SAVE THE DATE!!! for our
Shoreline Swing Christmas Party!
SATURDAY DEC. 21st
We will be dancing at the East Lyme Community Center with the awesome Nora Venne! She will be teaching the lesson at 7pm and will also be our DJ from 8pm to 11pm. Come join us in your holiday attire, and bring an appetizer or dessert to share (AFTER the lesson) while we celebrate the season dancing to a great selection of holiday tunes.
Member admission - $5.00, All others - $8.00
As many of you have hoped, Shoreline Swing is bringing back Sunday dances and occasional workshops—with a new place and time.
Our Sunday dances will take place on the second Sunday of the month at the Italian Club in Groton (322 Mitchell St., not far from EB). The next Sunday dance is Jan 12, we’ll dance to DJ’d music from 7:30 to 9:30p. Non-member admission is $7; members get in for $5. We’ll have a half-hour beginner lesson in East Coast Swing from 7 to 7:30 (free with admission to the dance).
Sunday dances are smaller and more casual than our third-Saturday dances. They’re a great way to practice your steps and get to know people. See you then!
(Updated)Bands for our third-Saturday dances in East Lyme
This year, we’re offering a mix of long-time favorite bands and newer groups that we’ve recently discovered and just love. Here’s the list for the first part of the year. Come check them out!
Sept. 21: Johnny and the East Coast Rockers
Oct. 19: The Zingerz
Nov. 16: Four Barrel Billy
Dec. 21: DJ Nora Venne
Jan. 18: Roger Ceresi
Feb. 15: Johnny and the East Coast Rockers
Mar. 15 Cartells
Apr. 19: Super Chief Trio
May 17: Tall Richard
June 21: The Zingerz
We can’t wait to see you on the dance floor!
If you’re new to swing dancing, you may wonder what to expect. No worries! Shoreline Swing is welcoming to new people, even those who’ve never danced before. Here are some tips we hope will be helpful:
Take the beginner lesson. East Coast Swing steps are the language that we have in common. Learning the basics will make it much easier for people to dance with you. It’s worth the effort to arrive in time for the lesson. Plus, you’ll get to know a few people right off the bat.
Good hygiene counts. All dancers should arrive at any dance with a clean body and fresh breath. If you tend to sweat heavily, consider bringing an extra shirt to change into if needed.
Dance floor “rules of the road.” Stationary dances, including swing, are done in the middle of the dance floor. Traveling dances (such as waltz and foxtrot) go around the perimeter of the dance floor in a counter-clockwise direction (the “line of dance”). You’ll notice that even at a swing dance, some people will do other forms of dance, so give them room to move around the margins. If you’re not dancing, please stand or walk on the far edges of the dance floor, not actually on it.
Dance with everybody. You don’t need to come with a partner, and most people change partners every dance. Everyone dances with everyone! Asking someone to dance is usually not a romantic overture. They’re not asking you on a date, they’re just asking you to dance. So don’t say no because they’re not your type, or are much older or younger than you, or whatever. (Well, romances do sometimes happen. But that’s not our focus.) It’s polite to decline a request to dance only if you really need to sit one out.
Women can ask men to dance. We are very equal-opportunity about this, so don’t be shy!
Don’t just sit there. If you sit on the sidelines and wait for partners to approach you, you may find that they get intercepted by other people. Demonstrate your interest in dancing by standing near the dance floor and moving to the music. Better, go ask someone! Don’t be shy because you’re new. Sometimes new dancers are reluctant to ask people to dance because they’re “not any good.” But we were all new once, some of us pretty recently, and we know that the only way to learn is to get out there and practice. You’re only asking people for three minutes of their life, and most experienced dancers are happy to give you that.
Bring a friend. You don’t have to bring a friend—we’ll welcome you solo. J But if you find you enjoy swing dancing, we hope you’ll come again and invite a friend to come along. The whole
dance community thrives when new people join us.
Membership Has Its Benefits
Once again, a year’s membership to Shoreline Swing will cost only $10. This gives you a discount on admission to our dances and workshops, plus we’ll keep you informed about upcoming events (we promise not to flood your in-box). Our year runs from September through June, so it’s time for everyone to renew.
This year, there’s an added reason to join: You’ll save even more. After years of not increasing our fees, we need to raise slightly the non-member admission to our Saturday dances (up $1, to $15). But the member admission fee will stay the same, a very reasonable $11. For which you get great music, friendly faces, and the most fun exercise ever. Membership does indeed have its benefits.