NEW 6-week Lindy Hop class session starting, January 13th 2020!!

Start off 2020 swinging!!

Our new 6-week Lindy Hop class session is starting Monday January 13th in the Liffey Trust Studios, near The 3 Arena in The Point Village.

Please note our new times below for this session:

  • Beginners from 8:00 – 9:00 pm and Improvers from 9:00 – 10:00 pm.
  • €55 (€50 for students with a valid student ID) for the 6 weeks.

Spaces are filling up fast so please email us at classes@boogiebeatswing.com to register your names.

NEW 6-week Lindy Hop class session starting TOMORROW, June 12th!!

Just a reminder that a new 6-week Lindy Hop class session is starting TOMORROW, Monday June 12th in the Liffey Trust Studios, near The 3 Arena in The Point Village.

  • Beginners from 7:30 – 8:30 pm and Improvers from 8:30 – 9:30 pm.
  • €55 (€50 for students with a valid student ID) for the 6 weeks.

Spaces are filling up fast so please email us at classes@boogiebeatswing.com to register your names.

Hope to see you all there!!

NEW 6-week Lindy Hop class session starting TONIGHT!!

Just a reminder that a new 6-week Lindy Hop class session is starting TONIGHT in the Liffey Trust Studios, near The 3 Arena in The Point Village.

  • Beginners from 7:30 – 8:30 pm and Improvers from 8:30 – 9:30 pm.
  • €55 (€50 for students with a valid student ID) for the 6 weeks.

Spaces are filling up fast so please email us at classes@boogiebeatswing.com to register your names.

Hope to see you all there!!

Brand new studio for our Monday Lindy Hop classes!

Starting February 29th, our Monday night Lindy Hop classes are moving into their new home in the Liffey Trust Studios! See their website at http://www.liffeytruststudios.com or have a look at our own Contact page for a map and a couple of photos of the front of the building so you know what to look for.

They are beautiful, purpose-built dance studios with sprung wooden floors (if you’ve never danced on a sprung floor, trust us, it’s amazing), and we’ll be in a studio a little bigger than our previous one, which is nice as well!

We realise that the location is more on the outskirts of the city centre (but it *is* still the city centre!) rather than in the very heart of it like we were in Temple Bar, but there is ample parking and the Luas goes all the way there too, so it’s very accessible. And trust us, when you see the new studio, you’ll agree it was worth it!

The Route 66 Big Birthday Bash Report!

Last night was BRILLIANT! Thanks so much to everyone who helped make it a success!

1) The DJs! Give it up for their awesome work!

2) The Turk’s Head! What a fantastic venue and dance floor!

3) Jessica! Thanks so much for organising the card, that was so lovely! 🙂 And, of course, the swing scene in Dublin wouldn’t be what it is today without all the hard work she’s done to help build and enrich it! Also, thanks to everyone who signed the card, it’s cool to see how many lives we’ve touched. 🙂

4) YOU GUYS! As much as we’ve touched some of your lives, believe me, you’ve touched mine at least as much. It’s my experiences as a dance teacher that helped me decide to do a course (starting at UCD at the end of August) to get qualified as a secondary school teacher (science/biology and math). So thank you all for everything over the years.

Here’s to the next 10 years! 🙂

All the best,

Jamie and Clare

Route 66 Big Birthday Bash, take 2!

Hey hepsters!

10 + 7 = one hell of a big celebration!

On WEDNESDAY, JULY 6TH, we are having the rescheduled big celebration night at Route 66!  And, in a happy convergence, not only will we be celebrating 10 years of Jamie teaching in Dublin (reaching all the way back to Friday night classes at the YMCA on Aungier Street in 2001), but also July marks 7 years of Route 66 (going back to Wednesday nights at the Metropolitan Bar on the quays in July 2004)!!  HUZZAH!!!

The big party will be the same as previously announced: loads of cool dancing with loads of cool guest DJs, and the long-awaited debut of the Balboa/Blues room!  That’s right, get your groove on to some hot Balboa from 9 until 10:15(ish) and some even hotter Blues from 10:15(ish) until closing time!  Maybe we should call it the Hot Corner. 😉  And yes, we’ll be having Bal and Blues *every* week from then on!  HUZZAH!!!

So get yourselves down to the Turk’s Head on Wednesday, July 6th, and don’t forget to dress up in your best Swing duds to mark the occasion.  Be there or be square! 😉

(And that goes doubly so for anyone on the list who used to dance but, for one reason or another, got out of the habit.  Come on out for the night, even just to say Hi!  It would be great to see you again, and to thank you for helping to make this night so successful over the years!)

All the best,
Jamie and Clare

Route 66 Announcement!

Hello everyone,

Firstly, don’t forget, even though the big celebration isn’t going ahead tonight, Route 66 WILL still be on, down in the basement of the Turk’s Head.  We’ll be sure to mix in some Balboa-friendly and Blues-friendly tunes for those of you who were hoping to get your fix of those dances tonight.  Also, we WILL be watching Capital D up in a conference room of the hotel attached to the Turk’s Head.  Just go into the bar and they can direct you from there.  Be sure to get there early as the program starts at 7 p.m. sharp! 🙂

Right, now onto the big news… we have a HUGE announcement to make:

Route 66 is moving BACK to WEDNESDAYS!

As many of you know, in recent weeks the Turk’s Head have repeatedly moved us to the basement as a result of other events (mostly table quizzes) they have booked in (and which make them vastly more money than a dance night ever could).

Those of you who have experienced the upstairs space know how nice it is and how brilliant the floor is for dancing. Those of you who have been in the basement space know how small it is and unsuited to what we are hoping to achieve (including having 2 separate dance spaces). Changing Route 66 back to Wednesdays will help us to ensure we won’t be competing for the venue with other events (since Thursday is a popular night for other types of events, including… table quizzes!), and therefore won’t have to be moved downstairs.

We considered trying to find a new venue instead, but ultimately concluded that in all probability, no matter where we went we’d either have a similar problem to the Turk’s Head (i.e. being shifted if someone wants to book in a more profitable event) or else problems similar to Q Bar (either a less attractive location/space, or else needing to finish earlier –perhaps around 10:30 — so they could have their own regular night club).

As well, there seems to be a general feeling amongst people that — since Thursday *is* a popular night for doing other types of things — it perhaps isn’t best suited for a social dance night.

Unfortunately, I realise, this means we will now be operating on the same night as Jessica’s social dancing after her classes in the Garda Club (the Rug Cutters Club). However, I feel confident there is room for both events on Wednesdays, as they are very different events with different objectives — Jessica’s class on Wednesday, for example, is a course of 4 weeks, whereas our Route 66 lesson is drop-in, aimed at the casual learner, who just wants to give it a try. And, of course, the social dance portions of both events have their own unique vibes.

For now, the move means that we won’t be doing Balboa in the downstairs room until at least the end of June/early July, out of deference to the Rug Cutters Club, which will have someone in teaching Bal for the month of June.  I’ll encourage our regular guest DJs to mix in some Blues toward the later part of the night, though, so people can still get their fix of that!

We sincerely believe there’s plenty of room for people to support both events, and we hope you’ll agree.

All the best,
Jamie and Clare

10 Year Celebration Event Postponed

Hi everyone,

I’m so very, very sorry to have to do this at such short notice, but unfortunately due to venue-related reasons beyond our control, we have to postpone the 10 year celebration for a couple of weeks. There will still be the usual Route 66 night on Thursday, the fabulous Clare will be out dancing for the night (my wife, for those of you who haven’t met her, and still one heck of a dancer ;D ), and we WILL be able to use a conference room there (apparently it holds 40-50 people) to watch Capital D, so be sure to get there early so you can get a good seat! (and be sure not to miss the segment!)

And if you can’t make it for Capital D but still plan on coming down later for some dancing, you can find us in the basement (remember those venue-related reasons I mentioned…?). Good news: we can have the whole basement this time! More space, yay! Bad news: this means the debut of the Bal/Blues room will also have to be put off for now. 🙁 However, we are taking steps to ensure this WILL NOT happen again, and that the rescheduled 10 Year night will indeed go ahead as planned, hopefully in 2-3 weeks time. Expect more announcements soon…

Again, many apologies, and we hope to see you on Thursday.

We are no longer running
Swing Dance / Lindy Hop classes
or social nights

Farewell from Jamie and Clare

Hi Everyone,

The last year and a half of living under the shadow of Covid has wrought many changes to all of our lives. As well, it has been a period of reflection and introspection, of re-examination of priorities.

Following much consideration, changing of plans and of minds, reconsideration, indecision, trepidation, and finally acceptance, Clare and I have come to the difficult decision to step away from teaching dancing.

This truly has not been an easy decision for us. We have years — for me, Jamie, Covid stopped us about 3 weeks before the 19th anniversary of the first dance class I taught in Ireland — of happy memories and have met so many wonderful people over the years, that it’s hard to imagine that not being a part of our lives.

Or rather, it would have been difficult to imagine pre-covid. Having had that responsibility — of organising classes, organising DJs, finding venues, publicising, responding to emails, taking phone calls at any hour of the day, night or weekend, teaching twice a week for 45+ weeks per year, and doing all of that on top of day jobs and raising 2 kids, and as a result being physically and mentally exhausted most of the time — lifted from our shoulders for the first time in 19 years, it was so liberating, as you can probably imagine, given the above list! And we realised that it was something that we just need to do, for our own sakes and for our kids.

As it turns out, our hands would likely have been forced anyway, as I have now signed up for a 2-year course to add qualifications related to my work, and the classes are only on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

We don’t intend to stop dancing altogether. Teaching our classes was always great fun, and we enjoyed it immensely. At the same time, it made the dancing into work, and we both tended to avoid social dancing as a result. We hope that stepping back like this will help us to rediscover our joy in dancing again and do more actual social dancing.

All of that being said, it was still difficult to contemplate giving up our “baby”! I’ve been teaching and organising social dances since 2000, and Route 66 has been going since 2004! We know that the social night in particular is (or was!) a beloved part of many people’s weekly routines, and we wanted to be sure we could hand it over to someone who had many of the same philosophies of teaching and social dancing as us, and who could be relied upon to take over the organisational reins on a long-term basis without letting it drop. For us, Alan fit that bill perfectly, and we were SO happy that he was willing to take over the night from us.

Yes, there will likely be some changes — some due to his own style, some due to the realities of the post-Covid world (whenever that actually arrives!!), which may even necessitate a change of venue and/or night (as Alan himself will elaborate upon further himself) — but the relaxed, drop-in nature of the classes and many of the same DJs will remain the same, he’s got many of the Dublin-based teachers you all know lined up to teach the classes, and of course the most important thing that made the nights so special will also be there: all of YOU, the students and dancers! This night was never about us; it was always you guys and the special friendships you made while sharing dances that really built the community you all came to love so much.

So whenever and wherever Alan is finally able to bring the night back, go out and hit the dance floor and celebrate with each other, and bring back the joy you used to feel and have been missing for so long. And if you see us out dancing, be sure to come over and ask us for a dance!! 🕺 💃 🥰 🥰 🥰