Hot Rhythm Holiday 2012 was a weekend dance and music workshop event. It focused on the instruction of the fastpaced
jazz dancing and music, which was popular in the the early 20th century. The primary purpose of Hot Rhythm
Holiday is to: grow the skills and interest of existing dancers and musicians through instruction, expose new students
to these art forms, provide a venue in which the skills learned can be practiced and grow, and to continue to preserve
early 20th century jazz music and dancing as a living art form.
Dance lessons were offered in balboa, Charleston, and collegiate shag. Music lessons were offered in piano,
guitar, clarinet, cornet, drums, bass, and fiddle. Students studied with world-class instructors, enjoyed evening
social dancing to live jazz bands, participated in dance competitions, and collaborated with their fellow dancers and
Students experienced an aesthetic atmosphere in which early jazz music and dancing was born. Hot Rhythm Holiday
continues to keep this atmosphere by providing an environment where this music can be played and appreciated
with the same passion and fire as those who originally created it. The heart and dedication this close-knit community
brings to the event brings together.
Hot Rhythm Holiday 2012 featured music performed by The East Side Dandies and The Jim Cullum Jazz Band,
dance instruction by Laura Keat, Jeremy Otth, Teni Lopez Cardenas, Bobby White, Shannon Butler, Bill Butler,
Chelsea Bromstad Lee, David Lee, Tony Fraser, Jaime Shannon, Laura Glaess, Mike Roberts, Laura Malloy, Matt
Jones, Brooks Prumo, Joanna Lucero, Ryan Martin and Tracy Owen, as well as instrumental music instruction by Hal
Smith, David Jellema, Albanie Falletta, Ryan Gould, Morris Nelms, and Westen Borghesi. It was attended by over
100 students who traveled from Central Texas, the United States, and Canada.
The event was funded by a kickstarter campaign (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1760228426/the-hot-rhythmholiday),
fees from weekend passes, and entrance fees into evening dances. None of the organizational committee
received compensation for their work on Hot Rhythm Holiday, which required over 8 months of planning and
implementation. Hot Rhythm Holiday consumes the majority of the Hot Rhythm Foundation’s time and resources
(~90% for 2012).