SAVE THESE DATES!

SAVE THESE DATES!

SAM’S SUMMER OF FUN • FREE EVENTS:

Wear your sneakers—this is come-as-you-are street dancing!

We will have music to dance ZOUK, SALSA, BACHATA, TANGO NUEVO, BOLERO, FORRO, SAMBA & SAMBA ROCK!

Saturday, September 3 • Robson Square • 6 pm – 10 pm • FREE OUTDOOR DANCING!
6:00 pm: Mini-class in SAMBA ROCK with Simone & Hugo plus SALSA with Elfer
7:00 pm: Dancing!
8:15 pm: Demos
8:30 pm: Dancing!

We’re fun–everybody will dance with you–no partner required.

DJ MIXX will be managing the music for your dancing delight!

ROAD TO DANCE: STEP #8 • WHY A DANCE SCHOOL?

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World-Famous Chicken Dance!

On a trip to Portugal with my parents, my sisters, and my cousin Cathy, we went on a boat trip for the day. We stopped for lunch on some island and had barbecued sardines, which only my Dad and I tried. When they’re not in a can, those suckers have a lot of bones! Who knew? Our after-lunch activity (for about 100 of us) was a dance around the pool, lead by a local guy who smiled all the time, but had no teeth. The dance was the world famous CHICKEN DANCE!   Local guy was an awesome chicken dancer. No special footwear required.

 

 

 

ROAD TO DANCE: STEP #7 • WHY A DANCE SCHOOL?

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Two Little Brown Girls

More in Vancouver, we thought we would try some HAWAIIAN dance classes. It was taught by a 98-year-old lady. Her sound guy was another old lady named Freddy who used a walker and a cassette player, which she couldn’t really operate properly. There was a lot of swaying, some vague hand movements, and something about “a little brown girl in a little grass shack in a little something something called Hawaii.” Sometimes, we wore plastic leis. We waited for the day the little teacher would collapse and we would have to call 9-1-1. Never happened. We did not buy the recommended grass skirts and leis.

SAM’S DANCE IS PART OF THE GRANVILLE ISLAND COMMUNITY

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Sam’s Dance is so happy to be part of the amazing Granville Island community.  It’s an oasis built for artists of all kinds:  painters, jewellers, furniture makers, potters, ceramic artists, dancers, actors, singers, musicians, & everything in between.  Please support the arts by patronizing Granville Island.

www.granvilleisland.com

MEET ROBBY!

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Robby McNamara, 2005, 2006, & 2009 Australian National Figure Skating Champion, will join us for some July events.  Watch for those–coming soon!  Robby is the one in the hockey costume.

SHOWBOAT: SUMMER OF FUN

SAM'S SUMMER OF FUN!

We will be at the Kitsilano SHOWBOAT on Monday, July 4th at 8:30 pm for a FREE  mini-dance.  Join us for some summer fun!

www.kitsilanoshowboat.com

DANCE IN TRANSIT

DANCE IN TRANSIT

THIS is SAM’S SUMMER OF FUN!  Join us for lots of FREE outdoor events, dancing in the street, dancing in parks, dancing on stages, and dancing, dancing, dancing!!  These dances are come-as-you-are, dance-in-your-sneakers events–don’t wear your fragile dance floor shoes.  This is all about DANCING IN TRANSIT–where you are, wherever you go, when you feel like dancing.

Come dance with us at RYU (Respect Your Universe) on West 4th Avenue between Pine & Burrard.

Saturday, July 2:  Jason Jang will be teaching a mini-class in FUSION, followed by social dancing. If the weather is fine, 4 – 6 pm outside; if bad weather, 6 – 8 pm indoors.

Saturday, July 16:  Francis will be hosting a TANGO PRACTICA. If the weather is fine, 4 – 6 pm outside; if bad weather, 6 – 8 pm indoors.

Saturday, July 30:  Francis will be hosting a TANGO PRACTICA. If the weather is fine, 4 – 6 pm outside; if bad weather, 6 – 8 pm indoors.

www.ryu.com

ROAD TO SAM’S: STEP #6 • WHY A DANCE SCHOOL?

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We Swung on One Coast or the Other

In Vancouver, we tried a few dance styles. With my Mom as my partner, we tried some EAST COAST SWING—at least we think it was East—neither of us can remember which coast it was! Our teacher wanted us to rotate, which is normal practice for group lessons. But it was in the summer, it was hot, and my choices for leaders were the guy whose jeans were way too tight in all the wrong places, the guy who wore hiking sandals and socks to dance, the anti-bathers (there were several of those), and the guy who could not, would not look at me. We asked to be left out of the rotation! (But we bought the right shoes.) It’s all about the shoes!!

 

 

 

 

ROAD TO SAM’S: STEP #5 • WHY A DANCE SCHOOL?

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Keep Dancing (Avoid the Throw-up)

When we moved to Arizona, Mom and I enrolled in another ballroom class. The teacher was a hundred-year-old little lady. It was ALL old people–and me. The highlight was the day one of the men threw up while dancing and the teacher told us just to KEEP DANCING, but go around rather than through the throw-up. (The old guy was okay.)