Charlottesville Swing Dance Society
Swing Dance News ~ November 2019                                     
Attendees of CSDS functions are expected to be
familiar with and abide by our Code of Conduct!

~ This Month ~

Saturday, Nov. 23rd
Gaia + Ilon
7-8 pm Lesson
8-11 pm Dance
November Dance
7:30-9 pm Dancing (Free)
Hosts/DJ: Lisa Morales &
Kevin Sumter
CANCELLED Nov. 28th!!

Saturday, Nov. 2nd 
Tuesday, Nov. 5th
(Election Day)
Saturday, Nov. 9th 
Saturday, Nov. 9th
Sunday, Nov. 10th 
Sunday, Nov. 10th
Saturday, Nov. 23rd 
Saturday, Nov. 23rd
Swing Step with Scott Brandt (Richmond) NEW!!
Sunday, Nov. 24th
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 Hosts:  send us info about your monthly events by the 20th to ensure inclusion in the following month's Newsletter.

November CSDS

Member Birthdays

Gayle Cartley (3rd)
Ilon Weeldreyer (4th) 
Michele Smith (6th)
Ed Tharnish (6th) 
Baramon Kolb (15th)
Carl Lind (19th)
Kristin Wenger (20th) 
Angela Howerton (21st) 
Katy Frei (26th) 
($5 Admission for Members the Month of your Birthday)
Members, let us know if
we've missed your birthday!
~ Dance Schedule ~
November 23rd ~ ICUMC
  (4th Saturday) 
December 21st ~ MAC
  Holiday Dance  
2020 Dates:
January 18th
March 21st
April 18th
May 16th
June 20th
July 18th
August 15th
September 19th
October 17th
November 28th (4th Sat.)
December 19th 
- $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 like our Workshop Weekends! 
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  

June Taft


Tammy Davis



Next BoD Meeting

Monday, Nov. 4th, 7 pm    

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

New Westie Dance in RVA
Our good buddy Scott Brandt is pleased to announce his newly formed  Swing Step (WCS and Country 2-Step) and his affiliation with  Rigby's Jig in Richmond; they are hosting a monthly  4th Saturday Dance on Saturday, November 23rd. We look forward to supporting Scott and his desire to promote and grow West Coast Swing in Richmond! PC: Dan Sweet.
Charlottesville Swing
Dance Society (CSDS)
P.O. Box 4442
Charlottesville, VA  22905
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~ Saturday, November 23rd ~
( it's the 4th Saturday!)
Gaia Read + Ilon Weeldreyer
CSDS welcomes Gaia Read and Ilon Weeldreyer as our instructors/DJs, on Saturday, November 23rd (it's the 4th Saturday!) at the Ivy Creek United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. No strangers to dance or teaching, Gaia and Ilon are making their CSDS debut this month! They'll teach a WCS lesson ("Easy Extensions", Beginner/Intermediate) from 7-8 pm, included in your admission, and then be our DJs from 8-11 pm. Gaia and Ilon reside in Charlottesville and have training in Ballroom, Salsa and West Coast Swing. We are excited to have them teaching/DJing for CSDS for their first time!
- $10 for CSDS Members
- $13 for non CSDS Members
- $5 for Students (FT w/ID) & First-Time Attendees
- $5 for CSDS Members with November Birthdays 
- Children Under 16 are Free (no childcare services) 
Please wear either dance shoes or light-colored soles; whatever you wear must be non-marking!
Attendees of CSDS events are expected to be familiar with and abide by our  Code of Conduct

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 Cancelled Nov. 28th
~ Happy Thanksgiving! ~
DCSX 2019
DCSX is the next regional weekend dance event, November 14th-17th, in NoVA. Many C-ville/CSDS Westies will be attending with our own Alyssa Gillespie on staff! If you've never attended a weekend dance event, this would be a great first event. Up to 4 days of non-stop dancing in the form of workshops, intensives, performances, competition and of course, tons of social dancing. You'll learn from the top touring professionals and meet/dance with hundreds of other dancers from all over. Interested in purchasing dance shoes? Several dance shoe vendors will be on site with loads of shoes available for you to try on!

DCSX 2018
Halloween Dance Recap 
Thanks to all who attended our October Halloween Dance! Our costume contest judges had a difficult time selecting the winners! Check out the costume contest winners and all who dressed up!
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 set up, sit at the registration desk, clean up, or help with the snack table.  Let her know if you are interested. NO OBLIGATION REQUIRED. Thank you!
Dance Resources
Nov. 8-10: Westies On The Water - Guntersville, AL
Nov. 14-17:  DCSX - Herndon, VA
Nov. 28-Dec. 1:  The Open - Burbank, CA
Dec. 5-8:  Swingle Bell Rock - NJ/NY
Dec. 27-30:  Floor Play New Years - Orlando, FL
Dec. 28-Jan. 1:  Spotlight New Years - Ypsilanti, MI
Dec./Jan.:   New Year's Boston - Framingham, MA
Jan. 16-19:  ASDC - Austin, TX
Jan. 17-19:  Freedom Swing - Claymont, DE
Jan. 23-26:  Derby City Swing - Louisville, KY
Jan. 30-Feb.2:  Charlotte Westie Fest - Charlotte, NC
Feb. 13-16:  Capital Swing - Sacramento, CA
Feb. 20-23:  Rose City Swing - Tigard, OR
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
Apr. 2-5:  ESS Boston - Boxboro, MA
Apr. 3-5:  Swing Over Orlando - Orlando, FL
Apr. 9-12:  Easter Swing - Bellevue, WA
Apr. 16-19:  City of Angels - Los Angeles, CA
Apr. 23-27:   Swing Dance America - Lake Geneva, WI
May 21-24:  Grand Nationals (20th!) - Atlanta, GA
Jun. 18-21:  Mastery of Swing - Morristown, NJ
Jun. 25-28:  Liberty Swing - New Brunswick, NJ
Aug. 6-9: Swing Fling - Herndon, VA
Sep. 10-13:  Trilogy Swing - Durham, NC

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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