SWING DANCE GENERAL INFO

What: 12th Annual Valentine’s Swing Dance Concert

When: Saturday 2/8

Time: Dance Lesson 7-8pm / Music and Dancing 8-10:30pm

Where: YHS Gym

Cost: $10 for adults / $5 for students and seniors.  Tickets sold at the door.  YHS Band students are free.

WHEN STUDENTS SHOULD ARRIVE:

1.     Jazz Band – our sound check is at 5:45. Arrive at 5:30 so you can be ready to play at 5:45.

2.     Students interested in participating in the dance lesson – please arrive at 6:45pm. STUDENTS WHO PARTICIPATE IN THE DANCE LESSON WILL RECEIVE 2 POINTS OF EXTRA CREDIT (!).

3.     Students NOT interested in participating in the dance lesson– please arrive no later than 7:30pm.

Upon arrival ALL STUDENTS should place their instruments/cases/coats/etc. in their designated warm up rooms. A reminder to respect these spaces – do not touch items that are not yours, and clean up after yourself.

WIND ENSEMBLE WU ROOM: Faculty Lunch Room

CONCERT BAND WU ROOM: Room 138

After students put their personal items in the warm up room, THEY SHOULD REPORT TO THE TICKET TABLE AND HAVE THEIR HAND STAMPED FOR FREE ENTRANCE INTO THE DANCE.

SWING CONCERT DRESS FOR STUDENTS

In lieu of the usual concert black, Swing Era attire is encouraged!  Here are some ideas. Photos were reviewed in class and are attached for your reference.

Boys 

Usual Concert Attire: Black pants, long sleeved button-down black shirt, black shoes, black socks

AND/OR Swing Additions: fedora hats, suspenders, solid color or pin striped shirts, colorful ties, spats, jackets.

Girls

Usual Concert Attire: Black top (appropriate neck-line, no spaghetti straps or sleeveless tops), black skirt or dress (appropriately below the knee), or black pants.

AND/OR Swing Additions: Girls are welcome to wear any color 1940’s style dress as long as it has an appropriate neckline, sleeves, and falls below the knee.  Other ideas are: swing-y skirts, polka dots, pin-curls, a flower in their hair, seamed stockings, saddle shoes, 1940’s style hat and gloves. 

STUDENT HELP IS NEEDED:

To help organize supplies and decorations Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1:35-3:00.

To help with tech-crew set up, on Friday 2/8 from 1:30-3pm

To help decorate the gym on Saturday 2/9 from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  PLEASE HELP!

To CLEAN UP from 10:30-12:00am.  PLEASE HELP!

YOUR STUDENT CAN DANCE (!?)

In case they haven’t shared, we have all been learning how to swing dance in class one day each week.  ALL YHS band students are now equipped with stunning swing dance moves which I hope they will use at our event!  (All they have to do now is get up the courage to ask someone to dance :). This week, we are looking forward to welcoming and working with the professional dance instructors on Thursday during class!

SWING DANCE ETIQUETTE:

Everyone knows it takes a lot of guts to ask someone to dance!  (And, it doesn’t matter who does the asking…lady or gentleman).  The correct answer when asked to dance is “Yes.”  As we’ve been learning in class, you should introduce yourself to your partner at the beginning of your dance, and thank them at the end of your dance.

FIRST NIGHTERS PAINT NIGHT

A huge THANK YOU to the First Nighters for hosting a successful Paint Night in support of our students’ participation in Festival Disney! And, thank YOU to those who were able to attend! Through your efforts the event raised $360 ~ we so appreciate your time and support!

SHOE DRIVE RESULTS

And, another huge thank you to all who donated shoes! Through our combined efforts we collected 70 bags of shoes and raised $424 for our Disney Festival trip. Again, we are so grateful for your support!!

CONCERT BAND SIX FLAGS TRIP

A reminder to please send in your payment (made payable to YHS Music Boosters) and permission slip if you have not already done so.

We are still in need of chaperones – if you are interested please contact Ms. Kluga! Our festival trip is Saturday 5/9.

WIND ENSEMBLE DISNEY FINAL PAYMENT

FYI, we will be asking for your student’s final Disney payment by Monday 2/3. Paperwork will be reviewed and sent home in class tomorrow.

SWING DANCE & CONCERT IS SAT. 2/8

This is our 12th annual Swing Dance and Concert.  All YHS Band students are required to attend.  It is both a concert, and a dance, and everyone is invited! This is a well-attended and fun evening for our entire Yorktown community (last year we had audience members ages 2 – 92!).

What: Valentine’s Swing Dance Concert

When: Saturday 2/8

Time: Dance Lesson 7-8pm / Music and Dancing 8-10:30pm

Where: YHS Gym

Cost: $10 for adults / $5 for students and seniors.  Tickets sold at the door.  YHS Band students are free.

FLYER ATTACHED!

A flyer advertising our Swing Dance is attached.  Please feel free to post at your place of work, place of worship, or anywhere you think people would be interested. 

PARENT HELP NEEDED

As usual, many parent volunteers will be needed to make this evening a success.  Please look for an e-mail from parent organizer Karen Menduni with ways you can sign up to help.  

RAFFLE ITEMS & BASKETS NEEDED

As part of our Swing Dance, we hold a really amazing raffle.  Each year we ask families and local businesses for prize donations, which are then organized into themed baskets.  Are you interested in helping with the raffle?  Here is how:

1.     Some raffle prize ideas:

a.      Tickets to concerts or sporting events

b.     A weekend away at a timeshare

c.      Personal chef for an evening dinner party

d.     College essay help / tutoring help

e.      Any other business offering or idea

2.     If you do have a business contact that would be willing to support our event, a letter is attached (on official YHS Band letterhead) outlining the donation process.

3.     Contact myself or band parent raffle organizer Laura Lee Milhaven (llmilhaven@gmail.com) with questions. Thanks for your help!