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Greetings Friends of NHABDA,

Greetings Friends of NHABDA,

Happy New Year!  Hope you all had an enjoyable holiday season and are ready for 2018.

Looking back on 2017, it was an amazing year for our organization.  We grew our membership, held two successful dance seminars and numerous well attended monthly dances.   Our Outreach group was very active and we wrapped up the year with our Annual Giving Thanks dance and our First Annual Holiday Gala. 

As most of you know, NHABDA was approached by the “Dancing Travelers” and asked if we would sponsor a holiday party this year.  As luck would have it, the Radisson had the date available and all fell into place.  Six weeks later, NHABDA held its first Annual Holiday GALA.  We were overwhelmed by the response from the dancing community and our event ended up with close to 200 attendees from all over New England.   Our DJ’s, Chris & Devin Ulbrich played some fabulous music and kept us dancing until the very end.  There were wonderful performances that included Grand Monadnock Ballroom of Swanzey, Leah’s Chica’s from Manchester, Let’s Dance Studio of Concord and Krystal Ballroom of Salem.  All of the feedback has been very positive, so we hope to host another Holiday GALA next December.  Thanks to all who helped, including Virgie and her crew for decorations, Rene Van Oosten, Irene Labrie and Cindy Acorace for advertising, the reception crew, the cake servers, our DJ’s and all of our performers.

At our Giving Thanks dance in November, we held our annual food drive to benefit the NH Food Bank.  The collection bins and baskets were overflowing.   Thanks to all who brought non-perishable food and toiletries or made monetary donations to the NH Food Bank.  You collectively donated 181 pounds of food and $88 which amounts to approximately 327 meals for the hungry.   Many thanks to Virgie Beacom for arranging delivery of the donations.    We had a great turnout with a lively crowd dancing to an enjoyable selection of music by Mr. Jonathan, DJ.  Our pre-dance lesson was a Salsa taught by Susanne Weaver. During the break, Melissa Ramsdell, danced a solo salsa/bachata combination which showcased lady’s salsa styling.   Both Susanne (AKA Suzie Q) and Melissa are from Leah’s Chica’s in Manchester. 

In November, we also held Elections for the 2018 NHABDA Board of Directors as part of a general meeting.   The slate was presented with additional nomination of two members from the floor.   All candidates were unanimously voted in.  Our Annual Board meeting is planned for January 6, when we will vote in officers for 2018.

Board members with terms expiring in 2018 and 2019 are: Eileen Morin, Joyce Wilson, Arleen Potter, Ginette Lawrence, Tony Bolduc, Virgie Beacom, Art Deleault and Fran Deleault.


Continuing on the Board with terms ending in 2020 are:  John Carbonello, Kathy Carbonello & Brad Alderfer.       


We are pleased to welcome our newest Board members with terms also expiring in 2020: Michael Morin & Susie Dao.


Heartfelt thanks to all our Board members, committee members and volunteers who work hard behind the scenes.  We are currently planning next years’ activities and will update the website when details are finalized.    Please be sure to check the website for the most up to date information regarding lessons, showcases and outreach as well as for dance cancellations in case of inclement weather. 

We will be holding our next dance “Let it Snow” on January 20th at Pinkerton Academy.  Mr. Jonathan will be providing the music and Debbie Monk along with Mr. Jonathan will be teaching a West Coast Swing lesson and performing the showcase for us. 

If you have not yet done so, it is time to renew your NHABDA Membership for 2018.  If you did not receive an application by e-mail you can find one online, in the footnotes or at one of our monthly dances.  Members enjoy discounted admission to NHABDA events as well as receiving 10 issues of Footnotes. 

Hope you will join us in January and throughout the New Year. 

Warm Regards,

Eileen Morin

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