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New Meetup: Lindy "Mix-Up" @ Oakland's Athletic Playground

From: Steven M.
Sent on: Tuesday, December 1, 2009 10:27 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for 'Zoot Suit' - Bay Area Swing Dancers!

What: Lindy "Mix-Up" @ Oakland's Athletic Playground

When: December 19,[masked]:00 PM

Athletic Playground
4770 San Pablo Unit "E"
Oakland, CA 94608

A monthly Dj'ed East Bay Venue is enjoying its 9th consecutive month, Saturday, December,19 2009. This event is a "3rd Saturday evening" monthly event & deserves attention. It is a new & inviting Oakland oasis, & is well worth noting. As I sponsored last month's event (with a nice turnout), I am very happy & pleased to announce that Hep Jen is teaching the class & DJ(ing) also. Hep Jen is a San Francisco Gem of an Instructor, DJ, Dance, Choreographer & Dancer. She is my favorite instructor & posesses this ability to make great teaching connections w/ her students. She has a natural talent to teach smoothly & effectively, be patient, polite, genuine, humble & is so good-natured. Additionally; Hep Jen is an excellent DJ as she can "read" a crowd (well) & intuitively keeps a happy crowd dancing smoothly throughout the evening- literally knowing how & what to play.
I clearly support & encourage this venue specifically because: (1) a young & growing venue (2) It is preceded by an 8PM lesson (lesson & dance $5) that is eclectic & varied (3) the "Mix-up" part of the title signifies a nice flow of assorted 8 count "dance style" music but primarily focuses around Lindy/ECS (4) as it is new it is friendly & I have found it "not cliquey" at all BUT MOSTLY...# (5) A lot of new members here quote a recurrent theme about being new to dancing Lindy Hop, thus why not be in a comfortable & inviting place. These reasons are exactly why I recommend this venue.

LINK to the website: Lindy "Mix-Up" @ Oakland's Athletic Playground

Additionally I'd like to share a review that was created & essentially sums up everything so well. This imagery will take you right there:

Jun 20,[masked]:57 PM
This has been the 3rd monthly dance @ The Athletic Playground on Saturday night in Emeryville. Located @ 4770 San Pablo, the name perhaps is confusing- whereas is this actually a playground or not?

Pergo floors, a nice sound system & a 40x100 foot dance floor does signify a dance hall, but nonetheless the name is catchy. The place can fit 125 dancers & barely 75 were present. As described- this is a new venue & a real blessing to the East Bay where Swing Dancing is often scarce. This is an all age venue, no beverages are sold. The age distribution is 20-30s- 60% 40-50s- 25% >60yo- 15%.

A good variety of dancers. 35/35/30% beginners/intermediate/advanced. Everyone dancers w/ everyone. The place heats up nicely. Music seems to be a blend of Swing/Rockabilly/Motown- a good variety but perhaps unpredictable.

The groove of the place was very homey & inviting. A one hour drop-in lesson precedes the 9PM dance & the lesson varies monthly. The crowd was very eclectic- drawing from a rich & talented potpourri of Swing, Blues, Lindy, Salsa, & ECS.

It was a good time for one & for all. I mean really- It's about Swing- how could one NOT have a joyous time .

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