As the Dancer Turns...

Friday October 9th, 2015

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

NEW STUFF!

October greetings! Hope to see everybody tomorrow at our monthly event... 1st SATURDAY WORKSHOP & DANCE MOVED TO THE 2nd SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10th at SOUTH BAY DANCE CENTER in LOMITA! (Not to be confused w/ any venues in El Segundo area.)
This beautiful ballroom is 4,500 square feet with lots of seating! Note schedule & pricing changes. See link above (1st Saturday Monthly Event) for details. Ages 18 & up. BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverages). ALL STAR & CHAMPION DANCERS FREE!

VENUE LOCATION:
SOUTH BAY DANCE CENTER
SAVERS PLAZA (behind O'Reilly Auto Parts)
24817 S. Western Ave. (cross street is Lomita Blvd.)
Lomita, CA  90717
FREE PARKING! 

Also we have confirmed this same great venue for our 1st Saturday, November 7th Event! Upcoming events will be back to 1st Saturdays again for awhile (December 5th, 2015 & January 2nd, 2016).

DEJA VU!

Phil & I were recently at the market shopping. Phil chose the check-out line that didn't seem to have a wait. We walked up, & Phil looked around with a puzzled expression on his face. Then he looked at me & said, "Hmmm. The light is on, but nobody is home!" My reply... Welcome to my world (one of Phil's favorite lines)! Apparently the cashier had stepped away.

EXCITING NEWS

NEW WEDNESDAY CLASSES w/ PHIL at MEMORIES in WHITTIER... CHANGE IN STARTING DATE: OCTOBER 21st! Spread the word! Phil will be adding three classes to his weekly schedule:

6 pm Beginner Country 2-Step
7 pm Intermediate Country 2-Step
8 pm Beginner Nightclub 2-Step
(No partner needed; drop-ins welcome.) Classes $10 each.

UPDATE for MINDIA"S TUESDAY CLASSES

I'm hoping to resume my Tuesday classes in the next few weeks. I'm having negotiations with a studio owner, & will let everybody know as soon as something is confirmed. (Classes discontinued at Pops Dance Studio due to unavailability.)

SHARING THE CARING

Thank you for all of the kind words, donations & support around our family loss. We are blessed to have such a supportive dance community. You can still make donations at our event tomorrow, or mail to our PO Box (listed at the very bottom of the newsletter.) If you have been recently added to receive this newsletter, know that the last one was unusual with some heavier subjects. Most of the time we are more uplifting & fun. That reminds me of the story we hinted at from last time...

SEE FOR YOURSELF!

Many years ago, I was on a second date with you know who. He picked me up for the first time, driving his classy, red Cadillac! (Phil just pointed out that he must have been trying to impress me, because now he drives a Toyota. Does anybody have any thoughts about that?) While driving, he casually mentioned that he was legally blind in one eye. I'm trying to remember my initial thoughts of panic. Maybe something like... I should drive. What does legally blind mean exactly? Does he even have a license? Is there a way I can escape? Well, after all this time, my chauffeur has kept me completely safe. (And Phil does like to do most of the driving; he claims he gets motion sickness when others drive. Probably a control issue haha!) 

So, just to give you an idea of his actual vision, I will tell you about my eye doctor visit. I was being tested with the eye chart (without my glasses or contacts), & I could not even see the big E on the screen, using both eyes. Phil came & stood next to me, & with his one good eye, read the bottom line of the chart. And here we sit together today, to share all these wonderful stories. Truth be told, Phil had a severe eye injury when he was nine, & was told that he would not have depth perception or good balance. The fact that he has become such an amazing & successful dance instructor is a miracle! Such an inspiration, on many levels. Phil is a messenger for us all to dream the impossible, & see for yourself!

JOIN US EVERY THURSDAY

At WESTCHESTER ELKS LODGE in Playa Del Rey for WEST COAST SWING CLASSES & DANCING!

GREAT: Classes, dancing, music, big hardwood floor, & of course people! Also has AC, free parking & a bar! Ages 21 & up. See Thursday Classes Elks link above for new schedule; note new pricing. PHIL & I WILL TEACH INTERMEDIATE & INTERMED./ADV. WCS CLASSES TOGETHER, & DJ EVERY WEEK! Also Jason Fung is now teaching the Beginner classes!
 
LOCATION:
Westchester Elks Lodge
8025 West Manchester Avenue
Playa Del Rey, 90293

PARKING: FREE lot behind the lodge; enter the building through the door w/ "Elks" sign; enter from the parking lot.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

3rd Saturday, October 17th, 2015: Guest Instructors CCR Event! First timers FREE!
Phil & I will teach two Intermediate classes (must know basics): EAST COAST SWING & WEST COAST SWING. Mad Hatter theme. Details below.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29th: HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY: COSTUME CONTEST & CANDY! WESTCHESTER ELKS LODGE in Playa Del Rey. Usual class schedule. Details coming... 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31st, 2015! BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: OUR ROCKIN' NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY now at the WESTCHESTER ELKS LODGE in Playa Del Rey! Stay tuned for details...

Don't Miss Out!

Make sure you read the "CALL YOU OUT"   section below every newsletter; you may be in there! Also check below in "TUNE-UP YOUR PLAYLIST" for songs picks!

ONGOING STUFF!

DANCE DVDs!

We have two DVDs available, Beginner & Intermediate WCS. You can purchase them with a credit card in person (cash or check is fine also),or through our web store! More info about payment & options under Highlights.

Important Updates

*PUNCH CARDS! We have punch cards available for purchase: ten classes for $100 w/ the eleventh class FREE! You can use the card for my classes or Phil's classes. Punch cards do not expire. We do take credit cards in person or  through our web-store.

Shameless Plugs

* We are available for PRIVATE LESSONS throughout the week; contact us to schedule. You get a $5 discount per DVD when you do a private.

*Please check the "Highlights" section below for more info.

Call You Out!

Here is where we get to pick on our readers (instead of each other)!  We are calling out Alan & Eni for their interruptions in our class last night (but we could have said this at any time in the past year lol!) This lovely couple met through our dance classes, & now we have to deal with their overly affectionate nature! When they rotate to each other, they act as if they haven't seen each other for a year. So we have to wait for their re-union celebrations to finish, before we can start talking. I teased them about it, & Alan said that we were just jealous. So I looked at Phil & asked him where my warm hug & hello were. Didn't you miss me in the last five minutes? There was no response.

Tune-up Your Playlist

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

Mindia's Pick: "Big Ol' Game" by Joss Stone & Raphael Saadiq

Phil's Pick:  "Affection" by Ophelie

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

* DANCE DVD'S!

Payment & Options: DVDs are $35 each. Credit card payments are available in person, (or cash or check in person is fine also), or through our web store. If order your DVDs through our website, you have the option to click the "pick up at class" option (to avoid shipping charges), or you can have them shipped.

* UPCOMING 3rd SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17th, 2015!

GUEST INSTRUCTORS CHRISTIAN COUNTRY ROUND-UP DANCE: ALL ARE WELCOME! FREE FOR FIRST TIMERS! Mad hatter theme! You can usually find us at the Clubhouse in Placentia (formerly the Atomic) on the 3rd Saturday of each month at the CCR Dance. We teach two Intermediate classes; EAST COAST SWING at 6:45pm, & the second class is usually WEST COAST SWING at 7:25pm. (Must know your basics; no partner needed). There is usually a theme & treats! (There are also Beginner classes.) Open Dancing is a mix of music. FIRST 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.

Location:
The Clubhouse
733 Dunn Way
Placentia, CA 92870

COST: $20, or $15 for SoCal Christian Dance Club Members. Membership is only $20 for the entire year.

* 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.)

* 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.


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 ;-)