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News Archive for 2002

Details of news items from 2002 can be found on this page.

Balboa Night Christmas Party (Friday 13 Dec) (updated: 09/12/02)
As part of the weekend of Joel & Valerie Workshops, we'll be having a Shaggin' Christmas Party on Friday 13 December. Come dressed in Christmas fancy dress, enjoy classes with some top dancers from the US and France, enjoy FREE food and drink, and there's even a cabaret.
CLASSES are at the Arts Ed, 15 Bath Rd, Chiswick W4. From 7.30-8.30 Choice of Beg Shag with Joel & Valerie, or Int Balboa with Anne-Helene & Bernard then 8.30-9.30 Choice of Int Shag with J&V, or Back to Basics Balboa with Anne-Helene & Bernard.
The PARTY is at St Michaels & All Angels Hall, corner of Bath Rd and the Avenue (entrance is via the path to the left of the church), Chiswick W4 from 9.30pm til midnight!!
Full details and booking information can be found here.
Details of this and other events can be found on our Calendar.
Details of closures over the Christmas period (updated: 07/12/02)
Thanks to everyone who's supported us and helped make 2002 another great year. Highlights this year included; organising workshops with Bill Borgida, Ryan & Jenny, Steven & Virginie, Joel & Valerie, and Anne-Helene & Bernhard, teaching in Ireland, Spain, France, Sweden, and Holland, performing 12 times during the year, our 4th 'Hop the Castle', starting weekly classes in Godalming, and the launch of our weekly Balboa night. We'll be taking a break over the Christmas period. Our weekly events and classes will be affected as follows:
  C JAM SWING - last one on Tuesday 10th December,
resuming on Tuesday 7th January.
  Godalming classes - last one on Wednesday 18th December,
resuming on Wednesday 8th January.
  Thursday classes - last one on Thursday 19th December,
resuming on Thursday 9th January.
  Balboa Friday - last one on Friday 13th December,
resuming on Friday 10th January.
We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who's come to our classes and events this year. We've had a great time and are now really looking forward to making next year even better. :-)
Full details of our schedule can be found on the Calendar.
HAWAI Five Ho Ho Ho! (C JAM Xmas party) (updated: 07/12/02)
The last C Jam Swing this year will be on Tuesday 10th December. Instead of the usual Christmas themes we'll be having a Hawain theme for our Xmas party, hence the "Hawaii Five Ho Ho Ho" title! So dig out those summertime Hawain shirts, Grass Skirts, Pineapple or Pizza outfits and join us for our alternative Xmas party...
Details of C Jam Swing can be found on the Events pages and the Calendar.
Ryan & Jenny classes on Thursday 28th Nov. (updated: 19/11/02)
We're delighted to announce that Ryan Francois & Jenny Thomas will be special guest teachers for our Thursday classes on 28th November. They are amongst the most respected Lindy Hoppers in the world and have many film, TV, and stage credits to their names. The format on the night will be different to usual as follows:
     7:00 to 8:30pm General Intermediate-Advanced Class
     8:30 to 9:30pm Performance Lindy Hop Course
You can only take the 2nd class if you've done the rest of the Performance Course and learnt the choreography to 'Flat Foot Floogie'. No spectators will be allowed during the 2nd class. The cost will be £10 for one class (1.5 hours) or £12 for the two (2.5 hours).
Details of venue can be found on the Classes page and the Calendar.
Sheena Davis Band at C Jam on Tuesday 26th Nov (updated: 19/11/02)
Its time once again for the Sheena Davis Band's monthly gig at C Jam this Tuesday 26th November. The band played a great set for us last month so we should be in for a great time again. See you there...
Details of C Jam Swing can be found on the Events pages and the Calendar.
Changes to Dan & Christi's teaching Schedule (updated: 20/10/02)
Dan and Christi will be away for the next 2 weekends. The first weekend we're taking a break to celebrate our 5th Anniversay. The next weekend we'll be in Stockholm teaching at the Swinging in the Rain camp. Our regular weekly classes will be affected as follows:
Friday 25th Oct - Balboa Friday is CANCELLED
Thursday 31st Oct - Thursday classes CANCELLED
Friday 1st Nov - Balboa Friday will be a SHAG Special with Paul & Natasha
The Shag Special should be a great night. Shag is another original swing dance that emerged during the same era as Lindy Hop and Balboa. In our opinion, Paul & Natasha are probably the best Shag dancers in the UK. So come along for a Shagtastic evening of swing dancing. All classes on other days will continue as normal....
Up to date details of our teaching schedule can be found on the Calendar.
Sheena Davis Band at C Jam this Tuesday 22nd Oct (updated: 20/10/02)
Its time once again for the Sheena Davis Band's monthly gig at C Jam this Tuesday 22nd October. These nights are always great fun as the band play a special mix of great swing tunes especially for our regular C Jam crowd. See you there...
Details of C Jam Swing can be found on the Events pages and the Calendar.
Workshops with Joel & Valerie (now taking bookings). (updated: 14/10/02)
We've now finalized details for the forthcoming workshop with Joel & Val on the weekend of 13th to 15th December.  Class sizes will be restricted to ensure a good learning environment so you'll need to book in advance...
Full details and booking information can be found here.
Details of this and other events can be found on our Calendar.
Swinging in the Rain - Details Announced. (updated: 30/09/02)
Full details have just been published of the Swedish camp being held over the weekend of 2nd to 3rd November. This year's full teaching line up is:
     Dan & Christi Guest (UK)
     Johnny Lloyd & Rebecka Walters (Switzerland-USA)
     Mikael Johansson and Maria Pettersson (Sweden)
     Skye Humphries & Ramona Staffeld (US)
The camp costs about £83 including the Saturday night dinner and party. Flights with British Airways start from about £120 including taxes or you can get an even cheaper flight with one of the Budget airlines such as Ryan Air. If you're really on a budget then take your own bedding and sleep at the Swedish Swing Society clubhouse.
This is a fun camp in a really friendly city with a great teaching line up. If you're thinking about coming but want to know more then drop us an e-mail.
Summarized details can be found on the Calendar or visit www.sirdancelot.org for full details. Cheap flights are available at www.ryanair.com or www.britishairways.com.
The UK Open Lindy Hop Championships. (updated: 29/09/02)
Congratulations to the Lindy Circle Performance group who won the 'Team' competition at last night's UK Open Lindy Hop Championships. The competition was stiff with the other 2 groups pulling off tight perfomances. The results were:
  1st  - The Lindy Circle
  2nd  - The Groovy Movers
  3rd  - 4LeftFeet
Extra congratulations go to various members of the group who also competed in the other competitions. The biggest plaudits go to Christine Checinska who won 'Best Jill' in the Jack & Jill Competition and Denis Mulvihill & Penny Milner who came 2nd in the 'Classic' Competition.
To book our performance group for your event please e-mail or call 020 8993 0642.
The full results from last night's competitions can be found on the LSDS web site.
Dan & Christi's forthcoming Schedule (updated: 17/09/02)
In addition to their regular weekly classes, Dan & Christi are also Teaching, Performing, or DJing at the following forthcoming special events:
Revisiting the 1950s' - Saturday 21st September 2002
Fundraiser for Reading Hospital - Friday 27th September 2002
UK Open Lindy Hop Championships - Saturday 28th September 2002
Rebel Yell 2002 - Saturday 5th October 2002
Dance Marathon 2002 - Sunday 6th October 2002
Jiveathon 2002 - Sunday 20th October 2002
Swinging in the Rain - Saturday 2nd November 2002
Brighton Balboa Workshops - Sunday 10th November 2002
The links above will take you to the Calendar view for that month. Then click the entry on the Calendar for full details of the event...
Workshops with Joel & Valerie (13th to 15th December). (updated: 15/09/02)
Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, Joel & Valerie have hit the Swing Scene in the states with Style. With recommendations from the likes of Steven Mitchell, Ryan & Jenny and Bill Borgida, this couple are in demand in the US and Canada. Their teaching engagements include Beantown and Camp Hollywood. They have also placed 2nd in both Balboa & Collegiate Shag at the National Jitterbug Championships.
We're bringing them over to the UK for a weekend of workshops. They'll be teaching mainly Balboa but we might also get them to throw in some Shag and Lindy too. The workshops will be held over the weekend of 13th to 15th December. Full details of venues/prices are currently being finalized. Class sizes will be restricted to ensure a good learning environment.
E-Mail us now to reserve your place or call 020 8993 0642.
Details of this and other events can be found on our Calendar.
No Balboa this Friday 23rd August (updated: 20/08/02)
It's the Swing Jam this coming Weekend so there'll be NO Balboa this Friday 23rd August. Balboa Friday resumes again the following week on the 30th August.
Details can be found on the Classes page and the Calendar.
New Classes in Surrey (updated: 08/07/02)
We'll be starting new weekly classes in Surrey from the 29th August. The classes will take place in Godalming and will be in two levels, Beginners, and Intermediates. There'll also be a practice session between the two classes and social dancing afterwards.
These classes are being organised by Isabel Bahrani. She's started an organisation called Surrey Swing Scene with the aim of getting more people into Lindy in and around the county of Surrey.
Details can be found on the Classes page and the Calendar.
For more information go to Surrey Swing Scene.
Singapore Diary (updated: 03/07/02)
Dan and Christi are currently teaching in Singapore for Sing Lim at her dance studios Jitterbugs Swingapore. Check out what we've been up to on our Singapore Diary page.
Details of our teaching schedule in Singapore can be found at Jitterbugs Swingapore.
Dan & Christi Teaching in Singapore (updated: 29/05/02)
Dan and Christi will be teaching in Singapore for 5 weeks. We'll be working with Sing Lim at Jitterbugs Swingapore. This will effect our weekly events in the following ways:
Thursday classes - last one on Thursday 20 June, resuming on Thursday 1 August.
Balboa on Fridays - last one on Friday 14 June, resuming on Friday 2 August.
C JAM SWING - Swingland will continue to run the club on Tuesdays with the exception of 9 & 16 July when there'll be a 2 week break. Don't forget that the Sheena Davis band will be playing on the 25 June & 23 July!.
Full details of our teaching schedule can be found on the Calendar.
Checkout Sing's web site at Jitterbugs Swingapore.
Venue change for Balboa night this Friday 31st May (updated: 26/05/02)
Our regular weekly Balboa night continues this week but there's a change of venue. Instead of at St Michaels & All Angels Hall we'll be just across the road in the Arts Educational School. The format for this night will change slightly with just half an hours practice session after the classes. We'll then head around the corner to the cafe for ice creams! We'll be back in the usual venue again from June 7th...
Full details can be found on the Classes page and the Calendar.
Sheena Davis Band at C Jam this Tuesday 28th May (updated: 26/05/02)
Its time once again for the Sheena Davis Band's monthly gig at C Jam this Tuesday 28th May. There's a great raport between the band and the dancers on these nights since the band plays a great set of swinging material especially suited to our regular C Jam crowd. See you there...
Details of C Jam Swing can be found on the Events pages and the Calendar.
Hop the Castle 2002 (updated: 22/05/02)
Thanks to everyone who came to our 4th annual Lindy camp held at Kinnersley castle over the weekend of 10th-12th May. The event featured international teachers Ryan Francois & Jenny Thomas and Steven Mitchell & Virginie. You can now checkout the photos from the event on our gallery pages.
Checkout the HTC2002 photos here.
Steven Mitchell teaching at C Jam on 7th May. (updated: 1/05/02)
Hop the Castle sold out well in advance but there's still a chance to take a class with Steven Mitchell while he's here in the UK. We've arranged for him to teach at our weekly club night C Jam Swing on Tuesday 7th May. The evening starts with Beginners Lindy Hop with Dan & Christi from 8pm to 8.30pm. Then it's Jazz Steps for Lindy Hop with Steven Mitchell from 8.30pm to 9.15pm followed by DJs Smartie and Groove Juice Special until chucking out time. The cost is £8/£6 if you're taking Steven's class, otherwise the usual £6/£5.
Details of C Jam Swing can be found on the Events pages and the Calendar.
Special Guest Teachers - Thursday 2nd May. (updated: 28/04/02)
This Thursday 2nd May there'll be a one off Balboa class with special guest teachers Bernard & Ann-Hélène Cavasa from Toulouse, France. The normal Intermediate Lindy Hop class with Dan & Christi continues as normal from 7:00 to 8:00pm followed by the special Balboa class from 8:00 to 9:00pm. You need to be an Intermediate standard in Balboa to take this special class...
Full details can be found on the Classes page and the Calendar.
Next Balboa Night 17th May. (updated: 28/04/02)
Thanks to everyone who's come along and helped to get this regular Balboa night off to a great start. The opening night was fantastic with special guest teacher and Balboa specialist Sylvia Skylar teaching the classes with the Lindy Circle's own Dan Guest doing his best to keep up! The first 4 weeks have been great fun so thanks again for your support...
There'll now be a 2 week break because of Jumpin at the Woodside and Hop the Castle. We'll return again on Friday 17th May.
Full details can be found on the Classes page and the Calendar.
Workshops with Bill Borgida (12th to 14th April). (updated: 15/03/02)
We're pleased to present Bill Borgida in a weekend of Lindy classes. Bill has earned a reputation as a popular & very influential lindy instructor. He is well known all over the world for having produced some of the strongest swing dancers in America, including the famous Minnie's Moochers.
Bill's expertise will help deepen your understanding of good partnering technique, as it helps you to improve your styling and body movement. The workshops take place from 12th to 15th April.
Full details and booking information here.
New!! Balboa Night - Friday's from 5th April. (updated: 15/03/02)
Due to the popularity of our various Balboa courses over the past year, we've finally taken the plunge and are starting a weekly Balboa night. The evening will begin with a Balboa class for Beginners followed by another class for Intermediates. Once the classes are over there'll be social dancing till late.
Balboa is an original swing dance that emerged during the same era as Lindy Hop. It was created on the west coast (San Diego) while Lindy Hop was emerging on the east coast (New York). Both dances evolved to similar styles of music so its easy to mix Balboa with Lindy on the social dance floor.
Come and join the resurgence in popularity of this great swing dance. The venue is St Michaels & All Angels Hall, Chiswick W4 near Turnham Green tube.
Full details can be found on the Classes page and the Calendar.
New 'Fast Lindy' course beginning 14th March. (updated: 26/02/02)
Have problems hanging it all together when the music gets really exciting! We're raising the tempo for 6 weeks to teach fast Lindy technique. Starting on Thursday 14th March the course will run for 6 weeks (until 18th April). Classes are 8-9pm at the Arts Educational School, 14 Bath Rd, Chiswick W4 near Turnham Green tube.
Full details can be found on the Classes page and the Calendar.
Guest DJ Ronnie Slide at C Jam on the 5th of March. (updated: 26/02/02)
We're pleased to have Ron doing a guest DJ spot at C Jam on the 5th of March. You can expect his usual eclectic mix of swinging tunes. Martin from Swingland will be teaching all the classes in our absence (see below)...
Details of C Jam Swing can be found on the Events page and the Calendar.
Dan & Christi teaching in the Canary Islands. (updated: 25/02/02)
Dan & Christi will be away for the next week teaching at the La Santa Swing camp in the Canary Islands. Their Thursday classes continue with guest teachers as follows:
Thursday 28th February- Christine Checinska
Christine is a long standing member of the Lindy Circle Performance Group with many years of experience of both performance and social dance. Subtle yet funky, she has her own style and is a dream to dance with. She will teach a Jazz routine in the first class (1 hour), then follow up with Lindy in the 2nd Class (also 1 hour).
Thursday 7th March - Peter Harvey
Pete is a founding member of the Lindy Circle Performance Group and has been dancing Lindy for over a decade. His leading is just about as clear as you can get. He's got an astonishing repertoire of moves, all of which he can lead with ease in social dancing. We expect him to lay down some interesting moves in his usual fun teaching style.
Details of our Thursday classes can be found on the Classes page and the Calendar.
Workshops with Ryan Francois on Sat 23rd Feb. (updated: 10/02/02)
We're delighted to announce another day of workshops with Ryan Francois. Ryan is one of the most respected Lindy Hoppers in the world and has many film, TV, and stage credits to his name. Classes are as follows:
   Saturday 23rd February
   Intermediate Lindy Hop  11.00 - 13.00
   Int / Advanced  14.30 - 16.30
   £15 per class / £25 for both
   The Arts Educational School, 14 Bath Rd, Chiswick W4 1LY (Map)
   Just around the corner from Turnham Green tube station (District line).
Please e-mail in advance to confirm your place or call 020 8993 0642 / 07989 063 252.
Details of this and other events can be found on our Calendar.
Hop The Castle 2002. (updated: 03/02/02)
Our annual Lindy Camp 'Hop the Castle' will be on the weekend of 10 - 12 May. This year's teachers are Ryan Francois & Jenny Thomas and Steven Mitchell & Virginie. The weekend is known for it's intimate atmosphere and great learning environment. We expect to sell out quickly so Contact us if you're interested.
Further infomation about Hop the Castle 2002 can be found here.
Checkout photos from previous Hop the Castles on the Gallery pages.
Party in the Pub on 2nd February. (updated: 25/01/02)
The next 'Party in the Pub' is on Saturday 2nd February. However, Lindy Circle Productions will no longer be involved in the running of this event. It had become difficult finding the time to give the event the attention it deserved so we've handed over the organisation entirely to 'Swingland'. We wish them continued success and many more Party in the Pubs to come... Instead we'll be focusing our effort on teaching, performing, and organising occasional workshops with guest teachers.
Details of 'Party in the Pub' can be found on Swingland.

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