Lindy Workshop Weekend!

In January, RSDS is hosting a 2-day Lindy workshop. On Jan. 23-24 there will be 10-1hour lessons taught by four instructors. 3 are from Albuquerque’s “Groove Juice Special,” a dance team the just won the 2009 Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, and the fourth is Anna Whitmire, an RSDS teacher and competitive dancer in Houston.

regular regristration: $100

RSDS non-Rice member: $50

RSDS student member: FREE

Please go to the workshop website for more information.

See you on the 23rd!

DWO 2009 a smashing success!

Dances With Owls was a smashing success. Teams from all across Texas – including UT, SMU, A&M, and UofH – joined us for a night and a day of excellent dancing, fellowship, and competition.

Some of the comments I’ve heard so far are:

“Thanks again for everything. We had so much fun on Saturday!!!! (There is not an amount of exclamation points that could express this fully :D ) Is your club looking at going to any other comps soon?”

“I was very excited to hear other schools, specifically A&M & UT , say what a great comp this was and that they so much fun – and they would definately come back next year.”

“You an RSDS did a great job hosting the event and getting other campuses to come see what Rice is about!  Great job and fabulous event!”

“This was literally the most fun I’ve ever had in my life.”

Event Co-Chairs Emilia Stepinski and Autumn Allen deserve rounds of applause for juggling all the details and preparations for this event. Our deepest appreciation also goes to Super-Awesome Team Mom Pam Shefman, Scrutineer Drew Shefman and Emcee Pat Walsh. (Without their experience and wisdom, we’d all be in way over our heads.) And lastly, thanks to all the folks who volunteered throughout the weekend. DWO is an entirely volunteer-run comp, and without our dedicated members and friends, the event simply couldn’t happen. So thanks to everybody. I’m really proud of this event, and I hope you are, too!

p.s. Thanks to all the dancers who joined us from the Houston community and other collegiate communities state-wide. We hope to see you next year!

Dances with Owls Registration and Volunteers

Registration for Dances with Owls is now open!

As a reminder DWO is on Saturday October 31st. The welcome dance will be on Friday October 30th.

Go to for all the information and to register.

Also we need a lot of volunteers to help make Dances with Owls a success
Below is a list of jobs we need volunteers for:

Collect money for registration at the Welcome dance
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
9:00 – 10:00 pm

Collect money and pass out/collect competitor numbers
9:30 – 11:30
11:30 – 1:30
1:30 – 3:30
3:30 – 6:00

Collect score sheets from judges after each heat and takes them to the Scrutineer
10:00 – 12:30
1:30 – 3:30
3:30 – 5:30

Press play when Pat says ‘music please’
9:30 – 12:30
1:30 – 5:30

Tally judges scores using a computer program (with Drew’s help)
10:00 – 12:30
1:30 – 5:30

Control projected schedules of current and upcoming events
10:00 – 12:30
1:30 – 5:30

email Emilia at if you are interested in volunteering for any of these jobs.

Harvest Moon Ball registration

HMB is coming up soon – 9/26!

The dance starts at 8:00 (with a free lesson at 7:00) in the Grand Hall. You can find more info about the dance on the swing page.

If you pre-register with RSDS, you won’t have to pay $20 at the door.

RSDS student members: free

RSDS community members: $10

Please let us know if you want to attend Harvest Moon Ball, and we’ll put you on a list  to get into the dance.  Please tell either Tal Einav or Emily Watkins before MIDNIGHT of September 24.  You can find us in the Grand Hall on Tuesday between 8:00pm-midnight and in the Minor Lounge on Thursday between 7:00pm-10:30pm.

Invitation to Dances with Owls 2009

The Rice Social Dance Society hosts an annual ballroom dancing competition called “Dances with Owls” and we are inviting you all to join us this year.

Our competition will be held on Saturday, October 31st at Rice University. There will also be a welcome dance on Friday, October 30th.

Dances with Owls is a fun competition perfect for both beginner and advanced collegiate dancers. The competition includes Standard, Latin, and Social dance events.

More information on registration will be available at the beginning of October at the event website:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Emilia: ems3(at)rice(dot)edu!

tango, tango, and more!

In this issue: two ways to get your tango fix, plus discounted parking, and one more reminder about the blues workshop… Read on!

1. RSDS tango is starts next Wednesday…

When: Wednesday nights, 7:30-9:00 (Sept. 16 – Oct. 14)

Where: Rice Graduate Student Apartments (1515 Bissonnet St.)

How to get there: You can drive, OR take the Rice Graduate Apartment shuttle (3 min. – super easy) from campus.

What: Argentine Tango fundamentals for social dancing (Milonga).

More info on the website:

2. Insomnia Milonga this weekend

RSDS is hosting the Houston tango community’s Insomnia Milonga this Saturday, 10:00pm to 3:00am, in Farnsworth Pavilion.

Admission is free for RSDS members.

3. Discounted parking passes

RSDS can provide discounted parking passes for community members who drive to campus and wish to park in the Central Campus Garage under the Jones business school (very near the RMC). If you’re interested, talk to an officer before/after classes.

4. Blues workshop this weekend

The workshop on Saturday includes beginner and intermediate blues/fusion classes, taught by pro blues dancers Chris Mayer and Campbell Keatinge-Clay. Admission is free for Rice students who are RSDS members, and only $60 for community members. Register online.

More info:

Jazz Soiree 2009

The Rice Social Dance Society is gearing up for their annual swing dance, the Jazz Soiree. This is an (optionally) classy affair, so feel free to ritz it up, or come as casual as you wish. We’ll provide the snacks and water, the Rice Jazz Band will provide some live grooves, and you provide the steps. There will be an intro lesson before the night gets in to full swing, so be sure to bring your friends. And the best part? It’s completely FREE!

A call for performers:

The trouble with running a club on campus is that the officers and students turn over too fast to really continue any one legacy. However, persons older (and wiser) than us have informed us that there used to be performances at RSDS’ Jazz Soiree. We’re pretty tickled by the idea and are looking for groups, couples, and individuals who want to perform at the Jazz Soiree this year. We welcome swing dancers (of course!) but are also glad to see any other sort of social dance.

If interested, please email Natalie ( ASAP, and no later than Wednesday, April 8th

The down-low:
Friday April 10th, 2009
Rice Jazz Band playing 9pm – midnight
Intro lesson 7:45-9:00pm

Martel Commons, Rice University campus

  • You can find Martel here (, or it is #42 on the printable map on the same page. There is construction around campus, so it is a little confusing to get to, but we will try to have signage around the campus.
  • Parking: The nearest visitors’ parking on campus is at Founder’s Court ( However, it is generally easier to park north of campus on a residential street that allows parking and walk on to campus.

Questions? Contact Natalie Weber (

RSDS discounts for the Houston Tango Festival!

This week (Thursday Jan 22- Sunday Jan 25) is the 2nd annual Houston Tango Festival held in our beloved student center.
RSDS is co-sponsoring the event and therefore RSDS members get special discounts to attend the festival.
Here are the discounts:
(1) Early bird pricing for RSDS members at the door for all full passes (this included the 50% off for students and additional 20% off for RSDS members)
(2) 20 Free Spectator Passes for the Friday night milonga.
(3) 50% discount on a-la-carte prices for milongas and individual classes.
(4) Free Milonga passes to RSDS members who volunteer 3 hours of their time at the festival. Those interested in volunteering should email Diana at by noon on Thursday.
In addition to these discounts RSDS will subsidize $20 for the first 10 RSDS student members who purchase a full festival pass, full milonga pass, or full day pass.

If you are interested in a Free Spectator Pass for the Friday Milonga, email me. First 20 people to email get the passes.
If you are intending to purchase a full festival pass, full milonga pass, or full day pass and want to receive the RSDS subsidy, email me. First 10 people to email and then prove purchase of a pass at the festival will receive the subsidy.
Info on the prices and schedule of events for the Houston Tango Festival can be found at
This is a great opportunity to learn Argentine Tango! Please, RSDS members take advantage of this Festival!