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

~ Next Dance ~

Saturday, Jan. 19th
7-8 pm Lesson
8-11 pm Dance
January Dance
Saturday, Jan. 5th 
Sunday, Jan. 13th 
Sunday, Jan. 13th  
Saturday, Jan. 19th 
Saturday, Jan. 26th
Saturday, Jan. 26th
Saturday, Jan. 26th
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 Hostssend us info about your events by the 20th to ensure inclusion in the following month's Newsletter.

January CSDS

Member Birthdays

Emma Rhodes (6th) 
Morganne Ashlie (7th)
Valerie Williams (7th) 
Carl Hott (9th)
Diane McDougall (19th) 
Julie Barber (20th)
Katie Bigelow (21st)
Kelly Ceppa (21st)
Barbara Franko (29th) 
($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 
  Board of Directors Election 
April 20th ~ ICUMC 
May 18th ~ ICUMC 
June 15th ~ MAC
July 20th ~ MAC  
August 17th ~ ICUMC  
September 21st ~ ICUMC 
October 19th ~ ICUMC  
  Halloween Dance 
November 23rd ~ ICUMC
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 (2018/2019)

Board of Directors

Ed Guida 


Bonnie Strickler 

  Vice President

Jim Naffin 


Gaia Read


Katie Bigelow 

  DJ, Instructor, Workshop

  Weekend Coordinator 

Mark DeBow 

  Director at Large 

Robert Tran




Lisa Morales 

  Swing Swap Hostess/DJ

Brian Muszynski 

  Sound System, Signs  

Kim Perkins


Adela Su

  Newsletter Editor, Social

  Media, Webmaster 

June Taft



Next BOD Meeting

Monday, Jan. 7th, 7 pm 

Email CSDS for location.
~ Booty's Corner ~
CSDS member Maria Ferrera danced her way to 1st Place with her pro Markus Smith, in the ProAm Novice Routine division at Spotlight New Years! Congrats, Maria!
Also at Spotlight, CSDS dancer Cheri Williamson said YES and is engaged to Texas dancer Kevin Rafter! Congrats, Cheri!!
Charlottesville Swing
Dance Society (CSDS)
P.O. Box 4442
Charlottesville, VA  22905
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~ Swing Swap Resumes! ~
Thursday, Jan. 3rd, 7:30-9 pm
~ Saturday, January 19th ~
with Robin Smith 
Photo Courtesy of Carl Lind 
Happy New Year! CSDS looks forward to another year of great dancing, friendship and community in the Charlottesville-Central VA area and we greatly appreciate your attendance and support. We're starting off the New Year with our January 19th dance and the return of Raleigh pro  Robin Smith who will be our Instructor and DJ. We also move back to the  Ivy Creek United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall for the next several months. Robin will teach the pre-dance lesson (7-8 pm, included in your Admission), Beginner West Coast Swing, and then he'll be our DJ for the evening, 8-11 pm, with our Westie Power Hour, all WCS music, from 10-11 pm.
Robin is also available for private lessons (30 or 60 minutes, individual or small groups!); contact  Katie Bigelow for more information and to schedule yours! 
$10 for CSDS Members
$13 for Non-Members
$5 for Students (full time w/ID), First-Time Attendees
$5 for CSDS Members with January Birthdays :-) 
FOOTWEAR: please wear either dance shoes or light-colored soles; whatever you wear must be non-marking.
In the event of inclement weather, check the CSDS website and public Facebook page for updates starting Friday, Jan. 18th. The safety of our dancers, who come from a wide geographic area, is our priority. 
ANY QUESTIONS: Let us know!     
CSDS Holiday Dinner-Dance 
Thanks everyone for coming to our Holiday Dinner-Dance! What a nice turnout! Special thanks to Kristin Wenger for being our lesson instructor and DJ and to Kristin, Maria and Emma for hosting the after dance Going Away Party for Cal Biesecker who moves to MO soon! We will miss you greatly, Cal, but are thrilled you and Joanne will be together! <3  
Dance Resources
Jan. 18-20:  Freedom Swing - Claymont, DE
Jan. 24-27:  Derby City Swing - Louisville, KY
Jan. 31-Feb. 3: Charlotte Westie Fest - Charlotte, NC
Feb. 14-17: Capital Swing - Sacramento, CA
Feb. 21-24:  Rose City Swing - Portland, OR
Feb. 28-Mar. 3:  MADjam - Baltimore, MD
Mar. 7-10: Chicago Classic - Lombard, IL
Mar. 21-24:  Boston Tea Party - Newton, MA
Mar. 29-31:  Jordan & Tatiana Workshops - Raleigh, NC
Mar. 29-31:  Swing Over Orlando - Orlando, FL
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. 27-30:  Liberty Swing - New Brunswick, NJ
Aug. 8-11:  Swing Fling - Herndon, VA
Sep. 5-8: Trilogy Swing - Raleigh-Durham, NC
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
Nov. 14-17:  DCSX - Herndon, VA

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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