As the Dancer Turns...

Saturday January 7, 2017

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... Welcome to 2017! Many highlights from 2016 to be celebrated. One great memory from December was that we had a music video shoot at our Thursday event, & we are impatiently waiting to see which of us dancers are in it Lol! (We have not seen the final, edited version yet.) A lovely couple, David & Brittany Farkas, are talented musicians (they also dance some West Coast Swing). They just released a new album called "Smilin'"; one of the songs "Love Forever" is good for Country 2-Step dancing. So we had lots of fun dancers 2-steppin' to their beautiful song. Check out their music at Go Farkas.com.

The story behind the story (literally)...

We were setting up for the night, & Phil was figuring out how to hang our relatively new promo banner (thanks Dennis) behind our DJ table on the stage. It's quite large, & took some creative solutions on Phil's part to attach it . As he was hanging it from the curtain, the two ends accidentally folded in, & you could only read the middle part of the sign... which showed MindiaDance.com. Phil said that he needed different hooks to fix it, but I didn't see anything wrong with it; I said that it looked fabulous! Anyway, it was a special night indeed. Thanks to all for coming out to play!

TODAY!!! JANUARY 7th: 1st SATURDAY WORKSHOP & SWING DANCE at  SOUTH BAY DANCE CENTER in LOMITA!

Join us to celebrate at our first 1st Saturday of the new year!

Thanks to Geoffrey Nighswonger & partner Genesis Williams De Leon for helping with the Toy Drive at our 1st Saturday event in December. Thanks to all who brought toys to donate!

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

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!

WE HAVE A CELEBRITY LIVING IN OUR HOUSE!

DRUM ROLL PLEASE...

Earlier this year, I contacted a cat food company that I found on the web. Jasper Cat (the abandoned neighborhood kitty that adopted Phil & I) may have some food allergies, so I've been researching limited ingredient foods. The woman I spoke to on the phone asked me about Jasper; then she encouraged me to submit a photo for their annual calendar contest. I just got news that Jasper has his pic featured for the month of January in the calendar haha! He was one of 12 lucky animals out of nearly 3000 entries that were winners. And Jasper wants me to emphasize that he got the January spot, not March or November. (As if he didn't already think he owned the block.) So funny that it all happened "by accident." Talk about a silver lining. Blessings come from challenging situations so often. Phil took the photo & wants credit, although I noticed the precious moment & told Phil to get his camera to take the pic. (The photo was taken long before we knew about the contest. See FB posting.) Let's just call it an "alley-oop"; a basketball term I use a lot: an offensive play in which one player throws the ball near the basket to a teammate who jumps, catches the ball in mid air, & puts it in the hoop before touching the ground! (Sports people are pretty impressed with me right now.) Phil thinks we need to get an ink pad to stamp Mr. Celebrity Cat's paw for autographing. Or shall we call him Mr. Calendar Cat? I'm a very proud Mama; he is like my first child. Wasn't I just posting on FaceBook recently about how photogenic Jasper is, & that he takes after his Mama? (Scroll back on my FB wall for more fun pics!)

***SCHEDULE CHANGES FOR JANUARY 2017***

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

INTERNATIONAL FLASHMOB WEST COAST SWING COMPILATION VIDEO!

WOO HOO LOS ANGELES... Phil & I ARE SO PROUD OF ALL OF OUR STUDENTS! THE INTERNATIONAL FLASHMOB WEST COAST SWING COMPILATION VIDEO HAS CITIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER (LOOK FOR THE "L" GROUP! We are around 4 minutes 13 or 14 seconds into the video.) Go on our FB wall or YouTube to view. VENUE: SANTA MONICA PROMENADE, SEPTEMBER 3rd, 2016. BRAVO TO ALL DANCERS IN CITIES AROUND THE WORLD! 39 countries represented, 240 cities, & 6000 dancers around the globe! Amazing! So grateful to be part of this incredible project; we had so much fun teaching the entertaining choreography. Thank you France, & to all who helped to make this possible!

BY THE WAY...The follow-up salmon story.

I did bring home more salmon the other day (I'm mostly vegetarian, but eat some fish, chicken, etc.) I offered a 3-way split between Phil, Jasper Cat, & I. But Phil said that I gave Jasper a bigger piece. Phil didn't eat it his anyway Lol! (Of course Jasper enjoyed his treat.)

CALL YOU OUT!

Here is where we get to pick on our readers, instead of each other haha!

Phil is calling out Steve & Jane (but it may be mostly Steve)... Phil & I were scheduled to teach a workshop at an event recently. Earlier in the week before the event, Steve said that he & Jane were coming. I was not feeling well, & ended up not going at all to the event. Phil saw Steve & Jane at the event in the morning, but they were a no show for the workshop! When Phil spoke to Steve later, wondering what happened, Steve said something like, "Well, Mindia wasn't there, so we changed our plans."

As far as the wrap-up from last time: I called out Larry for thinking I was sick when he saw me without my full make-up on! A few years ago, Phil & I went to the hospital; he needed a few outpatient tests. (No worries; he is ok.) We walked up to the nurse's desk to check in. They instantly assumed I was the patient, & wanted to know what was wrong with me! It was early in the morning; I had recently rolled out of bed. (I have never been one of those people who pop up like toast, & am proud of it. ) No make up on, no fixed hairdo (probably hiding under a hat), & certainly no smile on my face. I'm very human.

TUNE-UP YOUR PLAYLIST!

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

Mindia's Pick: : "The Little Things" by Carlos Bertonatti
Phil's Pick: "Oops" by Little Mix

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! Ages 21 & up. See Thursday Classes Elks link above for info. PHIL & I WILL TEACH INTERMEDIATE & INTERMED./ADV. WCS CLASSES TOGETHER, & DJ EVERY WEEK! FUN BEGINNER SERIES w/ LARRY WINTER. (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.

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

DANCE TEAM!

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

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.

PUNCH CARDS

We have punch cards available for purchase: ten classes for $100 w/ the eleventh class FREE! Punch cards do not expire. We do take credit cards in person or through our web-store.

SHAMELESS PLUG

* 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

*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.

* 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 ;-)