Christmas and New Year Timetable

Hey Everyone,

Firstly, thank you to all of you who made Lindy Hopper’s Delight such a lot of fun last weekend. A spGalway Swing Gift Voucherecial word of thanks to the Bellehoppers, The Dipsy Doodles, Jessica Alcalde and Duana Sala who performed for us at the GLHC on Saturday night. We are now even more excited about Galway Lindyfest in April.

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Youtube pages as there will be pictures and videos coming soon!

As most of you know we are breaking a little early for Christmas this year, but all for a very good cause 🙂 (See Timetable below).  If anyone wanted to order a Gift Voucher for a workshop or a set of classes for a friend for Christmas you can contact paulneary@galwayswing.com or chat to Sarah and I at class.

To make up for our early finish to 2014 we are going to be returning in a big way in January.  Classes will start back Tuesday January 6th with a beginners class at 8pm and then we will throw open the venue for social dancing and general first night back catching up.

We also have our first workshops planned for 2015 –  Saturday January 31st.  The content of the workshops will be announced soon (but it is guaranteed to be fun).  On the Saturday night we will hold our first Galway Swing Masquerade Dance.  A chance to get out on the dance floor to your favourite Lindy Hop tunes – Wear a mask, paint one on or get creative – it is up to you.

Hope to see you all out dancing soon.  If I don’t get a chance to see you then have a lovely Christmas and New Year.

I look forward to seeing you in 2015!

Paul Neary

Galway Swing Merry Christmas #Lindyhop #swingdance #christmas


Christmas and New Year Timetable

Wednesday December 3rd – The last swing dance class of 2014
Beginners at 8pm
Improvers at 9pm

Tuesday January  6th – The first swing dance class in 2015
Beginners 8pm
Social dancing afterwards to celebrate the New Year

Saturday January 31st – Swing Dance Workshop
Lindy Hop and Charleston Workshops Content TBC

Saturday January 31st – Swing Dance Social Night
Galway Swing Masquerade Dance

Happy Frankie 100 From Galway

Happy Frankie 100 from Galway

Below is the final edit of some of our Galway Swing dancers performing the Frankie 100 Global Choreography around the city. This was danced all around the world to celebrate Frankie Manning’s 100th birthday !  Lindy Hoppers around the world have been performing and posting videos online of this dance in a global tribute to Frankie!

Frankie Manning originally choreographed The Lindy Chorus hoping that it would become a part of his legacy and we are pleased to further this part of his memory by being a part of the Centennial celebrations!

A BIG thank you to everyone involved in this, and a special mention to our two happy cheerleaders near the end of the video !

 

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3 Reasons Not to Miss This Years Lindy Hopper’s Delight

Three Reasons Why You Can’t Miss This Years Lindy Hoppers Delight

Entering its third year, Galway Swings Lindy Hopper’s Delight weekend has become a regular on the Irish swing dancing calender. Here are three reasons why you shouldn’t miss this years event:

 

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1. The Instructors

Lindy Hopper’s Delight presents a fairly unique opportunity for students to get up close and spend a lot of contact time with their favorite teachers. Not many camps allow you to spend 4+ hours over the course of a weekend taking workshops from the likes of Dax and Sarah (2012), Skye and Naomi (2013), and, this year, Michael and Evita. With the small numbers in attendance, Lindy Hoppers Delight also presents fantastic opportunities to grab these guys for a social dance (and they really don’t mind), and to get to know them a little better.

Our guest instructors this year will be the aforementioned Michael Jagger (sadly pronounced ‘Yah-grr’, not like the rock idol), Evita Arce and, joining them, David Zilkha. David is a Lindy Hop and Blues enthusiast with many years experience in both teaching and hosting events in Bristol, UK, and was a guest instructor at the very first Crave held in Galway a few years back. 

For those of you that have encountered  Michael and Evita on their various travels, you obviously don’t need me to tell you of their awesomness. These guys are first rate instructors, bringing a very unique vibrancy and enthusiasm to everything they do. If you’ve never encountered them before, then this should be the only excuse you need to get to Galway this November.  

There will also be some special workshops presented by our own Galway Swing crew – workshops that have never before been taught in Ireland or, to the best of my knowledge, Europe (that’s right folks, when Sarah and I were invited to teach in Canada earlier this year we were also able to bring a few things back with us). This will provide another new aspect to this years Lindy Hoppers Delight weekend.


2. The Music

We hope to make announcements regarding evening entertainment very soon, but, if attendances look good we will be providing live music for our Saturday night party (Friday night is obviously held over for the Galway Lindy Hop Championships – see below). I will also be hosting a forum (let’s call it a ‘summit’) for DJs, both experienced and prospective wannabes, to discuss the ‘swing DJ’ scene here in Ireland. I will be putting together a brief with topics to be discussed, but the overall aim will be to improve the standard and understanding of the requirements of swing DJs around Ireland. This may be me in a room talking to myself, but my hope is to have me in a room talking shop with dozens of people with an interest in this topic. Not for a moment do I consider myself an expert on this matter, but, with the combined experiences and knowledge of all of us that take responsibility for the music played at swing events, I feel we can do a lot to make our Lindy Hop and Blues events jump up a notch or two.

If you have any ideas on topics to be discussed at our ‘DJ Summit’, please get in touch – paulneary@galwayswing.com


3. The Galway Lindy Hop Championships

The Galway Lindy Hop Championships enter their third year this year, and I have been delighted to see the standard increase slightly each year so far. Again, we will do all we can to provide plenty of social dancing opportunities throughout the night, but obviously the stars of the night will be our very brave competitors who are laying their egos on the line for our entertainment. Make sure you come along and support them – and check out videos of past years at on our honour roll page.

Of course, if you feel so inclined, we’d love to see you throw your hat in the ring. Registrations will open very soon, and you can keep abreast of the latest information via the GLHC Facebook page.

I hope to see you at this years event, and over the course of the weekend, please feel free to grab me for a ‘hello’, a chat and/or a dance.

See you in November,

Paul Neary

 

Registration for this year’s event opens on Friday 30th May at 7pm, get your ticket quick so that you don’t miss out on your early bird discount.  More Info and Registration HERE.

 

Happy New Year

New Year – New Classes

Hey Guys and Gals, Happy New Year

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year period. Our little dance hiatus is coming to an end, and we are itching to get back dancing next week.

New Classes:

If you take a bit of a stroll through the website, you’ll notice a few schedule changes which we hope are going to enhance your opportunities work on your dancing, and to give you some great opportunities to try a few things that you might find a little different. One of the big changes to come into effect are our Monday nights at the Victoria Hotel. We really hope you will all take this new opportunity to try a bit of jazz and solo charleston.  You can see our Schedule HERE.

Be sure to check out our new price structure before coming to class.  For all of our dancers that already buy blocks we want to look after you by giving you one week (Jan 6th – 9th 2014) to purchase blocks of classes at 2013 prices on (the door in class).  We also have offers just for you (See below).

Offers For New Members: 

Are you thinking of starting swing dance classes with us?  We would love to see you in classes.  This January we will have a special offer on Facebook for new dancers only.  Check out our Facebook Page to make sure you don’t miss out.

We don’t just have offers for new dancers we also want to reward you for your loyalty over the years and so we have two new offers starting for members only.

Introduce a Friend Vouchers:

You can earn free classes just by introducing friends to Galway Swing.  We will be handing out vouchers at classes that you can give your friends and if they present them at class they will get 50% off their first class and we will add one class to your blocks.

Galway Swing Loyalty Card:

Over the coming weeks we will be introducing a Galway Swing Loyalty card and you can earn yourself some free classes just by turning up.  You will get a stamp for every block you buy (2 for the large Blocks of classes) and after 10 stamps you will receive 3 free classes.   See you all next week …