Charlottesville Swing Dance Society
Swing Dance News ~ August 2019                                     
Attendees of CSDS functions are expected to be
familiar with and abide by our Code of Conduct!

~ This Month ~

Saturday, Aug. 17th
Guest Pro
August Dance
Instructor: Kevin Sumter
DJ: Lisa Morales

Saturday, Aug. 3rd   
Friday, Aug. 9th
Saturday, Aug. 10th 
Smooth Sailing's 2nd Saturday Westie Dance
Sunday, Aug. 11th    
Saturday, Aug. 17th     
Friday, Aug. 23rd
Saturday, Aug. 24th 
Sunday, Aug. 25th
Visit the  CSDS website!
* 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.

August CSDS

Member Birthdays

Lauren Spahr (3rd)
Al Lundgren (6th)
Jared Barber (8th)
Rachel Holdren (8th)
Marvin Thompson (23rd)
Scott Crawford (30th)
Diana Farrell (30th) 
($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

Ed Guida  


Bonnie Strickler

  Vice President 

Jim Naffin


Gaia Read


Katie Bigelow

  Talent Coordinator  

Kyla Miller


Adela Su  

  Newsletter, Social Media 

Robert Tran


Kristin Wenger  

  Volunteer Coordinator 



Lisa Morales 

  Swing Swap Hostess/DJ,

  Nominating Committee 

Brian Muszynski 

  Sound System  

June Taft


Tammy Davis



Next BoD Meeting

Sunday, Aug. 4th, 1 pm  

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

C-ville Westies @ Swing Fling  Interested in attending a weekend dance event? There are two within easy driving distance coming up on the near horizon: Swing Fling and Trilogy Swing. Swing Fling is August 8th-11th in Herndon, VA and Trilogy Swing is September 5th-8th in Durham, NC. You can attend for the day or the whole weekend, up to 4 days of workshops with the top West Coast Swing dance pros, social dancing, competitions and performances. You can also check out the vendors (especially shoes!). It's great to venture outside of your home base and you'll meet and dance with people of all levels from all over the world. And as there are dozens of C-ville Westies who will be going, you'll also have a home base group to hang with! Not sure what to expect, you can ask me! Make your plans to attend, today! 
Charlottesville Swing
Dance Society (CSDS)
P.O. Box 4442
Charlottesville, VA  22905
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~ Saturday, August 17th ~
Brandi Guild Workshops & Dance
Register HERE!!
Earlybird Registration
Extended thru July 31st!
CSDS is so excited to present San Diego based West Coast Swing Champion/pro Brandi Guild to the Charlottesville-Central Virginia dance community, Saturday, August 17th! Brandi is also a Champion in Ballroom and Country and is considered to be the Master Technician for both Leaders and Followers in West Coast Swing. She is excited to be making her first visit to Charlottesville after meeting many of us at events across the country!  
All of our Saturday events will be held at the Ivy Creek United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Here are all the details:
Participation in these workshops requires a solid working knowledge and the skills to dance all basic patterns (starter step, side passes, pushes, whip) with good timing, on your own and with a partner.

1:30-2:00 pm: Registration/Warm Up 
2:00-3:00 pm: Workshop 1 - Competitors Workshop
3:00-3:30 pm: Registration/Warm Up
3:30-4:30 pm: Workshop 2 - Make the Feet Work
4:30-4:45 pm: Break
4:45-5:45 pm: Workshop 3 - Connect & Communicate
5:45-6:00 pm: Break/Dinner Set Up
6:00-6:50 pm: Dinner Break (Catered Dinner or BYO)
6:50-7:00 pm: Set Up for Workshop 4 + Dance 
7:00-8:00 pm: Workshop 4 - Playful Patterns
8:00-11:00 pm: Dance with DJ Eddie K
Competitors Workshop (Open to All Levels) : 
- $20  
- Q&A and Movement 
- light lunch sponsored by Eddie + Adela 
Package: Workshops 2, 3 and 4 + Dance:
- $70 for CSDS Members + Students (Full-Time w/ID) 
- $85 for non-CSDS Members
Workshop 1: Competitors (Open to All Levels): 
- $25
- Q&A and Movement
- light lunch sponsored by Eddie + Adela
Workshops 2, 3 and 4: 
- $30 per Workshop
Dinner (6-7 pm, Meat + Veggie Lasagna, Salad, Bread, Dessert) : 
- $10 per Person
- Must RSVP by Monday, August 12th!! 
- $10 for CSDS Members
- $13 for non CSDS Members
- $5 for Students (FT w/ID) & First-Time Attendees
- Children Under 16 are Free (no childcare services)


Contact Katie Bigelow ( to schedule a private lesson with Brandi.  
Please wear either dance shoes or light-colored soles; whatever you wear must be non-marking!

In the event of inclement weather, we will post any schedule updates/changes on our  public Facebook page (you don't have to have an account), by 12 noon. 
ANY QUESTIONS: Let us know!  
Swing Swap Summer Schedule
Swing Swap is at The (Senior) Center for the summer. Here is the weekly schedule: 

6:30-7:30 pm:  West Coast Swing Lesson with Kevin
  - $10 for non-Center Members
  - Free for Center Members
7:30-9:00 pm:  Dancing with DJ Lisa (Free!)

Swing Swap is CANCELLED August 8th!!

Thank you Lisa and Kevin, for being such awesome hosts for so many years!
July Dance Recap
Thanks to all who attended our July dance with Eddie + Adela as our lesson instructors/DJs for the evening! We had a fantastic turnout for the lesson and the dance, especially given the summer season and hot temperatures, with dancers also coming from NoVa, Lynchburg, Richmond and probably a few other places too. Thanks for road tripping to play with us! We also enjoyed having some first-time attendees; we hope you had a great time, met some nice people and look forward to seeing you again at another dance! There are many to choose from; check out the column to the left for the lowdown on local dancing! 
Lesson attendees; great job with
the Fancy Footwork + Motion Study!
Would you enjoy free admission to a CSDS dance? CSDS is a non-profit organization and is 100% run by volunteers. It "takes a village" to host a dance. Volunteer Coordinator Kristin Wenger is collecting names of CSDS members who would be willing to help out from time to time in exchange for free admission. We need helpers to sit at the registration desk, clean up, or help with the snack table.  Let her know if you are interested. NO OBLIGATION REQUIRED. Thank you!
Dance Resources
Aug. 1-4:  Swingtacular - San Francisco, CA
Aug. 8-11:  Swing Fling - Herndon, VA
Aug. 22-25:  Summer Hummer - Framingham, MA
Aug. 29-Sep. 1:  Desert City Swing - Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 29-Sep. 2:  River City Swing - FL
Sep. 5-8:  Trilogy Swing - Raleigh-Durham, NC
Sep. 5-8:  ESS Camp - Phoenix, AZ
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
Dec. 5-8:  Swingle Bell Rock - NJ/NY
Dec. 27-30:  Floor Play New Years - Orlando, FL
Dec. 28-Jan. 1:  Spotlight New Years - Ypsilanti, MI
Jan. 16-19:  ASDC - Austin, TX
Jan. 17-19:  Freedom Swing - Claymont, DE
Jan. 23-26:  Derby City Swing - Louisville, KY
Jan. 30-Feb.2:  Charlotte Westie Fest - Charlotte, NC
Feb. 20-23:  Rose City Swing - Tigard, OR
Feb. 22-27:  WCS Champions at Sea - Western Caribbean
Mar. 5-8:  MADjam - Baltimore, MD
Mar. 19-22:  Chicago Classic - Oakbrook, IL
Mar. 19-22:  Boston Tea Party - Newton, MA
Mar. 26-29:  5280 Westival - Aurora, CO
March:  Swing Over Orlando - Orlando, FL
Apr. 9-12:  Easter Swing - Bellevue, WA
Apr. 16-19:  City of Angels - Los Angeles, CA
Apr. 23-27:   Swing Dance America - Lake Geneva, WI

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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