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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

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.

Fairview is go!!!!

We finally (finally!) have an official date for the opening of the new studio in Fairview! Huzzah!!!!!

But we’re not going to tell you what the date is.

Ha!  Only joking, of course.  The studio is set to open the week of September 20th, which means that our first class will commence there on Thursday, Sept. 23rd.  For the moment there will only be a Beginners class from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., but hopefully in the new year (since we’ll only get in one 8-week session before breaking for Christmas.  Scary thought, eh?!?) we’ll be able to start an Improvers class out there as well.

I just got my first tour of the studio today (woohoo!  And did I remember to take photos?  Of course not!).  It is located in the Charterhouse Business Park on Richmond Road in Fairview, D.3 (as it has noted on the Classes page for some time).  On a map of Richmond Road, it is near Waterfall Ave. (and on the same side of Richmond Road).  There is a brick wall on either side of the business park entrance, with large signs bearing the name of the park on both walls.  There will also hopefully be “National Dance Academy” signs going up on top of the walls soon.

Once inside the business park entrance, go right (you won’t have a choice) and follow the road around to the left.  (Note: If there’s no parking available, you can park out on Richmond Road.)  At the very end of the road (don’t worry, it’s not that far), you’ll come to the building where the studio is located.  There’s a seating area with couches on the right and a row of what looks like shop fronts on the left.  The NDA is about the 3rd or 4th front in the row.

Inside, there will be a small reception area where people can wait for their class (if it’s full, there’s the previously mentioned couches by the building entrance about 20 meters away, or there’s even a small pool hall upstairs!).  Then there’s men’s and women’s changing areas where students will be able to leave their belongings while in class (each area also will have a shower, though those aren’t completed yet), men’s and women’s toilets, and finally the studio itself, with a lovely, big, open floor (no pillars!  Yay!  And a bit bigger than the old IDA) and mirrors along one wall.  It’s a great facility, and will be a fantastic home for us!

Go to the Classes page for more info about our Lindy Hop classes.  And we hope to see you in the new studio!

All the best,

Jamie and Clare

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!! 🕺 💃 🥰 🥰 🥰