Beginning January 1, 2013, DSL Promotions (see the Bio
below) will assume the total responsibility for all operations of the Zip
Coder. The Zip Coder is a quarterly periodical which has been faithfully
produced by MACA (Mid-Atlantic Challenge Association) for over forty years. The
current publishers are now ready to retire from their duties and have turned
the reins over to a new organization – namely, DSL Promotions.
The purpose of the Zip Coder is to serve the Advanced and
Challenge Square Dance Community by publishing dance locations, event notices,
advertisements, and special articles on a regular and continuous basis. Zip
Coder is a valuable tool for all Advanced and Challenge enthusiasts and will
continue to exist under the expert auspices of DSL Promotions.
We highly recommend that you subscribe, or renew your subscription, to the
Zip Coder as soon as possible (Please see the attached Subscription Form for
details). Current subscriptions will continue to be honored until their
expiration dates are reached.
Ads for the March 2013 issue are currently being
accepted. Please submit your information no later than January 30th.
DSL Promotions will, over time, make modifications to the
missive, but we promise that the primary objective of the Zip Coder will remain
If you have any questions, please contact us at:
DSL Promotions consists of four people; Dave & Becky Knapp and Rick & Sue Sylvester – all of whom
dedicated square dancers (Dave & Becky
[C2] & Rick & Sue currently
taking C2 lessons). Rick & Sue met as teenagers at a weekend festival in Maine which they were attending with a youth group. Becky started dancing in the Philippines when she was in Junior High School (her Dad was a caller).
reluctantly agreed to start dancing “sometime” after he and Becky
married (it took Becky about 20 years to convince him it was time to start). So, in total, DSL Promotions
has about 82 Years of square
The individual backgrounds
of the DSL members are quite varied (very likely one reason they work
exceptionally well together).
Dave, the elder of the group, grew up in Florida and attended the University of Florida majoring in Business Administration.
He worked in Aerospace Manufacturing,
Wire and Cable Manufacturing (Southwire Corp, Carrollton, GA where he
and Becky met), banking and computer systems management until he and Becky decided to go into business for themselves. They opened their first commercial print shop in 1981. They have worked
together running their print shops ever since. Becky attended Gainesville Junior College in Gainesville,
GA., and subsequently held a variety of jobs, including the Southwire job where she was in Sales Order
Processing. However, the most important
job she had was that of raising their six children (while taking care of some neighbor children as well).
Rick attended Quinnipiac University
Hamden, CT majoring in accounting.
Rick has spent most of his career (25 years) as a Cost Accounting Supervisor with BIC Corporation. He has retired from BIC and now works for the James C. White Company as a Quality Inspector. Sue attended Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT where she majored in Math & Economics. Sue has used her degree in a
variety of ways including doing market forecasting for the phone company. Sue is currently employed at
the James C. White Company where she handles Quality Assurance, Payroll and Accounting (and was
instrumental in hiring Rick). Rick & Sue have three adult children.
Dave & Becky and Rick & Sue did not start out as best of friends. We danced at different clubs and did
not often dance in the same square. However, what we found was that every time we were in the same
seemed to naturally gravitate towards each other. It did not take long before we attended some of
the same weekends and again, found we enjoyed each other’s company. A close friendship soon developed and, as they say, the rest is history.
DSL Promotions began as a result of a challenge issued by Steve Kopman to organize
manage an Advanced/Challenge
weekend featuring Steve and Stan Russell. We accepted the challenge and as a
result, our first weekend, Journey To Junaluska, was launched in November of 2004
months after the challenge was issued). After conducting a couple of very successful weekends (our weekends always sell out), we decided to expand. We now put on two weekends each year – our November weekend, the
Passage To Pipestem (previously known as Journey To Junaluska – we outgrew the Junaluska facilities) and the wildly successful March weekend, the Party At Pipestem (WV).
DSL Promotions has incorporated some of the best callers in the world into our weekends, and
other special one day event programs.
We have been fortunate to be able to use the services of callers such as (in no particular order); Lee Kopman, Steve Kopman, Jerry Story, Tim Marriner, Tom Miller, Barry Clasper, Saundra Bryant, Mike Jacobs, Tony
Stan Russell, Mike Sikorsky, Johnny
Preston, Ed Foote, Randy Page, Ken
Ritucci, Bill Harrison, Keith Stevens, Dave Muller, Darryl McMillan and Ron Libby.
has now taken on an additional challenge (pun intended) – we will assume the
the popular Advanced/Challenge periodical –
The Zip Coder has been successfully published for over forty years by a dedicated staff of volunteers who are
ready to turn the reins over to some new management –
namely DSL Promotions.
DSL Promotions is uniquely qualified to become the new publisher of the Zip Coder. As you can see from the above experiences, we have, not only the management skills, but we also have the technical skills
and current, state-of-the-art equipment, necessary to carry on the tradition of the missive as well as to make improvements in the product as the need and opportunity arises.
We hope everybody in the Advanced/Challenge
Square Dance Community will support the Zip Coder. Your subscription will
ensure the continued success of the magazine.
Please contact us using the contact information shown below.