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Christchurch  March 20, 2016

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It’s been so long since I posted. I am terrible about keeping people up to date on where I am and what I’ve been up to.

After some amazing hikes, including the Routeburn Great Walk, Lisa Vivo flew back to the States.

I stuck around the Queenstown area for half a week trying to sell our car. Then I hitched across the South Island from Queenstown to Christchurch.

My first ride was amazing because I happened to ride in a car with Anisa Arslanagic, a professional string player from the UK, and her boyfriend, Dave. She played a little concert for us on the drive. An incredibly beautiful moment.

I spent a few days in Dunedin, then caught a ride with a Dunedin dancer to Christchurch. Christchurch has a great feel to it. The museums are lovely, Hagley Park and the botanic gardens are beautiful and peaceful, and the Christchurch…

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First week in Malaysia  March 20, 2016

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My first week in New Zealand, I got a $300 speeding ticket. That must be a magic number, because I had to dish out $300 in local currency for unexpected airline policies and delivery fees for the bag my first flight misplaced. 

Fortunately, my travel research warned me about these kinds of surprises. The recommendation is to go with the flow. 

So how does one go with the flow in Malaysia? One eats. Malaysians are very proud of their food, and eating is their favorite pasttime. Malaysian food is a mix of Malay, Chinese, and Indian food, just like its population. 

The fledgling dance community here has been very kind to me and taken me all over KL for the best dishes this part of the country has to offer. 

On the weekend, one of the dancers organized a convoy of cars for two lunches in the countryside near KL. Can you spot me enjoying delicious food with the locals?

  

Christchurch  March 11, 2016

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It’s been so long since I posted. I am terrible about keeping people up to date on where I am and what I’ve been up to. 

After some amazing hikes, including the Routeburn Great Walk, Lisa Vivo flew back to the States. 

I stuck around the Queenstown area for half a week trying to sell our car. Then I hitched across the South Island from Queenstown to Christchurch. 

My first ride was amazing because I happened to ride in a car with Anisa Arslanagic, a professional string player from the UK, and her boyfriend, Dave. She played a little concert for us on the drive. An incredibly beautiful moment. 

I spent a few days in Dunedin, then caught a ride with a Dunedin dancer to Christchurch. Christchurch has a great feel to it. The museums are lovely, Hagley Park and the botanic gardens are beautiful and peaceful, and the Christchurch dance scene is full of wonderful friendly people. 

I had a great time teaching a group class for the WCS group, and spent almost every night afterwards at a local dance. During the days, a local dancer would take me out to some great sight nearby. I visited farmers markets, Port Hills twice (once on the back of a motorcycle), Kaikoura for seal watching, and Cave Stream. 

Cave Stream ended up as one of my top 5 favorite experiences in New Zealand. We hiked along a stream through a cave. Chest high pools of water, Rapids, little waterfalls, and even a little climb up to a series of cave rooms overlooking the stream. 

Now I’m in Auckland for the weekend to dance  because I love the Auckland dance community, and also because Mary Ann Nunez is here. 

After that I fly to Malaysia. 

So sad to have missed madjam, looks like everyone had a great time there. 

Anyways, can you spot me in Cave Stream?

  

Black Lake February 23, 2016

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So finally near the top of the hike, just before getting to Gertrude’s Saddle, we come upon the source of the waterfalls: Black Lake. 

Very amazing and refreshing. Have I mentioned how much I love the natural beauty of this country?

Can you find me swimming in the lake?

  

Gertrude’s Saddle February 23, 2016

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One of my top three day hikes in New Zealand has been Gertrude’s Saddle. 

We hiked for a few hours along a valley, and then we started  ascending a series of rivers and waterfalls. As we got hotter and sweatier, I looked for a decent sized pool of water to take a dip. 

Can you spot me looking for a swim?

  

Club Meeting Date Changed From March 27 TO MARCH 13 February 14, 2016

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Sunday, March 13, 2016 – 3PM to 7PM (NOTE DATE change FROM March 27 ( EASTER Sunday) TO March 13.
Haddonfield School of Dance,  413 Crystal Lake Avenue, Haddonfield, NJBoard/General membership meeting open to all members at Haddonfield School of Dance. Recently the club lost it’s venue, The Collingswood Cloud Lodge, for hosting it’s regular monthly dances. The club dances are on hiatus until further notice.

Sheila and Rob will be stepping down from their positions of President and Vice President, respectively, as of March 31st, 2016

The club will need folks to step-up in order for the club to keep going.

If you have suggestions on locations, spaces, etc feel free to notify the club at our email address of delvalswing@yahoo.com

As you can see, there is a lot to discuss and decisions to be made. Once the meeting ends, Sheila will play some music til 7pm for those who might want to get a little dancing in. This meeting/dancing is FREE.

Thank you all for your support throughout the years! Bring your water bottle and or snack and of course your dance shoes if you’d like.

Del Val Swing Club’s Watermelon Dance is on Haitus! February 12, 2016

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The club lost our venue for hosting dances in February. We will not be hosting any dances for a few month as we regroup. Stay tuned for more info soon. Thanks for your support and patience.

All Roads Lead to The Watermelon Dance Jan 16th with NY in the house! January 8, 2016

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All roads lead to the Watermelon Dance. We kick off the new year with NYC in the house as we welcome Paula Wilson and Ken Kreshtool to our house for their first visit! Come learn some cool NYC style stuff and dance with the gang.

8:00 – all level WCS lesson with Paula dnd Ken. We start with the basics and move to intermeidate after 30 minutes.
BE THERE BY 8pm if you are a newcome and want to learn!

9:00-12:30 Watermelon Dance. DJ Paula will rock the music for this one with some cool sounds.

COST:  $10 DVSC members; $15 non members; FIRST VISIT is FREE. Students under24 full time gradutates $5 per person.

Directions: http://www.robandsheiladance.com/CollingswoodCloudMasonicHall.html

Parking on Haddon Ave and Irwin Lot Muni Meters and 25 cents for a half hour until 9pm when all street parking is free. There is some free parking on side streets and under the Patco Hi Speed Line.

From Center City Patco take the train to Collingswood Station. Head to town from train about a block to Haddon Ave, turn right and Lodge is on your right.

All Roads Lead to the Watermelon Dance. Holiday Party!! FREE for members! December 14, 2015

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Time for our super Holiday party! We always doi it up for this one. We have Myat & Gudrun from DC coming up to share their flavor of WCS with us in our all level WCS lesson and Curt Kothera as our Guest DJ. It’s always fun when DC + Philly gets together! Let’s all sparkle for the holiday party!

8pm All level WCS lesson – can’t wait to see what they bring!
9pm Watermelon Dance – Curt will play his DC brand of WCS music for us.

First Visit FREE!! Tell your friends, coworkers and family about it! Bring them all to the party!
Holiday Dance Party FREE to current DVSC members!
Non members $15 per person.
Full time undergrad college students 24 and under $5 with valid ID

It’s the PERFECT time to bring a friend or family member too!!

Now’s a good time to join the club!
price includes lesson, dancing, our Smorgasbord Snack Table including pizza while it lasts (comes out around 9), desserts and beverages.

Parking is FREE in Collingswood for the month of December.

DVSC’s Watermelon Dance Saturday Nov 21 at Collingswood Cloud Lodge -All Roads Lead To The Watermelon!! November 3, 2015

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Dawn Puchalski-Pierson is our guest instructor for this month’s Watermelon Dance and Wes Carrajet is our Guest DJ. Come on out and enjoy an evening filled with fun.

8:00-9:00 All level WCS lesson with Dawn! We’ll start at the middle and add as we go. Dawn’s got some fun up her sleeve.

9:00-12:30 Guest DJ Wes plays his best songs for our dancing.

$10 DVSC members; $15 non members; $5 full time undergrad collect students 24 and under with valid ID. Includes lesson, dancing and our Smorgasbord Snack table with pizza while it lasts. Pizza comes out around 9pm. If you’d like to bring something to share please contact Sheila at 609-519-0078 via text. To volunteer to help set up/break dwon for free admission contact Dan Roth.

Collingswood Cloud Lodge, 790 Haddon Ave, 2nd Floor, Collingswood, NJ

Parking on Haddon Ave and the lot on Irwin is muni meters and cost 25 cents for 30 minutes. Meters must be paid til 9pm. AFTER 9pm it’s all free. Free parking on some streets and also a portion spaces under of the PATCO train right behind the Lodge.

From Center City or Lindenwold take the PATCO Hi Speed Line get off at the Collingswood station head towards town and walk about a block. Turn right and the Lodge is on your right.

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