May 2017 Dance with Guest Pro Dawn Garrish

Date: Saturday, May 20th
Place: Municipal Arts Center
Lesson: 7-8 pm, Beginner Country 2-Step (inc. in admission)
Dance: 8-11 pm- with DJ-Elizabeth Pfister


Dawn is giving a 2-hour Competitors Workshop on Saturday from 3-5 pm at The Dance Spot (109 2nd St. SE, 2nd Floor, Charlottesville, VA, on The Downtown Mall). The cost is $40 per person (pre-registered) or $50 per person (at the door). This workshop is limited to 30 people due to the size of the venue; participants will receive a $5 voucher for the evening dance. Sign up using PalPay link below!


Right after we break for announcements (approx. 9 pm), we are in for a treat! Dawn’s youngest daughter, Taylor, and local dancer Jacen Northcutt, son of Billy and April, will perform their new routine! They are planning to compete it throughout the year and hope to ultimately compete it at the US Open 2017 over Thanksgiving weekend!


Dawn is available for a limited number of Private Lessons on Saturday morning/early afternoon; please send an email to Allison Bennett at to make your request!

Dawn Garrish and husband Dean, of Damascus, MD (, are two of the most prominent teachers of both country and west coast swing dance in the Maryland/DC area. They have been teaching and competing in the dance community for over 25 years. With their extensive knowledge in competitive dancing, they have won two UCWDC World Titles, six US Open Swing Titles, and over 50 Top Teacher Awards. Dean and Dawn are legends of the dance world and continue to influence dancers of all levels seeking to refine their skills.

Dean & Dawn pride themselves in teaching the largest continuous group classes in the Maryland & DC area. Daily, they also privately teach dancers at all levels from true beginners to advanced World competitors. They are also co-event directors of the annual New Orleans Dance Mardi Gras competition event in Louisiana.

If you’ve ever been to any of Dave Moldover’s events in the DC area (MADjam, Swing Fling, DCSX), you’ve probably seen Dawn there as Head Judge; she is HJ at other dance events too. Or maybe you’ve seen her competitive team, Capital Swing perform the routines she has choreographed. Or maybe you’ve seen her on the floor competing with her ProAm students. Or maybe you’ve seen either of her two daughters, Alexis, a two-time US Open Champion herself, and Taylor (routine partner of local dancer Jacen Northcutt), on the competitive dance floor! Dawn does it all! In addition to teaching privates and public group classes, they also often host their own workshops and intensives, including hosting pro Robert Royston, in their home studio in Damascus, MD. If you ever have the chance to attend one, we highly recommend it! We are fortunate to have them living close enough to come to Charlottesville this month!

ADMISSION (inc. pre-dance lesson):
$10 CSDS Members
$13 General Admission
$5 Students (Full-Time w/ID), First Timers and CSDS Members with May Birthdays 🙂

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