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

~ Next Dance ~

Saturday, June 16th
7-8 pm Beginner Lesson
West Coast Swing
8-11 pm Dance
* ** * ** ** * * * * *
6-7 pm Potluck Tailgate
in the Parking Lot
Bring a dish or
to share!
June Dance
6:30-7:30 pm Lesson ($$)
7:30-9 pm Dancing (Free!)

Saturday, June 16th
CSDS Dance with Kristin Wenger + Potluck Tailgate   
(We're at the MAC!!) 

Friday, June 22nd
Saturday, June 23rd

Saturday, June 23rd 
SwingCville's Cville Savoy

Saturday, June 23rd
Saturday, June 30th
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.


Member Birthdays

Claire Thurston (4th)
Rob Tran (4th)
Barbara Frost (5th)
Michael Santulli (9th)
Martha Stinson (12th)
Rachel House (13th)
Billy Northcutt (20th) 
($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




Beth DeBow


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
Helper at Large


Next BOD Meeting

Wednesday, June 6th, 7 pm 

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

Tammy and I loved seeing former C-ville Westies Patrick Keith-Hynes (above) and son Aidan, at Swing Diego, a fantastic dance event in California! 
Charlottesville Swing
Dance Society (CSDS)
P.O. Box 4442
Charlottesville, VA  22905
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~ Saturday, June 16th ~
with Kristin Wenger
Kristin Wenger 
(Photo Courtesy of Carl Lind)

looks forward to seeing everyone at our first dance of the summer, on Saturday, June 16th, at the Municipal Arts Center. Kristin Wenger returns to be our Lesson Instructor and DJ for the evening. She'll teach a Beginner West Coast Swing lesson from 7-8 pm, included in admission, and then be our DJ from 8-11 pm, including our Westie Power Hour (10-11 pm) when the music will be all West Coast Swing (or crossover)! You can also catch her teaching a WCS Bootcamp for Beginners, Tuesday evenings in June, at Smooth Sailing Ballroom.

And, we're resurrecting something we did nine years ago ... we're having a Potluck Tailgate in the parking lot before the dance (rain cancels), from 6-7 pm! Bring a dish or non-alcoholic beverage to share if you can; we'll have tables set up, plates, utensils, cups, ice, etc. This will be a nice time to break bread and socialize with each other, often difficult to do during our dances. 
- $10 for CSDS Members
- $13 for Non-Members
- $5 for Students (FT w/ID), First-Time Attendees and
   CSDS Members with June Birthdays!
- Children Under 16 are Free! (no babysitting services)  
FOOTWEAR: please wear either dance shoes or light-colored soles; whatever you wear must be non-marking.

CSDS Potluck Tailgate (2009)  
Swing Swap this Summer!
Swing Swap's last Thursday at Murray High School is May 31st, then we're off on June 7th, and then on June 14th, we move back to  The Senior Center for the summer. We thank the County of Albemarle Parks & Rec. Dept. and the staff at Murray High School for hosting us during the school year, and The Senior Center for welcoming us back! And huge thanks to Lisa Morales and Kevin Sumter whose tireless dedication to hosting  Swing Swap, the longest running free weekly dance, is greatly appreciated. They provide the warm, friendly and inclusive environment, so important for sustaining and growing our local dance community.
Dance Roadtrip Anyone?!
Check out all of the dance opportunities both near and far, and links to other dance groups, listed in the "June 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!
International Rally West Coast Swing 
The  2018 International Rally (formerly Flashmob) West Coast Swing routine has been released! The official Rally day is Saturday, September 1st, when dancers all across the world will perform the routine. We're not aware of any local instructors/studios teaching the routine but never fear, you can learn it on your own via You Tube!  Video 1 is the complete video which features both instructions and a demo; Video 2 is just the demo.

Why learn a routine? Lots of reasons! It's fun, it's social, it stretches your brain, it helps your dancing get better, for starts. You can perform it too! Perhaps as a demo at a local dance, or at a dance event when they call everyone to the floor who has learned the routine and you dance it together! 
May Recap with The Flying Northcutts
The Flying Northcutts hit it out of the ballpark at our May dance; Billy and April taught a great beginner West Coast Swing lesson and then Billy and son Jacen were our fantastic DJs for the evening. Auto Shazam, anyone?!

Dance Resources
Skippy Blair
Dance Connection (Shoes, Boots, Custom Orthotics)
Apple Dance Shoes
Upcoming Dance Events
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 26-29:  Swingtime in the Rockies - Denver, CO
Aug. 3-5:  Tampa Bay Classic - Tampa, FL
Aug. 3-5:  Midwest Westie Fest - Kansas City, MO
Aug. 9-12: Swing Fling - Herndon, VA
Aug. 17-19:  Chicagoland Dance Festival - Rosemont, IL
Aug. 23-26:  Summer Hummer - Framingham, MA
Sep. 6-9:  Trilogy Swing - Raleigh/Durham, NC
Sep. 6-9: ESS Camp - Phoenix, AZ
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. 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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