As the Dancer Turns...

Saturday December 3, 2016

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


Sorry you haven't heard from us lately. We need an office manager. SOS haha! We were on a mission to get this newsletter out today... so just know that we were up late finishing it. Which may explain why we look extra tired at out 1st Saturday Event (plug #1). (Although Phil just said, "I won't look tired." Maybe I should borrow his make-up!)I need a quick break to check my laundry right now, & Phil said that he would take an ice cream break. He was going to offer me some, but he figured that I can't type & eat at the same time. The real reason is that he ate so much last time, there's not not much left to share. By the way, please "Like" our new Phil and Mindia Dance FB page!

We're back from break... time to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving & Happy Holidays! Lots to be grateful for, especially our endearing dance family. Come celebrate with us today, for our final 1st Saturday of 2016! We are hosting a TOY DONATION to try & reach 500 children. If possible, please bring an unwrapped toy today (sorry about the short notice). Geoffrey Nighswonger is supporting Duke's Toy Store & HANDS Non-profit organization for this wonderful cause.


See link above (1st Saturday Monthly Event) for details. Ages 18 & up. ALL STAR & CHAMPION DANCERS FREE!

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

BRAVO TO OUR FLASHMOB PERFORMERS LAST MONTH! GREAT FUN TO WATCH. We had close to 190 peeps each month at our last two 1st Saturday events; hope to see you today.

ALSO MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR 1st SATURDAY, JANUARY 7th! Our first 1st Saturday Event of 2017 (plug #2)!


Phil wants to know if you think I have gone too far with all the cat stuff. If you missed my FB post, I found hand towels for the bathroom, one with a "J, " & one with a "C." Of course it stands for Jasper Cat... ruler of our house! I spend more time now researching about cats than I spend time doing anything else. Hmmmmm. Phil needs you to know that I got salmon recently, & instead of saving some for him, I gave it to Jasper as a treat. I told Phil that I was sorry, but Jasper had been such a good boy. And somebody else had not. Although Jasper left a small piece, which maybe he was saving for Phil. Haha!! And there are many other examples, but it's getting very late, & we have a big day tomorrow.

QUOTE of the DAY!

ELLEN DEGENEROUS WORDS OF WISDOM: "Please be kind to one another."


We had a great HALLOWEEN party the month before last (been a while, but too good not to mention.) I called him "Rocker Phil," but he just corrected me. "It's Rock Star Phil." Complete with wild wig, animal print bandanna, tattoos, black skinny jeans, plenty of silver jewelry, black leather vest, & of course boots. I was a creature fusion... I had a purple T-shirt that I got on our Mammoth trip that said, "All my friends are wild." It had many different creatures on it. The shirt inspired my idea. I was part zebra (black & white zebra pants), part crow (black, feather wings on my back), part fox (gray gloves), part tiger (orange & black tail), part butterfly (black & silver butterfly belt, & part ram (crazy, huge, head dress with horns). My Chinese Zodiac is a ram haha! One of my many nick names is RAMbunctious. Check out FB pics from the party. Many peeps in fun costumes, including Jack-in-the-Box with purple streak on top of his head & classy date (spoof of Phil & I), & mystery man with helmet. Phil & I needed a special class plan, since we couldn't teach over the head patterns. My head was too big! I had to walk sideways through some doorways. Phil thinks that is normal. He thinks that no explanation is needed on that joke. I'm confused.


No cancelled classes or dances. Usual weekly schedule. We are sorry that we are unable to host a New Year's Eve Party this year. 

No classes or dancing from Wednesday, January 11th through Tuesday, January 17th.


*Larry Winter is now teaching our Beginner West Coast Swing Series on Thursdays at Westchester Elks! Come join his fun & informative classes; first timers FREE (plug #3 etc. haha).

*Dance DVDs on sale for the holidays for only $20 each, through the end of the year! (Normally $35 each.)


WESTCHESTER ELKS LODGE in Playa Del Rey! SPECIAL 1st TIMERS FREE!  (Ages 21 & up.)
Classes & dance are every Thursday, unless otherwise noted.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Phil & I will be GUEST INSTRUCTORS at two upcoming dance events this month! Sunday, December 11th at 6:30pm: Intermediate West Coast Swing. No partner needed; must know basics. Social dancing until 9pm follows the workshop. LOCATION: Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association (PBDA), hosted by the lovely Tami & Erin Stevens. 73 North Hill Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106. (A rare occasion that we will work on a Sunday haha!) 

Saturday, December 17th at 12 (noon): Intermediate West Coast Swing. (No partner needed; must know basics.) EVENT: Swing & Country, Event Director: fabulous Barb DeLay. LOCATION: Buddy Schwimmer's The Dance Center in Redlands. See web for details:


Here is where we get to pick on our readers, instead of each other haha! I'm calling out Larry again! He came early on a Thursday recently to help Phil set up for our weekly classes & dance. We were running a bit late, & I had to put my make-up on at the venue, to get ready to teach my private lesson. Phil had a cold that week, & had told Larry. But when Larry saw me, he asked if I was sick too! At first I didn't understand why, but when I went to the ladies room to get ready, I realized that that was the first time he had seen me without make-up haha! No wonder. Reminds me of another story from the past. stay tuned... Will share later.


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

Mindia's Pick: : "Lay It All On Me" by Rudimental (feat. Ed Sheeran)
Phil's Pick: "Play That Song" by Train.


JOIN US EVERY THURSDAY at WESTCHESTER ELKS LODGE in Playa Del Rey for WEST COAST SWING CLASSES & DANCING! (No outside beverages please.) 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 info. PHIL & I WILL TEACH INTERMEDIATE & INTERMED./ADV. WCS CLASSES TOGETHER, & DJ EVERY WEEK! (Click on link above for details.)

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.

CLASSES EVERY TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY w/ PHIL at MEMORIES in WHITTIER!  Spread the word!  (See Class Schedule link above for details.)


We are still looking for a few more team people; let us know if interested. Great new routine in the works!


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


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.


* 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.

Highlights... 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.

* 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.

Hope to see you dancing soon,

Mindia... & Phil ;-)