Meet in the Middle 2018

February 3, 1926, passengers aboard the RMS Wallace Cruise Ship have been mysteriously disappearing and those left are now questioning whether they will make it out alive.
The rules are simple: a number of black ribbons will be distributed at the beginning of the event to “passengers” at random. These ribbons, meant to symbolize death, must be passed as much as possible (hot potato style), because when the lights go out, those left holding the ribbons will die at the hands of this bizarre phenomenon.

There will be a costume contest at the event, with some pretty irresistible prizes (If we do say so ourselves!) Dressing up is encouraged (suggested). Feel free to come in character, whether that means a new name, a fancy accent, or some great mustache precariously glued to your upper lip. The more outlandish and dramatic, the better!

Make sure to bring your ID, as there will be a bar at the dance. If there are any accessibility issues or concerns, please let us know.

Quick Nav: Schedule, Music, Workshop Teachers, Dances and Maps, Pricing, Mix, Match and Murder, Housing, Things to do in Kingston

Photo taken by Kroeker Photo

Photo taken by Kroeker Photo from Meeting in the Middle 2016

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Schedule


Friday 20:00-21:00 Registration Opens Social Dance with Beginner Lesson
21:00-00:30 Live Band Dance
00:30-01:30 Evening Blues
Saturday
Afternoon
10:45-11:00 Registration Opens
11:00-12:00 Expanding Your Tempo Range: Tips for slow and fast Lindy
*All levels
12:05-13:05 Lindy Musicality
*All levels
13:05-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:05 Advance Lindy Tricks
*Intermediate
Blues Class 1 – TBA
*All levels
15:05- 16:05 Balboa
*All levels
Blues Class 2 – TBA
*All levels
16:05-20:00 Free Time!
Saturday
Dance
20:00-21:00 Beginner Swing Dance Lesson DJ Music
21:00-00:30 Murder Mystery Live Band Dance
(Handcuffed Mix & Match Competition and Solo Charleston Competition)
00:30-04:00 Late-night Blues

 

Music

 

The Bryan Brundige Trio formed with the mission of getting peoples’ feet movin’ and groovin’. The band touches upon classics and not-so classics from the early 1900s to the 1940s. The trio focuses primarily on the swing dance community and have played dances in Vancouver, Portland, Boston, Kingston, Albany, Rochester and Montreal. The group plays vocally driven swing and blues, with a focus on vocal harmonies, that are reminiscent of the Mills Brothers, the Andrews Sisters, Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong and Hoagy Carmichael.
The Sugar Foot Stompers is a Toronto based band. Their music will keep you hopping on the dance floor all night.

Jody Glanzer

Saturday Late Night Blues DJ: Jody Glanzer (Bio coming soon.)

Lindy Teachers

 

Caitlin Wellman teaches her students more than just a bunch of cool moves (but they get that too)! Her focus on solid lead/follow technique – based on momentum, connection, and rhythm – helps her students enjoy the dance on a deeper level and become more connected to the music and their partner. Her teaching is clear and articulate, and full of fun and creative ways of improving your dancing.

She was a founding member of the multi-award winning performance troupe Minnie’s Moochers, from Ithaca, NY, who recently performed at the Frankie95 Celebration in NYC. She has been in demand as a teacher across the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia for many years. With her Toronto partner Chachi, she was the Director & Choreographer for Capital Dance Productions, a performance troupe that specializes in 20th century North American partner and solo dances. She has also been the Artistic Director & Choreographer of The Flappettes, a sassy all female 1920’s Jazz & Charleston troupe.

Caitlin has also made several Television and Print appearances such as: Instant Star, Much Music Video Awards ’06 with Fall Out Boy, Toronto 1 “Toronto Dances” program, and the cover of Dance Spirit Magazine.

 

Blues Teachers

Gab Kern

Gabrielle Kern grew up loving jazz. She discovered swing dance in 2004 and quickly got hooked! A long time instrumental musician, she finds dance is a chance for the body to be the instrument – a physical expression of the music. As a teacher, she loves exploring how music can move you and how you can move to music. (Photo credit: Jessika Duqette Photographe)

Guillaume Guida -bio coming soon-

 

Venue

Our whole weekend, Lindy live band dances and late night blues, will be in the recently renovated Wallace Hall on Queen’s campus. Our Lindy workshops will be held in Wallace Hall and the Blues workshops in McLaughlin Hall. QSDC alumni and dancers who have been dancing around these parts for a while should feel right at home here. Our theme for the night (and weekend) is 1920s Murder Mystery. Check out where you’ll be dancing below (click for larger sizes).

Wallace Hall, JDUC McLaughlin Hall, JDUC
Wallace Hall, newly renovated McLaughlin Hall, where we’ll be Bluesin’

Here is a map of the venue as well as possible parking options if you’re driving in. Additionally, check the sidebar for routes from some the surrounding dance scenes to give you a quick idea of how far Kingston is!

 

Pricing

We’re trying to keep prices fairly simple. If you buy tickets for the weekend before January 9, 2017 you get a $10 early bird discount. If you’re a member of QSDC, you get an additional $15 off. You have the option to buy the weekend package, that includes entry to all the events. Alternatively, you can purchase entry to the dances or workshops separately (no early bird discount). All prices are in Canadian dollars.

Full Weekend Package (QSDC Members & Student Group Rate*)

Early Bird(Before January 9, 2018) $65
Regular $75

 

 

*Student Group Rate:Students from other scenes who can get a carload of at least 4 students, can email us at queenssdc@clubs.queensu.ca and we will give you all the members’ rate.

Full Weekend Packages (Non-Members)

Early Bird(Before January 9, 2018) $80
Regular $90

 

 

A La Carte

Friday Dance $25
Saturday Workshops (4 classes) $60
Saturday Dance $25

 

 

 

 

Handcuffed Mix and Match

Participating in the handcuffed Mix & Match?
Well friends, you have just become our prime suspects responsible for the ships disappearances. Between you and a partner, choose who will be handcuffed and together you must prove your innocence by out-dancing the rest of the police lineup.A $2 entry fee will be added to your total. Sign up is individual and get ready to dance your final plea to the judges on Saturday night!

The winning couple will receive a delectable prize.

 

Solo Charleston Competition

Later in the evening, while solo dancing, some of you start to look a little shady. Those that look the most suspicious will be tapped off the dance floor and brought in for questioning. Twice you will be brought under the spotlight. The one whose fancy footwork distracts us the most will be get away with their deed. Sign up is individual and get ready to dance your final plea to the judges on Saturday night!

The winning dancer will receive a mysterious prize.

Housing

We are offering billeting for dancers coming in from out of town. Billeting is when dancers here in Kingston host you for the weekend, free of charge. We do not guarantee that we will be able to find you a billet, but we will be doing our best. If you want to either host or be hosted, please fill in the appropriate section of the registration. For more information about what is expected of a billeter and billetee, please refer to our Event Guidelines.

Additionally, Kingston is home to some lovely AirBnBs, many of which are affordable and well within walking distance of the venues. Nearby hotels include the Waterfront Holiday Inn in downtown Kingston, a 20 minute walk from the venues, or the Ambassador Hotel, which is a short drive away.

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Things to do in Kingston

So you’re coming here for a dance. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get a chance to check out picturesque Kingston. It’s probably going to be more than a little chilly in February, but there’s still some great spots to check out, like the free ice-rink at our market square, or the sleepy Wolfe Island. For some ideas, check out http://www.visitkingston.ca.

Some of our personal favourites include Tommy’s Restaurant, a rockabilly-styled diner (+ bar) open 24-hours over the weekend (great for late-night eats), and the free ice rink at our market square, in downtown Kingston.

 

Why “Meet in the Middle”?

Queen’s Swing Dance Club (QSDC) is proud to be hosting the fourth annual Meet in the Middle Lindy Exchange. Meet in the Middle is exactly what it sounds like: swing dancers from Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, London, Waterloo, New York state and places in between and far beyond converging on a central point: Kingston, Ontario! We are welcoming dancers to join us for a weekend packed full of activity. We’ve assembled a weekend full of swingin’ live Lindy music, informative workshops, and late-night Blues. We will all be gathering on the weekend of February 2-3, 2018.

Registering for our event, you’ll have to agree to abide by our Code of Conduct and Event Guidelines.

We look forward to seeing you in Kingston.



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