Route 66 news and BIG celebratory announcement!

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the nigh-weekly Route 66 update. 🙂

Firstly, we have been assured that there is a “fix” that can be put in place so that, even if there is a double booking on a Thursday in the future, we won’t have to change nights!  So that’s a big relief.

Secondly, two bits for tomorrow’s Route 66:
1) The birthdays of both Bobby Darin and Maxine Sullivan fall over the next week, and I don’t have enough music erally by either to make 2 nights of it, so I’m rolling them into one and calling it “Ain’t Misbehavin’ Up a Lazy River”. 😉  Some we’ll be groovin’ to some of their most bodacious tunes all night!
2) Our guest DJ tomorrow filling the post-10 p.m. slot is the ever-fabulous (and secret super-spy!) Aurea!  So be sure to come on down and give her (and her tunes) some love!

Finally, mark down Thursday, June 2nd on your calenders.  We are making that a HUGE celebration night to mark the fact that I have been teaching Swing in Dublin for **10 YEARS**!! ====:O  That’s right, Swing dancing in Dublin is now 10 years old!  So get dressed up in your best duds (or don’t, I don’t care, I just want to see you there!) and help me celebrate this huge milestone!  Even if you haven’t been out dancing in a long time (6 months… a year… 3 years… more…?) — heck, ESPECIALLY if you haven’t been out in a long time! — come on out anyway, it’d be great to have a dance and reminisce about the old days!  “Why back in my day, we didn’t dance to *music*!  We danced because people were throwing rocks at us and we were just trying to get out of the way!”  ;D  Expect more announcements about this as we get closer to the date.  Hope to see you all (all!) there!

All the best,
Jamie and Clare

This Weeks Route 66

Hello again, everyone. 🙂

Just a quick note to let you know what’s up at this week’s Route 66:

1) Bobb will again be guesting on the DJ deck from 10 p.m., so come on down and give him some love!

2) The theme for my own DJ set this week will be Duke Ellington, thus completing an April full of music from some of the heavy hitters of swing!  Duke’s birthday is April 29th, so it’s fitting that we close out the month with a set dedicated to music written by and/or performed by him. 🙂

See you when we swing you!
Jamie

Swing High!

Hello once again, everyone! 🙂

Well, the first night of Route 66 at the Turk’s Head was a *rousing* success!!What made it so amazing?

a) The venue.  SO much nicer in atmosphere than our previous home, I think everyone will agree!  And it was brilliant to not have drunk randommers messing with our mojo.  But that wasn’t the best part.

b) The location.  It was really cool to have all those passers-by checking us out through the windows!  And some of them even came in to get the full scoop!  It was cool that the onlookers all dug it and were respectful.  And I’d say it will certainly help to raise the profile of the night and bring in new people, being right beside the street like that.  And of course a little part inside each of us enjoys showing off a bit.  Admit it! 😉  But that wasn’t the best part.

c) The floor.  It was super nice, just the right amount of slippy, absolutely fantastic for dancing! But that wasn’t the best part.

d) The guest DJ.  Bobb rocked the house, and kept us swingin’ until 11:15 or 11:20.  Excellent!  But that wasn’t the best part.

e) The finish time.  As alluded to above, we went past 11, and could have gone even later, but people had to get home (tired, work, blah blah blah… what’s up with that?? 😉 ).  But that wasn’t the best part.

f) The dressing up.  It was super cool to see everyone’s spiffy duds!  It’s been requested that we make this a more regular occurance (perhaps even monthly), and and I am totally hep to that jive!  Next one is in May.  I’ll let you know the exact date soon…  But in any case, that wasn’t the best part either.

g) YOU GUYS!  You totally rocked the house and helped to make the evening a HUGE success!  I can’t thank everyone who showed up enough!  You were the real stars of the night, and you were DEFINITELY the best part! 😀  Without you, I’d just be some weirdo alone in an empty room, staring mournfully out the window while some random Louis Armstrong song played in the background.

Kinda creepy when you think about it, really.  😮   😉

Anyway, just a couple of quick notes for this week:
Theme for this week: Ella Fitzgerald!  It’s Lady Ella’s birthday on the 25th, so I’ll be spinning all her hot tunes and cool grooves!  Let me know if you have any particular favourites you’d like to hear, but remember, she had LOADS of fantastic songs, and my set is only so long. 🙂  In part because:

This week’s guest DJ: Gill will be spinning the decks from 10 p.m. until they pry her laptop from her cold, lifeless hands!  Or sometime after 11 p.m., whichever comes first.

Finally, don’t forget that if you have one of those magic flyers that entitles you to free entry on your first visit to the Turk’s Head (unless you forgot yours last week… not looking at anyone in particular here…), those are still valid, and will remain so, so be sure to bring it down and make good use of it!

Ok, I’ve gone waaaay beyond the attention span of the average reader, so I’ll just leave it there.  Hope to see you all Thursday!

See you when we swing you,
Jamie

New Route 66 Night in Turks Head

Hello, Swingtown!

As you all know by now, TOMORROW, Thursday, April 14th, is Route 66’s first night at the Turk’s Head.  So be sure to come out and help us celebrate!

Things to remember:
1. It’s a dress-up night!  So wear your best duds!  (Or not… we won’t turn you away if you don’t. 😉 )

2. All times will be as normal: Improvers at 7(ish) p.m., Beginners 8-8:45 p.m., social dancing until 11 (yes, it’s back to 11 again!  Or later if we refuse to leave! ;D )

3. We’ll (hopefully) be having a “Guest DJ” slot every week, with different people stepping in from 10 to 11 (or whenever) each week (don’t forget to let me know if you’re interested in signing up!).  Our super special guest star for the first night is Bobb, so come and check out his groovy tunes!

4. Speaking of DJ sets, my theme for this week will be Lionel Hampton.  There are 3 HUGE swing-era birthdays at the end of April, of which Lionel Hampton’s is the first on April 20, so I’ll be busting out all of his best tunes tomorrow night, including “Lavender Coffin”, “Flying Home”, and “Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop”, among others;.  Swingin’!

5. Also on Thursdays at the Turk’s Head, there’s live Reggae music from around 10:20(ish) in the front bar, so after you finish dancing, you can hang out and dig that funky music!

And a couple of related notes:
6. Don’t forget as well to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for future announcements of special promotions (for example, passwords which will get you discounts), etc.  We now have a Facebook *group* set up, so if you’ve already signed up for the Facebook *page*, get back in and get on the *group* instead (apparently you can recommend groups to friends whereas you can’t do that with pages, so groups are handier in that way).  Sorry for any confusion!

7. Finally, our next 6-week Lindy course in Fairview begins next week, on Wednesday the 20th.  See the website or contact us for more info.

That’s everything!  Have a great day, and hope to see you livin’ it large at the Turk’s Head tomorrow! 😉

All the best,
Jamie and Clare

Lindy Hop class price reduction!

Great news!  We have worked out an agreement with the National Dance Academy (who run the studios we teach in) to lower the prices for all of our Lindy Hop classes!  All 6-week courses (Mondays in Temple Bar, Wednesdays in Fairview) will now cost €60, or €55 for students!  The changes take place starting with the next new session in each studio: April 4th in Temple Bar, April 20th in Fairview.  All part of our master plan for world domin- … er, I mean to bring you more affordable dancing! 🙂

See you when we swing you!
Jamie and Clare

The Return of the “Theme” Set!

Hello swingsters!

As some of you may recall, a while back (could it even be a couple of years now?? Where does the time go…) I did a few “theme” DJ sets at Route 66, featuring either a particular artist or else songs that were thematically linked. Well, the time has come for it to make its triumphant return! I’m hoping this will be a great way to not only vary the music a bit more, but also to give greater exposure to some artists (or to other, maybe lesser known/lesser played songs by some of the more famous artists).

To kick off the series next week (Thursday, March 24th), I thought, what better way to start than with Nat King Cole? As I’m sure all of you know, his birthday was only just celebrated yesterday: March 17th! He is, of course, the inspiration behind the worldwide celebrations of “St. Nat’s Day” (though of course the Irish, for some reason, choose to celebrate some obscure Catholic saint on the same day instead; what’s up with that?). So expect to hear plenty of your favourite Nat King Cole tunes, from “Straighten Up and Fly Right” to “Orange Coloured Sky”, and maybe a couple you didn’t know as well. 🙂

See you when we swing you!
All the best,
Jamie and Clare

Ringing in the changes!

Hi everyone,

Big changes are afoot for Route 66 at Q Bar and for our Lindy Hop classes in Fairview!

The short version:
Starting Wednesday, March 2nd, our Fairview classes will now be on Wednesdays!
And starting Thursday, March 3rd, Route 66 will now be on Thursdays!

===:-O

The long version:
As most of you know, Q Bar recently refurbished their downstairs bar area (a process which is still ongoing; the DJ box will be moved in the next week or two), including adding in some more TV screens, to try and draw in more people for football matches, etc.  Unfortunately, especially at this time of year, there are lots of big matches on Wednesday nights, matches which don’t finish until around 9:40 (or even later in some cases), and it was noted by the events manager this last Wednesday (the 16th) that he repeadedly saw people were coming down to the new lower bar area (presumably to watch the match), hearing our music playing over the system (rather than the match commentary), and turning around and leaving.

Obviously, this presents a problem for them, as there’s no way for them to have the match commentary on in the lower bar and have our music on the dance floor — the entire downstairs is on a single system.

As a solution, we have mutually agreed to move Route 66 to THURSDAY nights!  We’ll still be on Wednesday night next week (Feb. 23rd), but the following week (March 3rd) and from then on we’ll be on Thursday nights.

Hopefully this will actually suit everyone better: we ourselves always felt the competition from the big football nights (“Oh look! 40 women and only 10 men!  How wonderful!”), and also Thursday is closer to the weekend and more of a “going out” night and so might suit people in that way as well.  So hopefully this will actually be a change for the better all around.  (Although because it is more of a “going out” night, they’ve asked us to finish up at 10:30 p.m. rather than at 11 p.m.)

Needless to say, this means our Thursday night Lindy Hop classes in Fairview will have to change, so they are switching to Wednesday nights.  Beginners will be at 7:30-8:30 p.m. and Improvers will be at 8:30-9:30 p.m.

So, just to recap, here’s our class schedule over the next two weeks:

Monday Feb. 21st — the next 6-week Lindy Hop course in Temple Bar starts, beginners at 7 p.m., improvers at 8 p.m.
Wednesday Feb. 23rd — the final Wednesday night Route 66 at Q Bar
Thursday Feb. 24th — no class in Fairview

Monday Feb 28th — class in Temple Bar as usual
Wednesday March 2nd — the next 6-week Lindy Hop course in Fairview starts, beginners at 7:30 p.m., improvers at 8:30 p.m.
Thursday March 3rd — the first Thursday night Route 66 at Q Bar (finishing at 10:30 p.m.)

Hope that all makes sense!  And, of course, we sincerely hope these changes work out for everybody!

All the best,
Jamie and Clare

Really the last class time change

There has been a final(!) adjustment to the class times at the Fairview studio.  Beginners will now be 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

So, just to recap the times for our Lindy Hop classes:

Mondays at Studio 2 in Temple Bar
Level 1 (Beginners) 7-8 p.m.
Level 2 (Improvers) 8-9 p.m.

Thursdays at The Charterhouse Business Park, Richmond Road, Fairview, Dublin 3
Level 1 (Beginners) 7:30-8:30 p.m.
[Note: No Improvers classes at the Fairview studio at the moment.]

Remember as well that the Lindy Hop classes will now be 6-week courses for €70, or €65 for students.