Author Archives: Shawna Westervelt

Giving Back – May 15th

Please join us this Friday as we give back to the community and spread the joy of dancing! The Allegiance Specialty Hospital in Kilgore provides health services exclusively for older adults and their patients love when outside guests come and perform. The Longview Swing Dance Association will be dancing and performing for the patients on May 15th as a part of their prom night.

We need all skill levels so please come out and join us!

Friday, May 15th
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Please meet at the front door at 6:15pm

The Allegiance Specialty Hospital
1612 South Henderson Blvd., Kilgore, TX 75662

Gentlemen – black pants and white shirt
Ladies – dress

If you have any questions please contact Shawna at  info@longviewswingdance.com

May Dance and Workshop

Saturday, May 2nd

2:00pm – 4:00pm  Intermediate Lindy Hop Workshop
Location: First Christian Church, 720 North 6th Street, Longview, TX 75601
General Admission $16
Members/Students $10

6:30pm – 7:30pm  Beginner Lindy Hop Workshop
7:30pm – 8:30pm  Beginner Swing Dance Lesson
8:30pm – 11:00pm Open Dancing

Location: First Christian Church, 720 North 6th Street, Longview, TX 75601
General Admission $8
Members/Students $5

All ages welcome and no partner needed!
If you attended the workshop class held at 2:00pm, admission to the dance is free!

LSDA at the Chautauqua Festival

We need you!!Chautauqua Festival 2015

Chautauqua Festival 2015
Saturday, April 11th
Longview Public Library
222 W. Cotton Street
10am – 4pm

Whether you’ve only come dancing once or you join us every week, you are an important part of our dance community.  And this Saturday we would love to have you join us!

Here are 3 ways you can get involved:
1. Volunteer to sit at the booth with us at any point between 10am – 3pm
2. Come watch our performance at 3pm
3. Join us for social dancing between 3-4pm

LSDA will have a booth at this years Chautauqua Festival.  We will be there from 10am until 4pm.  We will also be performing on Stage 2 at 3pm!
Here is a link to the Library’s event page
If you have any questions, or to volunteer, please email Shawna at info@longviewswingdance.com

Annual Meeting

Its time for our Annual Meeting!! Please note the important information below regarding the meeting and Board Nominations.Vote 1

What: Annual Meeting
Where: Stafford Fitness, 2111 Courthouse Dr.
When: Tuesday, March 17 at 9:30pm (following Tuesday night dance)
Details: Annual meeting will briefly review a financial summary of the last year, member benefits, etc.

Board Nominations for LSDA:
– President: Mike Westervelt
– Vice President: Stephen Camp
– Treasurer: Charles Starbird
– Secretary: Shawna Westervelt
– Member at Large: Dennis Rand

Will need to vote on the 2015 – 2016 Proposal for Board Member/DJ/Instructor compensation as shown below:
2015-2016 Membership Year Proposal:
Compensation for LSDA board members who serve as an instructor or DJ at an LSDA sponsored event shall be admitted into said event free of charge. Such compensation shall also apply to board member instructors who teach at an LSDA sponsored workshop and accompanying dance.

Valentine’s Dance – February 7th

Get out your dancing shoes and that spiffy new outfit your favorite aunt gave you for Christmas….it’s our Valentine’s Dance!! There will be a beginner lesson to start of the night followed by a wonderful night of dancing. No partner or date is needed for this event!

Saturday, February 7, 2015heart

First Christian Church, 720 North 6th Street, Longview, TX 75601

7:30pm to 8:30pm Beginner Lesson
8:30pm to 11:00pm Open Dancing

General Admission $8
Members $5
Students $5

**If you attend any of the workshop classes held at First Christian Church between 2:00pm and 5:00pm, admission to the dance is free! See more information about our workshop here.

All ages welcome and no partner needed!

Dress to Impress!!

February Workshop – World of Floorcraft

floorcraftJoin us for our February workshop! Mike and Shawna will be leading this raid party into the treacherous world of floor craft.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

First Christian Church                                         720 North 6th Street, Longview, TX 75601)

2:00 – 3:00 – Class 1 “Captain, My Captain”
This class we will work on being intentional and purposeful with moving around on the floor and how to direct your follow to go where you want her to go. We will work on directional moves (tuck-turns, swing-outs) as well as moving from one spot on the floor to a different spot farther away

3:00 – 4:00 – Class 2 “Watchtower”
This class we will work on being aware of your surroundings and being able to dance with your partner while also keeping an eye out for what the other couples around you are doing. How to find an open spot and line up a space for a swing-out. We will also work on how to stop your partner from following a disastrous trajectory…for both leads and follows.

4:00 – 5:00 – Class 3 “It’s no bigger than a womp rat…”
This class we will force you to dance in a small space…with other people! We’ll work on dancing smaller; how to bump into people rather than stepping on them; how to alternate and share an empty space with other couples; and how to move that empty space around.

Cost
$8/person/class General Admission
$5/person/class Members
$5/person/class Students

No partner needed

All ages welcome, and please wear non-marking shoes

Join us after the workshop at 7:30pm for an evening dance!   If you attend any of the classes you get into the dance for free!  The location of the dance will be in the gymnasium at First Christian Church (located at 720 North 6th Street, Longview, TX 75601).

Christmas Dance

Tuesday, December 16th

It’s the long awaited LSDA Christmas Dance!!  Last year was filled with festive Christmas tunes to dance to, an unexpected and yet epic snow ball fight, and general merriment.  We hope you join us this year!

Tuesday, December 16th
7:30pm – 8:15pm Beginner Lessonchristmas lsda2
8:15pm – 10:30pm Open DancingDPP_0046

Stafford Fitness (formerly the Courthouse Athletic Club)
2111 Courthouse Drive, Longview 75605

Cost: (Includes beginner lesson)
General Admission: $8
Member: $5
Student: $5

Dress: Christmas!!!
No Partner Needed
All Ages Welcome
Please wear non-marking shoes

Special LSDA Members Meeting – December 2nd

All LSDA Members,

On Tuesday, December 2nd, we will be holding a special meeting at our weekly dance to vote on an amendment to the LSDA bylaws.  This amendment is intended to allow the LSDA board a method for establishing how an LSDA board member is to be compensated for serving as a DJ or Instructor at an LSDA sponsored event, by presenting a proposal to the general LSDA members that covers that topic.  We will also vote on a proposal by the current LSDA board that establishes how an LSDA board member is to be compensated.

You may vote by ballot at the meeting on December 2nd, or you may e-mail your vote to the LSDA Secretary, Lindsay Starbird, before the December 2nd meeting.  A follow up e-mail will be sent out with more information on absentee voting.

General Outline of Special Meeting

1.       Vote on Proposed Amendment:  This will allow the LSDA board to make the proposal to the general members

2.       Vote on Compensation Proposal: This establishes how current LSDA board members will be compensated for being a DJ or Instructor at an LSDA event.

The Amendment and Compensation Proposal are shown in this e-mail for your review.  An excerpt from the LSDA bylaws regarding voting on amendments is included for reference.

Amendment to Bylaws

Once each year, the general LSDA membership will approve terms regarding compensation for LSDA board members serving a voluntary position at any LSDA event as set forth in each compensation proposal.

2014-2015 Membership Year Proposal:

Compensation for LSDA board members who serve as an instructor or DJ at an LSDA sponsored event shall be admitted into said event free of charge.  Such compensation shall also apply to board member instructors who teach at an LSDA sponsored workshop and accompanying dance.

Excerpt from LSDA bylaws regarding voting on amendments:

Approval of Amendments

These bylaws may only be amended by a unanimous vote of the officers of the board and a simple majority of the general members at a meeting called specifically for that purpose and pursuant to Article 3 Section 4.

July 12th Balboa Workshop

If you’ve ever wanted to learn Balboa from the ground up, this is your chance! Mike and Shawna will be dedicating the entire workshop to teaching balboa from the very beginning. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, July 12th
1:00pm – 5:00pm

Courthouse Athletic Club
1 Courthouse Drive, Longview

1:00pm – 2:15pm Balboa #1: Intro to Balboa
2:30pm – 3:45pm Balboa #2: Moves and Transitions
4:00pm – 5:00pm Balboa #3: Putting it All Together

Cost
$8/person/class General Admission
$5/person/class Members
$5/person/class Students

No partner needed

New LSDA Board of Directors

LSDA held its annual members meeting on Saturday, June 7th, and elected new board members. Results are as follows: 

President – Mike Westervelt
Vice President – Scott O’Hern
Secretary – Lindsay Starbird
Treasurer – Charles Starbird
Member at Large – Christie Martin