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On the Cover 32 They’ve Got Talent Anna and Patryk took it to the top 10 on this past season of America’s Got Talent. Check out what they had to say about the experience.

12 Holiday Hot Spots 2010 Traveling for the holidays? Afraid you’ll miss a chance to dance in the New Year? Here’s a look at some of the coolest places to dance this season.

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National Ballroom Dance Week rocked America from the Atlantic to the Pacific and back again. Here’s a look at how USA Dance celebrated.

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2010 November – December 3




am pleased to report that the Governing Council of USA Dance had a very productive annual meeting October 16-17, 2010 in Atlanta. There were reports from the four Corporate Officers, the Vice Presidents of

DanceSport and Social Dance and the Directors of K-12 Student Programs, Chapter Liaison, College Network, Membership and Public Relations on their various initiatives over the past year and plans for the next year. We had an in-depth discussion on our membership trends, where it was reported that while the total membership in the organization was down somewhat from the previous year and appeared to track the decline in the economy, chapter activity remains strong and five new chapters were given final certification. Our Governing Council is working hard to retain members by providing a higher level of service at the same time that we are establishing new chapters in communities where ballroom dancing activities had been limited. Our Area Coordinators recently received training in how best to encourage chapters to serve their members, locate and motivate volunteers and help chapter boards be more effective and be better able to deal with intra-board issues. We will be highlighting the innovative efforts of our most successful chapters while we provide special assistance to ones that are struggling. Our Chapter Officers and Area Coordinators have developed a list of issues they would like addressed in the chapter bylaws and policy manual, and we will be evaluating these in the coming months to determine the best way to accomplish necessary changes. In order to provide greater visibility and opportunities for USA Dance and our athletes and social dancers, we are finding like-minded partners to sign on as sponsors of USA Dance. We presently have three new sponsorship programs that are in various stages of development and hope to announce the launch of these exciting programs in the coming months. In discussing the K-12 and college programs we brainstormed ways of growing the number of dance clubs and providing greater opportunity at dance competitions for our young people. One option discussed was to encourage competition organizers to add a college component to sanctioned competitions wherever possible. The DanceSport Council will be evaluating this option.

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Another action taken at the Governing Council meeting was to form a Technology Committee to be chaired by Senior Vice President Bill Rose. This committee will evaluate and recommend actions to improve and upgrade our national and chapter websites, and to better utilize the many forms of electronic media now available to organizations like USA Dance. 2010 has been a year of changes for USA Dance, and with changes come growing pains as everyone adjusts to new ways of doing business. But our recent reorganization has placed the right people in the right jobs to meet the challenges ahead, and this was evident in the Governing Council meeting from the increased level of positive activities undertaken to the free flow of innovative ideas coming forward. I wish to thank everyone for their continuing support of USA Dance and look forward to a most productive 2011.

Lydia T. Scardina National President, USA Dance


2010 November – December 5


Contributing Writers

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Jean Krupa Jean Krupa currently serves as the Social Vice President for USA Dance. She served as Region VI Vice President in 1999. She is a founding member of the Greater Daytona Chapter in 1990.

National Officers

PRESIDENT Lydia Scardina, 415.469.9815 e-mail: SENIOR VP Bill Rose, 949.842.8284 e-mail: SECRETARY Stan Andrews, 217.454.8879 e-mail: TREASURER Esther Freeman, 541.899.1933 e-mail: DANCESPORT VP Ken Richards, 302.290.2583 e-mail: SOCIAL VP Jean Krupa, 386.761.1625 e-mail: •

Daphna Locker

Editorial Staff

Daphna is currently a member of the Greater N.Y. Chapter of USA Dance #3004. For the last year and a half, Daphna has been the Chair of the National Organizing Committee and is currently organizing the IDSF World Latin Championship in November. She was also the head of NOC for the 2010 Nationals.

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2010 November – December 7

Announcements Good Ballroom Titles Needed for Chapters We have some volunteers who are willing to compile a play list of good ballroom titles that are licensed by BMI. If you have already researched some titles your chapter owns and confirmed they are licensed by BMI, please send me a list that includes the following: • Title • Artist • Dance (include a suggested dance it’s best suited for if you have that info.) While your group will still want to check titles they already own against the BMI list, having a good ballroom play list of BMI titles will be a great help for chapters. Please send your list to Once we have some responses, we will compile the list and make it available to all chapters via the document library. Even if you have only a few favorites to add, send them on. Have a longer list? Providing it in an excel spreadsheet or similar format would be ideal.

Planning Calendar Available for New K-12 Dance Programs There is a K-12 School Dance Program Planning Calendar available in the K12 & College section of the website to guide your youth outreach efforts. With the school year underway, this is a great time to start working on a dance program before students and parents are committed to other activities. If you are ready to begin your program, have brochures and parent invitation letters available. Last year, USA Dance released a new Guide to Starting a School Dance Program for use by chapters and individuals. The SDP does not replace or conflict with current school efforts such as arts in residence programs or school curricula. Instead, chapters, educators, parents, and students are encouraged to form dance clubs as an extra curricular activity to extend and enhance the dance experience for all youth.

Eligibility Issue Reminder The USA Dance 2011 National DanceSport Championships is the first year where couples are required to qualify in the same event, with the same partner at an NQE prior to Nationals registration. To review the new rule and any exceptions that may apply, see The USA Dance DanceSport Rulebook section 4.2.5.

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Highlights from Nationals

Freestyle Showdance— New DanceSport Event As previously announced, the 2011 National DanceSport Championships in Baltimore will feature a new event—Freestyle Showdance. This is a championship event patterned after the IDSF Freestyle—with finals held annually at the USA Dance National DanceSport Championships. Eligibility to enter does not require entering the event at an NQE. For this debut year, this event will be limited to six couples selected from video auditions by the a committee from the DanceSport Council. Judges will pick the winner. The competition will be run as a combined event with participants accepted from any of the four disciplines: Smooth, Standard, Latin and Rhythm. Want a chance to dance in this exciting new event and showcase all your performance skills? Submit a video of at least a one minute performance on DVD via mail to the following address: Ken Richards 206 Weldin Lane, Wilmington, DE 19809

Looking to relive some of the highlights of Nationals 2010? Videos from USA Dance 2010 National DanceSport Championships, courtesy of Paradigm DVD, Los Angeles, are now available on Youtube. Watch the Showcase of Champions and all the Championship Finals at the following link:

We Wish You The Merriest! It’s been a great year and from all of us at American Dancer, we would like to wish you a happy holidays! Thank you for all of your patience and support. While we would love to publish everything we get, a 48-page magazine isn’t big enough to hold it all. In 2011 we hope to bring you a better magazine. Expect bolder, more dynamic visual designs, all while bringing you the top stories of USA Dance. Please continue sending us your submissions! We love to hear from all of the different chapters in USA Dance. Again, happy holidays to you and your kin. May the new year bring many happy memories.

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2010 November – December 9

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Hand in Hand - Together We Can! The 2011 National Chapter Conference held at the Crowne Plaza New Orleans March 10-13, 2011, is a great way to acquire the skills needed to run a successful USA Dance chapter.


What do your board members do? Come learn what they should be doing and how to get them enthused about participating in the chapter functions.

March 10-13, 2011


WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Chapters! Invest in your current and incoming president, vice president, officers and board members, and any member interested in helping the chapter grow by sending them to the USA Dance annual National Chapter Conference.

Crowne Plaza, New Orleans, Louisiana

SCHOLARSHIPS: Scholarships will be available to help with travel costs. For information on this option, contact Esther Freeman, Corporate Treasurer - email:

The conference provides opportunities to network, share ideas and learn from other chapter presidents and members in attendance. Note—To help network chapter leadership, chapters are encouraged to budget funds to reimburse the president for travel and lodging and to fund their attendance at this event.

WHAT TO BRING: A sweater or jacket (it can get chilly inside the classrooms); a nice outfit for the evening dances; dance shoes; notebook, paper and pens; and business cards.

SEMINAR TIPS: The seminars make the conference, and each offers important information to make your chapter stronger. Taking notes about your experiences will help you track whether you would like to attend another topic with the same presenter. Some questions to consider: Does their teaching style work for me? Was the presentation clear and organized? Were the handouts helpful? Do they understand the challenges I’m facing with my chapter?

Go to

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to register.

Schedule: Plan to arrive on Thursday, March 10, for the Welcome Dance. The Gumbo Chapter has some great plans in store for us providing some N’awleans local flavor.

Topics: • Stan Andrews, National Secretary, will conduct a seminar on “How to Deal with Chapter Conflicts.” Dealing with difficult situations and learning how to make them go away peacefully can be trial that most every chapter may have at some time. Do you know how to handle it? • Angela Prince, our Director of Public Relations, will speak on understanding the PR role of USA Dance, maximizing good PR for your chapter, successful social media strategies, and the best practices for your chapter.

On Friday we will have seminars all day and ending with an evening dance. Saturday will be a repeat of Friday providing you the opportunity to attend the seminars you may have missed and will be followed by an evening farewell dance once again DJ’d by the Gumbo Chapter. Sunday after breakfast will be your day to go on one of many tours planned. You may even want to schedule a few extra days to get the feel of the New Orleans charm or travel home and start working on your plans for your chapter. Full registration includes meals on Friday and Saturday and a one-day registration includes meals for the one day. Don’t forget—we have travel scholarships available; each chapter represented will receive 50% of the airfare for one chapter representative to attend.

• Bill Rose, Senior VP, will show us the guidelines, share the See our website for details on how to register for the template made for USA Dance chapters and show on building conference and arrange hotel accommodations. Chapter Websites. – - Social Dance Events Calendar • Bobbi Jo Gamache, Director of Chapter Liaison will instruct on grooming your next president and creating a stronger chapter board. • Barbara Wally, K12 Director, will show how to motivate and recruit members, and start school dance clubs/programs. • Esther Freeman, Corporate Treasurer, will teach us how to safeguard the chapter treasury, how to budget, and the importance of sending in your financial and annual reports on time. • Protecting the USA Dance Logo and Brand.

Come learn and have fun! I am looking forward to seeing you.

Jean Krupa Vice President of Social Dance

• Constant Contact will tell us how to create easy, inexpensive newsletters. • Members of the New Orleans chapter will tell us how they run a successful competition and market to spectators as well as competitors


2010 November – December 11

Holiday Hot Spots 2010


nce again, it’s the holiday season—that time of the year to gather with friends and family and appreciate the simple and good things in life. Surrounded by loved ones, what better way to celebrate than by dancing through the holidays? It’s been our tradition at American Dancer, to publish a (not in any way comprehensive) list of some dance venues and parties in all parts of the country. Take some time and plan your holidays because you don’t want to be caught without plans on New Year’s.

Johnny Lewis on the Sax Photo Courtesy of Anne La Zara

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Many thanks to all for their contributions. —Happy Holidays!

Los Angeles County Chapter 4031’s Annual Holiday Ball Photo courtesy of Loren Brown

Los Angeles County Chapter #4031’s Annual Holiday Ball By Livia Squires Dance in the holidays at the Los Angeles County Chapter #4031’s annual “Holiday Ball,” being held this year on Sunday, December 6 at Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium in Culver City, CA. The dance is free —yes FREE—to all USA Dance members with a valid membership card, or join USA Dance that night at the door and you’ll also get in free. Bring a friend to sign up, or offer them a new membership as a Christmas gift! Accommodating up to 400 dancers, the Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium offers an auditorium-sized dance floor, free parking, and plenty of tables for socializing or just taking a quick break. Dancers will enjoy an evening of elegant ballroom dancing, including smooth, Latin, hustle, and west coast swing numbers spun by DJ James Woo. The dance also features a complimentary lesson from a professional instructor, dance mixers, hors d’oeuvres, and dance hosts for ladies.


Doors open at 6:15 pm with a dance lesson starting at 6:30 pm. Open dancing from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Admission for non-members is $18. Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium is located at 4117 Overland Ave. Culver City, CA 90230. For more information visit the L.A. County Chapter website at

Holiday Ball Las Vegas USA Dance Las Vegas will be hosting their first-ever holiday ball on Sunday, December 5 from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino. This will be a spectacular evening of ballroom dancing with showcases by professionals and amateurs. Manny Bonotan will be playing the music. There will be a raffle and semi-formal attire is recommended. Tickets in advance are $10. At the door: members $10, non-members $15, and students $5. For more information call 702-813-6694.

2010 November - December 13

A Tradition as Bright as the Season —Central Massachusetts #3002 By J. McRell Winter Ball of the Dancers of Central MA As another holiday season approaches, ballroom dancers from Central Massachusetts, Greater Boston, Cape Cod, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine are looking forward to the Dancers of Central Massachusetts’ (DOCMA) Winter Ball at Luciano’s Lake Pearl in Wrentham, Massachusetts. This decade-long tradition of DOCMA combines a semi-formal dance, dance exhibitions and a delicious buffet dinner all in the historic Lake Pearl Ballroom. The facility dates from the late 1800’s and, in its hey day, played host to many of the famous big bands and singers of the era including Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and even Frank Sinatra. The expansive Grand Ballroom is the focal point of the entire lakeside property that is all beautifully decorated for the holiday season. This dance event is the premier event of the Dancers of Central Massachusetts annual calendar, which also uses the occasion to gather toys for the Marine Corps’ Annual Toys for Tots campaign. For years, the Winter Ball has been a sell-out. DOCMA caps attendance at 260 to provide plenty of luxurious floor space for dancing. DOCMA was formed in 1998 to promote ballroom dancing in Central Massachusetts. Currently, membership stands at 150. In addition to monthly dances eight times a year, DOCMA’s Outreach program regularly shares the joy of dance with demonstrations of ballroom dancing to area nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

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Ring in the New Year with Olympia Washington Chapter #1034 By Anne La Zara USA Dance Olympia’s New Year’s Eve Ball will dazzle guests with a memorable evening of celebration at the sleek and spacious Olympia Center in Olympia, the scenic capital of Washington State. This will be the formal event of the season for northwestern ballroom dancers and visiting friends. Handmade table decorations on white tablecloths will create a warm and inviting atmosphere at this annual ball. Guests will be reminded of their individual importance when shown to assigned seats with personalized placecards. Each round table will have a large, gold clock centerpiece with movable hands for guests to turn as midnight approaches. There will be votives, gold bows, hats, tiaras, and noisemakers. Miniature white lights draped from the ceiling will add a celestial ambiance. Over 20 decorated tables will impressively set the mood for a festive evening.

Bring a favorite appetizer and/or dessert and participate in the contests for People’s Choice Appetizer and People’s Choice Dessert. Everyone gets to vote for one of each. Remember to include plenty of small portions for your best chance to win. There will be fabulous prizes for winners and runners-up. In addition, each first place winner will be presented an engraved trophy! When the Johnny Lewis Band plays Auld Lang Syne, all will raise their glasses for the midnight toast. Couples will kiss, friends will hug, noisemakers will blast, and the dance floor will fill with dancers floating into the new year. We’d love to have you join us in Olympia this New Year’s Eve! Tickets are $30 each for USA Dance members; $35 each for non-members. This event sold out last year, so get tickets while they last! Send checks to: USA Dance Olympia PO Box 14174 Tumwater, WA 98511 For more information including ticket availability call: (360)561-4872 or email

Portrait photographer John Stiver will have a studio in the lobby for those wishing to purchase professional photographs to memorialize the event. Nearly 3000 square feet of dance floor will be irresistible when the amazing Johnny Lewis Band begins playing and several talented vocalists burst into song. Ample space for dancing has been ensured by limiting ticket sales to 168. Couples and singles will mix on and off the dance floor. A Grand March, directed by Arlene Hoiland, will encourage everyone to join in celebration as they parade in gowns and tuxedos. USA Dance Olympia’s New Year’s Eve Ball Photo courtesy of Anne La Zara


2010 November - December 15

A Dressy Affair —Houston Chapter #5003 By Lydia J. Cascio Our December 11th chapter dance will be a dressy affair with traditional holiday snacks and desserts. We recently received news that Santa will be attending, and so we plan to do a Secret Santa gift exchange to all who bring a small gift. More exciting than that is that dancers from our chapter participate in an event on December 11th called Lights in the Heights. The Heights is a beautiful historic district in Houston with beautiful Craftsman cottages and Victorian homes. Houston Culture Map gives the following description: Lights in the Heights is in its 22nd year as one of the best street festivals in Houston, where locals and visitors from around town line up to view the parade and to admire neighbors’ holiday handiwork. This year’s lights display will run down Byrne and Euclid Streets in Woodland Heights between Norhill Street and Florence Street. And although the route excludes Bayland and its gorgeous tree cover, you can count on surrounding blocks decking out their historic homes as unofficial participants. Plenty of music, entertainment and food abounds. Expect some major wattage, along with choirs, handbells, aspiring dancers and impromptu concerts on folks’ front porches. Streets are blocked off, so the event is totally pedestrian-friendly. We recommend bringing a wagon to tote the kids. We are looking forward to this event and a new means of bringing ballroom dancing to the community—in style!

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New Years in New York —Greater New york Chapter #3004 By Charles Supapodok The New York Chapter of USA Dance will hold its annual New Year’s Eve party this year at Manhattan Ballroom Dance Studios in Midtown Manhattan. This annual event, open to the general public, offers an unforgettable night of dinner and ballroom dancing. The night starts off with a catered buffet dinner, followed by some general dancing to a mix of ballroom music played by a DJ. This is followed by a professional performance, a raffle drawing, and some other entertainment. At midnight, guests can enjoy the traditional champagne toast while watching the ball drop from computer screens in the studio. As the party goes well past midnight, there is plenty of time to dance into the New Year. Last year’s party was well attended and drew over 150 guests, yet the 6,500 sq ft studio was large enough to accommodate the revellers, and the dance floor provided more than ample space. NY USA Dance, strives to provide its members and general public affordable social dance opportunities in an effort to promote ballroom dance. The New Year’s Eve party is perhaps the highlight of the year on the social calendar, and is a night to remember. This will be the place to ballroom dance come New Year’s Eve in New York City. Details: When: Friday, December 31, 2010 from 7:30pm - 1:30am Where: Manhattan Ballroom Dance, 29 West 36th Street, 2nd Fl (between 5th and 6th Avenue) Attire: Semi-Formal, Black Tie Optional

USA Dance Olympia’s New Year’s Eve Ball Photo courtesy of Anne La Zara

Los Angeles County Chapter 4031’s Annual Holiday Ball Photo courtesy of Loren Brown


2010 November - December 17

national ballroo dance week Pacific Style

Seattle #1004 By Jean Stoddard


riends, teenagers, brothers and sisters, parents, adults—people




different races, and different styles of clothing all

joined together the first night in October. It was a celebration that matched the city’s diversity.

Goal: to show that ballroom dance can be for anyone of any age.

The Seattle chapter observed NBDW in a pavilion

at the Seattle Center. Food vendors and booths surrounded the pavilion, making NBDW much like

a festival. The evening opened with a free cha cha class taught by ballroom professionals Koral Wynn and Natalia Leonoea.

Participants gathered afterwards to watch the Pacific

Ballroom Dance Team, a youth team ranked second in the nation. An adult USA Dance team and local

studio teams also grabbed the attention of spectators

with upbeat performances. A dance for all attendees followed the exhibition.

“The event brought some new people together that were either performing or dancing,” said Michael Kheriaty, president of the Seattle chapter. “We got to meet new people, which is part of why we all get together and dance.” Many youth dancers attended and participated in the event. Kheriaty said that “Dance promotes positive

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September - October 18


Janis Merluzzo and Daniel Fugazzotto doing a Tango showcase Photo Courtesy of Janis Merluzzo

social behavior in youth…and it’s something that

But just one taste of dance can leave people with a

Free dance lesson coupons were given away, which

“Hopefully we can get [new dancers] addicted like

they can have pride in as a competitive sport.” helped promote local instructors and classes.

craving for more. “Dance is addicting,” said Stowell. the rest of us are.”

“People were able to have a fun evening ,” said

About 60 people attended the “Something old,

they aren’t used to dancing. It opened their eyes a

where dancers could fox trot to Frank Sinatra and

Kheriaty. “It was different for some of them because little bit.”

A Little Taste

Pikes Peak Chapter #5020 By Jean Stoddard

Mmmm. It tastes like tango with a side of cha cha.

NBDW in Pikes Peak, Colorado offered workshops at the local town hall, where new dancers experienced

the flavors of ballroom and Latin while trained

something new” dance the following Saturday, cha cha to Lady Gaga all on the same dance floor.

“It was very successful this year…it’s a great thing,” said Stowell. “We’ve got national week of this and that, and so it’s really wonderful that ballroom dance has its own recognized week where chapters like ours have an o p p o r t u n i t y reach out to the


c o m m u n i t y. ”

dancers sharpened their skills.

The first Saturday of NBDW was a “free lesson day,” with four beginning workshop classes Saturday morning and three intermediate classes in the afternoon.

“It doesn’t cost [participants] anything to attend, and

they get a taste of what dancing can be like,” said James Stowell, vice president of the Pikes Peak chapter.

The classes were donated because the USA board in Pikes Peak thought free lessons would be a great way to reach out to the greater community.

About 30 to 40 people attended each

workshop. “For our dance community,

it is quite an accomplishment to have

that many people in the workshop” said Stowell.


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“Dance is addicting,” said Stowell. “Hopefully we can get [new dancers] addicted like the rest of us are.”

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September - Oc-


Although The Louisville Rat Race Club has 121 members

By Melva Gail Smith

die out,” Geneo remarked, informing us that the average

Greater Louisville Chapter #2021

that meet each Friday, the dance could be lost forever if

it is not passed on to the next generation. “It’s starting to age of a Rat Racer is now 60 and above.

The senior homes presented an unexpected problem. Seniors requested the Rat Race, a dance most had only

Many have compared it to a fast fox trot, but there are no

in the Portland area of Louisville, KY; although according

counted in odd numbers of 3,5,7,9. In other words, if you

East End as well. explains that “the Rat

the 6th; and so on,” said Lori, President of the Nashville

in the 1930s. It was one of the varieties of dances with

the leader chooses and no two dancers will use the same

were popular among teenagers.” Unique to the Louisville

backward, left or right. “It is important to remember that

area unlike other dances of its time. The fact that so

she said.

Chapter to learn more about its history and preserve

Geneo has agreed to attend one of our Chapter dances

Chapter dance.

upcoming issue of our newsletter to help preserve this

heard parents speak of. The dance may have originated

set steps to Rat Racing. “It is a basic four-count dance,

to one senior, it graced the floor in some areas of the

go 3 steps, you touch on the 4th; if you go 5, you touch on

Race was once a dance to jazz music, originally coined

Dance Club. As there is no set pattern, it is danced as

animal names, like the turkey trot or bunny hop, that

pattern or number of steps. Dance steps can go forward,

culture, the Rat Race never spread out of the Louisville

the trick is making the left foot and the right foot touch,”

many still remember it sparked enough interest in our

it for future generations by teaching it at an upcoming

and show us how it’s done. Look for your chance in an native Louisville dance.

Geneo Heissler, Treasurer of The Louisville Rat Race Club first

danced the

Rat Race

at age 6.

Below: Dancers from White Sands and Choo- Choo City Photo Courtesy of Janis Merluzzo and Nancy Henderson


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Terpsichoreally Speaking

night of the deadline at the Chapter dance. But

By Janis Merluzzo VP—Publicity and Events

Alan Blair that danced off with the First Place

White Sands #6012

it was member Cynthia Olcott and her husband

The White Sands #6012 Chapter in Sarasota, FL,


interactions, demonstrations by pro-am couples and

Swinging Coast

celebrated NBDW with activities that provided social appearances from social dancers and DanceSport



Choo-Choo City Chapter #2009 By Nancy Henderson, Vice

athletes. A returning activity, a crossword puzzled

designed by member Daniel Fugazzoto, challenged participants’ intellectual capabilities.


members and friends to solve. Prizes for each were a

The Choo-Choo 2009 Chapter

increased the difficulty and challenged everyone

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Last year, Daniel designed four picture puzzles for

kicked off NBDW on September

with a crossword puzzle comprised mostly of

to Coast” theme and two

dance terminology.

The puzzles were available at the four studios where the Chapter held their outreach events. Dancers could

be seen taking a break from dancing to figure out clues. There were collaborations, discussions and several attempts to trick Daniel into giving out answers.

The first correct submitted puzzle won the first place prize. All other correct entries would go into a hat and two more winners would be drawn for prizes. People rushed in the door t h e

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Photo Courtesy of Nancy Henderson

dance lesson from an area professional. This year, Daniel

rousing group showcases at Allemande






couples performed a nonswing to Rascal Flatts’ country




pairs of dancers then entertained



record crowd with


a sultry west coast swing to Candy Dulfer’s saxophone

On September 18, the Youngstown Warren Dance Chapter

Bud Slack taught a beginner east coast swing lesson and

program provided dance entertainment—54 routines in six

instrumental “Lily Was Here.” In addition, ballroom veteran

guests mingled with top instructors at special meet-andgreet tables. During the mid-party break, chapter officials

introduced local celebrities and their partner instructors,

who were competing the following weekend in “Dare to Dance,” a local fundraiser and takeoff on Dancing with the Stars.

The monthly event drew 180 attendees, the

highest attendance ever for the ChooChoo Chapter, and was covered by

NBC news affiliate WRCB-TV, the Chattanooga Times-Free Press, and other media.

Boogie Vibes

Yo u n g s t o w n Warren Chapter #2015 By Joe Sepesy

#2015 celebrated NBDW at the Eastwood Mall. The five-hour sets. The routines featured gorgeous couples and creative

groups, including graveyard ghouls with an abundance of attitude, enhancing the get-down and boogie vibe and the

prim-and-pretty feel of both Latin rhythms and American smooth. Between each set, a few minutes of open dancing

allowed performers to warm up, stay loose and quiet nerves. Onlookers were also invited to take to the floor.

Ninety-six dancers in six groups represented eight studios. The youngest dancer was seven years old while the oldest

was significantly older. Sensual boleros and tangos done to free-spirited swing and hustle showed an enthusiastic audience the dancers’ long hours of practice and dedication.

Mistress of Ceremonies Brenda Williams and her assistant, Joe Altinger, welcomed dancers to the floor. Music was managed by AJ Williams, Susan Ryan, and Randy

Reel, with Steve Barba contributing numerous hours in preparing the music.

Unknown to most, a behind-the-scenes disagreement

between mall stores and the dancers played out. Retailers

complained the music was too loud, while dancers strained to hear the music.

Then, the music ended and the mall returned to normalcy. Some dancers enjoyed the day; some began thinking about routines for next year; others, tired and drained, departed from the mall to attend afterparties to dance, dance, dance!

Sharing a Passion

Gumbo Chapter #5031 USA Dance Gumbo Chapter #5031 celebrated NBDW on September 25 at the Esplanade Mall in Kenner, LA. Highlights

included 25 exhibitions as well as over 200 onlookers. The

real crowd pleasers were the two junior couples, who recently placed in the Louisiana DanceSport Gumbo Competition, dancing Rhythm dances. This event showcased the physical

and mental benefits of dancing, as well as the social benefits. The event was chaired by Ronna Lejeune and Jennifer Auffenberg.


2010 November - December 23

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2010 November - December 25

Archie Hazelwood Past President of USA Dance Inc.

Waltzing Into Memoriam By Jean Krupa Social Dance VP












USABDA’s National President when he

assumed the position in 1993 until his passing

“I used to fish, but my boat hasn’t been off the shore in a year. Most things I do center around dancing in some way.”

in 2004. Prior to that, he served as Vice

Born and raised in James City County, VA, he

and Evelyn Hazelwood were avid ballroom

Army in 1939 at age 18. By the start of WWII, he

put on their dancing shoes following retirement

in aircraft technical issues. He later transferred to

President and the National Treasurer. Archie

returned to his hometown after enlisting in the

dancers for many years and got the chance to

had reached the rank of T/Sergeant, specializing

from their respective careers.

the Air Force, where he served a total of 30 years

Archie dedicated his last 17 years to promoting

Officer 4. He was stationed in Europe during the

will be fondly remembered for his numerous

to enter Berlin, where his mission changed from

in the military, rising to the rank of Chief Warrant

amateur dancing throughout the U.S.. He

war, and was among the first American soldiers

accomplishments and programs that fostered

winning the war to helping rebuild the city.

well as the work he did for USA Dance to gain

Archie died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Dec.

U.S. Olympic Committee.

by the Tidewater Chapter. A Memorial Fund

But beyond that, Archie is remembered as a

dance programs such as the National Chapter

give enough of himself to his friends, fellow


Dance. He once said, “I have worked harder

dancer membership category be allocated to the

to be your life.”

your membership is up for renewal choose the

USABDA had become so much a part of his life

cause and honor a good man.

tremendous growth of the chapter network as National Governing Body recognition from the

8, 2004 while attending a dinner dance hosted

was set up and has been used to fund social

caring, kind-hearted individual that could never

Conference. How can you help support this

dancers and the cause of (USABDA) now USA

has voted to designate $10 from the Ballroom

for USABDA than I ever did for gets

Archie Hazelwood Memorial fund. The next time

that he’d given up other hobbies as well.

“I used to fish, but my boat hasn’t been off the shore in a year. Most things I do center around dancing in some way.”

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USA Dance Governing Council

Ballroom Dancer category and support a good

Inga & Robertas


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Enjoy a sensational getaway with the added pleasure of improving your dance skills with extraordinary instructors! Robertas Maleckis and Inga Sirkaite (World Champion Latin dancers) and Eduardo Torres and Cristina Acevedo (Rising Star Champions in American Rhythm) are just four of the outstanding instructors who will be teaching daily workshops aboard ship. Included in the price of the cruise: over 100 workshops in both International and American style (standard/smooth and Latin/rhythm); afternoon and evening dances on the largest wooden dance floor on the seas! Take advantage of all the other amenitites of Freedom of the Seas such as Flowrider®, climbing wall, 9-hole miniature golf course, casino, cantilevered spas, ice rink, ice shows, theater shows, shopping, lots of upscale lounges. You can always find something to do! Pre-Cruise Option: Bon Voyage Gala with elegant sit-down dinner, magnificent exhibition dance performances by your phenomenal instructors, general dancing, hotel room and shuttle to the cruise ship. Start your dance cruise with a party to die for! Eduardo & Cristina

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2010 November - December 27

Public the


by Angela Prince Public Relations Director

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT & SO DOES USA DANCE! Congratulations to Anna Kaczmarski and Patryk Ploszaj, our National Junior I Standard champions from New York, who made it to the Top 10 in the recent season of “America’s Got Talent.” That’s two USA Dance national DanceSport champions who’ve reached the AGT Top 10 – blazing the path were Erik Linder and Rickie Taylor of Washington State. Many thanks to all of our members and dance friends who rallied to their support and voted online. It’s a tough challenge when public voting can alter the results of the judges’ scores one way or another. If you missed the program, go online to for archived performances. Photo courtesy of Ken Richards

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CA and USA Dance ioned, USA Dance NQE)

2010 IDSF




November 13, 2010 New York City, USA

With 78 top-ranked representing nearly 50

with each other, promote activities and recruit new

countries around the


Championship Latin,

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YouTube and even LinkedIn – have measurably helped USA Dance and its 172 chapters better communicate

World DanceSport

SSocial Media Sites – especially Facebook, Twitter,

DanceSport couples

globe, the 2010 IDSF

The Hottest Ticket in Town


held in Brooklyn, NY and co-organized by USA Dance Inc and

Sam Sodano, was certain to attract media attention. After all, this event doesn’t happen but every 10 years in the United States. And for USA Dance, it was an honor to create what many would call the equivalent of a Pan American or Olympic event, bringing each country’s national champions and distinguished Dancesport judges/ dignitaries from around the world to U.S. soil. More on the results in the next issue of American Dancer. Nationals were a historic appearance, not only as a celebration of our Nationals’ 30th Anniversary, but of their exemplary careers as world-class athletes, as devotees to our organization, to their love of performance and the audiences in standing ovation that have supported them for so many years—from the time they first appeared on the dance floors as kids and now as accomplished adults in the world of DanceSport.

Thanks to our new social media network, we successfully booked the USA DANCE National Dance Cruise “Dancing for America TM” – uniting 400+ dancers from 35 states, plus Canada and Mexico. We successfully rallied votes for our DanceSport couples competing on television shows. We also identified new sponsors, increased our magazine’s readership and promoted our competitions and social programs. But we must always remember that freedom of communication can come with a price, and so we remind our members, especially our younger dancers, to use great caution and common sense when posting personal information online. Don’t get false security that you’re communicating in a closed network of dance friends – go ahead and assume everyone in the world will read about you and what you post. Things not to post are: derogatory or defaming language, phone numbers, email addresses, personal photos especially those that compromise one’s reputation as a dancer and as a person…and especially anything damaging to yourself or others. Last precaution to our members – please recheck your security controls on your social media accounts. Social media sites change formats all the time. Rule of thumb is still best to share only with your real friends, don’t connect with people you really don’t know and go back and delete the “unknowns”.


2010 November – December 29

Have fun and join USA Dance on the following sites: •




WHAT IS THE ROLE OF USA DANCE IN AMERICA? 1. A 501c3 non-profit organization with 172 “community volunteer” chapters throughout the United States;


2. Serves as the National Governing Body for DanceSport, the competitive version of ballroom dancing, in the United States subject to the statutes of: a) the International

1 Site on Twitter: USA DANCE INC

DanceSport Federation (IDSF); b) the United States Olympic Committee (USOC); and c) the Amateur Sports Act of the United States Congress;

1 Channel on YouTube: USADANCEINC

3. Organizes and supports national and local programs for the recreational enjoyment of ballroom dancing by all ages and creates affordable opportunities for the general public to participate in ballroom dancing and DanceSport;

IT’S A TURNING POINT YEAR AHEAD FOR USA DANCE & CHAPTERS The Year 2011 will truly become a turning point for USA Dance, as our organization embarks upon several national initiatives, campaigns and programs – impacting, in most positive ways, our chapters, social dancers, Dancesport amateurs and professionals, sponsors and even a fast-growing fan base for ballroom dancing in America. Specific announcements will be made by the next issue of American Dancer.

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4. Promotes DanceSport as a sport both nationally and internationally and supports the global movement for DanceSport to be included as a medal sport in the Olympic and Pan American Games; 5. Organizes and supports DanceSport events internationally and nationally, including national, regional and local championships; 6. Selects the DanceSport Athletes to represent the United States in the IDSF World DanceSport Championships and the World Games and helps to finance their participation; 7. Promotes and supports ballroom dance programs in colleges and secondary schools;

8. Applies special programs to attract beginners to ballroom dancing and to both encourage and assist these dancers in meeting their goals; 9. Emphasizes to the public the healthful aspects of ballroom dancing; its physical, mental and social benefits; 10. Organizes and supports programs to increase the number of dancers and to assist in the elevation of dancing skills in both competitors and recreational social dancers. 11. Organizes and promotes two new ballroom dance initiatives in the United States - Special Olympics and a K-12 After-School Dance Program. YOU SHOULD ALSO KNOW THAT… •

USA Dance DanceSport athletes are participating in one of the fastest-growing sports in America and our pre-school to youth level dancers are among its fastest-growing segments.

USA Dance has 25,000 members who financially support the National organization and its programs.

USA Dance’s connection and outreach is an estimated 200,000 dancers and/or supporters of ballroom dancing, and not restricted to just the 50 United States of America.

We want to hear from your chapter! Has your chapter been in the news lately? Have you been featured in the paper, on TV, or online? Send us the latest happenings of your chapter to be considered for an upcoming issue. When submitting, please keep in mind the following: Articles should be a maximum of 175 words High quality, digital photos relating to the event at 600 dpi or higher Accurate photo caption, or names of persons (left to right). Name of photographer for photo credit

Send submissions and questions to


2010 November – December 31

They’ve Got Talent! By Ivor Lee


crowd roared its appreciation.

viewers for their Top 10 performance

One thing was clear: They were artists and

show of America’s Got Talent, viewers

performers and they had a job to do.

s Anna and Patryk took the stage

everywhere held their breath in anticipation. Holding masks to their

Sharon Osbourne, judge for America’s

faces, Anna and Patryk stepped through a

Got Talent, stated that the young couple’s

shimmering curtain and America let out

performances were “always perfection.”

a collective “oh no,” as Anna slipped down the stairs.

“[It’s] the sign of a true professional. You had a little mishap. It didn’t throw your

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Yet even while Patryk tossed his mask

performance, you picked right up and

aside and Anna picked herself up, the

carried on,” said Osborne.

determination in her frame that the show

“It was a dramatic moment,” said Judge

must go on was apparent. And as they took

Piers Morgan. “She picked herself up and

the floor again without missing a beat, the

got back up. She showed real guts.”

The praise didn’t end there. Other judges

clapping, but on the show you have

commented that they were “technically

millions of people watching you.”

the most talented dancers,” “stunning choreography,” and that “millions of

Those millions of viewers are also those

viewers at home wished they had a fraction

who determine whether contestants go on

of [their] talent.”

to the next round.

Their talent isn’t just for the camera

“Sometimes we got a little nervous if

however. Anna and Patryk are three-

America would pick us or not, but we

time national champions for their age

didn’t really mind because we showed what

group. “Dancing on camera is a different

we wanted to show. We did our job and we

experience from dancing at a ballroom

got really far, and we are happy.”

competition,” said Patryk. AGT goes beyond dancing and includes a vast variety

Anna and Patryk would like to thank

of talents.

everyone who voted for them and enjoyed

“On a regular competition,

you have a few people watching you and


their performances.

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“Teaching the Stars” An AD Exclusive with Chelsie Hightower By Ivor Lee

Chelsie Hightower Photo courtesy of JPI Studios

American Dancer caught up with USA Dance alumni Chelsie Hightower and talked to her about her recent dancing experience on Dancing with the Stars. So tell us about dancing with Michael Bolton. It was fun. We got along really well. He wasn’t really a dancer, but he enjoyed the process. At times it was rough for him because he wasn’t used to it or he didn’t really have a soul of a dancer, but there were a few times where he really felt like he was dancing—he felt a sense of accomplishment. He really enjoyed it and it was fun. What tricks have you learned from working with all these stars to help the stars improve so quickly? You learn a lot from dancing on the show. Almost right away, you learn what the stars can and can’t do, what their limits and their abilities are. The number one key is patience, and

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to give them confidence. But on the other side of it, you definitely learn how to mask their weakness with choreography. If they aren’t natural dancers you find the moves that they can do. If you’re a girl and you can teach them to hold a frame then you can do the rest. Sometimes we can hide their movements in costumes Have you thought about going back to competition or have you moved on? I haven’t really thought about going back to competition. I mean right now I’m doing what I love and I’d like to settle down one day and have kids and family. But as for right now I’ll be on the show for as long as possible. Hopefully it’ll be a while. Any other projects going on? Any other career directions you’d like to go in? I’m just pursuing every opportunity that comes up. There are lot of things that I can do right now, for instance

I’m working on my clothing line— Chelsie Signature clothing with Sugar and Bruno, but I’m open to all the possibilities that are out there. I am excited to be involved with Latisse Wishes Challenge. Kathy Ireland, Bobbie Thomas and I are each leading teams of LATISSE® users from across the country in the online campaign to help raise more than a quarter of a million dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I did a workout DVD for Lionsgate with Kym Johnson and Edyta Sliwinska, which will be available on Nov. 30. 2010. It is “Dancing With The Stars: Fat-Burning Cardio Dance” and “Dancing With The Stars Ballroom Buns & Abs.” I am participating in Superstars of Ballroom Dance Camp with several of the other pros from Dancing with the Stars. It’ll be at the Burbank Marriott and Convention Center in southern California February 4-6, 2011.

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Senior I Standard

By: Ivor Lee

On the day of the competition, the two couples of each country were given their own tables and chairs in the changing room. This way, we did not have to fight for space in the changing room to change and rest as in many previous world championships. We were also given ample time right before the competition to practice and warm up on the actual competition floor. AD: Was it a difficult competition? Was there a lot of tension between competitors?


resden, Germany hosted the Senior I Standard Championship this year. Xing Min and Katerina Lu placed 13th, while Andreas Meijer and Jody Frease placed 17th out of a field of 40 competitors. AD caught up with the Lu’s to hear more about the event. AD: What stood out to you the most at this competition? XMK: The one thing that struck us the most was the wonderful logistic arrangements of the competition. Usually, the world championship is organized by a different country each year. Because of this, the organization of the competition varies a great deal. This year, the organization was outstanding. We were greeted at the airport and taken to our hotel in private car without having to wait for other couples for car pooling. We really appreciated this because we were tired after a long flight. Top: Andreas Meijer and Jody Frease and Xing Min and Katerina Lu competing at Nationals 2010 photo by Carson Zullinger

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XMK: We wouldn’t say it is a difficult competition. We have been to more difficult competitions. For example, the first time we made the Blackpool final, we danced the first round at 12:00 noon and danced the final round after midnight. Altogether, we danced 7 rounds in one day. That was a difficult competition. World Championship is not as physically demanding because there were fewer rounds and even in the semi final, there were two heats. There is always a break between dances until the final. But for us, the World Championship is a special competition because we represent our country. As in any competition, there was an atmosphere of healthy rivalry among the competitors. But we would

not describe that as tension. As a matter of fact, over the years, we have become friends with a lot of our competitors. It was a pleasure to see them at the World Championship. AD: How was competing this time different from the previous times you’ve been to worlds? XMK: We did not feel much difference because we always treat each World Championship very seriously. We got ourselves ready mentally, and physically and always tried our best during the competition.

AD: How did the two of you meet? We met as student and teacher. Xingmin was a student of Katerina’s at the beginning. We have been dancing together in the senior division since late 2005. AD: What do you love most about ballroom? XMK: We love many aspects of ballroom dancing. We love dancing to the music, the challenge of learning and understanding the techniques, and improving.

Xing Min and Katerina Lu at Nationals 2010 Photo By Ivor Lee

But the most important is that we share the same passion and can pursue our goals together. In our short dancing career, we had many successes and also many disappointments. But throughout all these, we feel lucky to have each other to share all these moments.

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Junior II By: Ivor Lee Ten Dance giving her three months of experience with Standard


before her win on the National level, and eight months experience for her debut on the World Stage. n October 9, 2010, Kishinev, Moldavia hosted the

IDSF World DanceSport Championship Junior II Ten Dance event. There USA Dance couple Kevin Morales and Anna Odessky danced to an impressive 20th-place finish out of 32 couples. While this is an amazing accomplishment at the Junior II level, what’s even more impressive about this achievement is that prior to qualifying for Worlds at the 2010 Nationals in Los Angeles, Kevin and Anna had only been dancing for three months. On top of that, Odessky started dancing Standard when she started with dancing with Morales—

“Sometimes dreams can come true. I accomplished something I never thought I would,” said Odessky, attributing much of their success to their coaches. Because this was their first time competing on the world level, the Ten Dance competition offered the couple new perspective on DanceSport competition. “Nationals in America is where you really try your best. At Nationals you have to put a little extra something. At Worlds you have to push yourself even harder. You know there will be the best in the world so you have to push yourself a bit more,” said Morales. One of the benefits of competition in the USA is that competitors generally get to know each other and befriend one another. Dancers dance and compete against various friends, but at the World level, there’s no room for taking chances. “You don’t know them,” said Morales. This can be seen in the way competitors interact with each other, in the already-won-this confidence that the dancers exuded. “You knew that everyone there was out to fulfill their goals—some not friendly. People were trying to intimidate each other, and dancers would fall over, and the other competitors expecting.” Yet at the end of the day there were important lessons. “You can’t change your style. You have to be yourself, you have to dance for yourself and for your partner and not worry about impressing others,” said Morales. “DanceSport is like telling a story. If you’re seperately trying to tell it to others, it won’t work. If you tell it together, to each other, then it becomes clearer.”

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Photo Courtesy of Anna Odessky

wouldn’t care,” said Odessky. “It wasn’t what we were

COMPETITION CALENDAR Events listed with the * do not accrue proficiency points

January 14-16, 2011 Manahattan Amateur Classic - NQE New York, NY

January 28-29, 2011

February 26-27, 2011 Mid-Atlantic DanceSport Championships - NQE Washington, DC

Utah DanceSport - NQE

April 8-10, 2011

Salt Lake City, Utah

2011 National DanceSport Championship Baltimore, MD

January 29, 2011 Boston Ballroom Cup Sheraton Hotel, Needham, MA

February 19, 2011 2011 Phoenix DanceSport Challenge - NQE Phoenix, AZ

July 8-9, 2011 Desert Classic - IDSF Open Latin & Open Standard Palm Desert, CA

Sep 1 - 4, 2011 Embassy Ball - IDSF Grand Slam Latin & Standard and Senior Standard Open Irvine, CA

Competitions noted as “NQE” are National Qualifying Events for the 2011 National DanceSport Championships.

look for future event updates at competition-calendar/ www.USAdance.ORG

look for future collegiate event updates on FaceBook

sign onto FaceBook, click on “Groups,” and type in “USA Dance Competitions” 2010 November – December 39

“You Ain’t Seen Nothin With 2010 finishing soon, we thought we’d give you a sneak peek at some

of the upcoming National Qualifying Events. The new year promises to be another exciting year for DanceSport with Nationals returning to Baltimore, the 21st year of the Manhattan Amateur Classic, and the arrival of two new NQE’s: Phoenix and Utah. Manhattan Amateur Classic NQE The Manhattan Amateur Classic will be entering its 21st year of continual competition January 14, 2011, distinguishing itself as one of the longest running amateur competitions in America. The threeday event in the Grand Ballroom of the Manhattan Center will follow in MAC tradition featuring pre-bronze through open, Standard, Latin, Smooth, Rhythm, Cabaret and Theater Arts in all age categories. Utah DanceSport NQE The 15th annual Utah DanceSport Championships will be a NQE for the first time in its history. Utah has traditionally been home to many ballroom dancers, both amateur and professional, an epicenter of talent and skill. Run in conjunction by Center Stage Performing Arts Studio and the U.S. Ballroom Foundation, the event will be held at the South Towne Exposition Center January 28-29, and also promises a $50,000

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purse—the richest purse in amateur ballroom dance in America. Generous donors, exceptional to the arts and dance, guarantee the competition a top-quality event for all. Utah DanceSport has the added bonus of being an IDSF Open event for Adult Standard, Adult Latin, and Senior I Latin. What this translates to for competitors and spectators alike is that Utah DanceSport will feature some of the top amateur dancers. “It’s going to be a special time—we’ll be treated to some of the best dancing anywhere.” Phoenix NQE The blazing desert temperature is not the only heat in Arizona. Dance floors in Phoenix and surrounding areas turn the heat up regularly, whether it’s summer or winter. The Phoenix Chapter hopes to spread that warmth among dancers from many districts this February. The Phoenix USA Dance Chapter #4033 is proud to host the District 6 National Qualifying Event.

This is the first time that Phoenix has stepped into the rotation, and we look forward to providing a high quality event. The Phoenix Chapter began in 2004 and has run a local competition, the Phoenix DanceSport Challenge, since 2006. After much discussion with our own board and USA Dance national leadership, it was determined that Phoenix was ready to “take wing and fly” with the next logical step – hosting an NQE. The preparations are in full swing. There will be venue, adjudicators, volunteers, registration, vendors, and hopefully a few surprises for competitors and spectators alike. So leave the winter chill behind and come visit the sunshine of Arizona on February 19, 2011. The Phoenix Chapter welcomes you. And the firebird will gladly share some Arizona heat with all participants who dare to scorch the competition floor during the Phoenix DanceSport Challenge.

by: Ivor Lee

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Photos courtesy of Karen Mulera


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U ta h D a n c e S p ort Ch am p i o n shi p s Qualify here!

USA DANCE National Qualifying Event IDSF Open Adult Latin & Standard Senior I Standard Events


28 -29, 2011 WWW.UTAHDancesport.COM

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ews from your DanceSport Anti-Doping Chair By: Jean Barbour USA Dance Anti-Doping Chair


y role as a DanceSport Council member is primarily to protect the right of DanceSport Athletes to compete healthy and clean to achieve their own personal best as a result of commitment and hard work. This entails providing education to meet the standards of the Code. Another primary role is to provide deterrence and preservation of the True Sport concept for our DanceSport Athletes, Adjudicators, Officials and Trainers. It is the personal responsibility of all participants subject to the provisions of The Code to ensure that he/she does not use or allow the use of any prohibited substance or prohibited method listed in the WADA Prohibited list (World Anti-Doping Agency). The Anti-Doping section of the DanceSport Rulebook has been revised to clarify the requirements and rules. There are times when a DanceSport athlete must use a substance listed in the WADA Prohibited List for medical reasons. To gain approval for this use, a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) form must be completed and submitted as defined in the rule book section 4.4.2., at least 30 days in advance of the event. To determine IF a TUE is needed, WHEN to apply

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for a TUE, and HOW to submit a TUE, please follow the procedure found on the National Anti-Doping Agency’s web site at www.USADA. org under the athlete tab. If you are a DanceSport Athlete participating in an International Event or are in the IDSF International Registered Testing Pool, you would complete the TUE form found on www.idsf. net Statutes & Rules/Anti-Doping. For more definitive directions, read section 4.4 DOPING, of the DanceSport Rulebook. ed. 13 soon to be available at I encourage all of you, DanceSport Athletes, Adjudicators, Trainers, Officials, and Social Dancers to explore the following web sites to further your understanding of Anti-Doping Controls at USA Dance Competitions. United States Anti-Doping Agency World Anti-Doping Agency International DanceSport Federation Respectfully, Jean Barbour, Anti-Doping Chair USA Dance, Inc.


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Jessica Todero and Bob Gates, 8225 E. Washington St., Box 8, Chagrin Falls OH 44023, 440-543-1559, www.chagrinballroom. com Provide students with skills to dance socially and for showcases and competitions. Private and group lessons in wide variety of partner dances. Check out our Northcoast Ballroom Teachers Academy too.

ExquisiDance Ballroom Studio

3646 E. Ray Road, Phoenix, AZ 85044, Contact Michael Jewell Phone 480-706-0171 Email: Website: www. Ballroom dance instruction - Private and Group Classes, Competitions, Dance Parties, Ballroom Dance Shoes.

MBP Healthy Living Inc., Home of Ronnie Vinston’s Ballroom Dance


Moves 200 Henry St. Suite 106 Belleville Mi 48111 email: or Phone: 1-800-743-0929 or 734-347-8537 Group and private lessons Children ages 13 and up welcome.

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J & B Dance Center

Katy & Russ Fischer P O Box 16, Glasser NJ 07837 Phone: 201-663-4646 Email:

Ballroom Dance Teacher’s Academy

Where dreams of ballroom dance careers come true. Blake Carlson - Director, 5210 N. Market St., P O Box 7523, Spokane WA 99207, phone 509-710-0215, FAX 508-483-9215, email: website: http://

BlueBallRoom, Wilmington, DE and the Delaware Valley. Contact: Ken Richards, (VP of DanceSport - USA Dance) or 302984-BLUE (2583) Fun is our main objective and dancing is how we get there. Learn Salsa, Swing, Ballroom, Latin, Hustle, Country, Nightclub Slow Dancing, Argentine Tango and more! Group classes, personal training, and coaching from top dance stars available. Visit the website for pricing and the calendar of events so you don’t miss the next

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Jean Keehan, 734 Broadway, Kingston NY 12401 - Phone: 914-331-3092 Email:

North Carolina Ballroom Teachers College, Raleigh, NC

Contact: Jillian Hood ph: 276-614-4595 email: website: The North Carolina Ballroom Teachers College offers a series of four sessions, each lasting 4 months that teaches the lead, follow and teaching method for the American Bronze DVIDA syllabus: 4 Smooth, 8 Rhythm and 5 Nightclub Dances. The course prepares candidates for the DVIDA professional certification exams.

Paso a Paso Ballroom Dance

Provides instruction in all american style dances with group or private lessons available. Regular dance parties are offered for students/ public to practice and socialize. Contact Barbara Putz, 317-696-1656, email: bkayputz@ website:

Queen City Ballroom Dance Studio

Provides instruction in all American styles Karen Tebeau, 21 Dow St., 2nd fl., Manchester NH 03101 - Email:

Peoria School of Ballroom Dance

Carmen Antonio Giuseppe Peoria 120 Peoria Lane, Youngwood, PA 15697 Phone: 724-925-3884 e-mail: Specializing in both Am. & Int’l Beg. & competitive levels

TRAVEL Compass Speakers & Entertainment Inc.

The Gentleman Host® Program - Tracy Robison, 2455 E. Sunrise Blvd. #804, Ft Lauderdale FL 33304 - Leading supplier of Gentlemen Dance Hosts ® to the luxury cruise industry Phone 954-568-3801, Email: website: www.

OTHER Competition Management Services Inc.

Mark Garber, Atlanta GA On-line registration, scheduling & payment for dance competitions - Phone: 770-645-8707 FAX: 770-645-6350 Email: Website:

Show Off Straps Customized bra straps worth showing off. Contact Susan Ratcliff. Phone: 1-888-578-7277. Email: customerservice@showoffstraps. com. SPORTS ORGANIZATIONS NATIONALS United States Rock ‘N’ Roll Dance Federation

USA Dance National Sports Organization Member - 92 Corporate park, Ste. C-572 Irvine, CA 92606-5106 - Phone: 714-832-1085 Website:

Dance Mart length; heavy-stoned along the left side of the gown and right shoulder. Rarely worn. Picture available. $180. Email

SMOOTH/STANDARD GOWNS Size 4-6 - Purple gown with feather brim and wrist band. Rarely worn. Picture available. $150. Email

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DANCE PARTNER WANTED Hi, Purita C. Schwarz, of Chicago Chapter ID#112247, looking for a male, single, ballroom dance partner (5 ft. 7 in to 6 ft. 4 in) to dance, practice American Smooth & American Rhythm at socials or chapter functions. I have dance experiences in competition bronze levels; willing to dance with a beginner, pro, social dancer. Pls. email: godloves_pcs@ or call: 815-603-4807. Thanks.

Standard gown size 2-4. Royal blue with ruched bra like top and ruched at the waist. Bodice is stoned on lace appliques. Spaghetti straps are covered with same fabric. Skirt has 3 rows of satin flounces. Brand new condition. $200.00 + shipping. Photos. dancinmacs@ or 561-740-9589 Latin/rhythm size 0-2-4 Orange lycra halter style bodice with 2 layers of orange chiffon hooped skirt. Bodice is stoned down to the skirt. $175.00 + shipping. Photo. or 561-740-9589

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I am currently looking for a dance partner for competitive practice and competitions! Looking for someone who has been dancing at least five years and likes competitive-style dancing. Lori Talbott 206304-2112 Seattle, Wa.

SHOES Supadance standard female model number: 12-8 Satin size: british 5 1/2 width: regular heel: 2 1/2 Shoes are pretty new. Worn for about 2 months. Asking for $70.00 847-989-5639. 4 Pair of “Court” shoes (closed toe pumps), Worn Once. $75. ea. pair. incl.shipping.Orig. Cost $150+ ea. pr. Nude Satin Supadance,Size 5.5 (UK), 2.5” heel. Nude Satin Supadance, Size 5.5(UK), 2.0” heel Blk. Satin Supadance, Size 5.5(UK), 2.0” heel Werner Kern Blk. Suede w/imbedded rhinestones,Size 4.5 (Italy), 2.0” heel Call (973)783-3191, Rosemary English size 5 flesh-color standard pump. Wrong-size for me. Only worn a couple times. Picture available. Email o_meng@hotmail. com. LATIN/RHYTHM DRESS Size 4-6 - Bright yellow gown with long sleeves and heavily-stoned neck band; knee-

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Sharon Ramsay, Southern Tier NY Chapter 3011, ID#: 135444 seeks male dance partner (5ft 11in to 6ft 5in) for Latin dances at socials, chapter functions, or competition (if partner is so bold). Willing to dance with beginner, pro, or social dancer. Email or call 607-6564859.

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