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    New Year Swing Celebration!   28th Dec 2018 - 1st Jan 2019

    Registration opens Thursday 4th October at 18.00 (UK time)

    Scroll down for details of prices, levels, programme, accommodation, and travel. 


    A 4-day event including: 
    - a glamorous New Year's Eve party in a real bona fide country mansion!
    - over 10 hours of classes
    - partner tracks includes optional 4 hrs of African dance
    - dedicated tracks for Aerials, Balboa, and Solo Jazz
    - all in one of the most welcoming dance communities you'll ever find

    Prices & booking


    £125 Full pass Partner track: all dances and more than 10 hrs of classes (8 hrs of partner track)
    £125 Full pass Balboa track: all dances and more than 10 hrs of classes (8 hrs of Balboa)
    £120 Full pass Solo track: all dances and more than 10 hrs of classes (6 hrs of solo)
    £120 Full pass Aerials track: all dances and more than 10 hrs of classes (6 hrs of aerials), optional performance, fixed partners 
    £85 Social pass: 4 nights of dancing including NYE
    £35 +b.f. NYE party only: come and join us to welcome in the New Year 

    Register here for Partner Track (on sale 4th Oct 18.00)
    Register here for the Balboa Track (on sale 4th Oct 18.00)
    Register here for Solo Track (on sale 4th Oct 18.00 )
    Register here for Aerials Track (on sale 4th Oct 18.00, with booking partner only)
    Register here for Social Pass (first release 4th Oct, second release November)
    Buy tickets here for NYE party only (Not on sale, available in November)
    Buy NYE Coach tickets here (Not on sale yet)

     
    You can book as a follower, leader, or solo track dancer. If you have a booking partner you must write their name on the registration form. They also have to register separately putting your name down as their partner. We'll use waiting lists as needed to keep a balanced event. Social passes will be used to balance usual dance roles of solo track dancers.
    - Booking links will go live at 18.00 on Thurs 4th Oct
    - Fill in a short form and we'll email you to tell you if you have a place, or waiting list
    - Pay within 1 week to secure an offered place

    Cancellation policy: If you need to cancel, then we'll give full refunds if requested by 15th November. After that, there are no refunds but you are welcome to sell your ticket on to someone in the same role up to 27th December, and just tell us the name change.
    Shared tickets: all tickets are for one person only and cannot be split or shared between people. All entry requires a wristband.

    Teachers & class levels  


    Partner track   - Ben & Michaela, Rob & Tina, Louis (African dance), plus guests 
    Balboa track - Mel & Jo
    Solo Jazz track - Robyn Larsen
    Aerials track    - Andy & Lindsay

    We like an inclusive event with everyone dancing together, so all classes are mixed level. The teachers are prepared for this and will give extra learning points & tips in class for more advanced dancers.

    Minimum levels to participate in each track:
    Aerials - you are confident social dancing, but you don't need to have done any aerials before. You must sign up with a fixed partner (no rotation in class).
    Partner - you are confident social dancing
    African - no experience needed, this is an optional part of the partner track
    Balboa - you are confident social dancing whole songs of Balboa basics and some variations
    Solo - you will already know some vintage solo jazz, e.g. Shim Sham or Tranky Doo. We will assume most people have done some solo jazz performance before, but it's not required.

    Programme

    A fully detailed programme will be sent to all attendees.

    Fri 28th Dec

    1-6pm Afternoon activities, locations tbc: central Bristol

    7.30pm-midnight Welcome dance, includes Lindy Bingo with prizes! BS3 1DB

    Sat 29th Dec
    11am-5pm 4 hrs Partner/African track, BS3 1JP / BS3 1DB
    12-5.30pm 4 hrs Balboa track, BS3 1BG
    10am-2.30pm 3 hrs Solo track, BS1 3QY
    12.15-4.45pm 3 hrs Aerials track, BS1 3QY

    8pm-3am Evening dance, make new friends in the warm-up class then dance to the Big R Big band & DJs, BS2 0NW

    Sun 30th Dec

    Classes - as Saturday

    8.30pm-3.30am Evening dance, short warm-up class, Punters Cabaret & DJs, BS2 0NW

    Mon 31st Dec
    11am-5pm Swing Brunch, 3 hrs of classes, & tea dance, BS3 1JP

    7.30pm-1.45am NYE party in the mansion! BS11 0UR
    NB This venue is outside the city centre and not easily accessible by public transport. We will arrange coaches that you can book in advance from/to Bristol Harbourside area (not included) in your pass, or you can arrange your own lift/taxi shares.

    Tues 1st Jan
    11am-1pm We're hoping for somewhere we can gather for breakfast and to say goodbye. Not yet confirmed.

     

    Travel

    You'll be able to walk easily to all venues from the city centre, except for NYE (see below). Bristol's also a pretty cycle-friendly city, so bring your bike or hire one. 

    Parking in the city centre is expensive and charges often apply until midnight. The information for participants nearer the time will include tips on parking for each venue. 

    Bristol Airport has regular buses in to the city centre. National Express coaches come to the bus station, and Megabus coaches come to Colston Hall, both very central. If you're coming by train, make sure to come to Bristol Temple Meads (close to the city centre), not Bristol Parkway. 

    For NYE, we will arrange some transport booked and paid in advance to/from the Harbouside area. We'd reccomend you don't try to get a last minute taxi on NYE. We will send info on how to book the transport in November.

    Accommodation

    All events (except NYE night) are in or near the city centre/harbourside area, so we'd suggest looking for accommodation within easy reach of there.

    here are several hostels:
    http://www.yha.org.uk/find-accommodation/south-west-england/hostels/Bristol/index.aspx
    http://www.rocknbowlmotel.com/
    http://www.fullmoonbristol.co.uk/ 
    http://www.bristolbackpackers.co.uk/

    We've had some particularly good reports back from people who've stayed at the YHA in the past, also for a guesthouse near the partner classes:
    Avonside Guest House, 106 Coronation Road, BS3 1AX. Contact Alison on 0117 9664544 or alison.haynes@mypostoffice.co.uk 

    We'll set up a separate facebook event for accomodation: people's suggestions or offers/requests for shares on hotels or rentals such as Air BnB.

    Hosting

    We aren't going to arranging any hosting this year. We love hosting and the Bristol community is very welcoming, but most of the hosting spaces in Bristol (around 75%) are offered by local dancers directly so we've found that we can't get anywhere near meeting requests. But while we try to organise it, people put off booking accommodation and then may end up paying more.

    So, the festival isn't offering hosting, but many of our local dancers will be. We'll set up a separate facebook event for accomodation where you can post hosting requests & offers, and also accomodation shares.