Northern Virginia


Dance Association


July - September 2018 Newsletter Available

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Installation of Board of Directors and Officers

The slate of candidates for the 2018-2019 Board of Directors and Officers was elected by acclamation at the dance on May 19 and they took office at the dance on June 2:

President: Gary Campbell
Vice-President: Wayne Herndon
Secretary: Jeff Vogelman
Treasurer: Bernard Ferret

Dance: Linda Bloyer
Communications: Lydia Vitale
Membership: Bernie Vitale
Planning: Bruce Wright
At Large: Linda Buckle
Special Events: Rosa Marino

Thank you to those who have volunteered to help NVCWDA.

Farewell to Bill Markland

We are sad to report that Bill Markland passed away on April 14 in Florida. Bill was dancing almost up to the end. Shortly before he passed away, he was teaching jitterbug on a cruise ship. Bill helped found Northern Virginia Country-Western Dance Association (NVCWDA) back in the 1980s. He taught many of us "old timers" how to dance. Bill also had his own weekly dances in various locations in the area such as the Lorton and Dunn Loring fire stations and at the Elks Lodge in Fairfax. Bill always personally welcomed everybody to each of his dances, which included lessons and went until midnight.

Bill Markland

Together with his dance partner Sara Jane McDaniel, Bill taught beginner, line, and specialty dance lessons through Fairfax County recreation programs and also did workshops at Western Outfitters in Springfield, VA. (Western Outfitters was a store with an adjoining room used for dancing.) Bill and Sara Jane put out several instructional booklets and videos. Bill would partner with NVCWDA periodically to hold joint dances. Sometimes the joint dance would be free, to thank people for coming to dances throughout the year. Bill continued to give dance lessons after moving to his new home in Florida.

Bill not only was a founding member (a "Charter Member") of NVCWDA. He also was a "Life Member" of NVCWDA. A Life Member is one who is recognized for exemplary service to NVCWDA. Everyone was glad that Bill came to NVCWDA's 30th anniversary dance in 2016, when he taught a swing lesson.

Bill's memorial service was held on April 16 in Sun City, FL. See: his obituary at Sun City Center Funeral Home.

If you would like to send a remembrance to Bill's wife Donna, please let someone from NVCWDA know and we will provide her contact information.

2018 Benefit Dance for Fisher House

The 2018 Benefit Dance for Fisher House on April 21 raised several thousand dollars. The board is figuring that given those funds plus NVCWDA's contribution, we will be able to send $3500 to Fisher House. Fisher House is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans' families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.

Many thanks to Mal and Linda Zerden for supporting the benefit by teaching a lesson and performing a dance demo for us.


New Weather/Emergency Policy

Our weather/emergency closure policy now follows that of Fairfax County Government offices (Neighborhood and Community Services). If NCS facilities are closed on Saturday evening, our dance is cancelled. Previously we followed the school closings, which are more conservative. The revised policy better suits our situation.

Dance Workshop March 31

Our second "fifth Saturday" dance workshop was held March 31 at Lincolnia. Many thanks to Linda Bloyer for planning the sessions. Thanks also to Linda, Gary Campbell, Keith and Linda Buckle, and Bo and Ann Marlin for volunteering to teach and for Rich Mahan for playing the music. The sessions covered variations on the four shuffles common to many pattern dances, how to be a better partner dancer, basic two step and two step moves, basic east coast swing and east coast swing moves, and Best Friends Waltz. Each year NVCWDA raises funds for a charity (Fisher House) and this workshop is part of that effort.

Trial Memberships

We still are offering a 90-day complimentary membership that will allow you to enter NVCWDA dances at the member price ($10), a savings of $2 per dance. The trial membership is only for people who have not been a member of NVCWDA in the past. At the end of the 90 days, when you have an idea of what our dances are all about, we hope you will join NVCWDA. New people who join ($18 per year) get free admission to 1 dance.

Dance Team News

The dance team has begun the 2018 season. Videos of the performances are on the dance team page. Photos are on our Facebook page.

Upcoming performances are shown on the dance team calendar.

The line dance group performed at the NBC4 Health Expo on March 11. Several members of the team also performed at a private party at Frying Pan Park on March 24. Both line dance and couples teams performed a few dances then taught several line dances to an enthusiastic crowd at Landsdowne Woods on April 28. Look for us at Celebrate Fairfax on Sunday June 10.

Couples team

NVCWDA's line dance demo group premiered at Celebrate Fairfax on June 11, 2016.

LD team

Line Dance Workshop September 30, 2017

We had a good turnout (35 people) for our first line dance workshop on Saturday September 30 at Galilee United Methodist Church in Sterling. Big thanks to Ali and Paula and Bernie and Lydia for instructing and to Bill and Eileen for working the door. The workshop ran from 3 until after 6 p.m. We had joint sessions for a while and then we broke into two groups, one to learn beginner dances and another to learn more advanced dances. Everyone regrouped at the end of the afternoon to learn a couple more simple dances. Each year NVCWDA raises funds for a local charity and this workshop was part of that effort.

The workshop covered:

  • Drinking Problem choreographed by Darren Bailey - stepsheet
  • 1159 choreographed by Rachel McEnaney - stepsheet
  • Little Red Book choreographed by Dee Musk - stepsheet
  • Strip It Down EZ choreographed by Dancin' Terry - stepsheet
  • Hootenanny choreographed by John Robinson - stepsheet
  • Blessed choreographed by Jackie Miranda - stepsheet
  • Gypsy Queen choreographed by Hazel Pace - stepsheet

Broadcast Email

If you would like us to add your email address to the NVCWDA list for broadcast email alerts, please inform our membership director at membership [at] We use email to inform people about important news such as updates in schedules, changes in dance locations, and cancellations.