For those of you who may be interested in swing music, and more especially swing dance, and more especially still in Cork, here’s some gladdening news (rather than publish e-mail addresses and phone numbers, I’ve referred you to dublindy.com. I’m happy to supply them if you can’t find them there.):
Just thought we’d let you know about the schedule for swing dance classes for the New Year, and also to remind you that Double Time with DJ Gary is back on 25th January, with a swing dance workshop in the Spailpin before the club starts.
If you’re in the mood for something a little different, there is a Burlesque night on the 15 th January in the Crane Lane Theatre – details below.
We’ve also included some information about a workshop in Galway on the 26 th January. Avril will be teaching a solo jazz routine (think of it as a swing line dance!) over four hours, and there will be a party in the evening. It should be great fun.
Elaine and Jessica
Boutique Burlesque – Crane Lane Theatre Tuesday Jan 15th 2008 from 8pm
For one night only this incredible event will be happening in the Crane Lane Theatre. The evening includes – the irresistible funky rock n soul band BEVEREN’S TOY, PASSEPARTOUT the spectacular circus freaks, a naughty swing jazz dance workshop with THE DIVINE MISS P, cheeky burlesque babes NO FRONTIERS DANCE COMPANY, and some of the finest Swing Jazz music DJed by THE DIVINE MISS P.
FANCY DRESS is encouraged - Imagine top hats, feather boas, fish-net tights, tuxedos and cabaret…
Tickets are on sale for €8 from PLUGD RECORDS on Washington st as well as on the door.
Pre-DoubleTime Swing Class
25th January and 29 th February @ An Spailpin Fanac from 8.30pm - 9.30pm with Elaine. Come along and join in on a beginners swing dance class to give you ideas for how to “get down” to Gary’s hot tunes. It’s €10 and relaxed and informal.
25th January and 29 th February @ An Spailpin Fanac, South Main St Cork from 10pm. A night of hot swing jazz with Dj Gary. Jump, jive, romp and stomp to the best big band swing of the 30’s and 40’s. The only night in Cork that guarantees the jazz will get you up so you can really get down. So come out and party like it’s 1939! €5 on the door. For further information contact Gary c/o dublindy.com.
In January 2008, there will be ten week terms running in the city centre from Wednesday 16th January and Douglas from Thursday 17th January. On Wednesdays, there will be both Beginners, designed for those who have never held hands and danced in the name of swing, and Improvers, which will suit those who have completed the Beginners course. In Douglas, there will be a Beginners course.
The beginners course will introduce you to the basics of Lindy Hop (another name for Swing dancing), giving you the confidence to take to the floor. You’ll learn key moves, grooves and style. The classes are relaxed and informal. You don’t need to have any dance experience, and you don’t need to come with a partner. The Improvers course aims to consolidate what you have previously learnt, and to further extend your repertoire and understanding of swing moves, style and attitude. By the end, you’ll be turning a few heads on the dance floor!
It is essential to pre-book for all courses - please, don’t just turn up on the first night, as you may be disappointed…..
Wednesday Classes at the Firkin Crane
Beginners class is from 7.30pm to 8.45pm and runs for ten weeks, from Wednesday 16th January until Wednesday 19th March. The Improvers class will be from 9.00pm to 10.15pm. The classes will be taught by Elaine and Jessica.
To join the classes, you must book in advance. For more information or to book your place, please contact Elaine c/o dublindy.com. The ten week course costs €100, which is payable in advance.
Thursday Classes at Garryduff Sports Centre, Douglas
A ten week beginners course runs from Thursday 17th January to Thursday 20th March. The class is from 7.45pm until 8.45pm . The course will be taught by Elaine. Salsa for beginners starts at 9.00pm to 10.15pm with Elaine.
GALWAY JAZZ WORKSHOP and JAZZ JAM – 26th January
On 26th January there is a “Jazz steps” workshop in Galway, being taught by Avril Ni Chonaire. She’s a diva when it comes to Jazz routines, and on the 26 th January she will be sharing her ideas about how to lay down those jazz steps (Susie Q, Apple Jacks, Fall off the log etc) and teaching a complete routine - the Trunky Do.
The workshop will start at one pm and run through (with breaks) til around five pm. In the evening there will be a Jazz Jam in a pub – a chance to practice the Trunky Do, listen to some lovely swing music and meet some of the Galway and Dublin swing dancers.
The workshop will be held in the Rowing Club, Woodquay (by the water behind the Town Hall Theatre), and after the workshop there’s hopefully the option of a meal out at Milano’s pizza. The cost of the workshop is €35. The venue and the entry price for the Jazz Jam are yet to be confirmed! You don’t have to have learnt any jazz steps before, but if you have you will find the day easier. If you haven’t learnt jazz steps before, the day will be challenging, but Avril is a lovely teacher, who will make you feel at ease. To reserve your place, contact Avril c/o dublindy.com