August 2022 Newsletter

Our next dance is Saturday, August 20th at Ivy Creek United Methodist Church with guest pros Lemery and Greg Rollinscott from DC!! Lemery and Greg are full-time dance instructors and are an integral part of DC's thriving social swing dance community. Lemery started off in International 10 Dance while Greg has a background in American Ballroom and Country; they eventually discovered West Coast Swing and each other. As a couple, they've been NASDE Tour Champions and currently compete in the Showcase Routine division at West Coast Swing events around the world. Individually, they have won numerous awards for improvised performances in Champion level Jack & Jill (random partner) and Strictly Swing (chosen partner) contests. We are thrilled to have this level of talent in Charlottesville! (Photo Courtesy of Jeff Fraunhoffer, 2022 Swing Dance America)

We have extended our Earlybird Registration deadline to Wednesday, August 3rd so don't delay, register today! We have also removed the vaccine requirement and masks are optional.

SKILL REQUIREMENT: Participation in these intermediate level workshops requires a solid working knowledge and the skills to dance all basic patterns (starter step, side passes, pushes, whip) with good timing, on your own and with a partner.

1:00-1:15 pm: Check in/Warm Up
1:15-2:15 pm: Workshop #1/The Judges' Eye
  • Are you interested in entering your first WCS competition? Or perhaps you are a seasoned competitor in search of tips to stand out and shine on the competition floor. What do judges want to see? How do they make decisions? How is competitive dancing different than social dancing? Lemery and Greg will answer these questions and more as they share their perspective from over a decade of experience competing and judging. No competition experience necessary, however participants must have a solid foundation of WCS timing and basic figures (tucks, pushes, passes and whips).
2:15-2:30 pm: Break, Check In/Warm Up
2:30-3:30 pm: Workshop #2/Dancers' Choice
  • We want to hear from you! Please fill out this survey so you can vote on the topics you're most interested in. This workshop is for dancers who already have a solid foundation of WCS timing and basic figures (tucks, pushes, passes and whips).
3:30-7:00 pm: Break/Dinner on your own
7:00-8:00 pm: Pre-Dance Lesson, West Coast Swing
  • Tuck Turns & Variations: we recommend attendees have previous WCS experience with basic figures and timing.
8:00-11:00 pm: Dance

Earlybird Prices thru August 3rd:
- $20 for one workshop
- $40 Package for both workshops includes 7 pm lesson + dance admission

Starting August 4th:
- $25 for one workshop
- $50 Package for both workshops includes 7 pm lesson + dance admission

DANCE ONLY ADMISSION (includes 7 pm lesson):
- $10 CSDS Members
- $13 Non-CSDS Members
- $5 Students w/ID, First-Timers
- $5 CSDS Members with August Birthdays

Both Lemery and Greg are available for private lessons; contact Didi by email for more details and to schedule yours!

CSDS no longer requires covid vaccinations and masks are optional. We are monitoring current conditions and reserve the right to make changes to our attendance/health policies at any time.

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Website Update!
CSDS now has online registration for our events! Everyone has the ability to create an online account, manage your membership (for those who elect to be CSDS members) and sign up to attend CSDS events! Special thanks to our webmaster, Kyla Miller, for all of her hard work to make the CSDS website more user-friendly and state-of-the-art!

CSDS Returns to $15 Annual Membership
As mentioned last month, CSDS has returned to our $15 annual membership fee. Membership is completely optional for attending CSDS events; however, members do get to enjoy discounts to CSDS dances. To renew your membership, please visit the CSDS website or renew on site at a CSDS dance. If you have any questions regarding the status of your membership, please contact CSDS.

CSDS Board of Director Lois Love has let us know there is a Zouk/West Coast Swing Mixer happening at the VFW Post 1827 located at 1170 River Road, on the following dates, from 6:30-8:30 pm: August 23rd + 30th, September 6th + 13th. There is a beginner Zouk lesson followed by music/social dancing that is also suitable for dancing West Coast Swing! The cost is by donation (to go to the instructor); contact Lois with questions!

ISO Board of Directors
We have several vacant Director positions and per the CSDS Bylaws, Directors may be elected to fill these vacancies for the remainder of the term, by vote of the majority of Directors in office. If you are interested in filling one of these vacancies to serve on the Board, let us know so we can fill you in on the roles and responsibilities of being a Director!

Code of Conduct
CSDS has a Code of Conduct. All CSDS attendees are expected to be familiar with and abide by it. We will have printed copies for your review at our in-person dance events.

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CSDS keeping in touch ...
We will announce updates by email, update our website and post on our Facebook page. Please help us spread the word by sharing these announcements with your friends.  
The next Board of Directors meeting is Thursday, August 4th at 7 pm EST. Please contact the Board with any questions/concerns.

Dates of Future Dances (subject to change): September 17th, October 15th, November (date TBA), December 17th

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CSDS Board of Directors (2022)
(1st Thursday Meetings @ 7 pm EST)
Didi Jennings (President)
Leigh Gordon (Secretary)
Jim Naffin (Treasurer)
Adela Su
Kristin Wenger
Lois Love