Friday, May 9:
Bombay Jim and the Swinging Sapphires
Thanks to all that made
it to our official "Grand Reopening"! Indeed,
a great time was had, with nearly 250 in the house. Swing
City is finally back in "full swing!"
Come join the party this week as we host
"Bombay Jim and the Swinging Sapphires", plus
lessons and DJ'ing by Tony and Aurelie of Hop
To the Beat. Join us for another hopping night of
dancing, socializing, music, and drinks.
NOTES FOR TONIGHT:
- It looks like a cooler rainy night tonight, perfect
for dancing the night away and we're expecting another
great crowd this week! But... PLEASE
check your coats. Having 200-300 semi-soggy coats in
a jumble just isn't going to make the Swing City Ballroom
very pleasant! Also, tidiness aside, we ask that you
do this in general for fire safety and security reasons.
It's only $1 for a hanger and feel free to double up.
Coat check is on the right before the reg. table.
- We hope to have the bar stocked with some more variety
this week, including Snapple, Red Bull, some premium
beer, etc. There is also a straw poll on the home
page about what we should provide, so if you have
a second, please surf over and cast your vote.
- We also have our more extensive patron satisfaction
survey--please chime in on that as well . Take
our survey »
- Speaking of feedback, we've gotten lots of thumbs
up so far, with one question mark concerning the floor
being sticky. This week we will make sure it's thoroughly
clean, but also it may simply need to be "danced
off" since it was refinished sometime in the last
year and doesn't see that much heavy use. Please bear
Some new stuff:
some bucks: Instructor Field Trip Program »
Appeal to our Patrons: Please support
the bar! As Swing dancers we all know we're not
a "drinking crowd", but the host venue really
does depend on beverage sales to keep the rent affordable.
We are privileged to have this nice hall, so if you have
the means, please try to patronize the bar with a modest
amount of about $5 in food & beverage purchases. The
hall is run by volunteers and 100% of the bar's profit
goes to support the church's expenses in having us there.
Lesson Details: The beginner
lesson starts at "7:30ish", and the last 15
min. or so will feature an advanced move.
- Doors open at 7:30, dancing until 1am
- FULL BAR (valid 21+ ID to drink)
- Free parking
- Great dance floor, fabulous sound, and superb ambiance
in the "Swing City Ballroom"
What people are saying:
"It was one of the best swing dances I have attended
in well over a year (and I dance several times a week)."
"Nice people all w/good intentions. From the
person at door to anyone I would ask questions; all have
positive,upbeat(no pun intended) attitudes. And this love
of Swing Dancing is obvious by all assistance kindly offered
and rendered. Five Stars."
of What's Coming
to Swing City this Summer!
New England's best bands:
May 9: Bombay Jim & the Swinging Saphires
May 16: The Love Dogs
Our Fantastic Instructors and DJ's:
"Slick" Mike (It's
Todd & Beth (ZazouSwing)
Tony & Aurelie (Hop
To the Beat)
Taxi Dancers return! New dancer
or coming solo? Dance with them! (Interested in
becoming one? Drop me a line.)
West Coast Room! Coming in late
May, twice/month. Stay tuned for details.
Please give yourself some extra time to get to
the venue. While it's actually pretty easy to get there,
it's not super obvious if you're new to the area.
simple directions »
Look for the Dunkin Donuts on the corner of Somerville
Ave. and Central, and the ice rink across the street from
Central. We will also park our van with the Swing City
banner on it at the corner.
See you on the dance floor!
The new "Swing City Guy"
Dormition Greek Orthodox Church
29 Central St., Somerville, MA 02134
(off of Somerville Ave. between Porter and Union Square
- 3400sf dance floor
- night club ambiance (no more gym!)
- performance stage, lounge, coat check, etc (this
place was waiting for us!)
- bar & snacks (full bar)
- 152 car parking
- all ages admitted
- fully air conditioned
- walkable from Porter Square MBTA (0.7 mi) or short
cab ride (we are looking into a shuttle)
More detailed notes (in no
- There are two parking lots which are free for attendees.
There is a huge lot (~120 cars) adacent to the hall,
and the "lower lot" as you come up the street
(36 cars). Additionally, there is some street parking.
- By MBTA, take the Red Line to Porter, and hop a cab
or walk (0.7mi: 10-12min) down Somerville Ave to Central
St, and make a left up the hill. Or, Bus #83 runs from
Central Square to Alewife via Porter. Bus #85 and #90
also service the immediate area.
- If there is demand, we are considering a shuttle van
for a couple bucks.
If you have any preferences or suggestions, please post
them on the Swing
City discussion board, which is--I’m glad to
say--very active! We'd really like to have your opinions.
Live bands every Friday Night!
29 Central St., Somerville
(off Somerville Ave btw.
Porter and Union Square)
Free Lesson: 7:30-8:45
All ages welcome
$15 ($10 w/ student ID)
Taxi Dancers are back!
Until 10:30 we have
friendly volunteers to dance with everyone and anyone,
so if you don't have a partner or are new, "Catch
a Cab"! more
If you'd like to apply to be one of our
taxi dancers, send
us a note ».
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