Napa Ballroom Dancers cordially invites you to our "Sweetheart's Ball" on Saturday, February 10th. Susan Gai will start the evening off at 7:00 PM with an east coast swing lesson, then will lead us in an east coast swing mixer...a wonderful time to meet and greet your fellow dance enthusiasts. DJ Michael Chin will follow with his great variety of upbeat ballroom, Latin, swing, nightclub, and country from 7:45-10:00 PM.
Couples, singles, beginning and more experienced dancers of all ages are very welcome. No host bar at 7 PM. Guest fees $15 per person. Members are covered through our May 2018 dance.
P.S. (Susan just restarted her dance lessons at Napa Valley College on Monday, January 22nd-smooth ballroom and a new Tuesday class-January 23rd-swing...not too late to join in...classes continue through mid April).
Marvin Sakakihara, Board member of Napa Ballroom Dancers napaballroomdancers.org Mark Stevenson - Board Member and Webmaster of Napa Ballroom Dancers
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. However, due to Senior Activity Center renovation, the dances from March 2018 will be on the first Monday of the night until further notice. The dances will be a the Pelusi Center near Kennedy Park. Interested in dance lessons? Here is contact information for 4 of our local instructors: Susan Gai: firstname.lastname@example.org 707-255-2994, Susan will now have classes on both Monday and Tuesday nights at Napa Valley College starting January 22nd, 2018!
Napa College, Room 601B; Mondays: 6:30 - 7:30 pm (Smooth Ballroom, Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango) January 22 - April 23 and the new night Tuesdays: 6:30-7:30 pm (Swing) Jan 23 - April 17
Ted Rocha: 1FunDancer@gmail.com 925-330-2010, Starting September 11th, 2017, the classes will be on Mondays (not Thursdays) ; 7:30-8:30 PM and 8:30-9:30 PM. At the Vallejo Community Center on Amador Street. The 7:30 PM class is to be determined, the 8:30 PM class is a continuation of east coast swing.
Cameron Andre- Thursday nights - 6:00-8:00 PM, Napa Native Sons Hall on Coombs St. Just $5 a lesson (2 dance lessons available per night). Angeline(Lucia) DeGeorge & Joshua DeGeorge Angeline@dioamoredance.com 707-761-5124 Monday thru Thursday and some special classes on Saturdays in Vacaville
Cara Recine, director of the Santa Rosa Arthur Murray dance studio has opened a studio in Napa on 01-25-17. For now, the pop-up studio will be at the Napa Woman's Center at 218 Franklin Street. The future location will be on Vallejo Street. 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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