Two Official Announcements:
• Mark your calendar for the
SHORELINE SWING ANNUAL MEETING
On Saturday, May 17, 2014 (during our 3rd-Saturday dance)
We’ll meet during the first band break of the dance (approximately 9pm) in the lobby. Please come support the board and ask us any questions you may have. Shoreline Swing is an all-volunteer organization that needs input from everyone. We promise to keep the meeting brief.
• It’s time for
NOMINATIONS TO THE BOARD
The Shoreline Swing board has formed a Nominating Committee (Jill Whitney, Frank Radzvilowicz, and Maria Weingart) to propose new board members for the coming year (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015). We welcome suggestions from any member. The time commitment of being on the board is not too heavy, and board members can choose tasks that fit their interests and availability. And you get to come to the dances for free!
If you’d like to nominate yourself or someone else*, or would like more information about coming on the board, talk to any board member. (*First make sure they’re willing, please. ) Several board members will be rotating off, so we need several people to take a turn keeping this great organization going for all to enjoy.
Nominations must be made no later than the first band break at the April 19 dance. Sooner is better, though!
SATURDAY DANCE APRIL 19th
Shoreline Swing presents:
SUPER CHIEF TRIO
We hope you’ll be part of Shoreline Swing’s 3rd-Saturday dance on April 19, when we’ll be pulled to our feet by the tunes of the Superchief Trio (“the biggest trio in Rhode Island”). From 8p to 11p, we’ll dance to swing, jump blues, New Orleans R&B, and boogie woogie. Superchief is a polished, versatile band that plays both covers and original tunes. (Pay attention to the lyrics—some songs are a hoot!)
If you’re new to swing dance, be sure to come to our beginner lesson from 7 to 8. It’s free with admission to the dance! (Arrive 10 minutes early if possible, so we can get everyone in and ready to start on time.) The lesson will help you meet people to dance with and learn the basic steps you’ll need. This month, the lesson will be taught by Sharyn Farrell, who always does a great job getting everyone started.
At our dances, beginners are always welcome, and no partner is needed. Everyone dances with everyone, and we’re happy to help new dancers get the hang of swing dance. Don’t be shy! It’s the most fun exercise you’ll ever find.
Regular admission is $15; admission for members, students, seniors, and active military is $11.
We hope to see you April 19th at the East Lyme Community Center, 41 Society Rd., East Lyme/Niantic (it’s the same town, but some GPSes like one more than the other).
(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!
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!
Sunday Dance April 13th:
322 Mitchell St, Groton. Fees for the waltz workshops are explained on the Workshops link. The dance is free for those who attend at least two workshops.
Regular admission to the dance is $7; it’s $5 for members, students, seniors, and active military.
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.