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RECEIVE THE GIFT OF LINDY FOCUS

Want help paying for Lindy Focus this year? Now you can send an automated message to friends and family, asking them to help you out! They can be sent the link to a simple page with your name on it where they can contribute any dollar amount they choose. This feature is now available to any Lindy Focus registrant via their 'My Lindy Focus' page on our website. Happy Christmakwanzukkah!

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THIS YEAR'S MERCHANDISE

Registrants can now request specific styles using their My Lindy Focus page and anyone can check out our styles on our website. Here's a sampling of what we've got for you this year:

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OUR AWESOME DJ LINEUP

We now proudly present our crew, including veterans of ILHC, ALHC, most major camps and exhanges, all converging at this year's FOCUS to provide a non-stop Lindy Hop music engine! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome: Mike Thibault, Tina Davis, Jerry Almonte, Mike Marcotte, Allen Kerr, Rob Moreland (also music coordinator!), and Michael Gamble.

LESS THAN 2 WEEKS LEFT OF PRE-REG

That's right; the clock is ticking, and under 2 weeks, registration will close for good, and at-the-door prices will apply!

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PRE-REGISTRATION EXTENDED

...until December 17th - Just for you. Sign up by our deadline and save 30 bucks.

MASTER SCHEDULE IS LIVE

You, too, can now be as overwhelmed and excited as we are, just by checking out our newly-posted master event schedule. Following are some highlights:

ELECTIVES: On our schedule page, you will find our electives including Vintage Dances, SIX Balboa electives, FOUR blues electives, an extra Performance class, teacher Training and more.

COMMUNITY CLASSES: We've also asked some of our special guests and teaching alumni to provide some supplemental classes for your non-stop learning pleasure. So far we've got Gina Helfrich, Evin Galang, Carl Nelson, Teni Lopez-Cardenas, Marc-Andre Vachon, Sosh Howell, Aba Browning, and Megan Adair.

HEALTH & FITNESS: We know dance camps are intense. So this year, we're going to help you stay RIDICULOUSLY healthy at Lindy Focus with 3 Yoga classes, daily Stretch Sessions, Qi Gong (seriously), and free 5-minute massages throughout camp. More details online.

Check out all this and more on our schedule page: http://www.lindyfocus.com/schedule.php

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Top 5 Reasons to Join us for our week-long New Year's Party:

THE BOILERCRACKER JAZZ BAND
Okay, true, there is no such band. But we thought it kinda summed things up. You won't want to miss two nights of the Boilermaker Jazz Band, The Russ Wilson Swingtet, Christabel & the Jons, and the Firecracker Jazz Band!

THE UNDERGROUND LINDY FOCUS CHAMPIONSHIPS
You don't even know what these are, but they're so exciting. We're not 100% sure ourselves. It will be one of those science experiments that either creates gold out of thin air or explodes with 3,000 metric tons of bright blue radioactive foam. Either way, you want to be there.

TOTAL DANCE TUNNEL VISION
We've gone out of our way to take care of your every physical need, from in-house free massages to fresh-baked cookies. And if you sign up for a meal plan, you can really be in-the-zone, as this is the next best thing to providing you with a feeding tube on the dance floor.

LATE NIGHT (INSERT YOUR FAVORITE DANCE HERE) PARTIES
That's right, while our DJ's are armed to drop non-stop Lindy Hop bombs, they are also prepared for the sudden invention of Blues or Balboa bunkers, should such a movement generate itself. Spontaneous rhythmic explosions such as these are pre-loaded into our DJ attack sequences. Okay, I'll stop now.

ALL THE, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE
I'll try to keep this brief, but you will be dancing with people from Auburn, AL, Madison, AL, Tempe, AZ, Pasadena, CA, Sunnyvale, CA, Palo Alto, CA, San Jose, CA, San Rafael, CA, Goleta, CA, San Francisco, CA, Sacramento, CA, San Diego, CA, Denver, CO, Lafayette, CO, Fort Collins, Colorado, Colchester, CT, Washington, D.C, Orlando, FL, Tampa, FL, Maitland, Fl, Gainesville, FL, Navarre, FL, Tallahassee, FL, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Savannah, GA, Smryna, GA, Chamblee, GA, Atlanta, GA, Statesboro, GA, Powder Springs, GA, Warner Robins, GA, Macon, GA, Doraville, GA, Kennesaw, GA, Decatur, GA, Chicago, IL, Oak Park, IL, Carmel, IN, Lexington, KY, Cambridge, MA, Winchester, MA, Baltimore, MD, Phoenix, Maryland, University Park, MD, Silver Spring, MD, Bethesda, MD, Ann Arbor, MI, Saint Paul, MN, Bozeman, MT, Buenos Aires (Argentina), Zurich (Switzerland), Asheville, NC, Winston-Salem, NC, Boone, NC, Durham, NC, Raleigh, NC, Charlotte, NC, Winson-Salem, NC, Ocean Isle Beach, NC, Chapel Hill, NC, Greensboro, NC, Omaha, NE, Montclair, NJ, Rochester, NY, Ballston Lake, NY, New York, NY, New Paltz, NY, Ithaca, NY, Buffalo, NY, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, Cincinnati, OH, Niles, OH, Toronto, ON, Verona, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Montreal, Quebec, Smithfield, RI, Providence, RI, Charleston, SC, Greenville, SC, Columbia, SC, Mount Pleasant, SC, Clemson, SC, Spartanburg, SC, Clemson, SC, Houston, Texas, Knoxville, TN, Nashville, TN, Cookeville, TN, Memphis, TN, Monterey, TN, Blountvile, TN, Murfreesboro, TN, Austin, TX, Dallas, TX, San Antonio, TX, Denton, TX, Moab, UT, Blacksburg, VA, Hampton, VA, Harrisonburg, VA, Reston, VA, Arlington, VA, Springfield, VA, Norfolk, Virginia, and Seattle, WA.

Sign up by TOMORROW, (Wednesday the 17th) and save 20 bucks: http://www.lindyfocus.com

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 11:44 am 
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Hey guys, Here are your post-event Lindy Focus VII updates:

CLASS RECAPS NOW UP ON IDANCE.NET!
If you attended any classes at Lindy Focus VII then you will want to remember what you learned by checking out the class recaps on iDance.net! Instead of producing a typical DVD, we decided to let YOU choose which recaps you wanted, and only pay for those.

http://www.idance.net/events/lindyfocusvii.php

COMPETITIONS & PERFORMANCES NOW UP ON YOUTUBE!
If you're looking for New Year's Performances, Special Guests, Competition Finals or Prelims, or even jams, we've got 'em all here. (visit lindyfocus.com for a link to our youtube channel)

FIRST ROUND OF PHOTOS!
We're still waiting on official photos, but in the meantime, visit our website to check out some more great pictures submitted to us by Hilary Mercer!

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Lindy Focus Celebrates its Eighth Year!

LINDY FOCUS - THE JAZZ DANCE CAMP AND NEW YEAR'S PARTY
JOIN US FOR OUR HUGE EIGHTH YEAR EVENT.

Welcome, one and all. We've scoured the dance world for the most exciting instructors, performers, musicians, and dj's. We're bringing them here to present to you the perfect balance between focused, dedicated learning, party atmosphere, entertainment, and social dance floor magic. At Lindy Focus, we go out of our way to bring you not just another swing camp, but a truly unique and inspiring week of jazzy madness that won't even make sense when you talk about it later. Join us!

Early Bird Registration opens in late July -- don't miss out!

Recent News Updates:

As we begin to release information about this year's camp, you'll want to stay updated! We recommend one of the following methods:

1. Newsletter - to sign up, visit our mailing list page: http://www.lindyfocus.com/news_signup.php
2. Facebook Group - join our growing Facebook community: http://tinyurl.com/lfviifb
3. Twitter - stay informed before and during the event by following us on Twitter: http://www.lindyfocus.com/twitter.php

Also, make sure to check out the video trailer of last year's event on our home page.

We're looking forward to the best Lindy Focus EVER. See you guys there. :)

~Michael and Jaya and the rest of your Lindy Focus Team

Visit us and learn more at http://www.lindyfocus.com!
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Lindy Focus Early Bird Registration, Instructors and Bands!

Countdown of Awesome
Starting Wednesday, July 22nd, we'll be announcing new bands and instructors every day, leading up to the opening of our Early Bird registration. Make sure to join our Facebook group or Twitter feed to get these updates!

Early Bird Registration Opens July 28th
As Lindy Focus veterans know, our Early Bird discount is substantial, and almost always sells out practically instantly. (Last year we sold all 50 slots in under 14 minutes.) We'll let you know beforehand just how many slots we are going to offer, so stay tuned!

New Main Ballroom
How exciting - our first update about the event itself! Our home base, the Crowne Plaza Resort, has created a shiny new Ballroom for us -- bigger dance floor, classier, with more seating and hang out space, plus a whole wall full of windows overlooking the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

More coming soon... :)

Visit us and learn more at http://www.lindyfocus.com!
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2 Days until Early Bird registration opens!

COUNTDOWN UPDATE - For our loyal twitter followers, we've been counting down the days till registration by announcing new instructors and bands every day. We don't have the full list yet (3 days left!) but here's what we've got so far:

Instructors so far: Jeremy Otth and Laura Keat, Peter Loggins and Mia Goldsmith, Bill Borgida, Kevin St. Laurent and Jo Hoffberg, Juan Villafane and Sharon Davis, Nathan Bugh and Evita Arce!

Live Music so far: The Boilermaker Jazz Band (2 nights), The Loose Marbles (2 nights)



UNIQUE TRACK SYSTEM - You can now check out detailed descriptions for our unique track system at lindyfocus.com. We are always working on creating the best possible system for serious learning to balance out all the serious play.

Main Tracks / Choose Your Focus: Beginner Lindy Hop, Intermediate Social Lindy Hop, Intermediate Lindy Hop Performance, Advanced Social Lindy Hop, Advanced Lindy Hop Performance, Jazz Tap and Solo Charleston!

Side Tracks / Specialization: Vintage Dances, Lindy Hop Classics, Teacher Training, Movement Training, Balboa Intensive, Air Steps... learn more at lindyfocus.com!



YOUR LINDY FOCUS ACCOUNT - In the last few year's we've noticed that the mad rush to fill out registration forms during 'early bird' can lead to major errors and sloppily filled out registrations. So now we're allowing you to create an account in advance so that you can enter all your personal information ahead of time, making the actual registration process as efficient as possible. So - get a head start by creating your account today!

Visit us and learn more at http://www.lindyfocus.com!

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Early Bird Opens Tuesday, Full Lineup Announced!

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION OPENS TUESDAY 7/28, 9pm EST
So - the time has come. Last year we sold 50 slots in under 15 minutes, this year we hope to top it. Early Bird Registration saves $100 off at-the-door prices. Only full-camp passes will be sold during early bird. If you want to get in on the action, make sure to (1) create your account at lindyfocus.com ahead of time, so your personal info is already filled in, and (2) make sure to check out our Main Tracks and Side Tracks beforehand, so you know *what* you're going to sign up for.

LINDY FOCUS VIII FULL INSTRUCTOR LINEUP
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the house Jeremy Otth & Laura Keat, Peter Loggins & Mia Goldsmith, Kevin St. Laurent & Jo Hoffberg, Juan Villafane & Sharon Davis, Nathan Bugh & Evita Arce, Bill Borgida (teacher training), Mike Faltesek & Casey Schneider, Mike Roberts & Laura Glaess, and Todd Yannacone & Kelly Arsenault - with more surprises to come!

LINDY FOCUS VIII - THE BEST IN LIVE SWING & JAZZ MUSIC
And for your evening dances, we're proud to be bringing in The Boilermaker Jazz Band (2 nights!), The Loose Marbles (2 nights!), The Stephanie Morgan Quartet, and Russ Wilson's all new Nouveau Passe Orchestra - stay tuned for more surprises, plus DJ's!

The sooner you register, the more you save. Come join us!

Visit us and learn more at http://www.lindyfocus.com!

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Hey guys!

Did you know that you can pay for Lindy Focus using a 2-month, 3-month, or even a 4-month payment plan? We mention this because many people wait to register because they 'can't afford it right now' or are 'waiting for their next paycheck' -- the only problem with this is that the earlier you sign up, the less it costs. So, sign up before September 1st to get our Summer Special ($220), and, if you need to, break it up into as many as four easy payments! Isn't that convenient?

Also, we've got a lot of great camp updates and announcements coming your way, including DJ's (we take those pretty seriously!) performances, special learning sessions and more. Talk to you soon....

Visit us and learn more at http://www.lindyfocus.com!

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SUMMER SPECIAL ENDS 8/31
That's right, in less than 1 week, we move to our fall pricing, so you can save $15 by signing up now. Remember, if you want to space it out, you can take advantage of one of our many payment plans to make it more convenient. The earlier you register, the less you pay!

LINDY FOCUS VIII HEADLINING DJ'S
To say we are excited about this year's lineup would be an understatement. We have stretched well beyond our normal sphere to include simply some of the best Swing DJ's anywhere. They will be providing the musical foundation for your daily dance experiences, so we take the process pretty seriously! Also ~ there will be more auxiliary DJ's announced later, we just wanted to whet your appetite for some great DJ talent. We've got:

Daniel Newsome (WA)
Mike Thibault (NY)
Allen Kerr (DC)
Michael Gamble (NC)
Kyle Smith (CA)
Rob Moreland (NC)
Mike Marcotte (DC)

...these guys will provide a perfect supplement to the live sounds of The Boilermaker jazz Band, The Loose Marbles, Russ Wilson's Nouveau Passe Orchestra, and The Stephanie Morgan Quartet.

More updates soon! Sign up now and save!

Visit us and learn more at http://www.lindyfocus.com!

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INTERNATIONAL LINDY HOP CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS
So, if you didn't make it to ILHC this year, you missed some of the most exciting Lindy Hop, well, basically ever. As always, they put on an awesome show, and we were excited to be there cheering on the world's top dancers, and were even more excited when the results came in, featuring so many of this year's Lindy Focus instructors. In addition to great general overall placement, the newly formed Killer Dillers took first place in the Team Division, and made a clean sweep of the Solo Charleston division with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd!

Nice job, guys.

UPDATE YOUR LINDY FOCUS PROFILE PIC
We're slowly adding features that will allow you to connect with the rest of the Lindy Focus community. You can now upload a photo of yourself to your 'My Focus' page, which we will later use to show the world who's coming.

REGISTRATION MADNESS
We're stunned on a daily basis by how many folks are signing up early for this year's event. Some tracks are actually close to filling up! So if you've been putting it off, now would be a good time to register and reserve your spot in class. Our September Special pricing is good until the end of the month.

09/15 - LAST DAY FOR 4 MONTH PAYMENT PLAN
Many of you have been taking advantage of our extended payment plans to help make it easier to attend camp. For those of you who haven't signed up yet, September 15th is the last day you can take advantage of the 4-part plan; after that date, only 3-month and 2-month plans will be available.


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PRICE INCREASE THIS THURSDAY
Register by Wednesday, 9/30 to participate in our September Special pricing. REMINDER: you can still make use of a 3-month payment plan up until October 15th!

WHAT'S DIFFERENT ABOUT LINDY FOCUS CLASSES
Since learning and improving your dance is the number one reason people attend a dance camp, we've put a lot of thought this year into how to make your class-taking experience as powerful as possible. In short, classes are grouped into tracks (similar to many other camps), but instead of those tracks being based solely on level, they are based on theme. Whereas most dance events try to sort you based on 'how good you are', we want to focus on 'what you want to get better at'!

At Lindy Focus, it's not about grading yourself on a scale, it's about throwing yourself into the material.

HOW TRACKS AND CLASSES WORK
First, every student picks one main track - think of this as your 'major'. For instance, you might be a solid social dancer who is ready to add some flash to what you do, so you choose Intermediate Lindy Hop Performance. Or maybe you're ready to explore a whole new side of things altogether, so you choose Jazz, Tap, & Solo Charleston.

Then it's time to branch out. Students then choose from a long list of side tracks - think of these as 'minors'. These sets of classes are designed to broaden your horizons, fill in holes in your dance knowledge, and give you new inspiration, from Air Steps to Vintage Dances to Teacher Training, and more.

Finally, there will be elective classes in multiple levels of Blues and Balboa to round out your studies in Lindy Hop.

BASIC CAMP SCHEDULE IS UP
Many of you have asked for a general outline of the schedule to help plan your travel and the rest of your stay. You can check out a basic schedule: http://www.lindyfocus.com/camp_schedule.php


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Whether you've already registered or are still on the fence, you've got something to gain from visiting and posting your questions on our new forum. Here are the topics so far:

TRAVEL
- Flying to Atlanta (GA) then going to Asheville
- Flying to Greenville (SC), then going to Asheville
- Flying to Greensboro or Raleigh/Durham, then going to Asheville
- Flying to Charlotte, then going to Asheville
- Flying to Knoxville (TN), then going to Asheville
- Driving up from Atlanta
- Driving down from DC

HOUSING
- Find Roomates (Co-ed okay)
- Find Roomates (Ladies Only)
- Find Roomates (Fellas Only)
- Find Local Housing

CAMP
- Advanced Performance: Find a Partner
- Intermediate Performance: Find a Partner
- Air Steps Side Track: Find a Partner

MISCELLANEOUS
- Music Jams: Bring Your Instrument
- Child Care Swap

NOTE: Anyone can read the forum, but you must be logged in to make a post.

Visit the forum: http://www.lindyfocus.com/forum

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3 MONTH PAYMENT PLAN AVAILABLE THROUGH 10/15
For those of you who wish to take advantage of our three month payment plan, Thursday October 15th is the last day. After that, you can still make use of a two-month payment plan until November 15th!

COMPETITIONS AT LINDY FOCUS VIII

Dance contests at Lindy Focus are designed to encourage creativity, hard work, and commitment in the never-ending process of improving the dancing of individuals and within the Lindy Hop community as a whole. Contest divisions are designed to be both competitive and entertaining, but also welcoming. So bring your game, strut your skills, but leave your attitude at the door.

Couples Showcase Division
This most-popular-of-divisions is often where the magic happens, as any Lindy Focus veteran can attest. Enter with a partner, create a routine between 2 and 3.5 minutes to a swing song of your choice. Aerials and breakaways are permitted, but competitors are encouraged to remember that this is a Lindy Hop competition. Don't forget those swingouts, people. NOTE: this contest will likely be capped at 10 couples.

Vintage Cabaret
This is a non-Lindy Hop choreography division in which each team performs a routine in any vintage dance style, which may include, but is not limited to: 20's charleston, black bottom, solo charleston, cakewalk, peabody, tap, burlesque, animal dances, chorus line, etc. There is no minimum or maximum number of team members (it can be 1 person), and routines must be between 2 and 3.5 minutes. JAZZ ROUTINES WELCOME. This is our first year doing this experimental division - have fun with it!

Novice Jack and Jill
New to competing? Not particularly enthused about competing against seasoned competitors? Try this division. You enter by yourself and dance with different randomly chosen partners through a variety of rounds at different tempos. A fun and laid-back competition, this is the perfect choice to get your feet wet in the Lindy Hop competition world.

To encourage growth in your dancing in a positive environment, competitors will have access to the judges after the competition for an optional feedback session!

Crossover Jack and Jill
In this unique division, intermediate followers are randomly paired with advanced leads, while intermediate leads are paired with advanced followers. Intermediate competitors get to demonstrate their potential with a top level partner, and advanced competitors get to show how well they can connect with any partner. Competitors attending the Intermediate Social or Intermediate Performance class tracks are encouraged to sign up as an intermediate competitor, and those attending the Advanced Social or Advanced Performance tracks should sign up as advanced competitors.

Strictly Balboa
A social Balboa/Bal-swing contest open to all levels. You enter with a partner and dance to music selected by us. Prelims will be in all-skate format, and finals may include a jam or spotlight round.

Underground Lindy Focus Championships
Unfortunately, no one can be told what the ULFC is. You have to see it for yourself. It can happen any time, day or night. One division? Many? Be prepared.

COMPETITION REGISTRATION OPENS SOON!
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