Tuesday 7th December 2021
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Lindy Circle News - December 2021

We will be breaking early for Christmas so there are just two Bal Revival dates this month:

Tuesday 7th Dec
Tuesday 14th Dec - Last one before Christmas break

Reminder that you need to pre-book and pay online before turning up. Also that our Covid Safe Space policy means that it's a requirement to show proof of a negative lateral flow test (wthin 24hrs), to gain entrance to the event.

The Bal Revival page of the site has everything you'll need to know. You will find a link to the booking system as well as info about the class levels:
http://www.lindycircle.com/classes/balboa.php

The December dates are listed in the Calendar:
http://www.lindycircle.com/calendar/index.php?month=11&year=2021

Or, you can jump directly to the booking system here:
https://lindycircle.dancecloud.com/

Every Tuesday:

7.30 - 8.20pm Beginners Balboa class
8.30 - 9.20pm Intermediate Balboa class
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Lindy Circle News - Bal Revival 9th Nov 2021

The restart of Bal Revival last week went well. It was great to see many of you and get dancing again.

Last week we had Followers on the wait list unable to attend. This week the reverse is true with more Leaders than Followers booked so far. Leaders wanting to come tomorrow are therefore now going onto the waiting list.

When more Followers book then further Leader places will be automatically released and assigned to Leaders on the waiting list. The system will only release these extra Leader places when the ratio of leaders and followers allows.

To summarise:

FOLLOWERS - There are still places available to book for tomorrow.

LEADERS - You can still book with a partner, or if you can find a follower to book with. Otherwise don't hesitate from joining the waiting list. Further places will be automatically released to you when additional followers book.

Every Tuesday:

7.30 - 8.20pm Beginners Balboa class
8.30 - 9.20pm Intermediate Balboa class
9.30 - 11pm Social dancing

Price: £8 gets you either one or both classes.
FREE ENTRY for the social dancing after 9.30pm - You stll need to pre-book for this via the booking system.
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Re: Lindy Circle News - Restart of Bal Revival

An update on the restart of Bal Revival this Tuesday and the new booking system.

There are still places available; however, the booking system is currently holding followers on a waiting list. This is how the system manages bookings to ensure that there will be a healthy ratio of leaders and followers in the classes. When more leaders book then further follower places will be automatically released and assigned to any followers on the waiting list.

If you are a leader intending to come along, then it will be helpful if you can book your place now. Doing so will allow further followers to come along. Whereas leaving it to the last minute won't then give followers sufficient notice to then use the released places. To summarise:

LEADERS - If you are intending to come then please don't leave your booking to the last minute.

FOLLOWERS - You can still book with a partner, or if you can find a leader to book with. Otherwise don't hesitate from joining the waiting list. Further places will be automatically released to you when additional leaders book.

Every Tuesday from 2nd November onwards:

7.30 - 8.20pm Beginners Balboa class
8.30 - 9.20pm Intermediate Balboa class
9.30 - 11pm Social dancing

Price: £8 gets you either one or both classes.
FREE ENTRY for the social dancing after 9.30pm - You stll need to pre-book for this via the booking system.

Venue: The Crown & Anchor, 374 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, London W4 5TA
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Lindy Circle News - Restart of Bal Revival

Lockdown has meant that it's been a long time since I last sent to this mailing list. I have taken a cautious approach to restarting again post lockdown, but I'm now rebooting my weekly Bal night again. Bal Revival will therefore be restarting again on Tuesday 2nd November.

The enforced break and the cultural/behavioural changes that the lockdown has brought about, have given me the opportunity to reconsider how I run the event. I have therefore implemented some changes to improve the night, as well as making the evening as safe as possible from a covid perspective. These changes will help address some of the traditional challenges of running regular weekly drop-in dance classes. I'm therefore positive that these changes will help make the evening better for everyone. The key changes are:

ONLINE BOOKING AND PAYMENT
Introducing booking and payment in advance allows us to go cash free and control the number of people to prevent any overcrowding. This will also save time previously wasted queuing to take money when you arrive. I have used a booking system that is designed specifically for dance events. This provides the added benefit that it allows us to better manage the ratio of leaders and followers in the classes. For clarity, this is not a "course" type booking thing. You can book a single evening at a time. Whether you book well in advance or leave it to the actual day is entirely up to you. You just need to have booked and paid online before turning up at the venue. You could therefore leave booking your ticket to the last minute - provided of course that there are still spaces left.

COVID SAFE SPACE POLICY
I am making it a requirement to show proof of a negative lateral flow test (wthin 24hrs), to gain entrance to the event. For me, rotating in classes and social dancing are fundamental to restarting this event. I therefore want you to feel as comfortable as possible when participating in the classes and when social dancing afterwards. Knowing that all your fellow students and dancers have tested negative that day will hopefully make everyone feel safer. I got opinion/feedback from a group of my core regulars about this beforehand. They all said they were comfortable with doing a lateral flow test and showing evidence of this. Furthermore, they all said this policy would make them feel safer about returning to Balboa classes again. I therefore hope that you appreciate that I have your best interests at heart in choosing to implement this policy.

If you register your lateral flow test result on the NHS site then you recieve an email and text confirming your negative test result. This takes a bit of time when you first register. However, its quick and easy subequet times once you've previously registered. You can then easily show this on your phone when you arrive at the venue. This is the preferred method. Alternativley you can show a time stampted photo of the test strip as evidence. If you do test positive on the day and thus can't attend then your ticket will of course be refunded. You can read our full COVID-19 Terms and Conditions when you book your ticket.

Other than these two changes, everything else remains pretty much unchanged. The venue, times, costs are all the same as previously.

Every Tuesday from 2nd November onwards.

7.30 - 8.20pm Beginners Balboa class
8.30 - 9.20pm Intermediate Balboa class
9.30 - 11pm Social dancing

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Re: Lindy Circle News - Bal Revival Online

We're taking a break from our online Tuesday socials for now, so these are cancelled until further notice. Thank you to everyone who has come along over the last couple of months - it has been really great to catch up with you all.

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Re: Lindy Circle News - Bal Revival Online & Strolls

We're adding the Tranky Doo to our regular social strolls for Tuesday nights. The emphasis won't be on teaching this per se, this is more of a practice opportunity. However, if you want to learn it properly Swing Dance Leeds are doing an online course starting at 8.30pm tonight: https://www.facebook.com/swingdanceleeds/

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Lindy Circle News - Bal Revival Online & Strolls

We plan to continue the Bal Revival virtual socials every Tuesday and plan to incorporate some solo jazz - starting with Dean Collins' Shim Sham. You can also just join to listen to some DJ swing music if you like. See below for details and an updated link to join.

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Lindy Circle News - Bal Revival Virtual Social

Following our fun (if slightly chaotic!) online event last week, our Bal Revival Virtual Social will be running again this Tuesday! Please see details below, including a few updates (and, importantly, a new link to join) which we hope will help things run more smoothly. We will plan to run every Tuesday and will update our website and calendar with details soon. We're still working on things so please bear with us and do give us feedback if you have any ideas for how to improve these events :)

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Lindy Circle News - Bal Revival Online Edition!

We are missing our dance community, so we are going to try running an online social/dance/music event in place of our Tuesday evening Balboa night. We are going to need to experiment with the format somewhat, so please bear with us. It would be great to see you if you would like to join us. We will run a trial event this Tuesday (tomorrow) and if all goes well we will continue with future events on a regular basis. We would like to make it an interactive event, so depending on how many people turn up it could be chaos, but let's just treat that as part of the fun!


When: Tuesday 31 March, 8pm to 9pm (you don't need to be there for the whole time - just drop in!)

Where: Join via this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/684810551

What: A video conference social with music and chat. We plan to have a "main room" where we will DJ swing music, and maybe attempt to dance a little from our living rooms (please do join in if you have space!). We also plan to have a "breakout room" (a separate video channel which you can dip in and out of) where there will be no music so you will have the chance to chat with whoever else is in the "room".

Requirements: A computer/tablet/mobile with a webcam, speakers and microphone. The link should work in a browser but you will get a better experience if you download the application. You can set this up ahead of time from https://zoom.us/ and check out the settings to test the sound and video. We recommend enabling the "gallery view" so you can see everyone at the same time. Don't worry if it's not perfect - we will probably all be experimenting a bit!

Dress code: Feel free to dress up, or come casual!

Privacy: Everyone who takes part will be able to "see" each other - this is part of the aim, so please do turn on your video and sound and join in! This is not intended to be a one-way stream where we broadcast and you just watch; we would like it to be more interactive, as much like a normal social night as possible. We do not intend to record or publish the event in any way so it is intended only for the participants at the time. However, we can't guarantee that no-one else will record it. Please also check out Zoom's privacy policy etc. - we can't accept responsibility for any data they may collect as part of using their service.


Let us know if you have any questions or trouble setting up.

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Lindy Circle News - Bal Revival CANCELLED

We have decided to cancel our Tuesday evening Balboa classes until further notice - probably at least until the end of March - due to the concerns about coronavirus. It is difficult to know what is best to do, as we really don't know whether closure is necessary at this point, but we figure better safe than sorry.

We will send an update when we know more about when we are likely to restart. You can also keep an eye on our calendar or our Facebook page:

http://www.lindycircle.com/calendar/
https://www.facebook.com/LindyCircle/

Best wishes,

Dan & Gemma
Lindy Circle Productions
http://www.lindycircle.com
Tel: 01865 872010

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Lindy Circle News - Bal Revival and Coronavirus

Please see important information below about our dance classes with respect to the Coronavirus situation.

1) Bal Revival and Coronavirus
2) Forthcoming Teaching Schedule

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Re: Lindy Circle News - Christmas Party Bookings

We have a handful of places left for our Christmas party this Tuesday. Details below:

1) Christmas Party - 17th December
2) Bal Revival Holiday Dates
3) Forthcoming Teaching Schedule

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Lindy Circle News - Christmas Party Bookings

Bookings are open for our Christmas Party on 17th December. Details below:

1) Christmas Party - 17th December
2) Bal Revival Holiday Dates
3) Forthcoming Teaching Schedule

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Lindy Circle News - Laminu this Tuesday!

This week we'll be teaching Laminu at our Tuesday evening classes. Details below:

1) Laminu at Bal Revival - Tuesday 29th October
2) Forthcoming Teaching Schedule

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Re: Lindy Circle News - Laminu and Other Upcoming Events

Just a quick update as there was an error in the last email regarding the dates for The Maytime Messaround - this event is actually on 1st-3rd May, not 8th-11th May as previously stated. This has been corrected below.

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Lindy Circle News - Laminu and Other Upcoming Events

People often ask us about Laminu, so we wanted to highlight that we have a couple of Laminu workshops coming up. In particular, if you want to attend the Bristol Laminu Workshop at the end of September you need to book soon.

You also need to get your skates on if you want to join us for the Brighton Balboa Festival in a couple of weeks time - leaders in particular, please book as soon as you can!


BRIGHTON BALBOA FESTIVAL
20-22nd September 2019
https://www.sussexswing.co.uk/brightonbalboa
https://www.facebook.com/events/623226381474378/

The annual Brighton Balboa Festival. A fun, friendly (and slightly crazy!) weekend of Balboa right in the heart of Brighton, where you can soak up the street culture and vibe of this unique city. There are workshops at three levels, with social dancing to live bands from Brighton's thriving jazz scene, and a chilled out Sunday morning breakfast dance on the pier. The main venue is just 10 minutes from the coach and train stations.


BRISTOL LAMINU WORKSHOP
28 September 2019
https://www.facebook.com/events/2104741602988583/

This Laminu workshop in Bristol will consist of three hours of classes, which will be followed by one of Dan’s famous talks where he will tell us more about the history of Laminu, plus some of his fascinating stories about Balboa. We’ll then have a tea dance with hot drinks, cakes and biscuits, and will have Dan DJ for us with lots of wonderful swing tunes specially suitable for Laminu. The level of the class will be beginner but if you’ve done some Balboa or Slow Balboa before then that will be an advantage.


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Lindy Circle News - 17th June 2019

Bal Revival is taking a break in July. Details below:

1) Bal Revival - Summer Break
2) Forthcoming Teaching Schedule

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Lindy Circle News - 13th May 2019

Bal Revival is cancelled next week so make sure you come along this week for a Bal fix! Details below:

1) Bal Revival - Cancelled on 21 May
2) Forthcoming Teaching Schedule

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Lindy Circle News - 29th April 2019

Don't forget that this Tuesday is Laminu night at Bal Revival. Details below. Balboa classes will resume as normal next week.

1) Laminu at Bal Revival - Tuesday 30th April
2) Forthcoming Teaching Schedule

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Lindy Circle News - 22nd April 2019

We have a Laminu night coming up at the end of April in place of our regular Tuesday classes. Details below:

1) Laminu at Bal Revival - Tuesday 30th April
2) Forthcoming Teaching Schedule

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