Charlottesville Swing Dance Society
Swing Dance News ~ September 2017                                     
(Established 10/15/15)

~ Next Dance ~

Saturday, Sept. 16th 
Guest Instructor/DJ
7-8 pm Lesson
(Beg. West Coast Swing)
8-11 pm Dance
September Dance

Saturday, Sept. 9th

Stacy's Jam with Instructor Edwin Roa

Sunday, Sept. 10th

Kristin's WCS Practica

Sunday, Sept. 10th

Saturday, Sept. 16th
Saturday, Sept. 23rd
USA Dance Charlottesville   

Saturday, Sept. 23rd
Saturday, Sept. 23rd
Visit the CSDS website!
* CSDS lists non-CSDS events as a courtesy to their hosts; 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.

September CSDS

Member Birthdays

Tony Walker (1st)
Kyla Miller (2nd)
Adela Su (11th)
Jackie Cornachio (12th)
Kaleb Matson (26th)
Barbara Haskins (29th) 
($5 Admission for Members the Month of your Birthday)
Members, let us know if we've missed your birthday!

~ Dance Schedule ~


January 21st ~ ICUMC 
February 18th ~ ICUMC
March 18th ~ ICUMC 
  Board of Directors Election
  Workshop Weekend w/Ben
  McHenry Cameo Cross 
April 15th ~ ICUMC
May 20th ~ MAC 
June 17th ~ MAC
July 15th ~ MAC  
  "Bring-A-Friend" Night 
August 19th ~ ICUMC  
  Workshop Weekend
  w/Pro Tara Trafzer 
September 16th ~ ICUMC 
October 21st ~ ICUMC 
  Halloween Dance 
November 25th ~ ICUMC 
December 16th ~ 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

Date TBD      

6:15 pm,  email CSDS for
location. Members welcome!
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Charlottesville Swing
Dance Society (CSDS)
P.O. Box 4442
Charlottesville, VA  22905
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~ Saturday, September 16th ~
( Photo Courtesy of Dan Sweet

CSDS is thrilled to host pro  Keith Stremmel as our guest instructor/DJ for our September dance on Saturday the 16th . Keith, a Central VA favorite, will teach a beginner lesson in West Coast Swing from 7-8 pm, included in your admission, and then be our DJ from 8-11 pm!

Keith is a full-time dance professional based in Lancaster, PA; he started dancing in the country scene in 1999, initially concentrating on Country 2-Step, East Coast Swing, Cha-cha and line dancing.  He didn't think much of West Coast Swing until about 2 years later. Attending a major dance event, he was inspired with what could be done at the higher levels of West Coast Swing. With that event, and slowly more events to come, it fueled his interest of wanting more dance, and he took a greater interest in West Coast Swing. Additionally, he found himself trying, liking, and learning, Argentine Tango, Rumba, Salsa, 3-count Hustle and Nightclub 2-Step. With his skills and passion for dance growing over the years, Keith also discovered how rewarding it is to help people learn and grow in dance.

In late 2006, Keith started teaching weekly classes and private lessons of West Coast Swing and Hustle, in Red Lion, PA. Later the classes spread to York and Lancaster, PA, Baltimore, MD, and Washington DC. While traveling in New Zealand in 2007, he was invited, and had the honor, to teach a group class in the growing dance community in Hamilton, NZ. In 2007 Jayne Parks and Keith choreographed a Hustle routine and put it on the floor for a public event. The year 2008 became just as exciting and rewarding when Keith partnered with Lara Deni, started choreographing West Coast Swing routines, and then traveled the United States to compete at many major dance events through 2009 with a routine. Keith currently travels to various national dance events and competes in other divisions of West Coast Swing and some Hustle.


7:00 - 8:00 pm:  Beginner Lesson in West Coast Swing
8:00 - 11:00 pm:  Dance

- $10 for CSDS Members
- $13 for Non Members
- $5 for Students (full time w/ID), First Time Attendees &
  CSDS Members with September Birthdays :-)

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 venue. In the event of inclement weather, as your safety is our highest priority, 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. Thank you!

WCS Group Classes Start in September!
Interested in learning how to dance West Coast Swing?! Do you have friends who want to learn? Local instructor Kristin Wenger, who has the longest running group classes, starts her Tuesday night classes on September 19th, through the County of Albemarle Parks & Recreation Department.
Here is the  flyer and you can sign up online (Kristin cannot take payment in class)! Level 1 Beginner West Coast Swing is 6:00-7:30 pm and West Coast Swing New Cool Moves is 7:30-9:00 pm (you should know your basics); classes are held at the  Murray High School gym. Any questions, contact  Kristin!

( Photo Courtesy of Carl Lind
Upcoming Regional Dance Events ...

C-ville Westies Pizza Party @ Trilogy 2016 
( Photo Courtesy of Edwin Roa)

Trilogy Swing, September 7th-10th in Durham, NC, is the next regional weekend dance event; our own Alyssa Gillespie is on staff and is the Grow Your Dance session coordinator! Many Charlottesville Westies went last year and enjoyed 4 days of social dancing, workshops, performances and competition with dancers from all over! If you're going, let  Adela know as she organizes a Saturday night (8-9 pm) group dinner; all Central Virginia dancers are invited and dinner RSVPs and payment are due September 4th!

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C-ville Westies Pizza Party @ DCSX 2016

Then, from November 16th-19th is DCSX, another  Dance Jam Productions, in Herndon, VA. It's another 4-day event of social dancing, workshops, performances, competition with dancers from all over, and the Saturday night C-ville Westies pizza party! Book your room now if you're even considering going; you have plenty of time to find roommates and if you decide not to go, you can always cancel it later. More to come in the following months ... in the meantime, save the date!
Dance Resources
Skippy Blair
Dance Connection (Shoes, Boots, Custom Orthotics)
Apple Dance Shoes
Upcoming Dance Events
Sep. 7-10: Trilogy Swing - Raleigh/Durham, NC
Sept. 22-24:  Philly Swing Classic - Claymont, DE
Sept. 22-24:  Meet Me in St. Louis - St. Louis, MO
Sep. 28-Oct. 1:  Atlanta Swing Classic - Atlanta, GA
Oct. 5-8:  Boogie By The Bay - San Francisco, CA
Oct. 15:  Resilient Feet for Healthy Dancers  - C'ville
Oct. 20-22:   Patty Vo Workshops - Raleigh, NC
Oct. 26-29: Swing City Chicago - Lombard, IL
Nov. 16-19: DCSX - Herndon, VA
Nov. 23-26:   US Open - Burbank, CA
Nov. 30-Dec. 3:  The After Party - Irvine, CA
Dec. 2-7:  Champions at Sea Cruise - Western Caribbean
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
Dec. 28-Jan. 1: Palm Springs New Years - CA
Jan. 11-14: ASDC - Austin, TX
Jan. 12-14:  Freedom Swing - Claymont, DE
Jan. 25-28:  Derby City Swing - Louisville, KY
Feb. 1-4:  Charlotte Westie Fest - Charlotte, NC
Feb. ??:  Sweet Side of Swing - Atlanta, GA
Mar. 1-4: MADjam - Baltimore, MD
Apr. 26-29:  Swing Dance America - Lake Geneva, WI
May 24-27: Grand Nationals - Atlanta, GA

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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