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Why you shouldn’t be afraid to take your first dance lesson

Why you shouldn’t be afraid to take your first dance lesson

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It’s natural to feel a bit in awe of something unknown, and a few nervous jitters are common among first time students, but know that any anxiety will pass very quickly! There’s nothing to be afraid of, and the boisterous hoopla that is swing dancing will distract you in no time!At Bees’ ...
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Song of the Week! April 5th – Let Me Off Uptown

Song of the Week! April 5th – Let Me Off Uptown

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Let Me Off Uptown Gene Krupa, Anita O'Day and Roy Eldridge in this great, classic swing song. Uptown is referring to Harlem in New York. So come on, get groovy! ...
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2013 Toronto Vintage Easter Parade Re-Cap

2013 Toronto Vintage Easter Parade Re-Cap

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This year's event was an interesting one. Because we get good search engine optimization, we started to get a lot of publicity for the event but many people obviously didn't read the details clearly so they didn't:a) understand what the event actually (thinking it would be a big parade with road cl ...
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Song of the Week! Friday, March 29th – Easter Parade & The Grabtown Grapple

Song of the Week! Friday, March 29th – Easter Parade & The Grabtown Grapple

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This week's song is from Phil Kim!But first, it just wouldn't be write on Good Friday of the Easter Weekend not to include Judy Garland and Fred Astaire's Easter Parade.The Grabtown Grapple, Artie ShawThis song is really fun to dance to and was used recently in a Lindy Hop competition. ...
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Song of the Week! March 22nd – Yacht Club Swing

Song of the Week! March 22nd – Yacht Club Swing

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This week's song is from Sam Dobbie! Yacht Club SwingFats Waller and His Rhythm Good-bye Winter!  A cheery tune for a sunny Spring day! (Great for Charleston practice too!) ...
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Song of the Week! Friday, March 15th – Accentuate the Positive

Song of the Week! Friday, March 15th – Accentuate the Positive

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Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive, Paul McCartneyCan't get enough of our 1.5 warm up? Neither can we! This is such a catchy little song and the fact that it's performed by Sir Paul McCartney does add to its charm. Dance along if you know it! ...
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Song of the Week! March 8th – Tea for Two

Song of the Week! March 8th – Tea for Two

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Tea for Two!Yes, this song needs an exclamation mark because it's such a terrific standard but we just don't hear it often enough. Here's a classic version performed by Ella Fitzgerald with Count Basie on their very classic album, On The Sunny Side of the Street.  ...
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Song of the Week! March 1st, Wanna Be Like You

Song of the Week! March 1st, Wanna Be Like You

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Mandi is on vacation this week... in Disney World! There is actually a great history of swing music in Disney films. Here's Louis Prima as King Louis in the Jungle Book, Wanna Be Like You. ...
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Song of the week! February 22nd – Nature Boy

Song of the week! February 22nd – Nature Boy

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I had a good time dancing with Kevin to this song at the Hive Social a couple of weeks ago. I was reminded of it this morning when Moulin Rouge was on television. Here's a slightly more contemporary swinging version of Nature Boy, this one by Johnny Hartman. ...
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Song of the Week! February 15th, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair

Song of the Week! February 15th, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair

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 I'm dedicating this week's song to one of our regular Bees' Knees students and family members, Tyler. This isn't the easiest song to dance to because there are some changes part way through, but it's just such a fun tip of the hat to South Pacific, by Ella Fitzgerald no less, and I know that T ...
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