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.

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

$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

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

$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.

Stafford Fitness
1 Courthouse Drive, Longview 75605

2:00pm – 5:00pm

$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

$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

$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!!!

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 info@longviewswingdance.com.  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 info@longviewswingdance.com 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.