Newsletter 8/7/2012

Gobblerfest today. Our Sock Hop tonight. New AT class Sunday. Monday meeting.

Hi Dancers,


Today's Virginia Tech's 4:00-8:00 Gobblerfest will have booths provided by many of the university's dance organizations including Solely Swing, Salsa Tech and Ballroom Dance @ Virginia Tech.


Tonight is our annual Sock Hop dance. Katy and Jon will be opening with a beginner EC Swing lesson at 7:30. Our fall Sock Hop is one of our most heavily attended dances. (Item 1)


The new class for this notice is a 4-week Beginner Argentine Tango starting Sunday, 6:30 at the Y-Center.


Because of last weekend's holiday our "1st Monday" meeting has been moved to this coming Monday the 10th.






(A) Our SVSDS, aka Blacksburg Dance, aka mostly-Swing events

(B) Other area dancing for the week starting tonight

(C) Filling out a month of upcoming dances and lessons

(D) SVSDS Tuesday/Friday mostly Swing Details

(E) Subscribe/Unsubscribe



(A) -------- SVSDS, mostly Swing, dances/lessons/meetings --------


1 - Friday, 9/7 at 7:30 we open our "Sock Hop" with an East Coast Swing lesson by Katy and Jon at 7:30. 8:30 is dancing to Jae and Tori's DJ mix; requests always welcome. Kelsey will be your opening hosts. Location is our regular Blacksburg Y-Center Stuart Ballroom. Admission is $5 members, $7 non-members to cover floor rental. More SVSDS details are near the bottom of this notice and at


2 – Monday 9/10, is our next “1st Monday” organization meeting. All dancers welcome. 7:00pm at Chaky's house, 1720 Donlee Dr. Blacksburg. Reply for more info.


3 - Tuesdays 9/11 is the 2nd session of our 5-week 8:00 pm Lindy 1 series at the Y.


4 - (followed by) Tuesdays at 9:00pm are our "practice" nights at Y.


5 - Friday 9/14, Boom Chuck Band swing dance with mid-dance contra lesson.


6 - Saturday 9/22, Edwin Roa Blues and Argentine Tango workshop at Y, + pvt lessons.



(B) -------- Other area dancing for the week starting tonight --------


7 - Friday 9/7, monthly "Limited Body, Unlimited Mind; creative movement class for the mobility challenged by professional instructor Jennifer Speiden, Blacksburg Y, 11:00am to noon, free.


8 - Friday 9/7, 4:00-8:00, many of Virginia Tech's dance organizations will have booths at today's Gobblerfest on the Drillfield.


9 - Fridays 7:00-8:30, Christiansburg Sapphire's "Cheaper-Than-A-Movie" beginner workshops.


10 - Fridays 9/7-9/28, 7:30 at Sapphire Lane will be teaching a Level 5 Essential Latin Group Class.


11 - 1st and 3rd Fridays, 9/7, 8:00-11:00, Dance under the stars at Valhalla Vineyards, reservations required.


12 – 1st and 3rd Fridays, 8:30-10:30, Sapphire Studio Dance Jam, 9/7 is Latin.


13 - 2nd Saturdays, 9/8, Sapphire Christiansburg Studio evening dances with 7:30 lesson.


14 - 2nd Saturday 9/8, dances hosted by the New River Dance Club at the Community College in Dublin.


15 - Sundays starting 9/9, 4-week beginner Argentine Tango lessons by Dave Karasiewicz, 6:30-7:30. Experienced dancers meet at 5:30. Blacksburg Y-Center; $5 toward floor rental.


16 – Monday evenings, Christiansburg Sapphire Dance Studio's Upper Level Workshops.


17 - Tuesdays, Swing Roanoke's 6:45 "Swingtime" lessons/dances at St. John's Lutheran Church.


18 - 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 9/12, English Country dancing, 7:00 at Sapphire.


19 - Wednesdays Salsa Tech's Salsa massives at Giovanni's. Beginner lesson at 9:30; open dance at 10:00; $3 cover, $2 members. Sign up for Salsa Tech's newsletter for updates.


20 - Thursday's 7:00-8:00, 3 sets of 4-week beginner ballroom classes at Y-Center. Nataliya Timoshevskaya and Whitney McCrum-Morrison teaching. or call 961-9622.


21 - Thursday 9/13, Roanoke's last "Party in the Park" live band dance party for this summer.



(C) -------- Filling out a month of upcoming dances and lessons --------


22 - Monday 9/10, 6:30-7:45, Salsa Noke lessons at Roanoke Water Heater studio.


23 - Saturday 9/15, all day, Star City Latin Dance Festival at The Jefferson Center


24 - Saturday 9/15, 7:30-10:30, D&D Dance/Lesson at Roanoke Valley Garden Club.


25 - Saturday 9/15, 8:00-11:00, Roanoke 300 Club dance at Kazim Shrine Temple.


26 - 3rd Saturdays 9/15, 7:30 lesson, 8:00-11:00 dancing, Blacksburg Contradance.


27 - 3rd Saturdays, 9/15, Rural Retreat ballroom dance by Mountain Empire USA Dance Chapter. 7:30-11:00.


28 - Mondays starting 9/17, Sapphire 8-week "floored" Waltz class.


29 - Wednesday 9/19, 7:00 Sapphire is hosting a group class "Sampler" at the Blacksburg Community Center.


30 - 1st and 3rd Fridays, 9/21, Dance (Salsa this time) under the stars at Valhalla Vineyards, reservations required.


31 - 3rd Fridays, 9/21 USA Dance Smith Mountain Lake New London Ruritan Club, 7:30 lesson, 8:30-10:30 dancing.


32 - Saturday 9/22, 1:00-4:00, Tango workshop by championship dancers Wayne and Marie Crowder Greensboro, NC. Reply for car-pool info, details at


33 - 4th Saturday, 9/22, Roanoke Contra Dance.


34 - 4th Sundays, 9/23, 4:00-6:30 Roanoke USA Dance Tea Dance begins with lesson by Jose Zuniga.


35 - 4th Friday 9/28, 7:30-10:30, D&D lesson/dance, Roanoke Athletic Club.


36 - Sunday 9/30, Hotel Roanoke's Autumn Tea Dance and dinner.



(D) ------ SVSDS Tuesday/Friday mostly Swing Details ------


Admission for SVSDS Friday mostly Swing lesson/dances is $5/$7, members/non-members (except for live band dances.) Tuesday 9:00 "practice" nights are on break for the summer. Optional membership is $10/$15 for 6/12 months. Admission and membership cover the cost of rent, equipment, CDs, building improvements and maintenance, etc. Our Friday dances start with a lesson at 7:30 PM, dancing is at 8:30. Dress is casual. All SVSDS events are alcohol and smoke free.


Beginners as well as experienced dancers, singles and couples are welcome. These are informal social dances to recorded music where most dancers mix. We sometimes call them "Swaps" because one purpose is to allow people to exchange Swing steps with other dancers - as well as to refine the steps we already know with different partners. Group and individual lessons can also be provided on request. Mostly we just hang out with new and old friends to enjoy dancing of all kinds.


Lessons are a core component of all SVSDS and Solely dances. We all delight in acquiring, practicing and helping others learn new skills that will make dancing more enjoyable for everybody. Most of our dances start with a lesson, but we are also available to share steps and pointers throughout our gatherings. Additionally, we provide occasional weekend workshops, Sunday late afternoon classes, and we try to keep you informed of other nearby classes.


Pending an official policy on shoes at the YMCA, we strongly suggest you bring along non-street shoes to gently treat this wonderful dance floor. These can be fancy dance shoes, inexpensive bowling shoes, homemade chrome leather sole shoes, or any style that won't leave marks or scratches. Sometimes we just dance in socks for a better feel on turns and slides.


Directions: Our spacious ballroom is the Stuart Event Room at the YMCA Center at 1000 N. Main, just across the street from our former location at Squared Away Storage. The Event room is through the center doors, at the back, on the right. It's on the bus route, about five blocks from campus.