April 2022 Newsletter

Swing Dance Association of Victoria

May 14 - Swing Social: Lindy Hoppin' Rhythms with teachers Dave, Catie & Kelby

May 14th, Noon-5pm

Swing Social dance workshops are well and truly back! After the success of the first edition of our re-booted Swing Social workshops (back in March), we bring you a whole afternoon of LINDY HOP AND MUSICALITY with not one, not two, but three teachers. Yep, you heard correct, Catie Fissel, Dave Henderson and Kelby MacNayr will be our dancing guides.
Dave started dancing in 1998 and Catie started shortly after. Social dancing to great music is what they most care about. Now they want to share their love of lindy hop with you!

Drummer / composer / band-leader Kelby MacNayr performs groundbreaking original music, soulful swinging jazz, reaching contemporary music and traditional music from around the world. Kelby follows his passion to create and collaborate, teach and learn.

This workshop is for everyone, beginner and experienced dancers alike.

Registration opens April 16 at Noon. Two Super Early Bird gets the Discount tickets are available for SDAV members to snatch up! The link for online registration will be posted on our website and facebook page on April 16!

Essential Lindy Hop with Catie & Dave
You know it, you love it, but sometimes it doesn't love you. It's the Swing Out! It's been a while and work can always be done to improve swing outs, the essential Lindy Hop move. Let's touch up, polish, and refine it, til it's perfection.
Mindful Madness with Catie & Dave
Let's focus on how we dance with partners and play a fun game too.
You got Rhythm with Kelby & Catie
Lindy Hop and Rhythm are inseparable. Learn about rhythm moods and how to play with them.
You can't ask for Anything More with Kelby & Catie
Learn, Listen, Lindy Hop.

Schedule (subject to change)
Noon - Doors and Registration. Show up for outdoor check in. Please have your QR Code Vaccine Record and Photo ID ready. If your Vaccine Record is from a different province or country, please email sdaofvictoria@gmail.com so we can have the correct checking app for you.
12:15 - 4:15 pm - Classes with 15 minute rest breaks in between
4:15 - 4:45 pm - Social
5:00 pm - Out of the building, but not necessarily the end of the fun. (The Loft has live Blues and R+B from 7-10pm, just saying)

Super Early Bird gets the Discount - available April 16 at Noon to SDAV members: $30 (only 2 tickets are available at this price)

Early Bird - April 16 - 22: $40 (member) / $50 (non-member)
Bird - April 23 - April 29: $50 (member) / $60 (non-member)
Busy Bird - April 30 - May 13: $60 (member) / $70 (non-member)

James Bay Community Center School Activity Room, 140 Oswego St, Victoria
Free parking is available in the drive through lot on Simcoe St beside the field. Free street parking is also available.

Things to Bring
Indoor shoes for dancing. We recommend shoes with suede or leather soles, though rubber would be okay.
Water bottle, stay hydrated/ Towel, stay dry.
Proof of Vaccination and Photo ID. You must be Fully Vaccinated to attend this event. 
Mask. You must wear a mask for the entire event. 
We're still operating cautiously at present, so proof of vaccination and mask-wearing will be in effect.
Check out the SDAV Covid Plan for our current procedures:

For the safety of attendees with allergies and sensitivities, please avoid wearing strong scents (perfume, cologne, scented lotion)

Other News:
Can we ask a small favour of you, our dear dance community? Help us shape our future programming by completing a short survey. It should only take a couple of minutes, and your answers will really help inform what type of events we run in the future. After all, SDAV only exists because of the generosity, energy and enthusiasm of the Greater Victoria dance family, i.e.your good selves.
Click here to access the survey.

Other SDAV Events Coming Up:
Join SDAV on MAY 28th to celebrate the life of the wonderful and sorely-missed Frankie Manning, one of the fathers of Lindy hop and the coolest of cats. We'll be celebrating in the best way we know how, by dancing outside whilst consuming food and beverage items in a picnic environment. Although probably not at the same time. (WLHD is actually on May 26th but a picnic is always better on a Saturday they say).
Time: 11am-2pm
Place: Basketball Court near the kids play area in Beacon Hill Park

We're excited to announce that after a 2-year hiatus, Swingin' In The Square is back, with a renewed energy, and a brand new name. That's right folks, because this year SDAV bring you all the same fun but in a different part of town, at the Cameron Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park. Swingin' In The Shell will take place every other Thursday evening between 7-9pm, from June 23rd until September 1st, with classes, bands and DJ's getting you into the groove. There's a half-hour Beginner Lesson from 7-7:30pm with Music & Dancing from 7:30-9pm. For more info, all the dates and the full line-up of Teachers, Bands and DJ's, check out our website and the facebook pages. (Note: there's a main Facebook event page, and then one for each of the different weeks)
All ages, bodies, and abilities are welcome to these events, and no partner or previous dance experience is necessary. Come dance and listen to live music al fresco style!
(Thanks go out to The City of Victoria for providing us with the lovely and iconic Cameron Band Shell in Beacon Hill Park.)

Stay in touch with us! We’ve got this email list, a website, and we’re on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Instagram too. We’d love to hear from you, too.
And please feel free to pass this newsletter on to any friends or family that you think might be interested in learning about or re-connecting to swing dancing, or who might benefit from long-overdue social interaction in a fun, safe and friendly environment.

Swing Dance Association of Victoria gratefully acknowledge that we are able to live, work and play on the ancestral and un-ceded territories of the Lkwungen Peoples of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations, and also the WSANEC peoples of the Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tseycum and Tsawout First Nations.
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