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June 2018 Newsletter

Three Dances in June

Country Dance June 9...West Coast June 23...Anniversary June 30

SCDC Celebrates 9th Anniversary with Danielle

Mark your Calendar for our Anniversary party on June 30. SCDC will be NINE Years OLD! How time flies! We love to celebrate the birthday of our Club and the first time we danced on our fabulous floor.

Danielle Blouin-Oates will be our Guest for Space Coast Dance Club's 9th Anniversary on June 30. Danielle will be teaching a Night Club Two-Step workshop before the dance, DJing for the dance and offering Private Lessons during the day. We know that Danielle will make the evening special. The Night Club 2-Step lesson begins at 6:30 pm. Dance is 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Please note that just for the Anniversary the price including the lesson will be $10/Members $15/Non-Members.

Celebrating Our History

SCDC history begins with Tropical Storm Fay in August 2008. Before Fay the best place to dance in Brevard was a huge bamboo floor on Merritt Island. Twenty-four single dancers and couples had invested in the floor to provide a large and inviting space in a private school. This was the scene of many packed dances until Fay wrecked the building. The building was condemned and the fabulous bamboo floor was dismantled and stored in the hope it could be rebuilt and filled again with dancers.

That opportunity came in 2009, when the Melbourne Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) agreed to open its space to the dancers. SCDC was formed as a Florida Not-For-Profit to rebuild the floor and launch a new dance venue at the FOP. All 24 of the original co-owners endorsed this plan, and SCDC was born. The first dance was held in July 2009. More than 100 dancers helped break in the new floor at that inaugural dance. Many of them are still members and dancers at SCDC.

Since that first dance, SCDC has continued to grow. The dance schedule was expanded to twice monthly in 2012. Workshop Weekends were added to the schedule. Over the years, SCDC has hosted Hall-of-Famers (Robert Cordoba), top US Open champions (Hugo Miguez and Stacey Kay), and International stars (PJ Turner), among others.

As the club has grown we have added new members and built a social media presence. We have a wonderful reputation among both dancers and pros. We are strong and still growing, and we look forward to many more years of enjoyable dancing on our big, beautiful bamboo floor.

Country Dance June 9

OK all you cow pokes, listen up: The June 9th Country dance starts at 7:30 PM. However, the real fun begins at 6:45 PM when Harry teaches an East Coast Swing mixer dance you're sure to enjoy! If time permits, the Barn Dance will also be reviewed.

Jerry Morrison is scheduled to DJ. There will be some great Country tunes. See ya there, partner!

Diane Owsley DJ's for West Coast Swing Night

Diane Owsley will be the DJ for the West Coast Mix dance on June 23. Diane plays great tunes that keep everybody on the floor. Diane is a driving force in the Daytona Floorplay WCS dances. We are pleased that she brings that energy to SCDC. Daytona Floorplay, which Diane and Jerry run, often have interesting professional instructors and always a friendly crowd.

Music is predominantly West Coast with some Country and other styles for variety. Expect Mixers, Country styles such as 2-Step, NightClub2, ChaCha, and Waltz, smooth styles and requests.

Dances in May

Country Dance May 12

The Country dance on May 12th was a fun evening. The group who arrived at 6:45 PM to learn the “Cotton Eyed Joe” and the Cotton Eyed Joe “mixer" enjoyed the lessons. These dances are energetic and fun.  Paul Girard was the DJ.

West Coast Swing May 26 with DJ Desie

SCDC welcomed Desie Damaso Mitchell to DJ May's WCS dance. Desie has been a big hit with the dancers every time she has visited SCDC. Desie dancers never want to leave the floor! SCDC hosted an enthusiastic group and everyone had a wonderful evening.


Jerry Morrison Cancels Classes and Third Saturday Country Dance

Here is a FB post from Jerry Morrison: "I have decided to take a hiatus from teaching. Monday Night's West Coast Class will be on hold at the end of this month, the 28th and the 3rd Saturday Country Dance will also be on hold until further notice. It has been my Pleasure to be a part of your dance adventure and look forward to being a part of it in the future. Dance On and Live with dance in your Live. As the song says 'Life's a Dance. You Learn as You Go'"

Best wishes to you, Jerry Morrison! I hope you enjoy your break and resume teaching soon.

Dancing in Melbourne

Tuesday at Beachside Dance Club:
Michael Cassidy is having a dance just like the great time we had at the our favorite bar on Tuesday nights. Dance time is 7:30PM to 9:30PM. DJ Michael will play a great club mix with all the best music, especially chosen so that everyone can dance their favorite styles. All songs will have a suggested dance style announced at the start. The cost is only $8 for the evening including FREE Wine, Beer, Bottled Water and appetizing snacks!

Friday at Beachside Ballroom:
Michael Cassidy's dances are held at Beachside Dance Club every Friday. Michael has occasionally been extending his Friday night dances at Beachside Ballroom by playing some West Coast Swing from about 9:30 PM to whenever people choose to leave. 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.

First Saturday Every Month at Veterans Memorial Center behind Merritt Square Mall:
USA Dance-Space Coast Chapter has a new home on Merritt Island. "USA Dance is a national organization devoted to the promotion and preservation of dancing in the USA." We know this organization from Melbourne and from other locations where we have lived or visited. They offer a quality program with an equally laudable mission. Their program in April is a Free dance lesson at 7:00 pm and open dancing 8:00 pm to 10:00P pm. Their music will include ballroom, Latin and Swing. Please find the time to visit their dance soon and support this organization. For more information:

Newsletter Contributors

Special Thanks to Harry Mashburn, 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.

Snacks and Goodies

To all of you who are bringing goodies to share--Thank you from the SCDC Event Committee! We have seen a beautiful cheese tray, several varieties of cookies, patriotic cupcakes, a meat and cheese tray and more! Thank you for your contributions.

If you love to bake or just feel like sharing a favorite, we would like to encourage you to bring something for the table. We appreciate your donation, and we know the hungry dancers will appreciate it too.


Two West Coast Swing Superstars Come to SCDC
This Summer

John Lindo is Guest Instructor July 28-29

John Lindo will visit SCDC for workshops, dance and DJ on July 28, with private lessons available on July 29. John is pure fun. He is unmatched for creativity and style. His teaching method is relaxed, charming, and designed to promote fun. After beginning in country-western dance in 1992, John Lindo quickly made his mark on the West Coast Swing circuit, winning First Place awards at the U.S. Open, Grand Nationals, Phoenix Champion of Champions, and many other events. He is sought after internationally for his experience and teaching. John continues to be an influential presence in the global West Coast Swing scene and a legend of WCS.

PJ is Guest Instructor
August 25-26

PJ Turner will return to SCDC for workshops on August 25 and private lessons on August 26. The PJ Turner event last summer set the SCDC record for most West Coast dancers. PJ also set the record for most dancers still on the floor after-hours. None better than PJ for enthusiasm, energy, and personality. We had such a great time last year, we needed him to come back. PJ began dancing in clogging, continued in line dancing, country dancing, and then West Coast Swing. He brings his dance experience to the floor as well as his warmth and energy—which is why we love him so much. PJ currently competes in Classic Division, and loves dancing in Jack & Jill's and Strictly Swing competitions.

Private Lessons

John Lindo and PJ Turner are just two of the AWESOME list of West Coast Swing Pros for this year's events. If you love the special West Coast Events and would like to support them, here's something you can do: Choose your favorite pro and sign up for a Private lesson. Private Lessons supplement the Pro's earnings from the club and give the instructors more opportunity for work when they come. If you are unsure whom to choose for your lesson, ask Ron when you call and he can offer suggestions depending upon what your goals are for the lesson. There are still a few Private Lessons available for each of the upcoming events. You will be helping to support our program as well as enjoying a great learning experience. Contact Ron Smith at (202) 664-0707 (Text or voice) and sign up.

Check Out the Bar/Lounge

Many of our members and guests enjoy the bar/lounge 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.

We know that having a glass of wine or your favorite mixed drink at the dance makes the experience a little more fun. We would like you to know that it is perfectly fine for you to bring your bottle or flask with you and enjoy a beverage at the FOP. If you want to mix a drink, SCDC supplies soft drinks.

Whether you buy from the bar or mix your own, enjoy your drink if you want one, and have a great evening.

529 Facebook Members

529 dancers and pros are members of our Facebook Group. Our group has grown by 8 members in the last Month!

If you aren't already a member, Click here to see the page. Click on the "Join" button and you are following the club.

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 dance schedule and great instructors coming soon. It's a great way to stay in touch.


Here are the members with birthdays this month. Please wish Happy Birthday to Jerry Owsley, Deborah Ball, Leanne Johnson, Peggy Goodknight, Eileen Duchon, and Kathy Brackett. We wish you a very Happy Birthday and we are glad you are dancing with us.

Previews of Future Dances and Events

Below is the schedule planned for SCDC dances for this month. The Event Committee has planned a variety of dances and events. Check out the amazing Guest Instructors who are visiting at SCDC this year. Mark your calendar so you don't miss your favorites and don't forget to try something new.

Here's a link to SCDC's 2018 schedule to help you plan:

Calendar Highlights
SCDC Dance Parties and Events in June

For more information or directions to the event, see the SCDC Calendar. Dances or other club events are held on Saturdays from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm. 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, June 9, Dance--7:30 pm – 10:30 pm. Lesson at 6:45. Space Coast Dance Club Country Dance will be held at the FOP. This dance includes two lessons which will begin at 6:45 pm. Come at 6:45 pm to learn an East Coast Swing “mixer." Please note the earlier start time. Jerry Morrison will DJ.

SCDC West Coast Swing Dance with DJ Diane Owsley
Saturday, June 23, Dance--7:30 pm – 10:30 pm.
Diane will play a West Coast Swing (WCS) Mix. Music is predominantly West Coast with some Country and other styles for variety. Expect a mixer or two. Diane will take requests. Happy Dancing!

SCDC Anniversary Party with DJ/Instructor Danielle Blouin-Oates
Saturday, June 30, Night Club 2-Step lesson at 6:30 pm. Dance--7:30 pm – 10:30 pm.
Danielle Blouin-Oates will be our Guest for Space Coast Dance Club's 9th Anniversary on June 30. Danielle will be teaching a Night Club Two-Step workshop before the dance, DJing for the dance and offering Private Lessons during the day. Music will be Swing/Country Mix. Danielle is a superb DJ. The Night Club 2-Step lesson begins at 6:30 pm. Dance is 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Please note that just for the Anniversary the price including the lesson will be $10/Members $15/Non-Members.

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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