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Redwood Empire Swing Dance Club is now North Bay Swing Dance Club

North Bay Swing Dance Club

Announcing our new name!

Redwood Empire Swing Dance Club is now North Bay Swing Dance Club.

Located in Sonoma County, California, we sponsor a monthly dance in the Santa Rosa area.

We welcome and encourage all dancers who have an interest in West Coast Swing Dance, from the absolute beginner to the most advanced dancers.

Our club’s purpose is to promote West Coast Swing Dance. The intent of this web site is to help dancers find a dance party, a dance workshop, a dance instructor, or a dance convention. So, pick an event and come join us for some fun.

Monthly Dance

The Black & White Gala

West Coast Swing Dance and Potluck Dinner

December 3, 2022   7:00-10:00

Social Dance all night!
No dance lesson tonight – Extra social dance time!
Visit the North Room for Pot Luck Dinner and relaxing with friends!
Music by DJ Kelly Casanova
Location: Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Hall 1351 Maple Avenue in Lodge Room Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Admission Club Members $10.00 Non-members $15.00 Junior Club Members $5.00 Junior Non-members $7.00
Coronavirus Info: Vaccination required, not checking boosters. Mask optional.

President's Message

Happy Fall,

Redwood Empire Swing Dance Club has a new name — North Bay Swing Dance Club — new logo, new website, newsletter and beginning in 2023 new dance locations. Watch for our Facebook and Instagram pages to soon also display the new name.

Our monthly 4th-Saturday dances will be at two new locations in 2023:

January, February, and March at Breakthrough Dance Studio, 534 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa.  (Many of you know this location which is where Jessica and Jason Taylor hold their Thursday night dances.)   Melissa Rutz, Janelle Guido, and Austin Kois will be our Intermediate teachers and D.J. We will also have a Beginning Lesson that is free.

Starting April, for the rest of the year,  we will be at Monroe Hall.

We are beyond excited!

Your board of directors has worked diligently over the last six months to make these changes.  We have seven board members that are filling multiple positions to keep our club going. I’d like to recognize them individually:

Denise Suzuki – our Secretary and Membership Director, and Dance Committee Chair designed our new logo.  She works tirelessly behind the scenes to help keep the club minutes, send out membership notices and schedule our teachers and DJs for our dances.

David Gordon – our Technology Director and Steering Committee Chair designed our new website and has brought incredible new vision to our club.

Bonita Gordon – our Club President and Marketing Director. She attends all board and committee meetings, sends out the monthly emails announcing the dances, prepares all social media posts and is working on our new Mail Chimp newsletter.

Susan Lombard – our Hospitality Director is the one that brings all those yummy refreshments and coordinates the set up for each dance.

Danny Christian – our Vice President and Activities Director helps coordinate the events, sets up and tears down the music equipment and fills in when the President can’t.

David Pankratz – our Treasurer. He keeps our books straight, and files the necessary legal forms.

Marilyn Carsner – our Juniors Director. She is our liaison with the younger west coast swing dancers.

Edna Lucero – deserves special recognition for her creative genius in preparing the flyers for each one of our dances.

Bonita Gordon

Featured Instructors at our Dances

Kelly Casanova

Kelly Casanova has been teaching West Coast Swing throughout the San Francisco Bay Area since 1981. In addition to her local weekly classes and dances, Kelly has travelled throughout the…

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Edna Lucero and Dick Jensen

Edna Lucero and Dick Jensen are dance instructors in Santa Rosa, California. They have been quoted many times as being “Sonoma County’s Favorite Instructors.” They have been dancing West Coast…

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Austin Kois

My name is Austin Kois and I am a Champion level West Coast Swing dancer. I got started dancing West Coast Swing nearly 10 years ago in the San Francisco…

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Melissa Rutz

Melissa Rutz began her training at age four at Star Dance Studio in San Francisco. Three years later, she found herself at the prestigious SAN FRANCISCO BALLET SCHOOL for seven years under the…

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Janelle Guido

Janelle Guido is a Champion West Coast Swing dancer who travels the circuit teaching, judging, and competing.

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