Napa Ballroom Dancers cordially invites you to our "Prelude to the Perseids" on Saturday night, August 11th, 2018, (the Perseids meteor shower will be peaking). The dancers DJ, Steve Luther, will wear two hats tonight; first teaching a nightclub two-step at 7 PM then playing his great variety of ballroom, Latin, swing, nightclub, country, and more until 10 PM. Couples, singles, beginning and more experienced dancers of all ages are very welcome. No host bar. Napa Senior Activity Center, 1500 Jefferson Street. $15 admission at the door. Always a fun night for all those who love to socialize and dance to great music! Marvin Sakakihara, Board member of Napa Ballroom Dancers napaballroomdancers.org Mark Stevenson - Board Member and Webmaster of Napa Ballroom Dancers
Our June 2018-May 2019 year membership is only $95 and includes the remaining 8 monthly dances and our New Years Eve Gala at the Napa Native Sons Hall. Please inquire if you are interested. Other ballroom based dance opportunities include the Tuesday night dancers at the Napa Senior Activity Center on August 7th with the Opus Band at 7 PM, the first Friday of the month dance with the Vallejo Ballroom Dancers at the Vallejo Community Center August 3rd (cha cha lesson by Ted Rocha at 8 PM and dancing until 11 PM; The B Street Sunday dance at the San Rafael Community Center (the last Sunday of each month), and Steve Luther has added a Big Band Ballroom night onto his varied dance style repertoire on Friday, August 24th at Monroe Hall in Santa Rosa.
The Vallejo Ballroom Dancers have their dances at the Vallejo Community Center on Amador Street on the first Friday of each month from 8:00-11:00 PM. There is a lesson from 8:00-9:00 PM.
The Tuesday Night Dancers have their dances on most first Tuesdays of the month at the Napa Senior Activity Center with a live band (and snacks) from 7:00-9:30 PM. Interested in dance lessons? Here is contact information for 4 of our local instructors: Susan Gai: firstname.lastname@example.org 707-255-2994, Greetings Everyone from Susan, Summer classes start on 6/11 and 6/12 at NV College. Please note the Summer session is shorter (8 weeks,$70.00). Mondays, Latin Ballroom 6:30-7:30 pm; Tuesdays, Night Club Two-Step (Beginning/Intermediate) 6:30-7:30 pm you can call or go to their website to register: 707) 967-2900 / (707) 967-2909 Fax www.napavalley.edu Please don't hesitate to call me for any questions or concerns at (707) 255-2994.
Ted Rocha: 1FunDancer@gmail.com 925-330-2010, classes are on Mondays 7:30-8:30 PM and 8:30-9:30 PM. At the Vallejo Community Center on Amador Street.
The Napa Arthur Murray studio has opened their new studio at 929 Vallejo Street and are teaching classes Monday-Fridays. 707-819-3024; ArthurMurrayTime.com
We always welcome new ideas and definitely appreciate the participation of all dancers, behind the scenes in planning committees and help with set up and take-down. If you know of any businesses that would be willing to donate gifts or wines to help support our organization, we will be happy to note their involvement at our dances and website.
Hope to see you at the dances! We appreciate your support of dancing in Napa. Your attendance is necessary for both of our groups to be able to continue to provide these wonderful dance events in our local community.
Also I happened to be reflecting on all the friendly and vibrant people whom I have met through dancing...serendipitously I came across this article, "The Gift of Dance 2013" by Skippy Blair, (an icon in the world of dance, especially west coast swing). It is a message that perfectly captured my thoughts.
If you are reading this article, you are probably one of those lucky people who already own "The Gift". Dance may even be as important in your life - as it is in mine! If that's a fact, I hope you realize the magnitude of your Gift. Each of us, at one time or another, has sent and received any number of special gifts for special occasions. But do we ever stop to realize how much of a "Gift of Life" has been given to us - when we can DANCE?
Think of all the times when the world was coming down around you and someone said "Let's go dancing". Didn't that change your day?
Personally I have been in situations where I thought I could not make it through the day: Personal pressures - Car broke down - Someone broke a window in the studio - My wallet got "misplaced" with a cashed paycheck in it! But - there was a class to teach and people were expecting me. Picture this: The music starts - The class lines up - Someone asks a question - And there you go - Or should I say "Off and dancing"? The problems of the day simply disappear - even if it's only for a little while. Dancing allows us to "take a break" from ALL of the cares of the day.
Perhaps you've known all along that "Dance" is a gift. But do you treat it as a gift? Don't mess up the wrapping by spoiling someone's evening. Simply, share the gift. Someone out there needs your smile and a quiet assurance that they are progressing as they should. Someone out there has had a bad day, and needs someone to tell them that they are okay. Each one of us needs to be that someone who knows the value of sharing the gift. Every once in a while, take the time to dance with someone a little less talented or a little less experienced.
Use the dance as a way of growing and learning how to give back some of the treasures that life has given you. When you can dance, you have been truly Blessed. Pass on the Blessing.
We are now at the end of 2013. Many wonderful experiences lie behind us - but many, more wonderful experiences lie before us. Today is the most valuable day in our lives. Close your eyes - Take a deep breath - and Smile. Take a moment to become aware that "It's later than we think." Every time we do something for someone that will brighten their day - More joy returns than one can imagine. One warm "Hello", one sincere "Thank you for the dance" - One small, unexpected token of friendship, can really make somebody's day.
AND, if you're out there thinking that nobody cares about you, or that you can't really do anything for someone else until somebody does something for you, please remember this: I Care About you. Whoever you are, and wherever you are, I CARE ABOUT YOU. So go ahead and get yourself out there. Show that you care about the people around you. Does this sound like I've had a really emotional day? You bet. I've spent several days thinking about all the wonderful people I've come to know, simply because of the dance. Many of them are no longer with us. They have gone on to a higher plane of existence. They are up there, blazing new trails, gathering musicians, "DJs" and dancers - getting ready to welcome each of us, as it becomes our turn to "graduate."
Meanwhile, I am eternally grateful - and thankful for all the wonderful people who have been, and continue to be, part of my life. My prayer for the whole dance world is that somehow, the whole world could experience the exhilaration and "renewal" that takes place, once we discover that "Life itself is a dance!" Live the experience. Create the Joy. "Share the Gift."
God Bless all dancers everywhere. and Much Love, always, from Skippy
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