Swing Lessons Start Tomorrow

Swing Lessons start tomorrow (WED)!  We will have the wonderful Hank and Meagan teaching beginner Swing from 7:45 to around 9, then free dance until around 10 PM, all in the lovely McMurtry college commons.

Come and join us!

Anya + Cameron, Presidential types

A new season of dance!

A new year is upon us and we have all (hopefully) settled nicely back into campus. Now it is time to get out and DANCE! The first meeting for RSDS will be this Thursday, September 1 at 7:00 PM  in the RMC Grand Hall. Come and join us for a free introductory lesson & meet and greet. There will be FOOD!!!

Dances that we cover this year include:

  • Tango
  • Waltz
  • Salsa
  • Cha-cha-cha
  • Samba
  • Foxtrot
  • Two-Step
  • and much more

For more information please email Anya or Cameron (RSDS Presidents): rsds(at)rice.edu

Everyone is welcome, so please come and bring a friend! We look forward to seeing all of you!

Jazz Soiree This Week – Hepcats Performing

The Houston Hepcats, the performance team for the Houston Swing Dance Society, will be performing at 11:00pm. You will not want to miss their amazing routine!

The annual Jazz Soiree is coming up on Friday March 26.  This will be 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. Song style typically varies between Ballroom and Swing, so it is an excellent opportunity to show off what you know as well as learn some new moves!

Venue: Rice University’s Grand Hall (Student Center)

Time: Intro lesson 7:45-9:00pm

Jazz Band plays 9:00-midnight

Hepcats Performance: 11:00pm

March Swing Class Information

1) 7:00 – beginner classes continue (6-count Jitterbug)
2) 8:15 – free dance


Sorry for all the room changes, but we will be playing it week by week for a while to find a space that is both available and viable for our group size.

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!

Swing Classes in October

Just wanted to inform you that for October we have CHANGED the Swing
Schedule on Thursdays evenings. We will be having the following two
classes in the Miner Lounge:

  • 7:00-8:15 Beginner Class with Hank and Natalie
  • 8:15-9:00 Free dance
  • 9:00-10:00 Swing Sampler Class with Richard and Chloe

This month we are bringing in Richard Lyders and Chloe Delepine to
teach California, an awesome Lindy Hop routine that is often performed
in Melody Club on Sunday nights. For those of you who have never seen
Richard and Chloe, they are two sensational dancers with a unique
style that will make you smile…seriously, I can’t help but be happy
when I watch these guys dance. Note that there are FIVE Thursdays in
September so you know that by the end of the month they will have
taught you some seriously cool stuff. Our Swing Sampler classes are
completely independent so even if you did not come last month, feel
free to take the class this month.

The beginner class will be wrapping up six-count Jitterbug in these
first two weeks and them move onto Lindy Hop, which is an 8-count
dance that you will usually see in the Houston Swing scene. This class
should tie in very nicely with our Swing Sampler class to give you the
complete Swing repertoire.

We were a little shorthanded on GUYS last month so if you know any men
who like/know/are interested in Swing dancing, make sure to bring them

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.

swing classes start tonight!

Since I typo’d our first flyer, I just wanted to make sure everybody knows that SWING classes start TONIGHT!

Here’s the schedule:

7:00 beginner swing classes
8:15 practice / free dance
8:30 Swing Sampler classes
9:30 intermediate swing classes

RSDS Swing meets every Thursday night in the RMC Miner Lounge.

Your first class with RSDS is always free, so if you think you might be interested, come check it out.

If you have any questions about swing classes or events, contact Emily (emwatz@gmail) or Tal (tal.einav@gmail).

sweet. see you there!

– Michael