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.
|Friday||20:00-21:00||Registration Opens||Social Dance with Beginner Lesson|
|21:00-00:30||Live Band Dance|
|11:00-12:00||Expanding Your Tempo Range: Tips for slow and fast Lindy
|14:00-15:05||Advance Lindy Tricks
|Blues Class 1 – TBA
|Blues Class 2 – TBA
|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)
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.
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.
We look forward to seeing you in Kingston.