Allentown Area Swing Dance Classes

Allentown Area Swing Dance Classes

Allentown Area Swing Dance Classes are back!   Time to get on board and have fun like never before.  Our Allentown area Swing Dance Classes are run in Emmaus PA at the Victory Fitness & Dance Center.  This Allentown area dance studio is the perfect size for our small group dance class.  Plus there are is a large mirror so that you can see how you are doing!  To view and sign up for our Allentown area Swing Dance Classes simply click this link… Click Here!

For more information on our Allentown area Swing Dance Classes studio and instructor, Click Here!

We started our satellite location for  Allentown area Swing Dance Classes back in May of 2014.  It takes time to get a new studio off the ground.  However our vary first class series was nearly packed to capacity!   We are looking to keep these classes at capacity so that you will have more fun and meet new people in our Allentown dance studio.  Join us for the time of your life!

Mechanics Hall 123 Hall St Spring City PA 19475

Mechanics Hall 123 Hall St Spring City PA 19475

Mechanics Hall 123 Hall St Spring City PA 19475 currently the home of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon is to become our new home!  This is where Swing Kat Entertainment will reside around the new year.  After months of waiting, 2 weeks ago we finally signed the paper work.  This is closer than we have ever gotten to securing a place that can be our permanent home.  At this point the only things that can stop us from realizing this dream are a parking variance hearing & the cost of code improvements that will have to be made.  Both of these issues could stop us however I believe we should get past both and realize our dream!

In the process of securing Mechanics Hall 123 Hall St Spring City PA 19475 I have learned that the cost of just simply getting the answers as to whether or not we will even be allowed to consider purchasing/moving to Mechanics Hall is going to be more costly than first imagined.  It looks like we are now looking at $8-$10K just to find out if we will be allowed to proceed as planned.  This is an awful price to pay, but to hold our dance community together I am moving forward.  There is no other option that will work for our complete calendar of events.  If we were just doing swing dances and classes, I would be able to find a place to make that happen.  However we do swing, ballroom, salsa, milonga, and more.  We need a place we can have all month long.  More importantly, we need a place that is affordable & sized correctly for the small crowds we normally get each night.  Mechanics Hall will hold roughly 125 people for swing dancing on it’s main ballroom floor.  The Ballroom On High would hold 25o.  With our highest average for DJ dance nights being around 55 for swing/ballroom dances and 85 for our monthly salsa dance, there is no need for a building the size of the Ballroom On High.

Be looking for more information on our future move to Mechanics Hall 123 Hall St Spring City PA 19475.  I will have information at our dance events starting this weekend.  However for now you can take a look at pictures of Mechanics Hall by following this link… Click Here!

Spring City Dance Community to become a Reality?

Spring City Dance Community

As we take each step forward in the process of trying to find our new home, a Spring City dance community is looking more and more like a reality!  Since my last update everything has been moving very slowly.  Mainly we have been waiting on important information from codes officials.  However after our long wait for answers we are no more sure of where we stand in regards to code issues than we were a few weeks ago.  Will there be a Spring City dance community?  It is a good question.

Here is what we do know.  We are now one step closer to a Spring City dance community being a reality.  In the past few days we and the sellers have reached agreement on the price and terms of the sale.  Furthermore financing has also been arranged and is no longer a hurdle!  With that said, though financing has been arranged, we still have to come up with the moneys needed to close the deal. On top of this we will need the money to deal with the code issues that will arise.  Now, this is where things get a bit hazy.  Like I said earlier, we have not been able to get answers on what code issues we are facing here.  If the building is zoned A-3 (which we can’t even get an answer on) our code issues will be few requiring $25,000 or less to close and get into this property.  However if this building is not A-3 or if they will not grandfather it as such, the costs could be $50,000 or more.

In either case here is where we stand.  By this weekend it is likely that our deal with the sellers will be signed and in writing.  This is a great step forward!  Our next step has to be applying for a parking variance hearing, submitting architectural drawings and paying for the review of those drawings.  We will also need to hire a lawyer for the variance hearing. In the end we are probably looking at $5,000. just to get an answer as to whether or not the building is A-3, will be grandfathered in as A-3, if they will allow A-3 at all or what they will require of us to get it there.

As I have shown over the past 8 years, I am dedicated to our Pottstown dance community not just surviving, but thriving.  This past year has been very hard me as we have faced disappointments and trials I never could have imagined.  However, I am dedicated to see this through.  It just so happens that $5,077. is what we have left from the moneys we raised last summer for our moving process.  I will use this money to get our answers now since this is what is required.  Hopefully at the end a Spring City dance community will be our reality!

Dance Spring City PA? Maybe Just Maybe!

dance spring city pa

Dance Spring City PA?!?!  What is this about dancing in Spring City?  Where is Spring City?  These are all good questions.

Dance Spring City Pa

Well, as I have been saying we have set our sights on a building just south of Pottstown PA.  If you go to the intersection of rt100 & rt724 and head towards Phoenixville you will be in Spring City in just 10 short minutes.  Spring City is where we would like to make our new home out of an old building.  As the picture suggests, we are hoping to make our home in Spring City PA!

This Wednesday, we met an architect at the building.  He looked through the building and talked with us some.  Again, right now the biggest hurdle we are facing is a variance hearing to change what is required of us in regards to parking.  This hurdle is sizable and is big enough to throw a wrench in the monkey works.  However, we learned more this Wednesday with the architect.  For people to dance Spring City PA, we learned that the Use of this building has to currently be Assembly.  If it is, this parking issue will likely be our biggest issue.  However, if the current Use of the building is not Assembly with the state of Pennsylvania we will be in for more than we can handle.  A change of Use would cause us to have to do many things to this building that we simply cannot do.  The good news is that though we do not yet have an answer as to what this buildings Use has been for the past 100 plus years, it is likely Assembly.  On top of this bit of good news is that if it is not categorized as Assembly, it is likely that we can make an argument to prove that Assembly is indeed what it was used for over these many years.

I should have an answer by next Tuesday on what the current Use of this building is.  Pray for Assembly 🙂  Here is hoping that next week I give you good news on the Use of this building.  So, dance Spring City PA?  I want to dance Spring City PA, do you?!  Stay tuned!

 

Schedule Change for Dance Classes near Allentown PA

The best laid plans of mice and men often come across road blocks that demand a detour.  That is the case for our swing dance classes near Allentown PA scheduled to start in mid-May.  As it turns out, I have found out that there is a group 20 minutes from our Allentown area location (Emmaus PA) meeting in Fountain Hill PA which is also doing vintage swing dance related events.  I first heard of their operation about 3 weeks ago now.  However I had trouble finding information on their dance classes near allentown pa and figured that it was just a ballroom dance studio giving some vintage swing lessons.  So I was not very concerned about moving forward and planned to stay the course.  However, last weekend I found out that was not the case.  The couple putting on these events are vintage swing dancers all the way!  Since our classes were scheduled for Thursday nights & their events have been happening on Thursday night for the past 2 years, I have decided to change our dance classes near allentown pa to another night.  It is the right thing to do.

The world of vintage swing dancing is very small compared to the world of ballroom dancing.  Those of us who work hard to give the rest of you places to enjoy such activities need to work together.  For this reason and the fact that having both Swing Kat and this group in the Allentown area only makes vintage swing stronger in that region, we will be switching our night.

I have spoken with Lynn Kettenburg of Victory Fitness & Dance as well as our instructor Michael Clemmer and we were able to come up with a night that works.  So, now with a month and a half to go until the big show our classes have been moved to Monday evenings.  I hope you can make it if you are from the Allentown area!  Classes start on May 12th 2014!

Swing Dance Studio coming to Allentown PA

Swing Dance Studio Emmaus PA

Plans have been underway since the end of 2013 to have satellite swing dance studio locations throughout the greater Philadelphia area.  This has long been an idea floating in the back of my head, however it took extreme circumstances to bring about this awesome new direction for Swing Kat! After much planning and work, I am very happy to announce our first satellite dance studio location just south of Allentown Pa.  Our swing dance studio home for the Allentown region will be located in Emmaus PA where miss Lynn Kettenburg runs Victory Fitness & Dance Center Inc.  Lynn has been a long time partner with Swing Kat in the area of ballroom dancing.  However Lynn also teaches children’s Tap, Jazz and Ballet classes.  Lynn is an incredible dance instructor and a truly delightful person to work with. Lynn currently teaches the ballroom styles of dance in partnership with Swing Kat at the Sunnybrook Ballroom.  She has now opened her doors to us to come use her dance studio for vintage swing dance classes on Thursday evenings!  I know many great dance professionals in the Allentown area, but I can’t think of a better person to partner with in this region.

You may ask, “Who will be teaching these dance lessons?”.  It is a fair question.  Obviously with 7 total locations planned to open in the next calendar year I can’t be the instructor at every studio.  However I have been in talks with some of the greatest dancers/instructors from around the Philly region!  One of these instructors is our very own home grown dancer Michael Clemmer!  Michael’s bio can now be found on our instructors page.  Michael knows how to keep things fun while giving valuable insight to his students.  Anyone who lives in the Allentown area is in for a real treat having Michael as their instructor.

Our Allentown area classes start on May 15th 2014!  The first 5 week series is one that most people reading this blog don’t need to take, however Introduction To Swing Part #2 starting on Thursday June 19th in Emmaus would be great for even experienced swing dancers.  Take a look at what we will be offering on our dance syllabus page and get excited about dance lessons in Allentown!

Swing Dance Lessons Around The Philadelphia Region

Swing Dance Lessons

HOW WE GOT HERE…
How did we come to a new focus on swing dance lessons?  Swing Kat Entertainment has just come out of a large transition which has forced us to re-examine our mission in the greater Philadelphia area.  When Swing Kat was founded in August of 2006 the goal was simple, make a place to dance an hour north of Philly where I (Faryl) lived. Driving to Philadelphia, York Pa and Washington DC just to go dancing for a night was really starting to wear on me but my love for swing dancing & Swing dance lessons was not fading.  My closest option was the Philadelphia Swing Dance Society in Mt Airy.  Often this drive took between 55 & 75 minutes due to heavy traffic.  The drive home was often a sleepy accident waiting to happen.  But nothing compared to the drives home from York or Washington DC.  Thus Swing Kat was born!

At the beginning Swing Kat was all about holding swing dance events not swing dance lessons (other than the swing dance lessons before each dance event).  However due to the fact we had a monthly rent to pay and that the Ballroom On High mostly sat empty throughout the week, we soon expanded our program to include swing dance lessons, then ballroom dance & 1st Friday Mix events, then ballroom dance classes, then salsa & country dance events, then salsa classes and Argentine Milonga Dances.  In the end we added private rentals of our beautiful facility and split everything that didn’t swing from Swing Kat and re-organized it under Ballroom On High LLC.

With our move from the Ballroom On High came a new chapter and a whole new set of ideas and directions in which to go.  No longer was it possible to hold weekly swing dance events due to our high standard in venue choices and the cost with which they could be secured.  It was time to seek out a new direction and formulate new ideas for the future of Swing Kat Ent.

Swing Dance lessons in your area!

Swing Kat Entertainment’s goal still remains the same, to provide swing dance events in the Pottstown region.  This goal is met through our 1st Saturday DJed Swing Dances & our 3rd Saturday Live Band Events.  However, our goal has expanded in the area of swing dance lessons and classes.  Our goal between now and January 2015 is to add 6 new locations where you can learn to swing dance!  We know that many in our dance family cannot make it to our dance lessons in Pottstown during the week or on Tuesday nights. Many of you drive to Pottstown the way I used to drive to Philly for our events.  So, Pottstown is just to far for most of you.  However, If you live within 90 minutes of Pottstown (which most of you do) you will now have Swing Kat swing dance lessons within 45 minutes of where you live!  The towns in which you will find us by January of 2015 are as follows; Allentown, Ardmore, Reading, West Chester, New Holland and Souderton!

By June of 2014, our first two new dance studios will open.  We have already secured a facility in Emmaus near Allentown and in a new dance studio opening in Ardmore hopefully.  Our instructors for these locations have been selected and will be announced shortly.  We currently have been in talks with a total of 4 dance instructors who are all on board to make this new direction for Swing Kat a reality! That makes 5 really awesome dancers/instructors who not only know their stuff, but know how to teach it as well.

Hope to see you in class by 2015!

New Year! New Swing Kat!

Swing Kat Logo

New Swing Kat Logo!

How about a new Swing Kat logo?!  This new logo has been professionally made and captures what we feel we are about.  Swing Kat is a place for people to have FUN in a friendly, high energy environment.  We love the history of our art of dance and we believe this logo captures all of these things.

New Swing Kat Website!

Our new and improved Swing Kat Entertainment site has more features than ever. With just a few clicks, you are immediately transported in the world of Swing Kat. We now have an updated calendar that will show you upcoming swing dance classes located all around the greater Philadelphia area.  Our new website has also been configured to fit nicely with our new Swing Kat logo.  Again, carefully watching details to make the website fit our dance styles history and energy!  You can find info on exciting events such as DJ dances and live bands. Plus, you can find out more about “the behind the scenes of Swing Kat” in our about us section. Meet our instructors who will transform you into a better dancer.

New Swing Kat Locations!

Pottstown, West Chester, Reading, Ardmore, Allentown, New Holland and Lansdale have been selected as great areas for the expansion of Swing Kat’s mission to spread Swing dance around the Philadelphia area region. Some of these locations will open this year!

Stop by our new Swing Kat main location in Pottstown, PA, and check out the fun. We will see you on the dance floor!