Dance Contest Details
DANCE COMPETITION WINNERS for 2012
1st PLACE Richard Kurtzer & Jamie Shannon
2nd PLACE Minou Ericson & Jeff Segal
Special Thanks to:
Our Judges: Andrew D'Angelo, Tony Fraser, Teddy Kern, Lenore Pemberton
DANCE CONTEST RULES
1. You must enter with a partner "strictly lindy" style.
2. This is a Tap out contest (once a judge taps you, you're out).
3. Contestants will have several rounds to dance to. The Final Round will include a "Jam Circle" , where each Finalist couple will get the floor to solo for one or two phrases of music.
4. "Anything Goes" during the Jam Circle round!
5. The End selection process will include Audience feedback.
We have four distinguished Judges on our panel for this Contest. They will be judging the dance couples based on the following 4 criteria:
A. Musicality and Creativity
B. Skill and Technique
C. Engaging The Audience
D. Knowledge of The Lindy Hop
Andrew D'Angelo began swing dancing in 1991 inspired by the rhythm in his "genes" passed on to him by his grandfather, a big band leader and drummer for over 50 years, fronting "Tommy Dange and His Club Royal Dance Orchestra." A national competitor, instructor and judge for over 15 years, Andrew considers his greatest achievements his 2 undisputed first place titles at The North Atlantic Swing Dance Championships in the Champions Lindy Division with his longtime partner, swing legend, Ms. Dawn Hampton. Dawn and Andrew were also the subject of a documentary on swing dance for the Film School at Columbia University. Andrew began teaching in 1994, and has been a proud member of the faculty at Dance Manhattan since 1999. He specializes in Smooth Swing and "classic" New York style West Coast Swing. He has been a guest artist and performer for many organizations and venues, including, Lincoln Center, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, Swing Dance America and the 52nd Street Project. In addition to his dance credits, Andrew is also a popular swing deejay and M.C. in his native NYC and around the country. He is a respected jazz collector.
Tony Fraser, resident specialist in Collegiate Shag, Aerials and Partner Charleston, has been dancing and teaching performance swing dancing since the late 90's. He's regularly teaches workshops and classes all over North America and Europe.
Tony is a best of breed aerials technician. He has coached and taught multiple winning teams aerials technique, power development, strength training and air synchronization techniques. He loves to work with students at all levels, and his students would surely say his classes are about flying, getting better, and honing technique safely.
As a shagger, Tony travels the world teaching specialist weekends in advanced levels of shag. He is also both an active shag blogger and video blogger. His Dance Manhattan classes are watched around the globe.
As a lindy hopper, he seeks to advance the Southern California performance swing style made famous in the 40's and 50' by bringing authentic looks together with strong lead/follow technique, tricks and lifts, next generation styling, and powerful aerials.
Tony is a US Open and ALHC champion with more than two dozen television appearances.
Tony Fraser has been affiliated with Dance Manhattan since 2002.
Teddy Kern is a master teacher, dance stylist and choreographer, equally skilled in social and theatrical dance forms. She was on faculty of the Dance Division of Baruch College in New York City for 12 years, as well as Westside Dance Project, and is currently co-owner and Artistic Director of Dance Manhattan, a premier Social Ballroom, Swing, and Latin dance studio, where she teaches and choreographs. Born in Oklahoma, Teddy started dancing at age 4 and began teaching tap and jazz at age 14. She moved with her family to Kansas City in the 1950’s where she learned to Swing in the Blues clubs “on the wrong side of town” with her first dance partner. She began teaching Swing in Kansas City at Arthur Murray’s as a teenager, and developed her smooth style as a result of the blend of East and West Coast Swing influences in the Midwest. She began to choreograph musical theatre productions in high school and through her college years, as well as teach in various cities, ending up in San Francisco where she owned her first studio following graduate school. Teddy moved to New York in the 1970’s to pursue theatrical and opera choreography, and continued teaching Swing classes and workshops throughout the country. She co-founded the American Swing Dance Championships, the first national Swing event to bring east and west coast dancers together to teach, compete, and collaborate in one venue. She was a member of the New York Swing Dance Society Board of Directors prior to opening Dance Manhattan. Teddy is a Feather Award Winner for Most Popular Swing Dance Teacher on the East Coast......dance-manhattan.com
Lenore & Christopher (Dance Couple)
Christopher Lockhart and Lenore Pemberton Cilmi are the swing dance instructors at Jazz at Lincoln Center, they teach popular innovative, musicality and personal styling based classes. These rhythmically astute partners have won a variety of competitions at venues ranging among them, the more formal DanceSport (aired on HBO), to the more social at Swing 46, and even at the fondly remembered Louisiana Bar and Grill. They were featured in the documentary on Duke Ellington with Wynton Marsalis, who later invited them to teach the 1st ever dance courses for his brain child organization: JALC. Dubbed the "chic-est" of dance couples Christopher and Lenore have been featured in such publications as Vogue, Glamour Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine and the New York Times.
NOTE: This couple will count as ONE VOTE
GOOD LUCK COMPETITORS!
PRIZES are as follows:
SEASON PASS to
Midsummer Night Swing 2013 Season
Winning Couple will receive either one Season Pass to share or a Pair of Swing Passes
season pass for Midsummer Night Swing, New York City's hottest outdoor dance party presented by Lincoln Center. The season pass includes 15 dances to be used by one person or shared by two. Last year's acts included The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Meschiya Lake & Dem Little Big Horns, Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, and many more.
swing pass for Midsummer Night Swing, New York City's hottest outdoor dance party presented by Lincoln Center. The swing pass lets you choose multiple nights of swing dancing with great live bands and can be used by one person or shared by two. Last year's acts included The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Meschiya Lake & Dem Little Big Horns, Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, and many more.
Check MidsummerNightSwing.org or find Midsummer Night Swing on Facebook or Twitter this spring for information about this summer's lineup
The Allen Room "Bill Charlap, The Cool School"
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Friday/Saturday Jan 18/19, 2013 (choice of nite)
Featuring saxophonist Frank Wess, vocalist Mary Stallings, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Kenny Washington.
note: Mary Stallings is the singer of the Lindy Hop classic "Surrey with the Fringe on Top"
Based on the design of a Greek amphitheater, The Allen Room merges luxuriant splendor with functional accessibility. One glance at the dramatic 50' × 90' wall of glass confirms that The Allen Room possesses one of New York City's greatest backdrops—Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.
TICKETS to RING IN THE SWING (JUST ADDED) for top two couples!
Ring in the Swing: A New Year’s Eve Dance Party
Monday, December 31, 2012
8:30pm | The Allen Room
Gift Certificates to
Big Daddy Diner Upper West Side
2454 Broadway (90th / 91st Street)
Swing 46 Jazz Club on 46th Street (8th/9th ave)
All of our prizes for competition and our RAFFLE have a TOTAL VALUE OF $2,500 combined!