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Alec's normal email list

Alec M.
Group Organizer
Mission Viejo, CA
Hi folks!
First, a reminder that November Swing/Salsa classes start tonight at Sol Dance Academy!  Also...  Now that I'm teaching group lessons at 3 different studios in 3 different towns, as well as private lessons at a couple additional studios, I'm getting more requests from students regarding how to find out about ALL of my classes/events.  If that sounds good to you, go to this URL and join my regular email list:­
Once every month or two, I send out an email about all my dance classes/events.  With this message, I thought I'd include a copy of the email I just sent out to my list for November.
Thank you, and here's the copy :)   ~Alec
Hiya, dancers!

Have you LIKED my FB pages yet?

A big welcome to all of you who are new to my email list :)
We kick off a new month of classes for November, starting tonight at Sol Dance Academy in Mission Viejo!  Beginner Swing tonight and next Monday, then 2 Mondays of Salsa to finish out the month.  These are very beginner friendly classes, not nearly as intense as my Fri night Swing classes at Impulse, so don't be shy!  You'll get lots of attention, develop a strong Swing/Salsa foundation, and really learn to lead/follow!  Then on Wed we have Salsa at Harmony HB as part of our mixed ballroom classes there, and we'll be at Impulse in Aliso on Friday for our longest running night of fun and learning Swing!

Our newer classes/studios:

  • Sol Dance Academy
    25571 Jeronimo Rd. #3, Mission Viejo, CA
    The plaza at Jeronimo and Los Alisos, in north Mission Viejo

  • Price: $40/month (4 classes), or $12 per drop-in class -- Cash/Check only

    1st two weeks will be Swing, 2nd two weeks will be Salsa.  No previous experience required, come learn from square one!  If you're already one of my seasoned Swing dancers, drop in for the last 2 weeks of each month to learn Salsa!!!
    For more info, call Alec: 949/370-0523


  • Harmony HB Arts and Wellness Center
    16907 Algonquin Street, Huntington Beach, CA
    Located on the south side of Huntington Harbour Mall facing Davenport next to the House of Brews.

  • Price: Prepaid $12, Drop-in $15. Register at the front desk.

  • 1st and 3rd Wednesdays
    7:30pm to 8:30pm
    Nov 6th Salsa
    Nov 20th Salsa

    1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.  Prepaid $12, Drop-in $15.  Students will be introduced to principles of leading and following, and how to best physically communicate with one's dance partner.  Styles of dance taught will vary, with each night focusing on one style of social/ballroom dance.


    Tango classes this month at Impulse are Wednesdays Nov 13th and 27th, at 9pm. $15 (cash) gets you a serious lesson, and some time to practice!  Those who have come out thus far have learned A LOT, and their lead/follow abilities have grown immensely!

    Sooo...keep telling your friends, and keep coming out to dance!  I've been delighted to see progress in my regular students, and I salute the more experienced dancers who I see helping the newbies :D­ The Swing video I choreographed and performed in for the L.A. Red Cross, with 21 other rocking dancers, just went live in late December! Called "SwingFlu", it features some of the best Swing dancers in SoCal, including my dance partner Liz Cartojano, my girlfriend/partner Sarah Aisha, Madison Brightwell ("Suzy Q"), Roscoe from the old Derby days, Michael Benner and Liz Parker from last year's show "SWING" that I danced in, Daniel Fries and Daniel Ortiz from classes at Impulse, and many other wonderful dancers.
    LIKE it on youtube if you dig it :)­

   Please be sure to say hey when you attend any of my events or shows!
Swing heil!   ~Alec :)
(For those who don't already know, "Swing heil" is from the movie Swing Kids,
which got a lot of us modern Swing dancers into the scene. See it if you haven't!!!)



Impulse Dance Center
27101 Aliso Creek Road, Suite 106 - Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Office: 949/831--8589
We're in a business park on Aliso Creek, just south of Pacific Park (towards Alicia).  We are between Pacific Park and Alicia, very close to Pacific Park.  Pull into the business park with the 24 hour fitness, and drive straight through the roundabout.  Continue toward the "back" of the plaza, and turn left just before the last building.  That is where we are.  Check out the map on the home page or give us a call!
AAAND...give someone you dig the gift of dance!  Really fun looking gift certificates available, perfect presents/surprises!  Just contact Alec:
949/370-0523 mobile

~~~~ To learn and dance Swing with Sarah Aisha and I, please find us every Fri except the first Fri of each month, 8pm, here in Aliso Viejo: http://www.impulsedan...­
To join our Swing group on­
To join our new Tango group on­
Any questions, contact Alec Marken @ 949/370-0523
Or­ Liz and Alec performing:­ch?v=RTk51P3cVsM­­
(A Swing performance onstage with Melissa Stryker)­ http://www.facebook.c...­ Do wah do wah do waaahh!!!!!!!

Oh and one more me a dance, pigeons!
Cheers, ~Alec :)
CLASS RATES: If you'd like to take a one hour private lesson with me in Swing, Salsa, Waltz, Tango, or a sampling of basics from a range of smooth, rhythm, and Latin is the time!  Either I can come to you, or we can meet at a local ballroom studio and share their large floor. If you'd like to give someone the gift of dance, you can purchase a gift certificate I will make out specially to them.  So, prices: Private one-hour lesson for one person: $50 ($55 at studio) Private one-hour lesson for a couple: $60 ($65 at studio) Small group one-hour lessons... 3 to 10 dancers: $20/person
11 to 20 dancers: $15/person
21 or more dancers:  $5/person
Aerials/tricks/stunts one-hour lessons available, for private or small group classes Comments from past students... "It was awesome!! ...and my bf thought it went a lot better than he originally expected lol" (Chelsea) "He is an AMAZING instructor and I learned more in 2 months than most people learn in a year!  The very best part is that Alec is the most positive, affirming instructor I've ever had - this creates a safe place for learning where you can try new stuff and feel good about learning from your mistakes (as opposed to being mocked for them). Oh, and he makes it fun, too." (Suzi) "It was great fun, especially seeing my boyfriend's confidence level go from 0 to 10." (Susanne)
"As always a very good lesson with a lot learned." (Vansel)
"I had fun in the class!  The "great work" was a reflection of your instructions.  Thanks!" (Yvette)

"It was very good. Quite different than the straight Argentinian lessons i have been taking" (Sharon)
"This was best swing dance class I ever had. I learned so much! Thank you so much!" (Kundan)
"Was fun Alec. Thanks! You covered many moves that were way over my skill level but but the people and instruction was excellent. I hope its ok to join you again." (Mark)
"Alec did a great job of working from the beginning through a really fun and interesting combination. Everyone was friendly." (Sarah)
"Pretty nice. Gave personal attention to beginner dancers in group, which is inspiring. Overall a very fun night. The instructor (Alec I think) is an AWESOME swing lead." (Linda)
"I'm elated to have found Alec, and not surprised he draws a crowd. What a winning combination!" (Linday)
"Fun group to dance with!" (Jose)
"I'm so happy this group exists, haha! Thanks, and I'll be seeing you at the next Meetup!" (Divya)
"I had an awesome time. Looking forward to going again this friday." ( Felipe)
"I met a group of wonderful people who have a genuine passion for swing dancing.” (Vannessa)
"I had an awesome time at your swing class last friday night, Alec!
You're an exceptional teacher!!!" (Tina)
“Hi Alec! Brent & I loved our Swing class class week - hope we can come back again soon! You are a very patient and fun instructor : )” (Tonya)

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