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August 9th, 2016

Myles and Tessa’s Swing Literacy Development Method Training & Certification at BridgeTown Swing 2016

Teacher Training: Swing Literacy Development Method “Teaching Lab”
Are you already a WCS teacher or aspiring to be one?
Do you care to give your students a better learning experience?
Do ever feel “there must be a better way”?

Bridgetown Swing is proud to offer the SLDM Teaching Lab at this year’s event!

It is Part 2 of the SLDM Program (see below), open to anyone who has completed Part 1: Theory Module. To qualify for the Teaching Lab at Bridgetown, you must complete the Theory Module before Sept 22.

About the SLDM Teacher Education Program
A 3-part, comprehensive training program that is quickly becoming the gold standard of teaching WCS. Using the skill development approach universal to sports, the SLDM provides an organic, progressive syllabus that flips the traditional WCS teaching model upside down.

This is a game changer: New teachers build a solid and authentic foundation that will set them ahead of the game. Experienced teachers jubilantly renovate their programs and enjoy exponentially higher returns. Dancers achieve a deeper level of WCS competency, fun, and addiction.

The SLDM consists of 3 parts:
Part 1: Theory Module: 15-hour interactive online course: work at your own pace
Part 2: Teaching Lab: Access to regular live SLDM Teaching Labs
Part 3: Teaching Practicum: Guided assignments, like personal coaching on your teaching

More information and registration at www.swingliteracy.com


February 16th, 2016

Spring Swing 2016 with Kyle Redd and Sarah Vann Drake

Tickets and information for the event can be found here http://www.portlandswing.org/springswing2016/


November 29th, 2015

Winter Westie Weekend Details

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Please check out http://www.portlandswing.org/www2015/ for full details and to purchase your ticket today!


November 29th, 2015

PSDC 2015 Election Results

Results of 2015 PSDC Election

100% Reporting. Results Certified 11/28/15 by  Tellers’ Committee (E. Beanland, C. Titus, J. Beyerl)

25% Voter turnout (55 ballots cast of 221 eligible voters)

Results (Winner in bold)

President

Joe Broderick – 54 (98%)

Write-In – None

Vice President

Larry Sanders – 52 (95%)

Write-In – None

Secretary

Richard Greco – 55 (100%)

Treasurer

Bob White – 55 (100%)

Membership Director

Deb Hope – 55 (100%)

Dance Director

No Candidate Filed

Write-In

Babak Shakeri, Tim O’Brien, Glenna Cooke, Jimmy Ho, Victor Nolan, and Nomer Dumanon, all received a single write in vote.

Marketing and Promotions

Karen Greco – 55 (100%)

Event Director

Shana O’Brien – 54 (98%)

Facilities Director

Write-In:

Jennie Beyerl – 2 (4%)

Nomer Dumanon – 1 (2%)

Note: Ted Macy received 2 write in votes (4%) but the votes are disallowed per bylaw 3.07

Newsletter Editor and Historian

Kristy Brehm – 54 (98%)

 


October 29th, 2015

PSDC BOD 2016 Candidates

Thanks to the following candidates running for the PSDC 2016 Board of Directors. They are volunteering for vital positions to lead the Portland Swing Dance Club and continue to foster the growth of West Coast Swing in the Northwest. (more…)


September 27th, 2015

Bridgetown Swing Event Evaluation!

If you attended Bridgetown Swing 2015 please take a moment to fill out the event survey.

 

Thank you!

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BTS_2015_WP


September 5th, 2015

BridgeTown 2015 Competition Rules Posted

Are you competing at BridgeTown Swing 2015? We’ve posted the competition rules for your reference. Be sure to you have a weekend pass so you are eligible to participate in all the great competitions!

Download BridgeTown Swing 2015 Competition Rules PDF »


July 28th, 2015

Winter Westie Tickets On Sale Now!

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Please check out http://www.portlandswing.org/www2015/ for full details and to purchase your ticket today!


November 23rd, 2014

PSDC 2014 Election Results

Results of 2014 PSDC Election

100% Reporting. Results Certified 11/22/14 by  Tellers’ Committee (D. Lim, J. Lim, G. Krolicki)

37% Voter turnout (88 ballots cast of 235 eligible voters)

Results (Winner in bold)

President

Joe Broderick – 76 (99%)

Write-In

Larry Sanders – 1 (1%)

Vice President

Kristy Brehm – 54 (64%)

Glenna Cooke – 30 (36%)

Secretary

Emerald Beanland – 78 (99%)

Write-In

Rhonda Shotts – 1 (1%)

Treasurer

Carla Titus – 76 (99%)

Write-In

Michael Terry – 1 (1%)

Membership Director

Nomer Dumanon – 79 (100%)

Dance Director

Chris On – 75 (99%)

Write-In

Gwen Francy – 1 (1%)

Marketing and Promotions

Donna Heyting – 80 (100%)

Event Director

Richard Titus – 75 (100%)

Facilities Director

Ted Macy – 75 (98%)

Write-In

Peter Bailey – 1 (1%)

Carlie Price – 1 (1%)

Newsletter Editor and Historian

Rosiee Thormahlen – 76 (100%)


 

Proposed Bylaw Revisions

Proposed Revision and Amendment to Article 3: Elected Officers and Board of Directors:

1) Article 3, Section 3.07 shall be added to the bylaws and read as follows:

3.07 Any Board of Director member who resigns during his or her term shall not be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors during the year following his or her resignation.

Yes – 57 (72%)

No – 22 (28%)

Proposed Revision and Amendment to Article 11 Compensations or Recompense:

Article 11, Section 11.03 shall be revised and read as follows:

11.03 If the reimbursement for services or expenses is to a member of the Board of Directors or a Committee, that member shall not be allowed to vote on its
approval.

Yes – 75 (96%)

No – 3 (4%)

Article 11, Section 11.04 shall be added to the bylaws and read as follows:

11.04 No Board of Directors or Committee Member may receive from PSDC or BridgeTown Swing monetary compensation exceeding $500.00 per annum during the term in which they serve.

Yes – 60 (78%)

No – 17 (22%)

Proposed Amendments and/or Revisions to Article 6

Article 6, Section 6.06 shall be revised and read as follows:

6.06 As of January 1, 2014, annual memberships extend for 12 months from the last day of the member’s initial membership month. Any member who does not renew his/her membership by the last day of their original membership month will be considered past due. However a one (1) month grace period will be allowed before a member loses his/her privileges and “good standing”. For example, if a person joins the PSDC in March their membership expires as of the last day of March of the next year. The one month grace period would extend through the last day of April of that year. If a member rejoins after the grace period, he/she is considered a “new” member, effective on the date of acceptance of the member’s application and dues and the membership will run for 12 months from the new date. The member may retain his/her old membership number if he/she renews within the grace period, but this is a courtesy and does not reflect continuous membership, nor does it ensure eligibility to run for office. Any loss of membership due to unusual circumstances or through no fault of the member shall be brought before the Board of Directors for consideration at their next meeting.

Yes – 60 (90%)

No – 7 (10%)

Article 6, Section 6.08 shall be added to the bylaws and read as follows:

6.08 No form of harassment will be tolerated; therefore, any person may be denied entry to, or expelled from, a PSDC function or event for behavior that is considered harassment. Harassment is to create an unpleasant or hostile atmosphere or situation especially by threatening, uninvited and unwelcome verbal or physical conduct.

Yes – 63 (93%)

No – 5 (7%)

 


November 10th, 2014

Swing Blizzard is Coming with Kyle and Sarah!

The Portland Swing Dance Club presents Swing Blizzard Workshops with US Open Champions Kyle and Sarah on January 9-11, 2015!

Get the early-bird discount pricing until November 30th!


October 28th, 2014

Proposed Changes to PSDC Bylaws

The revisions proposed below were passed by two-thirds majority of the board of directors, as stipulated in the PSDC bylaws. The revisions will be voted on by the membership at the annual meeting during the November Fourth Saturday Swing on November 22, 2014. (more…)


October 27th, 2014

PSDC 2015 Board of Director Candidates

Thanks to the following candidates for the PSDC 2015 Board of Directors. They are volunteering for vital positions to lead the Portland Swing Dance Club and continue to foster the growth of West Coast Swing in the Northwest. (more…)


October 15th, 2014

Join the PSDC 2015 Board of Directors

The PSDC’s purpose is to promote West Coast Swing dancing and to provide for its preservation, perfection, growth and development in the community and elsewhere.

Excerpt from Portland Swing Dance Club’s bylaws

Consider joining the 2015 board of directors to invest your talents, attitude, and energy toward the future of the Portland Swing Dance Club. We’re looking for self-motivated leaders to cultivate our community and host exciting events to continue the mission of the PSDC!

If you’re a recent college graduate or current college student, joining the board can give you volunteer experience in an area related to your upcoming career! This will get you a reference to stand out among other job applicants as well as experience in a team environment to develop your skills.

At the same time, if you’re looking for a different career, consider looking at the positions to find an area where you could learn new skills toward your next career. Or you could use skills that you don’t get to exercise in your current job to benefit the club.

A social dance is a 3-4 minute conversation, but to get to know your fellow dancers better, deepen relationships with your dance community by volunteering alongside and serving. If you’ve been looking to connect or find like-minded people for life-long friends, serving can help you connect with friendly dancers in our club.

With all that mind, here are the positions for the PSDC board of directors:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Membership Director
  • Dance Director
  • Facilities Director
  • Promotions Director
  • Events Director
  • Newsletter Editor

If the board of directors positions are too much of a commitment in this season of your life, don’t dismiss the power of volunteering in a smaller capacity. The PSDC is run by volunteers, so please feel free to contact the board of directors if you have a little time and a lot of positive attitude to bring to the PSDC.

Feel free to contact me, the nominations chair, for questions or consideration as a PSDC 2015 board of directors candidate.

David Lim
PSDC 2014 Nominations Chair
PSDC 2006-2007 President
PSDC 2004 Newsletter Editor
PSDC Webmaster


August 28th, 2014

BTS Early Registration Ends After Labor Day!

Be sure to get your BridgeTown Swing tickets before the Labor Day holiday ends! You can buy tickets online anytime before prices go up next Tuesday!


April 10th, 2014

WCS at Sesame Dance Club April 18th

The Sesame Dance Club has Jenica and Eric Zimmer teaching and dancing West Coast Swing at Sesame dance on April 18, 2014. Their one hour West Coast Swing lesson starts at 7:30 pm at Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Avenue, Portland OR. General social dancing starts at 8:30 pm. Their performance is at 9:45 pm. There will be plenty of West Coast Swing music during the evening.

Details at Sesameclub.org »


January 11th, 2014

Spring Swing with Manny Viarrial

Join the Portland Swing Dance Club for a workshop weekend with Manny Viarrial on March 8th and 9th! Schedule, pricing, and online registration»


August 24th, 2013

Bridge Town Swing 2013 Event Schedule

Bridge Town Swing is less than a month away! See the preliminary schedule and plan out your fun weekend!

See BTS 2013 Preliminary Schedule »


July 6th, 2013

PDF Swing Room Decoration Help

As is our custom, the Portland Swing Dance Club is sponsoring the Swing Room at the Portland Dance Festival. This year’s overall theme is “Down on the Farm” and the Swing Room will be going for a funky, vintage Barn Dance theme.

Thursday, July 11th @ 6pm

What we already have:

  • A big PSDC personalized banner
  • 2 sets of red cardboard barn doors
  • 8 red barn siding backdrops
  • 24 colored straw cowboy hats
  • 24 plain straw cowboy hats
  • 48 glittered horseshoe cutouts
  • 2 bandana pennant banners
  • 36 red bandanas
  • An as-yet-undetermined amount of hay bales depending on how may are left over from the main ballroom decorating
  • Lots of Barn Dance and farm machinery ads/visuals I’ve downloaded from the internet that we’ve made into collage artwork to fill the big wall spaces.
  • burlap

Items we need:

  • some white twinkle/holiday lights (on brown)
  • twine and/or rope (tan hemp)
  • old feed sacks with “character”
  • bits and bobs of old rusted or used-looking metal pieces that are small/light enough to use in a wall-mounted found-object art project with a barn dance/farm theme
  • mason jars in a variety of sizes (I have some, but more is better)
  • wire that can be wrapped around said mason jars and used with the twinkles lights to make a lighted garland
  • wire cutters to cut said wire
  • brads, tacks, glue, 3M strips, etc to attach objects to each other and/or to the walls in a way that will not damage the hotel and make them hurt me
  • various portable, used, preferably vintage-looking (but not expensive and something you’re not too worried about losing) implements, containers (I’m thinking milk cans, wooden crates, etc. that would help create a cozy, but also a little funky barn dance atmosphere.

Think a big enough scale to make an impact because too many tiny objects just look like junk, while items big enough to notice look like a well-decorated set.

Please contact Kristy Brehm if you able to help out.


June 21st, 2013

Start Your Summer Sizzling!

Sizzling Summer Swing is this weekend! Portland Swing Dance Club is sponsoring US Open Champion Nicholas King for a weekend of Workshops and dancing!

See the weekend schedule »


April 9th, 2013

PSDC Newcomer Workshops

Start with a great foundation to one of the most versatile and exciting social dance styles with PSDC’s newcomer workshops. We have five workshops, a practice session, and a dance to introduce you to west coast swing. Give your spring a swing!

See the schedule and register online »


December 4th, 2012

Swing Blizzard 2013

The Portland Swing Dance Club presents Swing Blizzard Workshops with US Open Champion and Hall of Famer Barry Jones January 12th & 13th, 2013! Join us for a weekend of workshops and our Second Saturday Swing!

See the weekend schedule and prices »


September 17th, 2012

BridgeTown Swing 2012 Competition Results Posted

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all competitors for a fun and exciting show.

BridgeTown Swing 2012 Competition Results »


September 8th, 2012

BridgeTown Swing 2012 Competition Pre-registration

Want to register in advance for your competitions? If you have already purchased your three-day event pass, you may also pay for your competitions online by September 13th. We are only accepting cash and checks at the event, so this is the way to go if you prefer to use a credit/debit card.

Plan to stop by the contest registration desk to pick up your bib number before 6pm on Friday or get it at your first contestants’ meeting of the weekend, and remember to attend all applicable contestants’ meetings.

Competitors must have a weekend pass. No exceptions.

Pre-register for your competitions at BridgeTown Swing »


July 24th, 2012

BridgeTown Swing 2012 Competition Rules Available

Are you planning to compete at BridgeTown Swing? We’ve posted the 2012 competition rules for your reference. Be sure to buy your weekend pass so you are eligible to participate in all the great competitions, including the new 3-For-All Strictly Swing!

Download BridgeTown Swing 2012 Competition Rules PDF »


June 20th, 2012

BridgeTown Swing 2012 First Details Online

BridgeTown Swing is less than three months away! Join us for another fantastic weekend of workshops, competitions, and social dancing in a new location, the Red Lion on the River in Jantzen Beach, Portland, Oregon — the beautiful ballroom overlooks the Columbia River!

See event details and registration »


June 13th, 2012

Sizzling Summer Swing Next Weekend!

Have you signed up to sizzle up your swing next weekend? Join us for a special weekend with Samantha Buckwalter for workshops and dancing!

Learn more about PSDC’s Sizzling Summer Swing »


March 30th, 2012

PSDC 2012 Newcomer Workshops

April 27th & 28th – Come learn the most versatile and dynamic partner dance at the Portland Swing Dance Club’s newcomer workshops. We’ve got a great weekend planned to get you up and dancing in no time.

See schedule and pricing »


January 30th, 2012

PSDC January Newsletter

The new Jan/Feb 2012 PSDC newsletter has been completed and ready for your reading enjoyment!

This is the first newsletter in nearly 2 years, so we have included articles covering board activities for the past year. You will also see some familiar features of past newsletters as well as new articles and information. Also included in this first issue is a color pictorial of last year’s PSDC events and dances.

Download the newsletter »

Enjoy !
Steve Klein
Newsletter Editor


December 8th, 2011

Swing Blizzard 2012: Nick Jay & Joanna Meinl

Start 2012 with a blizzard of dancing and workshops January 28 and 29th with our guests Nick Jay and Joanna Meinl!

See the weekend schedule and pricing »


September 18th, 2011

BTS Competition Pre-Registration Open

Already planning your outfit for competitions at Bridge Town Swing? If you want to pay by credit card, please pre-register for your competitions online before September 23!

Pre-register for J&J, Strictly Swings, and more »


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