Birmingham Swing Festival with Bobby White and Kate Hedin – 15th-16th November 2014

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    We’re exceptionally excited to announce that we’ve confirmed the absolutely incredible Bobby White and Kate Hedin for a weekend of Balboa and Lindy Hop workshops in Birmingham on the 15th and 16th November 2014.

    Aimed at improver and intermediate dancers, the workshops are intended to provide an opportunity for people to take the their dancing to the next level and give them the skills and confidence they need.

    Working in partnership with Martyn and Claire Nelson of Sunday Swing, the weekend will feature two full days of Balboa and Lindy Hop classes and dances. On the Saturday we’ll be running 4 hours of Balboa classes, with a further 4 hours of Lindy on the Sunday. It’s possible to book just one day depending on your preference, or the whole weekend if you want to mix it up!

    CLICK ON THE PRICING AND REGISTRATION TAB AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE TO BOOK NOW!

    bobbykate-mbr2Bobby and Kate are two of the best swing dance instructors in the world. Always striving to capture the classic spirit of the original jitterbugs with a modern voice, Bobby and Kate teach Balboa, Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz, and Collegiate Shag internationally.

    Between them they have championship titles in almost every major Balboa and many major Lindy Hop competitions including the American Classic Balboa Championships, the International Lindy Hop Championships, the Euro Balboa Cup, the American Lindy Hop Championships, and the Eastern Balboa Championships. 

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    Both Bobby and Kate are recognized for their engaging teaching. Kate instructs with a thorough, mechanics-based method; while Bobby prefers unique analogies and “irk-irk” noises. Along with more traditional classes based around moves, variations, and lead/follow technique, Bobby and Kate also enjoy teaching many ‘alternative education’ classes on subjects like partnership, practicing, dancing personality, and developing a unique voice.

    At events, Kate is renowned for her DJ skills and competition judging, and Bobby is becoming famous for his entertaining talks. His blog, Swungover*, is well-loved in the swing community.

    They currently throw each other around in Washington, DC and help run the local dance, The Jam Cellar.

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    Check out these videos of Bobby and Kate in action, as well as a short interview with Bobby by Stephen:

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    The workshops will run according to the schedule below.  There will be a a smooth progression from improver to intermediate level throughout each day, so there’ll be something to challenge every ability.

    As the workshop is aimed at those with some basic understanding of Balboa and Lindy Hop.  Balboa attendees will need to know the basics including Pure Bal Basic, Lollies, Scoots, Come-around and Throwout.  Lindy Hop attendees will need to know Lindy Turn, Lindy Circle, Swingout and 8-count Charleston.

    There’s no need to book as a couple, single leads and follows can book separately.  We’ll try to ensure the lead/follow mix is balanced by running a waiting list if necessary.

    Saturday – Balboa:

    The workshop will be held in the Foyle Studio at mac in Birmingham’s leafy suburb of Edgbaston from 10.00 – 16.15 and will consist of four hours of classes.

    10.00 – 11.00 – Class
    15 minute break
    11.15 – 12.15 – Class
    12.15 – 14.00 – Lunch (Not provided but available from the mac’s restaurants)
    14.00 – 15.00 – Class
    15 minute break
    15.15 – 16.15 – Class

    Sunday – Lindy Hop:

    The workshop will be held at the Church of the Ascension Hall, Hall Green from 11.00 – 16.45 and will consist of four hours of classes.

    11.00 – 12.00 – Class
    15 minute break
    12.15 – 13.15 – Class
    13.15 – 14.30 – Lunch (Provided!)
    14.30 – 15.30 – Class
    15 minute break
    15.45 – 16.45 – Class

    *Please note: Timings are provisional and may be subject to change.

  • Dances

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    We’ll be hosting two dances over the weekend.

    The Saturday night party will be one of our legendary Hot Ginger swing dances held at The All Saints Centre in Kings Heath from 8pm – Midnight.  Unfortunately the venue is not licensed, but you can bring your own drinks.

    On Sunday we’ll run straight from the workshops into an afternoon tea dance hosted by Sunday Swing at the church hall of the Church of Ascension Hall in Hall Green. The perfect opportunity to practice your new moves and gorge yourself of the fine cakes on offer!

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  • Venues

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    Saturday:

    Workshops:

    Will be held at mac in the leafy suburb of Edgbaston in Birmingham. Click here for full directions to mac.

    Address: mac birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH. Google map.

    Dance:

    The evening Hot Ginger dance will be held at the All Saints Centre in Kings Heath.

    Address: All Saints Centre, 2 Vicarage Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7RA. Google map.

    The All Saints Centre can be reached by the No 50 bus from Birmingham City Centre.

    Sunday:

    Workshops and Dance:

    Both the workshops and the tea dance will be held at the church hall of the Church of Ascension Hall in Hall Green, Birmingham.

    Address:
    Church of the Ascension Hall, School Road, Hall Green, Birmingham, B28 9DX. Google map.

    Public Transport:
    By London Midland train from Moor St in Birmingham City Centre, the nearest station is Hall Green.
    By No 6 bus from Birmingham City Centre.

  • Pricing and Registration

    Register now to be part of this fantastic weekend with two of the best swing dancers in the world!

    Prices:

    Whole weekend all workshops and dances: £100 per person.

    Saturday Balboa workshops and dance only: £55 per person.

    Sunday Lindy Hop workshops and dance only: £55 per person.

    Because of the venue restrictions we are strictly limited to the number of dancers we can admit to the workshops.  Register soon to avoid disappointment!

    We recommend that you register with a ‘registration partner’ as a leader/follower couple, but we will also accept bookings from individuals.

    In order to keep leader and follower numbers even, all individuals will be added to a waiting list until other individual leaders/followers register.  Once we are satisfied that our numbers are even, we will email to confirm places on a first-come, first-served basis.  Because of this, we ask that you wait until your place is confirmed before attempting to make any payments.

    We can accept payments via direct bank transfer, cheque, and PayPal (PayPal payments will be subject to an additional fee).  Full details of how to pay will be sent via email after you have completed the registration form.

    Cancellation Policy: 

    Full payment due by 31st August 2014.

    Full refund (minus £20 deposit) for cancellations before 31st August 2014.

    No refunds for cancellations from 1st September 2014.*

    *If the event is fully booked, and we are able to resell your place, we may be able to offer a refund (minus £20 deposit).

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Hot Ginger’s Sensational Summer Shindig! 26th July 2014

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We’re excited to announce Hot Ginger’s return to Moseley for a sensational night of retro style, retro dance and retromance!

We’re back at the newly refurbished The Dark Horse (formerly The Cross) for a night to remember. This time we’re taking over the whole venue for two floors of swingin’ shindig mayhem!

The fantastic Old Hat Jazz Band from London will bring their unique blend of sassy jazz and salacious swing to Birmingham for the first time and we’ve got a great line up of the hottest swing DJs in town.

Our dance teachers Stephen and Kerstin will also be running and swing dance taster class to get your feet moving to the sensational sounds of swing!

Doors open for the dance taster class at 7.30pm.
The music starts at 8.30pm and we’ll be open into the early hours.

More details to be announced…watch this space!

Get your glad rags on and get down to The Dark Horse in Moseley, grab a special cocktail mixed exclusively for the Shindig, and swing out until the early hours.

Places are strictly limited because of venue restrictions, so don’t delay, book now for the hottest, gingerest night in town!

Tickets cost £11.00 in advance and can be booked using the PayPal link below (PayPal account not necessary):

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Hot Ginger Balboa Classes – Summer 2014!

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Hot Ginger are excited to announce another series of Balboa classes!

We’re continuing to work to get this exquisite swing dance up and running here in Birmingham with another six week series of classes.

To find out more about this fantastic dance, check out our page on Balboa.

Taught by Stephen Badham and Kerstin Treder at The Performance Studio at The MAC in Edgbaston, Birmingham at 7.30pm every Tuesday night from 17th June to 22nd July 2014.

Two levels of classes each night, beginner and improver:

7.30pm: Beginner – no experience necessary.

8.45pm: Improver – you should know Balboa basic and be comfortable with some fundamentals including come-around and lollies.

You can choose between attending single workshops or book all classes at once.  To get the biggest benefit from the workshop it is recommended that all classes are attended as there will be a natural progression throughout the course.  Stephen and Kerstin will be on hand to help iron out any creases in your technique and give you the latest approaches on this wonderful swing dance.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be plenty to learn for those with a little more experience . Our classes always cover the fundamentals for beginners as well as introducing some more challenging aspects for those who want to improve. We always make sure we introduce new moves and concepts to keep those with some experience interested!

Classes will cost £5 per person or £8 for both classes.   We’ll also be offering packages for the entire series of classes of £25pp for six classes, or £40pp for all 12.

That’s a great saving on a fantastic full course of swing dance lessons!  

Attendees can pay on the door per class, or in full for the entire course at the first lesson.  Cash only please!

Click here for directions to mac Birmingham, including bus and rail routes.

What to bring:

  • Any comfortable clothing is fine.
  • We recommend you wear shoes with a smooth non-marking sole, not rubber.  Ladies, low heels are great for Balboa, but no stilettos please.
  • A bottle of water to stay refreshed.
  • A partner is not necessary as we’ll rotate partners throughout the classes.

If you have any questions just email Stephen at info@hotginger.org.

All the best!

The Hot Ginger Crew

 


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Hot Ginger Balboa Classes – Spring 2014!

Bal Class Flyer Spring 2014Hot Ginger are excited to announce another series of Balboa classes!

We’re continuing to work to get this exquisite swing dance up and running here in Birmingham with a six week series of classes.

To find out more about this fantastic dance, check out our page on Balboa.

Taught by Stephen Badham and Kerstin Treder at The Performance Studio at The MAC in Edgbaston, Birmingham at 7.30pm every Tuesday night from 11th February to 18th March 2014.

Two levels of classes each night, beginner and improver:

7.30pm: Beginner – no experience necessary.

8.45pm: Improver – you should know Balboa basic and be comfortable with some fundamentals including come-around and lollies.

You can choose between attending single workshops or book all classes at once.  To get the biggest benefit from the workshop it is recommended that all classes are attended as there will be a natural progression throughout the course.  Stephen and Kerstin will be on hand to help iron out any creases in your technique and give you the latest approaches on this wonderful swing dance.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be plenty to learn for those with a little more experience . Our classes always cover the fundamentals for beginners as well as introducing some more challenging aspects for those who want to improve. We always make sure we introduce new moves and concepts to keep those with some experience interested!

Classes will cost £5 per person or £8 for both classes.   We’ll also be offering packages for the entire series of classes of £25pp for six classes, or £50pp for all 12.

That’s a great saving on a fantastic full course of swing dance lessons!  

Attendees can pay on the door per class, or in full for the entire course at the first lesson.  Cash only please!

Click here for directions to mac Birmingham, including bus and rail routes.

What to bring:

  • Any comfortable clothing is fine.
  • We recommend you wear shoes with a smooth non-marking sole, not rubber.  Ladies, low heels are great for Balboa, but no stilettos please.
  • A bottle of water to stay refreshed.
  • A phone or camera to record the lesson recap.
  • A partner is not necessary as we’ll rotate partners throughout the classes.

If you have any questions just email Stephen at info@hotginger.org.

All the best!

The Hot Ginger Crew

 


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Hot Ginger’s Peaky Blinding Party – 22nd February. BOOK NOW!

We’re planning one of our epic swing dance nights to coincide with our Mel and Jo Balboa Workshop. 

Following the success of the recent TV show set in Birmingham, we’ll be having a 1920s ‘Peaky Blinders’ theme. For the gents, it’s all about tweeds, tuxedos and extravagant headwear (minus the razor blades please!) and for the ladies, it’s frocks and flappers.

Venue: The Loyal Caledonian Corks, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 6DT. Map.
Time: 8pm – Late.
Price: £7 in advance, £8 on the door.

Bookings are now closed.  Tickets are still available on the door!

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Balboa Workshop with Mel & Jo Calanglang – 22nd February 2014

BOOKINGS ARE NOW CLOSED.  WE ARE PLANNING MORE WORKSHOP WEEKENDS THROUGHOUT 2014.
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We’re exceedingly proud to announce that we’ve booked internationally renowned Balboa teachers, and MJ WS Flyermultiple competition winners, Mel and Jo Calanglang for a one-day Balboa workshop in Birmingham on 22nd February 2014.

Aimed at improver and intermediate Balboa dancers, the workshop is intended to provide an opportunity for people to take the their dancing to the next level and give them the skills and confidence they need.  This one-day event will be a great stepping stone for those who know the Balboa basics, but are perhaps apprehensive about attending full weekend events.  The workshop will also be great for intermediate dancers who want to hone their skills and improve the look and feel of their dancing. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to learn from two of the best!

The workshop will be held in the Foyle Studio at mac in Birmingham’s leafy suburb of Edgbaston from 11.30 – 17.30 and will consist of four hours of classes.

11.30 – 12.30: 1st Class
12.30 – 12.45: Break
12.45 – 13.45: 2nd Class
13.45 – 15.00: Lunch
15.00 – 16.00: 3rd Class
16.00 – 16.15: Break
16.15 – 17.15: 4th Class

As the workshop is aimed at those with at least some experience of Balboa, attendees will need to know the basics including Pure Bal Basic, Lollies, Scoots, Come-around and Throwout.

Attendees can book two, three or four classes throughout the day and we have tailored the booking to allow people to choose which sessions they’d like to attend.  There will be a smooth progression from improver to intermediate level throughout the day, so you can book all four classes for the greatest benefit, or two or three depending on which you’d prefer to attend.

There’s no need to book as a couple, single leads and follows can book separately.  We’ll try to ensure the lead/follow mix is balanced by running a waiting list if necessary.

To book your place, please fill in the form below.  We will confirm your place via email and send instructions on how to pay.

BOOKINGS NOW CLOSED.

UPDATE: We can now offer all workshop attendees inclusive tickets to our evening dance which will be held at our regular venue of The Loyal Calendonian Corks Club in Kings Heath. More info soon, or visit our Facebook page.

There is plenty of free parking at mac, comprehensive directions can be found here: http://www.macarts.co.uk/plan-your-visit/getting-here/

Please email any questions to: info@hotginger.org

We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham on 22nd February!

To find out more about Balboa and see some short clips of it in action visit our Balboa page.

And here’s a clip of Mel and Jo at The Experiment in the good ol’ USA:

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Hot Ginger Balboa Workshop – Saturday 18th May 2013

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Hot Ginger are excited to announce another one-day Balboa workshop!

We’re continuing to work to get this exquisite swing dance up and running here in Birmingham with another day long workshop.

Taught by Stephen Badham and Kerstin Treder at The Corks Club in Kings Heath, Birmingham on Saturday 18th May 2013, the workshop day will coincide with our Prohibition Party dance night.

So why not make a day of it? Learn the moves from 11am – 5pm, go home, take a break, get your glad rags on and come back to hit the dance floor at 8.00pm and swing the night away!

Attendees can chose between booking single workshops or all four at once.  To get the biggest benefit from the workshop it is recommended that all four classes are attended as there will be a natural progression throughout the day.

No former experience of Balboa is required.  The workshops are suitable for complete beginners looking learn the basics or for improvers looking to, well, improve! Stephen and Kerstin will be on hand to help iron out any creases in your technique and give you the latest approaches on this wonderful swing dance.

PLEASE NOTE: Although we will teach the basics, there will be plenty for those with a little more experience to learn. Our classes always cover the fundamentals for beginners as well as introducing some more challenging aspects for those who want to improve. We always make sure we introduce new moves and concepts to keep those with some experience interested!

The classes will consist of:

11.00am – 12.00pm: Pure Balboa Basics.  Learn the  basics what Balboa is and perfect the steps to Pure Balboa.

12.15am – 1.15pm: Bal Swing Basics.  Learn a simple Bal Swing step.

Lunch (not provided, but available locally, or bring your own!)

2.30pm – 3.30pm: Pure Balboa Plus.  Learn more about Pure Balboa and perfect the different styles of footwork, including some interesting variations for those with some experience.

3.45pm – 4.45pm: Bal Swing  Plus.  Perfect your Bal Swing and learn a more complex Bal Swing move.

Classes will cost £5 each or £16 if all four are booked at once.  That’s a great saving on a fantastic full-on day of swing dance lessons!  Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the Prohibition Party night at a special reduced price.

Bookings can be made by Paypal, see below.  Alternatively you can send a cheque or pay by bank transfer, please email info@hotginger.org for details.

PLEASE ENSURE YOU INCLUDE THE NAMES OF ATTENDEES WHEN BOOKING.


Cost per person



PLEASE NOTE:  Because of space restrictions places are limited.  To ensure even lead/follower numbers we ask that people try to book on as couples, although we will accept bookings from individuals.

All the best!

Stephen, Kerstin, Andy and Lorna

 

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Hot Ginger’s Prohibition Party!

May 18th sees the return of our ever-popular Prohibition Party theme.

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Our previous Prohibition Parties have been a roaring success with lots of people getting into the spirit of things and donning their best vintage clobber for a fantastic night dancin’, drinkin’ and daring dresses at our very own speakeasy.

Er…. what’s a Prohibition Party? you ask.

Okay, it’s a Gangsters and Molls night, but we’re betting it’s the only one you’ll ever go to with authentic music from the Roaring Twenties and bar prices to match!

So guys, get that pin-striped double-breasted suit from the back of the wardrobe, and girls, think feather boa! We’re going dappers and flappers.

But that’s not all, we’re also running a day-long Balboa workshop so that people can strut their stuff with this original 20s dance! Full details here.

Tickets will be available on the door on the night, £7 if you bring one of our flyers (print it out from here!), or £8 without a flyer.

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Hot Ginger’s Balboa Workshop – 21st April 2013

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Hot Ginger are excited to announce another one-day Balboa workshop!

We’re continuing to work to get this exquisite swing dance up and running here in Birmingham with another day long workshop.

Taught by Stephen Badham and Kerstin Treder at The Corks Club in Kings Heath, Birmingham on Sunday 21st April 2013.

Attendees can chose between booking single workshops or all four at once.  To get the biggest benefit from the workshop it is recommended that all four classes are attended as there will be a natural progression throughout the day.

No former experience of Balboa is required.  The workshops are suitable for complete beginners looking learn the basics or for improvers looking to, well, improve! Stephen and Kerstin will be on hand to help iron out any creases in your technique and give you the latest approaches on this wonderful swing dance.

PLEASE NOTE: Although we will teach the basics, there will be plenty for those with a little more experience to learn. Our classes always cover the fundamentals for beginners as well as introducing some more challenging aspects for those who want to improve. We always make sure we introduce new moves and concepts to keep those with some experience interested!

The classes will consist of:

11.00am – 12.00pm: Pure Balboa Basics.  Learn the very basics what Balboa is and learn the steps to Pure Balboa.

12.15am – 1.15pm: Bal Swing Basics.  Learn a simple Bal Swing step.

Lunch (not provided, but available locally, or bring your own!)

2.30pm – 3.30pm: Pure Balboa Plus.  Learn more about Pure Balboa and swing music and perfect the different styles of footwork.

3.45pm – 4.45pm: Bal Swing  Plus.  Perfect your Bal Swing and learn a different Bal Swing move.

Classes will cost £5 each or £16 if all four are booked at once.  That’s a great saving on a fantastic full-on day of swing dance lessons!  

Bookings can be made by Paypal, see below.  Alternatively you can send a cheque or pay by bank transfer, please email info@hotginger.org for details.

PLEASE ENSURE YOU INCLUDE THE NAMES OF ATTENDEES WHEN BOOKING.


Cost per person



PLEASE NOTE:  Because of space restrictions places are limited.  To ensure even lead/follower numbers we ask that people try to book on as couples, although we will accept bookings from individuals.

All the best!

Stephen, Kerstin, Andy and Lorna

 

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Hot Ginger’s Tootsie Roll!

Yes, Hot Ginger is back for 2013 with our Tootsie Roll dance night at our regular venue of the Corks Club, with its great big dance floor, fully licensed bar and hot tunes!

Tickets are a bargain £7 with one of our flyers, which you’ll be able to find in various outlets around Birmingham or just print this one off – or it’s £8 on the door.

It’s the first Hot Ginger since our sold-out Christmas Swing Clash so make sure you get there, because it promises to be an unmissable night of vintage fun!

We’re also running a series of Balboa classes throughout the day to make sure you have all the moves to swing out on the dancefloor!  Full details here.

The party starts at 7.30pm…don’t be late!

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