As the Dancer Turns...

Tuesday July 21, 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


It has been a crazy month or two, & we have more changes coming! New venues, new schedules, new pricing etc... please be patient with our growing pains. Help support us on FB by joining our event invites, sharing our events, inviting your friends, & posting great comments! It really makes a difference. Feel free to also donate money towards our retirement plan by paying with large bills, & telling us to keep the change haha! Good thing we had a little vacation recently with some nature adventures. Just call us Mindiana Jones & Grizzly Adams! More to come... read on!


POPS DANCE STUDIO (Puttin' On Productions) w/AC!
2010 North Sepulveda Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

The studio is just a few minutes south of the Hacienda on Sepulveda, just south of Marine Street, behind Rubios Restaurant. There is a big, FREE parking lot in front of the studio.

Please come out & support, & spread the word. Unfortunately the El Segundo Woman's Club is remodeling, & decided to paint this week; they gave me minimal notice. So sorry about this; there was nothing I could do, except find a better venue! We were lucky that POPS had something available; we used the space for our dance team for a period of time in the past. It is a nice studio w/ AIR CONDITIONING & a good parking lot in front. A definite upgrade! Classes will not be returning to the El Segundo Woman's Club; we have had too many issues w/ management there. See details below about Tuesday schedule updates & summer specials etc.


It is our final West Coast Swing night of classes & dancing at the famous Hacienda.

FREE PARKING AT HACIENDA: As long as the gate is open, you can park for free in the Hacienda Lot, entrance on Mariposa Street.

It will certainly be the end of an amazing era. And when one door closes, another door opens...


WESTCHESTER ELKS LODGE (in Playa Del Rey) for THURSDAY WEST COAST SWING  NIGHTS! Starting July 30th, 2015.

GREAT: Classes, dancing, music, big hardwood floor, & of course people! Also has AC, food options, free parking & a bar! Ages 21 & up. See Thursday Classes Elks link above for new schedule; note new pricing. PHIL & I WILL DJ EVERY WEEK!

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.

Time out for a few stories from DAY 1 of our trip...

So we went on a five day road trip, about 1500 miles, & with all of this transition going on, we could have used five weeks off haha! We headed to Kanab, Utah to start our adventure. After leaving California, we drove by the famous Vegas Strip in Nevada. (No, we didn't make a detour haha!) Phil pointed out dirt devils, but quickly corrected himself, and said, "Oh crap. A dirt devil is a vacuum cleaner. Those are dust devils!" Driving through Arizona, we saw many buffalo, cows, sheep, & horses, as well as some cool-shaped red rock formations. As we came into the city Of Hurricane, Utah, the weather started to fit the name of the town. We drove through a thunderstorm, & saw some gigantic lightning bolts. Then several rainbows appeared, & led to an enlightening conversation.

Question: Doesn't everybody know that all rainbows have 7 colors, in a specific order? Well Phil hadn't a clue. I told him about ROYGBIP! Every rainbow has these seven colors in this particular order, every single time: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, & purple! I couldn't believe that Phil had never heard of this. He said, "I don't think many guys know about the rainbow thing." Really? That's like not knowing that there are 7 levels in the astral plane, 7 dwarfs in Snow White, or 7 wonders in the world. Is the spiritual world of 7's a secret? Phil responded, "Is it something similar to the 7 chakra thing?" He didn't know a chakra existed before I came along. (So as I was writing this just now, Phil was busy gooogle-ing 
rainbows. He wants me to confess that I was wrong; the acronym for rainbows is ROYGBIV. The V at the end is for violet; I thought it was a P for purple. It was a very long time ago that I learned about this; so one letter off is not too shabby!) Anyways, the rain did cool down temps & we had amazing weather the rest of our trip. Because of the rain, we had a sweet surprise on DAY 2 of our trip. Stay tuned for our next newsletter. Read on below for more schedule updates.

New Venue for 1st Saturday Event August 1st, 2015

Memories in Whittier (one night only)! Celebrating our 4 year anniversary wow!

Just for the month of August, we will have our Workshop & Dance at Memories, a lovely venue in Old Town Whittier. Please come support through our transitions; we especially need your help to keep things going. There will be price changes & cover charges upcoming, to help pay for our costs for space rentals. For this venue, ages 18 & up is ok. See 1st Saturday Monthly flyer link at top for schedule & new pricing.

12901 Philadelphia Street
Whittier, CA 90601

Our Monthly Event will be on 2nd Saturdays (due to dance events that we are working at): 
September 12th... my Bday party & October 10th, 2015! Venues TBA soon.

Then the event will return to 1st Saturday November 7th & December 5th, 2015.




Specials for July & Class Schedule Changes for August w/ New Beginner 8 Week Series


*1st timers free for Beginner class.

*Bring a new person to either class & get $5 discount on your class.


*Starting Tuesday, August 4th, class times will be switched! So Beginner West Coast Swing class will be at 6:30 pm & Intermediate WCS will be at 7:30 pm. Cost is $10 drop-in.

*Starting Tuesday, August 4th, a new Beginner West Coast Swing 8 week series! Discount price for the series; $60 if paid by August 4th.

Drop-ins will still be welcome any time; $10 per class.

Please spread the word! This venue is ages 18 & up.

4th Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Guest Instructors for Wiley's Celebration Ballroom at Granada Pavillion Ballroom, Granada Hills! Also Judges for Barb DeLay's Club Challenge Contest! (Details coming.)


I have some guys looking for ladies to split privates; please message me if interested!

*We are available for private dance lessons throughout the week; contact us about scheduling. You can also split privates with another person for the same cost. Let us know if you are looking for somebody to share a lesson with; we can help you. Also 30 minute privates may be available if you can't find somebody to split one with. 
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!


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


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 Jo, one of the followers at Memories. Recently in Phil's Advanced WCS class on Tuesday at Memories, he taught a run around pattern. He gave his followers a cool styling variation, & he told them that I had done the styling when we were practicing earlier. He told them that they should really give me credit. (Phil & I teach at different venues on Tuesdays.) So Jo asked Phil if that meant that they should pay me for the class! Great idea; where is my money!

Tune-up Your Playlist

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

Mindia's Pick: "I Woke Up" by One T

Phil's Pick:  "The World is a Beat" by N'Dambi

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: 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.

* 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! FREE FOR FIRST TIMERS! 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 TBA at 6:45 pm, & WEST COAST SWING at 7:25 pm. (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 ;-)