Charlottesville Swing Dance Society
Swing Dance News ~ April 2018                                      
(Established 10/15/15)

~ Next Dance ~

Guest Instructor/DJ
Afternoon Workshops
6-7 pm Catered Dinner
8-11 pm Dance
April Dance
Saturday, April 7th

Sunday, April 8th
Kristin's WCS Practica

Sunday, April 8th

Wednesday, April 11th

Community Workshop: Exploring the Art of Partner Dancing

Thursday, April 12th  

Dance For Equality

Saturday, April 14th

Saturday, April 14th
Saturday Remix Dance Party

Saturday, April 21st

Friday, April 27th

Off & Dancing's 4th Friday Dance

Saturday, April 28th
Swing Cville's Cville Savoy

Saturday, April 28th
Visit the CSDS website!
* CSDS lists non-CSDS dance hosts and events as a courtesy; reciprocity is expected. All events are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice so confirm all details with Event Hosts (not CSDS). Event Hosts: send info about your events by the preceding Wednesday to ensure inclusion in our Monthly Dance Announcements, and by the 20th to ensure inclusion in the following month's Newsletter.

April CSDS

Member Birthdays

Beth DeBow (6th)
Elizabeth Pfister (7th)
Scott Stinson (8th)
Kate Kohn (12th)
Ginny "Yoo Hoo" Larson (16th)
April Northcutt (18th)
Mark DeBow (23rd)
($5 Admission for Members the Month of your Birthday)
Members, let us know if we've missed your birthday!

~ Dance Schedule ~


January 20th ~ ICUMC 
February 17th ~ ICUMC
March 17th ~ ICUMC 
  Board of Directors Election
April 21st ~ ICUMC 
  Workshop Weekend 
May 19th ~ MAC 
June 16th ~ MAC
July 21st ~ MAC  
August 18th ~ ICUMC 
  "Bring-A-Friend" Night
September 15th ~ ICUMC 
October 20th ~ MAC  
  Halloween Dance 
November 24th ~ ICUMC 
December 15th ~ MAC  
  Holiday Dance

- $10 CSDS Members
- $13 Non-Members
- $5 Students (Full-Time
   with ID), First-Timers    

ICUMC: Ivy Creek United
Methodist Church
Charlottesville, VA  22901 
Municipal Arts Center
Charlottesville, VA  22902

Lesson: 7-8 pm
Dance: 8-11 pm
* with rare exceptions! 
Board of Directors & 
Helpers (2018/2019)

Board of Directors

(Officers Elected at April Meeting)

Katie Bigelow 


Mark DeBow 


Ed Guida 


Jim Naffin 


Gaia Read   


Bonnie Strickler 


Robert Tran 




Beth DeBow


Wendy Frazer Gullick 


Leon Gorman

  Dance Greeter

Lisa Morales 

  Swing Swap Hostess/DJ

Brian Muszynski 

  Sound System, Signs  

Billy Northcutt

  Swing Swap Instructor 

Kim Perkins


Larry Saunders

  PayPal Account 

Adela Su

  Newsletter Editor, Social


June Taft



Next BOD Meeting

Thursday, April 5th or 12th

6:15 pm,  email CSDS for date + place. Members welcome!
~ Booty's Corner ~
Farewell Danette!

Before the March dance, a few of us got together at C'ville Coffee to wish Richmond Westie Danette Mauck farewell before she leaves the area to make her way back to the West Coast! We'll miss you, Donut! 
2nd Annual Shoe + Tell 

Thanks to everyone who came by the 2nd Annual Shoe + Tell, and to all who donated shoes to be given away and most of all to Westie Bestie, Tammy Davis, for once again co-hosting this annual event with me.  
Charlottesville Swing
Dance Society (CSDS)
P.O. Box 4442
Charlottesville, VA  22905
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~ Saturday, April 21st ~
Workshops, Dinner & Dance
with Pro Arjay Centeno
Arjay at DCSX 
(Photo Courtesy of Carl Lind)

CSDS is excited to host pro Arjay Centeno for his first visit to Charlottesville/Central Virginia, on Saturday, April 21st! Our schedule will feature 3 group workshops, a catered dinner and our dance DJ'd by Arjay. All will take place at th e Ivy Creek United Methodist Church .

Arjay is a many time swing Champion whose entire life has been dedicated to the exploration of art and music. For 17 years Arjay toured the world as a classical violinist before traveling the world as a dance professional. He studied music and also graduated with a degree in Art and Graphic Design, a passion he shares with his wife. Searching for more in music and the arts, Arjay pursued his hobby and love of dance and turned it into a successful career. There are not many dances Arjay doesn't know. He currently travels the world performing, teaching, choreographing, judging, mentoring dancers as well as deejaying and emceeing some of the biggest events in the world. 

Arjay says, "Dance to me is about personal growth, inspiring others, developing perspective and insight through artistic expression, establishing an internal connection as well as creating memorable experiences. Through performance, teaching, social dancing and mentoring I am committed to artistic excellence as well as to promote positivity, creativity, musicality, expression and the longevity of our craft. My students' experience in all types of dance is important to me and I hope to be a part of them experiencing dance in their lives in the most positive and joyful way."

You can watch Arjay dance here and here:

You can read more about Arjay here.

3:00-3:30 pm: Warm-Up/Registration
3:30-4:30 pm: Workshop 1 - Conversational Connection
4:45-5:45 pm: Workshop 2 - Improvography
6:00-7:00 pm: Dinner Break (Catered Dinner)
7:00-8:00 pm: Workshop 3 - Fancy Footwork
8:00-11:00 pm: Dance

Package Deal: 3 Workshops, Catered Dinner + Dance Admission
- $45 for CSDS Members
- $50 for Non-Members
- $35 for Students (FT w/ID)

Package Deal: 3 Workshops, Catered Dinner + Dance Admission
- $50 for CSDS Members
- $55 for Non-Members
- $40 for Students (FT w/ID)

ON-SITE REGISTRATION (after April 15th):
The Catered Dinner is no longer available for purchase!
- $15 for CSDS Members
- $20 for Non-Members
- $10 for Students (FT w/ID)
- $20 for CSDS Members
- $25 for Non-Members
- $15 for Students (FT w/ID)
- $10 for CSDS Members
- $15 for Non-Members
- $5 for Students (FT w/ID)

1) There is a fee for the 7-8 pm Workshop (typically our free pre-dance lesson) since we have a Special Guest Instructor.
2) Students must present a valid Student ID.

Arjay is available for a limited number of private lessons; this is a fantastic opportunity to get some one-on-one, or a small group, attention with a national pro! Send an email to [email protected] to request a private lesson!    

: please wear either dance shoes or light-colored soles; whatever you wear must be non-marking!

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As parking is limited, we encourage you to carpool to our dance. In the event of inclement weather, a decision will be made by 2 pm and we will post on our public Facebook page (you don't have to have an account) if we are having or cancelling our dance.  
Stacy's Jam ~ Last Dance!
Stacy and Sue Suter are holding their  last Stacy's Jam dance on Saturday, April 14th! They write:

"It is with mixed feelings that my wife Susan and I have decided that April 14, 2018 will be the final Stacy's Jam Dance Party in Charlottesville. We have been so blessed to host Stacy's Jam Dance Party for 16 years and 130 dances. We have thoroughly enjoyed sharing our love for dancing through music, teaching, and social dancing.

Thanks to all of you (dancers and instructors) for supporting our dance for so many years. We have thoroughly enjoyed the close friendships in the local dance community as well as meeting new dancers from all over the country. It has been a privilege to share in many of your personal lives including new romances, weddings, children, illness, and unfortunate loss.

We have no definite plans after our last dance but look forward to social dancing at other local dances and possibly teaching and DJing when the opportunity arises. Come join us at our Last Dance and help us celebrate 16 years of Stacy's Jam Dance Party."

We hope you will all come out on April 14th, especially dancers from the Maxx and Fry's Springs days, to celebrate Stacy and Sue and all they've done for the Charlottesville dance community! 
2018-2019 Board of Directors
Congratulations to our newly elected Board of Directors! They are, left to right: Robert Tran, Katie Bigelow, Ed Guida, Bonnie Strickler, Jim Naffin, Gaia Read and Mark DeBow (absent). Officers will be elected at the first Board meeting in April.
Dance Resources
Skippy Blair
Dance Connection (Shoes, Boots, Custom Orthotics)
Apple Dance Shoes
Upcoming Dance Events
Apr. 12-15:  City of Angels - Los Angeles, CA
Apr. 19-22:  ESS Camp - Boxborough, MA
Apr. 26-29:  Swing Dance America - Lake Geneva, WI
May 10-13: Swing Diego - San Diego, CA
May 18-20: Jordan & Tatiana Weekend - MD
May 24-27: Grand Nationals - Atlanta, GA
May 31-Jun 3: Michigan Classic - Michigan
Jun. 7-11:  Jack & Jill O'Rama - Garden Grove, CA
Jun. 28-Jul. 1:  Liberty Swing - New Brunswick, NJ
Jul. 5-9:  Wild Wild Westie - Dallas, TX
Jul. 12-15:  TOSHC - Toronto, Ontario
July 26-29:  Swingtime in the Rockies - Denver, CO
Aug. 3-5:  Tampa Bay Classic - Tampa, FL
Aug. 9-12: Swing Fling - Herndon, VA
Sep. 6-9:  Trilogy Swing - Raleigh/Durham, NC

Know of a dance event not mentioned above? Let us know so we can list it and help spread the word, thank you!

Adela is often the Table/Group Dinner Organizer for events attended by "C-ville Westies" (and Central VA) dancers ~ if you're planning to go to any of these or other events, let her know! And reserve your hotel room ASAP as the event hotels usually sell out well in advance; you can always cancel it later. Don't wait until you decide to go to book your room; it will be too late!

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