Learn Balboa in a day with Hot Ginger!

THIS EVENT HAS NOW FINISHED, PLEASE DO NOT BOOK.

WE WILL ANNOUNCE FURTHER WORKSHOPS SOON.

Hot Ginger are excited to announce a 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 23rd February 2013, the workshop day will coincide with our Tootsie Roll 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 7.30pm and swing the night away!

The classes will run from 11am until 5pm with four one-hour classes throughout the day.  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

The classes will consist of:

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

12.15am – 1.15pm: Balboa Basics Plus.  Learn more about Pure Balboa and swing music and perfect the different styles of footwork.

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

2.30pm – 3.30pm: Bal Swing Basics.  Learn a simple Bal Swing step.

3.45pm – 4.45pm: Bal Swing Basics 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!  Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the Tootsie Roll dance 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 limitations 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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Roll up for the Diamond Jubilee Jam!

Yes, Hot Ginger is back for our the Diamond Jubilee Jam at our regular venue of the Corks Club, with its great big dance floor, and a great big stage area too.

This time we’ve got a live band playing – INTENT ON JAZZ.  Some of you may remember the storming set they played for us last year.

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 last Hot Ginger before we take a summer break so make sure you get there, because it promises to be an unmissable night of vintage fun!

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


If you don’t quite know where Hot Ginger is, we’re in the upstairs function room at the CORKS CLUB in Kings Heath, Birmingham. It’s only 4 minutes up the road from from our previous venue in Moseley village, just after Kings Heath High Street. It has, of course, recently become the venue for JazzJiveswing’s weekly Lindy Hop classes on Mondays, so many of you will already know what a great venue it is.

You can see the building in the photo below. There’s plenty of parking space and you can find the door to the upstairs function room at the side of the building, past the fire escape. we’ll pin our HOT GINGER banner above it so you can see it easily.

The Corks Club, 225 Alcester Rd South, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 6DT

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DATE CHANGE: June event now a week later

Yes, we’ve had to make a slight change to our 2012 schedule, but hopefully we’re informing you well in advance about it.

Due to a clash with another event, we’ve moved our JUNE date.

It will now take place on Saturday the 9 June (not the 2nd).

We’ll be announcing more information about the event in the future as we make arrangements, but for now, just change it in your diaries.

That’s Hot Ginger, this year on 11 Feb (our Retromance Ball), 7 April, and 9 June.

All events at our great new venue, The Corks Club, Kings Heath.

Toodle pip!

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Big venue – big band!

Yes, Hot Ginger is back for 2012 in our new venue of the Corks Club, with its great big dance floor, and a great big stage area too.

Last time you saw the small but perfectly formed Top Shelf Jazz onstage and they rocked you through the night. This time we’re going to try to fit a 15-piece big band on it!

The TOM DUNNETT BIG BAND are an exciting new swing orchestra comprised of young music students who like to swing hard, and they’ll be playing a couple of sets at our HOT GINGER RETROMANCE BALL on 11 February 2012.

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

Make sure you get there, because it promises to be an unmissable night of vintage fun!

 

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Your Hot Ginger dates for 2012!

Yes, Hot Ginger is back in 2012 and we’ve just confirmed a trio of hot dates for the new year at our great new venue, The Corks Club, Kings Heath.

We’ll be kicking off on Saturday 11 February with our Valentines Ball and we’ve got an excellent big band lined up to play.

Then we’ll be back on the 7 April and the 9 June to take us through to the summer.

Put the dates in your diary. Posters will be appearing soon.

Have a lovely swinging Christmas and we’ll see you all next year!

 

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NEW VENUE for the next Hot Ginger!

We’ve moved! And we’ve got a great space with a nice, big dance floor and tons of seating for the next Hot Ginger.

It is, of course, our HOME FRONT HOP, and we’ve got live music from Top Shelf Jazz, so make sure you go to the right place!

We’ll be in the upstairs function room at the CORKS CLUB in Kings Heath. It’s only 4 minutes up the road from from our previous venue in Moseley village, just after Kings Heath High Street. It has, of course, recently become the venue for JazzJiveswing’s weekly Lindy Hop classes on Mondays, so many of you will already know what a great venue it is.

So don’t forget. It’s the Corks Club, upstairs, side entrance, and it’s Saturday 8 October.

It promises to be a cracking night what with a great live band and guest DJ Mel Calanglang joining us to spin some great swing tunes.

The Corks Club, 225 Alcester Rd South, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 6DT

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The Hula look…

It’s the Hot Ginger HAWAIIAN HULA PARTY NIGHT this Saturday and many of you will be wondering what to wear for such a night (we know, because you’ve been asking us).

Well, first of all, you don’t have to dress up. But if you like to…

Ladies, think Hollywood 40s beach wear, South Pacific, naughty nautical, a dash of tropical, flowers in your hair and garlands round your neck.

Guys, this is the one where you get to out-do the girls. Because what guy hasn’t got a bad taste Hawaiian shirt in his wardrobe?

If it’s anything like the last one, it’s going to be VERY HOT as well. See you there!

[ Watch our slide show below, but you might also want to take a look at this photo album over at Hepcats’ Holiday from one of their previous Naughty Nautical nights. Lots of ideas in there… http://www.hepcatsholiday.com/page21.html ]


 

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It’s your chance to Shag…

The sharp-eyed of you might have noticed that before this Saturday’s HOT GINGER we’re offering a change from our usual Balboa dance taster class…

Yes, this Saturday we’ve got special guests Dai and Sharon Roland coming all the way from Newport to give us an exciting taster class in COLLEGIATE SHAG.

Carry On jokes aside, this is a very energetic swing dance that emerged on the 1930s college swing dance scene. It’s a lot of fun, and a few of us from Hot Ginger were recently knocked out by some awesome Shag dancers at the recent Hepcats’ Holiday weekender.

The taster will most likely be at a sedate pace just to get you used to the basics. We don’t think it will be quite as full on as the video clips below!

So make sure you take this chance to learn the basic step so you can take it further at your leisure. We’re not sure, but this might well be the first ever Shag class in Birmingham! It’s certainly a very rare chance to have a go at this increasingly popular swing dance.

Get there for 7.30. The class is free and part of your Hot Ginger Hawaiian Hula Party Night ticket.

See you there!

 

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Birmingham Balboa Festival – 8/9 October 2011

We’re getting really excited about our plans for an awesome event we’re planning for October featuring teachers Mel and Jo Calanglang from London.

Aimed at beginners and improvers the Birmingham Balboa Festival will be Birmingham’s first ever weekend swing dance workshop and will coincide with Hot Ginger’s regular swing dance event on Saturday 8th October.

We’re in the final stages of planning and are firming up our venue and a brilliant live band for the evening dance, but we can tell you that you will get to experience around 8 hours of classes over the weekend from two of the UK’s best Balboa dancers.

We’ll open bookings in May, so save the date!

In the meantime you can check out this video of Mel and Jo Calanglang at a recent event in Leeds.

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Hooray for Hollywood!

Well, we rolled out the red carpet for our first big 2011 bash and you really made it the greatest show on earth. There were over fifty of you in the free Balboa dance class early in the evening (run wonderfully by Stephen and Kerstin) and plenty of you were trying out the steps on the dance floor later on.

It turned into a cracking night with over 120 people piling in, dressed to the nines, and the swing swinging all the way till 1 a.m.

A big thank you has to go to our first ever live band, INTENT ON JAZZ, whose two sets had everyone dancing. We’ll definitely have them back to play for you at a future Hot Ginger night, but if you want to book the guys for your own party or event, give Roger a call on 07951 436 720 or email him. Everyone was buzzing about them, so they really put on a great show (and thanks to Lorna for scouting them out!).

A few of you were saying it was the best Hot Ginger ever, so the next nine dates for 2011 have a lot to live up to!

We’ll see you all for our Prohibition Party on 12 March… and stay tuned for news about a Balboa dance workshop on the same day. We’ll give you the details just as soon as we’ve got it all organised…

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