Atomic Ballroom in Irvine is one of the hottest spots for Swing Dancing in OC! Friday night often brings 200+ people of all ages and they have a friendly environment where everyone dances with everyone else.
We will do the beginner lesson from 7:45 to 8:30, then there is music and open dancing from 8:30 onwards (dancing goes until past midnight). If anyone wants to they can do the intermediate or advanced lessons which are held at the same time.
No experience necessary, and no partner required. For the lesson, they will pair you with someone else who needs a partner, and everyone rotates within the group so you can meet with everyone.
LOCATION / TIME
Meet in front of Atomic at 7:00 pm. We'll wait for everyone then go inside at 7:30 pm for everyone to sign in. The reason I'm making the meet up time early is so that we have time to chat and say hello to everyone from 7 to 7:30 because once we go in and join the lesson there will be less opportunity for conversation. If you want to have dinner before, post here and I might organize something.
IT'S FREE IF YOU'RE NEW!
If you've never been to Atomic, I have coupons from their refer a friend program for you all. Your first lesson and evening dance is FREE if you say you were referred by a friend and give them my name (Ben Cole). (And then I get rewards points, wohoo!)
PARKING & DIRECTIONS
Map and GPS directions to the address are difficult to follow. The GPS will lead you astray! Follow the directions on this PDF: http://atomicballroom.com/Atomic%20Ballroom%20Directions.pdf (You can't turn in to the parking lot from Red Hill Ave, you must enter from Main St then drive around the parking lot to Atomic)
You can wear whatever you like; it's casual. Many people choose to dress up and you do in fact get asked to dance more if you are dressed up just a little bit. Wear shoes that you are comfortable in and that won't fall off your feet! (avoid shoes with heels)
If you're planning on coming back to Atomic for more swing dancing (I go most Fridays - come join!) then look at their Groupons which are a steal: http://www.groupon.com/deals/atomic-ballroom-3
Not convinced? Confused about what Swing Dancing is? Want to see a cool video from Atomic? Here you go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GSjmVwA3S00