Class, Fundraiser, and Looking Right in Dublin

Dublin City Street

Gotta love Dublin. There’s so much drinking and dancing in such a small area that one can hardly sit still long enough to realize just how much euro one has really spent (fyi, it was a lot). I was able to fly to Dublin (albeit after a bit of stand-by ticket scare) and attend the Dublin Lindy Exchange to meet some dancers from across the Atlantic. Having never been to Herrang dance camp, it is such a great feeling to meet lindy hoppers from so many other countries in one location having the time of their lives. To be honest, I was a bit nervous about dancing in Europe. I have only ever danced in North America so I did not know if my dance style would mesh well with other dancers. I often get this feeling when out traveling to unfamiliar dance scenes. I always chalk it up to the “big dance pond” syndrome that I self-conscientiously get. The Dublin dancers were great however and were very hospitable from the moment we arrived to the Pillars Room to the very last dance of the weekend.

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Teaching at Dovercourt House

Randy and Kathleen teaching at Dovercourt

Last week, I taught two beginner classes for the first time at Toronto’s main swing dance night, Dovercourt House (with the lovely Kathleen). The past year I have solely been working on improving my dancing and trying to travel as much as I can. I did not expect myself to be staying in Toronto for very long, as I had aspirations in my home town of Vancouver and the mecca city of dance, New York. I’ve decided to throw my hat into the ring finally and was fortunate to be asked to teach the drop-in class last Saturday. I know for other teachers that have been teaching in Toronto for a while, Dovercourt House is not such a big deal, but I was very amped to showcase why I heart lindy hop so much.

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