As the Dancer Turns...

Friday July 3, 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


Lots of updates & upcoming changes!

FINAL 1st Saturday Workshop & Dance at Hacienda tomorrow, Saturday, July 4th... & Phil's Birthday Party! 

Come get cake & celebrate! (Make sure your gifts for Phil are things I can enjoy, like gift cards for restaurants/ shopping, a Mercedes, a romantic getaway for two etc.!) Same Workshop & Dance schedule for tomorrow; Phil & I DJ, & DJ Carlus Tyler Reed will DJ a set of great music! (See link above for details.)

By the way, I know in our newsletters I tease & pick on Phil a lot.

But he does have many wonderful qualities. I just looked at Phil & told him that nothing is coming to mind; please help me list some of your attributes! Just kidding. He is generous, kind, sensitive (but he won't admit it), loyal, dependable, great with: kitchen duty, cleaning, errands & emptying trash, & he loves & cares for both of our families. And his dancing is beyond words! (I can't get him to stop listing things now! We don't have all day here; we start teaching at noon tomorrow haha! Two or three good things would have done the job.) He is actually giving me a hard time now for leaving out handsome, gorgeous, & sexy!

But I do really love him! Happy Birthday, Baby!

Free Parking at Hacienda!

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

New Venue for 1st Saturday Event August 1st, 2015: Memories in Whittier! Celebrating our 4 year anniversary, wow!

As you may have heard, the Hacienda dancing venue is closing; we feel sad to say goodbye to a place where we have had so many years of great memories. Looking ahead, we are excited about new opportunities, & creating even better adventures!

Just for the month of August, we will have our Workshop & Dance at Memories, a lovely venue in Old Town Whittier. Phil will be celebrating the most important decision he has ever made... choosing me... the most amazing, beautiful, funny, creative, sensitive, spiritual person he ever met! (He is listing these qualities now.) Who also is a very sexy, dancing diva! He wants me to get him a t-shirt that says, "I survived four years with Mindia!" Wait a minute! I think it should be the other way around. You have all been reading the newsletter stories. I deserve the t-shirt!
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.


12901 Philadelphia Street, Whittier, CA 90601

More details coming...

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.

Final West Coast Swing Thursday at Hacienda: July 23rd!

New Venue starts Thursday, July 30th, 2015!

We will continue our weekly Thursday WCS night (classes & dance) at the Hacienda through July 23rd! We will switch to a new venue the following week. We will announce the new venue very soon; we are reviewing a contact to sign! Please keep coming to support our amazing community.

Tuesdays at the El Segundo Woman's Club!


*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 WCS class will be at 6:30pm & Intermediate WCS will be at 7:30pm. 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.

LOCATION: a few minutes from the Hacienda down Mariposa Street.

541 Standard Street (at Mariposa Street)
El Segundo, CA 90245

And the Winner Is...

It has been awhile since discussing our little "who is healthier" contest. But Phil says that there is no need to go further, because he just bought four pairs of size 30 waist pants (first time in decades???)! Also, he says, "A lady came out dancing last night that hadn't seen me in about ten years, & her first reaction was about all the weight I have lost. Although I get that a lot these days." Just to give you a visual aid, when Phil mentioned about his pant size a minute ago, he added a slam-dunk gesture to emphasize his delight. Too bad I didn't recognize what he was doing, since he was lounging on the couch, & to me it looked more like bad ladies arm styling for hustle dance. (I did have a story for you from Cheesecake factory, but looks like I will save that for next time.)

3rd Saturday CCR Dance, July 18th, 2015

Teaching two Intermediate workshops at Clubhouse in Placentia! First Timers FREE! (See below for details.)

3rd Sunday PBDA, July 19th, 2015

Teaching Intermediate West Coast Swing! (Pasadena)

6:30 pm Intermediate West Coast Swing (Must know basics; no partner needed.) 
7:30 to 9 pm Open Dancing
COST: $15 Lesson & Dance; $10 Dance only. 
Grace Hall
73 North Hill Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106

Hosted by the lovely Tami & Erin Stevens.

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)!

This week we are calling out Frank & Linda for being even more lovey dovey than Alan & Eni haha! But we shouldn't be too surprised, since in Tuesday night class Frank was exclaiming, "I'm irresistible!"

Tune-up Your Playlist

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

Mindia's Pick: "Something Special" by Usher

Phil's Pick:  "Want to Want Me" by Jason Derulo

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.

* UPCOMING 3rd SATURDAY, JULY 18th, 2015!

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 6:45pm, & 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.

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.)

* 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 6:30pm 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.

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 ;-)