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A jazz-era inspired dance and music workshop weekend - dance classes, music classes, social dancing, live jazz, and dance competitions

Austin, Texas, is widely known as the "Live Music Capitol of the World," however, few are aware of the vibrant, bustling early jazz and swing music and dance community that has flourished here for years and continues to grow. In 2010, a group of swing dancers interested especially in the earlier, fast-paced, "hot rhythm" dances such as balboa, "collegiate" shag, and charleston, decided to create a workshop weekend and festival called the "Hot Rhythm Holiday." At this event, attendees study with world-class dance instructors, enjoy social dancing to brilliant live jazz musicians, participate in dance competitions, and experience an aesthetic atmosphere in which the jazz and dance born in the early 20th century continues to be played and appreciated with the same passion and fire as those who originally created it. The heart and dedication this close-knit community brings to the event has served to make HRH 2010 and 2011 unforgettable. This success has inspired its creators to form the Hot Rhythm Foundation and to add even more wonderful dimensions to HRH 2012.

Hot Rhythm Holiday 2012

This year's Hot Rhythm Holiday takes place September 13th - 16th, 2012, at the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs in Austin, TX. The event will feature daytime classes on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and it includes four nights of social dancing—with live jazz, dance competitions, special performances, and jam sessions on Friday and Saturday night.  

For the third year in a row the HRH will be welcoming the East Side Dandies to the stage for Friday night.  This will be followed by the world-famous Jim Cullum Jazz Band on Saturday evening. The festivities will continue late into the night with after-hours dancing and jam sessions open to students and instructors. 

Classes

Weekend pass holders may take dance classes from internationally renowned instructors covering all levels of balboa, charleston, and collegiate shag. There is a place for both students interested in learning a dance for the first time and advanced dancers looking for new inspiration. Music master classes will be taught by Austin's finest jazz musicians and will consist of two-hour classes for clarinet, trumpet/cornet, trombone, string bass, rhythm guitar, drums, fiddle, and piano. 

Dance Instructors:                                  Music Instructors:

* Laura Keat                                              *Hal Smith

* Jeremy Otth                                            *David Jellema

* Teni Lopez Cardenas                            *Mark Gonzales

* Bobby White                                           *Westen Borghesi

* Shannon Butler                                       *Albanie Falletta

* Bill Butler                                                 *Katie Holmes

* Chelsea Bromstad Lee                         *Oliver Steck

* David Lee                                                *Ryan Gould

* Tony Fraser

*Jaime Shannon

Funding

Hot Rhythm Holiday 2012 is bringing more classes and musical opportunities to its participants than ever before. In order to make this year's HRH a success, we are humbly asking for the support of our generous community.

Your contributions will aid in defraying the costs of the following:

*Artist/Instructor compensation

*Travel expenses

*Venue fees

*Marketing 

*Equipment rental

Additionally, your support will help to keep the entrance fee to this event low, and offset costs for next year's HRH, encouraging the continued growth of this wonderful cultural event. Any contribution is welcome!

The HRH is presented by the Hot Rhythm Foundation, a newly formed non-profit organization (in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) status). If you are a business that may be interested in contributing a tax-deductible donation to the Foundation, and/or getting involved in our community in any way, please contact us at info@hotrhythmholiday.com

For more information and to register for the event, please visit: hotrhythmholiday.com

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    Hot Rhythm Holiday Poster: You will receive your own beautifully printed poster from Hot Rhythm Holidays past, and we will add your name to the "thank you" list on our website.

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    A Night on Jazz Babies Island: Those of you contributing a donation of $100 are invited to attend an intimate special presentation on jazz and dance history, as well as a night with Aunt Ruby’s Sweet Jazz Babies on Ilse de Babes. We will mail you a treasure map when the date approaches... and we will add your name to the "thank you" list on our website.

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    Private Music or Dance (Charleston, Balboa, or Collegiate Shag) Lesson: Your donation of $150 earns you an hour-long private, one-on-one lesson with one of Austin finest local jazz musicians or dancers, as well as entrance to the special presentation and evening "on Jazz Babies Island." We will also add your name to the "thank you" list on our website.

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    Private Music and Dance (Charleston, Balboa, or Collegiate Shag) Lesson: A $200 donation to Hot Rhythm Holiday 2012 earns you an hour-long private music lesson AND an hour long private dance lesson, as well as entrance to the special presentation and evening "on Jazz Babies Island." We will also add your name to the "thank you" list on our website.

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    Free Attendance to Hot Rhythm Holiday 2012: Your generous contribution gives you free attendance to the entire event, as well as entrance to the special presentation and evening "on Jazz Babies Island," a poster, and a t-shirt. We will also add your name to the "thank you" list on our website.

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    Private Trio Performance: If you donate $1,000 to our cause, a trio of Austin’s very best jazz musicians will perform a private ninety minute concert for you in your living room. You will also, of course, be invited to attend the special presentation and evening "on Jazz Babies Island," and your name will be added to our "thank you" list. (Limited to Austin and the surrounding area.)

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