Collective Voices for Change is kicking off the semester with a Chapters Meeting on September 4th!
17-19 CEST Berlin, Paris
10-12 EST New York
8-10 PST Seattle, Los Angeles
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”– Rumi
Some of us are still in some version of a lockdown, and some have had dances open already. For many, this is a time where visions are put into place. The focus of this meeting will be to exchange ideas and thoughts around tangible change that we want to/have already started to implement and how to go about it.
Before the event, CVFC strongly encourages you to watch/rewatch the last webinar: “The Check In“.
Register for this free event at collectivcevoicesforchange.org
Who is the event for
Everyone is welcome to attend the events, but CVFC would like to particularly encourage people working (part-time or full-time) with African American Vernacular Jazz dances or music to register for the series.
Happy Birthday Jimmy Valentine!
Jimmy Valentine was born Paul Perrone on September 5th, 1915 in Brooklyn, New York. In 1920, Jimmy lost his leg in a trolly car accident, but he didn’t let his accident slow him down. When Jimmy turned 11, he showed an interest in dance, and his older sister, Mary, became his first dance partner.
Once he was old enough, he started attending the Savoy Ballroom and was selected to work with the greatest Lindy Hop team in History, Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers (WLH). Jimmy performed at the Apollo Theater with Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers as well as traveled two tours of the South with them.
In 1940, Jimmy along with Vivian Larkin entered the Harvest Moon Ball (HMB) preliminary contest at the Savoy Ballroom and won first place, beating out fellow WLH teammates Frankie Manning and Ann Johnson, as well as the team of George Gren and Norma Miller. However, Jimmy and Vivian did not show up for the finals, perhaps because HMB ball didn’t want a “mixed” couple to compete.
In the 1950s, Jimmy paired up with the most famous one-legged tap dancer in the business, Peg Leg Bates. The two were such a hit that they performed on the Ed Sullivan show in 1958.
Check out Jimmy dancing with the incomparable Sylvia Sykes:
“Jimmy’s love for dancing never faded, even in his last few years when he was physically unable to dance, he enjoyed talking and sharing the stories of his life.” To read more about his incredible story, please check out Peter Loggin’s heartfelt article on him here.
And as Yehoodi so poignantly said, “Remember: lindy hop is for everybody. Every body.”
Today we have made a donation to The Bail Project.
The Bail Project is a national nonprofit organization that combats mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system—one person at a time. The project seeks to restore the presumption of innocence, reunite families, and challenge a system that criminalizes race and poverty. They are on a mission to end cash bail and create a more just, equitable, and humane pretrial system. Because bail is returned at the end of a case, donations to The Bail Project™️ National Revolving Bail Fund can be recycled and reused to pay bail two to three times per year, maximizing the impact of every dollar.
Click here to donate and learn more – https://bailproject.org