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Galway Lindy Exchange 2014

It was 8.30pm Sunday evening when I entered the Office Bar in Salthill for the final night of Galway’s first ever Lindy Exchange,Galway Lindy Exchange Flyer and to be honest, at this point I thought it was all over. Seated in the room were just five other weary bodies, enjoying the music and the company of each other, but certainly in no shape to do any more dancing. This was it, an early night and home to bed. The weekend had worn everyone out. I could not have been more wrong……..

By 10pm the place was heaving, the music kicked up a notch and GLX 2014 finished with a bang rather than the aforementioned whimper. It was certainly a truly just way to finish a wonderful weekend.

We had started 2 days before with live music from the ever popular (with Galway dancers) ‘I Saw Stars‘, a wonderful little jazz trio that kept the dance floor full and the punters smiling. It was an amazing start to the weekend, made even better by such a great turnout of support, not just from our own local dancers, but dancers from all over Ireland and abroad. In fact I was delighted at the diversity of the dancers that had rolled up on our doorstep.

Galway Lindy Exchange 2014To Saturday and the weather truly blessed us. If you’re not familiar with Ireland, then let me just say that planning a day of outdoor activities was fraught with danger, but we spent the day wandering around our fair city, dancing at Eyre Square, then later down by the Claddagh. By Saturday night GLX 2014 was truly taking off and the dancing never stopped in the Eyre Square Hotel. We ran, for the first time, the Galway Swing ‘Extreme’ Games, and while I was a little disappointed that more people didn’t take part, those that did certainly put on a wonderful showing and I hope next year more people are encouraged to have a crack at the different competitions. (If you weren’t there, we ran a ‘Jill and Jack’, a ’30 Second Showcase’, and we were supposed to run an aerials competition, but alas, no entries for that one).

After a quick feed just after midnight things began to slow down into some ‘Bluesy’ business, and the dancing went ’til the wee hours.

The first ever Galway Lindy Exchange was planned as a very simple event, with the focus truly being on just encouraging people to dance whilst showing off our lovely little town. To those that attended, I can’t thank you enough for the support. To those that put in so much time and effort behind the scenes, thank you for your talent and your hard work.  We will have more pictures soon but check out a few of them below or on Facebook.  We would love to hear your favourite moments – feel free to let us know in the comments.

Now, to Lindy Hoppers Delight and beyond……

 

Paul Neary

If you missed the fun at the Galway Lindy Exchange, don’t worry we have another fabulous weekend planned for November 21st – 23rd – Lindy Hopper’s Delight.  The early bird deadline is Friday August 15th so register now to get the best price !

 

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