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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.

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.

LSDA November Workshop and Dance

Saturday, November 1st, there will be an intermediate Balboa workshop from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at Stafford Fitness Center (formerly Courthouse Athletic Club). Then, join us for an exciting evening dance at the ROC at First Baptist Church starting at 7:00pm!

Intermediate Balboa Workshop
2:00pm – 3:00pm –  “Back to the Basics”
This class we will review the basic mechanics and broaden the theory/technique on the basic Balboa steps. (connection, frame, footwork, come-around, out-and-ins, etc)

3:00pm – 4:00pm –  “The Baby with the Bathwater”
This class will be all about toss-outs. We will review and expand on the come-around, the toss-out, and the catch. We will also explore several different variations on the toss-out.

4:00pm – 5:00pm –  “Up a creek…”
This class will cover everything you will need for wilderness survival…that’s right, we will be going over paddle kicks! Paddles are an extremely useful Balboa technique and integral to any growing Balboa dancer. They allow for improvising, resetting footwork…they are really the glue that holds the Balboa dance together.

Location:
Stafford Fitness Center
2111 Court House Dr, Longview, Texas 75605

Cost:
$5/person/class for LSDA Members, Stafford Fitness Members, and Students
$8/person/class for General Admission

No partner needed, all ages welcome, and please wear non-marking shoes.

 

Saturday Evening Dance
7:00pm to 7:30pm Beginner Lesson
7:30pm to 10:30 Open Dancing

Location:
The ROC at First Baptist Church
212 E. South Street, Longview, TX.

Cost:
$5/person for LSDA Members and Students
$8/person for general admission
**If you attend any one of the workshop classes in the afternoon, admission to the evening dance is FREE!

All ages welcome and no partner needed!
The dress for the evening dance is casual, but dressing up is encouraged!

October 4th Charleston Workshop with Guest Instructor Shelby

Save the date! Saturday, October 4th we have a very special and exciting workshop planned for you! The amazingly talented Shelby from Dallas will be a guest instructor and will DJ our dance after the workshop. Shelby will be teaching us Charleston so you do NOT want to miss this!

Class #1: Eye to Eye and Side by Side
In this class, Shelby will break down face to face 1920’s Charleston moves and variations, as well as transitioning to and from side by side Charleston.

Class #2: ABC and 1, 2, 3
This class is all about alphabetical solo jazz moves with variations, as well as how to mix them into combinations.

Class #3: Gravity is your friend, not food
This class will focus on the concepts of balance and momentum. This will be a concept and technique needed for partner Charleston.

Location:
Stafford Fitness
1 Courthouse Drive, Longview 75605

2:00pm – 5:00pm

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 where Shelby will spin us some sweet swing music! The location of the dance will the same location as the workshop, upstairs at Stafford Fitness. Feel free to email info@longviewswingdance.com with any questions. This is going to be a tremendous amount of fun so don’t miss out!

Dress for the evening dance is casual, but bonus points if you dress up!

Monthly Workshop September 6th

Join us at 2:00pm on Saturday, September 6th at Stafford Fitness (formerly the Courthouse Athletic Club) for our monthly workshop where we will be teaching Lindy Hop!

2:00pm – 3:00pm Beginner Lindy Hop
3:00pm – 4:00pm Intermediate: Making Swivels Awesome (for leads and follows)
4:00pm – 5:00pm Advanced – Ad-lib your Lindy Hop

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

No partner needed

Also, join us after the workshop at 7:30pm for a house dance party! The location of the dance party will be announced at the workshop on Saturday, but please feel free to email info@longviewswingdance.com with any questions. This is going to be a tremendous amount of fun so don’t miss out!

August 2nd LSDA Workshop

We have an exciting August workshop planned for you! The first class is all about learning the Shim Sham, which is the fun jazz line dance you see at our Tuesday dances at 9:30. The next class is the Jitterbug Stroll which is another fun jazz line dance. In our third class, we will take all of these fun new jazz moves you just learned and show you how to incorporate them on the social dance floor! Hope to see you there on Saturday, August 2nd at the Courthouse Athletic Club.

1:00pm – 2:15pm Shim Sham
2:30pm – 3:30pm Jitterbug Stroll
3:45pm – 4:45pm Incorporating Jazz Moves into Social Dancing

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

No partner needed

Plus, join us after the workshop at 7:30pm for a house dance party! This is a great way to hang out with some of your favorite people plus dance to some amazing music courtesy of DJ Scott. The location of the dance party will be announced at the workshop on Saturday, but please feel free to email info@longviewswingdance.com with any questions. This is going to be a tremendous amount of fun so don’t miss out!

Special Dance on 5th Tuesday of July

Tuesday, July 29th is a special LSDA dance on the 5th Tuesday of the month. Come join us for a beginner lesson followed by open dancing!

Since this is a special event, we are going to do things a little bit differently. The music will be mostly 50s music, with some 60s, and possibly a little of today. We are also planning on wearing polka dots or anything brightly colored! It’s going to be a ton of fun and we hope to see you there!

Courthouse Athletic Club
1 Courthouse Drive, Longview 75605

7:30 to 8:15pm Beginner Lesson
8:15 to 10:00pm Open Dancing

$8 General Admission
$5 Members and Student

Dress: Casual
Please wear non-marking shoes
All ages welcome
No partner needed!!!