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Swing into spring at the West Coast Swing workshop

This is the last notice for the “Swing into Spring” West Coast Swing Workshops Dinner and Dance scheduled for Saturday, April 9, at the PLPOA Clubhouse, 230A Port Ave.

Arthur Murray’s world-class dance instructors Bob and Cindy Long are on the slate to teach both beginning and intermediate West Coast Swing. The Longs have been instrumental in developing new syllabus in this dance recently, and will share some exciting new patterns and tidbits of technique with us.

Some of you may well remember Bob and Cindy from past workshops and dance camps here, but for those who are new to the area, let me tell you how privileged we are to have two of the most talented and accredited dance teachers this close to us. Just to list a few of their numerous credentials: they are former Arthur Murray and North American Professional Ballroom Champions; adjudicators for all levels including World Championships; co-authors of much of the Arthur Murray dance syllabi: old and new; and are co-franchisees of the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Albuquerque. They travel extensively for professional and pro/am coaching, teaching and choreography, and are highly respected and coveted all over the world of dance.

The West Coast Swing was developed from the Lindy; and has been described as the “Cadillac of Swing.” While the man basically stays in one place, the lady moves back and forth along a straight line or SLOT on the floor. Her assignment is to get from one end of the slot to the other; preferably doing something stylish in the process. The man either leads her down the slot, stepping out of her way, or starts her down the slot, then blocks her path, forcing her to go back where she started. Rhythm variations such as syncopation, fancy footwork styling, spins, and body waves can be added to create a new look to basic patters. Improvisation is the name of the game. Once you learn the basics the dance is all yours!

Both beginning and intermediate/advanced classes will be held at the same time. Registration begins at 2:45 p.m. with the workshops starting promptly at 3. The cost is $25 per person, with all proceeds going to the instructors and the DJ. You may call and pre-register or just sign in at the door, and you do not need a partner to attend.

A refreshment break (provided by In Step) will be around 4:15, followed by more WCS until 6. Everyone will then have a chance to change clothes if desired, or do any preparations for dinner that are necessary. Anyone 16 years of age or older may attend the workshop, but the dinner/dance is adult only.

BYOB cocktails will start at 6:30 with a potluck dinner at 7. Bring your own adult beverage if desired, and one of the following: main dish, side dish, salad or dessert. Table settings, napkins, glasses, cups, silverware, water, coffee, teas, and hot chocolate will be provided. There is a full kitchen available, for our convenience.

The evening’s festivities will include dance shows performed by combinations of amateurs and professionals. The first show will feature students Jerry Granok and Jennifer Matcham performing a dramatic American Tango to the theme from Phantom of the Opera, followed by Deb Aspen and David McGee dancing a brand new Viennese Waltz to “Once Upon a December.” Then, in the second show, from Cortez, Chris Canedy and his new dance partner Cheryl will Foxtrot to Cher and Rod Stewart’s version of “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.” Deb Aspen plans to team up once again with Mr. Long for an amusing shuffle/WCS routine to Shania Twain’s “That Don’t Impress Me Much.” You will be impressed and won’t want to miss these exciting exhibitions, as well as being able to kick up your own heels in lots of general dancing to a wide variety of DJ Dusty’s dance music.

Your choice of attire is optional. Comfortable, more casual clothing is best for the workshop; and there are restrooms to change in if you wish to bring something dressier for the evening. Please wear shoes that have smooth or suede leather soles, something that does not leave black marks or mud.

For more information or to pre-register, call Deb at 731-3338.

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