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

~ Next Dance ~

Saturday, July 21st
7-8 pm Beginner Lesson
West Coast Swing
8-11 pm Dance
July Dance
Saturday, July 7th 
Sunday, July 8th 
Kristin's WCS Practica   
Sunday, July 8th
Saturday, July 14th
Saturday, July 14th

Saturday, July 21st
(We're at the MAC!!) 

Friday, July 27th
Friday-Sunday, July 27-29
Saturday, July 28th
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 information about your events by the 20th to ensure inclusion in the following month's Newsletter.


Member Birthdays

Tony Tonti (7th)
Rich Gullick (10th) 
Kim Perkins (10th)
Alyssa Gillespie (18th)
John Robertson (19th)
Joyce Foley (30th)
($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 ~ ICUMC 
June 16th ~ MAC
July 21st ~ MAC  
August 18th ~ ICUMC  September 15th ~ ICUMC 
October 20th ~ MAC  
  Halloween Dance 
November 24th ~ MAC 
December 15th ~ 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 


Mark DeBow 

  Director at Large 

Robert Tran




Wendy Frazer-Gullick 


Lisa Morales 

  Swing Swap Hostess/DJ

Brian Muszynski 

  Sound System, Signs  

Kim Perkins

  Refreshments Coordinator  

Adela Su

  Newsletter Editor, Social


June Taft



Next BOD Meeting

Wednesday, July 11th, 7 pm 

Email CSDS for location; members welcome!
~ Booty's Corner ~
What do dancers like almost as much as dancing?! Eating! Thanks to all who came to the June Dance Potluck Tailgate, and for the yummy food you brought too. Let's do it again soon!  
Charlottesville Swing
Dance Society (CSDS)
P.O. Box 4442
Charlottesville, VA  22905
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~ Saturday, July 21st ~
with Eddie + Adela
Eddie + Adela @ MADjam

looks forward to seeing everyone at our next dance on Saturday, July 21st, at the Municipal Arts Center. Eddie + Adela return to be our Lesson Instructors and DJs for the evening. They'll teach a Beginner West Coast Swing lesson from 7-8 pm, included in admission, and then be our DJs from 8-11 pm, including our Westie Power Hour (10-11 pm) when the music will be all West Coast Swing (or crossover)! Come beat the heat in the well air conditioned space at the MAC ~ bring a sweater as we'll have the A/C cranking!

And ... just after our super quick Announcements, we're having a for fun Jack & Jill Contest!! Here's how it will work:  
1) Limited to the first 8 Leaders and 8 Followers who sign up. This is for dancers of ALL levels! It's free and sign up here
2) Leaders and Followers will be randomly paired up and will dance to 2 short songs.  
3) Judges will be randomly chosen at the dance; YOU could be a Judge! :-) 
4) Judging criteria will be teamwork and entertainment!  
5) All participants will receive a goodie bag and the winning couple will receive an additional prize!  
6) This is for fun! This is gonna be fun! 
Sign up here!!  
- $10 for CSDS Members
- $13 for Non-Members
- $5 for Students (FT w/ID), First-Time Attendees and
   CSDS Members with July Birthdays!
- Children Under 16 are Free! (childcare not provided)  
FOOTWEAR: please wear either dance shoes or light-colored soles; whatever you wear must be non-marking.
QUESTIONS: Let us know!   
Central VA Team Competition Debut!
Swing Dance Virginia
It's been a while since Central VA had a dance team - about 2007-8 when coach/choreography Robin (Grimsby) Powers directed a ladies team and a couples team - we're thrilled that coach/choreography Dawn Garrish has put together another Central VA team, Swing Dance Virginia, and look forward to their competition debut at  Liberty Swing! Not going to Liberty? No worries, you can watch the event for free via the  livestream. Teams will be competing at 8:30 pm on Saturday night, June 30th, so make sure to tune in then. Good luck everyone!

( Photo Courtesy of Brian Evans)
Dance Roadtrip Anyone?!
Check out all of the dance opportunities both near and far, and links to other dance groups, listed in the "July Dance Opportunities" (column to the left), and the "Upcoming Dance Events" section (below). If you're interested in a roadtrip carpool, contact  Gaia Read! While we enjoy a warm and friendly dance community here in Charlottesville, it's also fun to expand our horizons and venture outside of our home base to meet and dance with other people!
June Dance Recap
Thank you to lesson instructor and DJ Kristin Wenger for a fun June dance; another great lesson and music! We look forward to having Kristin back to teach and DJ at our December 2018 dance! In the meantime, Kristin offers privates lessons, group classes, and during the school year, teaches group classes thru County Parks & Rec!

Dance Resources
Jul. 12-15:  Big Apple - Newark, NJ
Jul. 12-15:  TOSHC - Toronto, Ontario
Jul. 19-23:  Florida Dance Magic - Jupiter, FL
July 26-29:  Swingtime in the Rockies - Denver, CO
Jul. 27-29:  Michael Kiehm WCS Workshops - Raleigh, NC
Aug. 2-5:  Tampa Bay Classic - Tampa, FL
Aug. 2-5: Midwest Westie Fest - Kansas City, MO
Aug. 2-5:  Swingtacular - Burlingame, CA
Aug. 2-5: New England Dance Festival - Newton, MA
Aug. 3-5:  Midwest Westie Fest - Kansas City, MO
Aug. 9-12: Swing Fling - Herndon, VA
Aug. 16-19:  Palm Springs Dance Classic - CA
Aug. 17-19:  Chicagoland Dance Festival - Rosemont, IL
Aug. 23-26:  Summer Hummer - Framingham, MA
Aug. 30-Sep. 2:  River City Swing - FL
Aug. 30-Sep. 2:  Desert City Swing - Phoenix, CA
Aug. 31-Sep. 2: Dallas Dance - Irving, TX
Sep. 6-9:  Trilogy Swing - Raleigh/Durham, NC
Sep. 6-9: ESS Camp - Phoenix, AZ
Sep. 14-16P: Austin Rocks - Austin, TX
Sep. 20-23:  Meet Me in St. Louis - St. Louis, MO
Sep. 27-30:  Atlanta Swing Classic - Atlanta, GA
Oct. 4-7:   Boogie By The Bay - San Francisco, CA
Oct. 19-21:  Swustlicious - King of Prussia, PA
Oct. 25-28:  Swing City Chicago - Lombard, IL
Nov. 15-18:  DC Swing eXperience  - Herndon, VA
Nov. 21-25:  US Open - Burbank, CA

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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