We are at HMRC, 50 Scott St. at Duboce in San Francisco 94117. Location Details [LINK].
For General Contact, or to broadcast e-mail messages to the members, see the WSD BUSINESS PAGE [LINK].
Dutch Treat Dinner
See CENTER COLUMN,
To renew membership or to join Western Star Dancers, print out the Membership Form
Photos and video clips of the event are displayed on the WSD Website "CIRCULATE PAGE" [LINK].
May 5: Fen
May 6: Ron
May 14: Mimi
May 20: Jay
May 26: Richard
May 31: Dave
Special Event THURSDAYS in May
HMRC Closure Dates
The Rec Center will be CLOSED the last two weeks of the month; so there will be no WSD class on May 23 while we attend a dinner social event (see below). The May 30 class will be held at Davida's place (see second item below).
Dine and Dish
Thursday May 23. 7:00 p.m.
Paul, WSD Special Events Coordinator, has arranged for a special non-dancing social event on a night when the Rec Center is dark. "Dutch treat."
SAUSAGE FACTORY (back room).
517 Castro St. near 18th. 7:00 p.m.
In the 2012 photo (provided by Steve Scott), diners standing are (L-R) Tony, Ron, John, Bob, Dan, Donald, Eloise, Rick, Russ, Mark, Elise, Harlan, Tomas, Steve, and Peter. Seated dishers are Steve, Ann, Atia, Steve, Richard (event orgainzer) and Ron.
Mouse-over to see full-size photo.
Dancing at Davida's
While the Rec Center is "dark" on May 30, Plus class has been invited to dance on Davida's rooftop deck with caller Rich Reel. Thanks to Rich and Davida for providing the class with extra floor time. Davida's address will be emailed to students and members.
New Plus-Level Class
A new accelerated Plus class has expectations to cover all calls in time for the San Francisco convention. The class will then continue through July to allow for added floor-time and an opportunity to refine dance skills.
Location: HMRC Dance Studio
Date/Time: Thursdays 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Rich Reel
New Plus Dancers: $75
Drop-In: $5/evening (take priority over Angels)
Angels: FREE (Angels are not guaranteed a place in a square).
Event was May 17 thru 19
VIDEO CLIP: In the last few seconds of Venus in Blue Jeans, James swept Barbara off her feet.
VIDEO CLIP: Mainstream Tips. Alistair, Italo and Steve dance to Harlan and Saundra.
Rich in the Top 10
WSD instructor Rich Reel was voted into the SCVSDA Top 10 Caller group. All ten have been invited to participate in Jubilee (see information below).
Gary, Rich, Willie and Elise at Jubilee 2012.
Jubilee Sept. 13-15, 2013
DISCOUNT DEADLINE May 31:
3 days for $40.
The 57th Jubilee will be held in San Jose. The Early Bird price for the entire weekend is $40, ending on May 31. Either purchase directly from Willie (he plans to be at Golden State RoundUp May 24/25/26); OR Register online at www.scvsda.org, click on 57th Jubilee.
Featured callers: Dan Nordbye and Charlie Robertson.
Local Callers: Vicki Woods, Roger Smith, Rich Reel, Jim Osborne, Harlan Kerr, Eric Henerlau, Rob French, Keith Ferguson, Bob Elling, Gary Carnes.
Featured round dance cuers: Mary Ann Callahan and Craig Cowan ... and Popular Local Cuers.
Key Jubilee features:
Plus, Advanced, and Challenge Halls; Relaxed Plusall day Saturday; Round Dance Teach Saturday morning; Intro to Rounds and intro to C1 on Saturday.
Gunderson High School 622 Gaundabert Lane San Jose, CA Note: Free parking
VIDEO CLIP (18 seconds): Rich calling at Jubilee 2012. In the square: Alice & Ed; Willie & James; Gary & Caroline. Filmed by Elise.
The Cincopaters: Kathy, Penny, James, Barbara and Willie
Cinco de Mayo Dance
Event was May 4
VIDEO CLIP: First Tip. The squares filled up with skirts and crinolines even though RitaRosa Steve had not yet arrived.
Italo, WSD's newest member, with Tony.
VIDEO CLIP: Jay and Rich were the Two-Step stars to the tune of Louisiana Saturday Night, backed up by a dance chorus of rounders.
Davida (as Catharine Zeta-Jones) and John (as Antonio Banderas).
Gary, Connie and Sol.VIDEO CLIP: Pre-Rounds excerpt Answer Me. Filmed by Elise. Cued by John Flora.
OUR NEXT DANCE [LINK]
Convention Discount for First-Timers
The subsidy for first time convention attendees brings the price down to $165. Just register online, send your check for $165 plus a letter from your club indicating you are a member and have never attended an IAGSDC convention, and we'll adjust the price. IAGSDC.org
A reminder from Michael Levy
Appointment of WSD Delegate to Convention
Mario [above], WSD incumbent Delegate to the IAGSDC, has volunteered to serve again this July as club representative at Weave Your Heart. Former WSD Administrator Steve Scott is the Alternate Delegate.
PREVIOUS WEBSITE EDITIONS
--News Items from April 2013
The WSD Mainstream class completion ceremony was held on Thursday, April 18.
WSD Class Coordinator Tony, Instructor Rich, graduates Jay, Alistair and Steve.
More photos and a video clip are displayed on the Website CLASS PAGE.
VIDEO [25 seconds]:
When John Flora called for double cucharachas, Thom went into his special moves...with assistance from Darren.
To view the entire Beach Bunny Cha video clip, go to the WSD Website ROUNDS Page.
Plus Class is in session. "Angels" dance free and are always needed to help the students. Meet in the HMRC dance studio at 7 p.m. with instructor Rich Reel.
ARCHIVED WEBSITE EDITIONS
--Previous News Items [LINK]
Homepage Rev.65 - Update 3/23/13.
SCENES FROM THE STUMPTOWN STOMP
Former WSD Board Member Mark with current member Tony.
Caroline of the Crinolines with WSD Delegate to Convention Mario.
Festooned Fabian won the big bucks during the Stumptown 50/50.
- Other San Francisco Clubs
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- Animated Square Dance Calls
- Resources for Dancers
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- Northern California Gay & Lesbian Square Dance Calendar
For those of you in the San Francisco Bay Area, this is a great way to learn what's hot!
- International Dance Calendar
If you're looking for a great dance anywhere in the world, check out this calendar
Many clubs host "fly-ins" which are an entertaining and exciting way to dance for the whole weekend
- More Great Links
- Bay Area LGBT Square Dance Clubs: List of nearby gay/lesbian and supportive straight square dance clubs
- Dosado.com: General information about all aspects of contemporary square dancing
- IAGSDC: International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs
Dan & Allison Drumheller have been booked to provide the Rounds at the June 29 WSD/FCD dance with caller Rich Reel. For info on that event, click DANCE. For more information on Rounds at WSD/FCD functions, click ROUNDS.
Staffing Changes forAfter serving for several years as producer of the annual Circulate San Francisco event, Paul has announced his retirement. Following concerns that the event would need to be cancelled for 2013, Steve Scott has volunteered to take on the task. A date has not yet been selected. See the WSD Website "CIRCULATE PAGE" for photos and infomation of past circulate events [LINK].
Circulate S.F. 2013
New WSD Member and Club VolunteerPeter, a long-time Foggy Citizen and also a frequent "Angel" at WSD classes, has now joined the Western Star Dancers club, and he is already serving as a volunteer. Peter is WSD's calendar clerk, updating and maintaining the Google calendars on both the website Calendar and the Events pages; and he also composes and distributes the WSD Monthly Update.
Cinco StarsRosarita Steve
See Center Column for more photos
CincoCaller: Barry Clasper