As the Dancer Turns...

Friday August 14, 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!

So here is some evidence of our crazy schedule lately (Phil insisted I share this story first)...

I was out driving doing some errands recently. Then I stopped to get something to eat. After finishing, I came out to my car, opened the passenger door, & sat in the passenger seat. Only one problem; I was alone! Phil was not there to schlepp me around haha! Somebody please keep an eye on me.

OUR NEXT 1st SATURDAY WORKSHOP & DANCE on the 2nd SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th...
MINDIA'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!

VENUE: SOUTH BAY DANCE CENTER! We bought a brand new sound system, & are excited to share it!

NOTE schedule & pricing changes; click on link above (1st Saturday Monthly Event) for details.

LOCATION:
South Bay Dance Center
24817 S. Western Avenue
Lomita, CA 90278 (FREE PARKING)
Ages 18 & up.

Please come support through our transitions; we especially need your help to keep things going. There will be price changes & cover charges to help pay for our costs for space rentals. 

Our next two Monthly Events will be on 2nd Saturdays (due to dance events that we are working at): October 10th (VENUE TBA), 2015! Then the event will return to 1st Saturday November 7th & December 5th, 2015. (VENUES TBA.)

Please help support us on FB by joining our event invites, sharing our events, inviting your friends, & posting great comments! It really makes a difference. 

GRIZZLY ADAMS & MINDIANA JONES DAY 2 OF ROAD TRIP!

So we started sharing in the last newsletter about our recent vacation adventure. We stayed in a cool, boutique hotel in the city of Kanab, Utah, very centrally located "in the heart" of where we planned to visit. Heard it's called "Abra Kanabra" haha!

Destination for the day: Zion National Park! Since it had rained the day before, we were lucky enough to hike through some magical waterfalls on our way to the Emerald Pools. On our way out of the pools, we crossed paths (literally) with another couple. We think we started an argument for them (oops)! They asked us how to get somewhere, after answering, we told them to be sure to see the waterfalls. So as we walked away, they stood there & fought about where they were headed next; she insisted on seeing the waterfalls first, & he had other plans. As we moved further away, we could still hear them arguing! Then we heard her yell, "BRAD, THEY TOLD US TO GO SEE THE WATERFALLS! I WANT TO SEE THE WATERFALLS, NOW!" We couldn't stop laughing, & had only hoped nobody would ever hear us when we argue (not that we ever fight lol). Since then, whenever things get tense between us, we say, "BRAD! TAKE ME TO THE WATERFALLS NOW" & we laugh! (One of our favorite things about writing the newsletter is that we are spontaneous with "in the moment" happenings. Like just now, I looked at Phil, feeling proud of our story, and said, "That came out good; don't you think that's funny?" And I laughed. His reply, "Yes, but what is even funnier is that piece of Chinese broccoli in your teeth!" Hmmm... maybe TMI?

We also got to see the Great White Throne in the Sky, & other beautiful sites. On our drive leaving the park, we saw five big horn sheep right next to the side of the road! WOW! That was quite auspicious, especially since my Chinese zodiac is the ram, & this year of 2015 is the year of the ram! Just call me RAMbunctious! Stay tuned for day 3 of our trip... TBC.

NEW WEEKLY VENUE NOW AT WESTCHESTER ELKS LODGE (in Playa Del Rey) for THURSDAY WEST COAST SWING  NIGHTS! 

Our first three weeks at the new venue have been great; we are happy about our new home! Come check it out!

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! Also Jason Fung is now teaching the Beginner classes, & Phil & I are teaching Intermediate & Intermed./Advanced classes together.

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.

UPDATE: LANCASTER WEDNESDAY DANCE CLASSES DISCONTINUED at High Desert Dance Company.

With great sadness, we are announcing that we will no longer have classes at our Lancaster venue. Since our move to Long Beach, it was an even longer trek, & we have been considering starting classes at a venue closer to home. It has been a very difficult decision; so many amazing people in the Lancaster dance family over many years. We love you all, and thank you for all the fun & memories!

HELPERS STILL NEEDED! WE ARE LOOKING FOR A FEW PEOPLE TO HELP US WITH VENUE SET-UP, CLASS SIGN-IN, & CREATING FB FLYERS, etc. (Illustrator program). Please get in touch w/ us ASAP. We can discuss barter options.

REMINDER for Mindia's WCS TUESDAY CLASSES NOW AT POPS DANCE STUDIO w/AC in MANHATTAN BEACH! NOTE CLASS TIME CHANGES!

Beginner West Coast Swing class now at 6:30 pm.

Intermediate WCS now at 7:30 pm.

Cost is $10 per class.

No partner needed & no experience needed for beginner class.

Drop-in always welcome. Please spread the word! This venue is ages 18 & up. Nice studio w/ & FREE parking lot in front of the studio. LOCATION: Pops Dance Studio (Puttin' On Productions), 2010 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266. (Behind Rubio's Restaurant.)

3rd Saturday, August 15th, 2015: Guest Instructors CCR Event! First timers FREE!
Phil & I will teach two Intermediate classes (must know basics): Country 2-step & West Coast Swing. Details below.

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!

We will be teaching Intermediate WCS 7:30 pm (must know basics), open dancing 8:30 to 11:30 pm. Club Challenge 9:30 pm (Progressive WCS Jack & Jill contest.)

LOCATION:
GRANADA PAVILION
11128 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills CA, 91344

*NOTE* PRIVATE LESSONS

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 45 or 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!

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.

Phil and Mindia DVDs.jpg

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)! I am calling out Mike; he keeps joining my FB invite for Tuesdays, but then he goes to Phil's classes! Stop teasing me, Mike lol!

Tune-up Your Playlist

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

Mindia's Pick: "Us" by Movement & "Get Right Back to My Baby" by Vivian Green

Phil's Pick:  "Lose It" by Oh Wonder & "That's How You Know" by Niko & Vinz

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.

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

* UPCOMING 3rd SATURDAY, AUGUST 15th, 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 COUNTRY 2-STEP 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.

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 ;-)