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

~ Next Dance ~

Alyssa Gillespie
7-8 pm Lesson
West Coast Swing
8-11 pm Dance
February Dance
Saturday, Feb. 10th
Saturday, Feb. 10th
Winter Blues/WCS Dance Party

Saturday, Feb. 10th

2nd Saturday Swing

Saturday, Feb. 10th

West Side of Swing

Sunday, Feb. 11th

West Coast Swing Practica

Sunday, Feb. 11th
Saturday, Feb. 17th
CSDS' West Coast Swing Beginner Intensive with Alyssa Gillespie

Saturday, Feb. 17th 
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.
January & February CSDS Members 
JANUARY: (sorry we forgot!
Emma Rhodes (6th) Morganne Ashlie (7th)  
Valerie Williams (7th) 
Carl Hott (9th) 
Helena Lindholm (9th) 
Cliff Lewis (16th) 
Katie Bigelow (21st) 
Elaine Kraus (25th)  
Barb Franko (29th) 
Kathy Stacy (4th) 
Kathy Chang (5th) 
John Williams (7th) 
Yolanda Shelton (9th) 
Jerry Scaglione (12th) 
June Taft (16th) 
($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  
  "Bring-A-Friend" Night 
August 18th ~ ICUMC  
September 15th ~ ICUMC 
October 20th ~ ICUMC 
  Halloween Dance 
November 24th ~ ICUMC 
December 15th ~ 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, February 8th    

6:15 pm,  email CSDS for
location. Members welcome!
~ Booty's Corner ~
New Dance Shoe Line

Dance pro Kellese Key and partner Taryn Crosbie of Key & Crosbie have come out with a new dance shoe for women (see above)! These ballet style shoes with a low heel (~3/4") are a nice (and more comfortable to some followers) alternative to the common Westie 1.5" heel sandal, esp. with dress slacks. If you're interested in seeing what they look and feel like, contact  Adela who can also tell you how you can make your own version, with a slightly higher heel (~1.25"), for about $15. And, visit the "Shoe & Tell" display at the CSDS March dance where you can look at a variety of dance footwear and ask questions! 

Shoe & Tell (Jan. 2016)   
Charlottesville Swing
Dance Society (CSDS)
P.O. Box 4442
Charlottesville, VA  22905
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~ Saturday, February 17th ~
West Coast Swing
Beginner Intensive 
& CSDS Monthly Dance
Alyssa @ Atlanta Swing Classic
Charlottesville's rock star All Star level dancer, competitor and instructor Alyssa Gillespie pulls double duty this month, on Saturday, February 17th. She's teaching a Beginner West Coast Swing Intensive in the afternoon, and then she'll be the Instructor/DJ at our monthly dance that night. Here are all the details: 
Learn to dance West Coast Swing! Already know some West Coast Swing, then solidify your basics! Experienced West Coast Swing dancers, learn the opposite role! This is for ALL of US!! Spend 3 hours in a friendly beginner-oriented group lesson with Alyssa, an accomplished dancer with years of experience teaching beginner-thru-advanced level dancers in many different styles of partner dance. More details can be found here. #gettoclass 

1:30-2:00 pm - Registration
2:00-5:00 pm - Intensive
5:00 pm - Q&A Session

- $25 per Person
- $45 per Leader/Follower Combo
- Payment: Online ( here) or on site (cash, check, credit)


All attendees will receive a $5 off voucher for our dance later in the evening, at the Ivy Creek United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. If you are a first-time attendee to a CSDS dance, then your admission to the lesson/dance that evening is FREE with the voucher!

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MONTHLY DANCE ( Facebook Event )
Alyssa  will teach the pre-dance lesson in West Coast Swing (inc. in your admission), from 7-8 pm, and then be our DJ froom 8-11 pm, all at the Ivy Creek United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
Dance Admission:
- $10 for CSDS Members
- $13 for Non Members
- $5 for First Time Attendees & CSDS Members with
   February Birthdays :-)
- Children Under 16 are Free (babysitting not provided)

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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 Facebook page (you don't have to have an account), by 11 am for the Intensive, by 2 pm for the dance.
Next Up ... Charlotte Westie Fest!
Alyssa Gillespie is also once again part of the professional staff at  Charlotte Westie Fest, February 1st-4th, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Book your hotel room  here.

Adela is organizing tables for the Charlottesville area dancers so if you're planning to attend,  let her know!    

Smooth Sailing's First Westie Dance! 

Smooth Sailing Ballroom studio owners Adam and Alexis Reed Mehring are happy to announce their first Westie Dance, on Saturday, February 24th! Eddie + Adela are the guest instructors and DJs; the lesson is 7-8 pm and dancing is 8-10 pm. Then on Sunday the 25th, they'll host a WCS Drills Intensive with Eddie + Adela, from 3-5 pm, with practice/open dancing from 5-5:30 pm. We're excited they are embracing West Coast Swing and look forward to more WCS events there in the future! 

Dance Footwear, "Shoe & Tell" in March
by Adela Su, Newsletter Editor

After being asked a lot recently about dance footwear, I thought I'd devote some space in the Newsletter to help educate those who are in the market for dance shoes! First, read  this article by Canadian Swing Champion Tessa Cunningham Munroe; it covers the why and most of the options out there. Just as West Coast Swing dancing and teaching evolve over the years, so do our choices and preferences about dance footwear.

Women: most common are the Westie dance sandal (with open toe, closed heel and 1.5" wide heel), the boots, practice/coaching shoes, and TOMS street shoes. There is a new ballet flat inspired shoe too. Lots of variety in each of these (style, color, heel height, etc.). And of course, you can always DIY, take a pair of street shoes and add suede leather to the bottoms.

Men: most common are standard ballroom oxfords, dance sneakers, hybrids, and TOMS. Men can also DIY, take a pair of street shoes and add suede leather to the bottoms.

Ideally you can try on shoes before purchasing; locally, we know of The Hip Joint which sells dance shoes (let us know if there are others!). If you don't mind driving, there are shoe vendors at the weekend dance events, with the closest events being in  NoVa ( Swing FlingDCSX); while you're at it, if you've never been to a dance event, you could dip your toe into the pool by attending one for just a day!

Here are links to the companies from which many (local) dancers purchase their dance footwear and accessories. They are not listed in any particular order, nor does CSDS benefit from purchases made by our local dancers.

Footwear preferences and solutions are unique to each person; what works for one may not work for another so the most important thing is to get what works for you. More experienced dancers, however, can also tell you about their "dance shoe journey" to help you be more aware of the factors that may influence your footwear choices, now and down the road, when you become a more skilled and experienced dancer, so feel free to ask any of our local instructors and more experienced dancers about their choices and preferences in dance footwear!

At the CSDS March dance, RVA Westie Tammy Davis and I plan to host another " Shoe & Tell" display in the lobby of dance venue. We'll bring all of our own dance shoes, womens and mens, to let you see and feel them, and talk to anyone who is interested to hear the pros and cons of each style. We also welcome anyone who has dance shoes that they no longer wear, yet still have some life in them, to donate them to someone who could use a (new to them) pair of dance shoes. Stay tuned for more details!
Kristin's Group Dance Classes

Photo Courtesy of Carl Lind
Kristin Wenger's next session of group dance classes starts Tuesday, March 6th! The sessions are 6-weeks long with West Coast Swing Level 2 from 6-7:30 pm and West Coast Swing Musicality from 7:30-9 pm. Classes are held at the  Murray High School gym, where CSDS' Swing Swap (free!) also takes place on Thursday nights. You can register online here; please note that pre-registration is required and Kristin cannot accept payment in person/class. Want to get better, then get to class!
Dance Resources
Skippy Blair
Dance Connection (Shoes, Boots, Custom Orthotics)
Apple Dance Shoes
Upcoming Dance Events
Feb. 1-4:  Charlotte Westie Fest - Charlotte, NC
Feb. 9-11: Dance Camp Chicago - Oak Brook, IL
Feb. 15-18:  Capital Swing - Sacramento, CA
Feb. 16-18:  Sweetheart Swing Classic - Tampa, FL
Mar. 1-4: MADjam - Baltimore, MD
Mar. 9-11:  Chicago Classic - Lombard, IL
Mar. 22-25:  Swing Over Orlando - Orlando, FL
Mar. 22-25: Boston Tea Party - Newton, MA
Mar. 22-25: 5280 Westival - Denver, CO
Mar. 23-25: Novice Invitational - Houston, TX
Mar. 29-Apr. 1:  Easter Swing - Seattle, WA
April ??:  Sweet Side of Swing - Atlanta, GA
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:  Swingtime in the Rockies - Denver, CO
Aug. 3-5:  Tampa Bay Classic - Tampa, FL
Aug. 9-12: Swing Fling - Herndon, VA

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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