Friday, July 4, 2014

Cherry Days Paonia - learn the Shim Sham!


Hey, dancing friends, 
This is a good version of the classic Shim Sham routine for Lindy Hoppers.
We'll be demonstrating it and teaching it at Cherry Days, in Paonia Park on July 5th.
Come give it a whirl!    

Note: everybody seems to do it slightly differently; this version is pretty faithful to Frankie's. 
Enjoy!

Frankie Manning's Shim Sham choreography

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Friday May 2 - The Dusty 45s play Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss !

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This Friday, May 2 at Memorial Hall, Hotchkiss!  Get your tickets now for this full-out rockin' dance party and concert 
And it's a fundraiser for Mountain Harvest Festival ! Honey Don't, dancing, pie, and the Dusties - entirely delicious!
  They're goin' faster than a roller coaster 

 Upcoming Dances 
and Events
The Dusty 45's are on the road, headed to Hotchkiss this Friday (from a gig in Denver) to play their mix of Rockabilly, Swing and Jump Blues for us at Memorial Hall , with our own Honey Don't
opening the show !  It's a double bill of world class Americana music, and the most fun dance party I can imagine. Complete with pie! Each slice sold benefits the Paonia / Hotchkiss Speech Club.
Many thanks to our 7 luscious Sponsors, 
each one a winner of 1 admission to the event:
The Scones   (Helen Highwater and Rick Stockton) 
Mike Jackson  (Coldwell Banker, Colorado Realty)
Divide Design / Build  (Lisa and Erich Neirmann)
High Country Printing  (Rita and Jim Lang)
Mary Bachran
Delicious Dance (hey, that's us!)
Mary Osgood 
 
Tickets are on sale now, going fast, at Paonia Farm and Home, The Blue Sage, and Back Country Bistro. Also at Brown Paper Tickets (click for the link) and The Creamery in Hotchkiss
$20 in advance / $25 at the door
Kids 11 and under free 
Proceeds benefit the Mountain Harvest Festival   and our scholarship programs. 
 
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Spring Delicious Dance classes at the  Blue Sage  
   
Monday April 28
Sizzling Salsa! all levels 6:30 - 7:30
Lindy Hop Choreography Solid and Smooth 7:30 - 8:30
Salsa, Salsa, y más Salsa!
Mix your basics with juicy new combinations, for more sizzle and confidence on the dance floor. 
  
  
  Lindy Hop for "Begintermediate" dancers
7:30 - 8:30
Solidifying the basics:  Swing Out, Basic, Circle, Charleston, and transition into 6 count Swing (also called "Jitterbug") 
 
Plus fun classics like the "Mini-Dip" and "Doll Drop".
Then in weeks 2 and 3, we'll develop a sweet and simple choreography for
 Adele's sultry song "Mercy". No partner needed, we'll balance it out.  Some dance experience desired (Swing and / or Lindy basics, 
even if they are rusty*, or choreography ).  
 Cost:  $7 per class with 3 class punchcard = $21
or $9 drop in
 
Tantalizing Tango ! This week at the Blue Sage
Thursday Tango classes continue with Danica, a great opportunity to learn this unique, sensual dance form
6 - 8 pm Upstairs in the Blue Sage apartment.  
Argentine tango with classic form, flavor and music.  $10 per 2 hour class. The focus of the lessons will be our own bodies and where and how we are in them, then bring that together with a partner to move together. Understanding and appreciating the richness of tango music will also be prominent. The lesson will be an hour and a half with half an hour of music and an open question/help time.
Danica began tango in 2005 and was so impelled by it that she dedicated herself to it full time from the first lesson on. She relocated to Berlin, where she danced every night, took lessons and quickly began teaching. After a few years she felt ready to relocate to Buenos Aires, where she danced her heart out but didn't stay. Now she's living in Hotchkiss and thrilled to help develop a tango community in the North Fork! Please contact her with any questions or for private lessons at danicatango@gmail.com   Tango is an amazing mirror of life, and a never ending development. We look forward to sharing the experience on Thursdays!
  
  
A 1, a 2, you know what to do!
We had a lot of fun at our Carbondale Lindy Hop Playshop, sharing some classic Frankie moves with the dancers.
Thanks, Ana, Mary, Susan and Dave for joining us on this dance adventure!

  
   
Frankie Manning, Ambassador of Lindy Hop! 
The swing dance world pays tribute to Frankie this May, celebrating 100 years of Lindy Hop


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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The North Fork Valley revels in the Dusty 45s performance:
Dawn Reeder, a big Paonia fan of the band says “I loved that show they did at the Blue Sage in January, because every song was danceable, and everyone had room to dance. Those musicians are world class performers. And so much complex sound coming from 4 guys, I couldn't believe it!
They were super engaged with the audience, very friendly and funny. 
They seemed to play harder the harder we danced (and)
it seemed like nobody wanted to leave at the end of the dance, including the band!
I loved the evening. The best and funnest live music that I've seen in Paonia in the 14 years that I've lived here. Thank you so much for bringing them back. I can't wait!”

And here's a sample of their music. Memorial Hall, Friday May 2nd, come on out and dance!



Monday, April 14, 2014

Dusty 45s in Hotchkiss + Salsa + Lindy Hop + Carnivale on the Bayou!

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Get your tickets now for this full-out rockin' dance party and concert 
And it's a fundraiser for Mountain Harvest Festival !  A win-win-win
 
They're goin' faster than a roller coaster

 Upcoming Dances 
and Events
The Dusty 45's are returning to play their fabulous mix of Rockabilly, Swing and Jump Blues for us at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss, on May 2nd, sharing the bill with our own Honey Don't! It's a double bill of world class Americana music, and the most fun dance party I can imagine. Complete with pie! Each piece sold benefits the Paonia / Hotchkiss Speech Club.
Many thanks to our 7 luscious Sponsors, 
each one a winner of 1 admission to the event - I will list them in the next update. 
 
Tickets are on sale now, going fast, at Paonia Farm and Home, The Blue Sage, and Back Country Bistro. Also at Brown Paper Tickets andThe Creamery in Hotchkiss.  $20 in advance / $22 at the door
Kids 11 and under free 
Proceeds benefit the Mountain Harvest Festival   and our scholarship programs. 
 
 The Dusty 45s touring with rockabilly legend, Wanda Jackson.  Amazing musicians!
  • C a r n i v a l   o n   t h e   B a y o u
     with the Blue Krewe's Swampy Louisiana Roots Music
      
    and Alley Cat Run to the Blue Sage  !
    Celebrate spring on Friday April 18th 
     8 pm - 10 pm
      
    Shake winter and dance into spring "Carnival on the Bayou" style, with the Blue Krewe's Swampy Louisiana Roots Music, straight from the Bayous of South Louisiana. Start the fun with an invigorating alley-fun-run and end at the Blue Sage for a big dance party with the zesty, swamp-rockin' blues of Denver's Blue Krewe--which you might remember from last year's Cherry Days!
    Tickets $12 in advance / $15 at the door 

    Starts with The Alley Run beginning at 6pm. Check in behind the Blue Sage to receive a map have your run timed. Various Celebration Stations will be set up along the way, where you will have to complete activities such as learning a dance move or lassoing a sheep, before proceeding. There is no charge to participate in the Alley Run.
    http://www.bluesage.org/events/carnival-bayou/
      
      


New Delicious Dance classes at the  Blue Sage  
   
Mondays through April (14 -21-28)
Sizzling Salsa! all levels 6:30 - 7:30
Lindy Hop Solid and Smooth 7:30 - 8:30
Salsa, Salsa, y más Salsa!
Mix your basics with juicy new combinations, for more sizzle and confidence on the dance floor. 
  
  
  Lindy Hop for "Begintermediate" dancers
7:30 - 8:30
Starting with solidifying the basics:  Swing Out, Circle, Charleston, and transition into 6 count Swing and back to 8 count.  
Plus fun classics like the "Mini-Dip" and "Doll Drop".
Then in weeks 2 and 3, we'll develop the choreography for
 Adele's sultry song "Mercy". No partner needed, we'll balance it out.  Some dance experience desired (Swing and / or Lindy basics, even if they are rusty, or choreography ).  
 Cost:  $7 per class with 3 class punchcard = $21
or $9 drop in
 
Tantalizing Tango ! This week at the Blue Sage
Thursday Tango classes continue with Danica, a great opportunity to learn this unique, sensual dance form
6 - 8 pm Upstairs in the Blue Sage apartment.  
Argentine tango with classic form, flavor and music.  $10 per 2 hour class. The focus of the lessons will be our own bodies and where and how we are in them, then bring that together with a partner to move together. Understanding and appreciating the richness of tango music will also be prominent. The lesson will be an hour and a half with half an hour of music and an open question/help time.
Danica began tango in 2005 and was so impelled by it that she dedicated herself to it full time from the first lesson on. She relocated to Berlin, where she danced every night, took lessons and quickly began teaching. After a few years she felt ready to relocate to Buenos Aires, where she danced her heart out but didn't stay. Now she's living in Hotchkiss and thrilled to help develop a tango community in the North Fork! Please contact her with any questions or for private lessons at danicatango@gmail.com   Tango is an amazing mirror of life, and a never ending development. We look forward to sharing the experience on Thursdays!
  
  

Opportunity to learn Lindy! 
Lindy Hop Playshops in Carbondale!
Learn the basics of Lindy Hop, and then some, with an enthusiastic group of new friends and dancers from higher elevations. 
Carpooling encouraged.
 Saturday April 26th 
 
 
  
Free your inner Fred and Ginger with Delicious Dance! 


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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lindy Hop non-stop and the Dusty 45's at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss May 2



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Be a sponsor and get 1 ticket to this fabulous dance party and concert!
 
Details below.  Dance your way into spring!  

 Upcoming Dances 
and Events
6 weeks from now, the Dusty 45's will return to play their fabulous mix of Rockabilly, Swing and Jump Blues for us at Memorial Hall on May 2nd, and sharing the bill is our own Honey Don't!  It's a double bill of world class Americana music, and the most fun dance party I can imagine.
 
We're looking for 7 Sponsors
to donate $50 each to the Mountain Harvest Festival, to help cover the costs of this big fundraiser.  
In return, you'll get 1 ticket to the show (advance tickets are $20), and your name on all our festival thank-you lists (including the Entertainment Guide). Let us hear from you!

Get your tickets now!  Online at Brown Paper Tickets and locally at
Paonia Farm and Home, The Blue Sage, Back Country Bistro, and at The Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss.  
$20 in advance / $22 at the door
Kids 11 and under free.  
Proceeds benefit the Mountain Harvest Festival and our scholarship programs. 
 
 The Dusty 45's at Blue Mesa reservoir, January 2014
 
Jukebox-Rockin'­ Country Dance in Glenwood!!
(sponsored by the Glenwood Springs dance group)
 
Mark and I plan to stay over for this dance, after our Lindy Hop
 
 Playshop - see details below
  •  Saturday, March 29, 2014
     6:30 PM to11:00 PM

    Masonic Temple  * 901 Colorado Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO
    Could we BE more excited??? We have secured the Masonic Temple in Glenwood for this event. It is an amazing facility for a country dance.  
    This is a fantastic old building with so much character - huge wood dance floor, great lighting, ceiling fans everywhere, tall old-fashioned windows, dozens of old-fashioned coat hooks, sitting areas, AND, AND, a stage with room for several swing dancers to do their moves.  
    This will be our official, inaugural dance.  This facility can support 100 or more dancers, so everyone come!  We'll feature a great mix of our favorite country dance songs and everyone will have huge smiles on their faces all night.  
    Class 7 - 8 p.m.  Scott Hopkins will teach the fabulous "Waltz Across Texas" line couples line dance.   
    Open dancing 8 - 11 p.m.  
    $14 per person, $25 per couple.  Dance class $3,  $5 per couple.  There will be a drawing for a few door prizes.....  
    You might want to wear your best cowboy/cowgirl outfit to this one.  We'll also have western "costumes" and a photographer for some old-timey cowboy photos.  Possibly the hat shaper too!  
    Bring your water and favorite adult beverage if you wish, wear hard-soled (leather is best!) shoes.  Adults over 18 only, please. 
  •  The  S t a r l e t t e s
     and Alley Cat Run to the Blue Sage  Friday April 4th
    Motown Get-Down in P Town! Get your tickets now for a fabulous dance party.  These girls played at Mountain Harvest Festival
    to a jam-packed room.  Now we'll get the big dance floor at the Blue Sage to groove on. 
    Tickets for individual “Great Spring Run-Off” events are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.  Buy both tickets together for only $20.  Tickets can be purchased in person through the Blue Sage Gallery at 226 Grand Ave., Paonia, by calling (970) 527-7243, or online at:
      


New Delicious Dance classes at the  Blue Sage  
    
Mondays March 24 and 31
Social Dance Sampler  6:30 - 7:30
  
Get a taste of Swing, Cha Cha and Waltz! Open to all ages
This is the perfect opportunity to try partner dancing, and you don't need a partner, just show up. 3 weeks of classes in March.  If you already have good skills in these dance forms, join the class for free, and help our dancers advance easily.  
   
  Lindy Hop Choreography, "Begintermediate" dancers
7:30 - 8:30
Get your Lindy groove on, learn a sultry dance to Adele's song "Mercy", and have fun solidifying your moves and connection. No partner needed, we'll balance it out.  Some dance experience desired (Swing and / or Lindy basics, even if they are rusty, or choreography ). You're gonna love it, we promise!  
 Cost:  $8 per class with 2 class punchcard = $16
or $9 drop in
 
Tantalizing Tango ! This week at the Blue Sage
Thursday Tango classes continue with Danica and Chris, a great opportunity to learn this unique, sensuall dance form
6 - 8 pm Upstairs in the Blue Sage apartment.  
Argentine tango with classic form, flavor and music.  $10 per 2 hour class. The focus of the lessons will be our own bodies and where and how we are in them, then bring that together with a partner to move together. Understanding and appreciating the richness of tango music will also be prominent. The lesson will be an hour and a half with half an hour of music and an open question/help time.
Danica began tango in 2005 and was so impelled by it that she dedicated herself to it full time from the first lesson on. She relocated to Berlin, where she danced every night, took lessons and quickly began teaching. After a few years she felt ready to relocate to Buenos Aires, where she danced her heart out but didn't stay. Now she's living in Hotchkiss and thrilled to help develop a tango community in the North Fork! Please contact her with any questions or for private lessons at danicatango@gmail.com   Tango is an amazing mirror of life, and a never ending development. We look forward to sharing the experience on Thursdays!
  
  

Opportunity to learn Lindy! 
Lindy Hop Playshops in Carbondale!
Learn the basics of Lindy Hop, and then some, with an enthusiastic group of new friends and dancers from higher elevations. 
Carpooling encouraged.
2 opportunities:  Friday March 28th 7 - 10 pm, and Saturday April 26th,  3 - 6 pm
 
 
Last chance to enjoy Mark and Margot's new paintings!
The show comes down next weekend, March 29th 
 
 

 




 

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