May 16 , 2015
Lesson 7pm -8 pm
Dance 8 pm - 11 pm
New * Student( up to age 22) $ 5.00
Members, Seniors, Military $ 11.00
Non Member $15.00
Come inside and enjoy the beautiful wood floor of the East Lyme Community Center (41 Society Rd.). The dance goes from 8 to 11. Beforehand,7p to 8p, we offer a free beginner lesson that will help new dancers learn the basics they need to get started. (The lesson’s also good for anyone who’s a little rusty.)
Singles and couples of any age are welcome. Everyone dances with everyone, so you don’t need to bring a partner. And dancers at every level are encouraged—even if you’ve never danced in your life. We’ll be happy to get you started in all the fun of swing dancing.
See you May 16th!
Annual Meeting at the first band break in the hall.
Currently we have 6 people on the ballot for the Board. Our By Laws call for 12 people. This ensures that a few people are not overloaded with co-ordinating and runnibg Shoreline Swing events.
Please consider and speak to a current board member about how you can help keep Shoreline Swing, dancing and vibrant.
322 Mitchell St, Groton.
Time: 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm Beginner lesson
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Dance
Regular admission to the dance is $7;
it’s $5 for members, students, seniors, and active military.
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!
The Culture of Swing Dance
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.
See you on the dance floor
Our season Line up
Nov 15 Shiny Lapel Trio
Dec 20 DJ- Lee Lowery
Member Appreciation Night
Jan 17, 2015 Roger Ceresi
and The All Starz
Feb 21 Johnny and the East
March 21 Mystic Horns
April 18 Cartells
May 16 Superchief Trio
June 20 Hot Cat Jazz Band
What Does Shoreline Swing Mean to You?
Has Shoreline Swing had an impact on your life? Helped you learn to dance, maybe, or boosted your social life? Improved your fitness (or at least made exercising a whole lot more fun)? Introduced you to terrific people that you can dance with not only at Shoreline events but out in the world?
For me, Shoreline Swing has made a world of difference. My first dance experience was a Shoreline Swing event when I was newly divorced. I knew right away that I loved the dancing and having a social group that wasn’t a meat market and wasn’t all about drinking. Everyone was friendly; this was clearly a community. I wouldn’t exactly say that Shoreline Swing saved my life, but it certainly did change it for the better.
Even so, when someone asked me three years ago to join the SLS board of directors, my initial reaction was No. “I’ve got too much going on; I need to focus on my work; I just want to dance; someone else will do it.” But a few days later it dawned on me: “someone else” might not do it—and then what would happen to Shoreline Swing? So I signed up for the board and served two years. Because I and others gave our time, SLS has continued to hire bands, organize dances, and provide fun and community for many people.
How about you? Of course you’re busy. But would you consider giving some of your time and talent to Shoreline Swing, to giving back some of what you’ve received, to keeping SLS going? The time commitment isn’t huge, and since there are a variety of tasks that need to be done, you can help out in a way that fits your skills and interests.
As you may know, dance clubs do die out if people don’t join their boards. CT Swing Dance Society stopped running its Branford dances in 2014 because new people didn’t step up to be on the board. Swingin’ 88s in Providence has cut radically back on its dance schedule for the same reason. Don’t let that happen to Shoreline! Please talk to me or any other past or present board member about how you can help. Let’s keep SLS going—for ourselves, and for all the new friends/dancers who will show up in the months ahead.
Former board president of Shoreline Swing