Charlottesville Swing Dance Society
Swing Dance News ~ April 2019                                     
(Established 10/15/15)

~ This Month ~

Saturday, April 20th
Instructor & DJ
Alyssa Arter
Lesson: Blues!!
April Dance
Cancelled April 4th

Saturday, April 6th 
Rocktown Rocks #74 with Eddie + Adela
Saturday, April 13th
Sunday, April 14th 
Saturday, April 20th   

Saturday, April 27th 
Saturday, April 27th 
Saturday, April 27th   
West Coast Swing RVA
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* CSDS lists non-CSDS dance hosts and events as a courtesy. All events are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice so confirm all details with Event Hosts (not CSDS!).  
Event Hostssend us info about your events by the 20th to ensure inclusion in the following month's Newsletter.

April CSDS

Member Birthdays

Scott Stinson (8th)
Ginny Larson (16th)
April Northcutt (18th)
Matthew McKeown (20th) 
($5 Admission for Members the Month of your Birthday)
Members, let us know if
we've missed your birthday!
~ Dance Schedule ~
January 19th ~ ICUMC 
February 16th ~ ICUMC
March 16th ~ ICUMC  
  General Membership
  Meeting & Annual Board
  of Directors Election 
April 20th ~ ICUMC 
May 18th ~ ICUMC 
June 15th ~ MAC
July 20th ~ MAC  
August 17th ~ ICUMC  
  Workshop Weekend w/Pro
September 21st ~ ICUMC 
October 19th ~ ICUMC  
  Halloween Dance 
November 23rd ~ ICUMC
  (4th Saturday) 
December 21st ~ 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

Board of Directors*

Katie Bigelow  

Ed Guida 

Kyla Miller

Jim Naffin

Gaia Read

Bonnie Strickler  

Adela Su 

Robert Tran

Kristin Wenger 

*Officers elected at their April 8th meeting.


Lisa Morales 

  Swing Swap Hostess/DJ,

  Nominating Committee 

Brian Muszynski 

  Sound System, Signs  

June Taft



Next BoD Meeting

Monday, April 8th, 7 pm 

Email CSDS for location; members welcome!
~ Booty's Corner ~

Boston Tea Party
Last month, Eddie, Kristin and I had the pleasure to have lunch with Ginny Larson, former Charlottesville resident, CSDS dancer and Board member, who now lives in Boston! It was so great to catch up with Ginny, who is still a CSDS member! She says hello to everyone!
Charlottesville Swing
Dance Society (CSDS)
P.O. Box 4442
Charlottesville, VA  22905
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~ Swing Swap is Cancelled ~ 
Thursday, April 4th
~ Saturday, April 20th ~
Instructor/DJ Alyssa Arter 
Photo Courtesy of Carl Lind
PA dancer Alyssa Arter returns to be CSDS' guest instructor/DJ for our Saturday, April 20th dance! She'll teach the pre-dance lesson in Blues (a cousin of West Coast Swing!) and then be our DJ for the evening. Alyssa has been dancing since the age of 4 and began teaching at age 13; she teaches Lindy Hop, Charleston, East Coast Swing, Balboa, West Coast Swing and of course, Blues!
7:00 - 8:00 pm:  Lesson (inc. in admission)
8:00 - 11:00 pm: Dance
- $10 CSDS Members
- $13 Non-Members
- $5 Students (FT w/ID) & First-Time Attendees 
- $5 for CSDS Members with April Birthdays :-) 
- Children Under 16 are Free (no childcare services) 
FOOTWEAR: please wear either dance shoes or light-colored soles; whatever you wear must be non-marking!

As parking is limited, we encourage you to carpool to our dance. In the event of inclement weather, we will post any schedule updates/changes on our public FB page (you don't have to have an account), by 1 pm. 
ANY QUESTIONS: Let us know!    
March Dance Recap

CSDS is pleased to present our 2019-2010 Board of Directors, elected at our Annual Membership Meeting held at the March dance: Kyla Miller, Rob Tran, Gaia Read, Kristin Wenger, Ed Guida, Jim Naffin, Katie Bigelow, Adela Su and Bonnie Strickler (not pictured). Officers will be elected at their first meeting this month. Thank you in advance for your service to CSDS and the Charlottesville dance community!

Thank you to Erica Smith for being our guest instructor/DJ at our March dance! We loved the lesson, your JT Swing Team DC routine performance, featuring three Charlottesville dancers, Barbara Frost, Maria Ferrera and Alaina Sewell, and the fabulous dance music! Thank you too, to Kristin Wenger, for hosting our out of town guests.

Kristin's Group Classes! (no class April 2nd) 
Kristin Wenger's next session of Tuesday night group classes, through our community partner, the County of Albemarle Parks & Rec Dept., begins April 23rd! Nightclub 2-Step Level 2 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm, and Learn A Routine (should know basic West Coast Swing) from 7:30 - 9:00 pm! Classes are held at the Murray High School gym, the same location as CSDS' Swing Swap on Thursday nights. Please register for Kristin's classes online as she cannot take payments in class! Any questions, ask Kristin! #gettoclass
Dance Resources
Apr. 11-14:  City of Angels - Los Angeles, CA
Apr. 18-21:  Easter Swing - Bellevue, WA
Apr. 25-28:  Swing Dance America - Lake Geneva, WI
May 9-12:  Swing Diego - San Diego, CA
May 23-26:  Grand Nationals - Atlanta, GA
May 30-Jun. 2:  Michigan Classic - Pontiac, MI
Jun. 21-23:  Jordan & Tatiana Workshops - MD
Jun. 27-30:  Liberty Swing - New Brunswick, NJ
Jul. 4-7:  Wild Wild Westie - Dallas, TX
Jul. 25-28:  SwingTime - Aurora, CO
Aug. 8-11:  Swing Fling - Herndon, VA
Aug. 22-25:  Summer Hummer - Framingham, MA
Aug. 29-Sep. 2:  River City Swing - FL
Sep. 5-8:  Trilogy Swing - Raleigh-Durham, NC
Sep. 26-29:  Meet Me in St. Louis - St. Louis, MO
Oct. 3-6:  Boogie by the Bay - San Francisco, CA
Oct. 10-13:  Atlanta Swing Classic - Atlanta, GA
Oct. 24-27:  Swing City Chicago - Lombard, IL
Oct. 31-Nov. 3: Tampa Bay Classic - St. Pete, FL
Nov. 14-17:  DCSX - Herndon, VA
Nov. 28-Dec. 1:  The Open - Burbank, CA

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

Adela is often the Table/Group Dinner Organizer for events attended by Charlottesville Westies ~ 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!

Gaia Read often organizes roadtrips from Charlottesville for the DC/MD/NoVA dances/events; contact her if you're interested in carpooling sometime.

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