Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Sep 6th
7:00 pm New monthly session of Lindy Hop Classes starts at Cats Corner! (More info)
Monday, Sep 11th
7:00 pm New monthly session of Mission Mondays Lindy Hop Classes starts at the Women's Building, SF! (More info)
Friday, Sep 15th
8:00 pm Teaching Swing at Ashkenaz, Berkeley with Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums (More info)

Reviews & Testimonials

Nathan was our wedding DJ and dance instructor for our very recent wedding in November and we still can't get over how fun the wedding and our first dance routine were!! Sachiko & Nate
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I hired Nathan (DJ NateDiggity) for my Move to the Groove party at Cafe Cocomo and he exceeded all my expectations. He was the perfect DJ for the party! Jeremy Sutton
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Nathan is awesome... I highly recommend taking his group classes, or hiring him for private lessons if you wish to swing dance at your wedding. Claudine & Danny
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24-Hour Cancer Dance-A-Thon Info Meeting this Sunday!

The 24-Hour Cancer Dance-A-Thon is coming up soon on March 13-14,  2010 in Irvine, CA, and a team of San Francisco swing dancers is heading down to dance all day and night, while collecting sponsorship funds to support the all important cause of cancer research and treatment. We’ve already raised over $9K toward our $30K team goal — at last fall’s local Swing Dance for Life event — and we need YOUR help to raise the remaining $21K!

If you would like to join our team, or even if you’re just thinking of it, please come to our open house and informational meeting:

Sunday, January 17, 4-5pm
Nathan’s House
1479 17th Ave @ Kirkham
San Francisco, CA 94122

Thanks! We hope to see you there!

The San Francisco Dance-A-Thon Team

 

24-Hour Cancer Dance-A-Thon!

On March 14-15, 2009, I participated in the 24-Hour Cancer Dance-A-Thon in Irving, CA, dancing on a team of San Francisco Lindy Hoppers — The Hot Bloods. The Dance-a-thon is a 24 hour swing dance fundraiser, with a mission to raise money for cancer research and treatment at City of Hope Hospital. The event is like a walk-a-thon except that instead of walking, participants raise money by swing dancing! All participants, DJs, bands and instructors at the event are volunteers.

This cause is especially dear to me because my mom, Eulalia Rego, passed away from ovarian cancer on January 2, 2009. All of my fundraising efforts are dedicated to her memory.

Post-Dance-A-Thon Wrap-Up (3/20/09)

Believe it or not, it was a lot of fun to be cooped up in gym with 200-300 other dancers, moving and grooving to great swing bands, DJs, taking dance lessons and more…all in the name of raising money for cancer research and treatment.

Here are some of the exciting final statistics:

  1. The Dance-A-Thon raised a grand total of $130,453.11! 100% of that goes to the City of Hope Hospital!
  2. My Hot Bloods teammates and I were the 5th highest fund-raising team, bringing in a total of $7791. Not bad for our first appearance at the dance-a-thon!
  3. I was the 8th highest fundraiser, raising $1670!
  4. 45 people sponsored me with an average donation of $37.11!
  5. 32 of my sponsors were from the swing dance community, and 13 were friends and family.
  6. 6 of my sponsors were “gold” sponsors, in that they donated $100 or more.

Every little bit adds up, so thank you to ALL my sponsors for your generous contributions. The Hot Bloods team, still recovering from sleep deprivation and all the dancing, has already started exchanging emails about planning for next year’s dance-a-thon. We hope you will be a part of it when the time comes, but in the meantime, here are some photos from the event.

Some of my favorite moments from the dance-a-thon were:

  • dancing with my Hot Bloods teammates
  • leading a swingout line where all we did was swingout for the entire song
  • dancing in the jack and jill contest and seeing the sign that my teammates made to cheer me on
  • the delirious drive back after the event, waking up to find that Charlie had taken a 2 hour detour onto Highway 99 instead of Highway 5! Yikes!