It's time to set loose your dancin' feet to the fabulous "Jack Pollard Party of Four (maybe Five") on Saturday, September 14th, 2019! Our monthly dances are back at our home base, the Napa Adult Activity Center, 1500 Jefferson St. The floor, acoustics, (and of course, all of you), combine to create the perfect venue and ambiance for social dancing. Jen Goss will lead the evening off at 7 PM with an elegant American waltz lesson. (Ted Rocha recently lost his dear friend and competitive dance partner, Dorothy and will be attending her memorial. Dorothy was such a lovely person)!
As many of you know, Jack is a captivating vocalist and has a wonderful band. They will perform their great variety of ballroom, swing, Latin, Motown, and rhythm and blues until 10 PM. Couples, singles, beginning and more experienced dancers of all ages are very welcome! Admission $15 at the door for non-members. No host wine and beer bar.
The year is flashing by...summer is almost over, and before you know it, 2020 will arrive. We are co-hosting our New Years Eve Gala with the Napa Native Sons at their beautiful hall in downtown Napa. This year dinner will be open to our group (reservations handled by the Native Sons; social hour at 6, dinner at 7-cost in the $50-55 range). Our dance will start at 8 PM. Once again we will be able to delight to the Ron Borelli Orchestra in the main hall. In addition, Joe Geremia and the J Silverheels band will be rocking in the adjacent small hall. For members, the cost of the dance, 10 PM light buffet, and midnight champagne toast is only $25 and for guests $50. I can't think of any better New Years Eve celebration and most places are quadruple the cost and with no room to dance. Think about inviting your friends. Even people who don't dance that much will enjoy the camaraderie and toe tapping live music.
(Of note, the fee for our yearly membership is $95. We still have 7 dances left in our 2019-2020 season. So if you are likely to go to 5 or more of the monthly dances (including September's) and the New Years Eve Gala, it is still worthwhile becoming a member).
Other dance opportunities include the first Friday of the month dance of the Vallejo Ballroom Dancers at the Vallejo Community Center lesson with an Argentine tango taught by Ted Rocha at 8 PM and Hawaiian potluck and dancing until 11 PM, Friday September 6th; The B Street Sunday dance at the San Rafael Community Center (the last Sunday of each month), and Steve Luther is now hosting a Big Band Ballroom Night at Monroe Hall on the 4th Fridays of certain months.
The Golden Gate Smooth Dancers host monthly Sunday extravaganzas for only $35. Reservations are necessary by the Wednesday prior to the dance. Check our "Golden Gate Smooth Dancers" link for all the details.
Please Check our website "Links and Lessons" for all the info on multiple dance lesson opportunities. The list includes Susan Gai at the Napa Valley College and Yountville Community Center, Ted Rocha in Vallejo, the Napa Arthur Murray studio, Angeline Lucia at her Dio Amore Dance studio in Vacaville, and veteran instructor Frank Flores at various sites. 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