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Monthly Syndicate dance @ Go Dance scott / Error: Bad Month Value 8-, 2007

Go dance is this Friday!

As always it'll be 9:30-12:30... and this week we will have a couple of fun surprises!

WHERE: Go Dance (google map)
WHEN: 9:30pm - 12:30am
COST: $4 Members / $6 Non-members

See you Friday!

Soul Jam! Sunday Aug 5th! Scott / Error: Bad Month Value 8-, 2007
Soul Jam! is every first Sunday of the month... that's this Sunday! Come listen to hot soul music all night!

Soul Jam!
Sunday, August 5th
Doors open at 8pm
Free intro lesson 8-8:30pm

COPA - downtown Austin @ 217 Congress Ave

21 and up: $5
18 and up: $10

More details: www.myspace.com/austinsouljam

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Soul Jam! is every first Sunday of the month... that's this Sunday! Come listen to hot soul music all night!

Soul Jam!
Sunday, August 5th
Doors open at 8pm
Free intro lesson 8-8:30pm

COPA - downtown Austin @ 217 Congress Ave

21 and up: $5
18 and up: $10

More details: www.myspace.com/austinsouljam

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FotF and TLP present Our October Workshop Scott Angelius / Error: Bad Month Value 7-, 2007
Four on the Floor and The Lindy Project present a three day workshop and dance party: Our October Workshop.

October 5th - 7th

Experienced dancers
$90 before September 4th, $100 before October 4th, and $115 at the door.

Beginner's track
$40 before October 4th, and $55 at the door.

Featuring Julee Mertz (Chicago), Bill Borgida (Austin), Evita Arce (New York City), Mike Jagger (New York City), Elaine Hewlett (Dallas), Don West (Dallas)... and more to come!

See Four on the Floor's website or The Lindy Project's website.

Monthly Syndicate dance @ Go Dance Mike R / Error: Bad Month Value 7-, 2007
We hope to see you there. Don't forget about the Jack and Jill contest happening at 10:30pm!

WHERE: Go Dance  (google map)
WHEN: 9:30pm - 12:30am
COST: $4 Members / $6 Non-members

See you Friday!

Jack & Jill This Friday at Go Dance!  Mike R / Error: Bad Month Value 7-, 2007
What is that?
A Jack and Jill competition is when people get randomly paired up and dance to a random song. There is no choreography or practice needed! Just get out on the floor and show your social dancing skillz :-P

Who Competes?
Only non-seasoned competitors, please. If you've been dancing 3 years or under -- we want YOU!!

WHEN: This Friday the 20th @ 10:30pm during the dance
COST: nothin'
PRIZES: yes

See you there!

Austin Blues Party Scott / Error: Bad Month Value 6-, 2007
Don't miss the Party: July 6-8th!

The Austin Blues Party is just days away and advanced registration ends Friday, June 29th! ABP features three days of Blues dance workshops and social dances with some of the nation's best instructors including Damon Stone, Heidi Fite, Jerry and Kathy Warwick, and our own Laura Glaess and Bill Borgida.

In addition, we're bringing in some stellar national DJs to rock the house alongside our local spinmeisters. And at our Saturday evening dance we have, the one, the only, Seth Walker Band!

The event kicks off on Friday, July 6th - so get your passes today to save your spot for this awesome event! You can register and get all of the details at www.austinbluesparty.com!

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Soul Jam! Sunday July 1st!!! Scott / Error: Bad Month Value 6-, 2007
The Lindy Project is hosting a party Sunday July 1st at Copa, downtown Austin. It's a party, so come dance all night to awesome soul music!

Where
COPA - downtown Austin @ 217 Congress Ave

When
Sunday, July 1st!
8pm: doors open
8-8:30pm: free lesson

Cost
21+: $5 before 10, $7 after 10
18+: $10 all night

More details: www.myspace.com/austinsouljam

Syndicate's Friday night dance! Scott / Error: Bad Month Value 5-, 2007
Finish off the Anniversary week for a sweet dance at Go Dance, Friday June 15th!

$4 for members, $6 for non-members
Dancing from 9:30 to 12:30
2 DJs; fun venue with an awesome floor!

Go Dance is on the back side of Northcross Mall (Map to Anderson and Burnet).

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Soul Jam! this Sunday!!! Syndicate / Error: Bad Month Value 5-, 2007

The Lindy Project is hosting a party this Sunday night at Copa, downtown Austin. It's a party, so come dance all night to awesome soul music!

Where
COPA - downtown Austin @ 217 Congress Ave

When
Sunday, May 27th, Memorial Day Weekend - no work on Monday!
Doors open at 8pm, Free lesson 8-8:30pm

Cost
21+: $5 before 10, $7 after 10
18+: $10 all night

More details: www.myspace.com/austinsouljam

Austin Swing Syndicate Potluck Picnic Mike Sluyter / Error: Bad Month Value 5-, 2007
Hey everybody, Come and join us Sunday June 10, 6-9pm at the park at 1500 East Side & Monroe for a picnic/potluck! (if you reach Little Stacey, you've gone too far.) Bring a blanket, food, frisbees, kick balls, etc and hang out with us. This will be a great opportunity to connect with friends from the swing dance community and have conversations that involve more than "would you like to dance?" Bring swimsuits as we may go for a dip afterwards. We look forward to seeing you there!

Syndicate Anniversary Dance: June 14th Mike R / Error: Bad Month Value 5-, 2007
The Syndicate is turning 8 years old! To celebrate, we're throwing a free dance for our members with a LIVE band: Paris 49.

Make sure your membership is up-to-date so you can get in free!

The details:
What: Anniversary dance with Paris 49.
When: Thursday, June 14th
Where: The Fed (where else?)
Cost: Free for Members! $7 affiliates, $10 non-members

Find out how to become a member.

Syndicate's Friday night dance! Scott / Error: Bad Month Value 5-, 2007

Join us at Go Dance this Friday night (May 18th)!

$4 for members, $6 for non-members
Dancing from 9:30 to 12:30
2 DJs; fun venue with an awesome floor!

Go Dance is on the back side of Northcross Mall (Map to Anderson and Burnet).

See you Friday!

Fundraiser Dance this Friday Jeannie Elliott / Error: Bad Month Value 5-, 2007
This Friday, May 11th, there will be a fundraiser at the Fed Ballroom from 8pm-1am supporting underprivileged Texas teens doing Peace Corps work in West Africa this summer.

Details
Live Music by Seth Walker
Cost: just $12
Time: 8pm - 1am
Location: The Fed

For more info:
www.myspace.com/austinartinaction
www.yesprep.org

Syndicate Dance @ Go Dance, Friday April 20th Mike R / Error: Bad Month Value 4-, 2007
(Google map) It's on the south side of the mall
Friday, April 20th
9:30pm - 12:30am
$4 members / $6 non

Go Dance is always a great dance, in a smaller more intimate environment. We'll see you there!

Dancin' the Blues - A Sweet T Productions Workshop! Mike R / Error: Bad Month Value 3-, 2007
Registration is now available for the Dancin' the Blues Workshop by Sweet T Productions! The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 7th at Footworks Dance Center.

Click here to register: http://www.sweettproductions.com/registrationDTB.php

Advanced Registration is $45, which includes admission for the Back Room dance later that evening. Doors open for the workshop at 1:00pm.

Instructors include Bill Borgida, Karen Smith, Sherry Mundell, Keith Shapiro and Sweet T herself. This workshop is for dancers of all levels who want to improve their dancing and just have fun! Tina’s monthly Blues dance, The Back Room, follows the workshop that evening.

Head to www.SweetTProductions.com or email Tina Davis at tina@sweettproductions.com for details. Hope to see you there!

Dancin' the Blues - A Sweet T Productions Workshop! Mike R / Error: Bad Month Value 3-, 2007
Save the date! Tina Davis aka Sweet T Productions is hosting a one-day Blues workshop called “Dancin’ the Blues”. It will be held on Saturday, April 7th at Footworks Dance Center.

Instructors include Bill Borgida, Karen Smith, Sherry Mundell, Keith Shapiro and Sweet T herself. This workshop is for dancers of all levels who want to improve their dancing and just have fun! Tina’s monthly Blues dance, The Back Room, follows the workshop that evening.

For more info, check out www.SweetTProductions.com or email tina@sweettproductions.com. Hope to see you there!

Syndicate Dance @ Go Dance, Friday March 23rd Mike R / Error: Bad Month Value 3-, 2007
(Google map) It's on the south side of the mall
Friday, March 23rd
9:30pm - 12:30am
$4 members / $6 non

If you haven't come to a Go Dance dance in a while, the last couple have rocked! In fact, we are up to close to 70 people!

Call for website re-design bids Austin Swing Syndicate / Error: Bad Month Value 2-, 2007
Austin is getting a new look! (We just don't know what it is yet). Currently the Austin Swing Syndicate is accepting bids for the redesign of the website and logo. This is a paid service, so if you (or someone you know) is a talented designer with inspiration and a desire to make a difference in your scene, please email us at:
info@austinswingsyndicate.org.
We will be accepting bids through March 10, 2007

Lindy Ninja Workshop Mike / Error: Bad Month Value 2-, 2007
Lindy Ninja is a one day Intermediate Lindy Hop Workshop focusing on Connection and Musicality. We've combined the talents of Four on the Floor and The Lindy Project with national instructors Bill Borgida and Andrew Sutton, to bring you a workshop that would cause any pirate to run in fear. Learn to dance like a Ninja, they're far far better than pirates...
Go to: www.thelindyproject.com/workshop_ninja.html

Details
Sunday, February 25th
Classes: 10:30am - 4pm, with a break for lunch at 12:40pm.
Dance: 7pm-11pm Sunday night.
Location: downtown at Footworks (map)

Cost: $35 with online pre-registration. $45 at the door.
This includes the evening dance. The dance alone will be $5.
To receive the discount, payment needs to be received by Saturday. Jan. 24th.

Teachers
Matt Jones and Laura Aurderer (formerly Malloy) (Four on the Floor)
Scott Angelius and Lani Steffens ( The Lindy Project & Four on the Floor)
Bill Borgida and Laura Glaess (Bill & The Lindy Project)
Andrew Sutton (Andrew)

Check out the website for descriptions of each class.

Come study with some of the best lindy ninjas around!

Send any questions to info@thelindyproject.com.

Time to break out the red and pink! Mike R / Error: Bad Month Value 2-, 2007
Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, which means its also time for the annual Syndicate Valentine's Dance with a Live Band! It's a semi-formal event so get dressed up! Bust out that Tux, grab that little red dress.

When: Feb. 8th
What: Valentine's dance with the Fabulous Kris Kamura Group (his quintet plus two extra horns)
Costs: $7/Members $10/Non-members.

Back Room Dance - Saturday, February 10th clint / Error: Bad Month Value 2-, 2007
The next Back Room dance will be held on Saturday, February 10th at Footworks Dance Center. Since the date is so close to Valentine's Day, you can expect Valentine's themed surprises and goodies. And of course lots of music on the ying and yang of LOVE... because if love don't make you want to dance to the blues, nothing will. Our own Rev. Shadyglenn will be the guest DJ, and I'm asking that folks who attend to bring their sweeties and dress to the nines. Or just show up if you're looking for a sweetie!

Don't forget that doors open at 8pm and admission is just $5 for the entire evening of dancing.

As always, check out Sweet T Productions for more info. See you there!

The Syndicate at GoDance - Friday, February 16th Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 2-, 2007
(Google map) It's on the south side of the mall
Friday, January 19th
9:30pm - 12:30am
$4 members / $6 non

If you haven't come to a Go Dance dance in a while, the last couple have rocked! In fact, we are up to close to 70 people!

Thursday Night Dance? Of course! Scott / Error: Bad Month Value 1-, 2007
Yes, there IS a dance tonight (January 18) – because dancing in cold weather rocks. As always, dancing starts at 8pm in the main room. And we have a sideroom tonight with West Coast Swing music.

Also, we have a survey we would love for everyone to fill out tonight. This will be very helpful for us as we plan the rest of the year! The coolest part is that we are holding a raffle – you fill out a survey and you get a ticket. At around 11pm we will draw for 3 prizes:

  • 1 year membership to the Austin Swing Syndicate
  • 1 month of classes with Four on the Floor (donated by Four on the Floor)
  • 1 month of classes with The Lindy Project (donated by The Lindy Project)
That's $100 worth of prizes.

Hope to see everyone out tonight!

Go Dance on Friday, January 19th Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 1-, 2007
Hey all, don't forget about Go Dance next week! Go Dance
(Google map) It's on the south side of the mall
Friday, January 19th
9:30pm - 12:30am
$4 members / $6 non

If you haven't come to a Go Dance dance in a while, the last couple have rocked! In fact, we are up to close to 70 people!

Syndicate's Dance at GoDance: Friday, December 1st Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 1-, 2006
On Friday, December 1st from 9:30pm to 12:30am, the Syndicate will be having its monthly dance at GoDance featuring DJed music. $4 for current Go Dance students and Syndicate members, $6 for non-members. [More info]

Back Room Dance: Saturday, December 2nd at 8pm  Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 1-, 2006
Austin's own Tina Davis will be having her monthly (more-or-less) Back Room dance on Saturday, December 2nd at 8pm. Thain Maurer (new Austinite) and Tina will be DJing swingin’ jazz, smooth blues, and some funky West Coast Swing. Admission is just $5 for an evening of awesome music and dancing at the new location for Footworks Dance Center: 403 West 2nd Street in Downtown Austin between San Antonio and Guadalupe [Map].

Monster Big Band at Ruta Maya - Sunday, December 3rd Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 1-, 2006
We are so spoiled. Monster Big Band plays at Ruta Maya this Sunday at 7:00pm. Great band, great coffee, great people. What else do you need?

Winter Formal — December 14th Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 1-, 2006
Get into the swing of things by joining the Syndicate for its annual Winter Formal dance on Thursday, December 14th! We'll have live music (so the price will be a little higher — details to come). While it's not mandatory, we're asking everyone to dress to impress and dust off the formal wear for this dance.

No Christmas Break — We Keep Dancing! Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 1-, 2006
We are NOT taking a break over Christmas! We will have our regularly scheduled dances on the 21st and the 28th as well as lessons. Come on out and enjoy the fun!

Syndicate's Free Thanksgiving Dance! Thurday, November 23 Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 1-, 2006
Once again, The Syndicate is continuing our tradition of a FREE dance on Thanksgiving. Come on out and burn off that turkey and get rid of that food coma!

As always, we will have a beginner lesson at 8:15 sharp, so it's a great time to bring your friends. Tina and I will be DJing. Yes, that's right, you'll get to hear the musical stylings of DJ "Iron Fist" Clint as well as our own ALX Diva, Tina "GatorGal" Davis.

See you on the dance floor!

Are you ready for ALX? Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 1-, 2006
The 7th annual Austin Lindy Exchange is just days away, but you can still join the party if you haven't pre-registered for the event. Online registration is closed, but you can still get a ALX Weekend Pass at the regular price of $80 this Thursday at the Fed. On Friday, November 17th the price of the weekend pass will jump to $90.

You can also choose to attend individual dances. A la carte pricing is available at all our dances; check out the registration page for the pricing scale. You can only do a la carte at the door...you cannot pre-register for individual dances. Also due to limited seating, only the first 175 folks who have registered and paid for the weekend pass will receive Sinus Show tickets for the show on Saturday, November 18th. You should have already received an email if you're on the Sinus Show list.

So don't miss out on this weekend's fun and great dancing! Details on the event can be found at AustinLindyExchange.com . Hope to see you on the dance floor!

Time is running out to register for ALX! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 1-, 2006
If you’ve been a bit of procrastinator and haven’t signed up for ALX (November 17th to 19th), you’ve still got some time to register (or pay)!

Online registration will end on Friday, November 10th and you’ll only have one day after that – Thursday, November 16th – to get the pre-registration price. After that, the price of the weekend pass will jump to $90 for the entire weekend’s activities.

If you have already pre-registered for ALX but have not sent in your payment, you can do so at this Thursday’s dance at the Fed.

There will be an “A La Carte” Option during ALX, but if we’re at capacity at our late night dances, you may not be able to get in. Please note that because ALX is a special event, prices for the dances WILL be higher the weekend of the exchange.

Friday/Saturday/Sunday Evening Dances: $20 each
Friday/Saturday Late Night Dances: $15 each
Sunday Afternoon Dance: $5

For more info on pricing and the entire weekend of activities, check out http://www.austinlindyexchange.com/ today!

Halloween Costume Winners Martin / Error: Bad Month Value 0-, 2006
Thanks to everyone who came out for the Austin Swing Syndicate Halloween dance! The event was a great success and we had tons of awesome costumes on the dance floor. Congratulations to our Halloween dance costume contest winners!

1st Place: Michael Paoline - Minotaur
2nd Place: Ashley Mahaney - Robo Dyke
3rd Place: Drew Larson - Luigi

A special thanks goes to all our hard working volunteers for decorating the fed for Halloween.

10/26: 2007 Annual Syndicate Halloween Ball Martin / Error: Bad Month Value 0-, 2006
Attention all ladies and ghouls:
It's that time of year again! The Austin Swing Syndicate is proud to announce our annual Halloween Ball on Thursday, 10/26. This spooky evening of features your local favorite DJs, sparkling punch, and our annual Halloween costume contest. So come dressed as your favorite ninja turtle, backstreet boy, or whatever hideous monster are planning to be this year for Halloween, and celebrate with the Austin Swing Syndicate!

Election Results! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 0-, 2006
Dear Members:

Last night's Syndicate Election was extremely close for the top position and your faithful Elections Committee actually needed to do a re-count last night... three times. So our delay in posting the results comes from wanting to get everything right and notifying all the folks involved.

So without further ado, here are the "unofficial" results of last night's election and your new Austin Swing Syndicate Board:

President – Scott Angelius
Vice President – Laura Glaess
Treasurer – Jennifer Humphreys
Secretary – Mike Roberts
At Large: Karri Martin, Martin Gao and Mike Sluyter

Even though its a well-worn cliche, every vote REALLY DOES COUNT. Thanks to all of the folks who voted and all the new folks who came to the booth last night to ask what was going on. Hopefully we got you interested in the process and excited about dancing in our community.

Special thanks to my fellow Election Committee members, Susan Shelton and Clint Zehner, for all of their hard work and dedication. And I am eternally grateful to Susan, Clint and the remaining members of the Board - Peter Sassone, Chris Zehner, Martin Gao and Andrew Lee - for the past year of service. A job well done.

Finally CONGRATULATIONS to our new Board and I know you'll do a wonderful job of fostering the Austin Swing scene!

Tina Davis
Austin Swing Syndicate President
2005 to 2006

Elections TONIGHT! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 0-, 2006
Just some tidbits about tonight's Austin Swing Syndicate elections at the Fed...

Polls will be open from 8pm to 11pm. Only current Syndicate members will be allowed to vote. If your membership has expired, you can renew tonight and be eligible to vote. Polls will close promptly at 11pm and we will try to get unofficial results by the end of the dance, but we make no promises.

You can read candidate bios on the nominations page.

You can read thoughts from our candidates at in the Forums

Please come out and get involved in your swing scene!

Elections TONIGHT! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 0-, 2006
Just some tidbits about tonight's Austin Swing Syndicate elections at the Fed...

Polls will be open from 8pm to 11pm. Only current Syndicate members will be allowed to vote. If your membership has expired, you can renew tonight and be eligible to vote. Polls will close promptly at 11pm and we will try to get unofficial results by the end of the dance, but we make no promises.

You can read candidate bios at:
http://austinswingsyndicate.org/BTS/nominations2006.shtml
You can read thoughts from our candidates at:
http://austinswingsyndicate.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=2680

Please come out and get involved in your swing scene!

Go Dance TONIGHT! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 0-, 2006
Try your luck this Friday the 13th and head out to Go Dance for a little dancing among friends. :)

The Syndicate's monthly shindig is TONIGHT and doors open at 9:30pm. Admission is just $4 for Syndicate members and affiliates and $6 for non-members. Our DJs will be Nathan Malone and George White.

See ya on the dance floor!

Candidate Bios For The 2007 Board Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 0-, 2006
The bios have been posted for the candidates for the 2007 Syndicate Board. Click to view.
President:  Mike Sluyter
 Ruth Calisch
 Scott Angelius
 
VP:   Laura Glaess
 Mike Sluyter
 
Treasurer:  Jennifer Humphries
 
Secretary:  Mike Roberts
At Large:  Alice Johnson
 Bill Borgida
 Brian Lasseter
 Jake Haning
 Jennifer Lasseter
 Karri Martin
 Martin Gao
 Mike Sluyter
 Randy Pond
 Scott Angelius
 Sherry Mundell
 Vanessa Shields


Syndicate Elections Postponed Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 0-, 2006
As the Elections Committee is still waiting on a few folks to accept or decline their nominations for next year's Board, we have extended the deadline for the nomination process to Wednesday, October 11th at midnight.

That means if you received a nomination for the Syndicate Board that you have until MIDNIGHT TONIGHT to send us an email saying you'll accept or decline. If we don't get an email, we will assume you've declined the nomination.

As such, barring any technical difficulties, candidate names and bios will be posted on the Syndicate site on Thursday, October 12th. That's tomorrow. :)

The election for the next Syndicate Board will be then be held on Thursday, October 19th. That's next Thursday. You are eligible to vote if you're a current member of the Syndicate. If your membership has expired, and you'd like to vote in next week's election, please make sure you've renewed your membership by next week.

Again... all nomination replies, candidate bios and questions about the election can be sent to elections@austinswingsyndicate.org.

Thanks for your support of the Austin Swing Syndicate!

Monster Big Band THIS SUNDAY!!! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 9-, 2006
Please join the Monster Big Band and the Syndicate for MBB's monthly gig at Ruta Maya Cafe, this Sunday, October 1st.

The Monsta hits the stage at 7pm and admission is reduced for dancers... it's just $3 to attend.

If you haven't been to Ruta to check it out, please come! There are always dancers and MBB fans around... and it's a great (and cheap!) way to dance and hear genuine Big Band music.

Hope to see you there!

Austin Swing Syndicate Elections Susan / Error: Bad Month Value 9-, 2006
It's the time of year when the seasons change, the leaves turn and fall, and the Board goes up for election...

Nominations are open for all positions on the Austin Swing Syndicate Board. We want YOU to serve your dance organization!

Terms are one year long, and include the following positions:
President (must be at least 18 years old)
Vice President (must be at least 18 years old)
Treasurer (must be at least 18 years old)
Secretary
At-Large (3 positions)

If you are interested, or wish to nominate someone else who you think would be a good fit, please contact the Election Committee (Susan Shelton, Clint Zehner, or Tina Davis) by October 5, 2006. The election is October 12.

Please note: Election Committee members ARE NOT eligible to run for office. This means that your President, Vice President, and Secretary positions will be vacated. We need candidates to step up for all positions.

ALX 7 REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!!! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 9-, 2006
The moment you’ve all been waiting for is here! Registration for ALX 7 (November 17th to 19th) is now open! Head to http://www.austinlindyexchange.com to reserve your spot.

Register now for our weekend pass, which gets you into all dances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Because of venue restrictions, the first 175 registrants to sign up and pay will also gain entrance into Saturday’s Sinus Show with the purchase of the weekend pass. Only folks who buy a weekend pass will be able to get into Sinus and we will not be selling tickets for Sinus at the door.

As they say, the early bird gets the worm, so for the first full week of registration, we will be offering our lowest rate on the weekend pass:

ALX 7 Weekend Pass
Early Bird Price (closes November 25th) - $70
Regular admission - $80
At Door admission - $90
ALX 7 T-shirts - $13

A la Carte pricing for all the dances during the exchange will be announced a few days before the start of the event.

If you’re interested in hosting visiting dancers or volunteering during ALX, you’ll have a chance to sign up for that as well during registration. Remember, we need all the help we can get to help ALX run smoothly... we can’t do this exchange without you! All volunteer positions will be paid!

If you sign up as a host, we will also do our best to match you with a guest that suits you. If you’ve never hosted a dancer during an exchange, I highly recommend it... it is an awesome way to meet new dancers from across the country and sometimes from around the world! Help spread the Lindy Love!

If you have any questions about registration please contact me at tina@austinswingsyndicate.org. Any questions about housing can be directed to Martin Gao at martin@austinswingsyndicate.org.

Don't miss out on the fun at ALX 7!

Three chances to dance this weekend! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 9-, 2006
Lookin’ for a break from the ACL crowds this weekend? Here’s your chance to dance…

Saturday, September 16th

Syndicate Members Jake Haning and Karen Smith will be teaching an Intro to Blues Dancing workshop at Go Dance Studios. The two-hour workshop will focus connecting with your partner, musicality and techniques to incorporate Blues dancing with other dances like West Coast Swing. The workshop starts at 12pm and is $30 per person. Head to www.godancestudio.com for more details.

Saturday, September 16th

The Aggie Swing Cats will be holding a semi-formal dance on Saturday evening at the A&M Campus. The dance starts at 8pm with an ECS lesson and social dancing begins at 9pm. Admission is $2 for Aggies and affiliates (like the Syndicate) and $5 for non-members… and like we said before you’ll want to dress to impress. Details can be found at http://tasc.tamu.edu/dances.html and you can call Melissa (469-387-2919) or Matt (979-571-8821) for directions.

Sunday, September 17th

Monster Big Band will be performing at Central Market (North Lamar location) from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Admission is free… but bring a few dollars to order munchies at the CM café. All ages are welcome.

See you on the dance floor!

Syndicate @ Go Dance THIS FRIDAY! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 9-, 2006
Don’t miss out at the Syndicate’s monthly shindig at Go Dance Studios, which will be held this Friday, September 8th.

Doors open at 9:30pm and admission is just $4 for Syndicate members and affiliates. Admission for non-members is just 6 bucks. Music will be provided by our own swingin’ Syndicate DJs!

Thanks for your support and we hope to see you on the dance floor!

ALX 7 Website is LIVE! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 9-, 2006
Check it out kids!

The website for ALX 7 (November 17th to 19th) is now up and running!

Head to www.austinlindyexchange.com for the latest info on this year’s exchange.
Keep your eyes peeled to the website as we get closer to the event, as there are still some details that will be updated at a later date. And yes, there will be a special edition of the “Sinus Show” at this year’s exchange. Details to come soon...

Registration will be available the week of September 18th, so get ready to reserve your spot! Pricing will be announced just before registration goes live, and there will be an “Early Bird” period where you can reserve your spot for the lowest price available.

Special thanks to Laura Glaess and Clint Zehner for their tireless work on getting the site up and ready to go! Thanks guys!

Hope to see you at ALX 7!

Monster Big Band @ Ruta Maya on SUNDAY! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 8-, 2006
Still in town over Labor Day weekend, but want to get some dancing in? Check out the Monster Big Band at their monthly gig at Ruta Maya Coffeehouse at 3601 South Congress.

The band hits the stage at 7pm and admission is just $3 for dancers. But don’t forget to bring extra cash to tip the band and buy some refreshments at the café.

Hope to see you on the dance floor and have a safe and sound Labor Day!

New Lindy Studio Starting September 11th Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 8-, 2006
The Lindy Project In addition to Four On The Floor, Austin is fortunate enough to have a new lindy hop dance studio, "The Lindy Project." Beginning, Monday, September 11th, regular lessons will commence at Footworks in downtown Austin. Beginner Swing and Lindy Hop are at 7:00pm and advanced Lindy Hop are at 8:00pm. The September series will be 3 classes and only $30, due to labor day.

Damon & Ria Workshop August 19th and 20th Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 8-, 2006
The Austin Swing Syndicate will make a little history this summer by hosting its very first Workshop Weekend with Damon Stone and Ria DeBiase! This workshop will offer a multitude of classes for everyone from the most seasoned Lindy Hopper to the newest dancer just recently stepping on the floor. Together Damon & Ria's classes are relaxing and full of humor. With an eye on musicality and improvisation, they'll get you on the floor and dancing rather than just doing moves.

In addition to the wonderful classes being taught by Damon & Ria, we have social dances scheduled for Friday and Saturday. When you factor in our regular shindig at the Fed on Thursday, you've got a weekend jam packed full of great dancing and instruction!

As always, thank you for your continued support and we hope to see YOU at the Syndicate's first ever workshop weekend!

~ The Austin Swing Syndicate Board

Monster Big Band at Ruta Maya - Sunday, August 6th Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 8-, 2006
Monster Big Band will be at Ruta Maya this Sunday, August 6th for their monthly gig at this eclectic coffeehouse. The Monster hits the stage at 7pm and admission is just $3 for all dancers! The band also plays for tips, so please be sure to bring a few extra bucks for the tip jar to show your appreciation. If you ever want to catch future dates for Monster, check out their website at www.monsterbigband.com.

Lone Star Swing Competition for Big Brothers/Big Sisters - August 11-13 Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 8-, 2006
The Lone Star Invitational, traditionally a country dance competition, has joined the World Swing Dance Council! The competition will be held at the downtown Marriott Hotel August 11-13. On Friday, there will be a Lindy workshop at 5 p.m. and a Strictly Lindy contest at 9:30 p.m. On Saturday, there will be a West Coast Swing Jack and Jill at 10 p.m.

The Lone Star Invitational benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, which helps children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships. The Invitational believes that the children are the future of dance and our communities, so they have partnered with Blue Bell Creameries to host an Ice Cream Social and children's dance workshop on Friday at 3:30pm. To find out more about the competition, visit lonestarcountrydance.com or to learn more about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister visit bbbscentraltx.org.

Damon & Ria Registration NOW OPEN!! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 7-, 2006
Here's the news you've all been waiting for... registration for the Damon & Ria Workshop is now open!

The workshop will be held on August 19th and 20th... so click on the Damon & Ria link on the left side of the page to sign up and reserve your spot!

Please take advantage of our “Early Bird” registration, which lasts from now until Monday, July 24th. If you register now, you’ll save $10 from when we kick up registration prices.

In addition to the wonderful classes being taught by Damon & Ria, we have social dances scheduled for Friday and Saturday. When you factor in our regular shindig at the Fed on Thursday, you've got a weekend jam packed full of great dancing and instruction!

As always, thank you for your continued support and we hope to see YOU at the Syndicate's first ever workshop weekend!

~ The Austin Swing Syndicate Board

Go dance at Go Dance This Friday! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 7-, 2006
Friday, July 14th marks the Syndicate's monthly shindig at Go Dance Studios at the Northcross Mall.

The DJs for the evening will be DJ George & DJ Tina! Doors open at 9:30pm and admission is just $4 for Syndicate members and affiliates (and only $6 for non-members).

See you on the dance floor!

Austin Swing Syndicate Workshop Weekend with Damon Stone & Ria DeBiase! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 7-, 2006
The Austin Swing Syndicate will make a little history this summer by hosting its very first workshop weekend with Damon Stone and Ria DeBiase! SAVE THE DATE now because you know you'll want to come... it's August 19th & 20th.

This workshop will offer a multitude of classes for everyone from the most seasoned Lindy Hopper to the newest dancer just recently stepping on the floor. Together Damon & Ria’s classes are relaxing and full of humor. With an eye on musicality and improvisation, they'll get you on the floor and dancing rather than just doing moves.

In addition to the classes there will be several hours of social dancing on tap... so why not make a weekend of it!

Registration for this weekend will go live very soon... meanwhile take a look at the class schedule now online! We hope to see you there!

Great Dancing this 4th of July Weekend! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 6-, 2006
If you’re looking to do some dancing this Fourth of July weekend, you’ve got a couple of opportunities to catch two awesome big bands in action!

The Austin Ballroom Dancers (www.austinballroomdancers.org) will be hosting a dance on Saturday, July 1st with LIVE MUSIC from the Sentimental Journey Orchestra. Admission is just $7 for Austin Swing Syndicate members (please be sure to bring your membership card to cash in on this discount!). If your non-dancing friends want to tag along there are lessons in Foxtrot at 7pm and ECS at 7:30pm. The band hits the stage at 8:00pm.

The Monster Big Band will be at Ruta Maya this Sunday, July 2nd for their monthly gig at this eclectic coffeehouse. The Monster hits the stage at 7pm and admission is just $3 for all dancers! The band also plays for tips, so please be sure to bring a few extra bucks for the tip jar to show your appreciation. If you ever want to catch future dates for Monster, check out their website at www.monsterbigband.com.

Have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July weekend!

Austin Swing Syndicate Workshop Weekend  Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 6-, 2006
Damon and Ria The Austin Swing Syndicate will make a little history this summer by hosting its very first Workshop Weekend with Damon Stone and Ria DeBiase! SAVE THE DATE NOW! It will be August 19th and 20th!

This workshop will offer a multitude of classes for everyone from the most seasoned Lindy Hopper to the newest dancer just recently stepping on the floor. Together Damon & Ria’s classes are relaxing and full of humor. With an eye on musicality and improvisation, they'll get you on the floor and dancing rather than just doing moves.

In addition to the classes there will be several hours of social dancing on tap... so why not make a weekend of it!

Registration for this weekend will go live in July... in the meantime stay tuned to the website or email Tina@austinswingsyndicate.org for details! [more...]

Join us for the Syndicate Anniversary Dance! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 6-, 2006
Seven years and still going strong... the Austin Swing Syndicate will be celebrating its 7th anniversary on Thursday, June 15th by offering a FREE DANCE TO ALL MEMBERS!!

You read that correctly... if you're an Austin Swing Syndicate member, you'll be able to get into that dance for FREE. There will be live music from "Swingset," a band headed up by Monster Big Band’s Rick White and some of Austin’s best jazz musicians. The Syndicate Board is also planning some extra special treats for the Anniversary dance.

And if you're not a member of the Syndicate, the 15th will be a great time to join... if you decide to become a member you'll be able to get into that night's dance for FREE as well! At $15 for students and $25 for non-students, we think it's one of the best deals in town! Non member admission is $10 and affiliate admission is $6.

Given this deal, can you afford NOT to join?

Thank you for your continued support of the Austin Swing Syndicate and the Austin Lindy Hop scene! We'll see you on the dance floor!

Upcoming Dances! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 6-, 2006
I hope you got plenty of rest over the Memorial Day weekend, ‘cause you’ve got some extra places to dance this weekend!

Our monthly event at Go Dance is coming up a little earlier than normal... as a matter of fact it’s THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 2nd! Don’t miss out on the great swingin’ tunes and good times dancin’ with your friends at Go Dance! Admission is just $4 for Syndicate members and affiliates and $6 for non-members.

And speaking of monthly dances, the one and only Monster Big Band has its monthly gig at the Ruta Maya Café on Sunday, June 4th. All dancers get in for just $3... a ridiculously low price to hear and dance to wonderful live music!

So break out those dancin’ shoes and I’ll see you on the dance floor!

Back Room Blues Dance This Weekend! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 5-, 2006
If you're looking for places to dance this Memorial Day weekend, look no further! I'll be hosting a Back Room Blues Dance on Saturday, May 27th at Footworks Dance Center!

Yours truly will be teaching an Intro Blues Class at 8pm and I’ll have another Guest DJ for this month's dance. Peace Chen has graciously agreed to spin some tunes with me this weekend from 9pm until Midnight.

Admission is $10 for the class and dance and just $5 for the dance only. Doors open at 8pm. Check out www.SweetTProductions.com for details. I hope to see you there!

~ Tina

Go dance at Go Dance this Friday! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 5-, 2006
Get it? Go dance at Go Dance… Anyway, the Syndicate’s monthly event at Go Dance Studios will be held this Friday, May 19th! The music starts at 9:30pm and we’ll go until 12:30am… or until they kick us out, whichever comes first.

And it’s “Ladies Night” at GD as music will be provided by Syndicate DJs Mary Grabhorn and Tina Davis! Admission is $4 for Syndicate members and $6 for non-members.

See you on the dance floor!

WE NEED DANCERS!! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 5-, 2006
The Syndicate needs dancers who have some time to volunteer for a community activity! The Summit at Lakeway, an assisted living facility, has contacted Erica McKwen and asked if we could host a Senior Dance there.

The dance will be on Wednesday, May 17th from 7 to 8 p.m. at the following location:

Summit at Lakeway
1915 Lohman's Crossing
Austin, TX

If you’re interested in joining in the fun please contact me at tina@austinswingsyndicate.org and I’ll pass along your info to Erica who is coordinating. Erica will also organize carpools for the trip… and says that we need more leads for the dance.

Thank you for your support!

Win FREE tickets to the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy concert! Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 4-, 2006

Big Band Voodoo Daddy! The one and only Big Bad Voodoo Daddy rolls into Austin for a concert with the Promenade Pops on Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th and YOU may have a chance to win FREE tickets!

The Austin Swing Syndicate has received four tickets, courtesy of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and we will be handing out those tickets in two giveaways on Thursday, April 27th and Thursday, May 4th at the Fed. Each drawing will take place in the 10pm hour... there is no charge to enter the contest, all you have to do is show up!

And don't worry, you can still attend the concert even if you don't win. Tickets are available at $25 for theater seating and $40 for table seating. Tables have 10 seats, and they can be purchased individually. The ASO tells us there will be areas available for dancing, and they're encouraging dancers to attend! Folks are welcome to bring food to the show (especially in table seating) but all beverages must be purchased at the Palmer Events Center.

For more information on the concert, check out the Austin Symphony Orchestra's website and while you're at it check out BBVD's tour schedule.

Lindy For Life - April 13th clint / Error: Bad Month Value 4-, 2006
On Thursday, April 13, 2006 the Austin Swing Syndicate will host the third annual Lindy for Life event in memory of Memory Myers. Money donated during the event will support the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Cedar Park. The Swing Syndicate will match the first $1000 raised!

The past two years funds were raised for Memory Myers, a swing dancer and instructor who battled lymphoma, as well as the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life. In 2004, we raised a total of $1500, and in 2005 we raised a total of $2250. Our goal is to raise more money this year!

Come out to help fight cancer and take part in this great community event!!

All donations will go to the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer through research, education, advocacy and patient services, are tax deductible, and can be made via cash, credit card or check (made payable to "The American Cancer Society").

More information about the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Cedar Park.

If you find that you are unable to attend the event and want to make a donation you can make a donation online.

Go Dance Tonight! clint / Error: Bad Month Value 4-, 2006
Friday, 4/14, 9:30 to 12:30, DJed music by Nathan and Bill Borgida. $4 for current Go Dance students and Syndicate members, $6 for non-members. More info at: http://godance.cc/parties.htm

Central Market Jack and Jill Swing Contest! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 3-, 2006
On Saturday, March 25th the Austin Swing Syndicate will be joining forces with Central Market to host a Jack n Jill contest! There will be CASH PRIZES, LIVE MUSIC and lots of other surprises in store... you won't want to miss this event. More details to come soon!

See ya on the dance floor!

Swing Central Jack 'n Jill Contest... THIS SATURDAY! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 3-, 2006
Don't forget that in just a few short days the Austin Swing Syndicate and Central Market will be hosting it's first ever Jack and Jill Contest dubbed "Swing Central!"

The contest will be held at the Central Market on 38th and Lamar on Saturday, March 25th at 6:00pm sharp! Sign-up for the contest starts promptly at 6pm and will end when we get 30 leads and 30 follows, or when we hit 6:30pm, whichever comes first. For those who don't know, you DO NOT need a partner for this contest... you will be randomly paired with other contestants and will be judged on your individual skills as a dancer. So here's your chance to shine!

The contest is FREE to enter and will feature the musical stylings of Syndicate DJs George White and Colin Wise and LIVE music from ACME Song Company (who will also perform live during the finals). The top finishers in the contest will split cash and prizes in excess of $500 from the Syndicate, Central Market and Movin' Easy Dancewear.

And don't worry if you don't want to enter the contest... you can still watch the festivities and dance on your own... all for FREE!

If you have any questions please contact Tina Davis at tina@austinswingsyndicate.org or just grab a Syndicate Board Member at this Thursday's dance.

Hope to see you there!

Friday at GoDance Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 3-, 2006
Friday, March 10th, finds us at Go Dance for our monthly swing dance at that venue. The spinmeisters for the evening will be DJs Mary and Nathan. Admission is $4 for Syndicate members and the fun starts at 930pm.

Backroom Dance on Saturday Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 3-, 2006
The Syndicate's own Tina Davis will be having her monthly Back Room dance at Footworks on Saturday, March 11th. There is an intermediate-level class from 8-9:00 and the dance runs from 9:00-midnight. The instructors for the evening will be Laura Glaess and Scott Angelius and they'll be teaching a Dips and Tricks Class. DJs will be Tina and Colin.

Admission to the class and dance is $10 and admission to the dance only is $5.

Any questions? Check out the website: www.SweetTProductions.com.

Monster Big Band @ Ruta Maya THIS WEEKEND! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 3-, 2006
This is just a gentle reminder to everyone that the Monster Big Band will be playing this Sunday, March 5th at Ruta Maya. The fun starts at 7pm and admission is $4 for Syndicate members.

Please come out and support this wonderful band… and while you’re at it, buy their new CD!

Go Dance THIS FRIDAY!!! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 2-, 2006
If you still have a dancin’ bug after Thursday, you can head out to the monthly Syndicate event at Go Dance studio this Friday, February 17th.

For those not in the know, the Syndicate has moved the Go Dance events from Saturday to Friday in the hopes we’ll see more of you on the dance floor, so please come on out!

Dancing starts at 930pm and goes until 1230am... and your DJs this month at Go Dance are George and Tina. Don’t forget that admission for this dance is just $4 for Syndicate members. See ya there!

Andrew Sutton Workshop: 01/14-15 Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 1-, 2006
Andrew Sutton, an excellent dancer and instructor from California will be teaching a two day workshop in Austin on Saturday, January 14th and Sunday, January 15th. He taught a workshop in December 2004 that was very well recieved.

Classes will be held Saturday, January 14th and Sunday, January 15th from 10:30am to 5:30pm at Footworks dancing studio in downtown Austin. Saturday costs $55 (5 hours of instruction). Sunday costs $45 (about 4 hour of instruction). There is one challenging class at the end of the day on Sunday where Andrew is going to push the boundaries. It requires a partner and costs $20.

On Saturday, all you need to know is a Lindy swingout. The class are mainly at an intermediate level. On Sunday, you need to be a int/advanced dancer because the pace will be quicker. You do not need a partner, except for the last class on Sunday.

Please contact josh@ellinger.org for more information or check out his website.

Syndicate Dance @ Go Dance THIS FRIDAY!!! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 1-, 2006
The start of a new year means a new round of Syndicate swing dances at Go Dance. The Board is trying something new for a while… and the next few Go Dance events will be on FRIDAYS! Our next one is this Friday the 13th (aka tomorrow) from 9:30pm to 12:30am. So come out and dance to the swingin’ sounds of Syndicate DJs George and Nathan… you can even get a little scary if you wanna. Admission is $5 for Syndicate members.

Bill Borgida Classes: Four Weeks: Monday's 01/16-02/06 Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 1-, 2006
Bill Borgida will be teaching a series of classes at the new Footworks Dance Studio (501 West 3rd Street - Entrance on 3rd Street). Early registration is strongly recommended. No partner needed. If you have any questions please contact Bill at bill@billborgida.com or by phone 607-227-1037. Cost: Pre-registration (up until Jan 14) $45 one series, $80 for both

7:00-8:15pm: Introduction to Slow Blues Dancing
Learn the art of the slow groove. Feel totally at ease when those slow tunes come on. It will cover basic steps and rhythms, lead follow skills, turns,and dips so you can dance to a wide variety of slow music. It's also an excellent way to work on connection, balance, posture and musicality. Also an excellent class to tune up those skills you're already using. NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED.

8:30-9:45pm: Put The Swing In Your Swing Out
This class will help your basics look and feel better, making it easier and more enjoyable to dance with each partner. Your dancing is only as good as your basics. Advanced dancers never stop working on theirs! We'll work on technique to make your swing out adaptable to different styles, and teach some cool styling variations. Basic competence with the Swing Out is a pre-requisite (we will not be teaching it from scratch).

USO Style Hangar Dance - Saturday, January 21st Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 1-, 2006
The Hangar Hotel will be having a hangar dance on Saturday, January 21st from 8-11:30pm with 14 Piece Big Band "The Flash Backs." This is exactly what it sounds like, a dance in an airplane hangar. These are just plain fun, you get to dress up, dance to a big band, and wow the people who actually danced like we do back in the 40's and 50's. Cost is $15 per person, there's a Swing Dance Contest, and beer, wine, & concessions are available. (And their Cherry Vodka Sours are AMAZING!)

Hangar Hotel - 155 Airport Road
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
830-997-9990

No Break for Us! Dances on the 22nd and 29th Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 2-, 2005
We are NOT taking a break over Christmas! We will have our regularly scheduled dance on the 22nd AND a FREE dance on the 29th as well as lessons. Come on out and enjoy the fun!

Austin Ballroom Dancers Workshop Discounts for Syndicate Members Susan / Error: Bad Month Value 2-, 2005
As part of our affiliation, Austin Ballroom Dancers is offering Austin Swing Syndicate Members the opportunity to take ABD's Winter Workshops at member price. The best workshops to attend are:

Beginning Hustle with Richard Fowler.
7:30-9:45 PM December 16 ONLY ($12): A true technique junkie, Richard will start from the very beginning with a basic 3-count Hustle. Basics include closed position to open break, cross-body leads, and a couple of easy turns. The second hour progresses to cuddles, multiple turns and wraps.

West Coast Swing 1 with Don McCollum
8:45-9:45 PM December 20, 22 and January 3, 5 ($20): Don covers the basics of West Coast Swing in this (4) 1-hour class workshop. If you've never taken West Coast Swing lessons, or want a refresher course, this is the place to be!

All workshops are held at the Hancock Recreation Center at 41st and Red River. [Find Out More]

Happy Holidays from the Syndicate! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 2-, 2005
Get into the swing of things by joining the Syndicate for its annual Winter Formal dance on Thursday, December 15th! Holiday cheer will abound as you dance the night away with music from our awesome Syndicate DJs! For those taking score we will have a Side Room that night, which will be West Coast Swing. While it’s not mandatory, we’re asking everyone to dress to impress and dust off the formal wear for this dance. ‘Cause, you know, it’s cute when everyone dresses up!

The fun doesn’t stop there… the Syndicate Board is saying a big THANK YOU to our local dancers and volunteers for a great year by offering a FREE DANCE at the end of the month. Admission to our final dance of the year, Thursday, December 29th will be FREE to all Syndicate members. So come on out and start your New Year’s celebration early!

We hope to see you on the dance floor! Have a happy and safe Holiday Season!

The Austin Swing Syndicate Board

Monster Big Band @ Ruta Maya This Sunday! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 2-, 2005
Don't be afraid of the Monster! Come and check out the Monster Big Band THIS SUNDAY, December 4th @ Ruta Maya (3601 S. Congress by the water tower) from 7pm to 10pm.

This will be your one and only chance to catch them in December… some come on out and support! Admission is only $4. Monster Big Band will be back in January. Thanks to Chichi for all of her work on this long-running Syndicate event!

The Back Room Dance this Saturday, November 26th Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 1-, 2005
For those of you who STILL haven't gotten enough of a fix with ALX this past weekend and our Thanksgiving dance, check out The Syndicate's own Tina Davis' Back Room Dance at Footworks Dance Center. Blues, West Coast, Lindy, and just enough "Funk" to keep your groove flowing. Plus, there's a blues lesson taught by Tina and Tommy before the dance. Come on out and get your blues on!

$5 for the dance, $5 for the lesson.

Thanksgiving Dance! Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 1-, 2005
Yes, it's true, we will be having a dance and lesson at our usual time at "The Fed" at 2312 San Gabriel on Thanksgiving — Thursday, November 24th. Come out, have a break from family and burn off that stuffing! Beginner lesson at 8:15pm and dance starting at 8:00pm. The last couple of years, we've all had a great time with a small crowd of ~70-80 dancers.

The Syndicate Featured on News 8 Austin! Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 1-, 2005
First things first, a HUGE "THANK YOU" to all of the 24-or-so dancers who showed up at 5:45am to dance. That's commitment — and we certainly should be committed!

Second, another huge "Thank You" to News 8 Austin's Amy Hadley and Erica Riggins, as well as camera man Ed and intern Elizabeth! You all were great! You all are welcome to come out ANY time!

News 8 Austin is featuring us today in "Fit For Friday," AND will be featuring us on either Wednesday or Thursday in "Austin's Best Kept Secrets." A video clip has been posted on News 8 Austin's website.

Austin Lindy Exchange This Weekend!!!  Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 1-, 2005
The Austin Lindy Exchange officially starts...TODAY!!!

You can still register at the door for $85 which gets you into ALL NINE of the dances as well as The Sinus Show screening of "Top Gun."

We have Monster Big Band, The Kris Kimura Quintet, and Swingset featuring Karen Maria Capo.

A La Carte Pricing is as follows
Friday/Saturday/Sunday Main Dances - $20
Friday/Saturday/Sunday After Hours - $10
Saturday/Sunday Afternoon Dances - Free!
Sinus Show - Not available a la carte


It's a heck of a party with great dancers from all over who want to dance in our hometown. Check out all of the information on The Website.

ALX

Do you like attention? Do you like promoting the Syndicate? Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 1-, 2005
Okay, here's the scoop: We have just managed to get not one, but two segments on News8Austin. This is a fantastic opportunity to promote the Syndicate.

Times we need dancers:
Thursday, November 10th:Starting at 8 and as soon thereafter as possible
Monday, November 14th:From Noon-1:15pm at the Fed
Friday, November 18th:From 6:00am and 8:15am at the Fed. And, no, that's not a typo, that's 6 in the morning. The Friday of ALX.


1 - "Austin's Best Kept Secrets"
Erica Riggins wants to talk about how we have this great Thursday night swing dance that people don't know about. She will be at the dance TONIGHT at 8. She will be meeting and talking to the board, but if we can get some dancers there early, that would be great. I explained that the dance really gets going around 9:30.

2 - "Fit For Friday"
Amy Hadley was at the dance last Thursday and needs some dancers at the Fed this MONDAY between 12:00 noon and 1:15pm for the tape segment for background. She will also need additional dancers for the actual live segment on the Friday morning of ALX (also at the Fed) from 6:00-8:15am.

Once again, that's not a typo, that's 6 in the morning.

ALX Registration is Open! Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 1-, 2005
Registration is now open for the Austin Lindy Exchange (ALX). If you don't know what a lindy exchange is, basically take a Thursday night at the Fed. Add live bands. Add dancers from all over the country. Add other events.

Now make it last for three days with dancing until sunrise.

It's a heck of a party with great dancers from all over who want to dance in our hometown. Check out all of the information on The Website.

ALX

Willy Wonka Dance this Friday! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 1-, 2005
This is just a reminder about this month’s Syndicate dance @ Go Dance…

Join the Austin Swing Syndicate as the monthly dance at Go Dance takes on a decidedly psychedelic turn as we host a Willy Wonka themed swing dance. Check out the date for the dance… it’s this FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH starting at 9pm. There will be free candy, viewings of the classic and modern versions of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and a cast of your favorite dancers dressed as Willy Wonka characters... even some Oompa Loompas will be in attendance!

Music will be provided by DJs Nathan Malone and Matt Jones! Admission is $4 for Syndicate members, affiliates & Go Dance Students and $7 for Non Members.

See you on the dance floor!

Syndicate Halloween Dance TONIGHT! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 0-, 2005
Hello Kids!

This is just a friendly reminder that tonight’s dance at the Fed is the Syndicate’s Annual Halloween Dance. Please come on out to dance the night away in your silliest, spookiest or just plain weirdest costumes. There will be a Costume Contest and prizes will be awarded for the Scariest Costume, Funniest Costume and Most Unique Costume.

Special thanks to Rachel Ryall for helping with the décor and "flava" for tonight's dance!

See ya on the dance floor!

We Need Volunteers! Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 0-, 2005
The Syndicate needs your help for two upcoming events:

We need volunteers to help decorate the Fed for this Thursday's Halloween Dance. We are meeting Wednesday night at 7pm at the Fed to decorate the venue. If you're interested in helping out, please contact Rachel Ryall at 22butterflies@mail.utexas.edu if you're interested.

The ALX 2005 Committee also needs volunteers to work the upcoming Austin Lindy Exchange on November 18th to 20th. You'll either be called on to man the registration desk at the dances or help with set up and tear down of individual dances. ALX volunteers will be compensated for their time. If you're interested in working on the ALX team, please contact Tina Davis at tina@austinswingsyndicate.org.

And if you haven't registered for the event yet, check out austinlindyexchange.com.

MONSTER BIG BAND THIS WEEKEND!!! @ RUTA MAYA SUNDAY OCT 23RD!!! 7PM!!! chichi / Error: Bad Month Value 0-, 2005
Did you notice the all caps? I bet you did! It's to sear the knowledge that Monster Big Band will be playing this weekend at Ruta Maya Int'l HQ into your retinas. Did it work? Good! Cover is $4, and the event runs from 7pm - 10pm so come early!

This will be your last chance to see Monster Big Band before the Austin Lindy Exchange. So come on out and support this great band and dance your buns off! Last time we had two surprise guests, Donna Hightower and a reincarnation of Frank Sinatra that goes by Teague. So you'll never know who'll be behind the mike with Monster, but you are guaranteed quality music and great dancing!

The Back Room at Footworks Dance Center: Saturday, October 8th Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 0-, 2005
Class from 8pm to 9pm ~ Social Dancing from 9pm to Midnight
The Syndicate's own Tina "Gatorgal" Davis is sponsoring a monthly blues soiree to be held at Footworks Dance Center called "The Back Room." Each Back Room dance will kick off with an hour lesson at 8pm and continue with three hours of social dancing from 9pm to Midnight, with music spun by, DJ "Sweet T!" While beginners are welcome, most classes will be geared toward intermediate level dancers.

In short, the classes are aimed at building better dancers, and the dancing is aimed at having lots of fun. [ Find Out More... ]

When: Saturday, October 8th: 9:00pm-midnight
Where: Footworks Dance Center
Cost: $10 - Hour long class and dance
 $5 - Dance only

Monster Big Band this Sunday, October 9th! Chichi / Error: Bad Month Value 0-, 2005
Monster Big Band plays this Sunday for 7pm to 10pm at Ruta Maya Int'l HQ (3601 S. Congress Ave by the Penn Field water tower). A big band with professional musicians who is there for the purpose of having fun and entertaining dancers, what could be better? Cover is only $4.

We had a great dancer turn-out at the last Ruta Maya event — I would like to send out a big Thank you to everyone who made it out despite the heat and traffic. Hopefully we can keep the momentum going!

"Back to School Dance" featuring Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 9-, 2005
Lavay Smith
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2005
Time: 8PM to Midnight
Cost: $10 for members, affiliates, and students;
$15 for non-members;
and $25 for priority seating.
Where: Texas Federation of Women's Club
Theme: You are encouraged to wear your best vintage clothing

Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers will be performing at the Austin Swing Syndicate's "Back to School Dance" dance on Thursday, September 15th at the Texas Federation of Women's Club ("The Fed") 8pm to midnight. Lavay is Internationally recognized as The Queen of classic Jazz & Blues in the authentic style of the 1940's and 1950's. Her last album reached the top 10 on the National Billboard Jazz Charts. Lavay Smith is the real deal! She will be the biggest performer the Austin Swing Syndicate has ever hosted, and we have received rave reviews about the quality of her shows. Find Out More > >

Syndicate Dance Featuring The Senior Swing Band - CANCELLED! Erica / Error: Bad Month Value 9-, 2005
The Senior Games dance (Sep. 23) the syndicate was sponsoring in partnership with the Senior Wellness Alliance has been cancelled. The event was planned at the Austin Convention Center, and since it is now being used as a shelter, most of the Senior Wellness Conference events, including our dance, have been cancelled.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help make it happen.

Katrina Relief  Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 9-, 2005
In light of the recent tragedy, the dancers of Austin are banding together throughout the month of September to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

You can help by donating money to the American Red Cross through any of the following dance organizations: Austin Ballroom Dancers, Austin Swing Syndicate, Footworks, Four on the Floor, or GoDance.

Tighten Up Your Blues This Saturday, August 13th! Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 8-, 2005
"Sweet T" Productions is proud to present a one-day Blues Workshop with Jerry and Kathy Warwick of Dallas, TX! Whether you're just being exposed to Blues Dancing, or are an experienced Blues and Lindy Hop dancer, Jerry & Kathy can offer you something to "tighten up" your Blues Dancing so it's soulful, sensual and just plain fun!

Check out SweetTProductions.com for all the info! Also, check out the special blues edition of the Saturday Night at GoDance also this Saturday!

Anniversary Weekend Ruta Maya with Swingset - Sunday June 12th Chichi / Error: Bad Month Value 6-, 2005
We will end our Anniversary Weekend this Sunday, June 12th from 7-10:00pm with the musical stylings of Swingset, a quintet led by Monster's Ricky White. Admission is $4.

Thursday Night at The Fed Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 6-, 2005
When: Every Thursday, 8:00 pm to midnight
Where: The Texas Federation of Women's Clubs ("The Fed") at 2312 San Gabriel
Cost: Members - $2
Non-Members - $5
Affiliates - $2
Lessons: The Austin Swing Syndicate offers Basic Beginner Swing lessons at the Fed. Lessons start at 8:15 pm on Thursdays, and they're free (with admission to the dance).

Free Dance This Thursday, June 9th!  Keryn / Error: Bad Month Value 6-, 2005
Happy Anniversary! The Austin Swing Syndicate is turning 6 this year. We've had six wonderful years of dancing, growth, and fun. This anniversary will be featuring the magnificent MONSTER BIG BAND, an opportunity to come dressed black tie, as well as providing a fabulous refreshments table with cake and drinks. Please note, while this is a chance to dress up, feel free to wear jeans and a tee-shirt, we just want you out here dancing! Admission will be FREE for members, and $10 for non-members.

If you're not already a member, this is a great time to join. Membership is only $25 for regular membership and $15 for students. Not only does it save you $10 this Thursday, it also saves you $3 on a regular Thursday.

ALX Meeting - Sunday, April 10th Tina / Error: Bad Month Value 4-, 2005
Don't just sit there... get involved!!! Please join the Austin Lindy Exchange Committee for a meeting this Sunday, April 10th at the home of Joy Nix (6107 Anemone Cove). The meeting starts at 12:30pm and is open to all Syndicate members.

For more info, please contact Tina Davis at tina@austinswingsyndicate.org

Big Band Sunday @ Ruta Maya on January 9 Clint / Error: Bad Month Value 1-, 2005
The Austin Swing Syndicate's Big Band Sunday returns with Monster Big Band at Ruta Maya Sunday, January 9 from 7-10:00pm. Come early, stay late, the music will be exceptional from start to finish. Cover is only $4.