920 Open House – Performances

Throughout February and March, Kevin and I created two separate routines for students at Wednesday Night Hop and the 920 Special. The goal of the classes was to perform the routine at 920’s annual Open House, battle for Lindy Hop World Domination, to the cheers and adoration of hundreds of friends, family, visitors, and to inspire our dancing community. For most of the students, this was there first-ever performance. Not only that, but many of them have been dancing less than three years!!

What a fabulous job everyone did on Thursday night! To all the students: Thank you for hanging in there. Thank you for believing in yourself and sticking with you. Thank you for rehearsing and coming prepared. Thank you for your dedication, kind words, for serving as an inspiration to Kevin and me, and for adding to the lindy hop legacy.

Performances (in order of appearance)

The Careless Lindy Hoppers

The song is Viper Mad, by Rhythm Junkies, an amazing jazz band from Seattle!
http://thecarelesslovers.com/

Kevin & Jo

920 Vipers

Can you believe that these performers are ALL STUDENTS! About half of them have been Lindy Hopping for less than one year, and for most of them this is their FIRST-EVER PERFORMANCE!

The song is Viper Mad, by Rhythm Junkies, an amazing jazz band from Lithuania! http://ohsoswing.com/studio-by-the-rhythm-junkies

Teachers

Instructors and staff at The 9:20 Special perform a routine choreographed by Stefan Durham and Bethany Powell!

The song is “Swing is the Thing” by The Mills Brothers.

 

 

 

920 Special – See you in February!!

SAN FRANCISCO!!! Woooooo!!! Yup, that’s right! Kevin and I are coming back to San Francisco to teach at the 9:20 Special again and we’re freaking thrilled!!

In case you want to brush up on the material we taught back in September, here’s a friendly reminder!

So what’s next?

Review the material. Come to class. Tell your friends that you’re going to have a great time and that they’d be missing out if they didn’t join you. Aaaaaaand then dai-ance!!!

See you there 😀

3rd ANNUAL “BLACK COUTURE BALL” on THE FILLMORE

 

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

The Vintage Fashion Expo in SF

Guess what’s happening THIS weekend? The Vintage Fashion Expo!!! Goodness, I love being here in San Francisco. Here are the details:

Sept. 17th & 18th, 2011!!!
Returns To The Concourse Exhibition Center at the Nob Hill Masonic Center, 1111 California St., San Francisco, CA directions

The Vintage Fashion Expo features 85 dealers of vintage clothing, accessories and textiles, attracting clotheshorses, fashion designers, costumers, celebrities and fashion editors from all over the globe. Browse a wide range of time periods, from 1850 to 1980. Women”s hats, shoes, dresses, costume and estate jewelry. Vintage eye wear. Men’s suits, shoes, shirts, watches, ties and more. Fantastic textiles for the home. Here’s the list of dealers that will be showing this weekend.

Picnic with Gatsby

What a delightful afternoon I had prancing around the Historic Dunsmuir Helman Estate at the The 27th Annual Gatsby Summer Afternoon! There was hardly enough time to take everything in. All the guests were dressed to the nines in their best 1920-1940s daywear and they even brought red wagons filled with picnic baskets, lemonade, all the fixing for Mint Juleps, pie, scones, and scotch. And to make sure they were comfortable while dining, many people brought their picnic blankets and chairs. One group even brought a rug, six wicker chairs, a tea set, punch bowl, a well stocked bar, and an enormous umbrella. Needless to say, they were the picnic champs of the afternoon.


Pictures from my phone, Kevin St. Laurent, Walter Nelson, and Kim Yasuda

I had not attended this party before so I prepared for the live music to be mediocre, but instead it was marvelous! The Don Neely’s Royal Society Jazz Orchestra was killin’ it all afternoon, and so much so that within moments of arriving, Kevin and I hit the dance floor to bal. Yup, that’s right, we did Balboa and we were cutting sick (for us)! Hehe, ok, perhaps not the ideal choice of words when describing one’s (1) balboa dance at (2) a vintage garden party, but eh….it’s my post. DISCLAIMER: Kevin and I do not claim to be balboa dancers. We can do it to some degree, but we are no means as skilled as someone like Mickey and Kelly, nor do we claim to be.

So anyways…had a sweet dance with Kevin and then my hair managed to undo itself. I redid my hair, introduced myself to a number of people, and saw some familiar faces from the past like Michael (of Michael and Persephone), Jane Barnes, Jason Hesse, Chris Lee, and Rusty Frank. I ate, I drank, I chased Kevin around with a camera and took various photos of him, and I danced twice more. The shim sham came on and I think every lindy hopper there hit the floor. Shortly after that, there was a partnered Charleston Contest which Kevin and I won. We are now the 2011, Art Deco Society, Great Gatsby Picnic, Partnered Charleston Champions! What a mouthful. *smile To be perfectly honest, our Balboa dance at the beginning of the afternoon was MUCH more spectacular than what we did on the competition floor, but regardless, we graciously accepted first…..and then I had to redo my hair again.

There was more drinking and mingling….and then the party was done. As the sun sat lower in the sky, people packed up their picnic baskets, folded up their blankets, loaded up their wagons, and the vintage cars rumbled away. The afternoon was reminiscent of a dream. It all happened so quickly and then it was done. As I type about it now, sitting in front of my trusty Mac in my modern pajamas, it doesn’t quite feel real. Thank goodness for photos….and a first place ribbon.

Gatsby Summer Afternoon

Guess what I’m doing tomorrow?

The Art Deco Society Of California Presents
The 27th Annual Gatsby Summer Afternoon

Sunday, September 11, 2011 1-6PM

Dunsmuir Helman Historic Estate
2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA 94615

On the second Sunday in September the Art Deco Society of California hosts its annual Gatsby Summer Afternoon at the historic Dunsmuir Helman House in Oakland California.

The Gatsby Summer Afternoon lets several hundred aficionados of the 1920s and 30s step back to a time when elegance was a way of life and the Charleston and Fox Trot were all the rage. This is not a spectator event; every guest is part of the scene in their vintage best. From 1-6 p.m. the panoramic Dunsmuir front lawn becomes the stage on which all participants play, picnic, dance, and sip champagne; reminiscent of a scene from The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel of 1925.

Featuring:

Gatsby Summer Afternoon

Dancing is just one of the Gatsby Summer Afternoon Delights!

Don Neely’s Royal Society Jazz Orchestra
With Carla Normand
Dance to RSJO’S Authentic Jazz Era Arrangements

The Great Gatsby Bathing Beauty Revue With
The DecoBelles

Toast the Crowning of This Year’s Miss Art Deco

Grand Motor Car Exhibit
Enjoy Dozens of Art Deco Era Autos on Display

Wine Tasting
Wine provided by LeVin Winery—Commemorative Wine Glass $5

Dunsmuir House Tours
Complimentary House Tours 2pm to 3pm

Prizes will be awarded:
Best Auto, Best Costumes for Ladies, Gents and Children, Best Picnics, Petite to Grand, Best Charleston

A Fashion Parade at which you can show off your vintage style in a promenade before our stage!

Dance Demos featuring your favorites like the Foxtrot, Charleston or Lindy

Surprises every year!

With everyone attending this event in period fashion, the effect is amazing! Guests bring period-perfect picnics, with elaborate spreads, complete with silver, crystal, linens and china; to simple wicker baskets on vintage print tablecloths.

Afternoon attire from 1920-1940 (or reasonable facsimile) is required.

Some places to find clothing:

Clothing: Vintage and Custom

Anna Newman Vintage Fashion
1125 El Camino Real
San Carlos, Ca. 94070
(650) 631-1600
www.anewmanvintage.com

Costume Party
Wearable vintage for men & women
1058 Hyde Street (at California)
San Francisco Ca 94109
(415) 885-3377
Mon – Sat. 11am – 7pm Sun. 12 – 6pm
www.costumepartysf.com

By Kimberly Manning Aker and Sara Klotz de Aguilar

Decades of Fashion
Great selection for men, women & children
1740 Haight St (between Cole St & Shrader St)
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 668-8202

Fascination – Antique Trove
Especially accessories! By appointment
1119 Industrial Road, Space #12
San Carlos, CA.
(510) 793-5895

La Rosa Vintage
Finest men’s & women’s vintage
1711 Haight Street (between Cole St & Shrader St)
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 668-3744

Recapture Vintage Bridal Designs
Retro & custom ~ accessories ~ gifts
5405 College Ave.
Oakland, CA
(510) 530-5828

ReVamp
Limited edition vintage re-creations
Platt Building 834 South Broadway Suite 1200
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 488-3387
www.revampvintage.com

Shadows
San Anselmo
415.459.0574
www.shadowsjewelry.com

Theresa LaQuey Couture
Custom designs
(510) 635.6554
www.theresalaquey.com

Torso Vintages
A rare collection ~ women’s & men’s
272 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 391-3166


Residency in San Francisco

For the month of September, Kevin and I will be teaching weekly classes Wednesday and Thursday night in San Francisco!!!!! I’m pretty excited to get to teach locally again; it’s been over two years since I last taught a series.

Here are some of the details:

Wednesday Night Hop
1400 N Shoreline Blvd #A
Mountain View, CA

Every Wednesday night features new lessons & fun dancing at Cheryl Burke Dance in Mountain View. Class includes free admission to the dance party.
Here’s the schedule (prices vary on band nights):
9:15pm to 11:45pm — Swing Dance Party — Only $8 ($6 for 24 & younger)
8:15pm — Level 1 Lindy Hop & Level 3 Lindy Hop — $16 drop-in
7:15pm — Level 2 Lindy Hop & Balboa — $16 drop-in

 

Thursday at 9:20 Special
2450 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA

7:20-8:20pm
Special Extensions
Special Extensions – The Lindy Hop: Kevin & Jo Style!
with Kevin St. Laurent & Jo Hoffberg
(NEW Drop-ins 1st or 2nd week ONLY) Class Details »
8:20-9:20pm
Level 3 – C
Intermediate+ Lindy Hop Series with Kevin St. Laurent & Jo Hoffberg
(NEW Drop-ins 1st or 2nd week ONLY) Class Details »

Register here for classes!!