10 Year Celebration Event Postponed

Hi everyone,

I’m so very, very sorry to have to do this at such short notice, but unfortunately due to venue-related reasons beyond our control, we have to postpone the 10 year celebration for a couple of weeks. There will still be the usual Route 66 night on Thursday, the fabulous Clare will be out dancing for the night (my wife, for those of you who haven’t met her, and still one heck of a dancer ;D ), and we WILL be able to use a conference room there (apparently it holds 40-50 people) to watch Capital D, so be sure to get there early so you can get a good seat! (and be sure not to miss the segment!)

And if you can’t make it for Capital D but still plan on coming down later for some dancing, you can find us in the basement (remember those venue-related reasons I mentioned…?). Good news: we can have the whole basement this time! More space, yay! Bad news: this means the debut of the Bal/Blues room will also have to be put off for now. 🙁 However, we are taking steps to ensure this WILL NOT happen again, and that the rescheduled 10 Year night will indeed go ahead as planned, hopefully in 2-3 weeks time. Expect more announcements soon…

Again, many apologies, and we hope to see you on Thursday.

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

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