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Hope you are enjoying your summer so far. On May 18th we hosted an “Evening in Paris” Dance at Pinkerton. Thanks to Joe Butera who taught a great Foxtrot lesson before the dance. During the break two of his students, Monica & Rob Lender showcased their talents, performing an elegant Foxtrot and a fun Salsa. We welcomed back our newest DJ, Skot Pare (DJ with a Difference) who provided the dancing music. Thanks to Maria Brush who provided the beautiful handmade centerpieces which helped create the mood for the evening.
In July, we will be heading to the air-conditioned Milford Town Hall for a fun casual, Picnic in the Park dance. Chris Ulbrich will be our DJ. Suzanne Weaver will be teaching a Salsa lesson and she has a showcase planned for us as well. The dance lesson begins at 6:45 PM with general dancing from 7:30 to 10:30 PM.
In August we head to the Derry- Salem Elks Hall (also air-conditioned) for a Hawaiian Luau Dance. Mr. Jonathan will be spinning the dancing music and also teaching a lesson. We are excited to showcase Joey and Shayla, students of Brenda & Ron Olsen. (Olson Entertainment Studios, New Hampton, NH).
In September we will return to Pinkerton for a ‘50s sock hop dance and will be hosting Member Showcases. We are still looking for more performers. The showcase dance doesn’t need to be anything fancy and you do not need to be affiliated with a studio to perform. If you are interested in being part of the showcase, please contact Eileen Morin.
NHABDA values your input. If there is anything you really like (or dislike) about our events please let us know. We will soon start to plan next year’s events and we welcome your input. Please talk to a board member or shoot us an e-mail to find out how you can get involved. We are also still searching for someone to man the reception table for our monthly dances. The commitment is for 3 hours (one Saturday night a month except June & Dec.) from 6:00PM to 9:00PM. If you know someone who is friendly, reliable and possesses basic math skills, who may be interested, please contact our president Eileen Morin.

Other news to share:

Steve Mathon
Some may already know, but wanted to share this news about Steve Mathon, owner and instructor at Granite State Ballroom in Windham. This past winter, Steve became ill with what all thought was a bad cold or sinus infection. The doctors prescribed over the counter meds and antibiotics which failed to work. He continued with symptoms through the holidays until one morning in April when he awoke coughing up blood. This drove him to the emergency room where he was admitted for several days and underwent a blood transfusion. Over the past few weeks, Steve has learned that he has a cancer called Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma. The diagnosis was discovered during a scheduled day surgery to remove a polyp that was causing the blockage in his sinus. The surgeon was unable to remove the mass. Steve has a long journey ahead of him. He will be starting radiation and chemo treatments soon and will need to remain in Boston Monday through Friday for 6-8 weeks with only weekends off. Not only will he need accommodations during this time, but it will also be difficult for him to run his ballroom dance business. He has so far relied on a part time employee, friends, and family for help with the business. We would hate to see what he has worked so hard for, be lost to this horrible disease! You can learn more and donate through this link – https://www.gofundme.com/f/2jpmy-steve039s-journey

Anne Fleming
Many of you already know that Anne Fleming, west coast swing instructor extraordinaire, is facing her 3rd battle with cancer. Anne’s medical insurance ended (before her diagnosis) and she is responsible for the full cost of her treatment, diagnostics, overnight hospital stays, copayments, and more. Though she is trying to obtain new insurance, it will still not cover everything. This is a huge burden, especially for someone who has battled cancer twice before. You can read more and donate herehttps://www.gofundme.com/anne-fleming-dancercancerwarrior.

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