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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!


Upcoming Dances

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.


Upcoming Classes

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).

Swing 1

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.

Swing 2

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!

Swing 3

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.

Swing 5

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 28thThursday 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!


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Here's what we've got coming up for classes in the next couple of months!  You can register for the classes you want to take by heading over to our sign-up page.

August 2014

Swing 3 will run on Sunday evenings from 6:30pm to 8pm on August 10, 17, 24, and 31st, as well as Thursday evenings from 8pm to 9:30 on August 21 and 28th.  Prerequisites: Swing 2 or by audition.

Swing 5 - Swing Dynamite Residency runs on Wednesday evenings on August 20 and 27th from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.  This is an amazing opportunity to learn from a top-notch dancer and instructor right here in your home town.  Byron Alley is the founder of Ottawa's Swing Dynamite, and he'll teach advanced classes for the last two Wednesdays of August!  Prerequisites: Swing 4 or Intermediate/Advanced or by audition.


September 2014

Swing 1 will run on Sunday afternoons from 1pm to 2:30pm on September 14th through October 26th, except for October 12th (for Thanksgiving).  You don't need a partner or any experience to join this beginner-level series!

Swing 4 will run on Sunday evenings from 6:30pm to 8pm on September 14th through October 5th.  Prerequisites: Swing 3 or by audition.


See you on the dancefloor!


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There's a great piece about our fellowship of the swing on the Times-Colonist today!  Pop over and have a look. :)

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In July we move into our summer schedule for classes on Wednesday and Thursday nights, which means your weekends are free for getting out and enjoying the weather. :)

Swing 1: This is the starting point for beginners; you don't need a partner or experience to join this series.  Over six 1.5 hour lessons, we'll help you get your feet under you.  Wednesdays from 8pm to 9:30pm, July 2nd to August 6th.

Swing 2: Your dancing will look better, and you'll become a more versatile dancer over the course of this six-week series.  Thursdays from 8pm to 9:30pm, July 10th to August 14th.  Prerequisite: Swing 1 or audition with an instructor.

Swing 4: This session marks the return of Swing 4!  This four-week series will round out your set of lindy hop fundamentals with some new techniques that you will enjoy for years to come.  Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 7:55pm, July 2nd to July 23rd.  Prerequisite: Swing 3 or audition with an instructor.

Swing 5 - Showtime: You'll learn and then perform the choreography for Red Hot Swing's 10th anniversary party in September!  This series will start out on Thursdays from 6:30pm to 7:55pm on July 3rd.  Showtime runs for nearly 3 months, so we will work the schedule over the run to make sure it works for everybody enrolled.    Prerequisite: Intermediate/Advanced or audition with an instructor.  Swing 4 can be taken as a co-requisite.


Next step: sign up for the classes you want to take!


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Opportunities to learn abound!

Swing 1 Bootcamp: This beginner series will get you up and running with the basics of swing dancing in just three weeks.  There are two lessons per week - one on Sundays from 5pm to 6:25pm and one on Thursdays from 8pm to 9:30pm, June 15th to July 3rd.  You don't need a partner or any experience to join this class.

Swing 2: If you've finished our Swing 1, we'll give you heaps of fun, fresh content in this series.  It's on Sundays from 1pm to 2:30pm, June 15th to July 20th.  Still no partner needed. :)

Swing 3 rounds out your main set of swing basics, including swingouts and the Shim Sham.  It'll get you ready for Swing 4, where you learn how to add your own styling to the dance.  Swing 3 will run on Sundays from 6:30pm to 8pm, June 15th to July 20th.

Swing 5 - Shag is a two-week mini series that has been requested repeatedly, so here you go!  Sundays from 8pm to 9:30pm, on June 15th and June 22nd.  If you've completed Swing 3 or higher, you'll be good to go for this specialty class.


After these series wrap up, we'll be moving to a Wednesday/Thursday evening class schedule in early July for the summer so your weekends are free for some proper outdoorsing activities.  Just think of it: come dancing on Friday night, then head outside as much as you want on Saturday and Sunday. :)

See you on the dance floor!


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We've had a number of students ask for a beginner series in a condensed period of time, so we're running a Swing 1 Bootcamp on Sunday and Thursday evenings from 8-9:30pm.  With two lessons per week, the whole series will take three weeks altogether.  The start date is Sunday May 25th, and the last class will be June 12th.

To reserve your spot in this class, just use this finely-crafted link to hop over to our registration page!


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We've got a Swing 1 and a Swing 2 starting up on Sunday May 4th.  Our beginner series begins at 1pm, and the level two is at 7:40pm.  All you've got to do is pop over to our registration page to reserve your spot in the class!

May the 4th be with you.


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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,


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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.

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.)

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!

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,

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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. :)

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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!

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