Charlottesville Swing Dance Society
Swing Dance News ~ January 2020                                    
Attendees of CSDS functions are expected to be
familiar with and abide by our Code of Conduct!

~ This Month ~

Saturday, Jan. 18th
Alyssa Gillespie
7-8 pm Lesson
8-11 pm Dance
January Dance
7:30-9 pm Dancing ($2)
Hosts/DJ: Lisa Morales &
Kevin Sumter & Guest Hosts
Saturday, Jan. 4th  
Sunday, Jan. 5th
Saturday, Jan. 11th 
Sunday, Jan. 12th  
Sunday, Jan. 12th
Sunday, Jan. 12th
Saturday, Jan. 18th
Saturday, Jan. 25th
Saturday, Jan. 25th
Saturday, Jan. 25th
Saturday, Jan. 25th
Sunday, Jan. 26th 
*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 Hosts:  send us info about your monthly events by the 20th to ensure inclusion in the following month's Newsletter.

January CSDS

Member Birthdays

Emma Rhodes (6th) 
Morgan Ashlie (7th)
Valerie Williams (7th) 
Carl Hott (9th)
Helena Lindholm (9th) 
Ray Brumbelow (12th)
Jennifer Miller (12th) 
Ellen MacAvoy (16th)
Diane MacDougall (19th) 
Julie Barber (20th)
Katie Bigelow (21st)
Kelly Ceppa (21st)
Kyle Lemoi (23rd) 
Barb Franko (29th) 
($5 Admission for Members the Month of your Birthday)
Members, let us know if
we've missed your birthday!
~ Dance Schedule ~
2020 Dates:
January 18th - MAC 
February15th - ICUMC 
March 21st - ICUMC 
April 18th - ICUMC 
May 16th - ICUMC 
June 20th - MAC 
July 18th - MAC 
August 15th
September 19th
October 17th
November 28th (4th Sat.)
December 19th 
- $10 CSDS Members
- $13 Non-Members
- $5 Students (Full-Time
   with ID), First-Timers   
- Children 17 & Under Free
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 like our Workshop Weekends! 
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

Monday, Jan. 6th, 7 pm     

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

Fundraiser Dance 
One of our own needs our help and support! At press time, longtime CSDS member Lisa Morales is in the hospital as her multiple myeloma cancer has become very aggressive. Kim Perkins is hosting a  Fundraiser Dance on Friday, Feb. 7th. Please help us spread the word by inviting people and sharing the FB event on your pages! In the meantime, if you'd like to make a donation for Lisa, contact  Kim, and if you'd like to make a donation towards the Starbucks gift card for Kevin, contact  Adela. Thank you!
Charlottesville Swing
Dance Society (CSDS)
P.O. Box 4442
Charlottesville, VA  22905
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~ Saturday, January 18th ~
Instructor/DJ Alyssa Gillespie
CSDS looks forward to seeing everyone at our January dance at the  Municipal Arts Center. We'll celebrate the New Year with instructor/DJ Alyssa Gillespie, a West Coast Swing and Ballroom dance instructor in Charlottesville and the surrounding areas. As a professional dance instructor, Alyssa's goal is to develop confident, stylish and well rounded dancers. She strives to get beginning students quickly dancing with confidence and to help advanced dancers master their technique, styling and musicality. Alyssa will teach the pre-dance lesson from 7-8 pm, included in admission, and then be our DJ from 8-11 pm. 
7:00-8:00 pm  Lesson (TBA) 
8:00-11:00 pm  Dance
$10 CSDS Members
$13 Non-CSDS Members
$5 Students (FT w/ID) & First-Time Attendees
$5 CSDS Members with January Birthdays :-)  
Children 17 & Under are Free (childcare not provided)
Please wear either dance shoes or light-colored soles; whatever you wear must be non-marking!
Attendees of CSDS events are expected to be familiar with and abide by our  Code of Conduct

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 2 pm. 
ANY QUESTIONS: Let us know!
Swing Swap Cancelled Jan. 2nd
See you back on January 9th, at The Dance Spot;
Admission is $2 per Person (exact change please!)
~ Happy New Year! ~
Dancing @ The Laurels
Thanks to all the CSDS dancers who went to dance and socialize with the residents and staff at The Laurels last month. What a wonderful evening it was sharing our love of music, movement and friendship. The best part was seeing them "dance" whether it was moving their feet in time with the music or standing up out of their wheelchairs to bebop back and forth. Thanks Kristin for the music and to all who brought treats to share with everyone!  

CSDS Holiday Dinner-Dance
Thanks to all for coming to our Holiday Dinner-Dance with instructor/DJ Kristin Wenger! You can check out more photos here!

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 set up, 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 for helping to support your local dance club!
Dance Resources
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. 13-16:  Capital Swing - Sacramento, CA
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
Apr. 2-5:  ESS Boston - Boxboro, MA
Apr. 3-5:  Swingover - 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
May 7-10:  ULTRA Westie Fest - San Diego, CA
May 21-24:  Grand Nationals (20th!) - Atlanta, GA
Jun. 18-21:  Mastery of Swing - Morristown, NJ
Jun. 25-28:  Liberty Swing - New Brunswick, NJ
Jul. 23-26:  Swingtime - Aurora, CO
Aug. 6-9: Swing Fling - Herndon, VA
Sep. 10-13:  Trilogy Swing - Durham, NC

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.

* Confirm all events with their hosts (not CSDS)!

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