We enthusiastically invite you to a very special event, our "Black and White Ball" on Saturday, October 13th, 2018! Natalie and Cory of the Napa Arthur Murray studio lead the evening off at 7 PM with an elegant American waltz lesson. The Bob Gutierrez Band follow with their great variety of ballroom, swing, Latin, and nightclub music. During intermission Natalie and Cory will be performing two special exhibition routines for our pleasure, a foxtrot and a Viennese waltz (part of their professional nine dance competition repertoire)
It is always a fun night for those who enjoy dancing and socializing with fellow dance enthusiasts! Couples, singles, beginning and more experienced dancers of all ages are very welcome! $15 guest fee at the door. No host bar 7 PM. 1500 Jefferson St. For this dance, recommended attire is "Black and White", (but optional).
Treat yourself to a wonderful evening of great dancing and fantastic dance music!
Marvin Sakakihara, Board Member of Napa Ballroom Dancer email@example.com www.napaballroomdancers.org
Our November dance will be on Saturday, November 17th (the third Saturday of the month, not the second). Due to remodeling at the Napa Senior Activity Center,the dance venue switches to the Napa Native Sons Hall at 937 Coombs Street in downtown Napa until further notice. Jen and Dennis Goss will teach a country waltz and the very popular J Silverheels Band will perform their lively combination of ballroom, rock-and-roll, and country.
An additional note, Napa Ballroom member and DJ, Michael Chin, is also lead guitarist for the "Midnight Crush" band. They will be playing an encore performance at the Lucky Penny on Friday night, November 9th. Fire up your freestyle and slip in some ballroom moves too! Our June 2018-May 2019 year membership is only $95 and includes the remaining 6 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 Pelusi Building on the first Monday night of the month for the rest of 2018 (due to the Napa Senior Activity Center remodel), first Friday of the month dance with the Vallejo Ballroom Dancers at the Vallejo Community Center 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).
DANCE CLASSES IN NAPA
SUSAN'S CLASS SCHEDULE NAPA VALLEY COLLEGE Contact Susan Gai at: SCGai@Comcast.Netor (707) 255-2994 FALL 2018 Napa Valley College Community Education Monday Night Classes, Main Campus, Room 601B SMOOTH BALLROOM (Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango) Mondays: 9/10/2018 - 12/10/2018 5:15 - 6:15 pm SWING DANCE Mondays: 9/10/2018 - 12/10/2018 6:30 - 7:30 pm Fee : $120.00 (12 classes) To Register: (Four options to register): Online Registration: napavalley.edu/CommEdReg to register and pay online instantly By phone: (707) 967-2900 By mail: Using registration form from catalog and mail to 1088 College Ave., St. Helena, CA 94574 Drop-in: Upper Campus 1088 College Ave. St. Helena YOUNTVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER (AFTERNOON CLASSES)
SWING DANCE IN YOUNTVILLE Tuesdays: 9/7/2018 - 12/4/2018 (No class 10/9 and 10/23) 2:00 - 3:00 pm Fee: Included in your Golden Ticket Fee Yountville Community Center 6516 Washington St. Yountville, CA (707) 944-8712
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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