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Posted: 25 May 2009 09:50 PM   [ Ignore ]
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This weekend was Frankie Manning’s 95th birthday celebration. Seeing Chazz and Judy and saying “I am so sorry for your loss” doesn’t really convey how deeply I feel that nor how close I felt to him.

I met Frankie in late 1992. Over the following 9 months he gave me private lessons and taught me to carry Lindy in my heart, mostly because of him. Later when I came back to Detroit he was gracious enough to come here in 1996 to help me start people doing Lindy in the Great Lakes. And came back twice a year for more than 5 years.

He told me on more than one occasion that he would die if he ever stopped dancing. I think the last few months of his life when he was dealing withthe hip replacement and subsequent pace maker took the wind out of his sails and off the dance floor. He was a man who stayed in my home, who I cooked for even though I barely cook for myself these days and who sent me postcards from around the world. I will always think of Frankie Manning as my dance father.

In honor of the late great Frankie Manning The 12th American Lindy Hop Championships weekend pass sale starts May 26 - on his birthday and continues for 12 days. Register by June 6 to save money on your weekend pass. On may 26 go to http://artspectrum.org/alhcregistration.htm to make your purchase.

Paulette
ALHC October 22-25, 2009

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Posted: 18 July 2009 10:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Hello all,

The 12th American Lindy Hop Championships is only 3 months away! October 22 -25, 2009 in Stamford, Connecticut USA.

If you have not already made your hotel reservation online with the Sheraton you’ll need to now call the hotel. It is under new management as a Plaza Hotel. Call 203-359-1300 to make your reservation. Rooms are $99+tax.

David Graybill has put up a Facebook page with info on the Teachers’ Master Workshop series taking place this year. Email David at if you have questions about the Workshop or to get him to invite you to participate.

Passes range from $99 to $125. Prices go up August 1. So get your pass now.

See you there!

Paulette
Workshop Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=115847033637&ref=ts
ALHC registration http://artspectrum.org/alhcregistration.htm
ALHC - October 22-25, 2009
Plaza Hotel
2701 Summer St.
Stamford, Conncticut USA

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Posted: 09 August 2009 06:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Air fare is cheap at the moment should you should take advantage of it and buy you ALHC plane ticket now.

We are offering a Teachers’ Master Workshop, Blues, Lindy Hop, Balboa and a great line-up of teachers in

Dan Amores, Evita Arce, Matt Bedell, Nathan Bugh, Carol Fraser,
Tony Fraser, Dider Jean Francois, Nathalie Gomes, David Graybill,
Kate Hedin, Yuval Hod, Laura Jeffers, Laura Keat, Genevieve Kerouac,
Maryse LeBeau, David Rehm, Benjamin Ricard, Zack Richard, Manu Smith,
Bobby White, Chester Whitmore, Charlie Wyler

Look for the class schedule to come out in a week or so.

Our special guest this year will be Mr. Skip Cunningham. He will do some judging and teach a tap class for virgin tappers who already Lindy Hop. He promises to have ready for any tap situation.

Skip is a veteran of stage and screen. His career as a tap dancer and singer spans a wide range of American entertainment along side the likes of Tony Bennett, Bill Cosby,, Ray Charles, Donald O’Connor, Nat King Cole, Regis Philbin, Steve Harvey, The Four Tops and the Temptations to name a few.

We’ve talked about a Lindy Tap Division. Are you up for it?

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Posted: 18 August 2009 01:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Join teachers and judges for some unbelieveable classes and dancing. This year we are offering a Blues dancing class for solo dancers and a Snake Hips class.

This year Skip Cunningham joins us. Skip is a veteran of stage, screen and television. He will teach a tap class for lindyhoppers.

A Facebook page for hte event has been added. Check it out at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=100139723238

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Posted: 31 August 2009 04:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Become a fan of ALHC!
ALHC Fan Page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Lindy-Hop-Championships/147619144049

The last two years of ALHC have been streamed for the web. Check out the
ALHC webcast channel on Sling.com http://www.sling.com/show/34244/American-Lindy-Hop-Championships

Register for ALHC before prices go up on Oct. 1. Go to http://artspectrum.org/alhcregistration.htm

Reserve your room at the Plaza by calling 203-359-1300.

Look at our new web page at http://artspectrum.org/artspectrum_005.htm or use the http://artspectrum.org/alhc.htm. You should be redirected to the new page.

And we’re doing Thriller on Saturday night.

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Posted: 12 September 2009 07:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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The ALHC class schedule is below.

In case you haven’t heard ALHC will be part of the Thrill the World attempt to get into the Guinness Book of World Records by performing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” at 8:30pm on Saturday night as part of the world’s Largest Simultaneous Dance Event. You may not know Thrill but a couple of classes are in the ALHC line-up. There is not charge to dance for the record but you do need to fill out a registration form to help us keep the count. Forms will be available at the event. Feel free to dress up for it.

Thursday, October 22
Teachers Workshop beginning at 2:30pm

Friday, October 23
Teachers’ Workshop classes 11 – 3:30
12:15 – 1:30 Paulette – Learn Thriller choreography
1:45 - 3:30 Chester - Solo Blues Dancing
Evita/Nathan - Syncopated Swingouts
3:45 – 5:15 David/Laura – Intro to Bal-Swing
Yuval – Smooth Lindy
Joel – Big Apple
5:30 – 6:45 Chester – Couples’ Shim Sham
Tony – Taking to the Air
(partner required and if you’re afraid to fly try a different class)
Charlie – Smooth Lindy Whips and Twists

Saturday, October 24
10 – 11:15 Joel/Valerie – 1920s Blues
Evita/Nathan – Rare Charleston Moves (partner required)
Bobby/Kate – Flash and Crash
11:20 – 12:35 Chester – Snake Hips
Laura/Matt – Lindy Toolbox
David/Laura – Good Looking Lollies & Turns
5:45 – 7 Bobby/Kate – Weapons of Misconception
Paulette – Learn Thriller choreography
Skip – B.S. Chorus
8:30 Global Simultaneous Thriller Dance

Sunday, October 25
10:11:15 David/Laura - Fantastic Balboa Footwork
Chester – Chester’s Choice
Skip – Tappin’ Too
11:20 Bobby/Kate – Bal Comp and Show
Joel/Valerie – Lindy Something
Zack/Maryse - Musicality

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Posted: 20 September 2009 08:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Flying west to east is cheap right now. Take advantage of it and come to ALHC!

DJs for the weekend include
Dhruv Bhargava, CT
Paulette Brockington, MI
Bill Gore, CT
Paolo Lanna, NY
Manu Smith, CA
Tomo Tanaka, NY
Jenn Salvadori, coordinator.

Also looking for volunteers. Contest entry accepted with no penalty until Oct. 1.

See you there.

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Posted: 04 October 2009 08:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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ALHC has 26 classes, 9 parties just waiting for you to take advantage of.

Weekend passes went up on October 1. Pass is all classes/all parties for $150, Pass B is all parties with Saturday and Sunday classes, Pass C is all parties. Pass D is Saturday evening and Sunday parties with Sunday classes.

I am also happy to say that the Collegiate Team Division is off and running. Congrats to those brave teams!

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