As the Dancer Turns...

Thursday May 8th, 2014

Hello to our Dance Family!

Welcome to Phil Adams & Mindia Robin's Newsletter: "As the Dancer Turns..."

Time to take another spin with this uplifting issue.

Soap Opera Snippets

A Day in the Life of...

Photo Credit: Doug Silton

Photo Credit: Doug Silton

Great news! You can now purchase our new Beginner & Intermediate West Coast Swing DVDs with a credit card, in person or through our web store! You can come to the Hacienda Hotel tonight to get them! More info about payment & options under New Highlights.

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And the Winner is...

Me! I called Phil recently while he was out doing errands. He answered the phone, & all I heard was, "Can I have a ten-piece Chicken Nugget order?" Phil was at a Chick-Fil-A drive through! He was caught red handed. What happened to his organic salad? His defense was that he didn't order fries & a soda. Oh, so that makes the Chicken Nuggets healthy? Phil is saying, "Tell them about the chocolate covered strawberries, Honey." If I must. I treat myself once in a while to a chocolate covered strawberry. I was at the Food Court  at the Mall last week (oops, Phil just busted me for getting fast food). Before I ate my dinner, I went by the Chocolate Factory place to make sure they had enough strawberries left. There were six in the case, so I went to eat & came back twenty minutes later for my dessert. A man walked in five seconds before me & ordered all six of those yummy chocolate covered strawberries! I wanted to cry. So I took it as a sign; I was not supposed to get the treat. Instead, I got a chocolate covered twinkie (probably twice the size of a dipped strawberry). Phil just found out this moment (with the rest of you) that I did get a different dessert. Phil wants me to make an edit; he thinks that he is the winner this time. What do you think?

Important Updates

We have decided to end the Intermediate/Advanced West Coast Swing class on Mondays at 7 pm. We will have our Dance Team practice from 7 to 9pm instead, so that we have an extra hour to polish & perfect their routines.

The Hacienda Hotel got a new parking company for their lot. The fees have changed; just wanted to let you know that you now get one & a half hours of free parking with purchase/validation at the bar.

FYI: Make sure to read the "Call You Out" section below, every Newsletter. You might be in there...

A Few Shameless Plugs

*Mark your calendars for three nights in the month of May that we are DJing! May 3rd (Our 1st Saturday Event), Thursday, May 15th, & Thursday, May 29th. All happening at the Hacienda Hotel.

*1st TIMERS FREE for my Beginner WCS class on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm at the Hacienda Hotel... bring your friends!

*Sheila, our waitress at the Hacienda, will be celebrating her Birthday on Thursday, May 22nd (at the Hacienda). Appetizers at 8:30 pm! Come join us. *NOTE* We do have our usual classes & dancing.

*Next 1st Saturday Workshop & Swing Dance Event is June 7th. Click here for more info.

*The FREZNO DANCE CLASSIC EVENT is coming Memorial Day Weekend in May! We are very excited for this fun event. We will be teaching a workshop, & our Hacienda Dance Team will also be performing two routines! Let's celebrate with Steve Zener, the fabulous Event Director, because this will be the Thirtieth Anniversary. This year's theme is Back to 'Z' Future! In addition to the usual competitions & social dancing, this unique event also has ice cream socials, pizza parties, a Gong Show, a Karaoke Party, entertaining skits, & surprising costumes (wondering what Steve will be this time)! See website for more info:

*Please check out the "New Highlights" section below for more updates.

Call You Out!

Here is where we get to pick on our readers (instead of each other)!

Another week off for all of you; we are running out of writing time!

Tune-up Your Playlist

We want to share with you our favorite songs of the week!

Mindia's Pick:  "The Man Who Wants You"  by Amos Lee (WCS)

Phil's Pick:   "Leggo" by B. Smyth (feat. 2 Chainz) (WCS)

Please let us know if you have songs to add, or other ideas for our Newsletter Re-birthing. And thank you Shavonne, for suggesting to add song choices.

Takin' Care of Business

New Highlights


Payment & Options: DVDs are $35 each. Bring your cash or checkbooks to upcoming classes, dances & events; if you buy DVDs in person with cash or check, we will treat for the tax! Credit card payments are now available in person and through our web store. (In person there is a $30 minimum charge.) You can also order your DVDs through our website, & click the "pick up at class" shipping option (to avoid shipping charges).

*By the way, we had an issue with our website link in the Newsletter. It's fixed now (thanks David), so you can go directly to our website from the link. Also we have a new mailing address on our Contact page. (Please disregard the old POBox from past Newsletters.) You can make checks out to me... or Phil!

Ongoing Highlights

*Please add our new joint business e-mail to your contact/address book, to avoid Spam difficulties: Please use this contact for any future communications.

*Our next 1st SATURDAY WORKSHOP & SWING DANCE EVENT at the Hacienda Hotel is June 7th, 2014! (Click here for details.) (Must be at least 21 years old to attend any Hacienda workshops. classes, or dances.) SAVE THESE UPCOMING DATES for the next few 1st Saturday Events: July 5th (Phil's Bday Party), August 2nd, & September 13th (Mindia's Bday Party), 2014! *NOTE* The event is on the 2nd Saturday just fort the month of September.

*We will teach at the Christian Country Round-up Dance the 3rd Saturday of this month, May 17th, at the Clubhouse in Placentia (formerly the Atomic). This Dance is open for anybody to come. We will teach two Intermediate classes: Cha Cha at 6:45 pm & WCS at 7:25 pm. (There are also Beginner classes.) Open Dancing is at 8:15 pm (a mix of music). FISRT TIMERS FREE (except on a few special occasions). We are both available for private lessons there, but with limited space & time slots. Please schedule in advance.

*All of our classes are drop-in (some do run in a series). No partner needed for any of our classes. No prior dance experience needed for Beginner classes. Two left feet are welcomed; we will introduce you to your right foot! (Phil wanted credit for that last comment.)

*Come out for classes & dancing on THURSDAYS at the HACIENDA! (For details click link at the top: Weekly Classes Hacienda.) I teach a FREE Beginner 1 West Coast Swing (Intro) class at 6:30 pm every Thursday.

*Once you have moved up from our Beginner level classes to Intermediate and then later Advanced, you are welcome to continue taking our Beginner classes for FREE! We want to encourage you to continue working on your basics; that is most important to develop a strong foundation. The best dancers usually are the ones who have worked on their basics for years. When you keep taking Beginner classes, you are also helping the new students to progress faster, since they get to rotate & dance with more experienced dancers.

*HACIENDA HOTEL SUPPORT NEEDED: As you may have heard, new owners have taken over the hotel.  It is crucial that we show them that the dancing brings in significant revenue.  We need to do all that we can to keep this amazing venue for dancing alive!  Please support the bar w/ a minimum purchase. If you order food from Sheila or the bartenders, the bill will go towards the bar tab for the night, which is helpful.  Ordering food from the restaurant does not count towards the evening's bar tab. There are now four dance floors, so spread the word & bring your friends.  PARKING: There is a Hacienda parking lot across the street (entrance on Mariposa St.). An hour and a half free with validation at the bar (just buy a drink or food).

We hope that you have enjoyed this episode of "As the Dancer Turns..." I know that we have! Stay tuned for more entertaining issues.

Please explore our website for more info.  We are also available for private dance lessons. Send us Facebook friend requests if you want to be informed/updated by our Newsfeed and Wall Posts. Pease forward this to friends to spread the word!

Hope to see you dancing soon,

Mindia... & Phil ;-)