2004 ALHC DVD for
$149. Scheduled to ship in December.
The 2001 tape set is available for $105. Other years range in price from $50 to $99. All may be ordered
Sylvia Sykes & Jason Christodoulou, Bill Borgida & Julee Mertz
Jennifer Salvadori & Justin Zillman, David Graybill, Erik Robison & Sylvia
Paulette Brockington, Skye Humphries and others.
Thursday Night Band - The Paul Tillotson Love Trio
Paul Tillotson has played with
some of the top names in music over his twenty-eight years at the piano,
including Gene Harris, Vernel Fournier, Lynn Seaton, Luther Hughes, Red
Holloway, Ernie Watts, Chris Minh Doky, Matt Wilson, Anton Fig (David
Letterman Band), Chris Bodi (Sting), Lenny Picket (Saturday Night Live
Band), and Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live Band). Paul had a close
friendship with his mentor, the late great Gene Harris. The LA
Times stated in an article regarding Paul Tillotson playing with
Gene's band at a memorial concert, "...the spirit of Gene Harris is
alive." Paul has participated in the annual Gene Harris Jazz Festival in
Boise, Idaho, since its inception six years ago. The third year of the
festival, Gene Harris passed away and the festival committee honored
Paul by asking him to take Gene's place at the piano. The Trio also
and James Wormworth. Their many credits include Late Night With
Saturday night musical
guests - The Harlem Jazz and Blues BandThe
Harlem Blues and Jazz Band is the
world's most authentic swing
band. It stars veteran jazz and blues
musicians whose roots reach back to the class period of the 20's and
30's. Together since 1973, the originals actually "jumped" at the
Woodside and "stomped" at the Savoy with Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway,
Count Basie, "Fats" Waller, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Lionel
Hampton, and other jazz greats. These are the artists who created a new
genre of music for America. The Harlem Blues and Jazz Band are called a
"national treasure," and are enthusiastically embraced by audiences
around the world.
A custom Web site for AMERICAN
LINDY HOP CHAMPIONSHIP occurring
(20 October 2004 - 24 October 2004) has been created. Guests can access
the site to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a
reservation from 22 June 2004 to 07 November 2004. Access to the site is
organized by guest type and can be obtained by going
to the appropriate link below:
TRAVEL: Traveling to Stamford
by air by flying into JFK, LaGuardia or Westchester County Airport, the closest. Private
shuttle service can be arranged from these airports or by contacting your travel agent.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: (hotel parking is free) From the Connecticut Turnpike (I-95) traveling north: Take exit 8
and turn left onto Atlantic St. Follow Atlantic St. which becomes a one way street called
Bedford St. Enter the hotel on the left from Bedford. (approx. 1.5 miles) From the Connecticut Turnpike (I-95) traveling south: Take exit 7
onto North State Street. Continue on North State St. At the second traffic light turn,
right onto Atlantic St. Follow Atlantic St. It becomes a one way street called Bedford.
Enter the hotel on the left from Bedford. (approx. 1.5 mile) From the Merritt Parkway (Route 15) traveling north: Take exit 34
and turn right onto Long Ridge Road. Follow Long Ridge Rd. It becomes Summer St. Enter the
hotel from the left on Summer St. From Merritt Parkway (Route 15) traveling south: Take exit 35 and
turn right onto HighRidge Rd. Follow HighRidge Rd (Summer St.). Enter the hotel on the
left from Summer St.
TRAIN : If you prefer to travel by train from New York City contact Metro North
Commuter Railroad for ticket information at (800) METRO-INFO while in New York, or call
(212) 532-4900 outside of New York. Trains run throughout the day, evening and night. For
those interested in an extended stay with a side trip to Manhattan, train schedules will
be available at the hotels registration desk.
RESTAURANTS: are only a walk away.
Since many have asked here is info on contests at The American Lindy Hop
Entry deadline is Oct. 8 for all contest divisions except the Jack and
Jill. J&J may only be registered
for the day of the contest. Helps prevent confusion and gives
everyone a fair shot at entering.
BTW ALHC gives out $20,000 in cash
Contests need 5 couples to run and pay out cash. If less than 5 couples
entered those couples will be asked if they want to dance for placement
Click here for a link to
contest division details.
American Showcase Division Regional Competitions!
Couples entering one of
ALHCs qualifying rounds will dance to music selected by the preliminary
divisions host. In the semi-final and final rounds music will be chosen by ALHC.
While an unlimited number of couples may enter the regional contests only a maximum of
three couples may move onto the semi-final round on Oct. 26 in Stamford, CT. The
semi-finals will be danced in heats with three couples in each. There will be two
rounds one slow, one fast. Each dances for 1 1/2 minutes. In the finals, each
couple that moves on dances individually and may use choreography in the fast round..
Just as at ballrooms like
the Savoy, in the spirit of competition, anything goes. All forms of lifts, drops and air
steps are allowed, but please be aware that technique, timing, teamwork, footwork and
lead/follow skills are a priority. Dancers from the Swing Era are the benchmark by which
these criteria are judged. Think of those dancers and present day competitors as members
of the band who are jammin.
East 1st Adam Vallus & Janene Nelson
2nd Jake Fisher &
Chrissy Bridgeman (Kansas City, KS)
3rd Marty Klempner & Valerie Salstrom (Detroit/Cleveland)
regional will qualify up to three couples doing lead/follow to music selected by ALHC. To
participate in one of the regional rounds contact the region's host.
Comments from 2003 ALHC
I had a
wonderful time at your event, and am looking forward to it next year. - JN
Tillotson filled that bill this year. - AH
Thanks for a wonderful
weekend at ALHC. - PO
I had an amazing time this
weekend. Thanks so much for all the work that you do to put this thing on.
The dancers were
amazing and the whole event was a lot of fun. Take care and
congratulations on another great ALHC! - GM
Hey, this was one of
the best ALHCs that I have been to. The Harlem Blues and Jazz band
was phenomenal. All the events were awesome as well. I definitely be
coming again next year … I already put the date in my calendar. - DA
Great event! Some of the best comp music I have ever
heard at an event! Jesse and Rayned are by far the very best djs
for competitions! And the bands and general DJed music was just
awesome. This year had the friendliest vibe of all of them.
Everyone helped each other their routines, new moves and aerials.
The relaxed atmosphere really brought out some of the very best
dancing I have ever seen. - VS