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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Quality Circles, A quote

There is a wonderful segment of "The Idiots Guide To Simple Living" that describes the quality circle theory, and this quote ( not from the book) really does support that.

Weird things at the Ripleys Museum

During last year's Manhattan Dancesport Championships, I made a visit to the Ripleys Museum with Lauren Garrett. Here are some of the unusual things we got to see:

Marylin Minroe's stocking 

Tiny Tim's shoes
A screen door painting by Johnny Eck.


#FredAstaire #AdeleAstaire footage from Smiles shows them together on film , wish I could see it 


Amazing dress on Gloria Swanson

The Beverly Hills Hotel

This is one of my favorite photos of the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sophia and I had lunch there during the 2013 Hollywood Dacesport Chanpinships, along with Mary Murphy, Louis Bar, Lauren Lapointe, and Shelia Smith Davis. Shelia was dancing with Ivan at the time.

Located in Beverly Hills, California. One of the world's most iconic and best-known hotels, it is closely associated with Hollywood film stars, rock stars and celebrities. 

Private Lives

In Janauray, I went to the Walnut Street Theater in Phildelphia to see Noel Coward's Private Lives.
The publicity photo shows how elaborate the set was, in Art Deco style.

After the show, I went to Moriatys with my cousin, Lindsay and her mom, my Aunt Karin.
Moriatys has become an unofficial companion location to Mr. Henry's DC, they have odd similarities . 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Last year at Captial Dancesport

Last year at this time, we were celebrating at Capital Dancesport. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Zoo Monkeys Dance Argentine Tango

This article appeared in the Washington Post on January 26, 1914. Thank you Mr. Bill, for sharing.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

If I had to pick a favorite dress from 2014

It would be this pink dress by Dore, that Rebecca wore only once, and it was sold a week later.

Pieces of the Roseland Ballroom for Sale

I find it remarkable that even though the Roseland Ballroom now gone forever, that pieces of it still surface for sale on eBay.

Zelda Fitzgerald Quote

Natalie Wood's Vendome Jewlery

During my last holiday season with Roxi, before she left, we went shopping at the Rhode Island Antique Mall. The Mall is a popular spot for Antique hunters. With Rhode Island being nicknamed the "Cheap Jewlery Capital of America", it's of no surprise that there were many vendors there with costume Jewlery booths.

One booth in particular belonged to the widow of a famous Jewlery designer, who was employed both by Vendome and Monet. 

In her booth she sold what she called prototypes of what her husband designed. She claimed that for each collection made for Natalie Wood, that Natalie would  receive a copy and the company would  also retain an original copy. I don't know if the woman's story was true, but it seemed very believable . Each piece of Jewelry that she had contained note that she said was made by her husband. She said that when her husband retired, the company allowed him to take several of his original copies.

Roxi seemed to fall in love with them, so I went back later to purchase a necklace for her in secret, and held onto to it until the holidays. We didn't spend the holidays together that year. She went home to her family, but when I gave it to her, she loved it ( or did a good job in pretending). I feel she really did love it, because she wore it so frequently. It was a beautiful piece and I ashamedly never kept of photo of it. It appeared similar to the one in this photo, of Natailie Would wearing yellow. 

Dancers Cup Tour 2015

Congratulations to Lauren Lapointe who won the DCT Top Student Award for now a third year in a row. Her teacher, Louis Bar, earned 2nd place Top Teacher. Both Lauren and Louis have been very supportive friends over the last three years, and I've enjoyed participating with them in three consecutive tours.

Last year, in 2014, I placed in the Top Ten  on the DCT. It was probably my first and last time doing so. I was honored to receive the award in absencia, as I was unable to attend the final awards ceremony in Nashville.
In 2014 I attended a record number of DCT events. I consider the DCT to be the best overall dance circuit in the industry. 

I've been dancing in the DCT since 2008.

Peaks and Valleys Quote

Pat Traymore, a picture thread

Gene Kelly's Birthday Tribute

This weekend I enjoyed thumbing through all the social media tributes for Gene Kelly, as his birthday fell on August 23. Perhaps Gene Kelly is on everyone's mind these days, with both An American in Paris and On The Town both playing on Broadway.

I had no idea there were so many fan sites and trivia postings about Gene, right down to the scar on his cheek and how it got there.

Probably the most fascinating clip I saw over the weekend was the outtake from Singin In the Rain, when the stuntman falls of the trolley car. The clip seems to surface on YouTube every now and again, only to disappear moments later.

Happy Birthiday Gene Kelly!

David Warren, of the Orioles R&B Group

This weekend I got to chat with David Warren, of the legendary Orioles.

The Orioles were a  R&B group of the early 1950s, one of the earliest doo-wop groups, who celebrated their 68th anniversary with us at Mr. Henry's.

The Orioles are generally acknowledged as R&B's first vocal group.

Coincidentally, David is also Roberta Flack's cousin, who recorded her first record in the upstairs jazz lounge at #MrHenrysDC

Saturday, August 22, 2015


I'm guilty of #GoldenAgeThinking, maybe I'm proud of it.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Monica Lewis at the Songbyrd Music House

Joined forces with jazz singer Diane Daly today as we paid tribute to the late Monica Lewis at the Songbyrd Music House. Together we donated a copy of Monica's book, Hollywood Through My Eyes, to the Songbyrd Music House library. The book is available for everyone to see when you drop by Songbyrd. 

Monica was a friend to the dance community and well into her 90's, used social media to support National Dance Week. She once danced with Gower Champion.

According to Monica's website:

" Monica Lewis was a certified pop music and pop culture phenomenon — the rhapsodic vocal essence of the Jazz Age."

Both Song Birds use similar Twitter Handles!

You can follow Monica's Twitter page :

You can follow the Songbyrd MusicHouse 

Once Upon a Ballroom

When foolish things remind you of someone:
Lately I've just been fascinated by old photos of the Mayo Hotel. I hear that it's now restored. I wonder if any of my dance friends have ever been there.