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

~ This Month ~

Saturday, March 16th
Erica Smith
March Dance

Saturday, March 9th
Sunday, March 10th  
Saturday, March 16th    

Saturday, March 23rd  
Saturday, March 23rd  
Saturday, March 23rd    
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* 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 us info about your events by the 20th to ensure inclusion in the following month's Newsletter.

March CSDS

Member Birthdays

Gina Fletcher (4th
Linda Perry (4th) 
Blanton Bendall (7th) 
Emily Shields (12th) 
Cindy Gast (13th) 
Kevin Sumter (16th) 
Dave Peterson (23rd) 
($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 
  Board of Directors    
  Annual 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
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 

  DJ, Instructor, Workshop

  Weekend Coordinator 

Mark DeBow 

  Director at Large 

Robert Tran




Lisa Morales 

  Swing Swap Hostess/DJ

Brian Muszynski 

  Sound System, Signs  

Kim Perkins


Adela Su

  Newsletter Editor, Social

  Media, Webmaster 

June Taft



Next BOD Meeting

Tuesday, March 5th, 7 pm 

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

Tammy Davis and I had a blast at our 3rd Annual Shoe + Tell, educating our newer dancers about dance shoes! Some went home with a "new" pair of dance shoes too, thanks to all who contributed their gently worn shoes. Until next year!
Charlottesville Swing
Dance Society (CSDS)
P.O. Box 4442
Charlottesville, VA  22905
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~ Saturday, March 16th ~
Instructor/DJ Erica Smith,
CSDS Annual Membership Meeting
& Board of Directors Election
Photos Courtesy of Carl Lind
MD dance pro Erica Smith makes her first visit to CSDS to be the guest instructor/DJ for our March 16th dance! We're excited to welcome Erica to Charlottesville after having the pleasure of seeing her at DC area dances and weekend events! She'll teach the pre-dance lesson (Beginner West Coast Swing) from 7-8 pm and then  spin the tunes from 8-11 pm. After we break for announcements, our annual membership meeting and Board of Directors election, Erica and the rest of her JT Swing Team DC will perform their latest routine! C-ville Westies Maria Ferrara, Alaina Sewell and Barbara Frost are on the team so we can't wait to see it! 
7:00 - 8:00 pm: Lesson (inc. in admission)
8:00 - 11:00 pm: Dance
- $10 CSDS Members
- $13 Non-Members
- $5 Students (FT w/ID) & First-Timers
- $5 for CSDS Members with March 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!

As parking is limited, we encourage you to carpool to our dance. In the event of inclement weather, we will post any schedule updates/changes on our public FB page (you don't have to have an account), by 1 pm. 
ANY QUESTIONS: Let us know!
Board of Directions Election
March is CSDS' annual membership meeting and Board of Directors election.  During the break, we'll hold our Board of Directors election for the 2019-2020 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:  Ed Guida
Vice President:  Bonnie Strickler
Secretary:  Gaia Read
Treasurer:  Jim Naffin
Directors:  Katie Bigelow, Mark DeBow, Rob Tran

The term of the newly elected Directors will begin on April 1st, 2019 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. :-) 
Group Classes with Kristin!  
Kristin Wenger's next session of Tuesday night group classes, through our community partner, the County of Albemarle Parks & Rec Dept., begins March 5th! West Coast Swing Level 2 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm, and Nightclub 2-Step Level 1 from 7:30 - 9:00 pm. Classes are held at the Murray High School gym, the same location as CSDS' Swing Swap on Thursday nights.  
Please register for Kristin's classes online as she cannot take payments in class! Any questions, ask Kristin! #gettoclass
Upcoming Weekend Dance Events
MADjam in Baltimore is the next area weekend dance event (workshops, social dancing, competitions, performances, shoe + dance wear vendors!), February 28th through March 3rd; many C-ville Westies will be there with some taking to the competition floor. You can watch it online for free, all weekend, at DanceJamTV (thanks, Dave!). Can't make it to MADjam? Then mark your calendars, and go ahead and reserve a hotel room (you can always cancel it later) for the next drivable events, Swing Fling, August 8th-11th, in Herndon, VA, and  Trilogy Swing, September 5th-8th, in Raleigh-Durham, NC.
Dance Resources
Feb. 28-Mar. 3:  MADjam - Baltimore, MD
Mar. 7-10:  Chicago Classic - Lombard, IL
Mar. 21-24:   5280 Westival - Aurora, CO
Mar. 21-24:  Boston Tea Party - Newton, MA
Mar. 29-31:  Jordan & Tatiana Workshops - Raleigh, NC
Mar. 29-31:  Swing Over Orlando - Orlando, FL
Apr. 11-14:  City of Angels - Los Angeles, CA
Apr. 18-21:  Easter Swing - Bellevue, WA
Apr. 25-28:  Swing Dance America - Lake Geneva, WI
May 9-12:  Swing Diego - San Diego, CA
May 23-26:  Grand Nationals - Atlanta, GA
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

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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