CSDS History

A History of the Charlottesville Swing Dance Society By Cindy Cass   Editor’s Note:  This article was written in 2005.  Anyone interested in updating the article, please send us an email!   In March 2005, CSDS was 13 years old! Given my love of history it was a natural response for me to archive CSDS before, as Paul Simon says, it started “slip slidin’ away.” This April issue insert is my attempt to trace the history of CSDS, chronicle its events, and most importantly, record for posterity the people who created and sustain CSDS. I hope that this information will… Continue reading

Saturday, August 16th, 2014 Dance

Dance Pro and Dance Instructor Kristin Wenger will be our DJ and Lesson Instructor this month.  On Saturday, August 16, Kristin will teach a special extended West Coast Swing dance lesson starting with a Beginner lesson from 6:30 pm to 7:30  pm and then an Intermediate lesson from 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  Then the  dance will continue from 8:00 om until 11 pm.  Note this month we will be at Unity Church, 2825 Hydraulic Circle, Charlottesville, VA  22901.  Both lessons are included with your dance admission. We want to especially encourage our more experienced dancers to attend the beginner… Continue reading

Don’t Be a Dance Bully by Terry Pratt

I offer this story to the dance community as an effort in “consciousness raising” about an important issue that can have a huge impact on any dancer, but especially on new dancers who don’t yet know what is proper and improper on the dance floor. As we try to encourage new dancers to join our community, an experience like the one I relate here can ruin the dance experience for them. We want every aspect of a new dancer’s experience to be positive. Here is the story, and my thoughts about how to make folks aware of how destructive “dance… Continue reading

Saturday, October 18th, 2014 Halloween Costume Dance!

Lisa Morales will be our DJ this month for our dance on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 8 pm to 11 pm at Unity Church, 2825 Hydraulic Road, Charlottesville, VA  22901.  This is our annual Halloween Costume Dance! Costumes are encouraged although not required… but they sure are a whole lot of fun!  Prizes for the best costumes! Costume contest winners will be announced during the break at 9:15 pm so make sure you are there by 8:30 pm to be considered!! We will NOT have a pre-dance lesson this month. Continue reading

Edwin Roa

Edwin is a local dance instructor of various styles of partner dance including ballroom and Latin social dances.  He is also the artistic director of The Charlottesville Salsa Club, and currently teaches at The Dance Spot, here on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall (109 2nd St, SE. 2nd floor.)   He can be reached at (804) 852-4123 or by email.  More information is also available on his website. Continue reading