at a time. This is not required but encouraged. Please bring music on CD.

    PLEASE RSVP TO THIS AUDITION by emailing atomicbombshellsburlesque@gmail.com


  6. Moisture Festival

    April 2, 2011 by Jo

    I’m going to see the Moisture Festival tonight with my parents and I’m super stoked about it!! Here’s the rundown from the website about the show:

    10:30pm
    ACT – A Contemporary Theatre

    700 Union Street

    Seattle WA

    Admission: $25
    Buy Tickets
    For an adult evening, The Moisture Festival presents their Libertease Burlesque from all angles – in the round in the beautiful Allen Theatre at ACT. Featuring a tantalizing mix of burlesque stars and ribald comedy/varietè acts, these shows seduce and delight while tickling your funny bone. This unique brand of burlesque show presents this art form in a daring and beautiful new way. Our live show band provides the underlying pulse that propels the show, creating a memorable evening of entertainment. This show is 18+ (must have valid ID).

    This show’s artists include: Aviatrix, Aviatrix Ground Crew, Belle Cozette, Blanche DeBris, City Circus, Evilyn Sin Claire , Fuchsia FoXXX, Kevin Joyce, Lady Rizo, Miss Indigo Blue, NANDA, Nich Galzin, Shanghai Pearl, Trixie Little & the Evil Hate Monkey, Waxie Moon, Zebra Kings

    The MC: Kevin Joyce & Blanche DeBris

    Show Band: The Zebra Kings

    It’s a sold out show so chances are if you haven’t gotten tickets yet, you’re not going to. But have no fear Seattlites! If you still want to go see some amazing burlesque, circus, variety acts, you still can, just check out the calendar!!!

    >>>>>> More tomorrow!!


  7. Guys and Girls Gone Wild 2011

    March 20, 2011 by Jo

    This was my first all-jazz weekend. Ten Hours of Classes and nothing but jazz. Oh my goodness, it was a freaking FUN weekend. Here was the schedule and some highlights:

    Friday, March 18th

    What: Dance and Vintage Bathing Suit Badminton Contest
    When: 9pm-late
    Where: Baltimore Strut

    The location of this venue is completely on the wrong side of the tracks, but it’s a cool venue. I believe it’s a modern dance studio when it’s not inundated by whom Michael Seguin dubbed his “Baltimore’s At-Risk Youths”. Buwahahah!

    Vintage Bathing Suit Badminton Contest

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    Kevin and I performing before the badminton contest

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    Photos from the weekend:

    Saturday, March 19th

    Time Guys Girls
    12pm-1:15pm Slow Strut ( VFW ) Girls’ Choreography( VVA )
    1:30pm-2:45pm ** Big Apple part 1, guys and girls together ** ( VVA )
    3:00pm-4:15pm Jazz Details ( VVA ) Jazz Details ( VFW )
    4:30pm-5:45pm Guys’ Choreography ( VVA ) Blues ( VFW )
    9pm-midnight Blue Vipers of Brooklyn and Solo Jazz Dance Contest ( VVA )

    I taught Can-Can in my Girls Choreo class and had a blast! Getting all those girls to kick up their legs and “woo” together was one of the highlights of the weekend for me. In Jazz Details, we covered Boogie Forward, Squat Charleston, and one other move. Does anyone remember?

    I taught a modified version of my fan dance choreography in the blues class so the girls could learn some moves and we could work on movement. Again, I focused in on the details of committing weight to one foot or the other, using the hips, and looking with intention.

    Later that night there was a solo dance contest. I haven’t found video of it just yet, but I’ll share it once it’s up. The finalists danced live to The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, who were outstanding. There were a few late night parties after the dance, but Kevin and I needed to go home so we could get some sleep. We wanted to be in tip-top shape to abuse the students the following day :D

    Sunday, March 20th

    Time Guys Girls
    12pm-1:15pm Jazz Details ( VFW ) Jazz Details ( VVA )
    1:30pm-2:45pm Hat Tricks ( VFW ) Secrets of the Killer Dillers ( VVA )
    3:00pm-4:15pm ** Big Apple part 2, guys and girls together ** ( VVA )
    4:30pm-5:45pm Secrets of the Killer Dillers ( VVA ) Burlesque ( VFW )
    After Afterparty at VVA lounge

    Another day of successful classes! I started Sunday off by breaking down the details of the Shim Sham. I completely mismanaged our time and took 1hr 40 to do so. I had such a great time though…..all those little detail. Ladies, you were amazing. :D I then explained who the Killer Dillers were and then talked about how to compete in Charleston, phrasing music, and gave some quick tips about what to do when you go blank. This class probably would have been more useful to a few people the day before, but c’est la vie.

    The Big Apple pt 2 is always a tricky class; the attrition rate is higher than I’d like. I think it’s because it was day 2 of nothing buy jazz, the 2nd half have very little repeating choreo, people max out, and the choreo is a bit fiddly. Hehe (embarrassed), it could have also been that Kev and I had a few flubs in the choreo that we eventually fixed :p But we had a few troopers that made it to the end. Congratulations to you badasses!!

    A new favorite of mine was the burlesque class. I had the girls bring heels and we spent time walking. We reviewed what we did in the blues class the day before, but this time wearing heels. We sat, we stood, we took off our jackets, and we walked away. :D I thought it was a super fun class! Girls, let me know if the stuff works (or not)!!


  8. Crazy Rhythm Challenge 2011

    March 7, 2011 by Jo

    Last year I was in France around the end of February and I was incredibly sick. I had just picked up bronchitis and walking pneumonia and I was dying. OMgoodness, it was awful. This year, however, I had the luxury of being alive and had a fabulous time dancing with the French. In case you don’t travel internationally and/or haven’t made your way out to France yet, there are some incredibly great dancers there. It’s impressive. Sharon and I judged the leaders in the J&J that weekend and I think everyone of them were great dancers. There were….26 of them. Rad. Needless to say I had an incredible time social dancing!

    Kevin and taught 6 partnered class (2 for each level) and then 2 solo classes. We did leading and following rock steps, triple steps, and weight changes in open position and close position for the beginners. With the intermediates, we did our “Touch Me” class which is a progression of 7 moves. In the top level we showed the difference between walking, triple steps, syncopated rock steps, and bouncing and then built on that by adding in turns. Kevin also taught solo jazz and a hat trick class and I taught solo jazz and a burlesque class. More on that later.

    Not that these videos will actually do the event justice, but here are some snippets from the weekend. And a big Thank You to Anne-Helen and Bernard. Thanks for taking such great care of us and congratulations on finishing the studio 20 minutes before the event started! :D

    The winning team routine:

    Nicolas Deniau & Mikaela Hellsten winning showcase:

    The Charleston final at CRC 2011 with Mikaela Hellsten, Oliv Wan, Fabien Vrillon, Tatiana and Julien Stoehr

    Blues Finals with Julien Stoehr, Gigi, and Pauline:

    It was audience judged and they couldn’t decide who was the winner so they needed one more song.

    Gigi won. Well done missy!

    A fun Hat Trick performance by Bernard and Charly, his son.

    Another showing of Communication:

    I really like performing Communication in that dress. I recently put those tights in my regular rotation and I like them. They aren’t super flashy, but they are subtle and have a little bit of flare.

    Something that made performing in that space kinda fun was that the lights were behind us. While performing, I could see the faces in the audience really, really well. However, when I was judging, I could clearly see the outline of the dancers, but not really their facial expressions. If we are invited back to perform next year, I’m hoping to choreograph something that would utilize the lighting better. The smoke machine and lighting set a very magical, almost mystical atmosphere. Love it!

    Otherwise, I can’t find the J&J footage or the strictly. Does anyone have that?


  9. Followlogie 2011

    January 20, 2011 by Jo

    Look who’s on the poster!!!

    I think you should come to the event next weekend on Jan 28-30. Click here for more details! I hear there are going to be some great performances that evening!!


  10. My performances at Lindy Focus IX

    January 4, 2011 by Jo

    I am planning on posting a slue of videos and pictures from Lindy Focus in the next few days, but for now, here are some videos of my work from this past weekend!

    NYE Performance – Bellboy – starring Sharon Davis, Evita Arce, and Jo Hoffberg

    Sharon did a fantastic job choreographing this and Evita did an awesome job (re)learning this earlier that afternoon. Can we say “stud”?!! Always a pleasure to perform with these two terribly talented dames.

    NYE Performance – Roustabout – starring Nina, Kelly, Carla, Maryse, Annie, Claudia, Natasha, Laura, Sharon, Evita, Nikki, Vanessa, Karen, Casey and Jo

    What a madhouse of hottness?!! OMG, this was such a blast to get to do; between the costumes, ladies and the boys, there was plenty to oogle over. Nina did a fantastic job choreographing this and I must say, it’s one of the most interesting songs I’ve ever performed to. Props for Nina getting this together for us all and kudos to the ladies and their costume choices!

    NYE Performance – Man from Mars – starring Joshua, Casey, Shesha, Laura, Jeremy, and Jo

    Haha, the funny thing about this is that Shesha and I talked about him wearing the hat and since he needed it for the next number, we decided to keep it. Not surprisingly, it fell off, but not where either of us expected! Hehe, one lesson I am constantly reminded of: always rehearse in your costume! xoxo

    Shesha, thank you for all the rehearsal time you put in with me and for chucking my ass!

    AND NOW onto the fastest quick change in Lindy Hop history (well, next to this one)! The numbers were back to back and so I had to hustle! Thank goodness I made it in time; Shesha might have killed Nathan!!

    NYE Performance – Charleston – starring Nathan Bugh, Evita Arce, Sharon Davis, Juan Villafane, Kevin St. Laurent, and Jo Hoffberg

    Choreographed by Nathan & Evita

    Invitational J&J – Michael Jagger and Jo Hoffberg