The rest of 2014 is now planned out for both our dances and our classes! But first, a little storytime. :)
Earlier this year, Red Hot Swing applied to appear on the second season of The Hard Way, and we were lucky enough to be accepted. The Hard Way is an incredibly cool TV show that takes struggling businesses and helps their owners turn things around by teaching them the specific skills they are lacking. We were hooked up with a mentor, Al Hasham, who shared valuable entrepreneurial advice with us. Al assigned challenges that were designed to help us learn how to run our business better. The challenges were a truckload of work to accomplish, and they were very much worth the effort. Christabel and I now have more clarity in both the business and our personal lives, and it feels great.
I mention all this as prelude to a happy announcement: the Red Hot Swing episode of The Hard Way will air on Saturday, October 11th! It will be on CHEK TV from 6:30pm to 7:00pm. The first episode of the second season has already aired, and you can check it out on Youtube. The show airs every Saturday - you can bet we'll be watching all of them!
Our Friday night dances have been a blast all through the summer, and there will be much more of that to enjoy! In addition to being open every Friday for the rest of 2014, we have a number of special events coming up:
September 26th, come celebrate Red Hot Swing's 10th anniversary with us! There will be a performance, snacks, and prizes. As usual, there is a live band because it's the last Friday of the month. CanUS Jazz Band made a lot of dancers extremely happy earlier this year, so we've brought them back. There's a Facebook event for this party, btw!
October 31st, Dixieland Express will play some killer music for the coolest Halloween party we've ever put together.
November 28th will feature the incomparable Flying Saucers for our monthly band.
December 19th we're bringing SwingKey in again for Christabel's birthday party. (We're planning to remain open for December 26th, but it seemed a little risky to hire a band for Boxing Day, so we bumped it forward a week.)
If you need to see it laid out, you can always scope out the calendar - it's up to date through the end of this year.
Our entire fall schedule of classes is planned out, and registration is live for everything. All of our classes take place in the gorgeous studios at Dance Victoria, 2750 Quadra Street (just north of Hillside).
Beginners, this is the series for you! You don't need a partner or any experience to enjoy this class. Over six lessons, we'll teach you the skills you need to get out and have fun on the dance floor. We have two sessions starting soon:
- Thursdays from 8pm to 9:30pm, October 16th to November 20th, and
- Sundays from 8pm to 9:30pm, November 2nd to December 2nd.
You can reserve your spot in Swing 1 over on our registration page.
Once you've completed our Swing 1, you'll be set to take up our second level series. We'll teach you more moves, improve your technique, and introduce you to some cool and useful dance styles. Our next Swing 2 runs on Sundays from 1pm to 2:30pm, November 2nd to December 2nd. When you sign up in advance, it helps us make sure that your class has an even ratio of leads and follows.
Swing 2 Refresher
It's been a little while since we ran a Swing 2, so we're running this two-lesson refresher series to help people who have previously completed Swing 2 get ready for the Swing 3 that begins in November. This pair of lessons runs on Sundays from 6:30pm to 7:55pm on October 19th and 26th. Please do let us know that you're coming!
Swingouts, Shim Sham, Bal-Swing, and Charleston, oh my! This series rounds out your main set of swing dancing basics, which gives you more fun things to do on the dance floor. Prerequisite: Swing 2 or audition with the instructor. If you've done Swing 2 before but are feeling a little rusty, check out the Refresher above to help get you ready for Swing 3. Class runs on Sundays from 6:30pm to 7:55pm, November 2nd to December 7th. Clicky wicky, signy wigny.
There are three of these short classes coming up this fall:
Swing 5 - Swing Dynamite Residency, Part Deux is a three-lesson series featuring Byron Alley, founder of Ottawa's Swing Dynamite school. The lessons are 8:00pm to 9:30pm on Sunday September 28th, Thursday October 2nd, and Sunday October 5th. This is a great opportunity for you to get ongoing instruction from an excellent out-of-town instructor. Please do use the registration page so we can balance the class!
We have two different two-week Swing 5 - Content TBA (To Be Announced) series on the schedule later in the fall. They are on:
- Sundays from 8pm to 9:30pm, October 19th and 26th, and
- Thursdays from 8pm to 9:30pm, December 4th and 11th.
If you'd like to work on a particular area of your dancing, now is the time to make your requests for those series! If you're confident that you'll enjoy a little high-level tomfoolery with us, then you can already sign up for those classes.
All Levels - Assisted Practices
We're bringing back our Assisted Practices for you all this fall. If there's a particular thing that drives you nuts, come to the practice and ask us how to fix it. We play music for an hour and a half, and teachers are available to help you with whatever you want to work on.
- Thursday October 9th from 8pm to 9:30pm, and
- Thursday November 27th from 8pm to 9:30pm
You can now even sign up and pay for assisted practices ahead of time.
If you've got any questions, just give me a shout at (250) 885-4639. See you on the dance floor!