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

~ This Month ~

Saturday, June 15th
Kristin Wenger
7-8 pm Lesson
8-11 pm Dance
June Dance

Saturday, June 1st   
Monday, June 3rd 
Friday, June 7th
Saturday, June 8th

Sunday, June 9th   
Sunday, June 9th  
Saturday, June 15th    
Sunday, June 16th

Saturday, June 22nd 
USA Dance C'ville 

Saturday, June 22nd   
Saturday, June 29th    

Visit the CSDS website!
* 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 Hostssend us info about your events by the 20th to ensure inclusion in the following month's Newsletter.


Member Birthdays

Douglas Berry (4th)
John Early (4th)
Rob Tran (4th) 
Summer Hawks (7th)
Martha Stinson (12th)
Rachel House (13th)
Judy Benter (14th)
Kelson Gent (17th)
Billy Northcutt (20th)
Deirdre Jennings (24th) 
($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  
  General Membership
  Meeting & Annual Board
  of Directors Election 
April 20th ~ ICUMC 
May 18th ~ ICUMC 
June 15th ~ MAC
July 20th ~ MAC  
August 17th ~ ICUMC  
  Workshop Weekend w/Pro
September 21st ~ ICUMC 
October 19th ~ ICUMC  
  Halloween Dance 
November 23rd ~ ICUMC
  (4th Saturday) 
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

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, Signs  

June Taft



Next BoD Meeting

Tuesday, June 4th, 7 pm 

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

Swingtensive @ GN
At Grand Nationals I had the chance to take the Swingtensive, almost 9 hours of dance instruction and teacher training by legends Sharlott Bott, Mark Scheuffele, Melissa Rutz and Parker Dearborn. This was my third time attending and it just gets better and better each year!  
#gettoclass  #neverstoplearning  
Charlottesville Swing
Dance Society (CSDS)
P.O. Box 4442
Charlottesville, VA  22905
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~ Saturday, June 15th ~
with Kristin Wenger
Photo Courtesy of Carl Lind
CSDS kicks off the summer on Saturday, June 15th with a return to the Municipal Arts Center and the return of Kristin Wenger as our lesson instructor and deejay for the evening! Kristin is a long-time local instructor who offers private lessons and teaches weekly group classes during the school year, through our community partner, the County of Albemarle Parks & Rec Dept. Kristin also hosts her monthly West Coast Swing Practica, at The Dance Spot, on the 2nd Sunday, from 6:30-8:30 pm.

For those who are interested, we are having a Potluck Tailgate in the parking lot from 6-7 pm (rain cancels)! Bring a lawn chair and a dish to share and CSDS will provide the tableware and beverages.
1119 5th St. SW, Charlottesville, VA 22902 
6:00 - 7:00 pm:  Potluck Tailgate (rain cancels) 
7:00 - 8:00 pm:  Lesson (TBA, inc. in admission)
8:00 - 11:00 pm: Dance
- $10 CSDS Members
- $13 Non-Members
- $5 Students (FT w/ID) & First-Time Attendees 
- $5 for CSDS Members with June Birthdays :-) 
- Children Under 16 are Free (no childcare services) 
FOOTWEAR: please wear either dance shoes or light-colored soles; whatever you wear must be non-marking!

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 Summer Schedule
Swing Swap is cancelled on Thursday, June 6th and on June 13th, moves back to The (Senior) Center for the summer. Here is the weekly schedule: 

6:30-7:30 pm:  West Coast Swing Lesson with Kevin
  - $10 for non-Center Members
  - Free for Center Members
7:30-9:00 pm:  Dancing (Free!)

Thank you Lisa and Kevin, and thank you to the staff at Murray High School for hosting us during the school year!

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 sit at the registration desk, clean up, or help with the snack table.  Let her know if you are interested, or reply to this post.

Competition Round Up!
Last month, some C-ville Westies attended the 25th Grand Nationals dance event in Atlanta, GA over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Grand Nationals is a fun swing and shag event, and does a great job combining the two dance styles in weekend of social dancing, workshops, special performances, Intensives and of course, competition.

Two of our local dancers, Alyssa Gillespie and Jacen Northcutt, competed choreographed routines in their respective divisions, Showcase and Young Adult. We are so proud of them, their hard work and their accomplishments! Congratulations to Alyssa and her partner, Rob Glover, who came in 4th Place and Jacen and his partner, Taylor Garrish, who came in 3rd Place!

Photo Courtesy of Adela Su
Photo Courtesy of Dawn Garrish
May Dance Recap

Thanks everyone for attending the May dance with guest instructors/DJs Margie Tuttle and Jung Choe from Maryland! Margie and Jung taught a fun lesson and kept the dance floor going all night with their fantastic music. Special thanks to Kristin Wenger for hosting Margie and Jung in her home where they also gave private lessons to some lucky local dancers. If you missed the dance, you also missed their dance demo! We look forward to having Margie and Jung back sometime soon; in the meantime, you can catch them dancing and teaching in the DC area. Check out their Facebook page to see where you can find them.
Dance Resources
May 30-Jun. 2:  Michigan Classic - Pontiac, MI
Jun. 21-23:  Jordan & Tatiana Workshops - MD
Jun. 27-30:  Liberty Swing - New Brunswick, NJ
Jul. 4-7:  Wild Wild Westie - Dallas, TX
Jul. 25-28:  SwingTime - Aurora, CO
Aug. 8-11:  Swing Fling - Herndon, VA
Aug. 22-25:  Summer Hummer - Framingham, MA
Aug. 29-Sep. 2:  River City Swing - FL
Sep. 5-8:  Trilogy Swing - Raleigh-Durham, NC
Sep. 26-29:  Meet Me in St. Louis - St. Louis, MO
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
Oct. 31-Nov. 3: Tampa Bay Classic - St. Pete, FL
Nov. 14-17:  DCSX - Herndon, VA
Nov. 28-Dec. 1:  The Open - Burbank, CA
Dec. 5-8:  Swingle Bell Rock - NJ/NY
Dec. 28-Jan. 1:  Spotlight New Years - Ypsilanti, MI
Jan. 16-19:  ASDC - Austin, TX
Jan. 17-19:  Freedom Swing - Claymont, DE
Jan. 30-Feb.2:  Charlotte Westie Fest - Charlotte, NC
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
March: Swing Over Orlando - Orlando, FL

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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