Friday, April 18, 2014

HARLEM Master Class Series - The Jitterbug Jive is Alive! Harvest Moon Ball Legends Dance Workshop during Frankie 100







The Harlem Swing Dance Society presents


Harlem's Heritage 
Master Dance Workshop Series

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A TASTE 

of the

HARLEM JITTERBUG JIVE




CRYSTAL JOHNSON

Harvest Moon Ball 
Champion  

1972


AND




TINY THOMAS

Harvest Moon Ball
 Champion

1971 and 1976







Do you REALLY know what it took to win

The Harvest Moon Ball 

of the 60's and 70's?

They'll let you know....  



A Two Part Series!



Part 1 

A Taste of Harlem's Award Winning Jitterbug Jive!


Get the Real Deal close up from those who were part of Harlem's  trailblazing winning Harvest Moon Ball (HMB) years - with the Jitterbug Jive! Learn Lindy Hop patterns that were inspired by Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, Tops Lee and the rest of Whiteys Lindy Hopper's. This was the inspiration that motivated future Harvest Moon Ball participants of Harlem while Frankie Manning was in retirement.   

Savoy Manor Survivors Crystal Johnson (HMB winner 1972) and Clementine "Tiny" Thomas  (HMB Winner 1971) were there with some of the Savoy Ballroom HMB Contestants and Champs of the 50's. Let them tell you who taught and trained them, see rare HMB artifacts, and who came back to Harlem to inspire them firsthand.  Another rare experience for your Frankie 100 weekend!


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Part 2  

Tasting Harlem's Jitterbug Jive: Steps, Beats and Rhythm


Step to the Baaaad Side: Footwork was an essential part of the legendary Harvest Moon Ball Lindy Hop contest... and when Crystal Johnson (HMB winner 1972) and Clementine "Tiny" Thomas  (HMB Winner 1971) were contestants from the 1960's this did not change.  With their award winning Jitterbug Jive skills they will share some of the classic steps that have been carried down from generation to generation. 

You will get a taste on how to be improvisational when applying this material for competitions.  See first hand how the training was no joke in conditioning and training the body positions.  Included with this rare treat are a special view of their archival materials, learning who exactly Mama Lou Parks was and hearing how Harlemites joined forces  back in the day at the Savoy Manor to make the extensive run of Harvest Moon Ball Championships possible!



Swing Dancers



Your Instructors



Crystal Johnson is a 2nd generation Harvest Moon Ball Winner: Her dad was Preston "Tops" Lee who won some 30 years prior to her with his partner Wilda Crawford.  Her treasured archival materials belong in the Schomburg Research Center in Harlem.  She can relate many unique and exciting experiences as a Harvest Moon Ball contestant, winner and Champion... and as a Mama Lou Parks dancer (being a Parkette).

She continues to teach and inspire others to treasure the history Harlemites within the Savoy Ballroom and the Savoy Manor honed and perfected for future generations.  One of her goals is to see the Harvest Moon Ball competition authentically return to Harlem.
       


 Clementine "Tiny" Thomas is a living Legend: She is the only person to win for the Jitterbug Jive (Lindy Hop) twice for the Harvest Moon Ball: 1971 and 1976.  Her treasured archive materials belong in the Schomburg Research Center in Harlem for future generations to see.  Her zeal and enthusiasm from her dance experiences with Harlem Lindy Hop legends from the Savoy Ballroom are enough for a book! 

Since that time she followed the Savoy Ballroom of the 50's tradition of giving back and teaching other participants and youth (including her son, who won under Mama Lou Parks' Harvest Moon Ball) the skills that brought her many awards.  She longs to see Harlem recapture and treasure their Harvest Moon Ball traditions.


Swing Dancers

LOCATIONS


Friday May 23rd

Part 1 - A Taste of Harlem's Jitterbug Jive


Location: RAWSPACE

7:30pm - 8:30pm

$15 pp
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Saturday May 24th


Part 2 - 
Tasting Harlem's Jitterbug Jive: Steps, Beats and Rhythm

Location: Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center (JPK)

10am - 11:30am


$20pp



Swing Dancers


RAWSPACE
(May 23rd)


2031 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10027


2031 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. (7th Ave)

(bet. 121st and 122nd Streets)

HARLEM: New York, NY 10027





Joseph P. Kennedy 
Community Center (JPK)
(May 24th)




34 West 134 Street  
(bet. Lenox and 5th Aves)
Green Room - Basement
HARLEM: NY, NY 10037




Payment  Method 
Stay tuned for easy links here, before May 1st.   Till that time you can reserve your spot and use Paypal with the email theharlemswingdancesociety@yahoo.com



LIMITED SPACE - Reserve ASAP



For more information on 
regular Harlem classes and events:

 Contact
The Harlem Swing Dance Society (THSDS)

 347 - 709 - 7022

theharlemswingdancesociety@gmail.com





The Harlem Swing Dance Society 
presents

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A RARE and Special Treat




AFRICAN DANCE: 
AFRO  SWING

 

From Mozambique:
Our Dance Roots!



A Unique Blend of true
 African and American Dance Styles!


Special Dance Workshop

SATURDAY May 24th

10am - 11:30am

$10pp  
All ages welcome




Come and Meet and Greet 
with your Dance Cousins!


Location



Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy
 Community Center 
(JPK)

Auditorium
34 West 134 Street  
(between Lenox and 5th Aves)
HARLEM: NY, NY 10037


Payment  Method
 

Stay tuned for easy links here, before May 1st.  
 Till that time you can reserve your spot
 by using Paypal with THSDS email to pay online 
theharlemswingdancesociety@yahoo.com



For more information on 
regular Harlem classes and events:

 Contact
The Harlem Swing Dance Society (THSDS)

 347 - 709 - 7022

theharlemswingdancesociety@gmail.com



Thursday, April 17, 2014

Frankie 100 Harlem: Master Classes! With Harlem Lindy Hop Legends in HARLEM - May 23rd and 24th



SAVE the DATES!!!!

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Harlem's Heritage Series


HARLEM's 

Harvest Moon Ball Legends

and 

Savoy Ballroom Survivors 

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Master Classes




Sonny Allen

Sugar Sullivan

Barbara Billups

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May 23rd and 24th

in HARLEM!



Swing Dancers


On Friday  May  23rd 






The Leaders Workshop: 

50's Savoy Ballroom Style 
with Harvest Moon Ball Champion

Sonny Allen

6pm - 7:30pm

From the last of the Best of the Savoy Ballroom:  Sonny Allen will have you learn the dynamic’s of leading and following, and the understanding of clues. Master the development of proper balance and resistance as you explore the deeper relationship that a Leader has to their own movement and that of their partner.

Sonny will help you improve your partnering skills with an awareness of spacing and positioning between your partner. This Harlem Lindy Hop Legend will also enlighten you about the fabulous Savoy Ballroom firsthand, and how he won the exciting Harvest Moon Ball competition (in less than a year!) and carried on the winning tradition. A rare and exciting treat for your Frankie 100 weekend! 


Leaders  -  $25   Followers  -  $10



Swing Dancers

Saturday May 24th





The Followers Workshop 

50's Savoy Ballroom Style 
with Harvest Moon Ball Champions

Barbara Billups 
and Sugar Sullivan

12pm  -1:30pm


From the last of the Best of the Savoy Ballroom: Harvest Moon Ball Champions Sugar Sullivan and Barbara Billups enlighten to you to forms and techniques from the Savoy era to improve your skills. Learn dance etiquette, styling and more!  Leaders are welcome to understand how the follower can be guided to stay in position for the best partnering.  

These two Harlem Lindy Hop legends will also enlighten you about the fabulous Savoy Ballroom firsthand, and the exciting Harvest Moon Ball competition: It was a far cry from contests of today.  A rare and exciting treat for your Frankie 100 weekend! 


Followers - $25    Leaders- $10



Swing Dancers





SAVOY STYLE: 
50's Swing Dance Workshop

12pm  -1:30pm


The Music changed in the 1950's but style and class did not! 

Listen and learn from the last of the Best of the Savoy Ballroom: Sonny Allen will have you learn the Harlem technique that was popular and a smooth style for any age. 


A lively and fun dance,the 50's Savoy Swing style is characterized by swing music with basic rhythms yet more from the music of the era.  Within this workshop Sonny will cover the basics and  various Lindy Moves to assist you to get in beat and rhythm.  Also included are viewing rare artifacts - and a rare uniquopportunity for your Frankie 100 weekend on the dance floor!
  


$25 per person




Swing Dancers


HARLEM  LOCATIONS


Friday  May 23rd


2031 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10027


RAWSPACE

2031 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. (7th Ave)

between 121st and 122nd Streets

New YorkNew York 10027



Saturday May 24th





Followers Workshop Location

Hansboro Recreation Center 

Dance Room - 2nd floor (elevator)
35 West 134th Street (bet Lenox and 5th Aves)
HARLEM: NY, NY 10037


50's Savoy Style Workshop Location

Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center (JPK)

Green Room - Basement
34 West 134 Street  (bet Lenox and 5th Aves)
HARLEM: NY, NY 10037


Payment  Method 

Stay tuned for easy links here, before May 1st.   Till that time you can reserve your spot and use Paypal with the email theharlemswingdancesociety@yahoo.com.



LIMITED SPACE - Reserve ASAP




For more information on 
regular Harlem classes and events:

 Contact
The Harlem Swing Dance Society (THSDS)

 347 - 709 - 7022

theharlemswingdancesociety@gmail.com