The Firehouse Swing Dance

The Firehouse Swing Dance

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Erin Roos and Derrick Roos have served as guests judges for our competitions and also help keep us informed on happenings at The Firehouse Swing Dance. As local performers, choreographers and teachers, we thank them for their dedication to the swing dance community.
Hey, I don't know when social dancing is gonna be a thing again, but in case people are using the downtime to re-suede their shoes, here's a video I made on how to use contact cement to do that. The video shows how to repair a broken sole, but the same technique is used to apply suede to the bottom of dance shoes.

Have fun crafting!
Hi Firehouse family! If you are interested and able to support struggling great instructors and musicians, please join the Rhythm Relief: The Swingtacular Show in 2 weeks!

https://facebook.com/events/s/rhythm-relief-the-swingtacular/3236160469740954/?ti=icl
Wondering/worries about all our senior dancers who were out dancing that last week before things closed. Hoping everyone is well!
Do you want to dance with somebody?💃🏻 Join The Firehouse Swing Dance on Wednesday evenings for dance classes at Parq West San Diego!
OTTER POPS 😢
I am proud and delighted to announce the release of my swing band’s debut album, “Alec Haavik & The Shanghai Shindiggers”, which presents my recent adventures in Shanghai’s dynamic swing dance world. It’s mostly new original swing music (combined with a few traditional songs) all meant to be danced to in lindy hop style! There are three songs sung in Chinese (two in Mandarin, one in Cantonese), including “Chao Jiu Han”, our Chinese version of the old American classic “Long Gone John”. Two tracks feature traditional Chinese instruments (p**a, guzheng, and dizi). I composed several tracks in Ableton Live (electronic dance music production software), which gives a technological twist to the vintage vibe. And we play one straight-up 1930’s arrangement of “Royal Garden Blues”, dating back to the dawn of the Jazz Age.

The album has been released world-wide through JZ Music (China) and is currently available on many of your favorite platforms.

The album is also available for purchase on Bandcamp:

This year we wanted to recognize not only our staff and volunteers but someone from our dance community who embodies the values of inclusiveness and friendliness and whose presence creates a nice atmosphere at any venue.

Blake Belnap immediately came to mind as someone we would like to acknowledge as being a warm and friendly dancer. He is also not only a supporter of First Saturday Swing, but The Firehouse Swing Dance, The Abbey, and many more dance venues, always bringing a gentle smile and a courteous demeanor to every dance.

First Saturday Swing was created for the community and we appreciate every individual who attends our venue and makes it fun and welcoming for others. We feel very fortunate and are so appreciative of all the support over the years!
San Diego Collegiate S**g Shop crew, pre and post routine selfies! Thank you The Firehouse Swing Dance for letting us show off this dance we love so much!
Looking for other swing dance options tonight, since Strutters' is on break for the week?

A bit more on the local side, you can visit our friends over at Metro Swing in Pomona. If you're up for a bit of a midweek trek, you can check out Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five, feat. Hilary Alexander at The Firehouse Swing Dance's Firehouse Live Music (4/24) w/ Jonathan Stout and his Campus 5 event tonight in San Diego!
LOTS OF ROOM FOR SWING DANCING! Jazz 88.3 KSDS FM San Diego is excited about the 3rd annual Live Saturday Night Fish Fry. It all happens at Proud Mary's Southern Bar & Grill at the Ramada in Kearny Mesa (in the Madeira Ballroom, located at the Ramada San Diego North Hotel) on Saturday, March 30th! Your $60 ticket for this KSDS fundraiser gets you a delicious all-you-can-eat dinner, soft drinks and plenty of room for dancing. Dave Stuckey and his Synchrony 4 will be entertaining and will be celebrating the music legend Louis Jordan. There will also be a no-host bar available. Ticket reservations are strongly encouraged as this will sell out! Please call and make your reservation at 619-388-3037 or e-mail Ken Borgers at [email protected]. Doors are at 5:30pm for this family-friendly event. Also--if you really want to make a night of it, The Ramada Inn is offering Jazz 88.3 Fish Fry Goers an $88.30 room rate (good for that night only!).
Is there a good swing-related even for NYE? I've not had much luck finding anything on the internet.

Since 1998, the Firehouse Swing Dance has been THE weekly swing dance venue in San Diego. See See http://www.facebook.com/groups/firehouseswingdance

Operating as usual

12/05/2022

Don’t miss our Black & White Ball on 12/14 with music by Jonathan Stout & his Campus Five feat. Hilary Alexander! Dress up in black and/or white and help us celebrate another year of the Firehouse Swing Dance! Classes start at 6:45 and 7:45. Dance from 8:45-11:30! No partner needed! Get started any week of the month (we teach the basics at the start of every class!)

Admission: $20 ($17 youth/military)- includes admission to 7:45 pm lesson
Class Punch Card: $7
Dance Punch Card: $10
Add 6:45 pm class: $3

Class only: $15($12 youth/military)

Class Schedule:
6:00-6:30: OPEN PRACTICE w/ Ryan
6:45: BEGINNER 6 COUNT LINDY w/ Ryan & Amy
6:45: BEGINNER PLUS LINDY w/ Derrick & Erin (minimum 3 months experience in beginner or instructor approval to join this class)
7:45: BEGINNER LINDY w/ Derrick & Erin
7:45 INTERMEDIATE LINDY w/ Mark & Cami

Photos from The Firehouse Swing Dance's post 12/02/2022

December classes and events start next week at the Firehouse. Swipe to see our class schedule, events, and instructors! **The Firehouse will be closed on 12/28**

12/14 Black and White Ball w/ Jonathan Stout & his Campus Five, feat. Hilary Alexander- Dress up in black and/or white (optional) and join us in celebrating another year of the Firehouse Swing Dance.

12/21 Jingle Jammie Jam: The last Firehouse of the year! Dress in your jammies (optional) and dance to DJ’d holiday tunes!

**NEW THIS MONTH** 6:00-6:30 Open Practice w/ Ryan (included w/ purchase of a class). We’ll throw on some music so you can practice what you’ve been learning in class! Ryan will be available for feedback!

Classes this month include:
6:45: Beginner 6 Count Lindy w/ Ryan and Amy
6:45: Beginner Plus w/ Derrick & Erin (minimum 3 months in beginner or instructor approval to join the class)
7:45 Beginner Lindy w/ Derrick & Erin
7:45 Intermediate Lindy w/ Mark & Cami

11/21/2022

We have live music this Wednesday (11/23) with ! Get two hours of classes + stay for the band for $20 ($15 if 24 & under/military). Band only or 1 class only: $15 ($12 if 24 & under/military). Classes start at 6:45 and 7:45! Drop-ins always welcome- we teach the basics at the start of every class. No partner needed- we rotate in class!

11/15/2022

Only TWO weeks left to get your order in for a Firehouse jacket this year! Sample jackets are available to try on tonight and next Wednesday. Order at our front desk ($40 cash only, $10 additional to add your name to the front). We will have a very limited selection of jackets to purchase after we place this order.

Photos from The Firehouse Swing Dance's post 11/07/2022

Reminder: The Firehouse is CLOSED this week (Nov 9th). We return on TUESDAY next week (Nov 15th).

Photos from The Firehouse Swing Dance's post 11/04/2022

Our dancer of the week is Will! Will started dancing at the Firehouse when we reopened in April. He comes to all the classes, he stays for the dance AND he even went to Camp Hollywood in September! We’re so impressed with how quickly he has jumped into the Lindy Hop scene. Also, we love his Firehouse spirit. Did you all see the pumpkin he carved for the Halloween Ball?! Swipe to see it!

About Dancer of the Week: We love our Firehouse family and we’d like to give a shout out to the dancers who come out weekly, work hard on their dancing and/or bring a positive energy to the Firehouse community.

Photos from The Firehouse Swing Dance's post 11/01/2022

THEY'RE BAAAACK! We are now accepting Firehouse jacket orders (XS-2XL) in both mens and womens cuts! Samples will be available to try on Tuesday Nov 15th and Wednesday Nov 23rd. Deadline to pay ($40) and reserve your jacket is Nov 23rd. Optional: Add your name to the front of the jacket for $10 more! We will have a very limited supply of extra jackets available so be sure to get your order in!

Orders must be placed at the front desk and paid in advance. Cash only.

Photos from The Firehouse Swing Dance's post 10/31/2022

New Firehouse classes start this week! Drop-ins welcome any week of the month-we teach the basics at the start of each class. No partner required- we rotate in class. Swipe or read below to see important info regarding date changes and our class/instructor lineup.

**NOTE: We have some date changes this month. Mark your calendars so you show up on the right days! We will be open Nov 2, 15, 23 & 30. We are closed the week of Nov 9th. Open TUESDAY Nov 15th and closed again on Nov 16th.

6:45 Beginner 8 Count Lindy w/ Amy & Ryan
6:45 Beginner+ Swingout Variations w/ Erin & Derrick (Must know swingouts to join)
7:45 Beginner 6 Count Lindy + Charleston Combos w/ Erin & Derrick
7:45 Intermediate Lindy w/ Allie & Daniel
8:45-11:30 Social Dancing

Photo Credit: Amy (Michael Tan), Ryan (Prismatic Sky Photography), Derrick (JSAlmonte), Erin (Steve Hwan), Allie (Prismatic Sky Photography), Daniel (First Saturday Swing)

10/28/2022

Congrats to Jet, the winner of our costume contest! May we all have the confidence to strut onto and off of every dance floor just as he did 🔥😹

Halloween Swing Dance Routine 2022 10/27/2022

Halloween Swing Dance Routine 2022

Check out the Intermediate Routines Class performance from last night! This awesome group learned the choreography in just 3 classes and had only 1 class to rehearse. The song even skipped 3 times and they danced right on through! We’re so proud of their hard work! Special thanks to Joy Lab Productions for the video.

Halloween Swing Dance Routine 2022 Tap your feet and clap along! Select lindy hop dancers from the Firehouse Swing Dance, in San Diego California, perform a Halloween routine to Glenn Miller ...

10/25/2022

Tomorrow night! Join us for the return of our Halloween Ball featuring the Mad Hat Hucksters! Classes start at 6:45 and 7:45. Dancing from 8:45-11:30.
1 Class only= $15.
2 Classes= $20 (includes band).
Band only= $15.

Drop-ins welcome- we teach the basics at the start of every class. Partner not required!

Costume contest starts around 10 pm. $50 cash prize for 1st place!

10/20/2022

Our Dancer of the Week is Danielle! Danielle started dancing in May and quickly became a regular at the Firehouse. Being a new dancer can be intimidating, especially once the dance starts, but Danielle has been sticking around after class for quite awhile into the social dance! We are most impressed by the fact that she decided to switch up roles last week and has been working on leading! Anyone can lead, anyone can follow and some dancers even like to switch roles during a song. We’re excited to see Danielle exploring both roles this early on and look forward to watching her continue to grow!

About Dancer of the Week: We love our Firehouse family and we’d like to give a shout out to the dancers who come out weekly, work hard on their dancing and/or bring a positive energy to the Firehouse community. Dancers of the Week get free entrance to classes/the dance the next week which they can pass on to a buddy if they can’t make the dance!

Photos from The Firehouse Swing Dance's post 10/14/2022

Do you have your costume yet?! Our Halloween Ball is just around the corner! Join us on Wednesday, 10/26 for classes, performances, live music and a costume contest with a $50 prize for the winner! Swipe to check out a few of the cool costumes we’ve had! 🎃👻💀

10/03/2022

Our most popular Beginner Special Topics class is back: CHARLESTON!

Join Greg and Corinne at 6:45 pm every Wednesday this month for Beginner Charleston! It’s just $5 ($3 if 24 & under/military with ID) to add this class on when you stay for our 7:45 Beginner Lindy class! Come on out and start learning some ghoul moves before our Halloween Ball on 10/26! 👻

No partner needed! You can drop-in any Wednesday of the month! Save $ with our Beginner Special. Visit our website for more info! 🎃

10/03/2022

Our October schedule is up! Note: Class times are now at 6:45 and 7:45. We are also offering a new intermediate level class at 6:45!

6:45 Beginner Charleston with Corinne and Greg

6:45 Intermediate Halloween Routine with Erin and Derrick. This class if for intermediate and above level dancers. No drop-ins after Week 2. Option to perform at our Oct 26th Halloween Ball.

7:45 Beginner Lindy (6 & 8 count) with Erin and Derrick

7:45 Intermediate Lindy with Corinne and Greg

8:45-11:30 Social dancing to DJ music. Live music with the Mad Hat Hucksters on 10/26.

09/29/2022

Dancer of the Week is back at the Firehouse!

Congrats to Raphael, our Dancer of the Week! Raphael is one of several dancers we’ve been especially inspired by lately. Raphael started dancing when we reopened in April. He’s a quick learner and recently moved up to our intermediate class where he continues to do so well! We love his enthusiasm and are excited to see where his dancing takes him! Way to go, Raphael!!

About Dancer of the Week: We love our Firehouse family and we’d like to give a shout out to the dancers who come out weekly, work hard on their dancing and/or bring a positive energy to the Firehouse community. Dancers of the Week get free entrance to classes/the dance the next week which they can pass on to a buddy if they are already a member or can’t make the dance!

09/29/2022
09/29/2022

Zzymzzy

09/26/2022

We have live music with Zzymzzy this week! 🤩

$20- 2 Classes and Dance
$15- Dance Only
$15- One Class Only
Punch cards pay $5 extra to stay for band.

6:30 Swivels and styling with Derrick and Erin
7:30 Beginner Lindy with Jason and Celina
7:30 Intermediate Lindy with Derrick and Erin

09/20/2022

The Firehouse is TONIGHT! We are closed tomorrow. We return to Wednesdays on 9/28 with live music from Zzymzzy!

09/19/2022

**This week’s Firehouse is TUESDAY! We are closed this Wednesday only**

6:30 Beginner Special Topics will include swivels this week!

7:30 Beginner will be taught by Jason and Celina 9/20 & 9/28

7:30 Intermediate will be taught by Derrick and Erin 9/20 & 9/28

09/15/2022

Please help us spread the word! Due to a scheduling conflict with our venue, we will be open on TUESDAY (9/20) next week! We return to Wednesdays on 9/28 with live music by the Zzymzzy Quartet!

Photos from The Firehouse Swing Dance's post 09/08/2022

**Masks optional starting 9/14/22**

Mask policy is subject to change at any time in response to local COVID-19 case rates.
Please do not attend the dance if you are experiencing the following signs/symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for
COVID-19 in the past 7 days:
Fever or chills - Cough - Shortness of Breath/Difficulty Breathing - Fatigue - Muscle/Body Aches - Headache - New Loss of Taste/Smell - Sore Throat -
Congestion/Runny Nose - Nausea/Vomiting - Diarrhea.

**Those exhibiting the previously listed signs/symptoms will be asked to leave the dance**

Our COVID-19 policy is subject to change at any time and may, in the future, require use of masks and/or proof of vaccination. Closure may be
necessary in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak. Changes to our policy and notices of closure will be made available ASAP via our website and social media accounts (Facebook/Instagram).
Please join us in our effort to keep our dance scene healthy, not just from COVID-19, but from all illness, by not participating in dance events when you’re
feeling sick!
POLICY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME

09/07/2022

Check out our September schedule! No partner needed and you can start any Wednesday of the month (we teach the basics at the start of every class). Be sure to arrive on time- class closes after the first 10 minutes!

08/31/2022

We have a special performance by Cami and Diego tonight! Come cheer them on at 9:30 pm as they perform their Camp Hollywood routine!

Camp Hollywood is THIS WEEKEND! It is a 4 day event that features classes from international instructors, competitions, and live music (as well as DJ music until the next morning…yes, you can dance until 7 am!) It’s a great weekend event for dancers of all levels- even our beginner dancers!

08/24/2022

We have a special performance tonight at 9:30 pm by Early Bird Special! They’ll be competing at Camp Hollywood over Labor Day weekend. Come on out and support them!

Camp Hollywood is a 4 day event that features classes from international instructors, competitions, and live music (as well as DJ music until the next morning…yes, you can dance until 7 am!) It’s a great weekend event for dancers of all levels- even our beginner dancers!

08/08/2022

Join Corinne this Wednesday at 6:30 for All Levels Solo Jazz! This is part of a 2 week mini series (August 10 and 17). Learn a new mini routine choreographed by Corinne each week! Looking for a partner dance class to take instead? Gordon will be teaching Beginner Balboa at 6:30. Our Beginner Lindy: Playing with Rhythms Class with Derrick and Erin will return on August 24th!

08/04/2022

Our schedule the next two weeks (8/10 & 8/17)!

6:30 All Levels Solo Jazz with Corinne

6:30 Beginner Balboa with Gordon

7:30 Beginner 6 & 8 Count Lindy Hop with Jason & Celina

7:30 Intermediate Lindy Hop with Giselle (8/10) and Christian & Natalia (8/17)

Our previous schedule returns on 8/24!

07/29/2022

We have lots of instructors and topics on our August schedule so make sure to check it out so you know what’s coming up!

6:30 Beginner Lindy-Playing with Rhythms with Derrick and Erin (Aug 3, 24 & 31). This class will teach different rhythms to help spice up your Lindy Hop. It’s a great way for both leads and follows to start developing their own voice in the dance. This class is beginner friendly, but dancers of all levels can benefit!

**6:30 Solo Jazz with Corinne (Aug 10 & 17). Join Corinne for a mini solo jazz routine each week! This is great for all-levels and can inspire your partner dancing.

**6:30 Beginner Balboa with Gordon (Aug 10 & 17). Balboa is a partner dance with a close embrace that can be danced throughout the night at the Firehouse! It’s especially helpful to know for faster songs!

7:30 Beginner 6 & 8 count Lindy Hop with Derrick and Erin (Aug 3, 24 & 31) and Jason and Celina (Aug 10 & 17)

7:30 Intermediate Lindy with Giselle (Aug 3, 10, 24 & 31) and Christian and Natalia (Aug 17)

07/28/2022

New Orleans Swinging G’s!!!

07/25/2022

We have live music with the New Orleans Swinging G’s this week!!!

Class and dance: $20 (includes 2 hours of classes)
Class only: $15 ($12 youth/military)
Dance only: $15 ($12 youth/military)
Punch card: $5 to stay for the dance

07/13/2022

Volunteer and get in free!

Contact us at [email protected] for more info and to get started!

07/12/2022

Our beginner class was on fire last week! Did you know you can drop-in any time of the month? We teach the beginner basics at the start of every class so there’s no need to wait until the start of the month! And you don’t need a partner- we rotate in class! Join us for both beginner classes at 6:30 (beginner single time and Charleston) and 7:30 (beginner Lindy Hop)- only $5 to add the 2nd class. Save money with our Beginner Special punch card (10 classes for $90) 💃🏻

*masks required at this time*

07/05/2022

The Firehouse now offers mini private lessons! For just $15*, get a 20 min private lesson with one of our instructors. Work on what you learned in class, learn new material, and build your confidence! Visit our website for more info!

*Mini private lessons only available to those who have paid for a class or the dance the night of the lesson.

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Congrats to Jet, the winner of our costume contest! May we all have the confidence to strut onto and off of every dance ...
The Firehouse is TONIGHT! We are closed tomorrow. We return to Wednesdays on 9/28 with live music from Zzymzzy!
**This week’s Firehouse is TUESDAY! We are closed this Wednesday only**6:30 Beginner Special Topics will include swivels...
Join Corinne this Wednesday at 6:30 for All Levels Solo Jazz! This is part of a 2 week mini series (August 10 and 17). L...
New Orleans Swinging G’s!!!
Our beginner class was on fire last week! Did you know you can drop-in any time of the month? We teach the beginner basi...
The Mad Hat Hucksters with Rubin Brothers
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