The Route 66 Big Birthday Bash Report!

Last night was BRILLIANT! Thanks so much to everyone who helped make it a success!

1) The DJs! Give it up for their awesome work!

2) The Turk’s Head! What a fantastic venue and dance floor!

3) Jessica! Thanks so much for organising the card, that was so lovely! 🙂 And, of course, the swing scene in Dublin wouldn’t be what it is today without all the hard work she’s done to help build and enrich it! Also, thanks to everyone who signed the card, it’s cool to see how many lives we’ve touched. 🙂

4) YOU GUYS! As much as we’ve touched some of your lives, believe me, you’ve touched mine at least as much. It’s my experiences as a dance teacher that helped me decide to do a course (starting at UCD at the end of August) to get qualified as a secondary school teacher (science/biology and math). So thank you all for everything over the years.

Here’s to the next 10 years! 🙂

All the best,

Jamie and Clare

Route 66 Big Birthday Bash, take 2!

Hey hepsters!

10 + 7 = one hell of a big celebration!

On WEDNESDAY, JULY 6TH, we are having the rescheduled big celebration night at Route 66!  And, in a happy convergence, not only will we be celebrating 10 years of Jamie teaching in Dublin (reaching all the way back to Friday night classes at the YMCA on Aungier Street in 2001), but also July marks 7 years of Route 66 (going back to Wednesday nights at the Metropolitan Bar on the quays in July 2004)!!  HUZZAH!!!

The big party will be the same as previously announced: loads of cool dancing with loads of cool guest DJs, and the long-awaited debut of the Balboa/Blues room!  That’s right, get your groove on to some hot Balboa from 9 until 10:15(ish) and some even hotter Blues from 10:15(ish) until closing time!  Maybe we should call it the Hot Corner. 😉  And yes, we’ll be having Bal and Blues *every* week from then on!  HUZZAH!!!

So get yourselves down to the Turk’s Head on Wednesday, July 6th, and don’t forget to dress up in your best Swing duds to mark the occasion.  Be there or be square! 😉

(And that goes doubly so for anyone on the list who used to dance but, for one reason or another, got out of the habit.  Come on out for the night, even just to say Hi!  It would be great to see you again, and to thank you for helping to make this night so successful over the years!)

All the best,
Jamie and Clare

Route 66 Announcement!

Hello everyone,

Firstly, don’t forget, even though the big celebration isn’t going ahead tonight, Route 66 WILL still be on, down in the basement of the Turk’s Head.  We’ll be sure to mix in some Balboa-friendly and Blues-friendly tunes for those of you who were hoping to get your fix of those dances tonight.  Also, we WILL be watching Capital D up in a conference room of the hotel attached to the Turk’s Head.  Just go into the bar and they can direct you from there.  Be sure to get there early as the program starts at 7 p.m. sharp! 🙂

Right, now onto the big news… we have a HUGE announcement to make:

Route 66 is moving BACK to WEDNESDAYS!

As many of you know, in recent weeks the Turk’s Head have repeatedly moved us to the basement as a result of other events (mostly table quizzes) they have booked in (and which make them vastly more money than a dance night ever could).

Those of you who have experienced the upstairs space know how nice it is and how brilliant the floor is for dancing. Those of you who have been in the basement space know how small it is and unsuited to what we are hoping to achieve (including having 2 separate dance spaces). Changing Route 66 back to Wednesdays will help us to ensure we won’t be competing for the venue with other events (since Thursday is a popular night for other types of events, including… table quizzes!), and therefore won’t have to be moved downstairs.

We considered trying to find a new venue instead, but ultimately concluded that in all probability, no matter where we went we’d either have a similar problem to the Turk’s Head (i.e. being shifted if someone wants to book in a more profitable event) or else problems similar to Q Bar (either a less attractive location/space, or else needing to finish earlier –perhaps around 10:30 — so they could have their own regular night club).

As well, there seems to be a general feeling amongst people that — since Thursday *is* a popular night for doing other types of things — it perhaps isn’t best suited for a social dance night.

Unfortunately, I realise, this means we will now be operating on the same night as Jessica’s social dancing after her classes in the Garda Club (the Rug Cutters Club). However, I feel confident there is room for both events on Wednesdays, as they are very different events with different objectives — Jessica’s class on Wednesday, for example, is a course of 4 weeks, whereas our Route 66 lesson is drop-in, aimed at the casual learner, who just wants to give it a try. And, of course, the social dance portions of both events have their own unique vibes.

For now, the move means that we won’t be doing Balboa in the downstairs room until at least the end of June/early July, out of deference to the Rug Cutters Club, which will have someone in teaching Bal for the month of June.  I’ll encourage our regular guest DJs to mix in some Blues toward the later part of the night, though, so people can still get their fix of that!

We sincerely believe there’s plenty of room for people to support both events, and we hope you’ll agree.

All the best,
Jamie and Clare

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