A long overdue update …

Dear all

How are you keeping? I hope happy and well despite this difficult time. It’s been so very long!

Thank you for all for the messages enquiring about classes starting up again. It’s great to know there’s still a passion and enthusiasm for this wonderful dance form out there and that you’re all raring to go.

We closed our classes due to the COVID pandemic on the eve of our 10th birthday back in March 2020. What should have been a year of celebration turned in to a year of a very different kind.

This community has meant so much to me over the years and I’ve missed all of you, as well as the dancing, enormously.

These last 2 years have been particularly tough for me personally, working in the NHS, and supporting a close family member and her children through a brain tumour diagnosis and the last years of her life. I know I’m not alone in facing tough times these last couple of years but I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t taken a toll on both my mental and physical health.

It has also been the reason why I’ve been unable to keep up the regular correspondence and online classes/ catch ups over the last year or so that I would otherwise have wanted to do. I’m so very sorry for that but hope you understand and have been able to enjoy some of my occasional posts and links to our Facebook page and group along the way.

Right now I’m taking some time to process my bereavement and heal, though I am starting tentatively to look ahead at when and how our classes could return.

Step one for me will be teaching an intro to Balboa workshop at NottingJam this February!!

My current aim, COVID and life willing, is to be back with Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz in some capacity before we start our 12th (10 again) year, around March 2022. I’ve got lots of ideas and am starting to feel excited about it but please bear with me, I need to take my recovery one step at a time and we all need to be careful through this latest COVID wave.

For those of you with itchy dancing feet, why not look at booking on to NottingJam 2022, a local workshop weekender hosted by The University of Nottingham’s Swing Society. It’s been revived this year and will be held on 18-20 February (hopefully on the other side of this latest omicron wave).

There’s an intense beginners Lindy Hop day, a range of individual taster workshops of other swing styles to try, history talks, and activities around the City. It looks perfect for new comers and those feeling rusty.

Bookings are now open. More details here: https://facebook.com/events/s/nottingjam-2022/1040233296519268/ (which I understand can be accessed with or without Facebook login)

I’ve been assured that they will have good COVID protocols in place, including proof of clear lateral flow tests (and whatever else the guidelines say at the time), but I’d also encourage you to get your booster vaccine if you’re medically able to and haven’t already.

In the meantime I want to wish you all a very wonderful Christmas time and let’s raise a glass to a healthy and happy New Year for us all.

Also if there’s any interest in a zoom catch up over the holiday period let me know.

Thank you again for your continued support and enthusiasm for this dance form, it’s culture, our community, and our classes.

My love to you all and I’ll look forward to seeing you in 2022!

Lisa x

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COVID-19 – Classes Suspended (no classes until further notice)

Dear all

I know how important our classes are to the mental and physical health of so many of us (me definitely included) so I’m taking this step with a heavy heart; but with the need to protect our vulnerable people and try to delay spread to help our health service (which I work for) cope, I have taken the decision to suspend all classes for the time being. That means no Sunday Lindy Hop and no Monday Solo Jazz Roots.

I know that local guidance hasn’t asked for this yet and I was hoping it wouldn’t be necessary just yet but the advice around social distancing is pretty convincing plus today I have a mild sore throat and itchy eyes, more likely due to hay fever than COVID-19, but it wouldn’t be right to chance it.

I will keep you all up to date as things progress and I’ll do my best to post interesting videos and information to keep you connected to all things swing in the meantime.

For now please feel free to use our Facebook page and group (search for Nottingham Lindy Hop on FB), our Twitter handle (@nottmlindyhop), and/or our Instagram feed (@nottinghamlindyhop) to keep in touch with NLH and each other to avoid loneliness during what may become an increased period of suspended activities. You can also message me directly whenever you need to 🙂

For now, take care of yourselves and I’ll look forward to seeing you at the earliest opportunity.

Love to you all

Lisa xx

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Mon 9/3: Jazz class cancelled

Please spread the word.!!

I’ve just discovered that the dates I’d be given for the night shelter starting were wrong and it will be there from Mon 9/3 (not Thurs 12/3) therefore tonight.

I will advise as soon as I have an alternate plan in place.

Sadly this means I am unable to run classes this evening.

I’m so sorry for the short notice.

Please tell all.

Lisa

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Classes

Dear all

Here’s a well written article about Coronavirus and social dancing, like ours (worth reading to the end).

https://www.danceplace.com/grapevine/dance-in-the-time-of-corona/


I will still run Lindy hop classes today (Sun 8 Mar) and Solo Jazz class tomorrow (Mon 9 Mar) but will be taking each week as it comes, following local advice.

Today, I will be focussing on open hold and no hold steps/moves in your classes (which was in your course plans anyway) and will still be lots of fun 🙂

I will be encouraging regular hand washing (20secs folks) and as always the hand gel will be out.

Hand washing technique – takes 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday twice to yourself 🙂 )

Official guidance

NHS guidance: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Nottingham City Council: https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/coronavirus


Please recognise your biases (whether you tend to under/over react) and your responsibilities to yourself and others and make sensible, adult decisions as best you can about whether to attend or not.

Kindest wishes to everyone.

Lisa

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Sun 16 Feb: Classes are on!

Hi everyone

I’ve been waiting to see how Storm Dennis panned out this weekend after the awfulness of last weekend’s Storm Ciara and while I know some have been badly affected by the wind and rain last night, all seems to have calmed down now and so I will be running our Lindy Hop classes today.

Only travel if it’s safe for you to do so.

Looking forward to seeing you all later.

Best wishes

Lisa x

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Mon 10 Feb – Jazz Class Cancelled – Snow

Dear all

While things are calming down the snow and ice today have caused some problems on the roads again so I am going to make the decision to call off classes again tonight. Therefore there will be no Solo Jazz class this evening.

I’m as disappointed as you not to be out dancing tonight but sometimes it’s more important to make the sensible call.

I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Stay warm and safe and please spread the word so that no one heads out unnecessarily this evening.

Lisa xx

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URGENT: Classes Cancelled Today – Storm Ciara

Dear all

With Storm Ciara currently raging, and amber weather alerts in place across the region, it doesn’t seem safe to encourage anyone to be out on the roads today.

Therefore I’m going to make the call (however reluctantly) to cancel classes today.

Please can you spread the word to as many of your class friends as possible so that no one makes the trip unnecessarily.

I’ll make the call about Monday’s Jazz class tomorrow.

Stay safe everyone.

Lisa x

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Happy New Year!!

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Hello everyone

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year break.

Due to some family commitments, classes will be starting back a little later than usual this year so you’ve got one more weekend to relax (and take down the decorations!).

Therefore … classes will be starting back on Sunday 12 January 2020!


Sundays (start 12 Jan): Lindy Hop

  • 5.45pm – Level 1: Beginners/ Fundamentals
  • 7.00pm – Level 2: Improvers
  • 8.15pm – Level 3: Intermediates

with complimentary refreshments, practice and social dancing time before and between classes from 5:30pm to 9pm

Mondays (start 13 Jan): Solo Jazz Roots

  • 8.15pm – All levels

with complimentary refreshments and practice time before and after class from 8pm to 9.30pm


Location

  • St Christopher’s Church Hall, Trent Road, Sneinton, Nottingham

Small free car park on site.  Free on road parking.


*New Prices for 2020*

I’m hoping this small price rise is comfortable for everyone but please let me know if this causes any kind of barrier to attending classes.

  • £6 – per person, per class

Deals:

  • £8 – 2 x classes per person on same day
  • £10 – 3 x classes per person on same day
  • £25 – Beginners pass – 5 x level 1 classes (one pass per person to be used for consecutive weeks from first use)

Wishing you all every happiness in 2020 and looking forward to sharing these wonderful dance styles and many fun times with you all.

Happy dancing!

Love Lisa xx


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Sun 15 Dec: NLH’s Christmas Tea Dance & Fuddle

🎉 Our annual Christmas Tea dance and Fuddle is today – Sunday 15 December 2019!!

⏰ Doors open at 6pm with dancing through till 10pm

💷 £5 on the door

🥮 Food Donations to the Fuddle table for us all to share are encouraged

☕️ Teas and coffees provided

🏠 St Christopher’s Church Hall, Trent Road (nr junction w. Collwick Road), Sneinton , Nottingham

🤗 All welcome, wherever you usually dance.

🌟 See you all later!

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Sun 27 Oct: No classes – Join us at the Hockley Hustle!

There are no classes this Sunday 27 October but there’s still dancing and music because instead we’re all heading to the Hockley Hustle!

This is a great live music festival taking over all the bars in Hockley, in the centre of Nottingham, each year where all the profits go to charity. This year there are more than 300 live acts playing in more than 30 locations.

You can find out more and buy your tickets/wristbands here for £17.60 (there are also ‘young hustler’ tickets avail to those of you with families at lower prices with different venue access) :

https://hockleyhustle.co.uk


Live music galore:

Almost every music style you can think of will be represented across the festival so check out the event list and take your pick.

Of course that also includes Jazz and Swing which will mostly be hosted at Peggy’s Skylight on George Street, from 12.30pm to 11.30pm, although you will find other bands/ performances of interest across the festival.

https://www.peggysskylight.co.uk/events/hockley-hustle-1


Dancing in the street:

As part of the event the lovely Rose and George from SwingIt have organised two open air dance sessions that we can all join in with. See details below. It’s so much fun to dance in the streets so please do come and join us!


Class schedule:

Our regular Sunday Lindy Hop classes resume next Sunday 3 November.

Monday Jazz class runs as normal on Monday 28 October where we’ll be continuing to work on Norma Miller’s version of the Trickeration routine.


Ok that’s all from me for now. Soon be time to Hustle! Hope to see you all there 🙂

Lisa xx

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