A little-known, yet fun - and free - and outdoors! - SD event, see [hidden]. Note that these events are frequently cancelled due to weather and other circumstances, so double-check the link before going. This hidden gem is happening approximately every two weeks (on Mondays) on the roof (floor 9) of the San Diego Public Library in the downtown San Diego. However, around the holiday season the scheduling becomes hectic and unpredictable. To the best of my knowledge, there is no dedicated website for the event; sometimes checking the Facebook page of the swing dancing community of San Diego, [hidden], helps. You can also try to find the dates on the library web site (sandiego.librarymarket.com). Last chance is the [hidden] site. Note that the schedule always skips the days when Padres have home games (as the library garage is used for paid parking). The free beginner lesson starts at 6:00PM with dancing at 6:30PM (unlike many dance venues, this one starts on time, so allow yourself 10 minutes for parking and the elevator ride). The crowd at the first post-pandemic event was about 30-40 dancers, with a quite large percentage of beginners, and a few intermediates. The lesson is intended for true beginners and assumes no previous dance experience. Typically the event happens to the DJ music, but occasionally a real band is playing. Few tips: a) The event happens on the actual roof, i.e. outdoors, and the view is great - but the temperature matches the one outside, sun goes down as we dance, and a fair amount of wind is possible - therefore dress wisely (and in layers). The seating is limited. b) The library roof is paved with smooth concrete tiles, so this dance floor will be not very suitable for your good dancing shoes, although limited pivots can be executed by a skilled dancer. There are grooves between the tiles, so the stiletto heels will not work well either. c) Plenty of free parking is available in the garage under the library (entrance off the 11th Avenue, come early, or you might find the entrance gate closed). At this time of the day the parking is usually almost empty. Do not forget to validate your parking ticket on the first floor of the library using a device on the left side of the information desk, this self-service contraption resembles a barcode scanner at the store checkout. Validation is good for two hours, the dance is shorter, still the extra time for parking and elevator ride might push you over this limit. Sometimes the tickets are not checked upon exit, as the library is in the process of closing when the event finishes, so a little overstay if also free. On few occasions, however, I had to pay $1.25 for extra minutes. Historically, the event had more follows than leads (not disastrously), so for followers bringing their own lead would help to right the balance.
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