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Author: savage Created: Sunday, August 27, 2006 1:01 PM
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Just a really quick news update for you:

  1. CHEK News just aired a great piece on our growing swing scene!
  2. The grand opening of Red Hot Swing Fridays was a total smash.  We are now open every Friday night!
  3. Registration is open for our April/May class series.  Swing 1, 2, 3, and Intermediate/Advanced are all starting up either the first week of April or the first week of May.  Just smack this artisanal, hand-crafted link to see the schedule and sign up. :)

See you on the dance floor,

-sav

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Here's the scoop on swing dances and classes coming our way for March and April! If you are visually oriented, you can always check out our calendar to see how everything fits together.

Dances
Red Hot Swing is pleased to announce the grand opening of our new weekly dance on Friday March 28th. We have a special six-piece band ready to rock your socks (and shoes) off, and that endeavour will be assisted by a special guest DJ from Vancouver.
Times: Doors open at 8:30pm, drop-in beginner lesson at 8:35, live band starts at 9:20, and we go until 12:30.
Location: 2750 Quadra Street (just north of Hillside in Dance Victoria)
Price: $13 adults, $12 members, $10 for students
(For the Fridays without a live band, prices will be $5 less across the board.)

Classes
If you're new to the world of swing dancing, here's what you need to know. Our regular series are six lessons of 1h20m each over six weeks. If you've never taken a dance class before, or have only done the drop-in lesson at our weekly dance, then you'll want to hop into our Swing 1 class. If you've got more dance experience and want to take a higher level class, you should either have our lower level classes already under your belt, or just audition with the teachers.

All of our classes are at 2750 Quadra Street (just north of Hillside in Dance Victoria). We're not going to run any classes on April 20th because my mom makes a killer turkey. :)

Swing 1
We have two separate beginner tracks starting over the next month and a half. The first one starts on Sunday March 16th from 7:20pm to 8:40pm. The second begins on Thursday April 10th from 8pm to 9:30pm. Of particular note, the series that starts on Sunday March 16th will get you a free two-for-one pass for the first three weekly Friday night dances, including the grand opening with a live band!

Swing 3
This series begins on Sunday April 6th from 6pm to 7:20pm. Hey, April 6th at 6 is actually kind of easy to remember!

Intermediate/Advanced
Our top-level classes start on Sunday April 6th from 8:40pm to 10pm. This ongoing series will always have something useful for you to learn, regardless of how long you've been dancing!


Now that you've got the info, go ahead and sign up for a class or come out swinging at our Friday dance. :)

See you on the dance floor,
-sav

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If you're taking one of the classes that starts this week or the Swing 1 that begins on March 16th, you'll get a sweet perk: a two-for-one pass that's good for the first three Friday Night Swing dances. Yes, that includes the grand opening on March 28th with the live band!

Go ahead, sign up for a class. :)
-sav

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I'm happy to announce that a new weekly Friday night swing dance starts on Friday March 28th at Dance Victoria (2750 Quadra Street). The grand opening will feature a live band to kick off this weekly event.

Nothin' But Swing will be closed the two Saturdays after the grand opening (April 5th and 12th), so the new weekly Friday dance has your dancing needs covered there. You can check out our calendar to see the dates all laid out.

I'm setting up this new dance because our community is permanently losing St. John's Hall, which we've been using to run Nothin' But Swing for five years. There was no appropriate and available venue on Saturdays, hence the switch to Friday nights. The last dance in St. John's Hall will be Saturday May 10th, so I'm working on getting us a band for a suitable grand finale. There will only be a few weekends with both Friday and Saturday dances until St. John's Hall closes.

I don't yet know if Red Hot Swing will be running the new Friday dance alone, or if we'll have a mutually beneficial partnership with SDAV. Mostly I wanted to nail down a suitable successor so there will be no break in dance continuity for Victoria's growing swing community. The format of the Friday dance will be very similar to Nothin' but Swing, with drop-in beginner lessons, live bands, and great DJs.

I wish Pacific Opera Victoria all the best with their renovations in St. John's Hall; it's been a pleasure sharing the space with you for the last five years!
-sav

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You want the classes, we've got the goods! Here's the scoop.

Location: We teach all of our regular series at the amazing Dance Victoria studios, at 2750 Quadra Street, just north of Hillside.


Swing 1 is the class for beginners. You don't need a partner or any experience - we'll help you feel comfortable in no time flat.
Time: 7:20pm to 8:40pm
Dates: Sundays, March 16th to April 27th (skips April 20th)
Prerequisites: none

Swing 2 continues your exploration into the wild heart of swingland. More fun moves, more fun new dances!
Time: 6:00pm to 7:20pm
Dates: Sundays, February 23rd to March 30th
Prerequisites: Swing 1 or audition with instructor

Swing 3 teaches you the final sets of basics you need as a swing dancer. Once you're done our first three series, you'll have what you need to join our ongoing Intermediate/Advanced series.
Time: 8:40pm to 10:00pm
Dates: Sundays, February 23rd to March 30th
Prerequisites: Swing 2 or audition with instructor

Intermediate/Advanced.... known in some circles as "where the wild things swing" (costume not mandatory). Once you've got the basics under your belt, this ongoing series is intended to continuously give you new and exciting directions to take your dancing.
Time: 8:00pm to 9:30pm
Dates: Thursdays, February 27th to April 3rd
Prerequisites: Swing 3 or audition with instructor


To sign up, just head over to the registration page and tell us what classes you want to take!

See you on the dance floor,
-sav

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The last pieces have clicked into place, and I am pleased to announce that the January 2014 session is open for registration! All of our classes take place at Dance Victoria studio, located at 2750 Quadra St just north of Hillside.

Swing 1 is our beginner level class; neither partner nor experience is necessary. We'll teach you a pile of fun moves and give you the tools to feel comfortable on the dance floor.
Time: 6pm to 7:20pm
Dates: Sundays from January 12th to February 16th
Prerequisites: none

Swing 2 continues to teach you more cool dance styles and moves. You'll learn more ways to connect with your partners.
Time: 8:40pm to 10:00pm
Dates: Sundays from January 12th to February 16th
Prerequisites: Swing 1 or audition with the instructor

Swing 3 rounds out your set of swing dancing basics and teaches you the classic Shim Sham routine. Once you've finished Swing 1 through 3, you'll be ready for our top level Intermediate/Advanced classes.
Time: 8pm to 9:30pm
Dates: Thursdays from January 16th to February 20th
Prerequisites: Swing 2 or audition with the instructor

Showtime is a class we've not taught in several years, and it's time to bust this fun series back out! Over eight weeks, we'll teach you a complete partner dance routine, including some really nifty flips and tricks. At the end of the session, you'll get to perform at Nothin' But Swing for the enjoyment of your friends!
Time: 7:20pm to 8:40pm
Dates: Sundays from January 12th to March 2nd
Prerequisites: Swing 3 or audition with the instructor


You can register for the classes you want by smashing this finely tuned link. See you on the dance floor!
-sav

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Just head over to the registration page!
-sav

ps - I'm short on time right now, hence the brevity.
pps - BTW we've got Swing 1, Swing 2, Swing 3, and Intermediate/Advanced for you.

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The September/October 2013 classes are ready for you to sign yourself up!

Address: As usual, all lessons are located in the Dance Victoria studios at 2750 Quadra St, just North of Hillside.

Dates: Swing 1, Swing 2, and Balboa 1 run on Sundays, starting September 15th and ending on October 27th. No lessons are scheduled on October 13th (for Thanksgiving). Intermediate/Advanced begins on Thursday September 19th and finishes on October 24th. You can always check out the calendar for a visual representation.

Times: Due to tighter studio availability, our classes are about 5 minutes shorter than they were previously, and we've also had to cut out the small amount of wiggle room we had booked. The upshot is that we're going to have to be a little more focused on starting and ending classes right on time, so please show up a few minutes before your lesson starts for everybody's benefit.

Swing 1 starts at 6pm and ends at 7:20pm on Sundays. This is our beginner series, so you don't need a partner, nor do you need any experience to get started with swing dancing.

Swing 2 begins at 8:40pm and finishes at 10pm on Sundays. We continue to give you more fun stuff to do on the dance floor, expanding your dance vocabulary. You must have completed Swing 1 or have taken an audition with the instructors.

Balboa 1 starts at 7:20pm and ends at 8:40pm on Sundays. Bal is crazy fun, and pleases boys and girls completely. It's a third-level class, so you should either have done Swing 2 with us, or auditioned with the instructors.

Finally, Intermediate/Advanced runs from 8pm to 9:30pm on Thursdays. This ongoing top-level series is open for dancers who have completed our Swing 3 class or who have auditioned with the instructors. We continue to give fun, new content every time we run this session, so you can take it as many times as you want to!

Prices: Each six-week series has 8 hours of lessons, and the base price is $105 (taxes already included). There are a few discounts that might apply for you: students save $20, members save $10, and if you repeat a series you save $40 (or $20 for the ongoing Int/Adv series).


Don't forget to sign up for your class so we know you're coming. See you on the dance floor!
-sav

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The big news for the July/August round of classes is the change to a Wednesday and Thursday schedule. We're getting off Sundays for the summer months so you can enjoy your weekend camping trips without rushing back for dance lessons!

All of our lessons take place at 2750 Quadra Street, just north of Hillside in the Dance Victoria studios. All series have one lesson each week for six weeks, with 1.5 hours per lesson.

Swing 1 is the starting spot for anybody who wants to give the wide world of swing dancing a shot. You don't need a partner or experience to give this series a whirl. Swing 1 begins on Wednesday, July 3rd at 8pm.

Swing 2 will give you heaps of moves and technique improvements. We'll also introduce you to several more styles of dance from the swing family. You must have completed Swing 1 or audition with the instructors to take this series. Swing 2 begins on Wednesday, July 3rd at 6:30pm.

Swing 3 rounds out your sets of swing fundamentals. Once you've completed swing 3, you will have learned everything you need to take workshops anywhere you go. You must have completed Swing 2 or audition with the instructors to take this series. Swing 3 begins on Thursday, July 4th at 8pm.

Intermediate/Advanced is our ongoing workshop-like series. We take a lot of student requests, and mix them in with a healthy dose of just plain fun stuff. You must have completed Swing 3 or audition with the instructors to take this series. Intermediate/Advanced begins on Thursday, July 4th at 6:30pm

To register for any of these classes, Hulk smash link!
-sav

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Starting on Sunday May 19th and Thursday May 23rd, we have four sessions of classes for you to enjoy. They each last six weeks, and every lesson is 1.5 hours. By the way, there'll be no classes on Sunday May 26th (a buddy is getting married).

All classes run at Dance Victoria Studios, 2750 Quadra Street just north of Hillside.

Swing 1 is our beginner series; you need neither a partner nor experience to have a blast learning to dance with us. Starts Sunday May 19th at 5pm.

Swing 2 teaches you a pile of fun moves and new techniques to broaden your ability to have fun on the dance floor. Prerequisite: Swing 1 or prior dance experience. Starts Thursday May 23rd at 8pm.

Swing 3 fills you out with the remainder of the basics you'll want as a swing dancer. Prerequisite: Swing 2 or Balboa 1. Starts Sunday May 19th at 8pm.

Intermediate/Advanced gets you doing all sorts of crazy things with the basics we taught in Swing 1 through Swing 3. Prerequisite: Swing 3. Starts Sunday May 19th at 6:30pm.

Where can you sign up, you ask? Hulk smash link!

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The schedule for our May/June session will be posted soon! In the meantime, if you'd like to have the information sent to you, just hit us up over on facebook. As soon as this site is updated, we'll let you know!
-sav

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