As the Dancer Turns...

Thursday February 4th, 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

NEW STUFF!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

What happened to January? Lol! The question is: How long do you keep saying, "Happy New Year" to people? Until after January? Until you see the person for the first time that year? Hmmm... We want to thank everyone for making our New Year's Party a big success; we really appreciate all of the helpers as well (too many to name)! We had close to 150 people! Btw, there was some question about what had happened to the "1" in the giant 2016 balloons. (See great FB pics!). Apparently my brother had some technical issues during the inflation process. Also earlier in the night, my brother asked if he could have a cookie during set-up (probably needed energy for the balloon job). I told him to open the package, but didn't think to let Jo & Jean (amazing food helpers) know. Later found out that the two ladies thought we bought an already opened package, & that somebody had stolen a cookie at the store haha! Phil says that I need better communication skills. Really? Must be a joke.

NEW THURSDAY FORMAT

WESTCHESTER ELKS LODGE in Playa Del Rey! AIDEN KEITH-HYNES TEACHING & DJing w/ US!

With the new year, we decided to try a new direction. Aidan has been teaching our Beginner WCS series (drop-ins welcome; no partner needed), & also DJing a set of great music later in the night! Our last two weeks have been our best nights in the last four months. Come check it out; lots of new faces (& old faces). (See details below, or click on link above.)

1st SATURDAY WORKSHOP & SWING DANCE, FEBRUARY 6th, 2016!

OUR DANCE TEAM PERFORMS, & AIDAN KEITH-HYNES WILL DJ a set of great music! 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!

Our Dance Team has been polishing & re-energizing their WCS routine; they have been working hard, & keep getting better & better! We want to congratulate David (on team) & Fran for getting engaged!  We will be starting to work on a new routine soon; let us know if you are interested to join the fun!

We would like to mention that a friend & former team member, Joe VanRyckeghem, has been battling cancer. There is a Go Fund Me to raise money. Also Deborah Beach is selling t-shirts the next few weeks to raise money for him. Please come out & support! We will be dedicating our team performance this Saturday to Joe.

VENUE LOCATION:
SOUTH BAY DANCE CENTER
SAVERS PLAZA (behind O'Reilly Auto Parts)
24817 S. Western Ave. (cross street is Lomita Blvd.)
Lomita, CA  90717
FREE PARKING!

Also we have confirmed this same great venue for ongoing 1st Saturdays! Upcoming events:
March 5th, April 9th (2nd Saturday), & May 7th, 2016.

FARMER PHIL WHO CAME DOWN THE HILL, FAIRY JASMINDIA, & SURPRISE VISITOR JASPER!

So we have been getting settled into our new home... very happy about our new digs! We have been enjoying our organic garden, & decorating with curtain, picture, & accessory projects! And now we have a new friend... Jasper, the neighborhood cat! One day as we were moving stuff in, we had the front door & screen open. All of a sudden an orange, plump cat pranced into the house. It was as if he had been there many times before. Since then, he has been coming to "hang out" ("hang in") with us a few times a week. We found out that he is the famous cat that everybody loves in the area. We feel flattered that he must like our vibe! He likes hanging out in our garden a lot. Recently we went to a Nature Center in Long Beach on our day off. We saw a cat that looked like Jasper; it was an Orange Tabby Cat. I looked at Phil & said that is was a Tabatha Cat! He argued; I insisted that Tabby was short for Tabatha. I tried to bet him lunch, but he wouldn't. I did look it up... couldn't find any evidence to support my theory. But Phil treated for Thai lunch. I rest my case.

NEW CLASSES EVERY WEDNESDAY w/ PHIL at MEMORIES in WHITTIER!

Also New Beginner Hustle has started. Spread the word! Phil has added three classes to his weekly schedule:

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

2nd SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13th: WE TEACH & DJ at DIAMOND DANCE!

7:30 pm Intermediate West Coast Swing class
8:30 pm Open Dancing

VENUE:
I AM DANCE HAPPY in Torrance
(Click on our web link at the bottom of this newsletter for details. Special Events page.)

3rd SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20th, 2016

GUEST INSTRUCTORS CCR EVENT! VALENTINE'S THEME... First timers FREE!

Phil & I will teach two Intermediate classes: NIGHTCLUB 2-STEP & WEST COAST SWING (must know basics; no partner needed). Details below.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21st

OUR DANCE TEAM PERFORMS an entertaining WCS routine at the CLUBHOUSE in Placentia! (Click here for more details)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY, 28th

WE TEACH A COUNTRY 2-STEP WORKSHOP at the Schwimmer's Dance Center in Redlands! Hosted by Barb DeLay!

1:00 to 2:30 pm Beg./Int. C2-Step
Open Dancing follows the workshop until 5 pm.
Go to www.MagicDanceProductions.com for more info.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

FOR HIGH DESSERT DANCE CLASSIC coming the 2nd weekend in March! We will teach a WCS workshop Friday afternoon. Stay tuned... Visit www.HighDesertDanceClassic.com for details.

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!

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 new schedule; note new pricing. PHIL & I WILL TEACH INTERMEDIATE & INTERMED./ADV. WCS CLASSES TOGETHER, & DJ EVERY WEEK! AIDAN TEACHES BEGINNER WCS. (Click on link above for details.)

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.

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

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)! We are calling out Bert this time... He came to Memories recently & asked Phil about our baby! He didn't realize that the pregnancy was my Halloween costume for 2014; hopefully he didn't spread too many rumors haha!

Tune-up Your Playlist

We want to share with you our favorite songs of the week!
 
Mindia's Pick: "Don't Be So Hard on Yourself" by Jess Glynne
 
Phil's Pick:  "Roses" by the The Chain Smokers
      
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: 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:  info@PhilAndMindiaDance.com  Please use this contact for any future communications.

* UPCOMING 3rd SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20th, 2016!

GUEST INSTRUCTORS CHRISTIAN COUNTRY ROUND-UP DANCE: ALL ARE WELCOME! VALENTINE'S DANCE... wear something red! 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 will teach two Intermediate classes: 6:45 pm NIGHTCLUB 2-STEP & 7:25 pm WEST COAST SWING (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 ;-)