You Never Know Who You're Dancing Dancing With
We recently, or rather, I recently posted some discussions on the importance of our (USADance LA) dance hosts smiling and being affable.
I was at Camp Hollywood this past Friday. It's a big Swing/Lindy Hop conference. I saw Rusty Frank there, from Rusty's Rhythm Club and asked her to dance. It was a slow Swing tune, so I started doing my Parker Walk (Ballroom a la Fred Astaire). Just as we began dancing, she abruptly stopped and grabbed a little old lady and told me to dance with her.
I kind of wanted to dance with Rusty, but as I endeavor to always be friendly and affable, I danced with the little grey haired lady. She was amall, and a bit advanced in age. I could feel a little dificulty in some movements for her, but I was able to easily adjust to her abilities. The more I danced with her, the more I was able to get into it and make her look good. In all, she was a wonderful dancer and we had a great time.
Rusty whispered to me afterwards, "Do you know who she is?" I replied "No.". She said, "I'll tell you later." She never told me. So, below is our subsequent email exchange:
The number is called "One Girl and Two Boys" from the movie "Swing Fever" -- it's all over Youtube. Start bragging!!!!!!!!
Jean was married to one of the most famous ballroom dancers ever - Frank Veloz. (Of Veloz and Yolanda). She was his second wife. She was his dance partner after Frank... and she loves ballroom dancing. She had a blast dancing with you.
Oh, yeah! I know her! She's in one of my favorite dance numbers, I think it's called "Two Sailors and a Girl" or "Two Guys and a Girl" or something like that. But, I'd recognize that face anywhere!
Thank you for that link! I got to dance with a living legend! Whoo-hoo!
That was the legendary Jean Veloz.
Take a look at her here:
It was hard to give up that dance. But for her....
Central Avenue Dance Ensemble wrote:
Good seening you last night -- even if I didn't get to dance a whole dance with you. The lady you gave me to dance with was really fun. However, you never told me who she was. I'd like to know.