Northern Virginia


Dance Association


April - June 2018 Newsletter Available

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2018 Benefit Dance for Fisher House

The 2018 Benefit Dance for Fisher House is scheduled for April 21 at Lincolnia from 6 - 9:30 p.m. We'll have a pot luck meal. Please bring sides and desserts to go with the entrees supplied by NVCWDA. Admission is $20 at the door. (We are not selling tickets in advance this year.) Kathy Fanelli will be the DJ. Net proceeds from this dance and from our ongoing dance workshops will go 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.

Mal and Linda Zerden will join us again this year to teach a nightclub twostep dance lesson and perform a dance demo showcasing their awesome talent.


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.

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.

The couples team's first performance for 2018 will be April 28.

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

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