As the Dancer Turns...

Tuesday December 29th, 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


More Happy Holiday wishes for everyone! Phil & I are extra grateful to have found a really magical home that we moved into this weekend! Please forgive us for not sending out a newsletter this last month; we have been a little busy LOL! Thank you to those that helped us; we are all moved in & slept in our new nesting place last night & really love it! More to come... find out about Hip Hop Phil from Victorville transforming into Farmer Phil who came down the hill! And more will be revealed about Fairy Jasmindia & garden adventures!


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31st, 2015 at Westchester Elks Lodge in Playa Del Rey!

We are so excited about our party... over one hundred people are already coming, & plenty more will show up that night! You can still purchase tickets at the door. It will be a diverse crowd; some couples, as well as lots of singles & solos! The Intermediate West Coast Swing workshop (must know basics) will be at 7:30 pm. There will not be a Beginner WCS workshop (regular class schedule resumes January 7th).

EVENT LIST: Fun decorations... check! Yummy snacks/ dessert menu planned... check! Amazing people coming to celebrate... check! Florida VIPs Steve & Russ getting ready to pack... check! Great music planned... check! Fabulous hosts... check! Snazzy outfits... check! 
AND you may as well continue celebrating with us two days later at our first 1st Saturday event of 2016! We will give you New Year's Day off to rest & recover (we will need it too, although we have a very important family ping pong re-match scheduled).


SOUTH BAY DANCE CENTER in LOMITA! 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!

SAVERS PLAZA (behind O'Reilly Auto Parts)
24817 S. Western Ave. (cross street is Lomita Blvd.)
Lomita, CA  90717

Also we have confirmed this same great venue for ongoing 1st Saturdays! Upcoming events will be February 6th: Our Dance Team performs, March 5th, & April 9th (2nd Saturday), 2016.


We have had a few family dinners over the holidays... & Jacob had us all laughing as usual! First Jacob wanted more bread, but Phil's son's wife's mother (figure that one out) said that he needed to finish his chicken first. Then Krissi (Jacob's Mom) discovered that Jacob had hid his chicken under the cranberry! I told him he could always sneak it to the dog under the table LOL! Then it was dessert time, & Robert (Jacob's Dad/ Phil's son) cut the first slice of pecan pie, & handed it to Jacob. The slice was crumbled, all broken up in many pieces. Jacob made a face & while rejecting it, said, "That piece is for somebody else. Don't make a mess of my piece, Daddy!"

Krissi told Jacob to be polite. Jacob replied, "PLEASE don't make a mess of my piece, Daddy!" Later we took some photos, & I showed Jacob on my phone how cute he looked. He grabbed my phone, & instantly new how to enlarge the pic, as he blocked us out & zoomed in on himself! He said that he liked the photos, but told me to be sure next time to get videos! And by the way, despite the stories & teasing over the last several years, the name "Gramindia" is growing on me! But just in case, four-year old Jacob is teaching two-year old Aiden (the second of our four grandkids) how to say, "Mindia!" Actually, Aiden did say my name for the first time on Christmas Day. What an amazing gift! More to come later on our other three grandkids!

And speaking of family... congrats Ben & Megan for getting engaged! Do we have at least a few years before we will have more grandkids? Haha!


No classes December 30th. Also New Beginner Hustle class starts January 6th... Spread the word! Phil has added three classes to his weekly schedule:

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

3rd SATURDAY, JANUARY 16th, 2015


Phil & I will teach three classes this time: Spins & Turn Technique (open to any level), & two Intermediate classes for West Coast Swing TBA (must know basics). Details below. 


*No classes in Whittier on Wednesday, December 30th.
*All classes will resume their regular schedule after New Year's Eve.


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!


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 David Amborn will be teaching the Beginner classes!

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.


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)!  Phil is calling out Lanny! The two of them were talking on the phone about arrangements recently, & as Lanny was getting off the phone, he called Phil, "Babe!" For the record, Phil declares no bromance going on lol!

Tune-up Your Playlist

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

Mindia's Picks: "No Matter What" by Sonya Kitchell, & "The Little Things" by Carlos Bertonatti

Phil's Picks:  "Same Old Love" by Selena Gomez, & "Boys Like You" by Who Is Fancy

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


Payment & Options: Dance DVSs are $35 each (plus tax if credit card payment). 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.

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


GUEST INSTRUCTORS CHRISTIAN COUNTRY ROUND-UP DANCE: ALL ARE WELCOME! OUR DANCE TEAM PERFORMS! FREE FOR FIRST TIMERS! THEME TBA. 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 will teach three classes; Spins & Turn Technique at 6:15pm (open to any level), & two Intermediate classes for WEST COAST SWING TBA at 6:45pm & 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.

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 ;-)