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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!

Come celebrate 10 years of Swing Dancing in Dublin

The countdown has officially begun!  At Route 66 next week — Thursday, June 2nd — we are officially celebrating 10 years of Swing Dancing in Dublin!  Huzzah!  So do please come on out and help us celebrate on what should be a fantastic night!  Here’s what we have planned:

1) Dress-up night!  Be sure to wear your most fab Swingin’ duds!

2) A whole host of fantastic guest DJs!

3) Swingin’ on the big screen!  As many of you know, the program Capital D featuring all of Dublin’s fabulous swingers (and some others besides!) will be showing on Thursday at 7 p.m.  It is our hope that you’ll be able to come down to the Turk’s Head early and watch it with us on the big screen! ==:D  Our own little viewing party!  Bring your own popcorn!  (Note that this is to be confirmed; we’ll be letting everyone know for sure when it’s finalised.  Also, the viewing will be taking place instead of the usual improvers lesson.)

4) Expect all your favourite “party piece” dances as well: Shim Sham, snowball, perhaps a Jitterbug Stroll…

5) And, saving the best for last…  Introducing Balboa and Blues!  There is a space in the basement bar that the Turk’s Head are permitting us to use to expand our dancing options.  It’s only small, but that’s just perfect for these two hot dances!  From 9:00 until 10:15(ish), there will be hot and fast Balboa dancing.  Then, from 10:15(ish) until closing time (how late depends on you guys, as usual), we’ll have hot and mellow Blues dancing to bring the night to a groovy end.  This is all IN ADDITION to the usual swing nonsense that will be going on in the main area upstairs!  So you can have a few swingouts upstairs, drop down to the basement for a bit of Bal, fly back upstairs for a bit more swing, head down again for blues later on…  And all at NO EXTRA COST to you guys!  Best of all, the plan is to have Swing upstairs and Bal/Blues downstairs EVERY WEEK from now on!  Talk about more bang for your buck!  Huzzaaaaah!!!  (Why do I suddenly feel like a used car salesman?)

So here’s the official rundown for the night:
Pre-7:00 p.m.: Get dressed up and make way to Turk’s Head
7:00-7:30: Watch Capital D on the big screen (TBC), observe much swingin’ coolness
7:30-8:00: A bit of social dancing to get you going.  Alternatively, the Turk’s Head serve some really nice food if you didn’t have time to eat beforehand
8:00-8:45: Beginners lesson
8:45-finish (sometime after 11): Swing as usual upstairs
9:00-10:15(ish): Balboa downstairs
10:15(ish)-finish (sometime after 11): Blues downstairs

Looking forward to a great night, and hope you are too!

All the best,
Jamie

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!! 🕺 💃 🥰 🥰 🥰