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

~ Next Dance ~

Saturday, Nov. 24th
No Lesson This Month!
8-11 pm Dance
November Dance
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 Hostssend information about your events by the 20th to ensure inclusion in the following month's Newsletter.

November CSDS

Member Birthdays

Michele Smith (6th)
Carol Wenger (6th)
James Drahan (18th)
Carl Lind (19th)
Jeff Freeman (20th) 
Kristin Wenger (20th)
Angela Howerton (21st)
Wendy Frazer Gullick (23rd)
Katy Frei (26th) 
($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




Wendy Frazer-Gullick 


Lisa Morales 

  Swing Swap Hostess/DJ

Brian Muszynski 

  Sound System, Signs  

Kim Perkins

  Refreshments Coordinator  

Adela Su

  Newsletter Editor, Social

  Media, Webmaster 

June Taft



Next BOD Meeting

Monday, Nov. 5th, 7 pm 

Email CSDS for location.
~ Booty's Corner ~

I had the pleasure to see former Charlottesville dancer Mandy Liu last month in San Francisco, at Boogie by the Bay. Mandy recently moved to London and says hello to everyone! 
Charlottesville Swing
Dance Society (CSDS)
P.O. Box 4442
Charlottesville, VA  22905
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~ Saturday, November 24th ~
with DJ Eddie K
Eddie + Adela @ MADjam 
CSDS looks forward to seeing you at our November dance on the fourth Saturday this month, November 24th, at the Municipal Arts Center (the MAC). Eddie K returns to be our DJ for the evening; there is no lesson this month and our dance is from 8-11 pm with our Westie Power Hour, all WCS music, from 10-11 pm!
- $10 for CSDS Members 
- $13 for Non-Members 
- $5 for Students (FT w/ID), First-Time Attendees and 
   CSDS Members with November Birthdays
- Children Under 16 are Free! (childcare not provided)
FOOTWEAR: please wear either dance shoes or light-colored soles; whatever you wear must be non-marking.
ANY QUESTIONS: Let us know!    
Next Area Dance Event ~ Nov. 15th-18th
Never been to a weekend dance event? This would
be a great first event, <2 hours from Charlottesville!
Come up for the day, visit the shoe vendors and
buy some real dance shoes, your feet will love you!
~ Swing Swap is Cancelled ~ 
Thursday, Nov. 22nd
Happy Thanksgiving!
Swing Swap resumes Nov. 29th
CSDS Dancers Head to US Open!
We are so proud to have three CSDS dancers heading to Burbank, CA over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to compete their routines at the  US Open Swing Dance Championships, the Olympics of West Coast Swing! Junior Jacen Northcutt, with partner Taylor Garrish of MD, will compete in the Young Adult division; Allison Bennett, with pro partner, Ben McHenry of CA, will compete in the ProAm division; and local pro Alyssa Gillespie, with pro partner Rob Glover of MA, will compete in the Showcase division! You can watch the event live via  Global Dance TV (for a fee). Good luck Jacen, Allison and Alyssa, we are so proud of you and you're all winners in our book!
L to R: Jacen, Allison and Alyssa
Local Dancers on JT Swing Team DC!
Photo Courtesy of Erica Smith
Charlottesville/CSDS dancers Maria Ferrara and Barbara Frost have joined JT Swing Teams DC, directed by Erica Smith! So have Aaron Gonzales and Scott Brandt who we also think of our own. :-) Founded by WCS legends Jordan Frisbee and Tatiana Mollmann, 11 time US Open Classic Division Champions, each JT Swing Team is run by a qualified local director who teaches the team members the routines. Each team learns the same routine, providing team members with maximized performance opportunities as there are team members all over the world who know the same routine! At any given weekend dance event, team members from all over can come together to perform their routines! What a great concept! Plans are in the works to have members of JT Swing Teams DC come to Charlottesville to perform their Season 4 routine at an upcoming CSDS dance, we can't wait!!
New Dance Group in RVA!
West Coast Swing RVA, the Richmond area's newest dance group headed up by Baramon Kolb, Tammy Davis and Scott Brandt, is hosting their first dance this month in Colonial Heights, West Coast Swing RVA 2nd Saturday Dance on Saturday, November 10th at  Genia Johnson Dance Company. With a combined total of more than 50 years of dance experience between the three of them, Baramon, Tammy and Scott are excited to be hosting their own events and helping to grow the dance community in Richmond and the surrounding counties in Central Virginia. You can "Like/Follow" their  Facebook page to stay up to date on their classes and dances. We wish them the best of luck in their dance endeavors and look forward to attending their events!
L to R: Baramon, Tammy and Scott
Dance Resources
Nov. 8-11: Swingin' New England - Newton, MA
Nov. 15-18:  DC Swing eXperience  - Herndon, VA
Nov. 21-25:  US Open - Burbank, CA
Nov. 29-Dec. 2: Swingle Bell Rock - Newark, NJ
Nov. 29-Dec. 2:  The After Party - Irvine, CA
Dec. 6-9:  Upstate Dance Challenge - Saratoga Springs, NY
Dec. 28-Jan. 1:  Floorplay Swing Vacation - Orlando, FL
Dec. 28-Jan. 1: Spotlight New Years - Ypsilanti, MI
Dec. 28-Jan. 1:  New Year's Boston - Framingham, MA
Jan. 17-20:  ASDC - Austin, TX
Jan. 24-27:  Derby City Swing - Louisville, KY
Jan. 31-Feb. 3: Charlotte Westie Fest - Charlotte, NC
Feb. 14-17: Capital Swing - Sacramento, CA
Feb. 21-24:  Rose City Swing - Portland, OR
Feb. 28-Mar. 3:  MADjam - Baltimore, MD
Mar. 7-10: Chicago Classic - Lombard, IL
Mar. 21-24:  Boston Tea Party - Newton, MA
Mar. 29-31:  Jordan & Tatiana Workshops - Raleigh, NC
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

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!

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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