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NATIONAL FASTDANCE ASSOCIATION NEWS

      2nd quarter  April - June 2017    
  

A National Organization Of Dancers -By Dancers -For Dancers

Founded in 1996, we are the largest dance organization in America. Our organizational credo is to preserve and promote all of our various fastdance styles and their music. Additionally, our purpose is to pass along our dance styles to the next generation, hopefully improved on.

*Bop *Shag *East Coast Swing *West Coast Swing *Jitterbug *Hand Dance *Balboa *Ballroom *Imperial Swing *Push *Whip * Lindy *Lindy Hop *Hustle *Salsa *Line Dance *Country/Western

Welcome to the first edition of our new newsletter format! No more PDF files, just read from your email or online. The newsletter may still be printed and read offline for those who enjoy it. Take a look at what we've been up to lately.

  • We are now on Facebook and Twitter - Like our National FastDance Association page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. We need your participation to grow our new pages.
  • We in the process of building a brand new website. You can visit us now at http://www.fastdancers.com.
  • As always, among the benefits derived from NFA membership is our nearly 30 year relationship with the three National PRO’s (Performing Rights Organizations), ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. By becoming an NFA affiliate, our members are able to obtain substantial savings in the costs of these licenses. Contact us today to sign up with the NFA.

 
LAISSEZ LES BON  TEMPS ROULER!  LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!

NEW CLUBS
 
Full Member Clubs
Contact: Pam Vann 
103 Coronet Dr., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
Phone: 301-335-1151  
 
Contact: Katy Hillner
P.O. Box 791091, San Antonio, TX 78279
Phone: 210-683-7816

Texas Swing Dance Society    
Contact: Cole Weaver
2501 Whitis Avenue, #317
Austin, TX 78705  
Phone: 713-436-5529     

Hep Cats Swing Dance Club
Contact: Michael Richardson 
2449 La Cross Court, Lexington, KY 40514 
Phone: 859-223-1665
Lake Murray Shag Life Assoc.       
Contact: Bob Patterson   
712 Caro Court, Chapin, SC 29036
Phone: 803-298-5158


Jackson Ballroom Dance Club
Contact: Matt Thomson
P.O. Box 10995, Jackson, TN 38308
Phone: 731-668-0458

Elan Dance Club                  
Contact: Don Wagner                     
4770 Ivy Ridge Dr., SE, Atlanta, GA 30339      
Phone: 404-808-4041

S.P.J.S.T. Lodge #18             
Contact: David Meyer              
P.O. Box 55, Elgin, TX 78621               
Phone: 512-281-2465 

Supporting Members
Lake Merritt Dance Organizers Association
Contact: Karen Lile 
200 Grand Ave. Oakland, CA 94610

Michael Pyle dba Swing DJ Events  
465-Kenwood Court, Suite B          
Santa Rosa, CA 95407 
Phone: 707-315- 6204

Robyn Mills
2332 Kings Circle
Woodbury, MN 55125
Phone: 651-470-5117
  UPDATE ON ASCAP, BMI AND SESAC
 
     We last updated this information in 2009.  Since that time we have grown from three dozen social dance clubs to over 170.  Additionally, we have grown from about twenty five multi-day events to over 180.  These affiliated members have licensed all of their dance activities  through their NFA affiliation.  They are properly and legally licensed to present copyrighted music under our national licensing umbrella with ASCAP, BMI and SESAC, the three national Performing Rights Organizations (PRO’s). 
     What surprises those who initially inquire of us regarding securing licenses through the NFA is how easy and inexpensive it really is to ensure that their dance and music activities are not in violation of Federal Copyright Laws.  They’ve learned that they can save their clubs or multi-day events a great deal of time, effort, and money when they decide to “let the NFA handle it”. How?  Well, if they decide to go direct to the PRO’s, they learn very quickly that they may well pay hundreds of dollars more than through an NFA affiliation.
     Multi-day dance events can secure licenses with the three PRO’s for about the coast of two or three event passes.   This is a very inexpensive way to avoid unnecessary risks.  Additionally, the NFA provides a valuable service in that we PROMOTE the multi-day events by adding them to our website and to our quarterly electronically distributed newsletters that currently reaches nearly 400,000 dancers nationwide.  Since the PRO’s provide no promotion at all, this is another important reason for NFA affiliation.  Promotion is not their business but as a national dance organization, it is an important element in the services we provide. Further, those who affiliate with the NFA to secure licenses are relieved of the task of filling out time-consuming reports and additional mundane details.  The NFA handles it all.  It’s important to note that 85% of all licensing fees are distributed to the Artists, Composers and Publishers who provide the music that we love to listen and dance to.  The fees are royalties. 
     Though we have hundreds of affiliated members, there are many more who haven’t done so and they are playing copyrighted music in violation of Federal Copyright Laws.  The NFA Board remains amazed (and puzzled) as to why successful clubs and events run the very real risk of getting into serious, expensive, and needless trouble.  A few events and clubs claim to have ASCAP, others BMI, but none have all three PRO’s.  We’ve heard all kinds of reasons for this over the years, including:
1) “We haven’t heard from ASCAP, BMI or SESAC and so we won’t worry about it until we do”
This is the ostrich head in the sand syndrome.  The problem is that when they finally do hear from one or all of the PRO’s it may well be too late.
2)
We bought and paid good money for the music and we shouldn’t have to pay for the privilege of playing it”.
As long as the music you’ve bought is played in the privacy of your home or at a venue that doesn’t charge admission, you can play it to your hearts content.  BUT, just as soon as you decide to play the same music at any venue charging admissions or you’re otherwise benefitting
from its presentation, Federal Copyright Laws come into play and you must pay the licensing fees.  ALL major dance events fall into this category, with no exceptions.
 
3) “Our dance event is at a hotel and it has the licenses”.
It doesn’t matter. What the PRO’s are concerned about is WHO IS HOSTING, SPONSORING OR COORDINATING THE EVENT?  WHO IS MAKING MONEY FROM TICKET SALES OR IS OTHERWISE BENEFITTING FROM THE PRESENTATION OF COPYRIGHTED MUSIC? It’s not the hotel.  Their only involvement is providing a ballroom for the event. Those responsible are usually a dance club or individuals who put the event together.
4) “We don’t want to have to pay licenses fees, so we simply won’t play any music that is copyrighted by the PRO’s and we will inform our deejays accordingly”
Lots of luck with this one! 99.9% of ALL copyrighted music played at all events or dance activities is in the music libraries of the PRO’s.  The PRO’s main goal is to protect their member artists and ensure that they receive the royalties coming to them.
5) “So, we won’t use deejays, we’ll hire a band”.
Same thing, you can’t avoid it.  You still have to pay licensing fees for bands and this can be more expensive than using a deejay.  Additionally, most parties/dances last at least 3-4 hours.  Some bands may have copyrighted some of their music.  They have obtained licenses to perform these songs.  But, unless they have 30-40 songs in their music library that they would play at a particular venue. They will have to be licensed if they stray form their own music. Most bands take requests which are usually outside the purview of their library.  The best option is to secure your own licenses.  Then it doesn’t matter what the band of deejay plays.
6) “We only use deejays that are licensed, so they are responsible”.
 Not necessarily! The event or dance club host/sponsors/coordinators are responsible for the event or activity.  It is they, not the deejays, who are charging admission or are otherwise benefitting from the presentation of copyrighted music. Additionally, the PRO’s do not license deejays.  Those deejays who may have obtained their licenses from some source usually charge more for their services.  That’s why more and more, deejays are asking up front if the event or dance activity is properly licensed.
 
It is much better for you to contact us than to wait to be contacted by one or all of the PRO’s.  In order to continue this, ALL events and social dance clubs need to participate. If you’re not sure of the need to properly license your event(s) or dance activities, please contact us for guidance.  We are able to hold down the cost of fees to only a very small increase annually because we have nearly 400,000 dancers under our national licensing umbrella.  When you obtain licenses through the NFA for your deejays to play copyrighted music at your event(s) or dance activities, if you have workshop instructors, vendors, etc. are also covered. We are endeavoring to license each and every dance event and the dance activities of social dance clubs. This is our goal. This is only fair to those who have made the good-faith effort to abide by Federal Copyright Laws and obtain licenses for their event(s) or other dance/music activities.
 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Events are licensed by ASCAP, BMI & SESAC thru the National FastDance Association. Contact us to have your event listed here and on our website.
 
March 30-April 2, 2017 City of Angels Swing, A WSDC/AANCE event, Sheraton Gateway LAX, Los Angeles, CA - Ronnie DeBenedetta, Coordinator 619-665-6833
March 30-April 2, 2017 16th Annual Line Dance Showdown, Boston Marriott Quincy, Quincy, MA - Jennifer Cameron, Coordinator 954-444-6980
March 31-April 2, 2017 Portland Lindy Exchange, Host: Portland Lindy Society, Scottish Rite Temple, Portland, OR - Desah Berney, Coordinator 503-593-3245
March 31-April 2, 2017 Capital City Shag Extravaganza, Host: Capital City Shag Club, Doubletree Hotel, Columbia, SC - Marie Kiesel, Coordinator 803-772-7577
April 13-16, 2017 Seattle Easter Swing, Host: Seattle Swing Dance Club, Bellevue Hyatt Regency, Seattle, WA - Jim Minty, Coordinator 425-822-2525
April 13-17, 2017 San Diego Dance Festival, A UCWDC/WSDC event, Crowne Plaza Hotel, San Diego, CA - Ronnie DeBenedetta, Coordinator 619-665-6833
April 20-23, 2017 Oklahoma Dance Rush, Tower Hotel, Oklahoma City, OK - Beth Emerson, Coordinator 405-535-3073
April 21-23, 2017 Sunflower Swing, Host: Wichita Swing Dance Club, Various Venues, Wichita, KS - Evan Borst, Coordinator 316-734-3970
April 21-30, 2017 SOS Spring Safari, Numerous Hotels and venues, North Myrtle Beach, SC - Ron Whisenant, SOS President 888-767-3113
April 27-30, 2017 Louisiana Country Dance Hayride, An ACDA event, Best Western of Alexandria Inn & Conference Center, Alexandria, VA - Ray Michiels, Coordinator 318-447-7458
May 4-7, 2017 Swingin’ Into Spring, Hilton Hotel, Hartford, CT - Ken Mercik, Coordinator 860-749-5434
May 11-13, 2017 Capitol Shag Classic, Host: Northern Virginia Shag Club, The Westin Washington Dulles Airport, Herndon, VA - Christine Werner, Coordinator
May 12-13, 2017 22nd Annual Mountain Boogie Walk, Host: Beckley Area Shag Club, Hern’s Hanger, Beaver, WV - Karen Callahan, Coordinator 304-763-4549
May 18-21, 2017 Texas Classic, Royal Sonseta Houston Galleria, Houston, TX - Kathi Bittner, Coordinator 713-303-8215
May 18-21, 2017 Dance! Dance! Dance! A UCWDC/AANCE/WSDC event, Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, Colorado Springs, CO - Betty Moses, Coordinator
May 25-28, 2017 International Swing Dance Championships, Host: Houston Swing Dance Club, Weston Oaks at the Galleria, Houston, TX - Andrea Cody, Coordinator 713-351-8882
May 25-29, 2017 Frezno Dance Classic, A UCWDC/AANCE/WSDC event, Doubletree By Hilton Hotel, Fresno, CA - Steve Zener, Coordinator 559-486-1556
May 26-28, 2017 Richmond Lindy Exchange, Numerous venues–see website - John Ennis, Coordinator 530-563-6647
May 26-29, 2017 Show Me Showdown, An ACDA event, University Plaza Hotel, Springfield, MO - Jim Criger, Coordinator 417-988-0988
June 1-4, 2017 Orange Blossom Dance Festival, A UCWDC event, Florida Hotel & Conf. Center - Donna Steinfeld, Coordinator 407-359-0285
June 1-4, 2017 Michigan Classic, An AANCE/Masters Tour/WSDC event, Sheraton Detroit Metro Airport, Romulus, MI - Doug Rousar, Coordinator 920-279-0222
June 1-4, 2017 24th Annual Line Dance Marathon, Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center– Durham-Raleigh, NC - Jean Garr, Coordinator 919-380-1844
June 2-4, 2017 Bluebonnet Bash, Host: Dallas Swing Dance Society, Dallas Opera Rehearsal Center, Dallas, TX- Chris Ronderos, Coordinator 214-632-9462
June 2-4, 2017 Southern Comfort XX, Host: Palmetto Shag Club, Doubletree By Hilton, Columbia, SC - Susan Martin, Coordinator 803-609-8170
June 8-12, 2017 Jack & Jill O’Rama, Hyatt Regency Orange County, Garden Grove, CA - John Wheaton, Coordinator 805-937-1574
June 9-10, 2017 Southern Soiree’ Dance Challenge, An ACDA event, Duo Dance Event Center, Gautier, MS - Lynae Jacob, Coordinator 228-762-0304
June 9-11, 2017 Disco America, Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, Philadelphia, PA - Joyce Szili, Coordinator 301-946-2080
June 15-18, 2017 Dance N Play, Eagle Crest Resort, Redmond, OR - Cheryl Lyons, Coordinator 509-969-3459
June 16-18, 2017 Swingapalooza, Clarion Inn & Conference Center, Gonzales, LA - Bryan & Catrinel Jordan, Coordinators 225-673-6978
June 22-25, 2017 Colorado Country Classic, Doubletree Hotel, Denver, CO - Kay Bryan, Coordinator 719-310-3501
June 22-29, 2017 Beantown Dance Camp, Endicott College, Beverly, MA - Tony Tye, Coordinator 508-435-2363
June 23-24, 2017 Shaggin’ On The Boulevard, Host: Charleston Area Shag Society of WV, Charleston Moose Lodge On The River, Charleston, SC - Shirley Lane, Coordinator 304-437-2760
June 29-July 2, 2017 Liberty Swing Dance Championships, Hyatt Regency New Brunswick, New Brunswick, NJ - John Lindo, Coordinator 973-538-7147
June 29-July 3, 2017 Ft. Lauderdale Swing & Shag Beach Bash, A WSDC event, Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina, Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Michele DeRosa, Coordinator 561-248-1455

Many additional Multi-day events will be listed in our 3rd and 4th quarter newsletters. All 2017-2018 events thus far can also be found on the EVENTS page of our website.


Please contact us to make changes to your information or if your event is not listed here and you would like it to be.

 
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