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

~ Next Dance ~

Alyssa Arter
7-8 pm Lesson
Beginner Blues
8-11 pm Dance
March Dance
Saturday, March 17th 
CSDS March Blues Dance with Alyssa Arter

Friday, March 23rd
Off & Dancing 4th Friday Dance

Saturday, March 24th
Swing Cville's Cville Savoy

Saturday, March 24th
USA Dance C'ville

Saturday, March 24th 
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.

March CSDS

Member Birthdays

Gina Fletcher (4th)
Blanton Bendall (7th)
Emily Shields (12th)
Kevin Sumter (16th)
Dave Peterson (23rd)
Beth Jandl (25th)
($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 ~ MAC 
June 16th ~ MAC
July 21st ~ MAC  
  "Bring-A-Friend" Night 
August 18th ~ ICUMC  
September 15th ~ ICUMC 
October 20th ~ ICUMC 
  Halloween Dance 
November 24th ~ ICUMC 
December 15th ~ ICUMC 
  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 (2017/2018)

Board of Directors

April Northcutt


Bonnie Strickler

  Vice President 

Alyssa Gillespie


Mark DeBow


Ed Guida   


Rich Gullick


Christina Morton




Allison Bennett 


Beth DeBow


Wendy Frazer


Leon Gorman

  Dance Greeter

Lisa Morales 

  Swing Swap Hostess/DJ

Brian Muszynski 

  Sound System, Signs  

Billy Northcutt

  Swing Swap Instructor 

Kim Perkins


Larry Saunders

  PayPal Account 

Adela Su

  Newsletter Editor, Social


June Taft



Next BOD Meeting

Thursday, March 8th     

6:15 pm,  email CSDS for
location. Members welcome!
~ Booty's Corner ~
Tech Takeback

Save the dates, April 20th and 21st, for UVA's annual Tech Tackback, held at the Park at North Grounds. It is an e-waste recycling event hosted by UVA's Information Technology Services to recycle old and/or unwanted personally owed electronic. This is a great opportunity to do some spring cleaning around your home! Click  here for a complete list of items they will accept. 
Charlottesville Swing
Dance Society (CSDS)
P.O. Box 4442
Charlottesville, VA  22905
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~ Saturday, March 17th ~
BoD Election, Shoe & Tell
This month, CSDS features BLUESNo stranger to CSDS and dancing in Central VA, we welcome back Alyssa Arter of PA to be our lesson instructor and DJ on Saturday, March 17th, at Ivy Creek United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Alyssa has been dancing since the age of 4 and began teaching at age 13; she teaches Lindy Hop, Charleston, East Coast Swing, Balboa, West Coast Swing and of course, Blues!    
- $10 for CSDS Members
- $13 for Non Members
- $5 for First Time Attendees & CSDS Members with
   March Birthdays :-)

Adela & Tammy are hosting their second Shoe + Tell after Announcements! They will not be selling shoes but will have a variety of mens and womens shoes for you to look at and learn about. Experienced Dancers, if you have shoes you're no longer wearing, please consider donating them and bring them to the March dance, thank you! 

FOOTWEAR: please wear either dance shoes or light-colored soles; whatever you wear must be non-marking!

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As parking is limited, we encourage you to carpool to our dance. In the event of inclement weather, a decision will be made by 2 pm and we will post on our public Facebook page (you don't have to have an account) if we are having or cancelling our dance.  
Board of Directions Election
March is CSDS' annual membership meeting and Board of Directors election.  During the break, we'll hold our annual Board of Directors election for the 2018-2019 term. If you'd like to nominate someone (including yourself!), please contact  Lisa Morales  who, along with John Robertson, once again comprise our Nominating Committee. You can read our public bylaws here. The vote may be  held by acclamation if all nominations are uncontested, or by ballot if any nominations are contested. Thank you to our current Board of Directors, along with our trusty stable of "Helpers," for their past year(s) of service:

President:  April Northcutt
Vice President:  Bonnie Strickler
Secretary:  Alyssa Gillespie
Treasurer:  Mark DeBow
Directors:  Ed Guida, Rich Gullick and Christina Morton

The term of the newly elected Directors will begin on April 1st, 2018 with officers being selected at the new Board's first meeting in April.

Why should I consider being on the CSDS Board, you might ask?! Well, there are some great reasons: it's fun/social, it's a great way to deepen the friendships with others on the board and it's a great way to give back to your dance community.  Most importantly though, it's necessary for CSDS to exist! And, the Directors are joined by a group of "Helpers" which makes for less work all around. So we hope you'll think about taking a turn to serve CSDS and your local dance community and consider being on the Board :-)
MADjam 2018

C-ville Westies @ MADjam 2017
( Photo Courtesy of Edwin Roa)
Many C-ville/Central VA Westies are headed to the Inner Harbor of Baltimore for  MADjam , March 1st-4th! MADjam is the largest West Coast Swing dance event on the East Coast! Three CSDS members have an active role at MADjam this year: Alyssa Gillespie is running the All Star/Newcomer Q&A Session, Katie Bigelow is holding two Resilient Westies workshops ( Elements of Efficiency in Movement, Creating a Dynamic Warm-Up) and Tammy Davis is the Newcomer Program Assistant! Go ladies!!

We also look forward to seeing former C'ville residents (but forever C-ville Westies!) Viko and Allison who now live in Boulder:

Reunited with Viko & Allison, MADjam 2017
Kristin's Group Dance Classes

Photo Courtesy of Carl Lind
Kristin Wenger's new session of  group classes starts Tuesday, March 6th! The sessions are 6-weeks long with West Coast Swing Level 2 from 6-7:30 pm and West Coast Swing Musicality (must know basics) from 7:30-9 pm. Classes are held at the  Murray High School gym, where CSDS' Swing Swap (free!) also takes place on Thursday nights. You can register online here; please note that pre-registration is required and Kristin cannot accept payment in person/class.
Dance Resources
Skippy Blair
Upcoming Dance Events
Mar. 1-4: MADjam - Baltimore, MD
Mar. 9-11:  Chicago Classic - Lombard, IL
Mar. 22-25:  Swing Over Orlando - Orlando, FL
Mar. 22-25: Boston Tea Party - Newton, MA
Mar. 22-25: 5280 Westival - Denver, CO
Mar. 23-25: Novice Invitational - Houston, TX
Mar. 29-Apr. 1:  Easter Swing - Seattle, WA
Apr. 12-15:  City of Angels - Los Angeles, CA
Apr. 19-22:  ESS Camp - Boxborough, MA
Apr. 26-29:  Swing Dance America - Lake Geneva, WI
May 10-13: Swing Diego - San Diego, CA
May 18-20: Jordan & Tatiana Weekend - MD
May 24-27: Grand Nationals - Atlanta, GA
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. 9-12: Swing Fling - Herndon, VA
Sep. 6-9:  Trilogy Swing - Raleigh/Durham, NC

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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