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March 4th, 2017
Club Dance

2017 Rolls On!

Our March Club Dance saw Round IV of the 2017 LoD Jack & Jill series! The winners are:

1st Place: Raymond Byun and Laura DeShano
2nd Place: Grayson Roth and Anya Crane
3rd Place: Edwin Li and Helen Li
4th Place: Dmitry Lapidus and Connie Wang
5th Place: Pato Lankenau and Wendy Dalal

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from past Next Gen Club Dances!

Next Gen Dance
April 1st, 2017

Please join The Next Generation Swing Dance Club at the Allegro Ballroom in Emeryville for our anniversary club dance on Saturday, April 1st, 2017, from 6 PM until late. We look forward to seeing you there.

We have a another great DJ lineup two-fer for you – Rupert Schroeder will start the evening out (6pm - 9pm) and Dmitry Lapidus will close it out (9pm - Midnight). The DJ mix is primarily West Coast Swing, but also contains a few songs for other social and swing dances. Kim Sifter will teach our beginning WCS lesson from 7 to 8 PM in the back room.

March will see Round V of our 2017 Luck-of-the-Draw Jack & Jill Contest Series. The top five couples of the preliminary rounds earn complimentary passes to  a Next Gen dance. They all return in July for the 2017 Finals where the top three couples will earn weekend passes to Boogie By The Bay 2017!

REMINDER: We are now checking membership cards at the door. We want to make dances more secure and ensure that current members receive the dance discount membership benefit. So make sure to bring your card with you to speed up the process at the register! ALSO: Next Gen member discount prices are in effect at the door until 10:30 PM!

The address of The Allegro Ballroom is 5855 Christie Avenue, Emeryville, CA 94608. It is conveniently located off of I-80 next to the Powell Street exit (just past the IKEA and Trader Joe's). Coming from I-80, take the Powell Street exit headed East, turn left on Christie Avenue just past the Denny's, and turn left into the parking lot at the last entrance in front of the strip of buildings, immediately past the traffic light at Shellmound Way. The Allegro Ballroom is at the rear of the strip.

We're Having a Membership Drive!

For all of you who've just been dying to join Next Gen, but you couldn't figure exactly when the time would be right…the time is NOW! We're having a drive to recruit NEW members into the club. Anyone not already a member who joins at our March 4th, April 1st (no foolin'!), or May 6th, 2017 Club Dance will be admitted to the dance at no charge. This is in addition to the free dance pass that comes with a new membership or a renewal. Such a Deal…!


Election of New Board of Directors

Every March a new Board is elected by our Club members. The Board includes a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Membership Director, and up to five Independent Directors. The Club's Board consists of volunteers who are responsible for overseeing the operations of the Club. This includes our monthly dances at The Allegro Ballroom, our annual Boogie by the Bay convention, and other Club activities. The Board has the responsibility to make decisions on behalf of the Club, adopt budgets, expend funds, and enter into contracts.

Serving on the Board is an excellent way to learn about what it takes to manage a corporation—but even better, it is a great way to get to know your fellow dancers. The Founders Committee, a group comprised of people experienced in running the Club, serve in an advisory capacity and are always available to assist and advise the Board, if requested.

Please consider nominating qualified people (including yourself!) for a Board position. You can send an e-mail nomination to andybouman @ yahoo.com. There will be a brief informational meeting for Board candidates at 5 PM on Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at the Allegro Ballroom, just before our regular club dance. Candidates, Next Gen members, and nonmembers are welcome to attend. Please join us if you’re interested in running for the Board, or merely want to learn more.

For more information, please contact Charlotte Howard at cahowardpi @ gmail.com.

(Note: Email addresses here are deliberately obfuscated.)

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