Review of 2013, Classes and plans for 2014
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Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope this finds you all happy and well after your Christmas and New Year celebrations. 
I'm really looking forward to dancing our way through 2014 together. Building on the successes of 2013, I've got lots of exciting ideas for the coming year and look forward to sharing them all with you (starting with some fab classes news for this week below).

I also wanted to take this opportunity, as it's been a while since I've sent out a newsletter, to look back on some of the highlights of 2013 and smile.

Thank you all for your continued support in helping to make our classes and events so fun, friendly and swinging.  You inspire me to keep working hard to make things better and better :-)

See you this Sunday or out on the dance floor soon!

Best wishes


Class News...

Lindy Hop

Our regular Lindy Hop classes start back this week on Sunday 5 January 2014 (yay!) and this week I'm pleased to announce that I'll be joined by the marvellous Martyn Nelson from Birmingham (double yay!!).

Many of you will have met and danced with him at our Christmas party.  He's a great lindy hop dancer and teacher and I hope you will all turn out this weekend to welcome him to Sneinton for what I hope will be the first of several sessions Martyn will be able to join us for this year.

Classes are held at the Old School Hall, Windmill Lane, Sneinton, NG2 4QB
  • 5.30: Lindy Hop Fundamentals
  • 7.00: More Rhythms and Patterns
  • 8.20: Intermediates
The whole session is only £5 per person with a discount rate of £4 for those just doing the Fundamentals class. 

This is a minor change to the 2013 prices only affecting a small number of you which I hope you think is reasonable, please talk to me if this causes difficulties for anyone.

Solo Jazz Roots

The following day we'll be starting back with our solo jazz roots class, also at The Old School Hall, this Monday 6 January 2014.

This is a fun, relaxed class from 8pm to 9.30pm for just £4.  All are welcome regardless of experience and it's a great way to expand your swing dancing repertoire.  You'll gain technique, style, steps and rhythm in jazz roots and charleston that you can use to dance solo, in groups or put into your Lindy Hop to take it to new levels.  We also learn the great routines that you'll see other Lindy Hoppers join in with at big events (Big Apple, Tranky Do, Shim Sham etc). 

For the next couple of weeks we'll be starting from scratch with some good fundamental rhythms and patterns to get our swinging feet back into action and start to work off our Christmas bellies so now is a great time to join us.

Balboa Workshops

I've had several people ask me about teaching Balboa over the last couple of months and so I've bitten the bullet and had a word with Ian Buehring of Leicester Lindy Hop, a long time supporter of Balboa (and fab dancer and teacher).

We're looking at putting on some kind of regular workshop/classes programme on a few weekends (maybe Saturdays, maybe Sundays) to get you all started (or re-started) and then support you in your continued learning, alongside any other weekly classes and events you may also go to. 

Please let me know if you might be interested in attending these sessions if we get them off the ground.

2013 Highlights...


Well let's kick off our highlights with a reminder of the fabulous time we had at this fun, friendly and exciting dance weekend up in sunny Hull. 

I was so proud to have so many Nottm dancers all together at one camp and for some of you it was your first event. What a great way to start getting out there.  I know you all learned so much and came back full of enthusiasm.  It was wonderful to see and be a part of.

Frankie 99 (and we turned 3!)

Our first tea dance in 2013 and we made it a great one, celebrating Frankie Manning's Anniversary 99th Birthday and Nottingham Lindy Hop's 3rd Birthday in style.  The weather was wonderful, the choreography to honour Frankie was great fun to learn and perform and you all threw yourselves in with gusto!  
Our finished video was shared alongside hundreds of others from Lindy Hop groups worldwide, how fabulous is that?  It wouldn't have been possible without your wonderful enthusiasm and the editing talents of Al Clark.  Thank you!!   Watch again here (it makes me smile every time).

Plus here's a link to the short tribute film about Frankie that I shared with you all on the day; a lovely reminder of the inspirational man himself.

Lindy Bombing in the Sunshine

I'm hoping we do much more of this in 2014 as it's such a great way to share our dancing with others while having a brilliant time too.

The Hockley Tea Dance, The Sneinton Festival Final Party at Green's Windmill and Sneinton Market Place.

Time to Fly!

Let's not forget our first workshop, which was a resounding success.  Dips, Tricks and Aerials taught by the amazing Bruce and Jane (Kingston Swing and Hullzapoppin) who were so supportive and tireless, staying dancing with us until the end of the evening.
We filled our Old School Hall with dancers across Nottingham and also attracted others from Loughborough, Leicester and even Ipswich (Barry Crabtree - what a star!) and our evening tea dance and fuddle has never been so jumpin'.
To remind us of all those great moves, I've recently uploaded re-cap videos of the workshop to YouTube with the kind permission of Bruce and Jane: Wasn't it a fab day?  Example quotes:  "It hurts to type, but totally worth it!!"  "I feel like I've been run through a mangle. But it was worth it!"  :-D

Christmas Party and Fuddle

And finally our Christmas dance.  Some new faces stepped up to share the DJ load (thanks Alex, Jim and Mark) and keep us all dancing the night away - when we weren't decimating the fabulous fuddle you all contributed to - one of our best I think.  A Shim Sham, a Snowball, a fun Charleston class and a thank you Jam for Emily and me.  Thanks for the dances and your joy - here's to many more in 2014!
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