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Dance Schedule for February 2010 Albany NY

The First Friday Capital Swing Dance that I help run is TODAY, Friday, February 5 starring Sonny and Perley’s Jive Five. They are always great to dance to, with lots of variety in their music.  (And thanks to all who came to our New Year's Day Dance; it rocked). Check out the new webpage with photos and video at: www.danceflurry.org/new/capitalswing.html

You may see yourself. Let me know if you have other Capital Swing Dance photos that you’d like to share.

 The First Friday Capital Swing Dance is sponsored by the Dance Flurry Organization, AND the biggest, baddest, hottest DFO event of the year is the Dance Flurry Festival which is next weekend, Feb. 12-14  in Saratoga Springs. Lots of dancing, instruction, music and more. Don’t miss it. More info below. Complete details, schedule, maps, etc. at:

http://www.danceflurry.org/festival/index.html

 The Capital Region Hope for Haiti Gala  - Geraldine and Clarens teamed up with the Century House Restaurant, 997 New Loudon Rd (Rt 9) in Latham, to organize a fundraiser “The Capital Region Hope for Haiti”Gala on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 6-10pm. All proceeds from the evening will benefit the American Red Cross and Love a Child. The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres with culinary creations from numerous noted chefs, entertainment, dance exhibition along with film clips from Haiti, information and history of Haiti, a silent auction and much more. $50.

ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE STRONGLY SUGGESTED. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE BY CALLING 518-213-0951 (Century House) or  518-253-5056 (Lana Ortiz)

 First Friday Capital Swing Dance
Friday February 5, 2010
Featuring
Sonny & Perley’s Jive Five

7:30pm - Beginner East Coast Swing Lesson with EVAN MacDONALD
8:30 - 11:30pm - Dance to
Sonny & Perley’s Jive Five (w/DJ during breaks)

Location: Albany Elks Lodge, 25 South Allen St., Albany, NY 12208 (518-489-0698)
Sponsored by the Dance Flurry Organization (DFO)
Info, map, videos at: www.danceflurry.org
Admission including lesson: $15 General, $12 DFO members, $10 students, seniors
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Sonny & Perley’s Jive Five

Perley has a beautifully rich voice, with the emotional power, swing and improvisational feel of a true jazz singer. She is a super songstress…a beautiful, smoky voice, wonderful intonation, and stage presence. Sonny’s very facile, slightly percussive keyboard work and appealing arrangements are also key components of their crowd pleasing presentation. Lush, soaring, deliciously seasoned vocals with a hot and swinging jazz rhythm section. Music from the "Swing Era" and from the great American composers. Music that swings sometimes with a little Latin flavor! Exciting!!! The Sonny & Perley's Jive Five features Sonny Daye and Perley Rousseau, along with Mike DelPrete, Sam Zucchini and Charlie Tokarz.See: www.sonnyandperley.com/reviews.htm >>>  Swing Lesson by Evan MacDonald  <<< 

Check out the new webpage with photos and video at:www.danceflurry.org/new/capitalswing.html

 Learn to Dance! No partner necessary! Meet new people!!!

Beginners, experienced, singles and couples encouraged to attend!!!

An official Albany "After First Friday" Event!!!

 Future First Friday Capital Swing Dance dates:

Feb 5 – Sonny & Perley’s Jive Five

Mar 5 – Luster Kings, with Linda/Chester Freeman lesson, Cool Kittens demo, DJ-Chester

Apr 2 – Josh Fialkoff's J-Street

May 7 – Doc Scanlon's Rhythm Boys with Guest Vocalist Colleen Pratt

June 4 – Johnny Rabb 

Friday, Saturday & Sunday February 12, 13 & 14

The Dance Flurry Festival in Saratoga Springs NY.  It's weekend long, city wide party!  Over 600 performers in 8 venues, over 200 separate events for all ages, a fantastic weekend of dance, music, and song.  Everything you need to know can be found at http://www.danceflurry.org/festival/index.html

No Partner or Experience Needed. Dances and workshops for different levels, ages and abilities.

Dances and dance workshops in: Contra, West Coast and East Coast Swing, Latin, Zydeco, Waltzes, Texas Two-Step, Argentine Tango, Salsa, Irish Step Dance, International Folk, Squares, Clogging, Family music and dance events -- just to name a few.

Music, concerts, workshops, jams, presentations of: African, Scottish, English, French-Canadian, Old-time American, Cajun, Afghan, Scandinavian, Irish, French, Latin, Balkan, and SO much more! Bring your instruments! The Flurry provides a secure Instrument Check room for all musicians; see the following for details, rules and times:

http://www.danceflurry.org/festival/instrumentcheck.html

BALLROOM / LATIN

 Bob’s Ukrainian Hall Ballroom Dances - Every Thurs, and the First, Second & Fifth Sundays!!!!!

 First Sunday Dance Feb. 7, Homemade Pizza and Pie Dance Night

Ukrainian American Citizens Club

Tom Hourigan Workshop 5:15-6:15pm, Intermediate Foxtrot/Waltz, $10.00 (Separate from Dance)

Tom Hourigan Lesson Polka (Free) 6:25-7:pm, Dance 7-10:30, $10, Lesson Free with Dance 

Valentine Day Dance Sunday Feb 14, Come join us for a Special Dinner Dance

Cocktails 6-7PM (cash bar), Dinner 7:15 PM

Dancing till Midnight DJ Rockin’ Roberts

Don Young Formerly from Doc Scanlon Trio will be there to sing a few special songs.

All for only $15 each (all are welcome), Ukrainian American Citizens Club

Ukrainian American Citizens Club, 1 Pulaski St., Cohoes, NY 12047

General Info (may change for special events)
Lesson (Free with admission to Dance) - Sundays 6:25pm, Thurs 6:45pm
Dance $10 - Sundays 7-10 pm, Thursdays 7:45-11 pm

College Students $5 All of Bob’s Dances 

Info: Bob Englert: danceclubinfo@yahoo.com  or 782-0608

Directions: I787 North past Rt 7 to 4th traffic light. Right on Rt 470-Ontario St, to 3rd Right (across from far end of U-Haul) on Pulaski St. Take to end at Ukrainian Hall 

Special Workshop before lesson and Bob's dance on Sundays 5 PM (Extra cost from Dance)

 

Thursdays - Beginner Dance Group Classes offered by Bob Englert

Time 5:45 to 6:45, Before Regular Lesson and Dance

At UKRAINIAN AMERICAN CITIZENS CLUB

First 3 steps in a selected Ballroom Dance, No Partner needed

Come learn all the basics, so you will be able to get out on the floor for every Dance

Cost for all 4 classes are $25.00. Must sign up for all 4

 

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Every Wednesday: California Dance Mix with DJ Bob Englert - Swing, Ballroom & more!

A great Introductory Dance. UKRAINIAN HALL - See above

Hustle, Swing, ChaCha, WCS, Country Two-Step, NightclubTwo-step, Tango, Latin, Ballroom, etc.
Lesson 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm (currently cha cha), Dance 7:45 pm - 11pm, $10, College Students $5 All of Bob’s Dances

 Tuesdays – Hustle Team and Lessons- STILL TIME TO JOIN

Brian Sipe and Bob Englert announce the formation of a brand new Hustle Performance Team.

Over the 8 weeks, the team will learn a “Hot” Hustle routine and perform in a Variety Show Saturday March 27th with Sam & Denise Miller.

There will be one hour of instruction 7-8pm and one hour of practice time 8-9pm every Tuesday.

Grab your favorite dance partner and join the fun of learning and performing in a team environment

Continuing through March 23rd at the Ukranium Citizens Club, Pulaski Drive St. Cohoes.

8 hours of Instruction with 8 hours of practice only $50 per person.

Payable with Registration. Information contact Bob Englert at danceclubinfo@yahoo.com 782-0608

 Group Lessons at Ukranium Citizens Center, Classes below run at same time Tuesdays, 6-7pm

Two-Step with Brian Sipe 4 weeks $30; Ballroom with Bob Englert 4 weeks $30 (Beyond the Basics)

Must sign up for all 4 Lessons

Feb. 27, 4th Sat. - Bob& Brian’s CA Mix Dance, $10 Ballroom, swing, latin, country

Albany Elks Lodge, 25 South Allen St., Albany, NY 12208

 Every 3rd Sun. - Capital USA Dance Ballroom Dance

Sunday, Feb. 21 - Polish Community Center, Washington Ave. Ext.

Lesson: 6:15-7:00 PM; Dance 'til 10:00, Demo

Contact: James DeForge; 518.233.0957; jdefo51814@aol.com

Members-$9; Non-$12; College-$5; Free under 18, Info: www.capitalusadance.com

 SOS Ballroom Dance, Every 4th Sunday, Feb. 28, Polish Community Center, Washington Ave. Ext., Same times as above

 Capital Region Salsa Socials

Sat. Feb. 20 – Special Workshops with Anya Katsevman, $20 incl. dance ($10 dance only)

http://www.salsasocialny.com/SalsaSocialNY.com/Home.html

Troy Masonic Hall, 39 Brunswick Rd. Troy, NY 12179, 518-273-0196
(Congress St., Rt.2 becomes Brunswick Rd. - Just east of Rt 66)
Lessons 4-5:30pm, then salsa with some cha-cha & other latin until 9pm
Check website for special lessons and times
Contact: 
info@salsasocialny.com

Salsa-Latin Night at new location

Every Wednesday, Dirty Martine Lounge, Steuben Place and No Pearl, Albany, 9pm, $7

9pm-1am - Bring Your Earplugs

 Latin & Swing Weekly Dance Party, Moved to Thursdays at Mare 

Mare Ristorante 17 Maple Ave Saratoga Springs

When: 7:45-8:30 Lesson, 8:30-11 open dancing.

Cost: $5 for lesson, David & Dawn,  www.DANCINTIME.com

518-542-4272

 SOME TUESDAYS  Albany West Coast Swing Dance/LESSON WITH LYONI ! DJ EVAN

TUESDAYS:   Future dates to be announced. May move to new location soon. Call or e-mail Evan.

Hibernian Hall, 375 Ontario St., Albany (5 blocks south of Madison Ave-Rt 20)

6:30-7 Beginner Lesson; 7-8 Intermediate lesson with LYONI

8-10:30 Dance  DJ Evan, (That's 10:30 SHARP, So please don't come too late)

$10 Lesson and Dance included,  www.evanmacdonald.com

Info: Call or e-mail Evan: 845-679-4464 or 845-494-0224, evan@evanmacdonald.com
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Every Wednesday - Lindy Hop Lesson + Swing Dance

Daisy Bakers Restaurant, 33 Second St., Troy, NY, (between Green Island and Congress St bridges)

www.albanyswingdancing.com

Host: Albany Swing Dancing, Starts: 8:00pm

Lesson: 8:30pm (Jason Fenton), Dancing: 9:00pm - 11pm

Cost: $10 (incl. half hour lesson and $5 voucher for drinks or food before 9:00pm)

 Every Thursday: East Coast Swing, Fuze Box, 12 Central Avenue, Albany, $7

(near corner of Central and Lark) Do not park in lot across the street or you will be towed
Lesson with Jason Fenton at 8:00pm, Dancing is from 9pm - 11:30pm+, with DJ Sean, Nick, Tom, etc.
www.albanyswingdancing.com

 3rd Friday, Feb. 19 - Dancing to the Peter Davis Swing Band, Presented by Ken Goewey

Albany Elks Club, So Allen, behind Madison Ave. “Best Beat in the Dance World”

Dance $10,  West Coast Swing Lesson by Lyoni 7 to 8 pm $5  FREE PIZZA

Great dance floor for Swing & ballroom     kgoewey@gmail.com   Cell 518.577.3177 

 3rd Sat , Feb. 20 - Saratoga SAVOY Diamond Dance

Saratoga Music Hall above City Hall, Broadway, Saratoga Springs

7:30-11:30pm with lesson, $15, 859-2885

Skip Parsons’ Swing Thing.  A special swing style quintet will play the Diamond Dance.

That’s at the corner of Lake and Broadway in Saratoga.

www.saratogasavoy.com

Feb 20 - Skip Parsons

Mar 20 - Joey Thomas Big Band

April 17 - Doc Scanlon's Rhythm Boys

May 15 - Lustre Kings

 Feb 6 and Every First Saturday (Usually)  WEST COAST SWINGDANCE
1st Presbyterian Hall, Highland (corner of Church and Grove, next door to the Lloyd Town Hall) ,Lesson

7:30pm - Lesson, 8:00pm - Dance, $10, Beginners Welcome - No Partner Necessary
Info: Call or e-mail Evan: 845-679-4464 or 845-494-0224, evan@evanmacdonald.com
www.evanmacdonald.com

 Sun. Feb. 7 - First Sundays, Poughkeepsie Swing Jam, check website for details

Arlington Reformed Church, 22 Raymond Ave.(44/55 East & Raymond Avenue), Poughkeepsie

For more information, call, 845-256-0106 or Patrick:  (845) 298-0854, Ed:  (845) 454-2571

Bring snacks to share - make it a Party, Large wood dance floor.

Beginner lesson:  6-6:30 PM, Dance:  6:30-9 PM, $8/6 students

Directions and information about HVCD's other dance events:

www.hudsonvalleydance.org

 Tom Johnson's WCS Workshops and Dance

East Hartford Cultural Center, 50 Chapman Place, East Hartford, CT

www.dancegourmet.com

- John Lindo, Feb 6 - Five workshops and dance from 1pm to 1am

- Heidi and Larry Mongeau, Saturday-Sunday, April 17-18

- Ben McHenry, Saturday-Sunday, May 29-30

- Jason Barnes, Saturday-Sunday, September 11-12 

 

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Hudson Valley WCS

www.hudsonvalleywcs.com

Pam Marshall 914-475-0803

hudsonvalleywcs@yahoo.com

Thursdays, Hudson Valley WCS Weekly Lessons & Dance, $7, $12, $15

Center for Creative Education, 20 Thomas St, Kingston

7:00 Beginners Lesson, 7:45 Beyond the Basics, 8:30 Dance

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Sat. Feb. 27 - West Coast Swing Workshops and Dance

The Center for Creative Education, Kingston, NY

with Special Guest Terry Roseborough

http://www.hudsonvalleywcs.com/TerryRoseborough.html

The pre-registration deadline for Terry is February 21st. The full workshop package is $60 before the 21st, $80 after. At the early-bird rate you are paying $12.50/workshop...that's an awesome deal.

Watch Terry here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EZighHlVjA

There's a reason folks call him Sexy Chocolate. Come join the workshops and get a taste for yourself

Contact Pam Marshall - See above

 

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West Coast Swing Party by Denis & Lee, (usually 3rd Sat), Feb. 20

7pm - All Level West Coast Swing Lesson, 8pm-12 - Dance

153 Temple Hill Road, New Windsor, NY 12553

$10 includes lesson and dance, $8 student

www.denisandlee.com

 

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3rd Sunday, Feb. 21, West Coast Swing/California Mix

(West Coast, Latin, Texas Two-Step and East Coast Swing)

White Eagle Hall in Kingston

6:00 Beginner West Coast Swing lesson

Dance 6:30--9:00 PM, $5

Pam:  HudsonValleyWCS@Yahoo.com or cell: 914 475-0803

Bena: swing@hudsonvalleydance.org or 845 454-2571

 

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4th Friday,  Swing Dance to Live Music CHECK WEBSITE

Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, 135 South Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie

 Check website for workshops starting at 6:30pm

8-8:30 Beginners Lesson (free with admission to the dance)

830-11:30 Admission: $15/10 students

Directions & Info: www.hudsonvalleydance.org 

Tel: 845 454-2571 or 845 256-0106

email swing@hudsonvalleydance.org

 

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First Saturday Swing Dance, CHECK WEBSITE TO CONFIRM DATES

Milton Community Center, Ballston Spa

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm Basic Lesson

7:30 pm - 10:30 pm Dancing $12, $6 Senior Rate

Info: www.spacityswingers.com

spacityswingers@gmail.com

885-4910

 

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ARGENTINE TANGO

 

ALBANY TANGO SOCIETY

NOTE: ASK TO BE PUT ON E-MAIL LIST & CHECK WEBSITE FOR UPDATES

Contact: Kevin Magee at 518-266-9612 or tango.info@albanytangosociety.org
www.AlbanyTangoSociety.org

 

- 2nd Saturday Monthly Milonga Sat. Feb. 13, Valentine's Day is approaching, and so is our Tango, Chocolate and Wine party at the Nia Center. Change of plans, we will have one class, starting at 8:00: Close Embracing. Check website for more details.

 

- Mondays, Practica (Argentine Tango practice - great opportunity to practice with all levels of dancers, and get guidance. Designed for those in Basics class though experts)

8-11pm, All levels, Cost $10, includes $5 credit toward food or drink

Daisy Bakers Restaurant, 33 Second St., Troy, NY, (between Green Island and Congress St bridges)

DJ and practice assistance: Kevin Magee

 

- Wednesdays - Classes with Guest Artists

Hibernian Hall, 375 Ontario St., Albany  (5 blocks south of Madison Ave-Rt 20)

Inter tango 7:30-8:30pm, Int/Advanced tango 8:40-9:40, Practice until 10:30pm
Cost: $12 for one class, $20 for two classes same evening

Also 2:30 -6:00pm Private lessons by arrangement. call or e-mail to schedule 

Instructor – Currently Ana Padron

 

- Beyond Tango Basics, 6-week Session on Wed, Instructor: Kevin Magee

Hibernian Hall, 375 Ontario St., Albany  (5 blocks south of Madison Ave-Rt 20)

Classes will reopen soon. E-mail Kevin for details.

 

- Tango Basics I and II, Six-week Sessions on Thurs, Instructor: Kevin Magee

Hibernian Hall, 375 Ontario St., Albany  (5 blocks south of Madison Ave-Rt 20)

Classes will reopen soon. E-mail Kevin for details.

 

- FREE INTRO TO TANGO (Tango Fundamentals - Level 1), Beginning level instruction

Thursdays 6-6:30 pm, Hibernian Hall, 373 Ontario St. Albany,

No registration. FREE, Prerequisite: None, See website calendar for up-to-date details.

The Intro to Tango class is a free half-hour exposure to tango. Participants learn both the leader's and follower's steps of a simple pattern. The class is also a warm-up time for the Tango Basics classes. Intro. to Tango can be repeated indefinitely. Presented material: Leader's and follower's walk, the embrace, the cross (la cruzada), the resolution, the exit (salida), eight count pattern (including all of the above).

 

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Lorraine-Michaels Dance Centre, 69 Fuller Rd., Albany 12205, 518-459-2623
www.lorrainemichaelsdance.com

Tuesdays, Tango Lessons at Lorraine Michaels with Kevin Magee, 8-9 pm

 

Also at Lorraine-Michaels - Why do I think Stephanie might be teaching these?

Couples Lap Dancing "*MEN HERE'S YOUR CHANCE*"

Sat, Feb 20, 3-4:15pm, Co-Ed Class---Must Sign Up as a couple

 

Exotic "Strip Tease" Dance & Floor Work "For Ladies Only"

Wear a Tank Top and Bring a Button Down Shirt & Your Heels!

For Women of ALL Shapes and Sizes!, Sat, Feb 20, 4:30-5:45pm

 

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Tango Fusion - Diane Lachtrupp & Johnny Martinez

Contact: Diane Lachtrupp at 718-360-6447

info@tangofusiondance.com

http://www.tangofusiondance.com/classes.html

 

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Woodstock Tango Milongas and Lessons by Ilene

Info at:  www.WoodstockTango.com 

 

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Tango Pulse Milongas and Lessons in MA

Jackie Wong / Paul Marshall

http://www.tangopulse.net/index.html

 

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CONTRA DANCE
Albany Contra Dance at Hibernian Hall, Ontario St., Albany, see above

Dance on every 2nd Fri and most 5th Fri  www.danceflurry.org

8 pm, Intro lesson for beginners at 7:40pm, 518.729.7791, $10, $5 students

peter.stix@me.com

Feb 12 (no dance---see you at the Dance Flurry Festival)

Mar 12 Nor'easter with Chris Weiler (Nor'easter is one of the hot young bands from the Boston area; Peter will be calling with them at the Glens Falls dance on January 23)

April 9  Confluence with Sarah Ziegler Van

April 30 The Russet Trio (the house band for the CoCoContra series in Chatham

NY) with Peter Stix

May 14  Colin McCoy and Alan Thomson with Fern Bradley calling

June 11 The Northeast Megaband, sponsored by the Dance Flurry Organization and led by George Wilson and Maura McNamara, with callers TBA

 

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CALENDARS
Dance Flurry Org. (Festival, swing, contra, English and more)
www.danceflurry.org

    Check out the new format for the DFO calendar!!!

Argentine Tango  www.tangopulse.net/regional_calendar.php

                             www.AlbanyTangoSociety.org

Ballroom              www.ballroomdances.org

                             http://capitalusadance.com/cgi-bin/mods/calendar/index.cgi?vsSD=1

Swing                  www.albanyswingdancing.com

                            www.danceflurry.org

                            www.hudsonvalleydance.org

 

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CLASSES
Brian Sipe Classes, $35/4 week session, Mondays  and Tuesdays
Ukrainian Hall, Cohoes and The Dance Ranch Studio, 235 Middleline Rd., Ballston Spa 12020
860-9010, No partner needed, Private lessons also available

National Champion Tom Hourigan Classes every Saturday
Eileen's Dance Studio:  1020 Barrett Street,  Schenectady, NY 12305
Cost:  $10 per class, or $35 for 4 classes, No partner needed.

12 - 12:55 pm, 1 - 1:55 pm
527-5754, Private lessons also available

 Miscellaneous:

 Exhibition: What are You Doing Now?  Martinez Gallery, 3 Broadway, Troy

Until April 10, 2010

Taking a cue from social network sites, 18 artists in the Hudson Valley area respond to the question: What are you Doing Now? They describe how they are producing paintings, photos, prints, and sculptures. The artists are: Caren Canier, Dan Burkholder, Armando Soto, Anthony Montes, Sylvie Kantorovitz, George Hofmann, Colin Boyd, Willie Marlowe, Mary Pat Wager, Brynna Carpenter, Dorothy Englander, Gay Malin, Jim Flosdorf, Tim Cahill, George Simmons, Arlene Baker, Sean Calhoun, and Leigh Wen. Exhibition is open to public. Hope you get a chance to see the show, Dorothy Englander

www.dorothyenglander.com

http://www.nyartistscircle.org/artists/englander/englander.html

DJ Albany, Albany DJ, Weddings, School Dances, Parites, Dance Lessons, Dance Videos, Dancin' Dave. Call us at 518-542-4272

 DJ Albany / Saratoga Counties and beyond!

School Dances: We love to DJ, teach Ballroom and Line dances and play games at school dances.  Fun is had by all! We DJ'd recently at Peter B Elementary School in Ravena NY. WE have DJ'd there several times. The kids went crazy over the Thriller Line Dance and the parents loved it! In a couple weeks we will be DJing in Lake George for 7-12 grades. The theme is French and Spanish. The first half hour we will teach the students Argentine Tango at their request. This age group loves Tango! That's all for now and have a great weekend. Dancin' Dawn. 518-542-4272

Albany DJ, School Dances, Teaching Ballroom Dance for k-12, Salsa, Swing

Albany Area Ballroom Dance Schedule November 2009

Thursdays – Beginner Dance Group Classes offered by Bob Englert

Time 5:45 to 6:45, Before Regular Lesson and Dance

At UKRAINIAN AMERICAN CITIZENS CLUB

First 3 steps in a selected Ballroom Dance, No Partner needed

Come learn all the basics, so you will be able to get out on the floor for every Dance

Cost for all 4 classes are $25.00. Must sign up for all 4

More info: 518-233-9265

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Every Wednesday: California Dance Mix with DJ Bob Englert – Swing, Ballroom & more!

A great Introductory Dance. UKRAINIAN HALL

Hustle, Swing, ChaCha, WCS, Country Two-Step, NightclubTwo-step, Tango, Latin, Ballroom, etc.
Lesson 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Dance 7:45 pm – 11pm, $10, College Students $5 All of Bob’s Dances

More info: 518-233-9265 Bob’s Website

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Every 3rd Sun. – Capital USA Dance Ballroom Dance

- November 15th – Polish Community Center, Washington Ave. Ext. (date mistakenly shown as 11/22 in prior e-mail)

Lesson 6:15pm, dance 7-10pm, Demo

Members-$9; Non-$12; College-$5; Free under 18

Info: www.capitalusadance.com

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SOS Ballroom Dance, Every 4th Sunday

Polish Community Center, Washington Ave. Ext., Same times as above

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NEW YEAR’S EVE

Jim Apicella is planning another great dance.

USA Dance will also be holding a dinner dance.

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Capital Region Salsa Social

http://www.salsasocialny.com/SalsaSocialNY.com/Home.html

Saturday 11/21, Saturday 12/12

Troy Masonic Hall, 39 Brunswick Rd. Troy, NY 12179, 518-273-0196
(Congress St., Rt.2 becomes Brunswick Rd. – Just east of Rt 66)
Lesson 4-5pm, then salsa with some cha-cha & other latin 5-9pm, $7
Check website for special lessons and times
Contact: info@salsasocialny.com

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Salsa-Latin Night at Pinto & Hobbs

Every Wednesday, Pinto & Hobbs, corner State and Dove, Albany, 9pm, $5

9pm-1am

More info : http://www.pintoandhobbs.com/calendar.htm

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SWING

First Friday Capital Swing Dance is Friday, Dec. 4th

Peter Davis and Friends.
 

More info click here
 

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NEW: Every Wednesday – Lindy Hop Lesson + Swing Dance

Daisy Bakers Restaurant, 33 Second St., Troy, NY, (between Green Island and Congress St bridges)

www.albanychill.com, www.albanyswingdancing.com

Host: Albany Swing Dancing, Starts: 8:00pm

Lesson: 8:30pm (Jason Fenton), Dancing: 9:00pm – 11pm

Cost: $10 (incl. half hour lesson and $5 voucher for drinks or food before 9:00pm)

 

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Every Thursday: East Coast Swing, Fuze Box, 12 Central Avenue, Albany, $7
(corner of Central and Lark) Do not park in lot across the street or you will be towed
Lesson with Jason Fenton at 8:00pm, Dancing is from 9pm – 11:30pm+, with DJ Sean, Nick, etc.
www.albanyswingdancing.com

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First Saturday Swing Dance, CHECK WEBSITE TO CONFIRM DATES

Milton Community Center, Ballston Spa

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Basic Lesson

7:30 pm – 10:30 pm Dancing $12, $6 Senior Rate

Info: www.spacityswingers.com

spacityswingers@gmail.com

885-4910

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3rd Sat – Saratoga SAVOY Diamond Dance

Saratoga Music Hall above City Hall, Broadway, Saratoga Springs

7:30-11:30pm with lesson, $15, 859-2885

www.saratogasavoy.com

November 21st: Joey Thomas Big Band

December 19th: Doc Scanlon w/ Special guest Peter Davis

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West Coast Swing Party by Denis & Lee, (usually 3rd Sat), Nov. 21

7pm – All Level West Coast Swing Lesson, 8pm-12 – Dance

153 Temple Hill Road, New Windsor, NY

$10 includes lesson and dance, $8 student

www.denisandlee.com

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3rd Sunday, West Coast Swing/California Mix

(West Coast, Latin, Texas Two-Step and East Coast Swing)

White Eagle Hall in Kingston

with teachers and DJs DENIS RILEY and LEE MANSFIELD

6:00 Beginner West Coast Swing lesson

Dance 6:30–9:00 PM, $5

Pam: HudsonValleyWCS@Yahoo.com or cell: 914 475-0803

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4th Friday, Swing Dance to Live Music CHECK WEBSITE FOR NOV DANCE

Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, 135 South Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie

Check website for workshops starting at 6:30pm

8-8:30 Beginners Lesson (free with admission to the dance)

830-11:30 Admission: $15/10 students

Directions & Info: www.hudsonvalleydance.org

Tel: 845 454-2571 or 845 256-0106

email swing@hudsonvalleydance.org

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Every First Saturday, Swingdance Mix w/DJ Scott, $10, Nov. 7
1st Presbyterian Hall, Highland (corner of Church and Grove, next door to the Lloyd Town Hall) ,

Lesson 7:30pm, Dance 8pm, $10

For future months, check before going to ensure it’s being held.

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Thursdays, Hudson Valley WCS Weekly Dance

Center for Creative Education, 20 Thomas St, Kingston

www.hudsonvalleywcs.com

Pam Marshall 914-475-0803 hudsonvalleywcs@yahoo.com

>No dances November 26, December 24, or December 31<

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Hudson Valley WCS

John Lindo will be in the Hudson Valley on Sat Jan 23rd – Sun Jan 24th, 2010 for a series of West Coast Swing Workshops, Private Lessons and Dance www.hudsonvalleywcs.com

Contact Pam Marshall – See above

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ARGENTINE TANGO

 

ALBANY TANGO SOCIETY

NOTE: ASK TO BE PUT ON E-MAIL LIST & CHECK WEBSITE FOR UPDATES

Contact: Kevin Magee at 518-266-9612 or tango.info@albanytangosociety.org
www.AlbanyTangoSociety.org

 

Saturday Monthly Milonga (usually 2nd Sat., BUT FIRST SAT, NOV 7 this month)

Nov 7 – Second Anniversary Afternoon Workshops and Evening Milonga

Emma Willard School ballroom (note 1st Sat for Nov.)

Featuring Jorge Torres, Star of Forever Tango

All events are held in Slocum Hall on the campus of Emma Willard School, Troy, NY

Workshops and milonga are held in the room Lyon-Remington.

Afternoon Workshops (Preregister for these workshops to ensure there is space)

1:00-2:15 Workshop 1- Discover Balance in Tango

2:45-4:00 Workshop 2- Dicover Balance in Vals

4:15-5:30 Workshop 3 – Discover Balance in Milonga

Evening Class, Practica, Milonga

7:00-8:00 Tango Lesson – Beginning level- Kevin Magee, instructing.

7:00-8:00 Practica

8:00-midnight Milonga.

Mondays, Practica (Argentine Tango practice – great opportunity to practice with all levels of dancers, and get guidance. Designed for those in Basics class though experts)

8-11pm, All levels

Daisy Bakers Restaurant, 33 Second St., Troy, NY, (between Green Island and Congress St bridges)

Cost $10, includes $5 credit toward food or drink

DJ and practice assistance: Kevin Magee

October 12 Columbus Day Practica at Daily Grind (mind you, NOT at Daisy Baker’s)

- Wednesdays – Classes with Guest Artists

Hibernian Hall, 375 Ontario St., Albany (5 blocks south of Madison Ave-Rt 20)

Inter tango 7:30-8:30pm, Int/Advanced tango 8:30-9:30, Practice until 10:30pm
Cost: $12 for one class, $20 for two classes same evening

Also 2:30 -6:00pm Private lessons by arrangement. call or e-mail to schedule

Instructor – Guest Artists, currently Luis Bianchi and Daniela Pucci (wow)

- Beyond Tango Basics, 6-week Session on Wed, Instructor: Kevin Magee

Hibernian Hall, 375 Ontario St., Albany (5 blocks south of Madison Ave-Rt 20)

Classes will reopen soon. E-mail Kevin for details.

- Tango Basics I and II, Six-week Sessions on Thurs, Instructor: Kevin Magee

Hibernian Hall, 375 Ontario St., Albany (5 blocks south of Madison Ave-Rt 20)

Classes will reopen soon. E-mail Kevin for details.

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Lorraine-Michaels Dance Centre, 69 Fuller Rd., Albany 12205, 518-459-2623
www.lorrainemichaelsdance.com
Tuesdays, Lessons at Lorraine Michaels with Kevin Magee
7 pm Intermediate, 8 pm Beginner

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Woodstock Tango Milongas and Lessons by Ilene

Info at: www.WoodstockTango.com

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Tango Pulse Milongas and Lessons in MA

Jackie Wong / Paul Marshall

http://www.tangopulse.net/index.html

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CONTRA DANCE
Albany Contra Dance at Hibernian Hall, Ontario St., Albany, see above

Dance on every 2nd Fri and most 5th Fri www.danceflurry.org

8 pm, Intro session for beginners at 7:40pm

Fri, Nov 13 Montage with Peter Stix

Fri, Dec 11 George Wilson and Company with Fern Bradley

peter.stix@me.com

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CALENDARS
Dance Flurry Org. (Festival, swing, contra, English and more)www.danceflurry.org/new/calendar.html

Argentine Tango www.AlbanyTangoSociety.org
Swing www.albanyswingdancing.com

www.danceflurry.org/new/calendar.html

www.hudsonvalleydance.org

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CLASSES
Brian Sipe Classes, $35/4 week session, Mondays and Tuesdays
The Dance Ranch Studio, 235 Middleline Rd., Ballston Spa 12020
860-9010, No partner needed, Private lessons also available

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National Champion Tom Hourigan Classes every Saturday
Eileen’s Dance Studio: 1020 Barrett Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
Cost: $10 per class, or $35 for 4 classes, No partner needed.

Currently: Nightclub 2-step from 12 – 12:55 pm, “Do the Hustle” from 1 – 1:55 pm
527-5754, Private lessons also available

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We welcome everyone to each dance event and to dancing. Invite your friends. Dance with newcomers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Online wedding dance lessons

I recently received and email from a couple 1,000 miles away who learned to dance for their wedding by watching our online videos. This filled my heart with joy. I love sharing dance and am grateful that our online video lessons on YouTube are bringing joy to others as well.

We’ll be posting the videos here on our blog over time. Here is my email response which you may find helpful.

Hi,

Great to hear from you and thanks for all the feedback.

I sincerely appreciate that you are able to learn from our videos.

Especially for your wedding! Congrats on getting married.

Regarding songs, there are a couple of things to consider.

1. What emotion you want to convey, i.e. what is the feeling between you that you want to connect with

2. How fast the song is will depend on how fast you can dance, if you are just learning I recommend something around 155-170 beats per minute.
3. How long the song is: for a wedding dance 2.5 – 3 minutes is good.

There are a couple of songs I like that may work.

To play to the older crowd you have
The Carpenters – Top of the world
Kenny Rogers – Love will turn you around

More contemporary
Shania Twain – Holdin on to love
Tim McGraw – Just to see you smile
Vince gill – feels like love – may be too fast
Diamond Rio – Unbelievable
Patty Loveless – Lovin’ All Night

I hope that helps, please let me know if you need any more help.

I’d love to see your video if you plan to post it.

 

Testimonial

When planning our wedding, we had something very specific in mind for the entertainment. Being dancers, we didn't want a DJ that would just stand there and play your typical wedding music all night.  Dancin David and Dawn ended up being the perfect fit for us, and did a better job than we ever could have imagined.  They interacted with our guests in a fun and friendly manner and played a variety of music that everyone loved.  How many people can say they learned the merengue at a wedding?  We have been told by many of our guests that ours was one of the best weddings they had ever been to, and we feel that is largely due to the awesome job David and Dawn did.  Thank you so much, and feel free to use us as a reference any time! Dana and Steve - Wedding

 

Stress-Busters for Your Daily Routine
 

While the new couple are flying high and simply giddy, integrate a few stress-busters into your daily life. Then they'll already be part of your routine once the really tough stuff starts.
 
  • Pick your favorite exercise, and stick with it. Whether it's yoga, kick-boxing, or spinning, give this activity a few hours each week.
     
  • If you both have something that calms your nerves -- be it reading, painting, or collecting rocks along the shore -- don't always put wedding plans ahead of this activity. You'll stay calmer, make sounder decisions, and enjoy the entire planning process more if you stay relaxed.
     
  • Learn to ask for help. Delegating makes everyone feel better: It makes both or your Moms feel as if she has a vital role, and it puts less on your to-do list.
     
  • Don't forget one of the most important reasons you are  getting married to each other -- because you love spending time together. Once a week go on a date, and ban any talk about the Big Day.
  • Above from howstuffworks.com

For your entertainment needs please call DJ Dancin’ Dawn at 518-542-4272. www.DANCINTIME.com

Wedding Ceremony Music

 
Hello everybody, I’m back again to share a very helpful article I found. For your wedding ceremony direction and music needs please call DJ Dancin’ Dawn at 518-542-4272. www.DANCINTIME.com Below is a fun video to watch of a ceremony. Dancin’ Time did not DJ this event.

 

It’s safe to say that out of all the events for which you will gather your friends and family to celebrate your marriage, the wedding ceremony itself will be the most meaningful and, hopefully, memorable. In the United States, music plays many vital roles in the wedding ceremony, from providing flow and ambiance to highlighting the deeper emotional meaning. Many former brides and grooms remember the songs played at their weddings for the rest of their lives, and they can relive that romantic day when hearing those songs again.

Since music is so important to your wedding ceremony, I always advise hiring one or more live, experienced, professional musicians to handle it. Qualified, well-researched musicians will be able to tailor the music in real time to fit what is going on in your ceremony, which will help one part flow effortlessly into the next. Also, you’ll find it truly ties together all of the visual and verbal elements, from the flowers to the vows, with timeless style and class.

For the music, most American wedding ceremonies have six major parts, each with their own special requirements:

1. The prelude

2. The wedding party’s processional

3. The bride’s processional

4. The interlude

5. The recessional

6. The postlude

If you do not want to choose individual songs for your ceremony, experienced wedding musicians will be able to play appropriate songs in the right places. But picking out your own music can be more meaningful and satisfying. The first decision you should make that will guide you in your choices is whether you want your music to be traditional and classic or lesser-known but unique. The professional wedding musicians you hire should have a supply of music from both categories in their repertoire.

The Prelude

The purpose of the prelude music is to welcome guests as they are being seated before the ceremony. It also should give a cheerful yet subdued atmosphere, setting the stage for the solemnity of the event. The prelude generally begins 15 to 20 minutes before the ceremony start time, and it often involves quite a few songs. Because of this, it’s best to give the musician(s) an idea of the genre of music you want and leave the individual song choices up to their discretion. Since the prelude sets the tone for the rest of the ceremony, it’s a good idea to base your genre choice on the type of music you will be using later in the ceremony. Popular genre choices include Classical, Love Songs, Jazz, and Broadway, and these genres can be mixed together within the prelude to suit your taste. Each of these genres has sub-categories (Baroque or Romantic Classical music, old or new love songs, etc.), but it’s safe to leave those choices up to the musicians unless you have strong feelings one way or another.

The Wedding Party’s Processional

The wedding party’s processional marks the official beginning of the ceremony. It should have a slow but flowing feel, ushering the beautiful bridesmaids and other members of the wedding party down the aisle. Perhaps the classic example here is Canon in D by Pachebell, but you should listen to various musical selections to find a song that strikes a chord with you.

The Bride’s Processional

The bride’s processional can be an incredible moment, as memorable to everyone involved as the vows or any other part of the ceremony. You should choose a very special song here. If you go with Classical music, the obvious traditional choice is Wagner’s Bridal Chorus (”Here Comes the Bride”). But any Classical piece that strikes you as particularly beautiful or meaningful can be used here. If you’re going with jazz, pop, or Broadway, use a song with beautiful music as well as lyrics that are meaningful to you. Even if you don’t have a singer at your wedding, the lyrics to a popular song will still play in everyone’s minds when they hear the melody.

The Interlude

The interlude can actually be many different moments in the ceremony, my very loose definition being any time there are no words being spoken for a minute or more. For most ceremonies, the interlude is the unity candle, memorial candle, or rose presentation. These are moments of quiet reflection, and the music you choose should encourage this mood. A popular and appropriate unity candle choice is The Wedding Song, partly because the lyrics mention the word “union.” Sweet Classical favorites include Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach, Ave Maria by Schubert, and Meditation from Thais by Massenet.

The Recessional

At last, time to celebrate! The wedding coefficient's pronouncement of husband and wife is followed by enthusiastic applause and joyous recessional music as the happy couple leads the way back up the aisle. The song you choose should be bright and upbeat, inviting everyone to celebrate your union. The top traditional choice for the recessional is Mendelssohn’s Wedding March. A close second and third are Beethoven’s Ode to Joy and Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary. But any song with a joyous feel that speaks to you will work well in this spot.

The Postlude

The postlude sets a pleasant atmosphere as guests are leaving. It can last between 10 and 30 minutes, so it’s best to treat the postlude like the prelude and simply give the musicians an idea of what you want. Experienced wedding musicians will play postlude music that is refined but upbeat, adding the finishing touch to your beautiful ceremony.

The best starting point for specific ceremony music ideas is the repertoire list on the website (or in paper form) of the musicians you are hiring. The songs listed there are usually ones that the musicians are requested to play frequently and that the musicians know very well. Talk with your musicians as far in advance of the ceremony as possible about your musical selections. This way, if you have a special request that is not in the musicians’ repertoire, they may be able to accommodate it.

Lastly, have fun with the process of choosing your music! You can make listening to possible ceremony music a wonderful opportunity to slow down in the midst of your hectic planning and reflect on the love that you and your partner feel for each other. Music has the power to express this beautiful sentiment to all of your friends and family during your wedding ceremony, so take advantage of it!

Article written by:
Courtney Lawhn, Chicago Harpist and Wedding Musician

Signing off for now, talk to you soon! We welcome comments and questions. DJ Dancin’ Dawn, 518-542-4272, dawn@DANCINTIME.com, www.DANCINTIME.com

DANCIN' TIME now offers video dance parties.

Hello everybody, I’m back again to share our new service with you. For your entertainment needs please call DJ Dancin’ Dawn at 518-542-4272. www.DANCINTIME.com

 

How to find a great DJ

 
Finding a great DJ. Keep in mind your guests will remember how much fun they had or didn’t have long after the party is over. The meal and location will be secondary. So spending time and more money on great entertainment will make it all worth while.

First ask your friends, colleagues, and family if they know of a great DJ. If you don’t come up with anyone search Albany DJ. An experienced full time DJ will be more likely to have a website, as opposed to a DJ that does it on the side. Check out DJ websites and see which one most appeals to you.

Call them and check their availability first. Let them know your date, start and end time, type of event, and location. Many times if you call a DJ on the weekend chances are you will not get someone on the phone because most events happen over the weekend. So leave a message with the above information and your name and number. Be willing to answer their questions so they can give you an accurate quote. Each event has it’s specific needs and wants.

If you really want great entertainment, pay attention to how the DJ is interacting with you over the phone. You want a DJ that will be flexible with your requests and very customer service focused. Well I have to go now, but I do have lots more valuable information to help you. Please check back next week for more on this topic. Have a great weekend. We have lots of events to DJ this weekend. We welcome comments and questions. DJ Dancin’ Dawn, 518-542-4272

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How to find a great DJ continued

I’m back from an awesome weekend of DJ and Dance entertainment. We had a great time and so did our customers. Here are some more tips to add to last weeks.

Remember not only are you calling around for a price qoute, but also to find entertainment that will make your event the best it can be. So take the time to talk with the DJ company over the phone. Tell the Dj what is important to you and find out what is special about their service.

At Dancin’ Time we are sought after because we…

Keep the party flowing from start to finish!

Make sure everybody has fun!

Play the songs you want to hear & take requests!

Appropriately interact with you and your guests!

Have over 10 years experience!

Dancin’ Time is different because we offer in addition to excellent DJ entertainment…

Dance Performances at your event!

We show your guests how to Salsa, Swing, and Merengue!

First Dance Lessons!

Secure online event planner and formality song suggestions!

Karaoke!

Second and third sets of sound equipment and back up!

Worry free events form start to finish for you!

Credit Cards Accepted!

Signing off for now, talk to you soon! We welcome comments and questions. DJ Dancin’ Dawn, 518-542-4272, dawn@DANCINTIME.com, www.DANCINTIME.com

Hi Again,

For your entertainment needs please call DJ Dancin’ Dawn at 518-542-4272. www.DANCINTIME.com

It’s that time of year. Lots of holiday parties of all kinds coming up. Also, let’s not forget the famous super bowl party. Here at DANCIN’ TIME we have entertained at all kinds of parties. I know the more fun a party is usually has to do with how many of the guests are engaged in a fun and playful way. Great music that appeals to your guests is always at the top of the list of course.

Below is a picture of Dj Dancin’ Dawn and DJ Dancin’ David dancin’ the Swing! What time is it… It’s DANCIN’ TIME!

We also have a lot of fun with all sorts of ways to bring people of all ages together in a fun and healthy way. We do this through games that fit well with the crowd we are playing to. Another unique trademark of DANCIN’ TIME is that we perform and teach 15 different dances. Salsa, Tango, and Swing to name a few. Go to http://dancintime.com/lessons.html to see what we offer.

Yes, we do lead off every bodies favorite participation dances like… Electric Slide, Macarena, YMCA, Chicken Dance, The Hustle, The Bus Stop, Cha Cha Slide, Soulja Boy, Conga Line, Cotton Eye Joe, Hokey Pokey, Alley Cat, Bunny Hop, Gator, Stroll, Hora, and Israeli Folk Dancing,

We recommend the following sites for great ways to livin’ up your party.

http://evite.myway.com/pages//party/themes.jsp

http://www.party411.com/gameguide.html

Signing off for now, talk to you soon! We welcome comments and questions. DJ Dancin’ Dawn, 518-542-4272, dawn@DANCINTIME.com,www.DANCINTIME.com

How to find a great DJ

 
Finding a great DJ. Keep in mind your guests will remember how much fun they had or didn’t have long after the party is over. The meal and location will be secondary. So spending time and more money on great entertainment will make it all worth while.

First ask your friends, colleagues, and family if they know of a great DJ. If you don’t come up with anyone search Albany DJ. An experienced full time DJ will be more likely to have a website, as opposed to a DJ that does it on the side. Check out DJ websites and see which one most appeals to you.

Call them and check their availability first. Let them know your date, start and end time, type of event, and location. Many times if you call a DJ on the weekend chances are you will not get someone on the phone because most events happen over the weekend. So leave a message with the above information and your name and number. Be willing to answer their questions so they can give you an accurate quote. Each event has it’s specific needs and wants.

If you really want great entertainment, pay attention to how the DJ is interacting with you over the phone. You want a DJ that will be flexible with your requests and very customer service focused. Well I have to go now, but I do have lots more valuable information to help you. Please check back next week for more on this topic. Have a great weekend. We have lots of events to DJ this weekend. We welcome comments and questions. DJ Dancin’ Dawn, 518-542-4272, dawn@DANCINTIME.com,www.DANCINTIME.com

How to find a great DJ

 
Finding a great DJ. Keep in mind your guests will remember how much fun they had or didn’t have long after the party is over. The meal and location will be secondary. So spending time and more money on great entertainment will make it all worth while.

First ask your friends, colleagues, and family if they know of a great DJ. If you don’t come up with anyone search Albany DJ. An experienced full time DJ will be more likely to have a website, as opposed to a DJ that does it on the side. Check out DJ websites and see which one most appeals to you.

Call them and check their availability first. Let them know your date, start and end time, type of event, and location. Many times if you call a DJ on the weekend chances are you will not get someone on the phone because most events happen over the weekend. So leave a message with the above information and your name and number. Be willing to answer their questions so they can give you an accurate quote. Each event has it’s specific needs and wants.

If you really want great entertainment, pay attention to how the DJ is interacting with you over the phone. You want a DJ that will be flexible with your requests and very customer service focused. Well I have to go now, but I do have lots more valuable information to help you. Please check back next week for more on this topic. Have a great weekend. We have lots of events to DJ this weekend. We welcome comments and questions. DJ Dancin’ Dawn, 518-542-4272, d

Wedding Ceremony Music

 
Hello everybody, I’m back again to share a very helpful article I found. For your wedding ceremony direction and music needs please call DJ Dancin’ Dawn at 518-542-4272.www.DANCINTIME.com Below is a fun video to watch of a ceremony. Dancin’ Time did not DJ this event.

 

It’s safe to say that out of all the events for which you will gather your friends and family to celebrate your marriage, the wedding ceremony itself will be the most meaningful and, hopefully, memorable. In the United States, music plays many vital roles in the wedding ceremony, from providing flow and ambiance to highlighting the deeper emotional meaning. Many former brides and grooms remember the songs played at their weddings for the rest of their lives, and they can relive that romantic day when hearing those songs again.

Since music is so important to your wedding ceremony, I always advise hiring one or more live, experienced, professional musicians to handle it. Qualified, well-researched musicians will be able to tailor the music in real time to fit what is going on in your ceremony, which will help one part flow effortlessly into the next. Also, you’ll find it truly ties together all of the visual and verbal elements, from the flowers to the vows, with timeless style and class.

For the music, most American wedding ceremonies have six major parts, each with their own special requirements:

1. The prelude

2. The wedding party’s processional

3. The bride’s processional

4. The interlude

5. The recessional

6. The postlude

If you do not want to choose individual songs for your ceremony, experienced wedding musicians will be able to play appropriate songs in the right places. But picking out your own music can be more meaningful and satisfying. The first decision you should make that will guide you in your choices is whether you want your music to be traditional and classic or lesser-known but unique. The professional wedding musicians you hire should have a supply of music from both categories in their repertoire.

The Prelude

The purpose of the prelude music is to welcome guests as they are being seated before the ceremony. It also should give a cheerful yet subdued atmosphere, setting the stage for the solemnity of the event. The prelude generally begins 15 to 20 minutes before the ceremony start time, and it often involves quite a few songs. Because of this, it’s best to give the musician(s) an idea of the genre of music you want and leave the individual song choices up to their discretion. Since the prelude sets the tone for the rest of the ceremony, it’s a good idea to base your genre choice on the type of music you will be using later in the ceremony. Popular genre choices include Classical, Love Songs, Jazz, and Broadway, and these genres can be mixed together within the prelude to suit your taste. Each of these genres has sub-categories (Baroque or Romantic Classical music, old or new love songs, etc.), but it’s safe to leave those choices up to the musicians unless you have strong feelings one way or another.

The Wedding Party’s Processional

The wedding party’s processional marks the official beginning of the ceremony. It should have a slow but flowing feel, ushering the beautiful bridesmaids and other members of the wedding party down the aisle. Perhaps the classic example here is Canon in D by Pachelbel, but you should listen to various musical selections to find a song that strikes a chord with you.

The Bride’s Processional

The bride’s processional can be an incredible moment, as memorable to everyone involved as the vows or any other part of the ceremony. You should choose a very special song here. If you go with Classical music, the obvious traditional choice is Wagner’s Bridal Chorus (”Here Comes the Bride”). But any Classical piece that strikes you as particularly beautiful or meaningful can be used here. If you’re going with jazz, pop, or Broadway, use a song with beautiful music as well as lyrics that are meaningful to you. Even if you don’t have a singer at your wedding, the lyrics to a popular song will still play in everyone’s minds when they hear the melody.

The Interlude

The interlude can actually be many different moments in the ceremony, my very loose definition being any time there are no words being spoken for a minute or more. For most ceremonies, the interlude is the unity candle, memorial candle, or rose presentation. These are moments of quiet reflection, and the music you choose should encourage this mood. A popular and appropriate unity candle choice is The Wedding Song, partly because the lyrics mention the word “union.” Sweet Classical favorites include Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach, Ave Maria by Schubert, and Meditation from Thais by Massenet.

The Recessional

At last, time to celebrate! The wedding coefficient's pronouncement of husband and wife is followed by enthusiastic applause and joyous recessional music as the happy couple leads the way back up the aisle. The song you choose should be bright and upbeat, inviting everyone to celebrate your union. The top traditional choice for the recessional is Mendelssohn’s Wedding March. A close second and third are Beethoven’s Ode to Joy and Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary. But any song with a joyous feel that speaks to you will work well in this spot.

The Postlude

The postlude sets a pleasant atmosphere as guests are leaving. It can last between 10 and 30 minutes, so it’s best to treat the postlude like the prelude and simply give the musicians an idea of what you want. Experienced wedding musicians will play postlude music that is refined but upbeat, adding the finishing touch to your beautiful ceremony.

The best starting point for specific ceremony music ideas is the repertoire list on the website (or in paper form) of the musicians you are hiring. The songs listed there are usually ones that the musicians are requested to play frequently and that the musicians know very well. Talk with your musicians as far in advance of the ceremony as possible about your musical selections. This way, if you have a special request that is not in the musicians’ repertoire, they may be able to accommodate it.

Lastly, have fun with the process of choosing your music! You can make listening to possible ceremony music a wonderful opportunity to slow down in the midst of your hectic planning and reflect on the love that you and your partner feel for each other. Music has the power to express this beautiful sentiment to all of your friends and family during your wedding ceremony, so take advantage of it!

Article written by:
Courtney Lawhn, Chicago Harpist and Wedding Musician

Signing off for now, talk to you soon! We welcome comments and questions. DJ Dancin’ Dawn, 518-542-4272, dawn@DANCINTIME.com, www.DANCINTIME.com

DANCIN' TIME now offers video dance parties.

Hello everybody, I’m back again to share our new service with you. For your entertainment needs please call DJ Dancin’ Dawn at 518-542-4272. www.DANCINTIME.com

Video Dance Parties let you have your very own dance club experience! The hottest music videos played on a big screen and live video of your party while it’s happening!

In the short time we have been offering this service we have had interest from people doing all types of events. Something to consider if you want even more excitement and fun on the dance floor at your party. Below is an example of a video that you might see played at a video dance party. Enjoy!!!

 

Signing off for now, talk to you soon! We welcome comments and questions. DJ Dancin’ Dawn, 518-542-4272, dawn@DANCINTIME.com, www.DANCINTIME.com

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How to find a great DJ continued...

I’m back from an awesome weekend of DJ and Dance entertainment. We had a great time and so did our customers. Here are some more tips to add to last weeks.

Remember not only are you calling around for a price quote, but also to find entertainment that will make your event the best it can be. So take the time to talk with the DJ company over the phone. Tell the Dj what is important to you and find out what is special about their service.

At Dancin’ Time we are sought after because we…

Keep the party flowing from start to finish!

Make sure everybody has fun!

Play the songs you want to hear & take requests!

Appropriately interact with you and your guests!

Have over 10 years experience!

Dancin’ Time is different because we offer in addition to excellent DJ entertainment…

Dance Performances at your event!

We show your guests how to Salsa, Swing, and Merengue!

First Dance Lessons!

Secure online event planner and formality song suggestions!

Karaoke!

Second and third sets of sound equipment and back up!

Worry free events form start to finish for you!

Credit Cards Accepted!

Signing off for now, talk to you soon! We welcome comments and questions. DJ Dancin’ Dawn, 518-542-4272, dawn@DANCINTIME.com, www.DANCINTIME.com

Holiday and theme party entertainment ideas and more…

For your entertainment needs please call DJ Dancin’ Dawn at 518-542-4272.

It’s that time of year. Lots of holiday parties of all kinds coming up. Also, let’s not forget the famous super bowl party. Here at DANCIN’ TIME we have entertained at all kinds of parties. I know the more fun a party is usually has to do with how many of the guests are engaged in a fun and playful way. Great music that appeals to your guests is always at the top of the list of course.

Below is a picture of Dj Dancin’ Dawn and DJ Dancin’ David Dancin’ the Swing! What time is it… It’s DANCIN’ TIME!

We also have a lot of fun with all sorts of ways to bring people of all ages together in a fun and healthy way. We do this through games that fit well with the crowd we are playing to. Another unique trademark of DANCIN’ TIME is that we perform and teach 15 different dances. Salsa, Tango, and Swing to name a few. Go to http://dancintime.com/lessons.html to see what we offer.

Yes, we do lead off every bodies favorite participation dances like… Electric Slide, Macarena, YMCA, Chicken Dance, The Hustle, The Bus Stop, Cha Cha Slide, Soulja Boy, Conga Line, Cotton Eye Joe, Achy Breaky Line Dance, Chilly Cha Cha Line Dance, Hokey Pokey, Alley Cat, Bunny Hop, Gator, Stroll, Hora, and Israeli Folk Dancing,

We recommend the following sites for great ways to livin’ up your party.

http://evite.myway.com/pages//party/themes.jsp

http://www.party411.com/gameguide.html

Signing off for now, talk to you soon! We welcome comments and questions. DJ Dancin’ Dawn, 518-542-4272.

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