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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!

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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.

Changes to classes!

There have been a few important changes to the Monday and Thursday Lindy Hop classes! These changes apply to the upcoming sessions starting in September and onwards.

Monday Lindy Hop at Studio 2, Cecilia Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Both the beginner and improvers classes will now be 6-week sessions and cost €70 per person per session (€65 for students). The times remain the same at 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the beginners and 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the improvers.

Thursday Lindy Hop at The Charterhouse Business Park, Richmond Road, Fairview, Dublin 3
There is only a beginner class on here for the time being, with the hope to start an improvers class after a session or two. The class will now be a 6-week session and cost €70 per person per session (€65 for students). The time of the beginner class has changed. It is now on from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

If you have any queries at all about these classes, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Hope to see you all there!

Latest update on classes

Our Monday night Lindy Hop classes are in a new venue in Temple Bar!

Once the International Dance Academy, now the National Dance Academy, holds Lindy Hop classes, both beginners and improvers in Studio 2 in Temple Bar. For more information, please go to the Classes page.

The National Dance Academy will also be holding new beginner Lindy Hop classes on a Thursday night in their brand new studio in Fairview very soon. Watch this space for updates as to when that class will begin!

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!! 🕺 💃 🥰 🥰 🥰