Austin Swing Syndicate general updates and announcements

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Grab your tickets for ALX!

 

If you love lindy, get your 4-Day Pass to Austin Lindy Exchange 2022, Nov, 10-13-2022.

Learn more about the Austin Lindy Exchange here.

 

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Anniversary Dance – Waller Creek Vipers – Live Music – July 28th

The Austin Swing Syndicate has been keeping Austin swing dancing since 1999.  Come celebrate our 23rd birthday by dancing to the amazing Austin-based band, The Waller Creek Vipers! The Anniversary Dance will be on July 28th this year and we could not be more excited!

Admission will be free for all active Austin Swing Syndicate members and sustaining members!  Non-members will pay $20.

Check it out on Facebook!

 

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Live Music – Hot Sugar Band – July 7th

We’re thrilled to welcome the Hot Sugar Band for our first live music event of the year!

The band is visiting all the way from France, bringing a full night of swingin’ music on July 7.

Admission for live music nights is $15/members and $20/non-members.

Our Sustaining Members get in free of charge! Thank you for your continued support!

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Introducing: New Monthly Classes!

The Austin Swing Syndicate is very excited to announce our new dance lessons will be starting June 9th!

Checkout our monthly classes designed to get you on the floor and dancing, or our progressive lessons designed to build on what you already know.

Classes are offered for Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, and Balboa.

Check out more information on our Thursday night lessons here.

Can’t wait to get started? Sign-ups will start this Thursday June 2nd, 2022 so come on down and see what it’s about!

Unsure which class is right for you? Ask the front desk and they will help you out!

 

Town Hall Meeting 6/30

The board is pleased to announce the return of its first Town Hall since January 2020! The town hall is scheduled to take place on June 30th in the Art Gallery.  Our town halls give us the chance to showcase all the projects we are working on as well as give a financial update and revenue projections. The last few years have been very interesting so as you can imagine, we have a lot to cover! At the end of the town hall community members will have the opportunity to ask the board questions. We hope to see you there!

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Weekly Dance DJs Needed

Excited to be dancing at The Fed? So are we! But we don’t have enough DJs to keep the music going and we need YOU to step up and DJ with us on Thursdays. We have a great mentorship program to train you so don’t think you’ll be left hanging on your own. And we will provide you with a starter pack of music guaranteed to keep dancers on the floor. DJs get paid for each shift. If you like dancing, help us keep the music playing by becoming a new DJ at The Fed! If you’re interested, contact the DJ Coordinator Keli Hawthorne at .

Board of Directors Elections

BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTIONS

Do you love the Austin Swing Syndicate, have great ideas to help it thrive, and the drive to carry them out? Consider running for the Board of Directors!

Nominations for our Board of Directors elections are now open. Please email elections@austinswingsyndicate.org to declare your candidacy or if you have any questions.

If you would like to nominate someone else, please email us and copy the nominated party on your email. They will have to accept the nomination to be included on the ballot.

Nominations will close on March 1st.

SCHEDULE

Feb. 17th – Nomination period opens
Mar. 1st – Nomination period closes
Mar. 3rd – Election Town Hall (Biographies posted this week)
Mar. 10th – Online voting begins
Mar. 17th – In-person voting, polls close at 11PM
Mar. 18th – Election results (including exact vote counts) sent to members by email
Elections for the three open Board of Directors spots will be held in March. Joining the board is a great way to give back to a community you love, help us decide what our next priorities should be, and get in on the inner workings of the organization. During the last year, the board has been hard at work making sure that we have a safe place to dance. As a bonus, you’ll get to hang with fun people, it looks great on a resume, and you get in free to our dances/events.
Being on the board is a two-year commitment. Officers (President, VP, etc.) are elected internally among directors once the board is formed. We hope to see you on the ballot this year!
– The Austin Swing Syndicate Elections Committee

The December Workshop Series

$25 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM | Pay at the Door

Collegiate Shag Refresher | Dec 2

Collegiate Shag is a type of Swing dance that originated in the 1930s. It was popular with college kids during the Jazz and Swing era! There are many different styles of Shag, but this particular style is danced with a 6-count basic, quick and flashy footwork, and a chugging rhythm. It can be danced in closed position, open position, or side by side.

In this workshop, you will learn the basic rhythms, footwork, connection, and core moves of Collegiate Shag.

Lindy Hop Crash Course| Dec 2

Lindy Hop is an American dance which was born in the African-American communities in Harlem, New York City, in 1928. It was very popular during the Swing era of the late 1930s and early 1940s. Lindy Hop is taught as an 8-count dance and is characterized by a move called the Swing Out. You may also spot Lindy Hoppers incorporating 6-count Swing, as well as other dances that preceded it, such as Charleston, Jazz, and Tap.

In this workshop, you will learn the basic rhythm, footwork, and Lindy Hop core moves. This workshop is for everyone! No prior experience required!

Balboa Newcomer/Refresher| Dec 9

Balboa is a type of Swing dance that developed in the 1920s and 1930s in Southern California. It is named after the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach where it was popular! Balboa is an 8-count dance characterized by its intricate footwork and rotational movements. It lends itself nicely to fast music, but you can dance it to any tempo, including slow tempos.

In this workshop, you will learn basic rhythms, footwork, connection, and core moves that comprise Pure Balboa (closed connection) and Bal-Swing (open connection). This workshop is for everyone! No prior experience required!

Musical Moves | Dec 9

In this workshop you will learn fun new moves to enhance your 6-count Swing and Lindy Hop! This workshop is for our intermediate and up dancers!

The Shim Sham | Dec 16

Here’s your chance to learn that tap-inspired line dance we all do every Thursday night. We will teach you to Boogie Back and Shorty George like a pro! No prior experience required!

Swingout Clinic | Dec 16

If all you want for Christmas is a better swingout, this is the workshop for you! This popular workshop returns for dancers who are comfortable with the Lindy rhythm and who can execute a basic swingout and maybe even some variations. Lindy Hoppers never stop working on this fundamental move. Consider this class a “do not miss”. Suitable for Intermediate and up!

Return to Thursdays: Soft Launch Reopening Plans

The Austin Swing Syndicate Board and the ALX Committee have been hard at work discussing many constantly changing variables, and are continuing to meet to address the challenges of holding a dance event with safety in mind. Previously, we had communicated our strategy regarding reopening using the local health authority staging criteria. After speaking directly to an epidemiologist from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and carefully observing other dance scenes and other large events in Austin, we are announcing our Reopening with COVID Precautions.

The Austin Swing Syndicate will reopen on Nov 4th, 2021 with Workshops from 7-9:00 pm and a Practice Dance in the Ballroom from 9-11:00pm.  We will offer this again on Nov 11th, 2021. Then we will fully open with the launch of ALX 2021 on Nov 18th. 

COVID Precaution Policy

To enter the building, a guest must present proof of full vaccination (full vaccination is 2 weeks after both shots of Pfizer or Moderna, or one shot of J&J)

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A negative result on a COVID test, within the past 72 hours.  

Masks are required at all times inside the building.

Acceptable COVID tests:  

  1.  Any clinical lab results within the past 72 hrs.
  2.  BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test with eMed Telehealth Services, official eMed Labs report within the past 72 hrs.
  3. BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test at Home Kit, taken at the building, observed by staff.  Results available in 15 minutes.  These tests will be available at the venue.  Cost is currently $13.00 each.  Guests must pay for the test. Cost may vary depending on the market.

If you are sick, do not attend.

If you have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID19, kindly get a negative test before attending our events. 

Free PPE available but please do your part in bringing your own to keep the costs down.

We are working as hard as possible to make our reopening an incredible experience. 

Can’t wait to see everyone back on the dance floor!