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Chapter of the Year Reaching Out and Creating Smiles

Crowning Champions Crowning National Champions and World Team

On the Runway

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS & four top fashion designers sponsor 10 USA Dance DanceSport couples at Nationals Official Publication of USA Dance

USA dance 2011 national dancesport championships

May - June 2011

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Rhode Island Reaching out and Creating Smiles. Rhode Island is making more opportunities for everyone to dance.

32 Crowning Champions Results for the finalists at Nationals.

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SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS partners with four of America’s top fashion designers to sponsor 10 USA Dance couples. Their costumes debuted at 2011 Nationals.


Ron Garber & Ashley Goldman photo by Ivor Lee

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President’s Report Editorial Information & Contributors Important announcements

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Volunteer of the Year: Craig Kunkel National Chapter Conference: New Orleans USA National Dance Cruise



Social Activities at Nationals-on board the “Spirit of Baltimore” ship at Nationals. Behind the Scenes-Volunteers at Nationals

In Step


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On Beat


USA DANCE in the Public Eye


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IDSF Worlds-results from the US athletes. 2011 Mid-Atlantic Championships - 22 hours of intense dance competition at Bethesda.



About Nationals - bringing a collision of worlds to Nationals

World Team selected - A Look at the USA World Nationals.

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Finalists - 2011 National

DanceSport Championships

2011 Treasure Tier - participants in this year’s Treasure Tier.




photo by Ivor Lee

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First of all, in this issue you will find articles and photographs from the recently completed 2011 USA Dance National DanceSport Championships, and I wanted to give you my comments about this event and add my congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make this such a successful competition. It was particularly special because of our new partnership with Swarovski Elements and a group of extremely talented dress designers: Dore Designs, Designs to Shine, ElleDance Studio, and Deirdre of London, who designed some spectacular costumes made with Swarovski Elements for the elite athletes who were the highest ranking finalists in the 2010 Championships Divisions and still competing in those divisions in the 2011 Nationals. If you have not yet seen these striking costumes in person, you will still have an opportunity to do so as the athletes will be wearing them at upcoming National Qualifying Events (NQE’s). We are very proud of our partnership with Swarovski Elements and the designers, and thank their generosity to our World Team and to USA Dance. Every year at the National Championships, USA Dance holds its annual membership meeting. We were pleased this year to have not only our immediate Past President Peter Pover, but also our longest serving Past Secretary, Connie Townsend in attendance. They both spoke about the growth of USA Dance over the years, and reminded everyone that USA Dance started many years ago as a small, East Coast organization with a few hundred members, that has now grown into a nationwide body of 22,000 dancers with chapters in virtually every state. Peter and Connie have been associated with USA Dance from the very beginning and were instrumental in guiding it as it grew and developed over the years. It is always so nice to see past officials returning to our National Championships, and it reminds us that our continuing growth is never guaranteed, but is dependent upon the hard work over many years of many dedicated volunteers. How lucky we are to have such individuals in our organization!

Fundraising, A Top Priority And speaking of volunteers, the second item I would like to discuss is that we need our members’ help in locating a volunteer to assist USA Dance in the area of fundraising. If you know of such an individual, please

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refer him or her to us. The volunteer position we have available is entitled Director of Development, and the individual in the position is responsible for developing and executing fundraising and corporate-giving strategies for various USA Dance programs, including K-12 and college programs, as well as DanceSport, Social Dance and fundraising for the organization as a whole. Identifying appropriate grant opportunities is an activity this position could also be involved in, depending on the individual’s background and experience. The Director of Development is a voting position on the Governing Council appointed by the President and ratified by the GC. A full list of position responsibilities and a job description may be found on the USA Dance website at Any USA Dance volunteer with appropriate experience and a desire to assist USA Dance in the important area of fundraising is encouraged to contact me at: President@ Within our network of 22,000 members I am sure we have an individual skilled in fundraising who has volunteer time available and the desire to help USA Dance in this area. If any of our members know of such an individual, please refer him or her to me for this important volunteer opportunity.

Lydia T. Scardina National President, USA Dance


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Contributing Writers

A m e r i c a n

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, 541.799.6787 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 organized the IDSF World Latin Championship in November. She is also the head of NOC for the 2011 Nationals.

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Cover Photo

Chapter of the Year

Photo by Ivor Lee

Reaching Out and Creating Smiles

Taras Savitskyy & Liya Podokshik

Crowning Champions Crowning National Champions and World Team

On the Runway

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS & four top fashion designers sponsor 10 USA Dance DanceSport couples at Nationals Official Publication of USA Dance

USA dance 2011 national dancesport championships

May - June 2011

Issue 30

Youth 10-Dance vice-champions at 2011 Nationals

Announcements VOLUNTEER POSITION ON GOVERNING COUNCIL AVAILABLE USA Dance is looking for a qualified volunteer to fill the position of Director of Development. This individual will be a voting member of the USA Dance National Governing Council and will be responsible for developing and implementing fund raising programs for the national organization. The detailed job description at Any USA Dance member with fund raising experience and interest in this volunteer position should also contact the National President, Lydia Scardina at: president@

Encourage & Support Dancers to Join USA Dance There are a number of flyers and brochures available in the document library to help support your efforts to grow your chapter.

IDSF adjudicator training Coming in November The 2011 IDSF Adjudicators Congress is Sunday, November 20, 2011 – following The Ohio Star Ball in Columbus, Ohio. Our lecturers will be Melissa Dexter and Glenn Weiss. 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Cost: $ 120.00 per person Per IDSF requirements, all IDSF Adjudicators must attend a Congress every two years in order to maintain their IDSF Adjudicators License. www.USADANCE.ORG

To become an IDSF Adjudicator, one must attend two Congresses and submit an application to USA Dance. If you attended your first Congress in 2010, this is your opportunity to fulfill this two-year requirement. Adjudicators must register in advance in order to participate! The deadline for registration is November 1, 2011. To learn more information, and to download a registration form visit

2011 May - June 7

Chapter of the year By: Lorraine Fisher


Reaching O Rhode Island Chapter #3010

ust below Massachusetts and next to

decision has changed the way they work, think

Connecticut sits a tiny state with big

and love. The immense success the Special

dreams. It’s no glitz and glam here

Olympics Ballroom Team has had within the Rhode Island Chapter, photo by Andrew Metcalf

that Rhode Island aspires to, instead they’ve set a new standard in reaching out and providing opportunities for everyone to dance. Just over a year ago, Linda Succi, Rhode Island Chapter President, decided they should start a Special Olympics Ballroom Team. That

past year has earned for Rhode Island the coveted “Chapter of the Year Award.” For Succi, this idea hit home since she is the mother of a daughter with brain damage, who was given the opportunity to dance on the team. “The Special Olympics Ballroom Team,” Succi stated, “makes ballroom dancing available to a Linda Succi, photo by Ivor Lee

larger population of people—to subgroups that

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are ordinarily shut out from activities like this.” This team has opened doors that they never thought possible.

Out & Creating Smiles In the past year, the Special Olympics

Now with the wind in their sails, the Special

Ballroom team traveled to New York to

Olympics Ballroom team is on a steady course

try out for Paula Adbul’s show “Live to

for the rest of this year. In June, the team will

Dance,” and made it through to the second

also perform at the the University of Rhode

round. As Succi mentioned, “Some of these

Island for the Rhode Island Special Olympics

people have never been out of the state of

State Games and exhibitions are also planned

Rhode Island—it was phenomenal.” They

around the state of Rhode Island within the

also performed in an exhibition at the New

next few months. The team has definitely hit

England DanceSport Championships. “I try

the ground running, and are sure to succeed as

to give them as much exposure to performing

the team matures.

opportunities. It’s a great growth experience for them.” Succi explained.

Winning Chapter of the Year Award was a great honor for the Rhode Island Chapter.

The Rhode Island Chapter couldn’t have done it

Remembering the moment at Nationals when

without the support of the community, parents

Succi received the award, she remarked, “I

and many fundraisers. The Arthur J. Trudeau

was very proud as I accepted the award and

Center in Warwick is the main sponsor for

all the joy of the team development was in my

the Special Olympics Ballroom team. They

head. This [team] is the core that our chapter

provide a gym to practice in, as well as funding

has taken up to support,” she recalled. For the

for the team’s instructors and choreographers.

Rhode Island Chapter, this Special Olympics

On June 11th, the Chapter hosted a fundraiser

Ballroom team has opened eyes to what dance

for the team at St. Luke’s Church, where they

is all about. Optimistic about the future, Succi

provided a workshop and some social dancing.

added, “USA Dance will have a lot more special

They are always on the lookout for additional

Olympics teams in the coming years.”

places to host fundraisers and events where they can perform together.


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Volunteer Craig Kunkel of the



by: Lorraine Fisher

t’s 9pm on Saturday, April 9th. The seats are packed, and even a few are standing. Jean Krupa, USA Dance Vice President, makes her way to the stand and begins. It’s here, at the National DanceSport Championships where Craig Kunkel received an award he will never forget. No, it wasn’t dancing a ballroom routine for which he would get his applause. Rather, it was for his time and energy that he gave willingly to USA Dance throughout the year that gave him the title Volunteer of the Year.

was hooked and wanted to learn more. “I enjoy the social interaction of dancing, the exercise, and going to clubs to dance,” Kunkel explained, “I may be learning a little bit of smooth dance one month, and then the next month I may focus on a little bit of swing or salsa.” He’s always open to try something new. He also enjoys choreographing routines to music and competing. Kunkel has competed in the Texas Star Ball, the Southwestern Invitational, the Sapphire Ball, and the Oklahoma Challenge. “I will always have a love for dancing,” he added.

Kunkel has been a board member of the Dallas Chapter of USA Dance since 2004. He’s devoted more of his time to USA Dance than anyone could ever thank him for. Some of his contributions over the years include deejaying for over 20 dances a year, maintaining and storing USA Dance related files on back-up discs, creating graphics and logos for flyers, business cards, newsletters and brochures; editing and cropping dance photos and videos, helping out with workshops and special events, developing and hosting USA Dance related websites and sending out weekly e-mail announcements to USA Dance members. His “love for dance”has inspired him to seek more ways to volunteer.

Kunkel works for Cambium Learning, a national educational publishing company in Dallas. He is the graphics manager and oversees the designs and layouts for all of the textbooks. In his spare time, he likes to roller blade, canoe, or just lay out by the pool and catch some rays. One of his hobbies includes painting, for which he has had about half a dozen paintings displayed at the State Fair of Texas over the years. Considering how much he’s contributed, it’s a wonder he how he manages his time so well.

Starting right after college, Kunkel was drawn to try the country dancing clubs around Dallas; after all, it’s Texas. After a few group classes, he

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In regard to Kunkel, Linda Succi, President of the Rhode Island “Chapter of the Year,” remarked, “I met Craig at one of the National Dancesport Championships for the first time. I found him charming and a great dancer. He is a wonderful representative for USA Dance.” After getting a call from Diane Montgomery, Dallas

Linda Succi, Jean Krupa, Craig Kunkel photo by Ivor Lee

“I met Craig at the National Dancesport Championships for the first time. I found him charming and a great dancer. He is a wonderful representative for USA Dance.” -Linda Succi Chapter President, about the award, Kunkel stated, “I was not expecting it at all. No one had even told me that they had nominated me for the National Volunteer of the Year award. The rest of my evening that day, all I could do


was smile and feel good about myself.” For how many smiles Kunkel has put on the faces of others this year, perhaps others will follow his example and go the extra mile as he has.

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National Chapter Conference New Orleans

Ever Growing By: Lorraine Fisher


his year, USA Dance ventured down to the birthplace of Jazz to host our National Chapter Conference of 2011. In the heart of New Orleans, 31 chapters convened at the Crowne Plaza Hotel to share ideas and learn ways to improve their membership, organization, and other ways to strengthen and help USA Dance grow. A variety of classes were offered to help each chapter board member improve in their specific responsibility. The topics covered at the National Chapter Conference included building your chapter website by Senior VP Bill Rose, motivating and recruiting members by Barbara Wally, budgeting by Esther Freeman, dealing with chapter conflicts by National Secretary Stan Andrews, running a successful competition by members of the Gumbo Chapter, and competition sanctioning by DanceSport VP Ken Richards. Also, a Constant Contact representative was there to demonstrate new features in design formatting database

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management in a two-hour class. As a special treat, Bobbi Jo Gamache, Director of Chapter Liaison, held a one-on-one class with all the of the Chapter Presidents. With 5 hours of classes for two days, the schedule packed each members’ brains with enough new ideas to keep them busy for the next year. To spice things up a bit, the Gumbo Chapter in New Orleans provided and sponsored entertainment each evening. They provided a DJ who played music with a fun New Orleans flavor for social dancing. There were also exhibitions each night by competitors and the O’ Perry Walker High School dance team. Dancing, socializing and meeting new friends was a great way to end each day. For Jean Krupa, USA Dance Social VP, the highlight wasn’t in any particular event, but rather the joy she felt from all the positive feedback she received regarding the event. “It was nice seeing everybody and [hearing] their nice remarks, and how much they benefited

Photos Courtesy of Bill Rose

from it. I just got satisfaction that everybody else felt that they’d really benefited from this gathering,” she explained. She mentioned that some were skeptical about the benefit from the conference at first. Later however, they were glad they came, and were excited about all the new ideas for their chapters. “One of the exciting things, for me, that came out of it, was having members from several different chapters say they want to host it next year. I now have the next three years planned where the chapter conferences are going to be,” she added. www.USAdance.ORG

Next year, the National Chapter Conference will be held in Dallas, Texas on March 1-4 2012. For the next two years, USA Dance will meet in Richmond, Virginia, and then in Southern California to host this Conference. As the Conference makes its way from west to east coast, every chapter is encouraged to attend at least once. The more chapters that attend, the more USA Dance will prosper in furthering our educational and charitable goals these coming years.

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dance cruise by Michael Mecham

Dancing at sea for seven days, compelling music, a variety of savory dishes, glorious sunsets, and welcoming smiles everywhere you look; what more could you want? How about all of that on an incredible cruise ship in the middle of the Bahamas? A dream come true? Well it doesn’t have to be a dream. USA Dance is gearing up for their second National Dance Cruise and inviting USA Dance members from all 50 states, families, and friends to join them for what is sure to be an unforgettable dancing experience.

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photos courtesy of Holland America line

This December, escape the stress of the holidays and the winter chill, if only for a few days, on this wonderful cruise. Enjoy the sun in Florida, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and other tropical locations as you sit aboard the elegant Westerdam cruise liner. When you aren’t soaking up the sun and taking in the sights, work on your dance moves. With over 30 dance lessons taught by top professional instructors covering ballroom, latin, and club style dancing, you’re sure to find something that fits your own style. There will be different classes for beginners, experts, and everyone in-between. You can work on perfecting your passion, or learn something totally new—the choice is yours. In addition to lessons, spectacular shows will feed the imagination and fuel the dreams of those in attendance. With nightly dances and daily lessons it may seem that there is little time for anything other than fancy footwork. Not true! Parasailing, scuba diving, and shopping excursions can all be part of your ideal USA Dance cruise experience. Put aside your stress during the holidays this year, feel a little lighter on your feet, and join us December 4, 2011 for the opportunity of a lifetime. Escape into a world of gourmet dining, exotic destinations, and nearly nonstop dancing for as little as rates starting at $999. www.USAdance.ORG

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PUBLIC EYE Angela Prince

On the Backburner…But We’re Still Hopeful! Hardly a week goes by that USA Dance doesn’t get a call from television producers about dancers for either a current program or for a new pilot in the works. We are always excited about the opportunities for our dancers. We’ve had nearly 20 couples make it to DWTS, two finalists on America’s Got Talent, some to MTV’s Made program, others as guests on news and talk show programs—but in the everchanging world of television entertainment, we can only bring the opportunity to audition and hope the casting directors and judges will see that magical spark they need.

Recent auditions by our dancers have included programs like DWTS, America’s Got Talent, the Wendy Show all in the past month. Thanks to the many the television production companies testing out pilot programs, there are always great opportunities to audition. Great program ideas often get moved to the “backburner” and for business and timing reasons that don’t have anything to do with the quality of the dancing. If you are interested in being considered for television programs, keep your dance resume up to date and a handy folder of videos and photos. We’ll always send out an alert from our Central Office first when we get a casting call.

USA Dance Chapters Take Aim! TV Shows Are Your Silver Bullets! Sometimes the media gets the impression there would be no ballroom dancing in America if it wasn’t for the television dance shows. Of course, we all know differently, so we remind them of our 16 On Beat

growing history and its popularity growth starting about 10 years ago. We tell them about all the soaring number of dancers–including kids–who make up our 178 chapters and are learning to dance.

We tell them about our accomplished athletes who have great aspirations and our own hopes for the Olympics. Yes, dancers and audiences have always been there, but the dancing hadn’t hit the living rooms and the iPhones and computers of hundreds of millions of people around the globe until the every-day whirlwind of Dancing With the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance?, Randy Jackson’s America’s Best Dance Crews, Live to Dance, America’s Got Talent and soon-to-launch X-Factor. But here’s the twist: it’s not the tv programs that sustain ballroom dancing. It’s what we as social

dancers, associations, studios and professionals do. TV dance programs are the triggers to motivating public interest and support, and they become our “silver bullets” promotionally for local success. A great story appeared in the Pittsburgh Gazette newspaper following the DWTS winners’ finale, the 2nd story with them since DWTS began. The May 27th story interviewed USA Dance national, our local chapter president Joe Aiken, one of our former Youth & College Network directors, and several studios. Everyone of us were on the same page – the interest is only growing, the stereotypes are changing and we now have millions of fans now to bring into our circle.

Photos Courtesy of © ABC/kelsey mcneal


2011 May - June 17

Swarovski Elements and USA Dance Brand Ambassador Program On the Ballroom Floor “Runway” . . .

Costumes of Absolute Brilliance Debut at Nationals 2011—Created By Four Distinguished Ballroom Fashion Designers & Made with Swarovski Elements In this American Dancer issue, see updates about the new Swarovski Elements – USA Dance Brand Ambassador Program that provided sponsorships to 10 of our Championship Division couples, each either winners or finalists at Nationals 2010 in their respective divisions. The participating designers—Deirdre of London, Designs to Shine, Dore Designs and ElleDance Studio—are rightfully among America’s very best..... had worked for months and into overtime to design and created unique fashions for each couple in time for Nationals. Their work hit the Nationals “fashion runway” in grand style!

The new DanceSport Xilion 2058 crystal by Swarovski Elements was literally a brilliant success, as it reflected competition floor lights and enhanced each custom design to perfection. USA Dance is grateful for this opportunity to work closely with industry leaders, whose sponsorships and contributions have not only assisted our 10 sponsored couples, but has also provided significant funding for the USA Dance DanceSport programs and our Travel & Development Scholarship Fund for our Championship-level athletes competing at the upcoming IDSF World Championships.

Xingmin & Katerina Lu/Igor Mikushov & Margaretta Midura/Valentin Chmerkovskiy & Daria Chesnokova Photo 1 courtesy of Parkwest Photography. Photos 2 & 3 courtesy of carson zullinger

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During Nationals, Swarovski Elements professionally video’d the performances of the 10 sponsored couples throughout the event. They then created 30-second video recaps of their dancing which showcased the new costumes. Swarovski Elements then launched a three-week “Vote For Your Favorite Designs” social media campaign, from the company’s Facebook site “Swarovski Elements.” Everyone jumped on board to rally their “friends” to vote on Facebook!. Each person could vote once per Facebook account and they could vote for all 10 designs. This collaborative “rally the votes” effort involved the support of the USA Dance Governing Council, the Chapters and members, along with the 10 sponsored couples, the four Designers, and every family member, dance friend and USA Dance chapter they could solicit to vote—not much different from America’s Got Talent or American Idol voting. At press time, the results were not in and were announced at the NYC event on June 8th. Polls closed midnight Pacific Time June 7th. It’s important to realize that every couple—from Junior II to Senior I—in the program are winners. Every design was simply amazing. The promotional campaign rallied dancers and friends around the country to support USA Dance and the couples, and increased their awareness of four wonderful designers, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, and that this wonderful sponsorship had happened for our athletes.

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Social Media Campaign Culminates in Swarovski Elements Presentation Event in New York City


2011 May - June 19

Ten Dance & Ten Dance S tandard IDSF Worlds Senior I

Junior II

Senior II

By Ivor Lee

The month of April featured an unprecedented number of World Championships. Here is a look at how athletes from the United States faired.

Senior I Ten Dance Toronto, Canada, one of the largest cities in the nation, welcomed dancers to the IDSF World Championship Senior I Ten Dance on April 16, 2011. United States representatives Todd Marsden and Susanna Hardt danced to a 31st place finish in a field of 33 competitors in the Canadian hosted event.

Junior II Ten Dance The ancient city of Sant Cugat del Valles in Spain is well known for its growing population and beauty. It’s almost fitting that in this city of emerging futures that American rising talents Patryk Ploszaj and Anna Kaczmarski, fresh from Nationals win, would compete hard to a strong 14th place finish in a field of 34 competitors. Senior II Standard In one of the largest competitive fields this year, Palma de Mallorca in Spain hosted the Senior II Standard competition. Hans Stork and Ans Stork danced to a 30th place finish while Takeshi Kawaratani and Annie Chan finished in a solid 151st place out of 222 competitors. The three-day event featured eight different IDSF events—a gathering of many of the world’s best talent in DanceSport. Congratulations from USA Dance to all of our athletes! Hans and Ans Stork Photo courtesy of Hans and DSphoto

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Challenge Phoenix, AZ

PhoenixDanceSort DanceSport Northwest Championships The Quake Gumbo DanceSport Championships 011 Seattle, WA Baton Rouge, LA San Francisco, CA Oct 22 - 23, 2011 June 17 -18, 2011 Nov 13, 2011

Carolina Fall Classic February 19, 2011 Greensboro, NC Oct 7 - 9, 2011

Chicago DanceSport Championships Chicago, IL Nov 4 - 6, 2011

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CO M PE T I T I O N C AL E N D A R Events listed with the * do not accrue proficiency points

June 17-18, 2011

Oct 7-9, 2011

Gumbo DanceSport Championships—NQE

Carolina Fall Classic-NQE

Baton Rouge, LA

Greensboro, NC

July 30, 2011 Southern Star Mid-Summer Classic* Tampa, FL

July 30-31, 2011 Heart & Soul of Ballroom Dance* Fort Wayne, IN

September 18, 2011 New Englad Fall Challenge Glastony, CT

Sep 24, 2011 Quest For the Best* Seattle, WA

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

Oct 22-23, 2011 Northwest DanceSport Championships-NQE Seattle, WA

Nov 4-6, 2011 Chicago DanceSport Challenge-NQE Chicago, IL

Nov 13, 2011 The Quake-NQE San Francisco, CA

Nov 20, 2011 IDSF Adjudicatiors Congress Collumbus, OH

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Mid-Atlantic Championships Jack Reinhold The 2011 Mid-Atlantic Championships, hosted by the MidEastern Chapter, were held with great acclaim on February 26 & 27, 2011. The event brought competitors from twenty eight states to Bethesda for 22 hours of intense dance competition. The event mixed in competitions in all age categories, from Pre-Teen to Senior III. Judges, competitors and spectators alike praised the event for the level of dance proficiency, the precision of the events and overall atmosphere. The event represented the third consecutive year that the Mid-Eastern Chapter has hosted a National Qualifying event, so named as competitors qualify to dance at the USA National Championships. Six hundred and fifty people registered as competitors at this year’s Mid-Atlantic Championships, an increase of 30% of last year. All the volunteers, the judging panel and officials had to work overtime to complete the schedule of events. The event was held to qualify dancers for the USA Dance Nationals, but also to assist couples who demonstrate proficiency pursuit of their avocation. Almost $8000 in scholarships were awarded at the event.

photo by Rassi Borneo

For the competitors and spectators, the “face of the competition” is the dais where the officials sit. The 2011 Mid-Atlantic Championships were fortunate to retain all the people from the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Championships. This team, consisting of Dan Calloway, the Chairmen of Judges, Yang Chen, the Master of Ceremonies, Joe Huesmann, the event’s IT specialist, Len Diana, the scrutineer, Dawn Veillette Diana, the registrar, and John Hall, the deck captain, had worked together last two years. This year’s competition included PDAs for scoring. The organizing committee was probably most proud of the large entries at the Bronze and Silver levels of the four styles of dancing: Latin, Standard, Rhythm and Smooth. The competitors at this level will hopefully stay involved with competitive dancing and USA Dance for many years to come.

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Mike Monokandilos & Cara Loo Photo by Ivor Lee

“Through dance I get to create something new every time.” -Mike Monokandilos


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A Collision of Worlds By: Ivor Lee


udges line the edge of the ballroom floor. They stand with PDA in hand, shuffling slightly to the music. Their feet move in an irresistible microcosm of foxtrot, waltz, jive. Next to them, two little girls, their forms barely taller than the VIP tables next to them, inspect the line between ballroom floor and carpet for lost rhinestones. They pick up the casualties, judging the sparkle of each with child-like wonder, and place them in a carefully held styrofoam cup.

Photos by Carson Zullinger

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From the top of the risers and behind them, mothers and coaches call to their young athletes. In between the polite applause of the audience, and the next heats announcements from the emcee, costumed dancers march over after their time on the floor. What follows is a flurry of Russian, Czechoslovakian, and a myriad of other languages. The dancers dutifully nod—a chorus of “Yes, Dad.” Loving hands touch up make-up and reapply, dabbing up streams of sweat from their foreheads. Volunteers man the doors, controlling the flow of traffic in and out of the ballroom. They keep a watchful eye over tickets, exchanging pleasant small talk with spectators as they enter. They run in and out of the ballroom, performing the million of small errands needed to keep Nationals running smoothly. Dancers warm up in any open space, practicing rehearsed moves, hoping that they can put everything they have on the dance floor. Nationals is a collision of worlds. Each person has a story to tell. On April 8-11 of 2011, Baltimore collected some of these individual stories as it played host to the USA Dance National DanceSport Championships. Held in the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel on the inner harbor, the event proved to be a fast-paced, entertaining competition. The three day event gathered the best www.USAdance.ORG

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DanceSport athletes in the country, with each competitor hoping for the right to be crowned champion. From the events in the ballroom to social events for all in attendance, Nationals featured something for everyone. There were dance workshops for social dancers, and even a lunch cruise around Baltimore’s inner harbor. “There’s always something to do, something to see,” said one attendee. New champions were crowned, while some returned to defend their titles. Nationals featured all the drama and excitement that comes with a high caliber event. Even the annual regional competition proved to be highly entertaining for both competitors and spectators. “We competed two days. It’s fantastic to see it,” said Richard Stewart, a competitor from Prairievill, Louisianna. Some social dancers may wonder at why people dance competitively. The journey from beginning DanceSport to competing on the national level is long, but according to Richard Stewart and his partner Melanie Tiechner, very much worth it. “Start now,” Tiechner said with a smile.

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Photos by Ivor Lee

Nationals Sponsors 2011

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS (Title Sponsor) Arlene Yu

Nadia Eftedal Holiday Ball Competition Erminio Stefano & Luana Conte Eugene Katsevman & Maria Manusova Victor Fung & Anastasia Muravyeva Larinda McRaven Dance Pants Scott & Sarah Coates USA Dance Central Florida Chapter # 6002 USISTD USA Dance Michigan Northern Lights Chapter #2048 USA Dance Royal Palm Chapter #6016 USA Dance Treasure Coast Chapter #6004 USA Dance Tidewater Chapter #6008 Spencer & Elena Nyemchek David & Connie Taylor Aida Renzo



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World Team

The intensity of the dancers increases with each round and heat—their movements more dynamic, their expressions more passionate, forceful—the very embodiment, the very essence of each dance. Yet there was a different feeling in the room, a certain tension before each final determining the dancers on the world team. The crowd was on edge, anxious, to learn who would be the next world couple to represent the USA.

Photos By: Carson Zullinger and Ivor Lee

Youth Latin

Junior II Ten Dance Patryk Ploszaj & Anna

1st Kaczmarski

Ron Garber &

1st Ashley Goldman

Junior II Latin Ploszaj & 1st Patryk Anna Kaczmarski

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Youth Ten Dance

Austin Joson &

2nd Gabrielle Sabler

Errol Williamson &

1st Vashti Reed

Youth Standard

Stevens & st Errol Williamson 2nd Nicholas Alexandra Gutkovich 1 & Vashti Reed

Shapiro & 2nd Daniel Catherine Kovalyova

Adult Latin Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Adult Ten Dance Ruslan Aydaev &

Adult Standard Igor Mikushov &

1st Margaretta Midura

Xingmin Lu &

Pasha Pashkov &

2nd Daniella Karagach

David Wright

2nd & Liva Wright

Irsan Tisnabudi &

1st Cami Tisnabudi

Thomas Chu &

2nd Olga Rogachevskaya

Senior II Latin Paul M. Giuliano &

1st Louise Giuliano

Sean Shiauh Wei Lin &

2nd Vivian Lin

Photo Courtesy of Vivian Lin


1st Daniella Karagach

Senior I Latin

Senior I Standard

1st Katerina Lu

Pasha Pashkov &

2nd Valeriya Kozharinova

1st & Daria Chesnokova

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Finalists - USA Dance 2011 Natio Amateur Junior II Championship Ten Dance (WTVFQSCRPJ) 1) 538 Patryk Ploszaj & Anna Kaczmarski - NY 2) 577 Kamil Falkowski & Katarina Hermanova - NJ 3) 176 Jaryd Farcon & Darya Ryndych - NJ 4) 390 William Stansbury & Jenny Sokolsky - CA 5) 470 Andrey Privado & Jenna Gaskil - MD 6) 171 Alexei Mitchell & Alexis Turko - NJ

Amateur Youth Championship Latin (SCRPJ) 1) 385 Ron Garber & Ashley Goldman - MA 2) 262 Austin Joson & Gabrielle Sabler - NJ 3) 544 Errol Williamson & Vashti Reed - NY 4) 676 Phillip Kudryavtsev & Liza Lakovitsky - MA 5) 266 Allen Rudman & Sandy Rabinovich - MA 6) 594 Taras Savitskyy & Liya Podokshik - NJ

Amateur Junior II Championship Standard (WTVFQ) 1) 538 Patryk Ploszaj & Anna Kaczmarski - NY 2) 390 William Stansbury & Jenny Sokolsky - CA 3) 577 Kamil Falkowski & Katarina Hermanova - NJ 4) 470 Andrey Privado & Jenna Gaskil - MD 5) 176 Jaryd Farcon & Darya Ryndych - NJ 6) 171 Alexei Mitchell & Alexis Turko - NJ

Amateur Adult Championship Ten Dance (WTVFQSCRPJ) 1) 454 Pasha Pashkov & Daniella Karagach - NY 2) 488 Alexandre Tchernossitov & Regina Maziarz - NJ 3) 699 Yuriy Nartov & Khyrstyne Barton - NY 4) 327 Daniil Vesnovskiy & Anna Oblakova - NY 5) 466 Dmitriy Vorobiev & Kseniya Sovenko - WA 6) 504 Kani Liao & Annie he Xiao - NY 7) 565 Jonathan Lyles & Mutsuko Ohnishi - MA

Amateur Junior II Championship Latin (SCRPJ) 1) 538 Patryk Ploszaj & Anna Kaczmarski - NY 2) 296 Nicholas Stevens & Alexandra Gutkovich - TX 3) 176 Jaryd Farcon & Darya Ryndych - NJ 4) 517 Eric Rosenberg & Nicole Akhmerova - CA 5) 555 Briant Leytman & Natasha Shevchenko - CA 6) 240 Jonathan Zaika & Nicole Agaronnik - NY Amateur Youth Championship Ten Dance (WTVFQSCRPJ) 1) 544 Errol Williamson & Vashti Reed - NY 2) 594 Taras Savitskyy & Liya Podokshik - NJ 3) 262 Austin Joson & Gabrielle Sabler - NJ 4) 639 Daniel Shapiro & Catherine Kovalyova - NY 5) 596 Kevin Morales & Anna Odessky - NY 6) 107 Cezary Dyrda & Sandra Spernacka - NY Amateur Youth Championship Standard (WTVFQ) 1) 544 Errol Williamson & Vashti Reed - NY 2) 639 Daniel Shapiro & Catherine Kovalyova - NY 3) 594 Taras Savitskyy & Liya Podokshik - NJ 4) 600 Nicholas Kharlamov & Rochelle Kharlamov - FL 5) 262 Austin Joson & Gabrielle Sabler - NJ 6) 596 Kevin Morales & Anna Odessky - NY

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Amateur Adult Championship Standard (WTVFQ) 1) 476 Igor Mikushov & Margaretta Midura - NJ 2) 454 Pasha Pashkov & Daniella Karagach - NY 3) 696 Oskar Wojciechowski & Caroline Holody - NY 4) 699 Yuriy Nartov & Khyrstyne Barton - NY 5) 231 Kamil Nieroda & Gemma Louise Arnold - NJ 6) 488 Alexandre Tchernossitov & Regina Maziarz - NJ 7) 294 Sergio Dementyev & Toma Snieskaite - NY Amateur Adult Championship Latin (SCRPJ) 1) 188 Valentin Chmerkovskiy & Daria Chesnokova - NJ 2) 166 Ruslan Aydaev & Valeriya Kozharinova - NJ 3) 116 Andrey Tarasov & Laura Kveladze - CA 4) 454 Pasha Pashkov & Daniella Karagach - NY 5) 167 Tal Livshitz & Vlada Semenova - NJ 6) 457 Denys Drozdyuk & Antonina Skobina - NY Amateur Adult Championship Nine Dance (WTFVCRSBM) 1) 247 Justin David & Marianna Melnikova - DE 2) 267 Damian Pataluna & Irina Morozova - KY 3) 524 Pavel Popov & Darina Chudnovskaya - PA 4) 153 Christopher Ellwood & Jennifer Davis - CA

onal DanceSport Championships 5) 473 Christopher Temple & Brittany St John - NC 6) 505 Jeremy D. Anderson & Yuko T. Taniguchi - MN Amateur Adult Championship Smooth (WTFV) 1) 645 Nels E. Petersen & Theresa L. Kimler - MN 2) 112 Angus Sinclair & Susan S. Sidman - CA 3) 247 Justin David & Marianna Melnikova - DE 4) 189 Zachary Bordonaro & Vicky Gilbert 5) 363 Jonathan Medlin & Malin Allert - NC 6) 119 Larry Woodward & Jessica Bryant - KY Amateur Adult Championship Rhythm (CRSBM) 1) 247 Justin David & Marianna Melnikova - DE 2) 524 Pavel Popov & Darina Chudnovskaya - PA 3) 439 Jean Paul Laurent & Carissa Chambers - NY 4) 267 Damian Pataluna & Irina Morozova - KY 5) 376 Adrian Lomeli & Michelle Graell - TX 6) 153 Christopher Ellwood & Jennifer Davis - CA 7) 583 Zedric Marrero & Lisbeth Acosta - NY 8) 410 Christopher Roche & Rachel Surridge - CT Amateur Adult Championship Theatre Arts 1) 224 Jack Kellner & Miyoung Kim - NY Senior I Championship Am. Multi-Dance (WTFVCRSBM) 1) 258 Mark E. Gray & Jennifer Donnell-Weinaug - GA 2) 222 Joe G. Medina & Sue Putzier - AZ 3) 197 Edward Rogers & Trisha Rogers - CA 4) 368 Stephen Gonzales & Natalya Franklin - VA Senior I Championship Intl. Multi-Dance (WTVFQSCRPJ) 1) 587 Todd Marsden & Susanna Hardt - CA 2) 612 Glenn R Wuennenberg & Bonnie Wuennenberg - NJ Amateur Senior I Championship Standard (WTVFQ) 1) 137 Xingmin Lu & Katerina Lu - NY 2) 496 David Wright & Liva Wright - CT 3) 447 Andreas Meijer & Jody Frease - CA


4) 112 Angus Sinclair & Susan S. Sidman - CA 5) 193 Turtle Brennen & Julie Hayes - CA 6) 615 Joseph Huesmann & Stacey Friedman - MD Amateur Senior I Championship Latin (SCRPJ) 1) 272 Irsan Tisnabudi & Cami Tisnabudi - TX 2) 540 Thomas Chu & Olga Rogachevskaya - NY 3) 574 Roger Korsiak & Teresa Tison - CA 4) 403 Sargon Ishaya & Rachael Coquilla - CA 5) 152 SouHuei Nei & Jinfeng Suo - NY 6) 378 Roger Wiblin & Kristen Hawkins - UT Amateur Senior I Championship Smooth (WTFV) 1) 112 Angus Sinclair & Susan S. Sidman - CA 2) 572 Andrzej Lelewer & Mary Beth Beasley - NC 3) 362 Mike Lynch & Rose-Ann Lynch - VA 4) 693 Mike Shelton & Daneen Shelton - CO 5) 284 Kurt Lemmer & Mary Lemmer - CT 6) 130 David Tippett & Nadia Tippett - CO

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Finalists - USA Dance 2011 Natio Amateur Senior I Championship Rhythm (CRSBM) 1) 222 Joe G. Medina & Sue Putzier - AZ 2) 258 Mark E. Gray & Jennifer Donnell-Weinaug - GA 3) 667 Henry L. Hudson & Olivia V. Hudson - AZ 4) 197 Edward Rogers & Trisha Rogers - CA 5) 368 Stephen Gonzales & Natalya Franklin - VA

Senior II Championship Intl. Multi-dance (SCRPJWTVFQ) 1) 430 Sean Shiauh Wei Lin & Vivian Lin - NY 2) 523 Paul M. Giuliano & Louise Giuliano - NY 3) 649 Edward Huang & Corrina Huang - TX 4) 474 Ricardo Kisner & Alicia J. Kisner - MI 5) 292 John E. Linn & Kathy S. Linn - TN

Senior II Championship Am. Multi-Dance (WTFVCRSBM) 1) 203 Daniel P. Fugazzotto & Janis Merluzzo - FL 2) 197 Edward Rogers & Trisha Rogers - CA 3) 243 Bill L. Underwood & Patti A. Underwood - PA 4) 192 James E Herbert & Sharon Jones - RI 5) 242 John D. Rominger & Sandra A. Rominger - WA

Amateur Senior II Championship Standard (WTVFQ) 1) 193 Turtle Brennen & Julie Hayes - CA 2) 298 Hans Stork & Ans Stork - CA 3) 319 Thomas Yu & Yuko Naululani Yu - MD 4) 239 Glenn Okazaki & Anne Chang Ho - HI 5) 283 Terry Yeh & Glendy Yeh - CA Photo By: Ivor Lee

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onal DanceSport Championships 6) 650 Eugene J. Brockert & Jill Bradford - OH 7) 357 Patrick J. Martone & Denise Martone - MA

4) 292 John E. Linn & Kathy S. Linn - TN 5) 663 Gary G. Reber & Haru K. Wladyka - VA

Amateur Senior II Championship Latin (SCRPJ) 1) 523 Paul M. Giuliano & Louise Giuliano - NY 2) 430 Sean Shiauh Wei Lin & Vivian Lin - NY 3) 652 Richard Y. Chiang & Iris T. Chiang - CA 4) 203 Daniel P. Fugazzotto & Janis Merluzzo - FL 5) 353 Robert A. Blank & Martha Estevez - CT 6) 649 Edward Huang & Corrina Huang - TX

AMATEUR SENIOR III CHAMPIONSHIP STANDARD (WTVFQ) 1) 283 Terry Yeh & Glendy Yeh - CA 2) 564 Hiroshi Kawanami & Juliana Kawanami - CA 3) 660 Winston Chow & Lilly T.F. Chow - CA 4) 310 Adel Ghoneimy & Karen Chow - CA 5) 649 Edward Huang & Corrina Huang - TX 6) 523 Paul M. Giuliano & Louise Giuliano - NY

Amateur Senior II Championship Smooth (WTFV) 1) 362 Mike Lynch & Rose-Ann Lynch - VA 2) 693 Mike Shelton & Daneen Shelton - CO 3) 258 Mark E. Gray & Jennifer Donnell-Weinaug - GA 4) 194 Joseph Brogan & Shelly Brogan - VA 5) 284 Kurt Lemmer & Mary Lemmer - CT 6) 130 David Tippett & Nadia Tippett - CO 7) 172 Anthony Sanchez-Torres & Marina SanchezTorres - CA

AMATEUR SENIOR III CHAMPIONSHIP LATIN (SCRPJ) 1) 523 Paul M. Giuliano & Louise Giuliano - NY 2) 652 Richard Y. Chiang & Iris T. Chiang - CA 3) 353 Robert A. Blank & Martha Estevez - CT 4) 203 Daniel P. Fugazzotto & Janis Merluzzo - FL 5) 649 Edward Huang & Corrina Huang - TX 6) 292 John E. Linn & Kathy S. Linn - TN

Amateur Senior II Championship Rhythm (CRSBM) 1) 203 Daniel P. Fugazzotto & Janis Merluzzo - FL 2) 197 Edward Rogers & Trisha Rogers - CA 3) 667 Henry L. Hudson & Olivia V. Hudson - AZ 4) 243 Bill L. Underwood & Patti A. Underwood - PA 5) 160 Randy H. Henderson & Jean E. Henderson - FL 6) 192 James E Herbert & Sharon Jones - RI 7) 242 John D. Rominger & Sandra A. Rominger - WA Senior III Championship Am. Multi-Dance (WTFVCRSBM) 1) 203 Daniel P. Fugazzotto & Janis Merluzzo - FL 2) 243 Bill L. Underwood & Patti A. Underwood - PA 3) 242 John D. Rominger & Sandra A. Rominger - WA

AMATEUR SENIOR III CHAMPIONSHIP SMOOTH (WTFV) 1) 113 Peter Greenslade & Sue Eldred - AZ 2) 203 Daniel P. Fugazzotto & Janis Merluzzo - FL 3) 234 Anthony Conger & Judith Dygdon - IL 4) 243 Bill L. Underwood & Patti A. Underwood - PA 5) 507 Walt J. Ward & Jan L. Ward - FL 6) 242 John D. Rominger & Sandra A. Rominger - WA Amateur Senior III Championship Rhythm (CRSBM) 1) 203 Daniel P. Fugazzotto & Janis Merluzzo - FL 2) 243 Bill L. Underwood & Patti A. Underwood - PA 3) 416 Darry Martin & Sarah Coates - AL 4) 160 Randy H. Henderson & Jean E. Henderson - FL 5) 264 William R. Urban & Jill D. Urban - PA 6) 242 John D. Rominger & Sandra A. Rominger - WA

Senior III Championship Intl. Multi-Dance (WTVFQSCRPJ) 1) 523 Paul M. Giuliano & Louise Giuliano - NY 2) 649 Edward Huang & Corrina Huang - TX 3) 353 Robert A. Blank & Martha Estevez - CT


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Treasure Tier 2011 By: Lorraine Fisher

The number of participants in 2011 Treasure Tier reached an all time high. Over 30 couples attended and competed in USA Dance events in this last 2010-2011 cycle. We’d like to extend our gratitude and congratulations to those competing for their dedication of time and practice to make the National Qualifying events an even greater success. The following 21 couples achieved the Ruby Tier by attending at least 4 National Qualifying Events:

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Andrew Bershtein & Julia Aizman Burt & Flo Jackson C. Philip & Ann Carter Carmine Rucco & Marie Bolyard Clifford & Carrietta Pepper Damian Pataluna & Irina Morozova Daniel & Carole Barber David & Connie Taylor David & Liva Wright Jerry & Jo Ann Snyder Jonathan Towne & Leigha McReynolds Joseph & Mary Louise Bates Kevin & Louise Payne Rockie & Mary Lou Troxler Samuel & Renee Dapore-Schwartz Scott Verden & Wen Kao Ted & Eunmee Damianos Tim Cannell & Dale Flowers Thomas & Renee Malinowski Thomas & Yuko Yu Walt & Jan Ward

love the VIP seating at Nationals. Last year in LA we were sitting next to some of our favorite Dancing With The Stars pros.” Each couple will receive lapel pins with a corresponding faux stone (ruby, emerald, or diamond), one (ruby), two (emerald) or three (diamond) free entries at nationals, one free program per couple, the couples’ names listed in the National program, and the couples’ names listed in the advertisement following Nationals. The Emerald Tier will receive VIP seating for one evening session of their choice at Nationals, and the Diamond Tier will get VIP seating for the entire weekend. Congratulations to all those who achieved a Treasure Tier this last cycle. We hope more couples will continue to attend and compete in upcoming NQE’s for USA Dance.

The following 4 couples achieved the Emerald Tier by attending at least 5-6 NQEs:

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Carl & Lelia Blevin Peter Greenslade & Sue Eldred Henry & Olivia Hudson Robert & Deborah Pratico.

Only 1 couple, Joseph & Shelly Brogen, achieved the Diamond Tier by attending 7 NQEs—their second year in a row. Reflecting on their experience competing and attending NQEs, Shelly stated, “We have gained a lot more experience on the floor by participating in so many competitions. Competing has become fun and less stressful. It’s exciting to see our improvement over the years. By attending most of the NQEs, we’ve gotten to know our competitors from all over the country. We also

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Joseph & Shelly Brogen - winners of the Diamond Tier photo courtesy of Joseph & Shelly Brogen

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Cold is a relative term


On the deck of the “Spirit of Baltimore,” USA Dance social dancers chatted amiably as a stiff stroked the length of the ship. For Jean Krupa, Vice-president of Social Dance, the deck was freezing. To a resident of Daytona, Florida, anything below 70 degrees is considered cold. Ben Moesley, a cheerful man with a ready smile, (also known as the guy that runs the usadance website) found the weather not too bad, since cold in his state could be defined as close to the 40s. To this reporter, the overcast weather was fantastic. It snowed the morning we left for Baltimore, whiteout conditions covering the roads. So cold is relative to the regions we use to define ourselves. We each have labels that we use to define ourselves, and while regions determine a lot, the one that unifies us the most is “dancer.” USA Dance, after all, is about national unity and vision. In the inner harbor, social dancers from all regions of USA Dance Boarded The Spirit of Baltimore. On the shore a booth advertised “Ice, Custard, Happiness,” an auspicious promise for those on

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by Ivor Lee

board the harbor cruise. The cruise was part of the festivities offered to Social Dancers at USA Dance’s National DanceSport Championship. From how-to workshops to the cruise, there are many options for the social dancer attending Nationals. On board, dancers mingled with each other, making new friends and talking about the many things that readily come up when people of similar hobbies get together. Ideas for chapters, physical struggles with dance, and intent expressions, marked the lunch provided by the ships crew: grilled rosemary chicken and baked salmon. Though hailing from different parts of the country, all conversations came to the conclusion that all of us are similar. As the ship glided through the harbor, passengers wandered on deck to take in the sites of the Baltimore harbor. Crew members served dessert and sang smooth classics, like “Come Fly with Me.” With passengers thoroughly delighted, and the party winding down, a section of the floor cleared and dance music erupted through the ship. Dancers 2010 May - June 38

crowded the floor, USA Dance members leading the way in swing and line dances. A celebratory pitch dictated the movement, and it felt like the conclusion of a movie with an impromptu dance party and smiles as the credits rolled. Yet all of it is best summed up in the one overarching universal truth: we are all dancers; we are all USA Dance.


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Doré Sponsors: Eric Rosenberg & Nicole Akhmerova Junior II Latin

Doré Sponsors: Igor Mikushov & Margaretta Midura Adult Standard

Doré Sponsors: William Stansbury & Jenny Sokolsky Junior II Standard

Photos by ivor lee and carson zullinger

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“I absolutely love my dress. I feel so comfortable in it. I feel like its a work of art instead of a dress. I feel amazing in it. We haven’t used the new stones [before] and we feel it really makes a difference.” Margaretta Midura

Doré Sponsors: Pasha Pashkov & Daniella Karagach Adult 10-Dance

"Its not just about the amount of stones, but how they are put together." Pasha Pashkov

On the Runway...

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and four Top Fashion Designers Sponsor 10 Couples at National Championships.

Doré Sponsors: Taras Savitskyy & Liya Podokshik Youth 10-Dance www.USAdance.ORG

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Designs to Shine Sponsors: Valentin Chmerkovskiy & Daria Chesnokova Adult Latin

Designs to Shine Sponsors: Patryk Ploszaj & Anna Kaczmarski Junior II 10-Dance Photos by ivor lee and carson zullinger

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Elle Dance Studio Sponsors: Ron Garber & Ashley Goldman Youth Latin Deirdre of London Sponsors: Xingmin & Katerina Lu Senior I Standard

“I am so happy with the way this dress turned out. “ Katya Kolvalyova “I’m looking at this and just saying, wow, pretty, gorgeous.” David Shapiro

otography Park West Ph Photo by ©2011

“The costumes are beautiful. They make me feel good. We work really hard to defend our title, and Swarovski Elements are wonderful stones.” Xingmin & Katerina Lu

Designs to Shine Sponsors: Daniel Shapiro & Katya Kolvalyova Youth Standard


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Volunteers at Nationals by: Ivor Lee

n the night before Nationals volunteers work the ballroom and the lobby, ironing out the thousand little details before the doors officially open the next day. By the time last volunteer leaves the ballroom to go to bed, it’s 3:30 AM, with a scant few hours before show time. In three short hours, bleary eyed volunteers holding cups of coffee open registration and begin the three-day event that is Nationals.

The list of responsibilities of the volunteers that make nationals possible is as long as it is tiring. They stand long shifts by the door checking for tickets. They are ushers. They are clean-up crews. They are servers. They work the registration desk and the on-deck area. They line up dancers, they check them in. They offer a listening ear to an upset parent, or a coach. They set up the ballroom, they take it down.

None of the glamor of Nationals would be possible without the small army of volunteers. They come from all walks of life. Some are college students working on undergraduate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Some are veterans of many ballroom competitions. Some are competitors. But one thing is certain: all are loyal and good friends.

Often they don’t even get a chance to see the competiton, so busy are they running everything else. They are embodiments of self-sacrifice, putting in the effort to make the event good. They are representative of USA Dance as a whole, hard-working determined—the driving spirit that makes USA Dance what it is.

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photos by caron zullinger

USA Dance is a collection of stories. It’s about meeting new people and finding new friends. Take Hong Yuen Wong from Singapore, a PhD student at John Hopkins, who only started dancing six months ago. Even as he runs in and out of the ballroom, getting orders and filling drinks, he knows that he’s part of something special. The 27-year-old enjoys catching what glimpses he can of the competition between dances. Some volunteers like Isabel Ishizuka, try to cram in homework during not-so-demanding assignments. She sits by the window in the judges lounge, reading from photocopied section of textbook. When the competition is over, it’s back to the grindstone. “I have homework still to catch up on,” she says. All over USA dance from the MAC to the Gumbo and the Northwest DanceSport competition, volunteers are silent, long suffering from behind the scenes of the show. For some reason, they keep coming back. For the exhaustion of the tiring weekend and juggling regular full time jobs, they love what they do. According to Debbie Russell, volunteer coordinator, “We do it because we love making friends, watching friends and because we enjoy dancing.”


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Ballroom Gifts

Affordable quality - ballgowns, Latin dresses, shoes, accessories and gifts. Yin Zhang, proprietor 518-782-7903,

Coco’s Ballroom Boutique 5510 Lake Howell Rd. Winter Park, FL 32792 Email: Satin Stitches Ltd. Deborah Nelson 11894 Round Lake Blvd. NW Minneapolis, MN 55433 Phone: 763-323-9507 Email: customerservice@satinstitches. com Toe to Toe Dance Wear Inc. Carol Fournier 1159 W. Hill Rd. #C Flint, MI 48507 Phone: 877-348-4362 Email:

great dance party. Proud sponsors of the USA Dance National DanceSport Championships.

Desert Dance Club

690 E. Warner Rd., Ste 155, Gilbert AZ 85296 Private and group instruction in social, exhibition & competitive dancing. Employ “Dance Masters” from all over the country to bring current cutting edge dance info for staff and students. Host monthly social dances. Studio available for private functions and parties.

Elegance in Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio

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.

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