Charlottesville Swing Dance Society
Swing Dance News ~ August 2017                                     
(Established 10/15/15)

~ Next Dance ~

Saturday, Aug. 19th
Guest Pro
~ 3:00 - 11:00 pm ~
Afternoon Workshops
in West Coast Swing,
Catered Dinner*
& Dance
(*must pre-purchase by 8/13)
August Dance



CSDS' Swing Swap @
6:30-7:30 pm Lesson ($10;
free for Sr. Center members)
7:30-9 pm Dancing (Free!)
Saturday, August 5th

Sunday, August 13th

Saturday, August 19th

Saturday, August 26th

Saturday, August 26th
Saturday, August 26th
Visit the CSDS website!
*CSDS lists non-CSDS events as a courtesy to their hosts; 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. 

August CSDS

Member Birthdays

Christina Westerlund (2nd)
Al Lundgren (6th)
Jared Barber (8th)
Christina Morton (20th)
Marvin Thompson (23rd)
Cynthia Early (30th) 
($5 Admission for Members the Month of your Birthday)
Members, let us know if we've missed your birthday!

~ Dance Schedule ~


January 21st ~ ICUMC 
February 18th ~ ICUMC
March 18th ~ ICUMC 
  Board of Directors Election
  Workshop Weekend w/Ben
  McHenry Cameo Cross 
April 15th ~ ICUMC
May 20th ~ MAC 
June 17th ~ MAC
July 15th ~ MAC  
  "Bring-A-Friend" Night 
August 19th ~ ICUMC  
  Workshop Weekend
  w/Pro Tara Trafzer
September 16th ~ ICUMC 
October 21st ~ ICUMC 
  Halloween Dance 
November 25th ~ ICUMC 
December 16th ~ ICUMC 
  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 (2017/2018)

Board of Directors

April Northcutt


Bonnie Strickler

  Vice President 

Alyssa Gillespie


Mark DeBow


Ed Guida   


Rich Gullick


Christina Morton



Allison Bennett 


Beth DeBow


Wendy Frazer


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, August 3rd     

6:15 pm,  email CSDS for
location. Members welcome!
~ Booty's Corner ~
Liberty Swing 2017
Charlottesville Westies

Katie & me with ED John Lindo

Tammy & me w/Rick & Cindy Dauss, EDs for Trilogy & CWF
Charlottesville Swing
Dance Society (CSDS)
P.O. Box 4442
Charlottesville, VA  22905
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~ Workshop Weekend ~
with Guest Pro Tara Trafzer 
( Photo Courtesy of Tara Trafzer

CSDS is thrilled to host pro Tara Trafzer for West Coast Swing Workshops here in Charlottesville, on Saturday, August 19th . Tara is a full-time dance professional based in Southern California; she works out of Atomic Ballroom in Irvine, DanScene Dance Studio in Costa Mesa, and at Buddy Schwimmer's studio, The Dance Center, in Redlands. Tara has been dancing a wide range of styles from jazz and ballet to swing and ballroom since she was a child. After graduating from University of California Berkeley, she returned to Southern California to continue her career as a professional dance instructor. Tara competes at the Champions level, and with her routine partner, Christopher Dumond, in the Classic division. Check out some of her dancing here and here!
Earlybird registration is open now; please make sure to read through all of the details below, and make special note that the Package Deals and Catered Dinner are only available for purchase through August 13th, after which all registrations will be on site. 

3:00-3:30 pm: Warm-Up/Registration 
3:30-4:30 pm: #1 /Listen to the Music (Musicality) 
4:45-5:45 pm: #2/Texturing Your Dance (Styling) 
6:00-7:00 pm: Dinner Break (Catered Dinner, menu TBA) 
7:00-8:00 pm: #3/Check Me Out! (Patterns) 
8:00-11:00 pm : Dance  
Package: 3 Workshops, Dinner + Dance Admission 
- $45 for Members 
- $50 for Non-Members 
- $35 for Students (w/ID)

FINAL REGISTRATION (August 1st - 13th): 
Package: 3 Workshops, Dinner + Dance Admission 
- $50 for Members 
- $55 for Non-Members 
- $40 for Students (w/ID)

ON-SITE REGISTRATION (after August 13th):
Catered Dinner is no longer available for purchase!
- $15 for Members 
- $20 for Non-Members 
- $10 for Students 
- $20 for Members 
- $25 for Non-Members 
- $15 for Students 
- $10 for Members 
- $15 for Non-Members 
- $5 for Students

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.

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Send an email to Allison Bennett, Workshop Coordinator, to request a lesson with Tara! 

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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.  
July Bring-A-Friend Dance Recap

Thank you to Kristin Wenger, for teaching and DJing at another house-filled Bring-A-Friend dance, a longtime annual CSDS tradition! We hope all of our first timers had a great time, learned a few dance steps, and we look forward to seeing you again at any of our area dances!

Thank you also to Terri Allard and the Charlottesville Inside-Out PBS film crew for all the time you spent with us, conducting interviews and getting footage of us in action! We can't wait to see the show in which we are featured in early 2018!

Upcoming Regional Dance Events ...

C-ville Westies Pizza Party @ Swing Fling 2016 
( Photo Courtesy of Edwin Roa)

Swing Fling is August 10th-13th in Herndon, VA; many Charlottesville Westies went last year and enjoyed 3-4 days of social dancing, workshops, performances and competition with dancers from all over! If you're going, let  Adela know as she organizes a Saturday night group dinner and will give you all the details; all Central Virginia dancers are welcome to attend and dinner RSVPs and payment ($10 each) are due August 7th!
Dance Resources
Skippy Blair
Dance Connection (Shoes, Boots, Custom Orthotics)
Apple Dance Shoes
Upcoming Dance Events
Aug. 3-6: Tampa Bay Classic - Tampa, FL
Aug. 4-6:  Midwest Westie Fest - Kansas City, MO
Aug. 4-6:  Swingtacular - Santa Clara, CA
Aug. 10-13:  Swing Fling - Herndon, VA
Aug. 18-20:  Chicagoland Dance Festival - Chicago, IL
Aug. 24-27: Summer Hummer - Framingham, MA
Aug. 25-27: Mario Robau Workshops - Raleigh, NC
Aug. 31-Sep. 4:  River City Swing - FL
Aug. 31-Sep. 4:  Desert City Swing - Phoenix, AZ
Sep. 7-10: Trilogy Swing - Raleigh/Durham, NC
Sept. 22-24:  Philly Swing Classic - Claymont, DE
Sept. 22-24:  Meet Me in St. Louis - St. Louis, MO
Sep. 28-Oct. 1:  Atlanta Swing Classic - Atlanta, GA
Oct. 5-8:  Boogie By The Bay - San Francisco, CA
Oct. 20-22:   Patty Vo Workshops - Raleigh, NC
Oct. 26-29: Swing City Chicago - Lombard, IL
Nov. 16-19: DCSX - Herndon, VA
Nov. 23-26:   US Open - Burbank, CA
Nov. 30-Dec. 3:  The After Party - Irvine, CA
Dec. 2-7:  Champions at Sea Cruise - Western Caribbean
Dec. 28-Jan. 1: Floorplay Swing Vacation - Orlando, FL
Dec. 28-Jan. 1: Spotlight New Years - Ypsilanti, MI
Dec. 28-Jan. 1:  New Year's Boston - Framingham, MA
Jan. 11-14: ASDC - Austin, TX
Jan. 25-28:  Derby City Swing - Louisville, KY
Feb. 1-4:  Charlotte Westie Fest - Charlotte, NC
Feb. ??:  Sweet Side of Swing - Atlanta, GA
Mar. 1-4: MADjam - Baltimore, MD
Apr. 26-29:  Swing Dance America - Lake Geneva, WI
May 24-27:  Grand Nationals - Atlanta, GA

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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