These are the dance entrenpreneurs and businesses who help cover the costs of
providing DanceNet On The Web free of charge to you, the dancing public.
I've met alot of nice people since I started dancing in 1991. Among those
are some of the professionals who have contributed much to my own dancing
and that of the entire dance community. In addition, there are the amateurs
who discovered the joys of dancing and want everyone else to find out too.
Since I started the weekly DanceNet
newsletter and especially after DanceNet On The Web came into existance,
these professional and amateur dancers have been supportive and have offered
contributions to offset any costs for this activity that directly supports
their businesses and hobbies and therefore, the entire dance community.
Since I am not a dance professional, I make no money off my dance activities
and I want to keep it that way. However, this website has begun to reach the
point where it steadily costs money out of my own pocket each month so I have
decided to select and accept sponsors for this website. The money raised will
have two functions:
- It will go to pay for only those costs directly related to my website.
Only those expenses relating to the number of hits or megabytes
downloaded will be paid for by this fund.
- I want to pay my writers. Some of the people (like the lovely and
extremely eloquent Grace) are professional writers and have done
favors for me by writing dance articles. I intend to pay them
[something] for writing for me from now on.
This will allow me to focus on getting as much information out to the dance
community and encourage more people to visit my dance website and find out
where to go dancing.
I pretty much make up the sponsorship policy as I go along, but...
- Sponsors are not advertisers. As a result, I do not have to accept just
anyone who asks to be a sponsor.
- Dance venues, whether professional or amateur, must lean heavily towards
swing dancing. Alas, my favorite square dancing club won't ever be
a sponsor. :^) Ballroom dance venues probably won't make the cut.
- Sponsors are typically the businesses that I'm familiar with and to whom
I am willing to give my personal endorsement. That doesn't mean that
a non-sponsor dance business is bad or shouldn't be used. There are a
few dance businesses that I would love to have as sponsors and there
are also a couple of venues that will never be DanceNet sponsors. I
leave it to you to decide what you think of the individual businesses.
I am, however, definitely interested in hearing any good or bad opinions
about any dance businesses that you've dealt with.
- This is a private website and not a commercial website, and it's only
about dancing. Don't take it so seriously. This website is about the
dance customers, not about the dance businesses.
As a private and non-professional entity, I don't have to be
neutral/unbiased about whose dance events I support. My sponsors are
(in no particular order):
I bet everyone was expecting this endorsement.
That's because Ron Gursky (with Nancy Murphy and Lynn Foord) taught me
to dance back at the Pilgrim Church on Magazine Street in Cambridge.
I don't know who in Boston might have more knowledge about so many
different dances. Throughout my dance education, the Rugcutters' staff
have continually encouraged me to dance more and to make my dancing
better. I've lost count of all the friends I've made while dancing
at Rugcutters'. I strongly encourage all of his students to
listen to the things that Ron tells you in the classes; the
education doesn't stop at dance figures.
Hartford Swing Dance/Jam is cool group of enthusiatic dance amateurs who run
dances down in Hartford. They're really a part of the larger Hartford
Country Dance organization (now Hartford Community Dance) and they spend a lot of time bringing in
bands for dances and luring teachers into the area for workshops and
classes. They've put together a great organization with many people
ready to volunteer their time to make something happen.
- Shoreline Swing
Shoreline Swing in the Mystic, Connecticut area, is another growing
group of amateur dancers who volunteer their time and energy to
develop swing dancing in their community. They hold dances and classes
for the dancing public. They work with their sister groups, such as
Hartford Swing/Jam, in Connecticut to maximize the number of dance
events that their members and the general public can attend.
- The Longfellow
Dance Club/Club JoEllen
The Longfellow Dance Club
in Wayland makes itself a dance venue to pay attention
to as it
hosts regular West Coast Swing and Hustle dances as well as a variety
of classes and workshops.
- Hop To The Beat Dance Studio
I've watched Tony & Aurelie Tye
start their dancing careers and
build up their Lindy Hop venue from nothing to a solid studio with a
loyal following of students. They've trained with the best in the
world and built up a huge community of Lindy Hoppers in the greater
Boston area. I think the dance community is lucky to have such
persistent entrenpreneurs around to help grow the community.
- The White Heat Swing
The White Heat Swing Orchestra is composed of talent musicians under the guidance of
clarinetist Craig Ball and is seen playing at many of the more
prestigeous events. They were the house band at the Roxy back in the
early 90's; they were the first swing band that I was exposed to at a
public venue and the first swing band I (tried to) danced to. They're partially
responsible for why I got into Swing dancing.
- Dom V and the Swing
Out Big Band
Dom Valarioti is the bandleader of his own swing orchestra that
performs all over New England. As a dancer he also has empathy with the
dancers so he knows what the dancers want to hear during time on the
dance floor. Check out his band when they play at a dance venue near
- Vintage Dance
Kristine Hansen turned a hobby into a home business that gets customers
from around the world. She's not a swing dancer; I met her on the Argentine
Tango scene in Boston. She works so hard to maintain her customers'
satisfaction that I think she forgot that she was suppose to make money.
I decided I wanted to her promote her business in a way that provided a better
return than expensive print ads.
- Doc Scanlon's Rhythm Boys
is not a swing band. Nosiree. They are a *dance* band that plays to
packed crowds wherever they play. They play for their audiences whether they
be swing dancers or your baby sister's wedding. It doesn't matter who they're
playing for; it'll be exciting and energetic. This band plays for *you*.
- Eight To The Bar has been
playing in New England for 25 years. That kind of longevity is not surprising
since they'll get dancers following them around all over New England to dance
at their gigs. The fans are loyal and their CD's are worth shelling out your
- Tempo Dance Center
was founded during a time when there were fewer dance studios, when everone knew
each other, and being a dance teacher was more social and less competitive.
Gail Rundlett still works in that mode, opening her studio for workshops, classes,
and private lesssons to other area teachers, as well as running the annual
Classic competition. Tempo Dance Center has been known as the source of hustle
classes and dancing in the Boston area for many years.
- The O-Tones were the house
band at one of my first swing dance camps. It's great to have a band that plays
at swing dance where several of the band members are also dancers so they'll know
what will get us on our feet and out on the dance floor. They're also play music
that can be used at *West Coast Swing* dances as well as East Coast and Lindy Hop.
- Boston Swing Dance Network
has been a backbone of the Boston swing dance scene since 1986. Their goal was to
bring great dance music to the Boston scene and make it fun.
- Swingin' 88's is a great bunch of fun people
to dance with.
- Connecticut Swing Dance Society
Yet another amateur-run dance club that holds dances and brings in world-class
- Bob Thomas Dance Productions
- Sara Brodsky and Best Foot Forward
- The Hooked on Swing Society of Western Massachusetts
- Maxwell Ho
- Jane "Jitterbug Jane" Dumont
These dance entrepreneurs have been around for a while honing their craft and
enhancing the dance careers/lives of a lot of people in the Boston area.
This doesn't mean that there's something wrong with groups that aren't listed
here; I might not be as enthusiastic about ballroom or other kinds of dances.
Also, how a dance teacher or entrepreneur treats their students and peers (and me)
hugh impact on whether they get asked to be a sponsor. Also, how well I know
a dance organization will influence their involvement here.
These dance businesses and organizations listed above receive my personal
endorsement for their contributions
to DanceNet, to the dance community over the years, and making it possible
for me to enjoy swing dancing. I hope to see their dance businesses continue
See you on the dance floor.
Last updated April 3, 2011