"The well-being of each of us is interwoven in our care for one another"

~ ANONYMUS

 

Welcome to
www.LearnToDanceAthon.org
(www.Learn-to-Dance-Athon.org)
Helping others less fortunate through dance ...
Brought to you by

Terry Chasteen & associate independent teachers and performers of
International DanceSPORT & Entertainment
(DanceSport at DuPont Circle and Metro DC DanceSport)
We offer the most professional and authentic dance entertainment available throughout Metropolitan Washington DC, Md & Va in addition to easy, flexible and fun instruction for the entire family in every style of social dance from around the globe that literally ANYONE can afford.
TerryChasteen@PleaseDanceWithMe.com,
TerryChasteen@InternationalDanceSPORT.com,
TerryChasteen@yahoo.com
202-596-4860 - cell
202-462-0870 - 24/7 voice mail

 

Fancy Cats logo

 

Saturday, June 1,
The 2013
'Fancy Cats Learn-to-Dance-Athon'

Location: DanceSport at DuPont Circle
2201 P St. NW, Wash DC 20037
(Unlimited free adjacent embassy parking)

Whether or not you can attend, DOWNLOAD PLEDGE FORMS HERE to collect donations from cat-loving friends, famly members, neighbors & co-workers who cannot attend to support the all-volunter work of 'FANCY CATS'!

Fancy Cats June 1, 2013 Learn-to-Dance-Athon Flier
(Download pledge forms here ...
... you can help even if you cannot attend)

cat photo laying

Join us for 'Dancing With the Fancy Cat Stars' on June 1st ... you'll learn how to Purrr-fect some brand new dance moves in your choice of at least 5 different styles ...and POSSIBLY MORE! PLUS teacher-assisted practice and social izing between dances, followed by an evening of social dancing and DanceSport Showcase from 9:30-1am!! Help the homeless cats throughout Metropolitan DC. Dance-&-Learn in a class and social setting from 6pm to 1am in support of the tireless work of 'FancyCats.org'.

We'll be holding five 30-min mini-workshops by switching partners (no dance partner or previous dance experience required), followed by 10 minutes of assistaed practice and socializing in each dance from 6-9:20 in the following:

1) 6:00pm - Ballroom Foxtrot or Waltz (bring the kids and prepare them for cotillion!),
2) 6:40pm - Salsa and Latin,
3) 7:20pm - Swing
4) 8:00pm - Country/western Two Step
5) 8:40 - Argentine Tango
After 9:30 pm there'll be performances, snacks and refreshments, some fun mini-learning programs by Danielle Areco in Brazilian Samba, The Axe' and possibly a Hula demonstration. All along with non-stop lemonade and any special pot luck desserts (including hot apple pie from the oven ...WITH ICE CREAM!), snacks and any comfort food that anyone wants to bring to share.

Everyone is welcome of all ages from kids to seniors, singles, couples, same-gender couples and the sight and hearing impaired (limited ASL avail).

And if you cannot attend, no problemo!! ...YOU CAN STILL HELP THE FANCY CATS!! by collecting 'Fancy Cat' donations and pledges (Download donation/pledge form here) from your Friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers to support the volunteer work of
'FANCY CATS'

cat photo

Admission: $25, to include as many dances as you can handle, plenty of refreshments (be sure to bring yur favorite dessert or pot luck dish to share, we'll have plates and eating utensils), lemonade, delicious apple pie warm from the oven with ice cream and evening dancing and performances from 9:30-1am by teachers and students of 'DanceSport at DuPont Circle'.

Danielle with a Fancy Cat
tWhat in Haiti's name are these people doing with me?! ...Can't they see I need to get home and start preparing for the 2013 Fancy Cats Learn-to-Dance-Athon?!")

 

 

"What you do unto the least of them, you do unto me"

~ GOD
(
Please don't mess with God ... Join us on June 1st and help the many homeless cats of DC, Md and Northern Va.
Plus it's GUARANTEED to be FUN!!)


HURRY TO RSVP BEFORE THE CLASSES ARE FILLED UP!!

DanceSport at DuPont Circle is located 2 blocks west of the Q St exit of the DuPont Circle red line Metro and surrounded by PLENTY of nearby FREE EMBASSY PARKING!!! on and North of Mass Ave at 22nd St NW at Fla Ave (click here for detailed parking directions) every weekday evening after 6:30pm plus all-weekend long!!

 

Location:

'DanceSport at DuPont Circle'
photo - Dupont Circle Fountain with people
We offer the most professional and authentic dance entertainment available throughout Metropolitan Washington DC, Md & Va in addition to easy, flexible and fun instruction for the entire family in every style of social dance from around the globe that literally ANYONE can afford

'DanceSport at Dupont Circle'
Located in the
Church of the Pilgrims Fellowship Hall
2201 P St. NW,
Washington DC 20037
(Between P St. & Q St. NW at 22nd;
across from 1520 22nd St on google maps),
Church of the pilgrims with entrance arrow
Photography by David Liu, http://daylightpix.com/tangoloungearchive.html

 

Lighted downstairs separate outside entrance into the
Church of the Pilgrims Fellowship Hall

Entrance to DanceSport at DuPont Ciecle

(Follow the balloons on the railings down the stairs to the
lower level entrance directly into the Fellowship Hall)

All are welcome and encouraged to attend, including all ages from seniors to kids, singles
couples, same-gender couples and the sight and hearing impaired
(limited ASL avail)

 

 


Contact:
TerryChasteen@yahoo.com
TerryChasteen@PleaseDanceWithMe.com
202-596-4860,
www.DanceSportDupont.com
www.TangoDanceSport.com,
www.TangoDupontCircle.com
www.DanceSportDupontCircle.com
PLENTY of free parking available
(DanceSport Dupont classes)

 

PLENTY OF FREE 'DanceSport at DuPont Circle' PARKING ALWAYS AVAILABLE.
(DO NOT PARK DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF THE BUILDING ON OUR SIDE OF 22ND. SUN PARKING IS AVAIL THERE UNTIL 2PM ONLY). FREE PARKING ALL SUN AND ALL WEEKDAYS ACROSS FROM US ON 22ND ST AFTER 6:30PM AND THROUGHOUT EMBASSY ROW & ON MASS AVE AND NORTH ON 22ND TO R ST)
We are two 2 blocks West of Dupont Circle (on the red line Metro) next to Embassy Row with free parking during the weekends plus during the week starting immediately at 6:30pm in front of the nearby embassies,
INCLUDING:
1) on the adjacent block of Massachusetts Ave from 22nd St West to Sheridan Circle and several blocks beyond,
2) on 22nd St directly North of Florida and Mass Ave to R St,
3) West on R St between 22nd and 23rd to Sheridan Circle,
4) directly on Sheridan Circle, which is one block NW from the Church of the Pilgrims,
5) non-embassy free parking is also available all weekend directly across from us on 22nd St between P and Q which opens up during the week daily at 6:30pm (so come to class early right after work and your parking space will be waiting for you at 6:30!).

 


Location: Church of the pilgrims with entrance arrow
'DanceSport at Dupont Circle'
The Church of the Pilgrims Fellowship Hall

2201 P St. NW, (1520 22nd St NW on Google Maps),
Washington DC 20037
Two blocks West of Dupont Circle (red line Metro) at 22nd & P NW between P and Q.
Entrance indicated by trail of balloons at the SE corner of 22nd & P.

Follow the trail of balloons birthday balloonsto the correct SE entrance of The Church of the Pilgrims as there are many entrances into the block-long building. On the week of your birthday at DanceSport DuPont Circle you get one class FREE!! (one birthday per year please ^_^) Be sure to bring your friends and family and make a party of it, we already have plenty of desserts and ice cream!
Animated clip art old record player with musical notes

 

 

 

Coming soon to Washington DC ...another

AIDS & Cancer
Learn-to-Dance-Athon

After so many years since the last one,
watch for details of another
Washington DC

AIDS & Cancer
Learn-to-Dance-Athon

including 7-8 hours of non-stop classes, workshops, social dancing and practice in at least two and possibly 3 levels at once of as many dances as we can fit into our allotted time to benefit the charitable organization(s) of choice of each donor. Obtain a pledge donor form to obtain pledges from willing and compassionate friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers at
www.PleaseDanceWithMe.com/danceathonpledgeform.htm

.... sponsored by LambdaDanceSport DC, The Church of the Pilgrims and
DanceSport at Dupont Circle.

We are making plans and looking for an appropriate date at long last for another fund-raising event to benefit the charitable organization of your choice. We will pick several charities to which we'll donate any undesignated funds, but 'YOU' can make the ultimate choice of where "100%!" your admission fees and donations will go. All of the money taken in will be awarded to designated charitable organizations as all of the teaching, venue cost, refreshments, DJ's and incidentals will be sponsored or donated.

By means of this event, we hope to help give our Metropolitan Washington Dance Community an annual (or possibly even more often than annual) means to use our passion and enthusiasm for music and dance to help those AIDS and cancer victims so desperately in need of assistance all year long. Hopefully we may even repeat this throughout the year to help those AIDS and cancer victims even more.

With the number of dances and styles of dance that we are introducing during the 'AIDS and Cancer Learn-to-Dance-Athon', no one is going to be able to perfect all of the figures in the allotted times. The objective is for beginners to get a start on the basics, decide what dances they like best and practice throughout the evening, and for the more experienced dancers to learn some new material, but not with the assumption that you will perfect it in 20 to 25 minutes. The greatest goal is for everyone attending to HAVE FUN!

Your teachers will be moving fast to stay on time and will spend much more time in these dances in their personal classes and private coaching sessions, so get the details and follow up with them during the practice session and social dances immediately following and at a future date.

Since there is not time for long amalgamations, short individual patterns will be taught to leave more time for dancing, practicing and for individual performances. What you might not get completely in the mini-class, the teachers can often help you with, during the practice times available.

For a similar schedule of Events during the Jan 4th, 2004 'AIDS & Cancer Learn-to-Dance-Athon', visit www.LearnToDanceAthon.org

The next 'AIDS and Cancer Learn-To-Dance-Athon' will be an event for everyone of all age groups and one that you definitely won't want to miss. Whether you join us for only a few hours or for all eight or more, mark your calendar now to attend this one-of-it's-kind learn-to-dance marathon, the 'AIDS and Cancer Learn-To-Dance-Athon'. Beginner dancers, especially, won't want to miss this non-stop charitable dance event, as you'll witness and learn more dances in one day than you ever imagined possible. We'll have beginner, intermediate and advanced classes and workshops in a wide range of dance styles going on at the same time throughout the afternoon and evening.

This unique and non-stop charitable dance event is intended for all ages and for the entire family. Keep checking back at www.PleaseDanceWithMe.com and www.DanceSportDupont.com for updated scheduling information regarding the many workshops and performances by some of Washington's finest teachers and dancers. Once again, the plans for our next 'AIDS and Cancer Learn-To-Dance-Athon' include more instruction in dance, general dancing, and performances for all age groups and levels of dancers in one afternoon and evening, than most could possibly imagine...(and only obsessive-compulsive dancers, music-lovers, and their friends, families and loved ones will be admitted!!...).

"As always, you need not have a partner or any previous dance experience to attend. All are welcome and encouraged, including singles, couples, same-gender couples and the seeing and hearing impaired"

COST OF ADMISSION FOR PARTICIPANTS:
Our hope is that most participants will attempt to secure donors to sponsor them during this eight-hour Learn-to-Dance Marathon event to bring in as much money as possible for the designated 501(c)3 charities. We do not wish to discourage anyone who doesn't obtain sponsors, however, from attending, so any donation at the door will be appreciated by the AIDS and cancer victims. A $12.00 to $15.00 donation was accepted during the first AIDS and Cancer Learn-to-Dance-Athon, which took place on a much smaller scale in 1999. Again, however, we do not wish to discourage anyone, and especially minority families with children from attending, so we hope that everyone interested will attend, regardless of the amount of money they're able to offer.

All donations
will be greatly appreciated...no donation is too large or too small.
Donated funds may be designated toward any one or more of the charities specified below or toward any other 501(c)3 AIDS or Cancer charities. If you have a favorite charity that is not on our list, we will be happy to deliver funds to that organization, for absolutely no overhead cost. Any funds offered toward any charity will be accepted and appreciated. Checks can either be made out to a future 501c3 to-be-determined for dispersal, or to the designated charity or charities....and of course cash will be accepted. Any funds not designated will automatically be divided equally among six charities like those listed below from our last evdent.

The 6 charities included:

1.Whitman-Walker Clinic,
2.The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation,
3.
The Entertainment Industry Foundation's National Colorectal Research Alliance (NCCRA, co-founded in 2000 by NBC's TODAY show co-anchor, Katie Couric in honor of her late husband who was a victim of colon cancer),
4.The Mary-Helen Mautner Project for Lesbians with Cancer (it is estimated that approximately 1/3 of all lesbian women are ultimately afflicted with cancer and many are usually without any spousal insurance or job-related benefits to get them and their families through these major financial and emotional crises),
5. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital,6. Oprah's Angel Network. Oprah's tireless humanitarian efforts, which benefit thousands of people across this country and around the world, provided the inspiration that made this event possible.

Included in the format are 1/2 hour dance mini-classes and workshops taught in both beginner and intermediate (and possibly advanced) levels at the same time by a number of Washington's most talented teachers every 60-75 minutes from ?:00pm to 11:00pm. There'll be as much open social dancing and as many classes, performances and exhibitions that we can fit into the space during the time allotted.

Most of the children’s exhibitions and events, plus those dances that may most interest them will be scheduled in the late afternoon and early evening. All of this intermingled with open dancing of all dance styles in Latin, Ballroom, Disco/Hustle, C/W, Jazz, Hip Hop, Swing and more in the Fellowship hall, as well as a later Argentine Tango and dance party in the evening.

Some of the volunteers still needed includes more DJ assistance (especially equipment...we have the music), as well as a few more performers and teachers in Hustle, Country/Western, Hip Hop, Flamenco, ballet or jazz, tap, modern and more.

The intermittent performances, which are planned throughout the evening in the different styles of dance may include exhibitions or mini non-competitions, (which may be judged without a placing by YOU! through your audience applause...and which probably means that everyone will win!...). A few of those performances may hopefully include:

A. Wheelchair dancers (performing couples consisting of one able-bodied dancer and one wheelchair dancer),

B. Blind and seeing impaired dancers (consisting of one seeing and one seeing impaired dancer),

C. Deaf and hearing impaired dancers (consisting of one hearing and one hearing impaired dancer),

D. Senior citizen dance couples,

E. Grade school and high school dancers,

F. As well as traditional performing couples, dance troops and formations of absolutely every dance variety, to include Salsa, Tango, Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Hustle, Viennese Waltz, Country/Western, Flamenco and more.

G. We may also offer not-so-serious fun events for anyone to enter, such as ROB0-CHA CHA, COMBINED JACK-&-JILL, JACK-&-JACK and JILL-&-JILL Salsa and/or Swing contests (where the dance partners are matched by drawing out of a hat) or any number of rediculous possibilities.

If you are part of a performing couple or dance team, or if you would like to volunteer to assist by teaching or other means, please call Terry Chasteen at 202-596-4860 (cell) or 202-462-0870 (24 hr voicemail).A list of teachers and performers will be posted on this and other web sites as they are received and as scheduling is finalized.

Again, due to the generosity of our sponsors who are supplying thedance space, as are the teachers and the many volunteers, exactly 100% of the tax-deductible funds will go directly to the charity or charities for which they are intended.

Those volunteering, performing or teaching are welcome and encouraged to bring and display their marketing material or information about their organization or business, as well as become listed on this and other web sites. We encourage others to also include this information on other personal web sites, as well. If you decide to, let us know so we can supply you with additional updates as they become available, or you may cut and paste directly from this one. Members of the local TV, radio and newspaper media may be present to MC and host different aspects of the event.

We hope that if you choose only one resolution for this New Year, you'll make it a promise to attend what is guaranteed to be one of the most enjoyable and unique, non-stop music and dancing events that you've ever experienced, the all-afternoon and evening AIDS and Cancer Learn-To-Dance-Athon' (exact date-to-be-announced). Help us share our passion for music and dance with the rest of Washington’s Not-Yet-Dancing community and at the same time, offer much needed assistance to those who are so much less fortunate than we are. People whose tremendous medical and financial needs will extend far beyond the present.

This event could definitely be a terrific project for any social, school or work-related organizations or for the entire family to participate in. All age groups are welcome and encouraged to help collect pledges and to join us during the non-stop dance festivities. Whether you spend a few hours with us, or stay to experience the complete 8+ (and hopefully 12) hours of this Learn-to-Dance Marathon, is much less important to us than just the fact that you actually COME! All participation and fund-raising efforts will be greatly appreciated by the AIDS and cancer victims and their friends and families, so please be diligent in contacting as many potential sponsors and donors as possible. And just as importantly, be sure to come, yourself.

A sincere thanks in advance to the many volunteers, as well as the major sponsors and supporters of this one-of-a-kind event, including to date:


* The Church of the Pilgrims
* Lambda DanceSport DC
* DanceSport at Dupont Circle
* (more to-be-announced as they come in)

To volunteer, teach, become a sponsor or participant, to perform or to include this information on your personal web site, contact or visit:

Terry Chasteen, 202-596-4860, TerryChasteen@yahoo.com
www.DanceSportDupont.com, www.PleaseDanceWithMe.com … and THANKS!!

THANKS!!

to all of the volunteers, teachers and participants
who made the Jan 4th, 2004

AIDS & Cancer
Learn-to-Dance-Athon

such an educational and charitable fun-filled success!!
(We are now considering dates for another 'AIDS & Cancer Learn-to-Dance-Athon' in 2010)

Now that we have the first one of this magnitude under our belts, we hope to look forward to an even 'bigger and better' event in the upcoming new year. Consequently, I will leave the information available on this site so that anyone may get an idea of the
format and procedure.

And if you have the facility and desire to include an

AIDS & Cancer
Learn-to-Dance-Athon

along with another event or even separately, please feel free to call me for any assistance. I would love to see our Metropolitan Washington Dance Community able on a regular basis to use our passion for music and dance to help those AIDS and cancer victims who are so desperately in need of assistance all year long.

The January 4th, 2004
'AIDS & Cancer Learn-to-Dance-Athon'
was presented in conjunction
with Ron Bennett's 2004

'Yuletide Ball Championships and Ron Bennett
New Year's Eve Gala'


The 2004 'AIDS and Cancer Learn-To-Dance-Athon' has also been designated by the local reserves as a collection point for gifts for over 200 injured troops who are either hospitalized or undergoing outpatient treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other local military treatment

facilities.

Click here for details about the military collection point


Please be aware that with the number of dances that we are introducing during the 'AIDS and Cancer Learn-to-Dance-Athon', no one is going to be able to perfect all of the figures in the allotted times. The objective is for beginners to get a start on the basics, decide what dances they like best and practice throughout the evening. And for the upper level dancers to learn some new material, but not with the assumption that you will perfect it in 20 to 25 minutes. Your teachers will be moving fast to stay on time and will spend much more time in these dances in their personal classes and private coaching sessions, so get the details and follow up with them at a future date.

Since there is not time for long amalgamations, short individual patterns will be taught to leave more time for dancing, practicing and for individual performances. What you might not get completely in the mini-class, the teachers can possibly help you with, during the practice times available.

Schedule of Events during the Jan 4th, 2004 'AIDS & Cancer Learn-to-Dance-Athon':

3:00pm - Doors Open
3:10pm - 3:20pm Mambo Shuffle Line Dance taught by Terry Chasteen (All Levels at once), followed by open dancing with teachers' assistance.
3:30pm - 3:50pm Texas Two Step (Terry Chasteen-Beginners, Ken Roesel-Intermediate/advanced, depending on the level of those attending) followed by open dancing.
4:00pm School-aged Childrens' exhibition in Waltz and Swing with teacher, Todd Borzych; followed by Waltz classes.
4:05pm - 4:30pm Waltz Ballroom classes in Beginner Waltz (Terry Chasteen), Intermediate Waltz (Lasca Low) and advanced/open Waltz (Mary Jenkins and Todd Borzych)
4:30pm - 4:45pm Open Dancing with teachers' assistance and possible Ballroom demonstration by Todd & Mary.
4:45pm - 5:10pm Vintage Dance in costume (exhibition in 2 dances with a class in 1 by Renee Camus)
5:10pm - 5:25pm Open Dancing
5:25pm - 5:50pm West Coast Swing Demonstrations by Ken Roesel and Joyce Szilli, followed by classes in West Coast Swing (Beginners-Terry Chasteen, Intermediate/Advanced-Ken Roesel)
5:50pm - 6:10pm Open dancing and practice with teachers' assistance.
6:10 - Hustle performance by GQ and Ivanna
6:10pm - 6:40pm Hustle classes (Terry Chasteen-Beginners, Joyce Szilli-Intermediate to advanced, Jonathon (GQ) Bowers & Ivamnna-Intermediate to advanced in International Style)
6:40pm - 7:00pm Open Dancing
7:00pm - 7:05pm Argentine Tango performance by Sharna Fabiano
7:05pm - 7:30pm Argentine Tango workshops (Sharna Fabiano-Beginners, Leon Harris-Intermediate, Ponti Del Mercado-advanced)
7:30 - 7:50 Argentine Tango performance by
Ponti Del Mercado followed by open dancing
7:50 - 8:10 Salsa on 2 performance by Keith Givens, followed by Salsa Shine and technique Workshops (Terry and Abdul-Beginner to intermediate Salsa on 2 Shines, Keith Givens-advanced Salsa on 2 Shines)
8:10 - 8:30 Salsa partnering classes (Marc Alberstadt & Terry Chasteen-Beginners on 2, Leon Harris -Intermediate on 1, Abdul Al-Ali advanced partnering Salsa on 2.
8:35pm - Ballroom & Latin Amateur Showcase performance by Jim Berghdal and Victoria Chapman
8 :45pm - 9:10pm Swing and Jive classes (Terry Chasteen beginner Swing Charleston/Lindy, Todd Borzycht-intermediate to advanced jive)
9:10pm - Until Total exhaustion sets in - Open Dancing
(A number of us danced and did not leave until almost 11:00 pm that evening, which is when the fun really began. A sign of being true-blue, obsessive-compulsive dance maniacs)

Other volinteers who were of major importance in making this event happen:

1. Ray Kaufman
– Event Co-coordinator who was RUTHLESS (like a drill sergeant!) in keeping me on time. Ray was solely responsible for keeping what was an impossible time schedule on or ahead of schedule throughout the event.
2. Myra Flemister - DJ from 3pm to 7pm who did an excellent job keeping the music going and everyone's performance music straight.
3. Patricia A Harris – USO collection point for injured military at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital.
4. Discoteque Internationale - DJ after 7pm to the end.

Many thanks to the above teachers and volunteers. Please utilize their services, when possible, and let them lnow that you appreciate their efforts in supporting in this event.

Since the Ballroom space, all teaching, DJ services, etc are donated at absolutely no charge, exactly 100% of all money donated will go directly to the listed charities, or toward any charities designated by the sponsor/donors on the pledge forms. Consequently, the more people we can get into this event, the more fund-raising efforts might benefit the AIDS and cancer victims and their families and loved ones.

*****************************************************

The January 4th, 2004 'AIDS and Cancer Learn-To-Dance-Athon' is an event for everyone of all age groups and one that you definitely won't want to miss. Whether you join us for only a few hours or for all eight, mark your calendar now to attend this one-of-it's-kind Learn-to-Dance Marathon, the 2004 'AIDS and Cancer Learn-To-Dance-Athon'. Beginner dancers, especially, won't want to miss this non-stop charitable dance event, as you'll witness and learn more dances in one day than you ever imagined possible. We'll have beginner, intermediate and advanced classes and workshops in a wide range of dance styles going on at the same time throughout the afternoon and evening.
This unique and non-stop charitable dance event is intended for all ages and for the entire family. Keep checking back at www.PleaseDanceWithMe.com for updated scheduling information regarding the many workshops and performances by some of Washington's finest teachers and dancers. The January 4th, 2004 'AIDS and Cancer Learn-To-Dance-Athon' immediately follows 4 days of dancing and performing during the 'Yuletide Ball Championships and New Year's Eve Gala' which will also be held in the beautiful Capital Hilton Ballroom at 1001 16th Street, NW (16 and K Streets) in Washington DC.

Once again, plans for the 'AIDS and Cancer Learn-To-Dance-Athon' include more learning to dance, general dancing, and performances for all age groups and levels of dancers in one afternoon and evening, than most could possibly imagine...(and only obsessive-compulsive dancers, music-lovers, and their friends, families and loved ones will be admitted!!...).

"You need not have a partner or any previous dance experience to attend"

 


COST OF ADMISSION FOR PARTICIPANTS:
Our hope is that most participants will attempt to secure donors to sponsor them during this eight-hour Learn-to-Dance Marathon event to bring in as much money as possible for the designated 501(c)3 charities. We do not wish to discourage anyone who doesn't obtain sponsors, however, from attending, so any donation at the door will be appreciated by the AIDS and cancer victims. A $12.00 to $15.00 donation was accepted during the first AIDS and Cancer Learn-to-Dance-Athon, which took place on a much smaller scale in 1999. Again, however, we do not wish to discourage anyone, and especially minority families with children from attending, so we hope that everyone interested will attend, regardless of the amount of money they're able to offer.

All donations
will be greatly appreciated...no donation is too large or too small. Donated funds may be designated toward any one or more of the charities specified below or toward any other 501(c)3 AIDS or Cancer charities. If you have a favorite charity that is not on our list, we will be happy to deliver funds to that organization, for absolutely no overhead cost. Our objective is to maximize the return from the generous donation of Ballroom space by The Yuletide Ball DanceSport Championships and The Capital Hilton while it is available to us. Consequently any funds offered toward any charity will be accepted and appreciated. Checks can either be made out to The Friendship Society for dispersal, or to the designated charity or charities....and of course cash will be accepted. Any funds not designated will automatically be divided equally among the six charities listed below.

The 6 charities include:

1.Whitman-Walker Clinic,
2.The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation,
3.
The Entertainment Industry Foundation's National Colorectal Research Alliance (NCCRA, co-founded in 2000 by NBC's TODAY show co-anchor, Katie Couric in honor of her late husband who was a victim of colon cancer),
4.The Mary-Helen Mautner Project for Lesbians with Cancer (it is estimated that approximately 1/3 of all lesbian women are ultimately afflicted with cancer and are usually without any spousal insurance or job-related benefits to get them and their families through these major financial and emotional crises),
5. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital,

and last but certainly not least,

6. Oprah's Angel Network. Oprah's tireless humanitarian efforts, which benefit thousands of people across this country and around the world, provided the inspiration that made this event possible.

Included in the format are 1/2 hour dance mini-classes and workshops taught in both beginner and intermediate (and possibly advanced) levels at the same time by a number of Washington's most talented teachers every 60-90 minutes from 3:00pm to 11:30pm. There'll be as much open social dancing and as many classes, performances and exhibitions that we can fit into two ballrooms during the time allotted. Most of the children’s exhibitions and events, plus those dances that may most interest them will be scheduled in the late afternoon and early evening. All of this intermingled with open dancing of all dance styles in Latin, Ballroom, Disco/Hustle, C/W, Jazz, Hip Hop, Swing and more in the larger main ballroom, as well as a separate Argentine Tango and Salsa/Mambo dance party in the smaller ballroom for the duration.

Some of the volunteers still needed includes more DJ assistance (especially equipment...we have the music) , as well as a few more performers and teachers in Hustle, Country/Western, Hip Hop, Flamenco, ballet or jazz, tap, modern and more.

The intermittent performances, which are planned throughout the evening in the different styles of dance may include exhibitions or mini non-competitions, (which may be judged without a placing by YOU! through your audience applause...and which probably means that everyone will win!...). A few of those performances may hopefully include:

A. Wheelchair dancers (performing couples consisting of one able-bodied dancer and one wheelchair dancer),

B. Blind and seeing impaired dancers (consisting of one seeing and one seeing impaired dancer),

C. Deaf and hearing impaired dancers (consisting of one hearing and one hearing impaired dancer),

D. Senior citizen dance couples,

E. Grade school and high school dancers,

F. As well as traditional performing couples, dance troops and formations of absolutely every dance variety, to include Salsa, Tango, Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Hustle, Viennese Waltz, Country/Western, Flamence, etc.

G. We may also offer not-so-serious fun events for anyone to enter, such as ROB0-CHA CHA, COMBINED JACK-&-JILL, JACK-&-JACK and JILL-&-JILL Salsa and/or Swing contests (where the dance partners are matched by drawing out of a hat) or any number of rediculous, nonsensical possibilities.

If you are part of a performing couple or dance team, or if you would like to volunteer to assist by teaching or other means, please call Terry Chasteen at 202-462-0870. A list of teachers and performers will be posted on this and other web sites as they are received and as scheduling is finalized.

Again, due to the generosity of our sponsors who are supplying the ballroom space without charge, as are the teachers and the many volunteers, exactly 100% of the tax-deductible funds will go directly to the charity or charities for which they are intended.

Those volunteering, performing or teaching are welcome and encouraged to bring and display their marketing material or information about their organization or business, as well as become listed on this and other web sites. We encourage others to also include this information on other personal web sites, as well. If you decide to, let us know so we can supply you with additional updates as they become available, or you may cut and paste directly from this one. Members of the local TV, radio and newspaper media may be present to MC and host different aspects of the event.

We hope that if you choose only one resolution for this New Year, you'll make it a promise to mark your calendar early and attend what is guaranteed to be one of the most enjoyable and unique, non-stop music and dancing events that you've ever experienced. Starting with by far the most elegant of all New Year's Eve events, The Yuletide Ball New Year's Eve Gala on the evening of December 31st. Followed by 3 days of The Yuletide Ball DanceSport competitive events, Professional and Amateur Dance Competition (including exactly what you enjoyed watching on PBS's 'Championship Ballroom Dancing', only here it's LIVE!!) which ends on Saturday evening, January 3rd, and finally the Sunday afternoon and evening AIDS and Cancer Learn-To-Dance-Athon' on January 4th, 2004. Help us share our passion for music and dance with the rest of Washington’s Not-Yet-Dancing community and at the same time, offer much needed assistance to those who are so much less fortunate than we are. People whose tremendous medical and financial needs will extend far beyond the present Holiday season.

This event could definitely be a terrific project for any social, school or work-related organizations or for the entire family to participate in. All age groups are welcome and encouraged to help collect pledges and to join us during the non-stop dance festivities. Whether you spend a few hours with us, or stay to experience the complete 8+ hours of this Learn-to-Dance Marathon, is much less important to us than just the fact that you actually COME! All participation and fund-raising efforts will be greatly appreciated by the AIDS and cancer victims and their friends and families, so please be diligent in contacting as many potential sponsors and donors as possible. And just as importantly, be sure to come, yourself.

A sincere thanks in advance to the many volunteers, as well as the major sponsors and supporters of this one-of-a-kind event, including to date:

* Ron Bennett's Yuletide Ball Championships and New Year's Eve Gala;
* The Capital Hilton Hotel, 1001 16th Street, NW;
* The Chevy Chase Ballroom and DanceSport Center, 5207 Wisconsin Ave., NW;
* Lambda DanceSport DC,
* The Friendship Society,

I am overwhelmed with the numbers and quality of teachers, performers and other essential volunteers who are ready, willing and eager to make this event happen.

To volunteer, teach, become a sponsor or participant, to perform or to include this information on your personal web site, contact:

Terry Chasteen, 202-462-0870, TerryChasteen@hotmail.com
www.PleaseDanceWithMe.com … and THANKS!!


THE JANUARY 4th, 2004 'AIDS AND CANCER LEARN-TO-DANCE-ATHON' HAS ALSO BEEN DESIGNATED AS A COLLECTION POINT FOR GIFTS TO INJURED MILITARY AT WALTER REED ARMY MEDICAL CENTER....

Bring your gift items and a message of appreciation for those who have been injured in the line of duty for our country.

The Reserve Officers Association (ROA), Maryland Chapter 11, Emotional Awareness and Response to Servicemembers (E.A.R.S.)committee
is seeking donations for patients being treated for injuries received during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle. There are currently approximately 200 plus soldiers who are hospitalized or undergoing outpatient treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other military treatment facilities. The soldiers have the basics they need, but could use a few things to make their hospital stay much more comfortable, such as: telephone cards so they can call home, disposable cameras, men's underwear - both boxers and briefs, women's sports bras, luggage with wheels, shower shoes, boxes of note cards with stamps, new men's and women's sports type comfortable clothing in all sizes, hand held games, paperback books, and CD's.

This is a great way to say 'Thank You' to the soldiers for their service. Officers from the Reserve Officers Association, Maryland Chapter 11 will be on hand to collect donations during the AIDS and Cancer Learn-to-Dance-Athon on January 4th. For more information, you may contact the committee chairman:
Anthony Walker, LT US Public Health Service, Health Programs Manager, Office of the Chief Physician Assistant, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Central Office Room 1000, 320 1st Street NW, Washington D.C. 20534
202-353-4659/4664, Fax 202-305-0862

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