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  1. Tuesday Travel Day

    August 16, 2011 by Jo

    Note: sarcasm ahead.

    Just so you all know, being a lindy hopper is super glamorous and is the easiest job in the world ever!

    We travel the world, play dress up, listen to great music, hang out with our friends, and get to give back to the community. We rub elbows with the other micro-celebrities, exchange hot new video clips from the 1930s, and spend time being fabulous. Oh the glamour!

    On the other hand, we spend a lot of our life in or on our way to airports, or flying from city to city (or doing any version of transportation to get the job done), live out of a suitcase, dance to the same music that we’ve been listening to for years (darn you Barbara Morrison & Diana Krall and your music that is soooooo often played!), and have a limited sense of personal privacy.

    Ok, sarcasm and reality aside, I LOVE being a lindy hop instructor and wouldn’t trade my job for another. I am exceptionally grateful that my teenage hobby has provided me with a living and that there are so many lindy hop scenes around the world that are thriving. In all honestly, I have a great life and I know it. That being said, it’s nice to gripe every now and again, so here’s a little glimpse into what it means to being an international lindy hop instructor:

    My travel schedule in May/June:

    Tuesday, May 24 – Pittsburgh to Seattle (Camp Jitterbug)
    Tuesday, May 31 – Seattle – Frankfurt – Thessoloniki (Swing n’ Swim)
    Tuesday, June 7 – Thessoloniki – Rome – Kuala Lumpur – Melbourne (Melbourne Swing Festival)
    Monday, June 13 – Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur – Rome – Barcelona (ESDC)
    Tuesday, June 21 – Barcelona – JFK – Pittsburgh (Home)

    Glamorous right?! Not really.

    Fun? Yes.

    Exhausting? Absolutely.

    So that was the overview of my month. Let’s take a quick look at one of my biggest travel days in 2011, shall we?

    TUESDAY
    4:45 wake up
    5:10 leave apartment in Thessoloniki, Greece
    5:30 arrive at airport
    6:55 flight to Rome, Italy
    - 2 hour flight, 1 hour time change -
    7:55 arrive in Rome
    - 6 hour layover -
    13:50 flight to Kuala Lumpur
    - 12 hours later -

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 arrive in Kuala Lumpur
    - 4 hour layover -
    flight to Melbourne, Australia
    22:05 arrive in Melbourne
    + 1.5 hours through Customs and to get bags
    + 45 minute drive to host’s house

    Just another travel day!

     


  2. Winner – “Black Coffee” by The Careless Lovers

    June 12, 2011 by Jo

    This was the First Place entry to SVJD’s third annual Swing/Jazz Dance Music Video Contest.

    Description: On his way to work one morning, a man senses the allure and potential of his day as he sets out to get a cup of coffee.

    Music: “Black Coffee” by The Careless Lovers

    Love it!! Well done, all of you.


  3. Miss Exotic World – Miss Indigo Blue

    June 11, 2011 by Jo

    Congratulations hot stuff!!!

    -Story used with kind permission of Miss Indigo Blue. From Burlesque Seattle Press.

    Seattle-based international burlesque sensation Miss Indigo Blue, “The Twirly Girl,” has been crowned the Reigning Queen of Burlesque at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Reunion and Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada. The newly named Queen, officially “Miss Exotic World 2011″ took home a tiara and a 3-foot tall trophy for her win, and a second trophy for the “Most Classic” award.

    “It is a tremendous honor to serve the Burlesque Community as the Reigning Queen of Burlesque. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to raise funds for the Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum and to share the history of Burlesque with the world,” said the new Burlesque royalty.

    The Annual Burlesque Hall of Fame (BHoF) Reunion, now in its 54th year, gathers dozens of burlesque legends to reminisce with other icons of the art, and share their experience with younger performers. The BHoF Pageant is the preeminent burlesque event of the year in the United States. Approximately 1600 burlesque performers, fans, and aficionados from around the world attend the weekend event, spending four days performing, networking, partying and promoting burlesque at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas.

    Miss Indigo Blue is best known as the Headmistress of the Seattle-based Academy of Burlesque, and as the star of the independent film “A Wink And A Smile” by local female filmmaker Dierdre Timmons. She is the Executive Director of BurlyCon burlesque convention, held annually in Seattle. Miss Indigo Blue is also a member of the Atomic Bombshells troupe, and performs regularly at the Triple Door in Lily Verlaine Productions such as “Through The Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice In Wonderland” and “Land Of The Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker”.

    The stunning Lily Verlaine, known as “A Living, Breathing Work of Art”, also took home honors as Second Runner-Up in the Miss Exotic World competition. Both local beauties wore custom couture gowns created by local designer Danial Webster.

    This is the second national title brought home to Seattle this year by local Burlesque performers. Inga Ingénue, “The Little Blonde Bomb,” recently won the Miss Viva Las Vegas title and also performed at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in a Danial Webster creation.

    Burlesque has seen a major resurgence over the past 15 years, with artists like Dita Von Teese regularly making headlines, and a new major motion film “Burlesque” starring Christina Aguilera and Cher drawing crowds nationwide. The underground Burlesque scene has produced its own stars such as Miss Exotic World 2004 Dirty Martini and Miss Exotic World 2006 Julie Atlas Muz, both of whom star in the current independent film “Tournee” which won a Palme d’Or at Cannes.

    Burlesque is a uniquely American art and entertainment form characterized by short strip-tease dances performed in lavish tear-away costumes, often with a clever gimmick or humorous twist. The revival of Burlesque is, for the primarily female performers and audiences, an opportunity to revel in the glory and power of sexuality in an empowered and fun way.

    Miss Indigo won her crown at the largest attended Burlesque Hall of Fame Pageant and Reunion ever, held in Las Vegas, Nevada June 2-5. Her win was the culmination of an intense competition that started with over 300 entries from around the world. The final field of 15 contestants was judged by panel of celebrity and expert judges who deemed Miss Indigo Blue triumphant due to herExper-Tease.

    Miss Indigo Blue is currently planning her year-long agenda of duties, as well as continuing to run the Academy of Burlesque and plan the annual BurlyCon Burlesque convention in Seattle this fall. “I hope to travel widely this year to perform, teach, and meet with community members about building a larger home for our museum collection of Burlesque memorabilia…and thank goodness this isn’t the Miss America Pageant, because I’m definitely posing naked this year!”

    The Burlesque Hall of Fame is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire, educate and entertain the public, fostering an appreciation for and understanding of the unique history and heritage of vintage American Burlesque. In 2006, the Burlesque Hall of Fame relocated from Helendale, California to Las Vegas, Nevada in hopes of establishing a permanent, first-rate tourist attraction and research/exhibition space for our one-of-a-kind collection. More information is available at: www.burlesquehall.com.

    Miss Indigo Blue is the Headmistress of the Academy of Burlesque, Executive Director of BurlyCon Burlesque Convention, and co-Director of Education at the Burlesque Hall of Fame. Miss Indigo Blue is the star of the film “A Wink And A Smile”, available on Netflix and iTunes. Miss Indigo Blue is a Burlesque performer and teacher based in Seattle, Wash. Visit her atwww.missindigoblue.com.

     


  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. The 2011 Swing/Jazz Dance Music Video Contest

    March 10, 2011 by Jo

    Seattle Vintage Jazz Dance is proud to present… the 3rd Annual Swing/Jazz Dance Music Video Contest! The first contest was a resounding success, and the second year was just as amazing! We hope that this year’s contest will be even better!

    Have you ever watched one of those old-time soundies and thought that you’d like to be in one yourself? Too shy to dance in front of a live audience but still want to show off your stuff?

    You now have a chance to let your imagination go wild and and create what might become the best swing (or jazz) dance music video of 2011! This year’s contest includes permission to use music by Casey MacGill’s Blue 4 Trio, Crytzer’s Blue Rhythm Band, and the Solomon Douglas Swingtet!*

    The first place prize is a $700 cash prize and 40 free admission passes to the HepCat Productions weekly swing dance. Second prize is a $150 cash prize.

    If you wish to submit an entry to the contest, please read through this web site, especially the FAQ section. The contest deadline is June 02, 2011. You may enter, or participate in, as many videos as you’d like. See contest rules for details.

    Entries are to be submitted no later than 11:30PM PDT on Thursday, June 02, 2011.

    Please note: you do not have to be from Seattle in order to enter!

    FAQs

    Contest Details

    Music

    Also, check out the previous two years’ video contest entries to see all the cool and crazy things that people did!


  8. Cherry Bombs

    May 25, 2010 by Jo

    Dear ladies,

    You did a wonderful job at rehearsal tonight. Thank you so much for taking the time and putting in the effort to learn Honolulu. And Nikki, thank you so-very-much for learning this routine via video (that was poorly recorded off of my mac), emailing back and forth with me, and doing all the additional work on the side. You did an outstanding job with all my emails and video clips, and you’ve done an outstanding job with the girls. Thank you for working so diligently to turn my “hawaiian dream” into a reality. I hope you are proud of your girls and what you’ve accomplished.

    Girls, I am so excited for you! Regardless if this is your first performance or your 100th, performing in the Benaroya Hall is an incredible opportunity, one that you’ll always remember. Be proud of yourself!

    View Photos

    Click on a photo below to enlarge.

    Benaroya Hall

    S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

    Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall

    Here is the song we are using: Honolulu routine Camp Jitterbug Cut Please download this and LISTEN TO THE BEGINNING over and over again. It might be hard to count, but it’s easy to hear (once you know what to look for).

    Here is a reminder of what you’re doing:

    Good luck girls!!

    xo

    Jo

    LAST NOTES:

    - Make a check list of what costume pieces you need. LITERALLY write down the costume pieces you need and check them off after you put them in a bag. Do the same for each routine you have.
    - Double check that you have all the pieces. Don’t forget your shoes, stockings, bows, hair pieces, and appropriate underwear (super important).
    - Space backstage will most likely be small and hard to come by. Bring a brightly colored bag or something to keep your belongings in. Get into the habit of putting your things back into your bag in between numbers so you don’t lose your stuff.
    - Black anything (i.e. bras, underwear, tights, bags, etc.) will disappear into the abyss of backstage. Just an FYI.
    - Bring a hand mirror. You don’t want to fight for mirror space any more than necessary.
    - Eat before you get there. Have a snack bar on you as well. Don’t forget water or a water bottle.
    - Set your hair the night before or the morning of.
    - Have your base makeup on.
    - Ask yourself “What else do I need so I can be self-sufficient? What else do I need to be awesome?” and then figure out the answer. :-D
    - Remember, you’re part of a group and you need to do you part. Be watchful of your partners and remember to smile.
    - When you’re performing, don’t fuck up. Haha, in spite of my warning, just keep dancing regardless of what happens. No one will know you missed something unless your face tells the audience otherwise. Smile and be confident in your movement!
    - Listen to the music if you get lost. You can find your spot again….don’t give up!
    - Don’t worry if you have a crappy run-through right before the performance. If you hit it perfectly before the show, you’ve probably already used up your good one. Save your best for last.
    - Remember to have fun while you’re performing The audience wants you to succeed and they want to cheer for you. Everyone is there to support you. Enjoy your moment on stage and don’t stress too much.

    And a final shout out again to Nikki. None of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for you. Thank you for putting so much time in effort into getting this done. xoxo

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  9. The 2nd Annual Seattle Vintage Fashion Runway Show and Lecture

    December 1, 2009 by Jo

    Friday evening December 4th, 2009. Featuring a beautiful and authentic collection of Men’s and Women’s Jazz Age Vintage Fashion of the 1920’s 30’s and 40’s on the Runway! Brought to you by your fashion hostess Lorraine O’Neal.

    The Roaring 20’s, the somber 1930’s, the wartime 1940’s, times defined by dramatic change in American and European history. Times of revolution in every sphere of human activity, Politics and Cultural norms and values, from the new found freedom of the Women’s Liberation movement to changes in technology, mass media, music and dance.  Changes in fashion during this time were no exception, but a sign of the times. Come celebrate a runway view of vintage fashion, and live history through these fashions.

    TICKETS Purchase tickets here at Brown Paper Tickets Event Vintage Fashion Show Event #79883

    https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/79883

    $12  Presale tickets, until Nov 13. After Nov 13th, tickets are $14. Seating is severely limited.

    WHEN A luscious Friday, Evening Dec 4, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

    WHERE The DAR Rainier Chapter House in Capital Hill, Seattle

    800 East Roy St., Seattle WA      map

    MORE INFO If you would like more information about this event please contact Lorraine O’Neal at e-mail address :  sweetlindylorraine@yahoo.com

    FACEBOOK:  Join this Event on Facebook and get the latest info.

    And here is a fun write-up in the Seattle Metropolitan.


  10. Camp Jitterbug 2009

    June 1, 2009 by Jo

    What an AWESOME time I had this year!!!! But what a surprise, since I have a great time every year I’ve gone.

    Something that was different for me this year than previous years was that I wasn’t a main instructor, meaning I had very few responsibilities. I can’t begin to tell you how awesome that is!! It was great to be apart of the CJ team, but it was a real treat to get to feel like a camper as well. Moving along……Kevin and I taught two classes: “The Follow Goes Round and Round” (we got to do a bunch of technique in the class, and I did the entire class wearing a corset) and an aerial class where we taught the backpack and the crunch toss. The students in the aerial class were some of the best we’ve worked with. What great enthusiasm they had and how well they all went over. :-D

    I must note that the facilities were ridiculously gorgeous. The Century Ballroom is even nicer than I remember it to be; I presume there have been renovations. Kevin and I decided we must own that building (what a surprise…we do that everywhere we go) and picked out where our bedrooms would be and where dance classes would take place. Amazing!!! We’d also take Privya (or whatever the name is) and that entire building. Man, that was a sweet place as well.

    Ok, so here is some background which will help piece the rest of this weekend together. The intermingled part of the Killer Dillers (Kevin & Sharon, Juan & me) stayed at my parents place which was totally pimped out. My parents (horn tooting-time) pimped us out royally. We had a car and a Vespa to drive, each couple had their own bedroom, the shower is WAY nicer than the one we have at Hoodstock, there was food in the refrigerator, my mum cooked and my dad made me and Sharon Manhattans. They fucking rock, there is just no two-ways about it. Some other highlights: we ate at Umi Sake House, we had Mighty-O donuts, Juan and Sharon made it to the Charleston Finals and took 3rd in the Lindy Hop competition, and Kevin and I took first in the lindy hop competition.

    Here’s the video of the Lindy Competition:

    The highlight of the weekend was the surprise Single Ladies performance by Bethany Powell, Stacia Martin, Karen Turman. I saw them rehearsing in the bathroom before they went out and it was honestly a bit too much for me to handle….they were far too fierce for the space they were in….thank god they performed on a large floor!! Here’s there performance. Watch and think amazed thoughts:

    Yeah. Seriously. Wow!

    Ooooh, and I almost forgot, the Jump Session Show!! I threw canes to Nathan for his Fascinating Rhythm routine with Kevin and Juan (and unfortunately threw some wild one’s…..cringe), dressed up like a hick for Andrew and Karen’s Howdown routine, and performed “Puttin’ on the Ritz” with Sharon.

    All in all, I had an awesome freaking weekend. I saw my parents and caught up with my West Coast friends, had some brilliant social dances, ate good food, performed in a great show, and won the lindy hop couples contest. Sweet.