Greetings everyone! This needs to be responded to by the 12th if you want
your say in what's happening this year! Please be patient, this is a long
This is the long awaited update on what's happening this year with the
Edmonton SwingDance Society!
1) Sadly the name "Edmonton SwingDance Society" is actually already 'taken'
by an older swing club that has been inactive for quite some time. They are
willing to release the name to us but after much debate between Sandra and I
we have decided to change the name so we aren't stepping on anybodies toes
(sorry we didn't have time to bring it up with you Trish!).
So, here's a proposal and we need YOUR votes! Sandra came up with "Swingout
Edmonton" for a new name. If you like it,then let us know. If you don't,
then PLEASE let us know and give us your suggestion. We don't have long
though. we only have until July 12 or so to decide!
2) The structure of the classes has changed this year. Instead of informal
socials every week, we will be running two 6 week classes per term. They
will be Green and Blue meaning beginner and newcomer -intermediate. In my
opinion, everyone should take the green and then the blue. Since Sandra and
I went to Montreal we learned TONNES more about the basics that we need to
share with everyone before bad habbits settle in!
Tentatively classes will run like this:
Tuesday Evening 7:00-8:30
Green - September 11, 2001 to October 16, 2001
Blue - October 23, 2001 to November 27, 2001
The classes will consist of 45-60 minutes of instruction with 30-45 minutes
of practice time.
3) "Swingout Edmonton" will be hosting a monthly dance in a TBA location. A
Green lesson will be offered for everyone who goes to the dance and is
included in your admission into the dance. It is encouraged that EVERYONE
come out to these dances since these will likely be the ONLY opportunities
we will have to dance socially. Dancing socially is really where everything
that you learned in classes will start to sink in. These socials are also
offered to rally interest in the Lindy Hop (the best dance in the world!) so
EVERYONE is invited. Members will have a discount to the dances of course.
4) Tentative Fee Schedule:
Membership (everyone needs a membership!): $10
Green Workshops $20 $30
Blue Workshops $20 $30
Both Green and Blue $35 $50
Part-time and Graduate Students qualify for "Student" status.
I know the fees have been raised significantly. However, at just under $4 /
lesson it is actually a really good deal! I volunteer my time as an
instructor so the fees are to cover basic operating costs including hall
rentals, a sound system and other equipment as needed.
5) SUMMER EVENT!
There is talk of an August long weekend workshop. Edmonton is lucky to have
Sarah Wilkinson from Eastern Canada come to visit! She is willing to teach
some beginner workshops for us. If anyone is interested they NEED to get
back to me ASAP so I can organize where, when and how much! Members from
last year will have a discount of course!
Anyway, so that's the scoop so far. Please reply... We need to know if
there is any interest this year! We will also be needing volunteers when
school starts to help out in Quad and the Pavillion! if you can help...
please let me know!
(your devoted Pres.)
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