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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.

$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

$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

Annual Meeting

The First Annual LSDA Members Meeting to be held on June 7th

 Below is detailed information about our Annual Meeting and Election procedures.  Please take the time to read over everything so you can participate in our group!  However, in summary of the information below, please note these action items:
– Nominate yourself or others for board positions by May 24th
– June 7th – Save the date!…for our workshop, meeting, and a dance that evening
– Note – Only members may nominate and vote for board positions but all are welcome at our annual meeting.  But if you do become a member your voting rights are effective immediately!

We will be having our first Annual LSDA Members meeting on June 7th.  It will be held at The Courthouse Athletic Club (1 Courthouse Drive) from 4-5pm following the monthly workshop.  At the meeting we will:

  • Review the general activities from 2013 and those planned for 2014
  • Review the financial activities from 2013 and those planned for 2014
  • Review the list of LSDA Member privileges
  • Give opportunity for members to express any opinions
  • Elect new board members

 Election of Board Members

Once the list of nominees has been sent out on May 31st (see details below), members may email their votes to  Members may also vote in person on June 7th by ballot at the Annual Meeting, or may submit a vote by proxy by turning in a signed ballot the week before the meeting or by having someone deliver it at the Annual Meeting.

Nomination of Board Members

We are currently accepting nominations for board positions (you can nominate yourself).  We will be accepting nominations up through the 24th of May and a full list of nominees will be sent out by the 31st of May.

Per the current LSDA by-laws, to be nominated for the board you must have been a member for at least 8 months and be interested in promoting the well-being of LSDA and its dances.  However, the 8 month requirement may be waived upon review by the current board with consideration given to members who have shown initiative, interest, or have previous organizational experience, so if you are interested in running for a board position and you have not been a member for 8 months yet, please still apply.

Board Member Duties

If you accept your nomination and are elected for the board you will serve for one year unless re-elected. Generally, the board determines the overall policy and direction of the organization and helps to fulfill annual objectives. The board executes the day-to-day activities of the organization or delegates these activities to staff and/or committees.

Please review the descriptions of board positions at this link.  Consider not only if you would like to run for a position but also if there are other members who would be good for these positions and consider nominating them.

Please send your nominations to and list the position and member whom you would like to nominate.  Or you may submit your request in writing to the registration desk at any LSDA sponsored event.

T-Shirt Pre-order!

tshirt proof1 color backgroundIt’s time to order your very own LSDA t-shirt!   They will go fast so reserve your shirt today!!   Sizes are in line with typical male sizes and the color will be navy.  Each shirt will be $15 and you can pay when you pick it up.

To guarantee you get a shirt in your size please do one of the following:

1. Email your order (no money needed to pre-order)  no later than Thursday, April 3rd.
-Shirt size

2.  OR…you can place your order at our usual Tuesday night dance (April 1st).   **Bonus – you can see the type of shirt we will be ordering!