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Date and Time for the next WSDC General Membership Meeting: SATURDAY - November 28th, 2014, at 9:30-11:00 a.m. in the Producer Room A & B.
Hello to all WSDC Members

The arrival of the holidays also means it’s almost time for the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships and our bi-annual WSDC General Membership meeting! As we Americans give thanks at this time of year, the WSDC is thankful for the support of all of the members and dancers and is thankful for another exciting and successful year as swing dancing continues to explode across the globe.

All members and dancers are invited to attend the General Membership meeting, which will be held at the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships in Burbank, CA on Saturday morning, November 28th, at 9:30-11:00 a.m. in the Producer Room A & B. As always, everyone’s input and discussion is welcome.

In addition to the normal tasks and issues of the WSDC, the board is specifically interested in your feedback regarding two major topics:
• The WSDC has received requests to record competition points for dancers competing in non-traditional, opposite-sex roles for events for which that is allowed. This would be a major change in the very definition of partner dancing, and while this has been a big topic of discussion in the social media world; the WSDC is interested in your feedback and opinions regarding this subject.
• The WSDC will be discussing plans of ‘giving back to the swing dance community’; exploring additional concepts that would be of benefit to all dancers / all events / all regions, etc.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please feel free to drop a quick reply e-mail to this notice, so that your voice may be taken into consideration!

The WSDC board is very excited to announce the addition of Mark Scheuffele and Yvonne Antonacci to the Executive Board, as of 1/1/15; and is thrilled to utilize their many organizational, business and critical thinking skills. We will be getting biographies of the board on the website in the future, but here are brief biographies of them:
• Mark Scheuffele, of Huntington Beach, CA, started dancing west coast swing in the late 1980’s; and has competed in all levels of Jack & Jills, Strictly Swings and Routines. He actively judges, chief judges, teaches and referees at events; and has won numerous competition placements and social dance awards and is a member of the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame. He works as an expert in computer and networking systems, and has strong skills in technical analysis / breakdown, and planning.
• Yvonne Antonacci, of Chicago, IL, has been involved in the dance community, with over 20 years’ experience, as a chief judge, judge, dance instructor, competitor and event director. She was instrumental in bringing West Coast Swing to Chicago and founded the first WCS dance club in the Chicago area (The Chicago Rebels). She was a business manager for a successful strategic firm for many years, where she fine-tuned her skills in the business world. She has been doing real estate for over 20 years, utilizing her business skills, and becoming a top producing real estate agent.
WSDC Newsletter
WSDC is now providing a monthly newsletter to its members. The newsletters are also available on the website.
The Points Registry Guidelines (PDF) has been updated!  New changes effective January 1, 2012 and will be reflected on any event held over New Year’s weekend

Event Directors - Please review the Registry Event Requirement document and the WSDC Name Usage document for your event to be a WSDC Registry Event.
Competitors Points Registry
Points, points and more points.  Check out the WSDC Competitors Points Registry and find out how you are doing!  Want to understand more about the points system? Read the Points Registry Guidelines (PDF).  If you're curious about the scoring system used, read the article on Relative Placement.   If you have any questions regarding your points, please contact our Competitor Liaison.
WSDC Education Library featuring Skippy Blair
The WSDC, Skippy Blair, and other top teachers provide tips and training on a wide variety of subjects in our ever growing education library.  Check out the WSDC Library which includes several Skippy Articles
WSDC Swing Dance Hall Of Fame
The WSDC is proud to sponsor a national Swing Dance Hall of Fame, honoring those members of the swing dance community whose long-term efforts and accomplishments have contributed to the growth and prestige of swing dancing on a national level.  A benefit of membership in the WSDC is the right to participate in the yearly Call for Nominations.  So, you, too, can be a part of this exciting process!  For information regarding the Hall of Fame, and a list of current inductees, Click Here.
WSDC Hall of Fame awards were presented over Thanksgiving at the US Open Swing Dance Championships. Congratulations to the 2010 Hall of Fame inductees Lynn Vogen and Barry Durand!!
Gift Memberships Available
Not sure what to give, give the gift of DANCE!  A membership to the World Swing Dance Council.  Gift Certificates are now available.  Contact Jim Tigges for more information.
Board of Directors
World Swing Dance Council Board of Directors for 2006
Left to Right:
Vic Damon, Skippy Blair, Dani Canziani, Annie Hirsch, Jim Tigges

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Other Member Sponsored Events

Member Registry Events

Event Date Event Name Event Location Contact Person

Dec. 27-Jan 1, 2014 New Year's Swing Fling Heathrow, London UK Steve Hunt / Rachel Martin

Dec. 28-Jan 4, 2015 UCWDC Country Dance World Championships Orlando, FL Randy Shott

Dec. 31-Jan 4, 2014 Spotlight Dance Celebration Dearborn, MI Douglas Rousar

Dec. TBD, 2014 FloorPlay New Years Swing Vacation Orlando, FL Mark Traynor

Dec. 31-Jan 2, 2014 New Year's Dance Extravaganaza Framingham, MA Bill Cameron

Dec. 31-Jan. 4, 2014 Palm Springs New Year's Swing Classic & Dance Camp Palm Springs, CA Jay Byam

Jan. 3 - 8, 2015 Moscow Christmas Swing Dance Camp Moscow, Russia Ilya Obshadko

Jan. 3 - 6, 2015 Sweden Westie Gala Stockholm, Sweden Odd & Eva Vesterli

Jan. 9 - 11, 2015 West Coast Swing BudaFest Budapest, Hungary Adam Balasy / Rita Jori

Jan. 15 -19, 2015 Monterey Swingfest Monterey, CA John Wheaton

Jan. 16 - 18, 2015 Austin Swing Dance Championships Austin, TX Rick Domalski

Jan. 23 -25, 2015 Freedom Swing Dance Challenge Philadelphia, PA Sheila Purkey / Rob Baen

Jan. 22 - 25, 2015 SwingCouver Vancouver, BC John Kirkconnell

Jan. 29-Feb. 1, 2015 Derby City Swing Louisville, KY Brian Barakauskas

Jan. 30-Feb.1, 2015 Swiss Open WCS (On Hiatus) Basel, SW Ernst-Peter Walther / Jang Widler

Feb. 5 - 8, 2015 Swing & Snow St. Petersburg, Russia Elena Kotelnikova

Feb. 12 - 15*, 2015 Capital S.D.President's Day Weekend Convention Sacramento, CA Dani Canziani

Feb. 12 - 14, 215 Sweetheart Swing Classic Tampa, FL Phil Dorroll / Raymond Harris

Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2015 Dance Camp Chicago Elmhurst, IL Leah Noparstak

Feb. 27 - Mar. 1, 2015 Holy Land Open Eilat, Israel Nir Krakowski

Mar. 5 - 8*, 2015 Mid Atlantic Dance Jam (MADjam) Washington, DC Dave Moldover

Mar. 12 - 15*, 2015 The Chicago Classic Chicago, IL Nancy Tuzzolino

Mar. 12 -15, 2015 West In Lyon Dardilly, France Maxime Zzaoui

Mar. 13 - 15, 2015 High Desert Dance Classic Lancaster, CA Lisa Sandoval

Mar. 19 - 22, 2015 The Boston Tea Party Newton, MA Nanette Sulik