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January 2018 Newsletter

SCDC Starts 2018 Right with Two GREAT DANCES

CLUB ANNOUNCEMENTS

We Love the Bar/Lounge!

Happy New Year and thanks to Chip, the FOP bartender who most often is in charge of the Bar/Lounge at our dances, and to all the FOP bartenders that come to our dances.

Many of our members and guests enjoy the lounge and bar that the FOP has generously opened on dance nights. The prices are very attractive with a good selection. Please check out the bar/lounge and say "Hello" to the bartender. Chip and the other bartenders are volunteers from the FOP that come to assure that we have a great time at the dances. Their support at the bar is another indication of FOP's support of our club.

As always, if you prefer, you may bring your own bottle from home. SCDC supplies soft drinks.

470 Facebook Members

470 dancers and pros are members of our Facebook Group. Our group has grown by 125 members in one year! The membership includes local club members, dancers from all over Florida and some from out-of-state, and dance pros who offer advice, videos and conversation.

Our Facebook group displays our own club events, lessons available from local instuctors, local parties and dances, and events close by and not so close for our traveling members.There are regular posts from pros with dance hints and videos.You can keep up with the dances and great instructors coming soon.

If you aren't a member, Click here to see the page. Click on the "Join" button and you are following the club. It's a great way to stay in touch.

2018 Weekend Event Schedule Change

Last month's schedule of 2018 Workshop Event weekends printed in the newsletter included a weekend with Jimmy and Cindy Formelio. Jimmy and Cindy have since let us know that they are planning a move to California, and are not able to come to SCDC as originally scheduled. We wish our friends good luck with their move. The Event committee will be finding another top pro or pro team to fill our schedule, and we will announce the name as soon as the decision is made.

January

Birthdays

Here are the members with birthdays this month. Please wish Happy Birthday to Ann Royer, Joan Silvester, John Girard, Ron Petry, Eric Franke, and Angela Minotti. We wish you a very Happy Birthday and Happy dancing for 2018.

The 50/50 Winner

The Winner of the 50/50 drawing at the Christmas Party December 9 was Fred Wharton. Monica Wiseman won a free admission to a future dance.Congratulations on your win, and we hope you had a fabulous time at the dance.

The Floorplay New Year Vacation will be a great event. Our three tables are numbers 8, 28, 29--viewable on the Floorplay New Years Vacation website. This is a super location with great views of the shows and easy access to social dancing. If you are coming to the party and sitting elsewhere, please come by the tables and ask us to dance!

Newsletter Contributors

Special Thanks to Kathy Madsen, Em Smith, Ron Smith, Joan Silvester, Diane Moon and Carol Girard, who contributed to this Newsletter and who often offer news, comments and support. If you have an item to share in the newsletter, please contact a Board Member or any of the members listed above.

Thanks to Our Volunteers

Special Thanks go to our members who help set up before the dance, put away the tables and chairs after the dance and keep the snack table filled. Our club is a special group that shares the responsibilities that come with managing dances. Much of the work takes place behind the scenes to keep the dances running smoothly and bring you the dance experiences you love. If you would like to get to know your club friends better, there is no better way than to get involved as a volunteer. Get in touch with Ron Smith at (202) 664-0707 (Text or voice) and let us know what you would like to do. It's fun and we appreciate your contribution.

January 13 Country Western Night At SCDC--Lesson at 6:45

The first dance of 2018 will be a Country-Western dance on the 13th of January. Come at 6:45pm to learn two couples dances prior to the regular 7:30pm event start time. You will not need a partner for either dance.

During the evening, we'll not only do the two new dances, but we will also do one or two new mixer dances. Be prepared for a good, old-fashioned country dance with lots of Country music.

Dust off your old boots, grab your hat, and bring a friend. The dance event you've been waiting for is now here!

If you have a favorite dance, or want to hear a favorite song, call, text, or email me with your request and we'll try our best to accommodate you. Here's my contact info. Harry Mashburn Phone:  828-712-2631 email:   harry.mashburn@gmail.com

January 27 West Coast Swing Dance with DJ Desie Damaso Mitchell

The first West Coast Swing dance of the year features Desie Damaso Mitchell. Desie has been a big hit with the dancers when she DJ's at our club. She has become a favorite at national events, and we can see why. Our dancers don't want to leave the floor at the end of the dance! We are looking forward to another great dance. August 12 was a great dance with tunes everyone liked.

SCDC's New Board For 2018

SCDC is announcing the Board of Directors for 2018. Our volunteer Directors for the SCDC Board for 2018 are:

Paul Girard
Ron Smith
Carol Girard
Steve Dandeneau
Anita Dukes
Reggie Foley
Dave Francisco
Harry Mashburn

Our new Board Member for this year is Harry Mashburn. Harry and his wife Sandy moved to Rockledge about a year ago and became members at SCDC. They were very active in the Asheville, NC, dance club. Harry is organizing our new expanded Country dance program. Thanks, Harry, for volunteering, and welcome to the Board. SCDC is looking forward to a good year with great leadership.

Our retiring Board Member is Michele Holm. Michele joined the Board last year and was instrumental in choosing the West Coast Swing Guest Instructors, leading to a hugely successful program last year. Thanks to Michele for helping to make SCDC grow and thrive.

Per our by-laws, if there is a sufficient number of volunteers to serve on the Board, there is no need to schedule an election. Our by-laws require no fewer than seven Board members and no more than nine to serve each year.

Our Board of Directors is a team of volunteers that directs the club and keeps us financially sound and on track with the club's mission. Without our dedicated Board, we would not be enjoying the dances and events that SCDC offers. This is an important responsibility that occurs mostly behind the scenes. This position includes:
*Setting policy, regulating and administering SCDC's affairs, including planning and scheduling events, setting dues, and determining the cost of admission to functions.
*Paying the operational costs of SCDC, including payment to teachers, disc jockies, and facilities.
*Purchasing equipment and materials necessary for SCDC's operations and activities.
*Expending and managing the financial assets of SCDC.

Thanks to all the Board for volunteering to steer SCDC in 2018. Note to Members: Be sure to thank your Board Members for volunteering, compliment them for the great job they are doing and ask them to dance!

MEMBERSHIP IN 2018 BRINGS GREATER MEMBER BENEFITS

Two Dozen Fun Opportunities to have a Great Time!

The SCDC calendar includes 24 great dances and workshop events. Dance all year as an SCDC Member and gain more than $150 in Membership benefits and discounts. Our 2018 plans include:

  • An expanded Country schedule (9 dances). First Country dance January 13
  • Member Appreciation dance February 10. FREE FOR MEMBERS!!
  • Six workshop weekends featuring National and International professionals:
    • Tommy Gibbs & Renee Lipman (WCS)
    • Kay Newhouse & Matt Smith (WCS)
    • PJ Turner (WCS)
    • Shawn Swaithes & Donna Bonham-Steinfeld (Swing/Country)
    • Jeff Mumford (WCS)
    • One other WCS Weekend Event to be announced
  • Two outstanding club events: Anniversary Party June 30 and Christmas Party December 8
  • Six dance parties with visiting DJs

SCDC Members get big savings on lots of great dancing. Membership dues for 2018 are $30 per person. That $30 investment pays back more than $150 in benefits. Check out the big Member savings:

Dance Music at SCDC Dances

Music is a fundamental part of the dance experience, and each SCDC dance will include a mix that features the best tunes for the evening's dance style. The SCDC Event committee has crafted Dance Music Descriptions for each of our regular dances, which we will use in our newsletters and reminders so that our members and friends can know what to expect on dance nights. Requests are welcome!

Country: The majority of tunes will be Country 2-Step. Most of the remainder will be other dances from the Country syllabus, such as NightClub2, ChaCha, and Waltz, danced to Country music. There will also be significant Swing content ,both West Coast Swing and East Coast Swing, with a Country flavor. A few selections from other styles will be interspersed for variety. The evening will include Mixers and Line Dances.

West Coast Swing (WCS) Workshop Event: Music is heavy West Coast with other styles for variety. A few Country styles such as 2-Step, NightClub2, ChaCha, and Waltz will be included. There may be an occasional selection from other styles and requests.

West Coast Swing (WCS) Mix : Music is predominantly West Coast with some Country and other styles for variety. Music is mostly Swing (West Coast Swing with some East Coast). Also played will be selections of Country styles such as 2-Step, NightClub2, ChaCha, Waltz. The remainder will be a variety of smooth styles and requests. There will also be Mixers

Social Mix: Music is a blend of favorite styles for all of our dancers. Country 2-Step and other Country styles (NightClub2, ChaCha, Waltz) are about evenly represented with Swing--West Coast, East Coast and Shag. Other dance styles and requests will be the remainder of the selections. The evening will include Mixers and Line Dances.

50s & 60s: This is a Swing dance featuring favorite oldies. East Coast, WCS and Shag make up most of the tunes with other styles for variety. Country 2-Step, NC2, ChaCha, and Waltz are represented. Other dance styles and requests will make up a small fraction of the selections. The evening will include Mixers and Line Dances.

For more details about Dance Music, see our Event Page.

Dancing in Melbourne

Our Members enjoy dancing and love to go out often. These are some member-favorite suggestions for you to try.

Monday at Melbourne Ballroom:
Jerry Morrison is hosting a West Coast Swing dance at Melbourne Ballroom on Wickham Road every Monday from 8 PM to 10 PM. Jerry includes optional personal coaching in the $10 per person cost. Jerry says "Come share your love for West Coast Swing. I am there to help new and established dancers gain more love of this dance."

Friday at Beachside Ballroom:
Michael Cassidy's dances are held at Beachside Dance Club every Friday. Dances include a lesson at 7:00, Open dancing 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm with complimentary beer, wine and refreshments. (GET MAP to Beachside Dance Club). For more information, see Michael Cassidy's Facebook page. (Click Here) or phone 321-652-0745.

 

Previews of Future Dances and Events

Below is the schedule planned for SCDC dances and workshop events through February 2018. The Event Committee has planned a variety of dances and events. Mark your calendar so you don't miss your favorites and don't forget to try something new.

Calendar Highlights
SCDC Dance Parties and Events in January

For more information or directions to the event, see the SCDC Calendar. Dances or other club events are held on Saturdays from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Melbourne FOP. Meet a friendly group of people, dance to some great tunes on a 2200 square foot dance floor and enjoy the evening in a smoke-free setting. Admission is $8.00/Members, $12.00/Non-Members. For directions, click here.

SCDC Country Dance
Saturday, January 13, Dance--7:30pm 10:30pm.
Lesson at 6:45. Space Coast Dance Club Country Dance will be held at the FOP. Expect lots of Country Music and Swing danced to Country Music. The majority of tunes will be Country 2-Step. Most of the remainder will be other dances from the Country syllabus, such as NightClub2, ChaCha, and Waltz, danced to Country music. There will also be significant Swing content ,both West Coast Swing and East Coast Swing, with a Country flavor. A few selections from other styles will be interspersed for variety. The evening will include Mixers and Line Dances.Join us for the first of nine Country dances this year. Paul Girard will be DJ.

SCDC West Coast Swing Dance
Saturday, January 27, Dance--7:30pm 10:30pm. Space Coast Dance Club West Coast Swing Dance will be held at the FOP. Music is West Coast Swing (WCS) Mix which is predominantly West Coast with some Country and other styles for variety. Music is mostly Swing (West Coast Swing with some East Coast). Also played will be selections of Country styles such as 2-Step, NightClub2, ChaCha, Waltz. The remainder will be a variety of smooth styles and requests. There will also be Mixers. Desie Damaso Mitchell will be DJ.

Dances are held at:
1049 Julia Drive, Melbourne, FL 32935 Get Map

Space Coast Dance Club mailing address is:
Space Coast Dance Club, 802 Ridge Lake Drive, Melbourne, FL 32940

Space Coast Dance Club telephone: 321-544-5160

Space Coast Dance Club Email Address: spacecoastdanceclub@yahoo.com

Space Coast Dance Club Website: http://spacecoastdanceclub.com/index.html

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2018 SCDC Board

Paul Girard - President
Ron Smith - Vice President
Anita Dukes-Secretary
Carol Girard -Treasurer
Steve Dandeneau
Reggie Foley
Dave Francisco
Harry Mashburn