August 2023 Newsletter

Our next dance is this Saturday, August 19th and we'll be back at the Ivy Creek United Methodist Church. Gaia Read and Ilon Weeldreyer return to be our lesson instructors and DJs this month!


7-8 pm: Lesson, West Coast Swing

  • Intermediate Level: enhancing a basic pattern like the pros do! While this lesson can be taken by beginners, it is not intended to introduce "first timers" to West Coast Swing dancing.

8-11 pm: Dance

ADMISSION (includes Lesson):

$10 CSDS Members

$13 Non-CSDS Members

$5 Students w/ID, First-Timers

$5 CSDS Members with August Birthdays


Advanced/online sign up is greatly appreciated, through 12 noon ET the day of the dance. Create an account to manage your membership (optional) and sign up for CSDS events!

In the event of inclement weather and there is a schedule change or cancellation, we will make a post on our public Facebook page (you don't have to have an account) by 2 pm ET the day of the dance.

CSDS Membership

CSDS offers an $15 annual membership fee. Membership dues help to support CSDS and is completely optional for attending our events. Members do get to enjoy discounts to CSDS dances. To become a member or to renew your membership, please visit the CSDS website or take care of this in person at a CSDS dance. If you have any questions regarding the status of your membership, please contact CSDS.

August Member Birthdays

Happy birthday to the following CSDS members: Al Lundgren, Bruce Schlegel, Christina Westerlund, Jared Barber, Karen Byrne, Maria Ferrara and Marvin Thompson. If you attend our dance the month of your birthday, admission is just $5! Members, if we've missed your birthday, let us know!

Code of Conduct

CSDS has a Code of Conduct. Attendees are expected to be familiar with and abide by it at all CSDS sponsored events.

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Swing Swap

CSDS' weekly Thursday Swing Swap continues this month with great tunes to have you groovin', a boomin' sound system and hardwood to get your spin on, all at the MAC (Municipal Arts Center), 7-8:30 pm! Vic Gregor and Ed Tharnish alternate hosting/DJing duties. Come on out and practice, swap ideas and moves, or just dance. We're beginner friendly and practice friendly! Admission is a suggested donation of $3-$5 (cash/check only). Location: 1119 5th St. SW (across 5th Street from Wegman's).

Dance Resources

Check out the CSDS website for other dance opportunities, dance groups/hosts, dance instructors and dance resources (incuding music, shoes, events, training, tips/etiquette)! Also join the CSDS Planning (Social Events, Rides, Roomies, Etc.) group!

Social Media

Bookmark our linktree for links to our website and our social media accounts: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! Like/follow us on these interactive platforms so you can enjoy more content about CSDS and dancing in general!

Win a Dance Jam Dream Pass!

Go dancing and enter a drawing to win a Dance Jam Dream Pass! Yes, that's right, our friends at Dance Jam Productions want to help support local dances by giving away a free pass to one of their events (MADjam, Swing Fling, DCSX). See at the details here and bring your card when you attend a CSDS dance or Swing Swap!

Volunteers Needed

As you know, CSDS is a volunteer run organization and it takes volunteers to put on our monthly dances and Swing Swap. We could use your help occasionally with setting up and taking down our dance venues, greeting dances at our registration desk and handling refreshments. If you would like to join our volunteer team, please contact any one of our Board members. Thanks!

Board of Directors Update

We have several Director positions open and welcome anyone who is interested in giving back to the club to contact us. You can suggest someone and/or nominate yourself!

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CSDS keeping in touch ...

We will announce updates by email, update our website and post on our Facebook page. Schedule changes/cancellations of our dances/events will be posted on our public Facebook page (you do not need to have an account) by 2 pm ET the day of. Please help us spread the word by sharing these announcements with your friends! You can receive our Newsletter and emails by subscribing here. For future planning, here is the remaining schedule (3rd Saturdays) for 2023:

September 16: MAC with instructors Allison Atteberry + Viko Hernandez

October 21: ICUMC with instructor Jason Donahoo

November 18: ICUMC (no lesson)

December 16: MAC with instructor Kristin Wenger

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CSDS Board of Directors (2023)

(next meeting ~ August 7th)

Ed Guida, President

Gina Fletcher, Treasurer

Vic Gregor, Secretary

Lois Love

Marlon Cerritos

Charlottesville Swing Dance Society
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