As per the request of one of the DanceNet readers, here are copies of the past ramblings of the DanceNet Webmaster.
This past week, however, I managed to catch an article about the band, Asleep at the Wheel, playing at the Regent Theatre in Arlington the following week. I've had some of their CD's for years; some of their music is energetic boogie woogie and quite swingable. I'm surprised that we don't hear more of their music at local dances.
I checked out the concert with a couple of friends and left having been wonderfully entertained for a couple of hours. It's a shame that they didn't play in a larger theater and that they didn't have a dance floor set up. Hearing the song "Happy Trails to You" as part of a 3-song encore was a nice finishing touch.
It's pretty pathetic when a 5-year-old and a 10-year-old are leading in our office football pool.
"I'm writing to tell you about a recent positive experience with a local dance promoter. At their dance, Alan and Luan from Dance2Swing Studios in Leominster let me put out some flyers for the New Year's Dancin' Eve event in Burlington, MA (formerly Bill Cameron's New Year's Dance Extravaganza). This was nice of them especially since they run a competing New Year's Eve event in Leominster. It's good to see dance promoters coexisting and being friendly toward one another, even in such a busy [Editor's Note: read "competitive"] scene as the Boston area.It had been an unwritten rule that you don't put down class flyers at another teacher's studio dance. Some even went further by saying that you couldn't put out flyers at such a dance if the flyer mentioned any beginner "lesson".
Perhaps I could return the favor by doing a little bit of publicizing about both New Year's events:
Alan and Luan's Dance2Swing Studios event is on New Year's Eve, at the Eagles Hall in Leominster. (They've temporarily moved to the Eagles Hall, while the Elks Lodge is being renovated.) It's a swing dance celebration, with live music by Mr. Nick's Band, a beginner swing dance lesson, a champagne toast at midnight, and an hors d'oeuvres and dessert potluck buffet. I know people who went to this event last year, had a good time, and plan to go again this year."
This is a nice sign of the times. I remember a long time ago a certain dance teacher angrily asked me if I had put flyers for another dance teacher at his studio dance. I had a very visible association with several other (competing) teachers so it was reasonable and logical to assume that I had been the one who brought the flyers. It wasn't me and I never knew who had brought the flyers to the dance.
Oh yeah, Alan and Luan's venue is listed in the West of Boston section.