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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

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

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

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!! 🕺 💃 🥰 🥰 🥰