ARTS AND CULTURE
The YVSCE was incorporated in March 2009 after being in operation for about 3 years. It all started with two groups: a group of enthusiastic swing dance "kids" down in Zillah and another group of friends in Yakima who would dance on First Fridays at the Terrace Heights Civic Center. When the two groups joined up a scene was born and has been operating non-stop ever since!
First Friday dances were everything. A big, successful dance brought in about 60 people; we thought THAT was crowded!
Lindy Friday was kicked off even when no one knew how to lindy. Here's a video from January 2009
Our name changed from the Yakima Swing Dance Society to The Syndicates, which made room for the Music Syndicate, the Theater Syndicate and the Culinary Syndicate as well as our dance scene, all housed under the YVSCE. Also in 2009, our group created and filmed the Easy Thriller Dance, which has been used by groups all over the world since!
The very first Banquet and Ball took place from December 29-31. There were about 20 attendees and 30 volunteers! The Grand Syndicate Ball
2011 was a big year for The Syndicates! It was the start of our Small Group curriculum that launched with the Black Ops group which performed on stage with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra. Since then there have been more than 20 small groups with projects as varied as the young men and women who participate. We also received our 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. Donate here.
Middle Friday was born, bringing the scene back to the jazz roots of the 1940s and 50s. It also runs until midnight, which means an extra hour of dancing!
The Dance Syndicate ran a swing club at Eisenhower High School, which culminated in a ground-breaking video project that trumps all. See it here (warning: zombies)
4th Fridays began and were catered to dancers about ages 40-60. Some called it "Old Friday", but it soon turned into "Lesson Friday". The board also developed it's mission, vision and values for the organization along with help and direction from an international business coach and the original founders of the YVSCE.
The Syndicates launched their community platform known as Growth Groups and later referred to as Cells. See the launch video here. These growth groups focused on our members reaching goals and setting their life direction.
Third Floor Swing kicks off at the Hop Nation Brewery! Also, 2016 is the celebration of our 10th Annual Christmas Dance!!
President of Yakima Valley Society for Cultural Education (YVSCE)
Zach has served as president before, but this time he has a law degree and a great vision for his leadership. Zach can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Secretary & Director of the Music Syndicate
Phil and his wife Christina run our Music Syndicate as well as help facilitate the operations of the board.
Treasurer & Director of the Dance Syndicate
Dillon is a business manager for Colonial Lawn & Garden and helps keep things fresh and exciting in the Dance Syndicate. He also is a diligent and trusted treasurer.
Bryan R Ford Photography
Our good friend Bryan Ford is regularly taking photos at our dances and events - he even sometimes uploads them to his website! Here is his link: bryanrfordphotography
Past president and creative director Keith Caffery has done some special projects for us, and one of them can be seen here: cafferyphoto.com/syndicate
Keith has done more searching than you could imagine, and here is the list of jazz-based swing songs that he uses for Middle Friday!