Count down to the (unreasonably early) Xmas party begins!

In the words on the great Noddy Holder “it’s CHRIIIIIIIIIIIIIISTTTTTTTTTMMMMMMMMMMAAASSSSSSS’.

Except it isn’t. Not really, but due to a jam packed calendar of Lindy Hop events up north, we’re doing our version a week earlier than usual. 

Flash sale now on! Tickets only £5 via Dancefly.com until midnight Wednesday 23rd November.
PLEASE BRING A DONATION FOR STRETFORD FOODBANK!

Donate food

We’re incredibly excited to announce that this year’s Manchester Lindy Xmas party will feature Birmingham’s swingiest musical outfit, Martyn Nelson and the Rhythm Remedies! We’re returning to our favourite dance floor for an evening of ‘bring your own booze’ fuelled festive shenanigans.
Advance tickets only – £10 via Dancerfly.com
Plus! Charity cake sale in aid of NUV-HOP – http://nuvhop.weebly.com please bring along some baking to donate, and /or some cash to buy something tasty – this year’s charity has been nominated by Evie H – we’ll be donating all proceeds from the bake sale to Manchester Medical School students who will use it to fund their voluntary work, providing medical services to people in Uganda. 
Come and Swing Out with Martyn Nelson and the Rhythm Remedies on 27th November and help raise funds for our two nominated good causes.

We guarantee that you will want to get up and do your dancing thing, no matter how many mince pies you have consumed

Yes, yes. It’s a Sunday. Yes, we know some of you have to get up for work the next day, that’s why we are ending the main party at the civilised time of 9pm. 

And yes, we know some of you *don’t* have to get up for work on a Monday and definitely don’t *want* to go home at 9pm, so we’ve booked a second venue, The Robin Hood, a mere stumble across a car park away, for a bit of an after party. Entrance to the after party is included in the ticket price  but we ask you to register your intent to attend in advance. Entrance to the after party is limited so spaces will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. This is currently full but we will do our best to reassign places should they become available.

Party 1: St Matthews Church Hall,  Stretford (nearest tram stop, Stretford, Altrincham line) 5pm -9pm
Party 2: The Robin Hood, Stretford (nearest tram stop, Stretford, Altrincham line) 9pm onwards. 

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/622540734591475

Online sales here: https://dancerfly.com/manchester-lindy/manchester-lindy-xmas-party-martyn-nelson/order/shop/

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Manchester Lindy Awards 2015 – the results!

To accompany Dan’s sWingin’ It Xmas party post, here are the award winners, and the nominations too!

Massive thanks to everyone who attended the party, or indeed, attended any of our events in 2015. It’s been our busiest year ever, and as we’re always busy, that’s saying something!

‘Most Wonderful Wunderkind’ (dancing less than 2 years)
(for dancing or community endeavours)

Winner: Liam Craddock

Runner Up: Dan Potter

Other nominees (in no particular order): Luke, Jane, Alistair, Agne, Rebecca

Most incredible Intermediate’ (dancing between 2 and 4 years)
(for dancing or community endeavours)

Winner: Kunnaya Wimooktanon

Runner up: Sarah Sharpe

Other nominees (in no particular order): Daisy, Catherine, Victoria, Natasha, Ruth, Beck, Jeremy

‘The Elder (Scroll) Statesperson’ (dancing more than 4 years)
(for dancing or community endeavours)

Winner: Paula Hardy Kangelos

Runner up: Barbara Rockwell

Other nominees (in no particular order):Ben, Nataly, Leanne, Taina, Andy W, Murph

‘The Snowflake Award’
(for the most unique dancer)

Winner: Jeremy Pye

Runner up: Kevin Leach

Other nominees (in no particular order): Chris, Jared, Nataly, Jacqui, Amy, Natasha, Sabie, Sophie, Ben

‘Snazziest Sartorialist’
(for the person who always wears the fanciest of pants)

Winner: Daisy Thurkettle

Runner up: Natasha Evans

Other nominees (in no particular order): Ben, Sonia, Dave, Isobel, Leanne, Ruth, Paula

‘Hotelier of the Year’
(the hostess or host with the mostest or most -aka the person with the fullest abode after Lindy events)

Winner: Velody

Runner up: Kunnaya

Other nominees (in no particular order): Paula, Vee, Lottie, Sonia, Liam

‘Mr.Miyagi Memorial Award’
(the experienced dancer that takes the best care of newbies)

Winner: Amy

Runner up: Ben

Other nominees (in no particular order): Paula, Andy W, Andy C, Beck, Kunnaya, Chris, Katy, Leanne, Liam, Natasha

‘The Overall Awesome, a bit like Sir Frankie of Manning Award’

(we didn’t vote on this one, but instead totted up the votes across all the categories and the person with the most takes the prize!)

Winner: Paula

Runner up: Liam

(photos from the party – by the wonder Ruth Hornby Photography – can be viewed here and here)

And on the last Tuesday before Xmas, we had a casual J&J contest!

This started out with an amazing 38 entrants, whittled down to 3 couples by our 6 judges, with the eventual winners being decided by a publicly generated invisible applause-o-meter.

After a tie break situation the eventual winners were:

Isobel Heyworth & John Perry

and the runners up:

Beck Rowaichi  & Julian Harris and Toby Danger & Agnė Chu

Massive thanks to our 6 judges, Mark, Jenny, Meg, Amy, Andy C and Liam.

Same time in 2016? 😀

Hasse & Marie Weekend Schedule

It’s almost here!

A weekend workshop with super-duper-super-stars, Hasse and Marie!

Please read our little PDF booklet for all information.

Click these bold words for the Hasse and Marie Schedule PDF!

Not got a ticket yet? We can squeeze one more couple and two solo leads onto our Level 2-3 workshop (Saturday)  and two solo leads onto our level 4 and beyond workshop (Sunday).

Everyone is welcome to come along to the social too – it’s free if you are attending the workshop and £8 (online) if you aren’t. You can pick up a cash ticket at the discounted price of £5 at Manchester Lindy’s regular Tuesday social, but we won’t be offering cash tickets on the door, (we’ll be too busy dancing).

https://dancerfly.com/manchester-lindy/hasse-and-marie-retun-manchester/order/shop/

Hope to see y’all there!

MCRLX news and MORE JAZZ!

MCRLX news and MORE JAZZ!

Solo Follow tickets for MCRLX are still available (£50 0nline) but the GUARANTEED PLACE offer ends at ONE MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT on the 28th of February (Saturday night)!

It’s very likely that at that time First wave Solo Follow bookings will end (and second wave bookings will be near mythical)

Don’t miss out on your Early Bird saving – buy in the next 19 hours!

Cinders

Solo Lead (£50) and Couple (£100) tickets go ON SALE ONLINE FOR THE FIRST TIME on Saturday 28th February at 11am! Couple tickets are likely to be extremely limited so don’t miss out!

Lead and Couples

In other news…

Been learning The BIG APPLE at Manchester Lindy for the last month?

WELL…

Here’s your chance to put it all together!

Taina is teaching the WHOLE ROUTINE on Sunday 1st March!

(Taina studied with the Old Timers! You will be taught this classic with accuracy, speed AND Authentic styling!)

Facebook event here

“The classic & super popular Big Apple routine from Keep Punching!!!
Note the Sunday friendly starting time of 1pm!

It is a solo routine, so no need to hunt for a partner 🙂
Meant for those who have tried the Big Apple before or are fast learners. We will start from London Bridge, then work through the whole routine from the beginning

HAVE I DONE IT?
Harlem Hot Shots dancing the Big Apple:

Original version:

BOOKINGS
Text or email to register, you can pay on day!

WHERE:
Room 6, Students Union, Manchester University, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PR (Students Union is pretty much opposite NatWest)”

Lastly, TONIGHT!

ML dancer Daisy is performing with her band, the Swing Commanders in Prestwich!

This event  has a fantastic dance floor, and lovely hosts, Ian and Sheila 🙂

Swing Commanders

Alex and Natalia Dance for Vincent and Flavia

Please go vote for Alex and Natalia in this online competition (you can even do it from multiple devices!) as not only are they the only couple of the three dancing Lindy Hop, but the whole thing is improvised social dancing – no choreo, no costumes, no tricks, not even a fancy dance floor. Just their home, their skills, and their pyjamas. And great musicality!No need to register, just go click the little buttons! Only one hour to go!

UPDATE: They WON! Whoop! Congratulations Alex and Natalia!

AlexandNatalia

http://danceforvincentandflavia.co.uk/entrant_1.html

February News

A round up of news from Manchester Lindy and chums:

MCRLX solo tickets have been on sale for 12 days, and 1/3 of the total number available for the whole event have already been sold! Follow and Switch tickets are currently £45 in person or £50 online. Lead and Couple tickets go on Sale at Manchester Lindy on February 24th, and online on the 28th at 11am.

Early bird prices end 1st April. At this rate we’ll sell out before that happens!

You can win an MCRLX 2015 ticket of YOUR CHOICE (Lead/Follow/Switch) at this Saturday’s Teapots and Twirls February Frolic in Leeds, where it (and a whole load of other awesome prizes) will be raffled in aid of SARSVL.

Tickets for Teapots and Twirls are just £6 (£5 LUU Swing Soc) in advance, or £7 (£6 LUU Swing Soc) on the door.

Tonight, Manchester Universities Swing Dance Soc will swinging out with TWO LEVELS of class for the very first time, more information here.

On Sunday, Taina will be teaching The Tranky Doo, one of the classic Jazz choreographies once performed by Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers. Come along and learn how to Eagle Side.

After that there is a Level 2 partnered Lindy Hop lesson .

Tranky Doo Workshop: £10; Lindy Hop Workshop £8; Both £16
Students: £6 /£5/ £9 (only with valid student card, pls present on day)
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Taina will also be rounding up the entire Big Apple on the 1st March. This is a chance to really nail this classic routine, hammering together all the parts you’ve learned at Manchester Lindy over the last weeks.

(week 4 of The Big Apple in Jazz class this Tuesday at Manchester Lindy’s Swing Social – we hope!)

If that’s whetted your appetite for more Jazz, don’t forget in May, Manchester Lindy will be hosting a four hour workshop with Trisha Sewell.

In person tickets £30 – available now. Online tickets £33 from 26th of February, details will be posted here on the ML website, and on the Facebook event.

AND The Lindy Circular is BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!  Thanks to Leanne for graciously accepting the title of Blogger-in-Residence.

AND Manchester Lindy dancer Daisy will be playing on Friday 27th February at the Longfield Suite, Prestwich, with her band the Swing Commanders…

AND The Hotsy Totsys are rehearsing for their public debut at MCRLX! Don’t forget to like their Facebook Fan Page.

I think that’s it, phew!