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HU Updates: 3/20/12

posted Mar 20, 2012, 4:51 PM by Hartford Underground

Two reasons to go out dancing tonight: DJ Javier “Skeets” will be rockin out and it’ll be your last chance to take advantage of the super early bird discount for the amazing Blues boot camp with Jesse & Becky on April 7! After tonight, you can still sign up for the workshops at the early bird rate until April 6.

 

The Boston Tea Party is happening this weekend! Check out our facebook group for carpooling opportunities throughout the weekend!

 

Happy first day of spring! Here’s something to get you bouncing along: Sing Me a Swing Song by Ella Fitzgerald

 

Spring out,

Diana

 

Short Version:

1. HU Annual Membership for discounted dancing!

2. HU Tuesdays at Sidebar in West Hartford

3. Black Eyed Sally’s Blues Jam, Wednesdays in Hartford

4. Lindy Tune Up Mondays at Kelly’s Pub in New Haven

5. Beginner Blues Lessons at Vinnie’s: Mondays

6. The Boston Tea Party: Thurs-Sun, Mar 22-25th

7. YS&B AIDS Walk Benefit Dance: Sat, March 24

8. Charleston Explosion Supreme at Vinnie’s: Sat, March 31

9. Vinnie’s March Madness Swing Dance: Sat, March 31

10. HU Blues Boot Camp w/Jesse Stanley & Becky Finch-Virgil: Sat, April 7

11. HU 1st Saturday Dance: Sat, April 7

12. New Haven Crash, April 28-29

13. Providence Swings’ Dirty Dozen Weekend: Fri-Sun, May 4-6th

14. Beantown Camp - Boston, MA: June 28 – July 5

 

Long Version:

1. HU Annual Membership for discounted dancing!

For $30, you receive discounts on the following until June 30, 2013! Enroll at any Sidebar or 1st Saturday dance. OR send your PayPal payment to hartfordunderground@gmail.com!

 

  • 1st Saturday dance admission
  • Mini-boot camp registration
  • Private lesson from HU instructors
  • HU merchandise (coming soon!)

 

Click here for more details!

 

2. HU Tuesdays at Sidebar in West Hartford

Location: Sidebar, 986 Farmington Ave, West Hartford

Dancing: 8-10:30pm

$3 suggested donation

Free beginner lesson at 7:30

 

Volunteers: Want a free night of dancing? Email diana@hartfordunderground.com if you are interested in helping to set up at 7pm or at the front desk during the dance.

 

3. Black Eyed Sally’s Blues Jam, Wednesdays in Hartford

Location: Black Eyed Sally’s, 350 Asylum Ave, Hartford

Open Blues Jam featuring local musicians!

Starts at 8:15pm

FREE!

 

4. Lindy Tune Up Mondays at Kelly’s Pub in New Haven

Lindy Tune Up - Join us Mondays for Swing outs - 7pm @ Kelly's Pub - Crown St, New Haven. DJ'ed swing dancing social event + MOVE OF THE WEEK..!! See everyone @ Kelly's

 

5.  Beginner Blues Lessons at Vinnie’s: Mondays

With Josh Van Vliet

Mondays 8:30-9:30 $12 Walk-ins welcome

4 classes in March

 

Blues dancing originated around the same time as Lindy Hop and represents the slower, smoother side of swing dancing. In this class series, we'll start with the basic building blocks of moving with a partner, add some key techniques for partner connection, sprinkle in a few uber smooth blues moves, and stir it up to create a delicious blues stew. All levels of dance experience welcome!

 

Check out this video – you, too, can dance the blues!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9qSvkOiUC8&feature=related

 

6. The Boston Tea Party: Thurs-Sun, Mar 22-25th

The Boston Tea Party began in 1998 as an annual party that attracted dancers primarily from the East Coast. It continued to grow in popularity to become one of the premier dance events in the country. It plays host to competitions, performances, and exhibitions of three major forms of swing dance: West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, and Balboa. Dancers also enjoy hours and hours of social dancing to music provided by the country’s best swing DJ’s. With three separate ballrooms and over ten thousand square feet of dance floor, dancing takes place throughout the day and into the wee hours of the morning. If you love swing dancing, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

 

For more information: www.teapartyswings.com

 

7.  YS&B AIDS Walk Benefit Dance: Sat, March 24

One week after we get back from spring break, Yale Swing & Blues will be holding an AIDS Walk benefit dance in Harkness Hall. Come dance with us and support a good cause at the same time! There's no need to bring a partner, and even if you've never danced before, you'll learn the ropes at the free beginner lesson directly before the dance. And be sure to stick around for the blues after-party later on Saturday night--we'll have information and directions at the benefit dance. Hope to see you there! Profits go to AIDS Walk New Haven.


Feeling helpful? Want free admission? Contact volunteers@yaleswingandblues.org.


Where?  Edward S. Harkness Hall, 367 Cedar St., New Haven (Yale School of Medicine)
What time?  Beginner lesson, 8:00-9:00; deejayed music and dancing, 9:00-midnight.  Blues after-party to follow.
Cost?  $7 general / $5 students / free for volunteers

 

8.  Charleston Explosion Supreme at Vinnie’s: Sat, March 31

Charleston workshops from 3-6:30 pm with Javier Johnson and Diana Shiroma. More details HERE: www.vinniesjumpandjive.com/events.php

 

3-4:15 Charleston

4:30-5:45 Partner Charleston

5:45-6:30 Practice time!

 

$15 per class, $25 for both

$12 / $20 for students

$10 / $18 early bird registration!

 

*To register, email or call Vinnie’s by March 29th*

 

9.  Vinnie’s March Madness Swing Dance: Sat, March 31

It’s March Madness, dancers! Come as a mad hatter, or sport your favorite basketball gear… or wear any crazy outfit you want to! Prizes will be awarded for the maddest costumes.

 

Dance: 8-12pm

Beginner Dance Sampler: 8 – 9pm

Swing for all! 9 – 11pm

Late night blues: 11pm – midnight

Admission: $8, $5 for students

 

With DJ Camille Fontanella on swing and Tresne Hernandez on blues.

*We have several spots for volunteers, if you’re interested, please email Vinnies@chc1.com.*

 

 Beginner Dance Sampler – try swing and blues, try leading and following

Taught by Tresne Hernandez and Josh Van Vliet

This hour-long workshop will provides the basics of swing and blues technique and every student will have the opportunity to both lead and follow. Whether you’re coming by yourself or with a group of friends, you’ll have all the tools you need to have a great time dancing with everyone at the event!

 

10. HU Blues Boot Camp w/Jesse Stanley & Becky Finch-Virgil: Sat, April 7

You had such a great time at the last blues camp, so we decided to bring you more! Jesse and Becky will help you connect with both your partner and the music for a heightened, bluestastic experience.

 

3:00 - 4:00 pm Basic Blues

So you've seen blues, perhaps you've heard of it. Now it's time to dance it! This class will focus on getting you moving around the floor as a blues dancer. No experience or partner required.

 

4:15 - 5:15 pm Sending the Right Message

In this class we are going to talk about connection and how to let your follow and your leader know what you are trying to do. We will also talk a bit about micro blues. Basic familiarity of blues dancing is helpful for this class. (If you took class #1 this would be a great second class)

 

5:30 - 6:30 pm Big Dance, Small Dance: or How to match the music

In this class we'll discuss dancing to what you are hearing in the music and how to shape it into larger more energetic forms and smaller more subdued moves.

 

Location: Circle of Life Studio, 50 Chapman Place, East Hartford, CT

No partner required.

Registration is not complete without payment.

Sign up by 3/20/12 for the Super Early Bird Discount!

See website for more details: www.hartfordunderground.com

Paypal payments can be sent to hartfordunderground [at] gmail.com

Cash/checks accepted at Sidebar dance and at the door

 

11. HU 1st Saturday Dance: Sat, April 7

Location: Circle of Life Studio, 50 Chapman Pl, East Hartford

Free beginner lesson at 7:30

Dancing: 8-11:00pm

 

Volunteers: Want a free night of dancing? Email jenn@hartfordunderground.com if you are interested in helping to set up at 7pm or at the front desk during the dance.

 

12.  New Haven Crash, April 28-29


Yale Swing & Blues and Tony Fraser present New Haven Crash! Don't miss this workshop weekend dedicated to the instruction of tricks, aerials, drops, lifts, throws, etc...plus the fundamentals of shag. (What is shag, you ask? Check out Tony dancing shag here: http://www.tonyfraser.com/collegiate-shag-videos/)


Our Saturday night social dance on April 28th will feature the music of Sly Blue of NYC.


Click here to preview the workshop schedule and class descriptions (subject to change): http://www.tonyfraser.com/2012/02/26/new-haven-crash-28-29-april-2012/

Click here to register online: http://www.yaleswingandblues.org/singleevent.php?id=1073&i=0

 

 

13. Providence Swings’ Dirty Dozen Weekend: Fri-Sun, May 4-6th

Have you heard the whispers at Providence Swings? Starting Friday, May 4th, we will be hosting the baddest longriders of them all, Michael and Evita from NYC and Dax and Sarah from LA. They will be throwing it down big, so this is not an event to be missed! Not only is there going to be an epic showdown between instructors, competitors need to spit shine their dancing shoes for the craziest Jack and Jill mash-up in town! You better prepare yourself for one ace-high weekend. Registration will be opening February 15th at 8PM EST. Saunter on over to http://www.dirtydozenweekend.com/ for more information.

 

14. Beantown Camp - Boston, MA: June 28 – July 5

Opening day for Beantown Camp is set for Wednesday, February 29! Registration opens at 8:00pm EST. Lots of new changes for 2012! The registration format has been revised, the registration process is brand new, payment options are new, AND there are new discounts available! If you would like to get the best prices, be one of the first campers to register!

Beantown Camp 2012 is going to be AWESOME! With our last night falling on July 4th, this will be an excellent opportunity to attend the full week. Camp runs from June 28 to July 5th with multiple registration options. We have an amazing lineup of instructors and live music and a full week of fun activities. Be sure to check the website for all the details.

 http://www.beantowncamp.com/

 

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