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  1. Black Sheep

    Black Sheep New Member

    Teachers & Students,
    Today more than ever, Swing/Lindy needs a shot in the arm to stimulate
    greater interest in the general public. If the declining Swing population
    continues at the present rate, two or three years from now, Swing will be history
    in Southern California. I have for almost a year now been calling attention to
    this declining Swing Population; I have not caused it, I have only tried to
    encourage teachers and Venue Hosts to give better service to attract new
    recruits to this Native American Sport. I've made suggestions to spur the growth, but
    I have only seen some feeble attempts on the part of teachers at the various
    Venues to attract new Swing enthusiasts, as I observed many of the ineffective
    teaching practices that are still being employed, are discouraging and
    loosing potential persons into our world of Swing at an alarming rate.
    When some 80 couples showed up for a group lesson on one Friday night and
    less than ten couples returned on the next Friday night and three showed up
    on the third Friday night, that can't be attributed to student's being
    'fickle', as one of the teachers rationalized. When some 20 couples attended a class
    I observed on a Tuesday night and only six couples returned the next Tuesday
    night, it wasn't because their mommies wouldn't let them out of the house
    after dark.
    I have listed the types of ineffective teaching in previous
    Commentaries. The bottom line is, Teachers are so busy competing with each other by trying
    to teach some combination fancier then other teachers and are neglecting to
    teach fundamentals three R's of dancing, 'Rhythm, Techniques and Styling'. And
    they are confusing and discouraging beginners in their classes by teaching at
    too high a level to please the more advanced students in a class.
    Why have my suggestions in my books been at best, casually used but
    mostly ignored by teachers who bought copies of my book, 'Lindy by Lanza' for the
    past two years here in SC? An appropriate explanation was given four hundred
    years ago by the Master of Modern Politics:

    "Because the innovator has for (opponents) all those who have done well
    under the old (system), and luke warm (for) defenders who may do well under
    the new (system)" Nicolo Machiavelli."

    However, even those who' were doing well' with their Swing revenues a
    couple of years ago, are now losing money after paying for the rentals of the
    hall and D.J.'s, bands and hiring teachers. Maybe they too are now ready for the
    remedies I suggest. But befor I make my 'Magic Pill' available on the
    Internet, I think it is only appropriate to list my teaching credentials that go back
    54 years so that there may be a measure of creditability to my claim of
    possessing the 'Magic Pill' for Simplifying the learning of Swing/Lindy:
    I have spent a life time teaching; 12 years Ballroom dancing as owner
    and supervisor of the most successful Hollywiood Dance Club with dozens of my
    teachers personally trained by me; three years as an Itinarary Dance Teacher
    for 49 Jr High Schools in the Los Angeles School System 1957-1961; 15 years as
    a professional tennis coach in USA and Europe; several years teaching public
    school as a Graduate Credentialled teacher, Class of 1962 UCLA; one year as a
    swimming pro at the all celebrity Racquet Club in Palm Springs 1947-48; I was
    a four letter man in my high school, and I have written hundreds of essays on
    behavior, morality, integrity, several instructional books on dancing, and
    tennis and vocabulary and even a simplified math book. With all this experience
    I have been able to formulate a system of teaching Lindy/Swing that simplifies
    it and gives the dance a uniform consistency with still an infinite possible
    movements that deserves to be publicly shared;
    Although this teaching method is already described in my book, 'Lindy
    by Lanza', published in April 20, 2000, it seems that some teachers I have
    observed since, have misunderstood it was a Teaching Method and not a new dance
    style of Lindy. I should have placed the words, 'Teaching Method' in the
    title; since the teachers are now calling their lessons, 'Six Count Lindy' which is
    only redundancy, since all Swing/Lindy is done to SIX Quarter beats. And
    unfortunately, my '6 ct " Lindy Teaching Method' is lost in the maze of a
    misinterpretion of the method described in my book.
    My commentary, 'MAGIC PILL' is my attempt to excite some interest so
    that I can follow this article (MagicPill') with a clear exposition of the
    method, and how it can be profitably used by both teachers and students. You can
    help by sharing the 'Magic Pill' Commentary with friends so that we can reach
    the 1000 yeses as a goal for describing the ' Magic Pill Method on the internet.

    Why 1000 Yeses?
    Several times in my life I have seen a good idea modified and devolved
    by plageristic imitators to the point of destroying the integrity of the
    original entirely. It is only when a reasonably large number of persons are
    privileged to share in an innovation at the same time that the idea has a chance to
    survive in it's original effective form. My Bossa Nova Dance with 3000 booklets
    distributed by mail, all on the same day, to all the dance studios in the USA
    and Canada is proof enough of this phenomenum, since the dance has survived
    universally as I originally created it in 1961. Incidentally, a VIDEO of my
    Bossa Nova Dance will be available very soon.

    Send me a thousand 'YESES' by July 4th, and give me the GO SIGN to
    explain my Magic Pill Teasching Method and me to help revive our ailing
    American Treasure 'The Lindy Hop'
    Black Sheep
     

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