John Festa Swings In To Boston

John Festa Is Back!

Yes John Festa is coming Back to Longfellow but lets take a mental field trip out side of dancing and think about thrill rides for a moment. Why do more people ride roller coasters than Ferris wheels? Both rides go up and down but only one takes the rider right to the edge of out of control without going over. The Ferris wheel does not pack much of a punch for the thrill seeker. Roller coasters are the big draw at the amusement park because they are fast, intense, and no two parts of the ride are ever the same. This is what makes them so much fun!

When John Festa learned how to swing, the music was the draw. Dancing faster, holding your slot, and discovering new footwork variations drove dancers right to the edge without going over. They danced with speed, power, and needed tremendous control in their connection to keep the dancers on their feet and in time with the music. Pushing the envelope meant faster and more intense music. It meant giving more of your self to the partnership. It meant you could no longer do it alone. You needed your partner as much as they needed you and the only communication was good connection. Even if the song was the same, with the same partner, no two dances where ever the same and the scene exploded with dance junky thrill seekers.

In 2018 the music has gone the way of the Ferris wheel and dancers have taken to less footwork, less technique, and interpretive movements over speed, power, and control. As the song slows down your reliance on connection lessens. You can begin using visual clues and body language to lead and follow. There is less risk, more time to fix mistakes, and in my opinion way less fun to be had. You see, when you learn how to dance fast and accurate then choose to dance slow, you bring your connection skills with you.

Real Understanding

If you are tired of feeling like you just don’t “get it”or that you have been riding the wrong kind of ride, its time to experience the real thrill that is West Coast Swing. This is how I have asked John Festa to approach to this Saturday and Sunday’s workshops. You will leave having felt what “On the Edge” feels like. He opened my eyes over 15 years ago and he will open yours on Saturday and Sunday!

Here is the Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/434686613611907/?active_tab=about

Please click the link and say you are coming and share it on your own page. I would love to have a full audience for my favorite coach!

Saturday April 14th  WCS with

 John Festa!

7-8 PM All Level Class: Swing IT!

8-9 PM Intermediate WCS: Swing IT Harder!

2 Workshops $20 (includes Dance)

1 Workshop $15 (includes Dance)

($10 for beginner class or dance only)

9-12 WCS Dance with DJ John Festa

Sunday April 15th more great moves with

 John Festa!

6:30 -7:30 PM WCS with John Festa:

Connection with the Floor, Yourself, and then Your Partner

6:30 – 7:30 PM Beginner 2 Step with Steele Shane

7:30 – 11 PM Country Mix Dance

$15 any lesson(s) includes dance

$15 Dance only

December 2nd Club JoEllen Potluck Dinner Dance

Dance Concept Level 1: Moving is dancing…dancing is movement in time with the music and little else matters. Just move your feet in time with the music and you will be just fine.

Dance Concept Level 2: There is a huge difference, in dancing, between moving your feet and moving your center. Always move your center to move your feet!

Dance Concept Level 3: Your center as a leader must be ahead of the beat and your center as a follower must be slightly behind the beat and through the secret language of connection we can both be dancing to the same beat at the same time.

Dance Concept Level 4: Now that you have mastered moving from your center, center to center connection, and timing you can now revisit “Dance Concept Level 1” and just move!

To really excel in dance you must keep pushing your self to be more and more on point with your movement while at the same time letting your inner artist loose to interpret the song that is playing right now. Every moment you make should be practiced to the point of it being second nature but at the same time appear to be completely made up on the spot and in real time. Watch better dancers do their thing but don’t try and hold yourself accountable to put their dance on the floor. Put your dance on the floor and try to love and appreciate every beat…every movement..and every connection!

Free (bring a dish to share)

Saturday Night December 2nd

Annual Pot Luck Dance

7:30pm DJ Fred Rapaport

8:15pm DJ Steele Shane

9:00pm DJ Donna Shea

9:45pm DJ Larry Mongeau

10:30 pm DJ Mr. J

Longfellow’s Club JoEllen

524 Boston Post Rd

Wayland, MA

October 2017 Dancing in the Boston Area

Saturday October 14th
7:00 – 8:00 PM All Level West Coast Swing with Tessa Antolini
8:00 – 9:00 PM Intermediate West Coast Swing with Tessa Antolini

8:00 – 9:00 PM Beginner West Coast Swing with Steele Shane

9:00 – 12:30 PM West Coast Swing Dance with DJ Mr Jonathan

$20/2, $15/1 Tessa’s workshops includes dance
$10 Beginner Lesson includes dance
$10 dance only


6:30pm WCS Lesson w/Mr. J

October 2017 Dancing at Longfellow’s Club JoEllen promises to be a great time. Share the info with your friends and get on my emailing list to get direct notifications of all dancing that I am hosting, Teaching, or DJing not just October 2017 Dancing but ALL of it!

Tessa, Larry, and Mr. Jonathan Oh My!

Friday, Sept 8th, 2017 (tonight)

Its the  Mr. Jonathan Show at Tessa’s Forte Friday Fun Night. She has come down with a high fever and does not want to infect the dance community. She will be home resting while we swing our butts off! I have a new 32 count pattern cycle that is easy and fun to dance. Plus over these last few years a great new partner passing WCS game, centered around the very patterns you will learn, has surfaced…Be prepared to be dancing (and possibly rolling) in the isles after this one of a kind experience!

$10

Beginner WCS 7:45pm
Intermediate WCS 8:30pm
Social Dancing 9:30pm
Forte Dance
123 Muller Rd.
Burlington, Ma
Saturday, Sept 9th, 2017

$10
8pm Intermediate Lesson W/Larry Mongeau
9pm -12ish General Dancing DJ Larry Mongeau
Longfellow’s Club JoEllen
524 Boston Post Rd
Wayland, MA
Sunday Sept 10th, 2017

6:30 – 7:00 PM Intermediate 2 Step with Mr. J

7:00 -7:30 PM Intermediate WCS with Mr. J

7:30 – 10:30 or 11PM Country Mix Dance with Mr. Jonathan

(Music will be a mix of Country, Ballroom, and WCS until we run out of people!)

$15 any lesson (s) includes dance
$15 Dance only

 

Coming Up This and Next Weekend

Sunday Night, Sept 3, 2017

Longfellow’s Club JoEllen Annual Dance and Potluck
We provide the hot dogs, hamburgers, dance partners, music, AC & pool
You bring something to share with your friends!
6:30 – 7:00 PM Intermediate 2 Step with Steele Shane

7:00 -7:30 PM Intermediate WCS with Steele Shane
7:30 – 9 PM Country Mix Dance with DJ Fred Rapoport

9pm-12am DJ Mr. Jonathan takes over the wheels of steel with a mix of Country, Ballroom, and WCS until we run out of people!

Pool opens from 10 – 11:30 PM

$15 any lesson (s) includes dance
$15 Dance only

Friday, Sept 8th, 2017

Its the Tessa and Mr. Jonathan Show at her Forte Friday Fun Night. We have a couple of 32 count pattern cycles that are easy and fun to dance. Plus over these last few years a great new WCS game, centered around the very patterns you will learn, has surfaced…We will have you dancing (and possibly rolling) in the isles after this one of a kind experience.

$10

Beginner WCS 7:45pm
Intermediate WCS 8:30pm
Social Dancing 9:30pm
Forte Dance
123 Muller Rd.
Burlington, Ma

Sunday Sept 10, 2017

$15
6:30pm 2-Step Lesson w/Mr. J
7pm WCS Lesson w/Mr. J
7:30pm General Dancing DJ Mr. J
Longfellow’s Club JoEllen
524 Boston Post Rd
Wayland, MA