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

~ Next Dance ~

  Billy & April Northcutt
7-8 pm Beginner Lesson
West Coast Swing
8-11 pm Dance
DJs Billy & Jacen
May Dance
Friday, May 18th
Off & Dancing's Monthly Dance (Ashland)

Saturday, May 19th

Saturday, May 19th

Saturday, May 26th
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

Fernando Aristizabel (3rd)
Marlon Cerritos (9th)
Don Melcher (11th)
Jim Miller (13th)
Cathy Burrier (22nd)
Allison Bennett (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  
August 18th ~ ICUMC 
  "Bring-A-Friend" Night
September 15th ~ ICUMC 
October 20th ~ MAC  
  Halloween Dance 
November 24th ~ ICUMC 
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

Mark DeBow


Gaia Read


Katie Bigelow 


Jim Naffin 

  Director at Large 

Robert Tran




Beth DeBow

  Helper at Large

Wendy Frazer-Gullick 


Leon Gorman

  Dance Greeter

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, May 2nd, 7 pm

Email CSDS for location; members welcome!
~ Booty's Corner ~
ESS Boston 2018

C-ville and Richmond Westies at ESS Boston, a weekend dance event with top pros Jordan and Tatiana, Kyle and Sarah, and Parker and Melissa. Three days of leveled workshops, leaders and followers styling classes, Saturday night pro show and exhibitions, social dancing each night and no comps!! 
Charlottesville Swing
Dance Society (CSDS)
P.O. Box 4442
Charlottesville, VA  22905
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~ Saturday, May 19th ~
with the Northcutt Family
The Dancing Northcutts: 
April, Billy + Jacen! 
CSDS and the Northcutt Family look forward to seeing everyone at the May dance on Saturday the 19th, when Billy and April teach the pre-dance lesson from 7-8 pm, Beginner West Coast Swing (included in admission), and then Billy and son Jacen are our DJs from 8-11 pm, all at the Ivy Creek United Methodist Church !
7-8 pm  Lesson/Beginner West Coast Swing
8-11 pm  Dance


- $10 for CSDS Members
- $13 for Non-Members
- $5 for Students (FT w/ID), First-Time Attendees and
   CSDS Members with May 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!

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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 Directors Officers
The 2018-2019 Board of Directors met for the first time in early April, with the following Officers elected for the coming year:

President: Ed Guida
Vice President: Bonnie Strickler
Treasurer: Mark DeBow
Secretary: Gaia Read
Director at Large: Jim Naffin
Membership: Rob Tran
DJ/Lesson/Workshop Coordinator: Katie Bigelow

The Board of Directors is also assisted by a trusty stable of volunteer "Helpers" who help to make for less work all around for each person. Thank you ALL for your service and dedication to the CSDS membership and dance community; we would not exist without you!!
Kristin's Group Classes in May
Kristin Wenger's next session (4 weeks) of group classes start on Tuesday, May 1st Nightclub 2-Step Advanced is from 6:00-7:30 pm, and West Coast Swing New Moves (must know basics inc. whip) is from 7:30-9:00 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.
The Last Stacy's Jam & New 2nd Saturday Westie Dances! 
The last Stacy's Jam brought together many dancers from Central Virginia including some of the "old gang" from the Maxx and Fry's Springs days! What a fun evening it was and a nice way to retire Stacy's Jams.

Stacy's Jam - Retirement Dance       

During announcements, Stacy let everyone know that Smooth Sailing Ballroom owners Adam and Alexis Reed Mehring will be carrying on the dance torch with their 2nd Saturday Swing (Westie) dances! You may remember Smooth Sailing hosted their first Westie dance and Drills Intensive with Eddie + Adela, in February, with a fabulous turnout. We love that they have embraced West Coast Swing and look forward to their 2nd Saturday dances: May 12th with Kristin Wenger, and June 9th with Eddie + Adela, for starts.

Over in the McIntire Business Park, Blue Light Ballroom will also be hosting regular 2nd Saturday "Remix" Dances! Each month's dance will have a different dance theme. Their April dance was a "club party" theme with Nightclub 2 Step as the focus; future dances will be things like a California Mixer or a Salsa night. Each "Remix Party" is going to be a bit different to appeal to everyone!

Thank you, Stacy and Sue, for 16 years of great dances, great times and great friendships; we look forward to having you come out to social dance with us! 
Farewell, JeAnne!
CSDS member JeAnne Frey recently moved from Charlottesville to Texas! Some of us got together last month at  Stinson Vineyards, owned by CSDS members Scott and Martha Stinson, to enjoy an afternoon of good wine, views and friendship.

Farewell, JeAnne, we shall miss you and wish you the best of luck, good health and happiness in your new Texas home! <3
Dance Resources
Skippy Blair
Dance Connection (Shoes, Boots, Custom Orthotics)
Apple Dance Shoes
Upcoming Dance Events
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. 3-5:  Midwest Westie Fest - Kansas City, MO
Aug. 9-12: Swing Fling - Herndon, VA
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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