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National Election Story and Perspective from the New National Officers …Nationals 2014 in Baltimore Update… DanceSport: A Photographer’s Perspective…Ringing In the New Year….and more!
2013 November - December 3
Another year is almost over and it is time to look ahead to the next one. What are some of USA Dance’s plans for the future? An Executive Director - One issue USA Dance will need to address this coming year is how we will fund a position this organization increasingly needs – an Executive Director. Right now, the vast majority of all the work to run USA Dance at the national level is done by volunteers, but it is becoming increasingly difficult for those national volunteers to run an organization the size and complexity of USA Dance. Virtually everyone agrees that sooner or later, we will need to hire an Executive Director and a small staff so that the day-to-day management of USA Dance will be done by an administrator, with members of the Governing Council becoming predominantly a policy making body. But the question is, how do we fund this position? There are really three principle ways: 1) Reduce expenses and redirect the money to fund an Executive Director. 2) Increase dues in an amount that will afford sufficient funds to hire the Executive Director and a small staff. 3) Find another regular source of income for that purpose. Early in 2014 the Governing Council will be considering these ideas and developing a plan for implementation during the next few years. Stimulating Membership Growth – If we are to have the means to do the programs our organization and its members want and need, it is so much easier with a growing membership. The investment which the Governing Council made in improving the national website and building up the chapter websites via Access Dance is beginning to pay off in that our chapters are telling us that they are seeing more members of the public seeking them out for workshops, lessons and social dances. However, that is not necessarily resulting in those individuals taking out a USA Dance membership. Without the income from such new members, USA Dance will have increasing difficulty growing and providing the services our chapters have come to expect, such as a general liability insurance policy to cover all USA Dance events , coverage for music licensing, which National pays on behalf of
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the chapters out of the money it collects through membership dues, and the variety of other programs provided for our chapters and their members. A method will need to be found to encourage membership growth, and the GC will be tackling this issue in 2014 as well. The old chapter rebate system was not successful in growing the membership, so what will it take to see the chapters growing their membership? This is a question our organization will need to answer as we look to the future. Additional Programs â€“ What additional programs does USA Dance want to implement going forward? Do we want additional training for our World Team members via a regular USOC-related dance camp either yearly or every other year? Do we want a more general dance camp for both social dancers and competitors? If so, how will these camps be structured, how will they be funded and do we have the volunteers to run them year in and year out? Do we want an expanded National DanceSport Championship and an expanded Chapter Conference? Can these events somehow be combined into an annual Dance Convention? If so, how? These are but some of the important issues the GC will be grappling with in the year ahead as USA Dance looks toward the future, one we hope will see us poised to grow and become an ever more important dance industry leader.
Lydia T. Scardina National President, USA Dance
2013 November - December 5
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Cover Photo World DanceSport Games in Taiwan A photo montage Nikita Malakhov & Nadezda Vlasova Mechyslav Pavlyuk & Gemma Arnold Photos by Helmut Roland
Announcements MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR IMPORTANT DANCE CELEBRATION EVENTS IN 2014: • USA Dance National Chapter Conference. March 6-9, 2014 Orange County, CA • USA Dance National DanceSport Championships. March 28-30, 2014 Baltimore, MD • National Ballroom Dance Week. September 19-28, 2014 • USA Dance 50th ANNIVERSARY in 2015 (yes, we’re turning 50)
Junior II National Championships Date Change In order to accommodate the scheduling of the WDSF Junior II Latin Championship, scheduled for March 30, 2014 in Moscow, the Junior II National DanceSport Championships will move to the USA Dance 2014 Gumbo DanceSport Championships for 2014 only. For complete details about this decision visit www.usadance.org
DanceSport Rulebook Changes Affecting Seniors and Pre-teen Boys Senior Age Classifications: Age Classifications Table 21, has been revised to reflect new approved Senior Age Classifications. Pre-teen Boys Dress Regulations: Dress Regulations rule 184.108.40.206 and Table 9 have been revised, allowing Pre-Teen Boys to wear shoes with 1.5 inch heels. If you have questions, please contact Stan Andrews. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 217.454.8879
December 31 - deadline for DanceSport Membership renewals Visit www.usadance.org/membership to renew your membership for 2014.
2013 November - December 7
By Ken Richards, DanceSport VP
he first-ever World DanceSport Games (WDSG) were held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan from Sept. 16 – 20, 2013. This undertaking was the first multi-dance discipline sporting event of its kind and was organized by the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) The World DanceSport Games’ foremost aim was to promote in cooperation the particular values of dancewith the host city of Kaohsiung. The as-sport and to inspire the world to start moving to music. The event was the games accomplished this by culmination of the demonstrating the immense visions of WDSF diversity in DanceSport, President Carlos something stated by the Freitag, and the President of the WDSF Carlos multi-disciplinary approach for dance Freitag, when he proclaimed, “DanceSport is not just ten embraced by the dances”, in the kick-off of Vision International Olympic Committee 2012 of the WDSF. (IOC) for all of its International Federations (IF). The WDSG embodied the essence of an allencompassing DanceSport, uniting many different forms and styles of dance in a multi-disciplinary competitive event that brings out the common traits between them. The international elites in 14 DanceSport disciplines gathered in the Taiwanese port 8 Cover Story
city of Kaohsiung to contest the title of WDSG 2013 Champions. The competition program was comprised of the following disciplines and dance styles: BoogieWoogie , Cheerleading, Formation Latin, Formation Standard, HipHop (Individual, Duo, Small Groups), Latin, Standard, Line Dance, Acrobatic Rock ‘n’ Roll, Caribbean: Salsa/Merengue/Bachata, Showdance Latin, Showdance Standard, Taike Dance, Wheelchair DanceSport.
New Benchmarks Set For Dance Sport
The USA fielded teams for Standard, Latin, Standard Showdance, Latin Showdance, Line Dance and HipHop – bringing all these athletes together in a grand opening ceremony. These Games established new benchmarks for our sport in the future along with immeasurable amounts of goodwill between the athletes of different disciplines. The Games put the Athletes center-stage as they realized they were not just competing for a title but sharing a larger experience of dance for all, with the opportunity to showcase the merits of their respective disciplines to the world. For the spectators it was a visual feast plus an opportunity to participate via the numerous free workshops offered in many of the featured dance styles.
New Records: 732 Athletes, 49 Counties
How BIG you may ask? The WDSG 2013 did much more than just break records. 732 athletes represented
49 countries in the contests staged over five days to determine the champions in 14 disciplines falling under the diverse brand ‘DanceSport’. 96 judges evaluated the performances on the floor of the Kaohsiung Sports Arena (K-Arena). 128 coaches and other officials looked after the participating athletes. 800 volunteers catered to their every whim, treating them like royalty. They occupied 600 rooms at four different hotels, ate 5,000 catered meals, were transported between the airporthotels-stadium on 10 city buses that ran a non-stop shuttle service. Plus the Kaohsiung City Government assigned a staff of 900 to the organization and the delivery of the WDSG 2013. 264 people were accredited as media personnel. And the better-part of the expenses for the athletes travel, hotel and meals were covered by the generosity of the government and people of Kaoishuing, as part of the appreciation they developed for DanceSport during the 2009 World Games. Even though this is not a travel review, I would be remiss if I did not mention the hospitality of the people and government of Kaohsiung toward all the participants. The city is a curious combination of oldworld Asia, new technology and architecture all wrapped in courteous people deep in their traditions but also eager to serve the visitors to their country. www.USADANCE.ORG
Gemma Arnold and Mechyslav Pavlyuk
USA Dance Couples Take To The Floor After more than 28 hours of travel the USA Dance teams would first compete in their respective Showdance categories. Day one had Nikita Malakhov and Nadezda Vlasova as the first to compete with a routine paying tribute to the Great Gatsby. They placed 7th overall in this division. On the following day Gemma Arnold and Mechyslav Pavlyuk danced to Pirates of the Caribbean and placed 11th in the Standard Showdance. Both couples danced this event for the first time, dancing against some of the world’s top couples. Both did an exquisite job working with their coaches to satisfy all the rules and combination of dances with aerial work. As Gemma Arnold stated: “Mechyslav and I were invited to perform in Showdance Standard. This was a first for us and we had the daunting prospect of performing our first-ever Showdance together at such a high profile event. Being the only couple on the floor for the entire performance was very new to us, and we certainly felt our nerves much more than usual. Personally I really enjoyed competing in this event as it 2013 November - December 9
Nikita Malakhov and Nadezda Vlasova, Photos by Helmut Roland
gave us both the chance to cast aside our usual ballroom restrictions on hold, lifts and steps and let go and get into character. The whole process of creating the choreography, picking the music, making the costumes and finally dancing the whole thing was a liberating experience.” On the third day, the first round of the Standard started with 25 couples, dancing in 3 heats to give everyone plenty of room on the spacious dancefloor. Unfortunately, Gemma Arnold and Mechyslav Pavlyuk, our U.S. National Champions, were out after the first round placing 21st overall. They will bring back to the USA a new perspective on their training and pursuit of new heights in their dancing for the future. Gemma Arnold stated, “As a competitor, dancing alongside of these couples, you immediately become aware of the speed, power and level of dancing around you. It was great for us to see some of these couples perform and see how styles differ from country to country. In the final it was exciting to see the crowd waiting for each couple to do their signature move or play to the audience and get them involved. This was something that we realized was perhaps missing from our own performance and standard dancers in general. We are all guilty of hiding behind a standard frame and forgetting to perform or make our dancing exciting. Seeing these couples play to the audience and the audiences’ reaction has reminded us to not forget to put this aspect into our future performances!” 10 Cover Story
Following the final of the Wheelchair Latin, the 6 couples that advanced to the final in Standard took the floor. The final was danced in the new format that melds with the new judging system used in the Grand Slam which consisted of, in order of dances: (1) Waltz and (2) Tango as solo dances, (3) Viennese Waltz as a group dance, (4) Quickstep as a solo dance and (5) Foxtrot being the final group dance of the evening.
Kiss ‘n’ Cry Zone – Moments of Truth After each solo dance the couples were ushered off the floor into the “kiss-n-cry zone” where their image and judges scores were shown on the huge Jumbo-Tron screen (think Basketball meets Ice Dance) suspended above the dancefloor. After each group dance – a recap of the scores of all dances would be shown. This helped to build excitement for the results and the identities of the couples as they played for the camera. At the completion of the Foxtrot group dance, all the couples took a bow to a standing ovation to over 10,000 people. Then the Music Director put on a Quickstep as the couples all swapped partners for a series of impromptu runs and chasses around the floor with a new partner. It was all in good fun but the quality for these couples even held as they danced for the first time with someone new. The crowd went wild! The audience watching the Standard Final live on YouTube was the biggest one yet for the games. Two YouTube channels were streaming all competitions
live from the K-Arena: one from the host broadcaster, Formosa TV, the other from the WDSF. The hosts put on a number of presentations of local folk dances and then the band began to rock. It’s a strange phenomenon how Dancers tend to be shy when it comes to dancing. But the ice was finally broken with a huge Conga Line that wove throughout the resort. Then the dancers settled into a large circle where one couple would go into the middle and perform an impromptu solo. No judges’ marks were submitted but the winning group went to the Boogie Woogie dancers who had so much charisma they stole the show, keeping even the Hip-Hop dancers at bay. All-and-all it was an evening that personified the unity of the games. The final day of competition featured HipHop, Cheerleading and Latin. The Latin final followed an already overally energetic day of competition. The U.S. National Champions, Nikita Malakhov and Nadezda Vlasova, made if obvious that they came to compete with a very strong showing in the first round that advanced them to the second round and placing 17th overall.
There were Differences, Similarities There are many things about a WDSF produced event of this caliber that differ from those we are used to in the USA. One thing you might notice immediately is the change of music throughout a round. In three rounds of Waltz they played three different songs, unlike the comps here in the USA that would play the same song repeatedly. In the solo portion of the final, each couple dances to a different piece of music. Another item that is only seen in the USA at the USA Dance Nationals is the rotation of the couples into different heats across for different dances. A competitor must keep track of their assigned heat and the judges get to see the dancers against a different composition of competitors as the event progresses. You might also ask why this event didn’t have the 90-200 couples, per event, like we see in some of the www.USADANCE.ORG
WDSF World Championships. Simple, as each discipline was limited to a specific number of countries and each country could only field one team by invitation from the WDSF. All designed to give a global representation to the world’s top dancers. Like a true sporting event couples had to progress to this level – not just pay an entry fee to be accepted. The USA was honored to be selected to compete in Standard, Latin and the two Showdance categories (all under USA Dance), plus Hip-Hop, Cheer and Country line Dance; each under their respective national/ international sport bodies. The Judging system was the same as that used in the Grand Slam format. This is the latest iteration of the system that has been under development for the past 4+ years. Three judges are assigned randomly to one of four categories: Movement to Music (MM), Posture/Balance/Coordination (PB), Partnering Skills (PS) and Choreography/Presentation (CP).
New Level of Pomp & Circumstance The Award Ceremony for this event, as well as the World Games, is a new level in Pomp-n-Circumstance for DanceSport. All awards were presented for each discipline at the end of the evening. Award platforms were carried in. The medals for Bronze, Silver and Gold were carried in on velvet pillows by uniformed, white gloved young ladies. Then a three-tiered flag stand was carried in with the flags displayed for the ceremony followed by the playing of the National Anthem for the winning country. This was the closest thing to an Olympic ceremony that DanceSport has ever seen.
2013 November - December 11
National Ballroom Dance Week
El Paso Chapter #5017 Photo by Toni Marie Photography
Thank you USA Dance members for sharing your passion for dance all across the nation. We asked for chapters to share some of their National Ballroom Dance Week plans on Facebook, and you did it! Here are some of your posts.
Gretchen Helbling Brocks Pittsburgh Chapter #3007
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Lake-Sumter Counties Chapter #6002 Hey Ballroom Dancers - Don’t forget our special event “Day of Dance” with three free dance lessons and a dance all for the price of nothing. That’s right Friday, Sept. 27 starting at 3 p.m. and going till 9 p.m. in Leesburg Florida. Wahoo!
Nastasya Copler Hnat
Greater Memphis Chapter #2012 Thank you to all those who attended our sixth annual Charity Ball. Because of your support and the generosity of our sponsors, we’re able to donate $4,000 to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital this year! Thank you! Thank you!
The Grand Ballroom of Hattiesburg Hattiesburg Chapter #6116
Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree presents USA Dance chapter president Karen Adams and board member Michael Forster with a proclamation declaring Sept. 23-27 National Ballroom Dance week in Hattiesburg. The Grand Ballroom is providing instruction for the free classes USA Dance is offering this week.
EL PASO CITY CELEBRATING USA NATIONAL DANCE By Diana Duron, Social Event Coordinator
USA National Dance week kicked off in El Paso, TX with USA Desert Dancers #5017 being acknowledged by the Mayor on September 10, 2013 and receiving the Proclamation from the City declaring National Ballroom Dance Week September 20-29, 2013. Continued promotion of our national dance continued with the “live” Interview over radio station KTEP on September 9, 2013 and aired on September 14 once again addressing our upcoming event. Chili’s Restaurant participated in the gift bag by donating 10% to our local chapter on September 16, 2013 whoever ate there that day. El Paso Times wrote a memorable article entitled Art in Motion on our USA dance chapter and the upcoming national dance. www. elpasotimes.com/living/ci_24125457/usadesert-dancers-waltz-along-ballroom-dancingsresurgence. But there was no comparison when the USA Desert Dancers #-5017 invited the first day of autumn in a memorable event September www.USAdance.ORG
22, 2013 at Lil Bit of Texas with over 70 dancers gliding gracefully on the large wooden dance floor. Dance began with great music being led by DJ Michael Rey with flowing Fox trot as an icebreaker. Dancers from El Paso and New Mexico began to meet and dance with one another and we were no longer strangers but now dance partners; The dance was followed by a succulent meal catered by the wonderful chef Michael Ross from Opus World Bistro and ending with a variety of delicious desserts; Several local studios performed during dinnertime making it a pleasant evening to watch while others dined. Our national dance continued to be celebrated observing the grace that is seen on the dance floor by fluid dancers. Gifts were donated from local vendors to be raffled during the dance; some being spas, therapeutic massages and hotel weekends. The dance came to the finale as the last waltz was played with the appropriate lyrics to May Each Day be a Good Day. Indeed it was a Good Day for USA Dance Desert Dancers #5017. Photo Courtesy of Diana Duron
2013 November - December
BOOK REVIEW By Michael Mecham, AD Staff
Becoming Ginger Rogers: How Ballroom Dancing Made Me a Happier Woman, Better Partner, and Smarter CEO Author Patrice Tanaka The lessons and experiences that Patrice portrays in her book can be applied into anyone’s life: social dancer, international competitor, or a sideline fan. As Patrice describes how ballroom dancing helped shape her life and helped make her a better person. The book reminds readers to follow their dreams and to look for the joy in life’s journey.
A Ballroom Dance Instructor: How To Find a Good One, How To Be a Great One Author Jim Williamson While no book can teach an individual everything about being a dance student or becoming a dance instructor, Jim gives readers a huge step in the right direction with this book. Jim’s humor is sprinkled throughout the book and helps to keep the information entertaining and fresh. The step-by-step instructions are helpful, and while all the information may not be applicable to everybody, there is a lot of great insights to be gained for beginning dancers and instructors.
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USA DANCE AT SEA: Another Memorable
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of Bermuda es have launched from ports in uis Cr ce an D al ion at N ce an D A For three years, the US mes and Dreams and The l ve Tra er rtn pa our to ks an th k Florida, Calif ornia and New Yor away this October just bef ore ed ss pa y dl sa o wh in, hk Fis â€? rry La our dear friend â€œLeisure our wonderful tr ip to Bermuda. nce opport unities, USA da of ty ali qu t hes hig e th ote om pr In support of our mission to nearly a thousand members, family d ite un ve ha ers te lun vo nce da ial Dance and its soc te past ime -- ballr oom ori fav eir th e rat leb ce to y ntr cou e and friends from ar ound th s spots, throughout the Caribbean, ion cat va ing pir ins d an tic exo ng iti dancing -- while vis the pink sands of Bermuda. to ly ent rec st mo d an co exi M d an to Alaska
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From Our Captain’s Ship’s Day Journal (aka Jean Krupa): Day 1: USA Dancers boarded Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas at Cape Liberty NJ. After a buffet
lunch and exploring the ship we met in the Chamber Disco for a Hospitality Cocktail Party and introduce the staff and instructors; Damien Pataluna and Irina Morozova and Dan and Silke Calloway. After dinner in our Red, White & Blue garb we danced to Marta Pascale’s play list until 10 pm then roamed the ship and found a live Salsa band on Deck 4.
Day 2: Started at 8:30am we had 14 workshops spread out over 7 hours followed by dinner and more dancing for
a “Golden” Formal night while we sailed toward Bermuda. Diane and Bill Rose were selling USA Dance items at the hospitality table and I was scheduling private lessons. Dance Hosts: Tom Sanders, Artur Kobylas, John Orr and Randy Kelly danced with the single ladies while the rest of the couples found their places on the f loor or neighboring carpet.
Henry Eure was up early making sure the music and rooms were set up in the different venues today. We got an early start at 8 a.m. more workshops and 8 hours of dancing during the day and 2 more hours after dinner. The theme was Safari Nights, Myron from P hoenix showed up in his hunter attire, complete with a rif le and stuffed toy leopard hanging off his shoulder. He definitely took the prize for Best costume that night.
We landed at King Wharf’s dockyard at 9 a.m. We had 8 morning workshops in Studio B, the 2400 s.f. ice rink venue covered by a wood dance f loor. After an afternoon of excursions around the island we dance the night away from 8 until midnight in this spacious venue. We did something different this cruise, because of having the large venue we had Dan and Silke teach a half hour group class prior to the start of the dance- they presented 3 options, and most hands went to cha cha. Ed Hanlon, 2nd time cruiser volunteered to be a dance host to the ladies this night n addition to the other hosts.
No workshops today while everyone explored the island and the famous beaches and historic towns. Ferries took everyone to St. George, Hamilton and various beaches with the famous pink sand. After a fabulous meal and everyone in their Pirate or Wench outfits Damien and Irina led us in a Bolero lesson prior to the dance in Studio B.
We finished exploring Bermuda and were all aboard ship at 3 p.m. We had 4 workshops before dinner while we pulled up anchor and sailed for home. Everyone was in Formal attire as we headed to the Chamber Disco for 2 more hours of dancing followed by the live Salsa band on Deck 4. The ship had “The Quest”, an adult scavenger hunt of sorts at 10:30 pm. Cassie Wentz (Ohio) represented the women’s side for the hula hoop contest- go girl!
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Henry Eure was up early setting up 3 venues today, we had Quickstep and Viennese waltz on stage in the Palace theatre. Today we had 12 workshops starting at 8 a.m. for 8 hours continuous. We met for our final dinner in Magellan dining room followed by 2 more hours of dancing in the Disco and then met at the Boleros lounge for our final night with the live Salsa band. No one wanted the cruise to end.
Last breakfast and all packed we met on Deck 4 for our respective shuttles to take us to the airport, cars and other various destinations home. Laurie Salit from Travel Themes and Dreams was there to make sure everyone had their right connections.
P.S. -- We had nearly 60 workshops on the weeklong cruise, theme nights with great participation, fantastic food,
live bands, entertaining shows and lots of late night fun.Dan and Silke, Damien and Irina were busy with private lessons in their spare time. The dance hosts were wonderful and doubled as workshop monitors. Marta Pascale did a fantastic job as Host Captain and Deejay. Henry did all the behind scenes work, making sure the venues were set up correctly and instructors had music. Bill Rose and his wife Diane covered the hospitality duties as well as monitoring several workshops and taking lots of pictures.
Visit our Facebook page â€œon virtual landâ€? for more photos of the fun.
By Jean Krupa, Social Dance VP Photos Courtesy of Jean Krupa
2013 November - December
MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL: WHAT SHALL I WEAR-IST TO THE BALL? Holidays are already upon us and that usually means dressier events through New Year’s. Deciding what to wear is sometimes confusing. And depending upon what part of the country you’re in, dress codes will vary according to tradition, decorum and weather. Usually dress codes are actually defined by the man’s required apparel, as women’s styles are subject to fashionable flexibility. But let’s keep it simple – there are basically two dress codes to follow, with one cardinal, the less popular, rule for men -- jackets at White Tie and Black Tie affairs should never be removed for dancing.
By Jean Krupa, Social Dance VP
“If a woman walks into a room and sees another women wearing the same dress, it can be considered a disaster. When a man walks into a room and sees all the other men wearing the same thing, they know they got it right!”
DRESS CODE #1. Typical Formal Events To Celebrate The Holidays or Occasion.
White Tie – This means a very formal evening affair. Men normally wear tails and white tie. Women wear long gowns. Black Tie - Tuxedo or dark suit for men, although during the summer, a white dinner jacket may be substituted. Ladies do not need a long gown. Dressy Casual - Sports coat; tie is optional. Casual - Very few restrictions apply.
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DRESS CODE #2.
Special Formal Events (Often Charity or Holiday Balls, Fundraisers, Grand New Year’s Events) White Tie - Means Ultra-Formal. Men wear full formal attire with white tie, vest, shirt and cummerbund. Women wear long gowns. Black Tie - Means formal. Men wear tuxedos, women wear cocktail, long dressy or dressy evening separates. Formal - Usually means the same as Black Tie, but in some trendier cities like New York or Los Angeles, it could mean a black shirt, no tie with a tux. Women wear cocktail, long dresses or dressy evening separates. Ultra Formal- Means White Tie. Means wear full dress… white tie, vest, shirt and cummerbund. Women wear long gowns. Black Tie Opt - Means you have the option of wearing a Tuxedo, but it should clue you into the formality of the event, meaning a dark suit and tie would be your other ption. Women wear cocktail, long dresses or dressy evening separates. Black Tie Invited - Means you have the option of wearing a Tuxedo, but it should clue you into the formality of the event, meaning a dark suit and tie would be your other option. Women wear cocktail, long dresses or dressy evening separates. www.USAdance.ORG
Creative Black Tie - Leaves room for trendy interpretations of formal wear. He can go more modern with a tux- maybe a black shirt, no tie. Ladies wear long or short dresses or evening separates (maybe lace or sequined skirt with a sleek cashmere sweater.) Semi Formal - The trickiest of all dress codes. Usually it means that neither tuxes nor long dresses are required. An evening event (after 6 pm) would still dictate dark suits for men, and a cocktail dress for the ladies. Daytime Semi-Formal events mean suits for men and appropriate short dresses or dressy suits for her. Cocktail Attire - Means short, elegant dresses for her and dark suits for him. Dressy Casual - Here definitely means no jeans or shorts. Similar to business casual, but a tad dressier. Casual – Again, generally means most anything respectful goes. Informal - Can mean the same as casual; however, when associated with a special event, good taste should prevail. A dress for her or a nice pair of slacks and shirt for him are informal, but respectful of the event.
2013 November - December
Aubree Marchione & Nick Scott Courtesy of Aubree Marchione
“Once upon a time, there was an individual who danced, and that was it. The End.” You will never hear this story, because when somebody is passionate about dance, he or she is usually passionate about life. There are thousands of cases where this is true, but here are just a few examples of dancers who have allowed their passion for dance to spread into other aspect of their lives.
Aubree has been busy expanding wheelchair dancing and taught a six-week course in Mountain View, California where she and Nick did a special exhibition Cha Che routine.
Nick Scott & Aubree Marchione
Jaryd has been competing at USA Dance competitions since 2008, but he is also a member of Arts In Motion Academy in New Jersey. He has been accepted in the most advanced level of the internationally renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Summer Intensive program. Jaryd was also recently cast in Julie Taymor’s production of “Midsummers Night Dream” that will run through January 2014.
Nick and Aubree taught a wheelchair dance class and did a special performance at the 2012 USA Dance National DanceSport Championships, but here are a few other things they have been involved with. Nick has been competing in Wheelchair Bodybuilding competitions and placed 2nd at the IFBB Houston Pro competition recently. He has also been on a national speaking tour to different colleges and universities as a motivational speaker. 20 Dance Floor
By Michael Mecham, AD Staff
Romantic Moment of Ernest Borel
The Swiss Watch Brand Legacy in Celebration of Dance
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For more information about Ernest Borel, the new 2013 Watch Collection or to participate in the 20% USA Dance donation program, please visit www.ernestborel.ch or contact USA representative Thomas Huggler at email@example.com or 877-566-1824.
Dancing Through the Holidays The Holidays are here! That means it’s a perfect time to take your love of dance to a whole new level, because all across the country USA Dance chapters are gettting their holiday parties prepped for their members’ dancing shoes. Here are few you might want to take a long weekend to visit.
Sat, December 07, 6:30 p.m. Cedar Valley Chapter #2033 • Attire for the evening is semi-formal to formal. • Dinner and refreshments will be provided. • $35 per person Call (319) 551-8765 for more information. Dance New York - Marion 1154 7th Ave, Marion, IA
Pittsburgh Holiday Party
Sat, December 07, 7:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Chapter #3007 • 7:00 West Coast Swing lesson with Holly Kirby • 8:00 - 11:00 Ballroom with DJ Brian Lee • Bring an appetizer or dessert to share on the balcony; it’s a holiday party with friends. • Member Appreciation Night - FREE admission for members, guests $15 Call (412)604-5341 for more information. Teutonia Mannerchor Club 857 Phinease Street, Pittsburgh, PA 22 Dance Floor
Crystal and Candlelight Ball
Sat, December 07, 7:00 p.m. Central Michigan Chapter #2037 • A catered dinner/dance in the beautiful Fellowship Hall of the Central United Methodist Church. • This is a dressy attire event (Tux not required). • Only 50 tickets will be sold to this event and they will sell out fast. Call (517)712-6674 for more information. Central United Methodist Church 215 N. Capitol, Lansing, MI
December Holiday Ball
Sun, December 08 Los Angeles County Chapter #4031 • Experience fun, freedom, friendship and fitness with ballroom dancing at the December Holiday Ball. • $18 General Admission; $15 for USA Dance Call (323)481-6699 for more information. Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA
Vintage Classic Dance
Fri, December 13, 7:30 p.m. Smith Mountain Lake Chapter #6042 • The lesson is from 7:30-8:30 and social dancing follows until 10:30. Please come show your support of dancing by attending this event! • The dance is preceded by a one-hour lesson by a professional dancer, Jose Zuniga from The Dance Space in Danville, Virginia. • Private lessons are available before the group lesson and can be arranged by contacting Jose directly at 434-836-3437. • $7 member $10 General Public Call (540)586-4698 for more information. New London Ruritan Dance Hall 12411 E. Lynchburg Salem Turnpike, Forest, VA By Michael Mecham, AD Staff
2013 November - December
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A USA DANCE SHOUT OUT
DANCE MOMS (& DADS): REALITY AT ITS BEST
When you hear the term “dance moms,” it may first conjure up images from the tv reality show of the same name – some good, maybe some not so good. But for all the children in ballroom who just want to dance more than anything else, Dance Moms (and Dads) are really a priceless commodity, their one-way tickets to an exciting world called DanceSport.
Ask any Dance Mom or Dad, what it takes to make this role a success? Most will say don’t forget to be a parent…stay positive… be a good cheerleader, but also be honest… keep the balance between family life, school and everything else…and always teach good values like good sportsmanship and respect for others. And, since honesty is important, they also talk about their investments of time (and money). American Dancer would like to recognize three USA Dance members who have unique roles as “dance moms”…and one “dance dad.” You’ve seen them cheering on the sidelines for years. Now it’s time for someone to “shout out” about them. By Angela Prince & Michael Mecham Photo Courtesy of Irene Abaya Campos
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IRENE ABAYA CAMPOS. New Jersey. Dance Mom Irene Abaya Campos was in a car accident last March, just four days before receiving a very important Mother of the Year award bestowed by the Filipino community. This time, it was her time, and her kids went to receive the trophy. Usually, it’s the other way around. By USA Dance Nationals in April, Irene was able to attend, still wheelchair bound, assisted by her competing son-daughter Craig and Samantha. Irene’s love of dance goes back to her own childhood, doing everything from ballet and jazz to Filipino dances and ballroom. Later in life, watching their mom dance at parties is what triggered Craig to ask for dance lessons, and his two sisters Samantha and Cara followed right behind.
Irene’s youngest dancing daughter Cara, now doing shows with her siblings, first gained national attention as the little star on ABC-TV’s Dancing With The Stars junior competition in Season 6 along with partner Jaryd Farcon. The next year Craig and Samantha won the Junior DWTS trophy, and their experiences in dance have been rewarding in the U.S. as well as in the Philipines. As a “dance mom”, Irene says she’s their mom first, but also supporter, makeup artist, hair stylist and caregiver. To her, the key is being there 100% and being “honest with your children.” As she explained, “I don’t believe in sugar coating them…where you boost their egos by saying yes and…yet they really aren’t….I know it hurts to tell them the truth, but they will learn to understand with constant reassurance that there are always other better things in life if that one does not work out…parents are the first teachers in life.”
“As a ‘dance mom’, Irene says she’s their mom first, but also supporter, makeup artist, hair stylist and caregiver.”
LINDA SUCCI. Rhode Island. Six months after adopting her daughter, Linda Succi decided to take some dance classes as a way to be creative, relieve stress, and learn a new skill. Fifteen years after falling in love with ballroom, Linda started the Rhode Island Special Olympics Ballroom Dance Team, where she took on the role of “dance mom” not only to her 16-year-old daughter, but a whole team of dancers. Getting the team organized and keeping it running has been a long journey and continues to have ups and downs, but Linda puts in all the effort for her kids. “When you provide opportunities for people to grow,” Linda said, “it’s amazing how they surpass your expectations.” Providing opportunities is exactly what Linda has been doing since the team started. Linda feels that all people need to be successful “dance moms” in their chapters, communities, or families, are passion and a cause to support. Linda’s passion has provided an environment where her kids get to work on teamwork, communication, and social interactions, which Linda says many of the dancers would never get otherwise. www.USAdance.ORG
Linda - Top Left Photo Courtesy of Linda Succi
All of the hard work and numerous hours are worth it to Linda because of the joy she gets from dancing with her daughter. “She likes to bowl, and she used to take writing classes,” Linda said of her daughter, “but to be able to actually participate with her in something like dance is a joy that I never thought I would be able to experience.” 2013 November - December
INNA BRAYER. New York.
LARS LINDER. Washington State.
Inna Brayer has no children of her own, but as a coach she has numerous kids to be a dance mom to. When asked how she learned to be such an extraordinary dance mom, Inna pointed to her own mom. “My mom,” said Inna, “is the ultimate dance mom.”
In addition to dancing competitively with his wife Holly, Lars Linder is also a great dance dad, but he says he couldn’t do anything alone. “It is so important,” Lars said, “to work with your spouse and the other partner’s parents.”
Inna - Top Center
Lars’s son Erik and his partner Rickie Taylor have had a lot of success as competitors that has led to some great opportunities, like dancing on the Oprah show, but according to Lars developing foundational characteristics that affect a person’s entire life are much more important than the “wow moments.” Seeing his son as a confident and level-headed teenager is rewarding for Lars, but watching his son build other’s confidence or work with a partner who is a little timid is even more so. Once Erik was asked whether dancing during middle school meant that other boys treated him differently. Lars summarized Erik’s reply, “I never had an issue with it. I love to dance, and when you dance, all the girls love you, and when the girls love you, the guys start to ask questions.”
Photo Courtesy of Inna Brayer
When Inna was a young dancer, her mom would send her to competitions as far as Germany so Inna could gain experience. “My mom understood that dance was more important than a lot of things,” Inna said, “and because of that she would often put herself second.” Inna believes that sacrifice and dedication are two components that help make a great dance mom, and in turn great dancers. Before she started coaching Inna had a very successful ballroom career. She was a national amateur ballroom champion, and she was on ABC’s hit television show “Dancing With the Stars.” Inna gave all that up so she could work with her kids, and she doesn’t regret it. Now Inna works seven days a week to make sure that each of her dancers get the help and attention they need to be successful. She admits it would be easier for her personally if she cut back, but like her mom, she is willing to put her wants second. She even travels to competitions with her dancers so she can offer moral support, a thumbs-up from the stands, or a pep talk between rounds. “Their success is my success,” Inna said about her dancers, “and not just on the dance floor, but in life.” 28 Dance Floor
Lars doesn’t limit his son and says that even though it would be easier to stick to dance, by giving him freedom Lars says he becomes a better dancer and person. Seeing how confident and happy his son is every day is what makes the effort worth it for Lars. “When [Erik] comes down to go to school he,” Lars said, “he usually takes dance position and does a couple little moves in the kitchen, and its inspiring to me to see how much he has matured and developed. You can’t put a price on that.” Lars, Erik & Holly
Photo Courtesy of Lars Linder
The 2014 National Chapter Conference
March 6 - 9 Irvine, CA
Can Create Change, Make a Difference, Empower&Inspire! By Jean Krupa, Social Dance VP
Would you like to hold the keys to your chapters’ success? Come to the National Would you like to hold the keys to Conference your chapters’ future? Meet sunnyyour southern California at the Don’t Capter to futurethe keysustoinunlock potential for success. National Capter ConferenceMiss to receive the year keys we to unlock yourchapters potentialhosting for success. Don’t Miss Out.times This Out. This have three so it should be three year we have three chaptersmore hosting, so it should be three times more fun. fun. The 2014 National Chapter The Conference will beChapter held March 6-8, 2014 with Dance Council 2014 National Conference will be the heldSocial March 6-8, 2014 with the meeting following on Sunday, March 9. Social Dance Council meeting following on Sunday, March 9. Session Highlights: • Creating Volunteers • Growing Your Membership • Stay Exempt • Avoiding Conflicts • Social Media • Marketing your Chapter … and many more sessions designed to help you run your chapter more efficiently and in accordance with the by-laws. The 2014 National Chapter Conference is hosted by three neighboring chapters #4031 Los Angeles County, # 4018 Orange County and # 4037 Antelope Valley chapters. The hotel is the Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport hotel located in the center of Orange County in the heart of Irvine, CA and almost half way between Los Angeles and San Diego and offers a complimentary shuttle to the airport. Make plans before or after the Conference to enjoy nearby shopping at Irvine Spectrum, Fashion Island, and South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa all within minutes or spend a leisurely day at nearby famous Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach and Newport Beach.
Nearby Attractions • Irvine Museum - 0.3 mi
• South Coast Plaza Mall- 2 mi
• Lyon Air Museum - 0.6 mi
• Marconi Automotive Museum - 3.7 mi
• Boomers (Go-Kart and Games park)- 1.6 mi
• Orange County Museum of Art - 3.8 mi
• Segerstrom Center for the Arts - 1.7 mi www.USAdance.ORG
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PUBLIC EYE Angela Prince
(LOST AND) FOUND IT ON FACEBOOK: Imagine taking a road trip around the country visiting all of the USA Dance chapters – 160 in all – and being there for all of the hundreds of DanceSport competitions, dance camps, dances, celebrations and community activities. There’d hardly be a day you wouldn’t be dancing. But gas and time are priceless commodities, so Facebook has become one way that chapters and members can stay in touch daily to share and compare! In the meantime, we took a virtual Facebook Road Trip. In addition to our USA Dance Inc national page, we selected 10 newsmaker 30 On Beat
chapters on Facebook, so scroll down to see the latest! ANTELOPE VALLEY, CA (USA Dance Antelope Valley Chapter 4037) Reminiscing either Van Gogh or Don McLane’s “Starry, Starry Night”, offers $2 admission to newcomers and collegiates and a lesson in Night Club Two-Step and practice time in the state dance West Coast Swing (plus ballroom and latin). CHARLOTTE, NC (USA Dance – Charlotte Chapter 6029) Daylong dance camp taught by Dan & Silke Calloway before a free Member Appreciation Dance that evening.
Annablelle Lee Riverboat Photo Courtesy of Joscksonville River Boat Cruises, Inc. Tidewater Chapter Photo By Ronald Dinoso
Photo Courtesy of The Grand Ballroom of Hattiesburg
FLOWER CITY, NY (USA Dance Chapter #3005 – Flower City, NY) Holding monthly dance at a unique facility - the Penfield Fitness & Racket Club on the Panorama Trail. HATTIESBURG, MS (USA Dance Chapter 6116 – Hattiesburg, MS) If “Dance ‘Til You Drop” social dance wasn’t enough, the Mayor Johnny DuPress presented chapter President Karen Adams and board member Michael Forster with a Proclamation for NBDW in Hattiesburg. IOWA CORRIDOR (Iowa Corridor USA Dance Chapter #2100) Oktoberfest at Old Brick invigorated members with a Polka Lesson to start things off. JACKSONVILLE, FL (USA Dance Chapter #6058 Jacksonville, FL – NorthStar) Planning an exciting Riverboat cruise on the Annabelle Lee during the holidays. www.USADANCE.ORG
MEMPHIS, TN (USA Dance Chapter #2012 Greater Memphis, TN) 6th Annual Charity Ball raised $4,000 for the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and Oktoberfest was a “Come Roll Out the Barrel” celebration. RED ROSE, PA (USA Dance Chapter #3006 – Red Rose PA) 23rd Annual Tri-Chapter Dance celebrating National Ballroom Dance Week, uniting members “dressed to the nines” from Lancaster, Harrisburg and York, PA at the grand Valencia ballroom. RICHMOND, VA (USA Dance Chapter #6006 – Richmond, VA) Performed 20 routines in exhibition at the local Regency Square and was mentioned in the local paper’s article on National Ballroom Dance Week. Then they did dance routines at the State Fair and got invited back. TIDEWATER, VA (USA Dance Chapter #6008 – Tidewater, VA) Upcoming highlights of the annual Tidewater, VA chapter’s New Years Event and dance camp weekend are its days of classes for all ages and abilities and star exhibitions by National 9-Dance Champions Damian Pataluna and Irina Morozova. ..not forgetting the champagne toasts! 2013 November - December 31
DEREK HOUGH, DWTS SUPERSTAR, NOW EMMY AWARD CHOREOGRAPHY WINNER (and USA Dance DanceSport Alum) Now after 18 seasons on DWTS, Derek has reached a major career milestone as a dancer and as an artist, winning a 2013 Emmy Award for Best Choreographer.
One of America’s now best-loved dancing superstars is Derek Hough, who, in the late 90s, could be found on the USA Dance competition floors around the country, battling it out with the likes of Val Chmerkovskiy and Inna Brayer, all DWTS stars.
photo courtesy of Sue Madore
USA Dance is always proud of its members’ accomplishments in dance as well as in their family lives and careers. During the past 10 years, we have seen many of our former DanceSport athletes in the prime-time spotlight and with millions of viewers sharing their “wins and losses”, particularly on the highly competitive dance/variety shows like Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance? and America’s Got Talent.
ERNEST BOREL SWISS WATCHES FOR THE HOLIDAYS BRINGS 20% DONATION TO USA DANCE ON ALL MEMBER PURCHASES A reminder to all members! Our national sponsor Swiss watch company Ernest Borel has made a very generous offer to USA Dance: for every Ernest Borel watch sold to a USA Dance member will result in a 20% of the retail price being donated back to USA Dance for its programs. Now that the holidays are upon us, why not find the “great excuse” to buy a new watch, either for yourself, your family or friends. Not only will they love you for it, but USA Dance will love you also! To see the latest Ernest Borel watch collections, please visit www.ernestborel.ch or request a catalog from Thomas Huggler, Business Development Manager, who resides in the Boston area (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-902-0138.
Our condolences for our partner at sea… In October, USA Dance lost a valuable partner and friend – Larry Fishkin, owner of Florida-based Travel Themes and Dreams, our travel agency sponsor that helped us organize the USA Dance National Dance Cruises that have united so many of our members in celebration of dance at sea and made it possible for USA Dance to raise significant funds for many of our programs. Larry was a pioneer and well respected cruise industry leader. We continue to work with his company on cruises in the future. www.travelthemesanddreams.com 32 On Beat
AMATEUR DANCERS COMPETING IN PRO-AM MAKE GREAT USA DANCE MEMBERS! One of the fastestgrowing amateur dancer groups is more likely the continual influx of single amateur ladies or single amateur men (meaning without a dance partner) who begin taking dance lessons at their local dance studio and move into performance or competition with their instructors. Since participation in studio activities such as showcases, mini-matches and/or dance competitions provides students with a plan and a goal, and because competitions usually cater to all levels, from newcomer to open scholarship, and all ages (yes, you could even be 100), it becomes one proven way to sustain newcomer dancers, whether they dance with their instructors or eventually find partners willing to practice and compete. What USA Dance chapters (who want to increase their membership) should realize is this: there are new dancers every day in your area signing up for dance lessons and group classes (whether at a local studio or night club), with a social dance or meetup group (anything from Argentine Tango and West Coast Swing to Salsa, Merengue and Hustle), or just showing up to dance at local festivals, church activities or company events. If chapters want to increase membership, diversity at dances and perhaps end up with great new volunteers, create a Public Eye Plan (PEP, with a capital P) to meet and invite these new dance www.USADANCE.ORG
“singles” to your activities. If they’re reluctant, then join them where they dance and get to know them better. Photo By: Tony Eng Event: North Carolina Classic/World Promotions Inc. Carlie Coates, who competes with Jan Yarborough in USA Dance Senior III Standard division, recently enjoyed dancing in the Open Ballroom pro-am scholarship division with his instructor Kristie Simmonds. (At the USA Dance Carolina Fall Classic NQE, Carlie and Jan placed first in Senior III Standard Pre-Champ and Novice.)
HAPPY FEET IS FOR KIDZ! DanceBeat Magazine is now featuring a story about “happy feet” young dancers in each issue online, working with JADA. To see the current issue, please visit www.dancebeat.com. Young dancers wanting to contribute a story, should contact Todd Kirrane at email@example.com.
DAYTONA BEACH CHAPTER ON THE SILVER SCREEN During their National Ballroom Dance Week public performances at a local mall, members of the Daytona Beach, FL chapter were captured (if only for a brief moment) by award-winning film director Brian Lilla, as he and mom/producer/ballroom dancer JoAnn Lilla were working on their new film project “Ballroom Confidential.” Set in Ormond Beach, FL, the film tells the “mental and physical challenges of perfecting dance routines partner with confessions of aging, losing life partners and crossing the professional-personal line between dance instructor and student…culminating in a passionate one night performance. Soon to be released. View the trailer at www.ballroomconfidential.com. 2013 November - December 33
USA Representatives to The World Games 2013
The Salsa Capital of the World
Photos Courtesy of Ken Richards
By Angela Prince & Michael Mecham
Until the USA Team arrived on Cali soil and joined the New World family of athletes and supporters, it was impossible to fathom the experience that awaited them – they were welcomed enthusiastically everywhere they went. Whether they won or not, they were celebrities, with fans taking photos, shaking their hands and embracing, and asking them to dance one more time for them in the squares. Imagine the largest-ever crowd to watch a ballroom competition -- 17,000+ spectators packed into a local bullfighting arena that had been converted into a grand ballroom under the stars. Then realize there were millions of dance and sports fans watching via livestream…and thousands more partying outside the arena and 34 DanceSport
in the streets of Cali, whether they got a ticket or not. Our dancesport athletes quickly turned to Facebook and Twitter to express their elation. We believe their comments tell the story best. .
“Last few hours here, what an amazing experience.
The atmosphere was mind-blowing! We can surely say that our first experience in South America was an excellent one! Thank you to Ken Richards for all your support and hard work. Thank you USA Dance for making experiences like this possible. Thank you to my amazing partner Maryanna Krasko without whom all of this would not be possible. Lastly thank you to all my students and friends from Basic Ballroom, all of your support means the world. Adios, Cali!” - Edward Golbert
Kumo Tineo & Christina Tully - Green Dress
Photo Courtesy of Dolce Vita Dance Company
Yuriy Nartov & Yulia Blagova
“Waiting at airport and don’t want to leave
Edward Golbert & Maryann Krasko Ballroom/Standard: Yuriy Nartov & Yulia Blagova Latin: Edward Golbert & Maryann Krasko Salsa: Kumo Tineo & Christina Tully
“Cali, I miss you already! 2013 World Games in
your city was an experience of a lifetime for me! I will forever remember holding back tears as I stood with all the other nations on the competition floor to represent my country in the Dance Sport of Salsa. What an awe-inspiring feeling it was to dance for the people of Cali at the Plaza del Toros with over 18,000 spectators. On Sunday it got even more unbelievable when we were allowed to do an unofficial, impromptu performance on stage at a large plaza in Cali. From the moment I set foot on Colombian soil I felt instantly welcomed by the people and I felt like family. […]We were almost reluctant to come home, but now I feel that I have a second home in Cali and I will forever be a Colombian in my heart . . . and my salsa!” - Christina Tully www.USAdance.ORG
Colombia. Reflecting on the experiences from these past few days, I find it difficult to put into words what I will remember for the rest if my life as up to date the most memorable experience of my life...I’ve never felt so welcome, loved and accepted by locals... When we were in front of an audience of more than 15,000 at plaza de torro when each country came on stage to represent their nation in opening before we started dancing – to hear the roar of the crowd – it took every ounce of my energy to hold back tears at the raw beauty of this experience. What a great competition! Feel so honored.” - Anthony Kumo Tineo
“The Audience in Cali, Colombia was the best
ever!!! They rewarded people with a roar when they did something appealing and even when it began to rain nobody moved out of their seats, what an incredible audience for the World Games DanceSport Athletes.” - Didio Barrera, DanceBeat The dancers could literally feel the excitement from the crowds, as the air from 17,000 spectators doing massive waves around the arena would rush out onto the floor amidst the dancers. The World Games are organized and governed by the International World Games Association under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee. 2013 November - December
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Youth Standard “It’s extremely rewarding to compete against these different couples who have worked so hard,” William Stansbury said of the 2013 Youth Standard WDSF World Championships. “There’s a lot of camaraderie.” USA Dance couples Mikhail Vorobiev and Sonya Tsekanovsky and William Stansbury and Jenny Sokolsky attended the world championships in September and placed 46 and 47 respectively. This was the third World Championship appearance for both couples and the second one competing against each other.
Misha Vorobiev and Sonya Tsekanovsky Photo Courtesy of Marina Tsekhanovskaya
Over the years of competition a healthy respect and friendship has developed between these couples. “We hang out and talk a lot [with Mikhail and Sonya] at the competitions,” William said, “but at the end of the day, it’s still a competition.” Making it to the world championships is also a treat for the parents. William’s mom Cynthia shared, “To see your son pursue something that he loves and put in the effort to be able to travel the world because of the effort he’s put in is very rewarding.” By Michael Mecham, AD Staff
William Stansbury and Jenny Sokolsky Photo Courtesy of Cindy Stansbury
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Senior I standard Thousands of spectators attended the Senior I World Championships in Germany and the competition was broadcast live online so the world could watch. The representatives from the United States put on a great show as part of the competition. The representatives were Thomas Yim and Kelly Cheng, who placed 17th, and David and Liva Wright, who placed 25th overall. “All the couples looked fantastic,” Kelly Cheng said, and being able to compete against and meet dancers from around the world is a highlight for many of the dancers who get the opportunity.
Thomas Yim and Kelly Cheng
In addition to the dancers on the floor, Renata Shvarts, president of Junior Athletes Dance Association attended the event as one of the Adjudicators and was chosen to say the adjudicators pledge at the event. “It was absolutely the greatest honor to be chosen,” Renata said who enjoyed the atmosphere of the competition probably as much as the competitors. By Michael Mecham, AD Staff Photos By Helmut Roland
David and Liva Wright
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Senior III Championship Standard
Carolina Fall Classic “A cut above the rest’’ is exactly what the Carolina Fall Classic is. “We heard nothing but compliments regarding our new venue, the Hilton University Place in Charlotte, North Carolina. The dining, staff, and atmosphere combined with North Carolina Hospitality makes this a cut above the rest.” “A cut above the rest” is exactly what the Carolina Fall Classic is. The Carolina Fall Classic is always stepping things up. Last year the competition hosted the Senior IV National Championship, and this year it added the solo proficiency junior category for the first time to a USA Dance event. The event received a lot of support from spectators and dancers. Jack Kellner posted on Facebook his thoughts about the event. “Ten years ago in Russia I was at a studio which was teaching solo latin. I think the more categories and opportunities USA Dance can provide for people to dance, the better.” As a national qualifying event it provides an opportunity for those as young as the pre-teen 40 DanceSport
1 thru Senior IV age classification to qualify for nationals in all four dance categories: American Rhythm, American Smooth, International Standard and International Latin. Wayne and Marie Crowder did a wonderful job as always. The Carolina Fall Classic continues to exceed the expectations of regular competitions, and a person can only wonder what next year’s competition will bring. Sumner Goodman “Wonderful competition. Great venue. Thank you, Wayne and Marie.” Patti Underwood “Thanks for a wonderful weekend.....we’re already looking forward to next year.....everything was just perfect....even the weather!” Irina Feingold “Everything was perfect! I wonder, how did [Wayne and Marie] pull it off with the weather department? Must be their smiles, the rain just could not dare:)” By Michael Mecham, AD Staff
Jack & Michaela Polmann Junior Youth Championship Ten Dance
â€œLast year the competition hosted the Senior IV National Championship, and this year it added the solo proficiency junior category for the first time to a USA Dance event.â€?
Solo Proficiency Junior Category Photos Courtesy of Wayne Crowder www.USAdance.ORG
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Photos By Lisa Dubinsky
DanceSport Strong in Boston By Lisa Dubinsky
Bostonians know the importance of community support. It is not surprising that when it comes to dance competitions -- this support is quintessential. Competitive and social dancers of all ages took part in a celebration of dance at the New England
DanceSport Championships, a National Qualifying event, organized by MASSabda, the Massachusetts Chapter of USA Dance.
Even though NEDSC is a relatively young event -- it celebrated its second year this September -- it is one of the most anticipated competitions in the dance community of New England. NEDSC offered an exciting weekend full of competitive and social events. Located in the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, easily accessible from all destinations, NEDSC welcomed dancers from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New York, California, Connecticut, North Carolina, and many other states. The impressive judging panel featured renowned judges Cathi Nyemchek, John Nyemchek, Dasha Sushko, Emil Ioukhnikov, Kathy St. Jean, Mark and Dawna Nocera, Pattie Paneianco, Randy Deats, Renata Shvarts, Tibor Kerekes, Christine Harvey, and Bill Morganti. 42 DanceSport
On Friday night, Jim DiCecca, MASSabda president, welcomed dancers to a social party. Instructed in the fundamentals of dance by dance professionals Bill Morganti and Randy Deats, dancers attending were better prepared for the next day’s rounds of both American and International styles. The music and the atmosphere relaxed and energized dancers for the following day of competitions. The Jack and Jill competition, in which dancers performed West Coast Swing with randomly selected partners, was one of the highlights of the evening. Laughter and music filled the ballroom as dancers “swung” to the beat of the dance. Early on Saturday morning, eager and excited dancers rushed into the ballroom to display their skills and to ensure their places in the USA Dance National DanceSport Championships in Baltimore, March 2014. The competition started with preteen and junior events. Despite their young age, junior dancers displayed the poise and skill of more mature performers. The afternoon was devoted entirely to International and American style Adult competitions starting from Bronze to PreChamp levels. The spectators warmly welcomed The MASSabda Series, unique events in which dancers shared partners competing in Standard and Latin bronze level. All dancers displayed great sportsmanship, passion for dance, and camaraderie. Among the competitors there were many social dancers enjoying both the social and the competitive aspects of dance. In the evening, spectators, clad in festive attire, gathered in the ballroom. Among the audience were the residents of Brooksby Village, a senior www.USAdance.ORG
citizen community, who cheered enthusiastically to support the dancers. Jim DiCecca addressed the audience with a moving speech, offering gratitude to his team and to many volunteers in the dance community. Junior, Youth, Adult and Senior championships took place in the evening to the delight of the audience. The ballroom was packed with social dancers, families and junior dancers who arrived to support their friends. Congratulations to Justin Lin and Sasha Dubinsky who won the Junior II Standard Championship; Jaryd Farcon and Kyla Dzaniashvili who placed first in the Youth Latin Championship; Allen Rudman and Sveta Lesnaya who won Amateur Latin; and Paul and Louise Giuliano, who took the top award in Senior II Championship. Maybe add the Junior Gold winner here that I deleted, so all winners are together. Dancers were especially grateful to JADA , Dance Fever Studio and The Boston Dancesport Cup for supporting competitors with their generous scholarships. One of the youth competitors, Steven Varshavsky shared, “This competition gave me a fabulous opportunity to show my dedication to dance and cheer for my friends”. NEDSC was a great event that not only offered dancers an opportunity to compete, but also highlighted the joy and benefits of dance and brought the dance community together. Dancers were grateful to JADA , Dance Fever Studio and The Boston Dancesport Cup for supporting competitors with their generous scholarships.
2013 November - December
Doreen & Randy
First performance for USA Dance chapter members and friends. Starting Left: Nicole, Billy, Josh, John, Mia with Carol and Lonnie
Miles of Smiles FOR CAPE CORAL, FLORIDA SPECIAL POPULATIONS and CHAPTER #6049
ape Coral Mayor, John Sullivan, on July 1, 2013 proclaimed “Special Populations/ USA Dance Day” to celebrate the first year of ballroom classes. Close to 100 Special Pops/ members/guests applauded with delight. “This dance program gives dancers self-confidence. I thought it was fantastic watching them do things I can’t do myself ” Mayor commented as he watched his dedication dance. Florida’s Governor sent a “Congratulations” letter. Chapter President, Don Davenport, presented a Congratulations Certificate. We invited local Kings and Queens to dance with our Sp. Pops’ princesses and princes. “I danced with a King or a queen” was said with huge smiles! Everyone Dance! Bob and Maxine Morris,( DJ donators). “This is our first time to share our music with Sp Pops. We absolutely loved to watch their enthusiasm and happiness!” Special Populations is an adult program of services for 180 individuals with developmental difficulties. “We focus on the abilities not the disabilities” says Carol. “My two mentors: Greg Kurth, Rhythm in Motion Studio; Ron Fucci, USA Dance instructor and Aki’s studio are always available to offer specific instructions to me.”
Very First Dance class June 4 2012
Enclaves Waltz Team at 2103 Black Tie Ball
Each holiday (Valentine’s Day, St. Patty’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, 1st Year Anniversary) chapter hosts a party featuring the past 6-8 weeks dance program. (Foxtrot, Waltz, Merengue, Night Club 2 Step, Tango , Cha Cha, line dances) . “I am watching Dancing with the Stars”, commented dancers as they watched our (Ballroom attired) Chapter performers at all our parties.
The Enclaves II Waltz team proudly opened our 2013 Black Tie Ball. What a delight to see this performance. They danced beautifully to an audience of 150 and brought tears to some eyes. Carol Davis, coach, with Margie Riordan, Jim Sonsalla, Maureen Nistal, and Anita Simmons provide two classes each Monday. Carol and Jim coach the morning class with acute disabilities. Afternoon class is shared with other committee members. We have produced 5 dance teams, 4 teams performed in public. Television appearances: Wink News (5), Fox 4 Morning Blend (Nicole and Billy performing) and CBS (2) Christmas party live broadcast. News-Press and Cape Coral Breeze Newspapers have printed articles. www.USAdance.ORG
Sara Sansone, Sp Pops Adminstrator: “We see the new level of confidence and self-esteem; we enjoy watching their practices as they exercise with fun; and we see the joy as they learn. “Being a retired special educator, I’m pleased to be part of a program, initiated by Carol, to serve this oft forgotten population of our local citizenry. Dancing increases the participant’s social skills, self-confidence/ physical activity levels besides just having fun. It benefits both the Special Pop clientele + participants from USA Dance….It’s a win-win for all” from Maureen. “Bringing dancing to Special Populations has brought new meaning to promoting ballroom dancing.” remarks Margie. Anita says: “I love to share my latino moves with them.” Jim says “They have fun and that’s what it is all about!” The achievements are amazing. Many siblings and care-givers would like to have an evening class to learn with their new dancers in the fall. I am blessed to coordinate this program. Our chapter provides Special Populations a fun-filled program. They love to dance. USA Dance brings joy to their hearts! I bring smiles to their faces! By Carol Davis Photos Courtesy of Carol Davis
2013 September - October
CO M PE T I T I O N S C A L E NDAR 2013- 2014 November 1 - 3, 2013
January 31 - February 1
Culver City, CA
Chicago DanceSport Challenge - NQE
November 9, 2013
California State DanceSport Championships - NQE
January 17 - 19, 2014
Manhattan Amateur Classic MAC - NQE
Southwest DanceSport Championships - NQE
WDSF Open Under 21 Standard & Latin WDSF Open Adult Standard & Latin WDSF Open Senior 1 Standard & Latin WDSF Open Senior 2 Standard & Latin WDSF Open Senior 3 Standard
Held at the Southwest Regional DanceSport Championships
February 15 -16, 2014
WDSF Open Junior II Standard
Held at the Manhattan Amateur Classic January 18
WDSF Open Junior II Latin
Held at the Manhattan Amateur Classic
January 25, 2014
Mid-Atlantic Championships - NQE
March 28 - 30, 2014 National DanceSport Championships Baltimore, MD
Coconut Creek, FL
Events listed with an asterisk (*) do not accrue proficiency points. Competitions noted as “NQE” are National Qualifying Events for the National DanceSport Championships.
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www.usadancenationals.org • Baltimore, md • March 28 - 30, 2014