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

~ Next Dance ~

Saturday, Sept. 15th
5:45-6:30 pm
Potluck Tailgate
6:30-7:15 pm Lesson
Beg. Country 2-Step
7:15-8:00 pm Lesson
Beg. West Coast Swing
8-11 pm Dance
September Dance
Kristin's WCS Practica
Saturday, Sept. 1st
Sunday, Sept. 2nd
Sunday, Sept. 9th   Friday, Sept. 14th
Saturday, Sept. 15th
Saturday, Sept. 15th
Saturday, Sept. 15th
Saturday, Sept. 22nd 
Saturday, Sept. 22nd
Friday, Sept. 28th
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.

September CSDS

Member Birthdays

Kyla Miller (2nd)
John Monroe (2nd)
Adela Su (11th)
Jackie Cornachio (12th)
Kevin Shipe (12th)
Crystal Crawford (13th)
Shirley Hervey (20th)
Bethany Parr (23rd)
Kelley Lewis (24th)
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 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


June Taft



Next BOD Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 5th, 7 pm 

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

Gaia, Cindy, Ilon & Me 
In July, C-ville Westies Ilon, Gaia and I traveled to Denver to attend SwingTime; there we enjoyed being reunited with former CSDS dancers Viko Hernandez and Allison Atteberry, Christina Matson and her family, and Cindy Rogers (above)!
Charlottesville Swing
Dance Society (CSDS)
P.O. Box 4442
Charlottesville, VA  22905
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~ Saturday, September 15th ~
with Instructor/DJ
Keith Stremmel
Photo Courtesy of Carl Lind
CSDS looks forward to seeing everyone at our next dance on Saturday, September 15th, at the Ivy Creek United Methodist Church Fellowship HallKeith Stremmel from PA returns to be our lesson instructor and DJ for the evening!  
Keith will teach the pre-dance lessons (Beginner Country 2-Step from 6:30-7:15 pm, Beginner West Coast Swing from 7:15-8 pm), included in your admission, and then will spin the tunes from 8-11 pm with our Westie Power Hour, all WCS music, from 10-11 pm!
BYOB (Bring Your Own Beginner): Bring someone new who gets in FREE for the evening and you get in for just $5!! What a bargain and what a great way to help grow our community and spread the dance love!

POTLUCK TAILGATE: Our June potluck tailgate was such a hit that we're doing it again before the lessons/dance, at 5:45 pm. Bring something to share; we'll provide the serving ware/utensils. 
- $10 for CSDS Members
- $13 for Non-Members
- $5 for Students (FT w/ID), First-Time Attendees and
   CSDS Members with September Birthdays!
- Children Under 16 are Free! (childcare not provided)
BYOB (Bring Your Own Beginner) ADMISSION:
- Free for New Dancer
- $5 for Host 
FOOTWEAR: please wear either dance shoes or light-colored soles; whatever you wear must be non-marking.
ANY QUESTIONS: Let us know!    
Kristin's WCS Group Classes
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 11th, through our community partner, the County of Albemarle Parks & Recreation Department (our generous hosts for  Swing Swap during the school year). 
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 on Tuesday evenings at the  Murray High School gym. Any questions, contact  Kristin!

(Photo Courtesy of Carl Lind)
August Dance Recap
Thank you for everyone who came to our August dance; we had a terrific time with our special guests, DC RolePlay and DJ Kelli Kilgore, and look forward to being with them again soon. They are regulars at the DC/MD area dances; if you have an interest in attending one of those dances, contact  Gaia Read who often organizes carpools! Thanks also to Kristin Wenger for hosting some of the DCRP dancers overnight at her lovely home!

Photo Credits: Katie Bigelow & Adela S
Dance Resources
Aug. 30-Sep. 2: Desert City Swing - Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 30-Sep. 2:  River City Swing - FL
Sep. 6-9:  Trilogy Swing - Raleigh/Durham, NC
Sep. 6-9: ESS Camp - Phoenix, AZ
Sep. 14-16: Austin Rocks - Austin, TX
Sep. 14-16:  RM5 - Denver, CO
Sep. 20-23:  Meet Me in St. Louis - St. Louis, MO
Sep. 21-23:  Philly Swing Classic - Claymont, DE
Sep. 27-30:  Atlanta Swing Classic - Atlanta, GA
Sep. 27-30: BridgeTown Swing - Vancouver, WA
Oct. 4-7: Boogie By The Bay - San Francisco, CA
Oct. 12-14: Montreal Westie Fest - Montreal, Quebec
Oct. 18-21:  Paradise Country Dance Festival - Irvine, CA
Oct. 19-21:  Swustlicious - King of Prussia, PA
Oct. 25-28:  Swing City Chicago - Lombard, IL
Oct. 25-28:  Halloween SwingThing - Torrance, CA
Nov. 2-4:  Florida Westie Fest - Tampa, FL
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

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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