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Holiday Hotspots 2011 The weather outside is frightful, but the dancing around the country promises to be delightful.

Dancing With The Stars

USA Dance members and alumni take center stage once again! Official Publication of USA Dance

Celebrating National Ballroom Dance Week

November - December 2011

Issue 33

On the Cover Photo Courtesy of Janis Merluzzo

8 National Ballroom Dance Week Chapters across the nation celebrated National Ballroom Dance Week with free classes, dinners, public dances and incredible exhibitions.

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As the holidays roll in, it’s time to roll out the dance floors and kick up your heels. Here are some special holiday events.

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We’re proud of our USA Dance members who’ve taken center stage on the popular ABC TV show.

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President’s Report Editorial Information & Contributors Important Announcements


In Step

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Celebrating National Ballroom Dance Week Chapter Makeover It’s New Years Eve in Tidewater, VA Vifinians Deliver Sweet Sound Holiday Hotspots 2011

On Beat

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USA DANCE in the Public Eye Dancing With the Stars. In season 13 showcases USA Dance members and alumni.


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World Latin Championships Nothing Could Be Finer


Photo Courtesy of USA Dance Dallas

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As I am writing this report, I am preparing to attend the annual Governing Council meeting that is being held this year in Chicago. This is the one time each year that the entire Governing Council gets together to discuss what USA Dance has accomplished during the past year and begin planning for the next year’s programs. In the next AD I will discuss new Governing Council initiatives that may be of particular interest to our members. In this column I wish to remind our members of the upcoming social dance cruise that is being planned to the Caribbean in December. This will be another great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make lots of new ones, all while enjoying great dance workshops and lessons on board ship, and wonderful on-shore excursions at each port of call. The Holland America Westerdam sets sail from Fort Lauderdale on December 4, 2011. Due to popular demand some additional cabins have been added to the block reserved for USA Dance members. If you have not yet reserved your cabin, several still are available, but don’t wait too long because we anticipate all cabins will be sold out very soon. And because our members have told us that they want a variety of dance cruise opportunities, I have just signed a contract for a USA Dance cruise this coming summer to Alaska, that will leave from Seattle this coming July aboard the Princess Cruises‘ Star Princess. Our Vice President of Social Dance, Jean Krupa will again be the USA Dance cruise director, and she and her team are planning a

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wonderful combination of dance workshops, evening social dances and exciting excursions to view Alaska’s natural wonders. The Alaska cruise commences on July 15, 2012 and concludes on July 23rd. Further information and an opportunity to book your cabin will be announced shortly. We are listening to our members and planning programs that will be of interest to many. We would also like to hear from you about any other activities you would like to see USA Dance engage in so that your membership in USA Dance is truly rewarding and provides plenty of the dance opportunities you find especially enjoyable.

Lydia T. Scardina National President, USA Dance


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Contributing Writers

A m e r i c a n

Jean Krupa

National Officers

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.

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, 541.779.6787 e-mail: DANCESPORT VP Ken Richards, 302.290.2583 e-mail: SOCIAL VP Jean Krupa, 386.761.1625 e-mail: •

Editorial Staff

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Shawn Fisher MANAGING DIRECTOR Michael Mecham WRITERS Michael Mecham • Jean Stoddard • Mark LeBaron ART & PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Aimee Mecham DESIGNERS Aimee Mecham • Michael Mecham

Angela Prince Angela Prince is the National Public Relations Director for USA Dance, responsible for all integrated pr programs, organization publicity and communications, national media relations, social media relations and brand development. She is also the editorial advisor for American Dancer magazine and other publications.


WRITERS Jean Krupa EDITORIAL ADVISOR Angela Prince, USA Dance Director of Public Relations •

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The weather outside is frightful, but the dancing at these events sure is delightful.

Dancing With The Stars USA Dacne members are showing the stars how to do it.

Official Publication of USA Dance

National Ballroom Dance Week November - December 2011

Celebrating National Ballroom Dance Week 2011 Paso Doblitos Los Angeles CA Chatper #4031

Holiday Hotspots 2011

Cover Photo

Issue 33

Photo by Caroline Altman

Announcements Online WDSF Championship Coverage Breaks Records DanceSport rakes in the viewers on YouTube! The “Live from Singapore” feed covering the World Latin Championships shattered all of WDSF’s previous records with more unique visitors to its website than ever before. Visitors spent 15 minutes average on the site, and, above all, dancesport hit record numbers of videos viewed on YouTube.

New WDSF Event The WDSF now has a Professional Division and is introducing Teacher-Student (T-S) Competitions to the 88 Member Body Countries. These are essentially Pro/Am competitions where the “teacher” is defined as a “professional athlete”. A pilot event was run in Pisa, Italy in October.

Two WDSF Adjudicator’s Congresses With regard to the WDSF Adjudicator’s Congress, we are pleased to announce that there will be two Congresses for 2012. Please keep in mind that this is not a certification Congress. You must already be a certified adjudicator, recognized by one of the teaching societies that USA Dance recognizes to even attend the Congress. For more information contact Wayne Crowder at


2011 November - December 7

national ballroo dance week By Breanna Olaveson


ast September, USA Dance chapters and

their local communities across the nation celebrated National Ballroom Dance Week

by sharing the joy of ballroom dance with their chapter members and friends. Since there are as many ways to celebrate dance as there are ways

to enjoy it, every chapter brought its unique flavor to this year’s celebration.

But the now-nationwide event didn’t start out that

way. Like any well-established tradition, National Ballroom Dance Week has stemmed from the rich

legacy of dedicated individuals. Today’s USA Dance

members follow in the footsteps of pioneers like

Doris Pease, Cay Cannon, Bob Meyer, Joan Adams

and Mary Helen McSweeney, who worked more than two decades ago to bring NBDW into existence.

National Ballroom Dance Week got its start in 1989 when a group of dancers from New York City joined

together and instituted “Ballroom Week.” It was held

April of that year, and the event more than fulfilled its purpose of introducing New Yorkers to the world of ballroom dance.

The NY group presented high-caliber ballroom

dancing performances to the public and instigated dancing












public libraries, and New Yorkers—and the media— loved it.

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

The next year, more ballroom dance leaders got

“USA Dance chapters from

celebration to National Ballroom Dance Week and

all over the United States

and governors made proclamations endorsing the celebration, and even President George H. W.

celebrate every year in

a photograph of himself and the First Lady dancing.

their own creative ways.”

involved in the effort. They changed the name of the

promoted it through government officials. Mayors

Bush promoted the event with a proclamation and

Since then, NBDW has grown to include people from across the county. USA Dance chapters from all over

the United States celebrate every year in their own

ways, with everyone working together to promote dancing in their communities.

This year, NBDW, now a 10-day event since 1991, was held Sept. 16–25. USA Dance amateurs,

professionals and studios worked in concert with local media outlets and municipalities to celebrate

ballroom dancing and encourage members of their communities to get involved in the sport and recreation of dacne.

Some chapters provided discounted rates for events. Others held potluck dinners, dances, mixers, special performances,




lessons. Some groups invited professional dancers to give special performances; some aimed to spread the joy of dancing to beginners by offering free classes. But everyone who celebrated NBDW shared a love for dance and a desire to share that love and exuberance with others.

This year’s event is over, but it’s

never too soon to start preparations

for next year. The 2012 National

Ballroom Dance Week will be held Sept. 21–30.

www.USAdance.ORG www.USAdance.ORG

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National Ballroom Dance Week got its start in 1989 when a group of dancers from New York City got together and instituted “Ballroom Week.” www.USAdance 10 Dance Dance Floor .ORG 10 Floor

September - Octo-

NBDW - Recaps Around the Country

Local television stations and newspapers covered the

Sarasota, Florida

officials asked the chapter to prepare another event for

White Sands Chapter, #6012

One USA Dance group combined their National Ballroom

event, which was so successful that mall and CSC next year.

Dance Week celebration with a charity fundraiser,

Southwest Florida

one successful event.

USA Dance Southwest Florida Chapter 6049 celebrated

bringing together philanthropic and artistic efforts into

The White Sands Chapter in Sarasota, Fla., hosted a

Danceathon fundraiser for Cancer Support Community, a non-profit organization that provides free and low-cost services to cancer patients and their families including counseling, seminars, yoga and art therapy.

The fundraiser was part of a larger event called Dance

to Live. The five-hour danceathon featured 130 dancers in both professional performances and general dancing.

The event was held at Westfield Southgate Mall, and participants gave mallgoers quality ballroom dance performances and invited them to join in the dancing.

Chapter #6049

National Ballroom Dance Week with several events, all of which increased awareness of ballroom dance and provided entertainment to those who attended. Dancing With the Elks Stars, Sept. 17

Elks Lodge in Fort Myers, Fla., invited USA Dance members to a dinner-dance event to kick off National

Ballroom Dance Week on Sept. 17. They provided prime

rib, and organized performances to showcase the talents of chapter members.

Dancers Showcase Ball, Sept. 18

One of the local dance studios, 1st DANZ Studio, showcased its smooth/rhythm dancers in this special performance. It was the first showcase for the studio and for many of its USA Dance members,who will be performing more in the future.

Photos Courtesy of Janis Merluzzo


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Dancing at the Market Center Square, Sept. 23

The Southwest Florida chapter also hosted “Dancing at the Market Center Square,” a free outdoor dance that was open to the public. Participants danced under the

stars and enjoyed special performances by experienced dancers from local studios.

Down by the Riverside: The Finale, Sept. 25

Chapter 6049 finished off the week with a dance event at the Riverside Community Center. The event also featured a “bring it or buy it” ballroom dance jewelry sale, where

people could shop for jewelry and even talk to experts about how to revive old dresses for future use.

There were no lessons as part of this event, but after the jewelry sale, the night was devoted entirely to

open dancing with a few spotlight performances for

entertainment. Guests also enjoyed a potluck dinner and raffle.

Discounted Gift Certificates

In honor of National Ballroom Dance Week, the chapter

also sold tickets to their weekly events at a discount. Dancers could use the tickets themselves or, in the

spirit of National Ballroom Dance Week, share the joy of ballroom dancing by giving them to friends and family.

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Southern Arizona Chapter Chaper #4017

The USA Dance chapter from Southern Arizona

celebrated National Ballroom Dance Week with two well attended events, both of which aimed

to increase membership and generate interest in ballroom dancing. Free Dance

The Southern Arizona chapter holds a dance every month, but in honor of National Ballroom Dance Week, the event was free to the public. They held a membership drive at the event and encouraged people to come by

providing great music and refreshments.

Group Instruction

The second event featured the

new U.S. Open Professional American

Rhythm champions, Decho Kraev and Bree Watson, as the teachers of a three-hour group lesson. As incentive to join USA Dance, all members—including those who

joined that day—were given free admission to the instruction.

Los Angeles County Chapter #4031

USA Dance Los Angeles County held its fourth annual

showcase on Sept. 25 to celebrate National Ballroom Dance

Week. The showcase featured 40 performances by couples

Massachusetts Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association Celebrates 20th Chapter #3002

This year, National Ballroom Dance Week coincided

with MASSabda’s 20th anniversary. This gave the chapter plenty to celebrate, and they did so with a night

of showcasing excellence in ballroom dancing from the past, present and future.

from several different age and experience groups, with

performances ranging in style from salsa to waltz to paso doble.

Silverdale, Washington Chapter #1025

USA Dance Kitsap Chapter 1025 celebrated National Ballroom Dance Week by offering free admission to their

monthly dance. They also provided door prizes and mixers to

The showcase featured professionals Mark Sheldon and Didi Von Deck, Robert Pinkham and Larinda

McRaven, Matthew Shimizu and Jess Nicol, Joshua and Polina, and Joseph Frumkin and Sophia

Kouznetsov. Performers varied widely in age and experience, providing the audience with

a variety of excellent performances. The event also featured a complimentary

tango lesson by Russell Monk, general dancing, mixers and refreshments.

the event’s participants.

In addition to open dancing, the event featured Gisela and

Frank Spaniak performing a waltz, quickstep and tango demonstration. The pair won gold medals in past competitions and now perform at events like this one.

Greenville, North Carolina Chapter #6046

Chapter members in Greenville, North Carolina approached their municipal leaders to increase awareness of National

Ballroom Dance Week. Mayor Patricia C. Dunn of Greenville

Greater Daytona

Chapter #6026

The Greater Daytona

issued an official proclamation declaring Sept. 16–25 as

Ballroom Dance Week. The proclamation urged citizens to show their support for activities associated with the occasion.

Area celebrated National

Ballroom Dance Week with a “Mall Ball” in

This year’s event is over, but it’s

court. They invited

never too soon to start preparations

their local mall’s center

the public to join

them for dance


free general


for next year. The 2012 National Ballroom Dance Week will be held Sept. 21–30.


November -- December December 13 13 2011 November

A n n o u n c i n g

t h e

DATE Mar 1 - 4, 2012

LOCATION The Love Field Wyndham Dallas, Texas

Photos courtesy of stock.xchng


Take your chapter to new heights. 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. Go to to register.

Training is only as good as the plan you have for implementing it. There are main strategies you can use. Turn what you learned at the conference into action. Research shows that unless you use a new idea within 24 hours of learning it, you’ll probably forget what you have learned. Set goals: To get the most out of the program, be clear on what you intend to gain. Ask yourself, “What do I hope to change as a result of attending this program?” you’re much more likely to follow through if you set goals now. Give yourself the incentive you need to practice what you learn. Ask, “How does this apply to me?”

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Keep your current circumstances, conflicts and interests foremost in your mind. As you learn new approaches and techniques, relate them to your own situation. You’ll be amazed at how easily and quickly you’ll implement new ideas when you know exactly where to put them in action.

Dec. 21, 2011 Hawaiian Christmas and New Year’s Eve 14-night on Queen Victoria roundtrip LA with Hilo, Honolulu, Nawiliwili, Lahaina, and Ensenada

Please join Vivian Beiswenger and dancers from around the country on one of two dance cruises on the most famous ocean liners in the world. We have chosen Cunard Cruise Line for all of our cruises because, in our experience, it offers the best amenities for ballroom dancers: real ballrooms with the largest dance floors at sea, high quality dance teachers, male dance hosts on every cruise, and real ballroom, Latin, and swing dance bands and DJ’s. Our group will have extra time on the dance floors for lessons, practice, or dancing.

Jan. 4, 2012 Panama Canal 15-night on Queen Victoria from Fort Lauderdale to LA with Aruba, Puntarenas, Guatemala, Huatulco, Acapulco, and Cabo San Luca Jan. 18, 2012 Panama Canal 17-night on Queen Elizabeth from NY to San Francisco with Ft. Lauderdale, Grand Cayman, Puntarenas, Acapulco, and Cabo San Luca

Our travel club rarely goes to the same place twice. Rather than visit the Caribbean over and over again, our goal is to see the world by dancing from location to location on cruise ships.

Jan. 19, 2012 Panama Canal 11-night on Queen Victoria roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, with St. Thomas, St. John’s, St. George, and the Netherlands Antilles

Here are our best choices for 2012/2013 Both are on Cunard’s newest ship,

Feb. 14, 2012 Valentine’s Day Hawaiian Adventure 14-night on Queen Elizabeth roundtrip Los Angeles with Hilo, Honolulu, Kauai, Maui, and Ensenada

The Queen Elizabeth August 28, 2012 (including Labor Day Weekend): 9-night MEDITERRANEAN MEMORIES cruises from Southampton (London), England to Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy with stops in Seville, Palma, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, and Florence/Pisa. March 12, 2013: 18-night PANAMA CANAL DISCOVERY CRUISING from Los Angeles to New York with stops in Puerto Vallarta, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Curacao, and Grand Cayman.

March 24, 2012: Singapore to Dubai 12-night on Queen Elizabeth including stops in Kuala Lampur, Penang, Phuket, Sri Lanka, and two stops in India (Cochin & Mumbai). July 1, 2012 Fourth of July Getaway 5-night on Queen Mary 2 roundtrip New York with Halifax and Boston (overnight for the 4th of July) July 27, 2012 British Isles (Coinciding with the 2012 Olympics in England) 11-night on Queen Elizabeth roundtrip Southampton with London, Edinburgh, Inverness, Kirkwall, Glasgow, Liverpool, Dublin, Cork, and the Channel Islands

We have a gent looking for a cabin mate for several cruises.

Nov. 4, 2012 Mediterranean Gems 16-night on Queen Mary 2 roundtrip London with Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Rome, Naples, Athens, Valencia, Malaga/Granada

In addition to these cruises, we have arranged for group rates for the following trips (right column). These are not official escorted dance cruises but will have all the dance amenities normally provided on all Cunard cruises, including male dance hosts.

Nov. 29, 2012 Mediterranean Moments 10-night Rome to Southampton Queen Elizabeth including Florence/Pisa, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Palma, and Seville Dec. 22, 2012 Christmas & NYE Caribbean Fiesta 12-night on Queen Mary 2 roundtrip NY with St. Thomas, Dominica, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Kitts

Call for the best rates and cruise sale dates. While we have great group rates, regional promotions and pass passenger discounts, as well as occasional cruise sales may get you an even better deal. When calling supply all passengers names, World Club id (if you have one), and your city of departure, as well as the cabin type you prefer: inside, outside, balcony, or suite. Don’t forget contact info.

We’ll help you find a cabin mate. Call 215-855-2711 or 215-530-3482 or email Visit our website at Ballroom, Latin, & Swing Dance Center, www.USAdance.ORG


215-855-2711 or October/November, 2011 2011 November - December 15

Chapter Makeover Do you have a SMART chapter? Being SMART can improve your chapter. What do I mean by being SMART? Focus your efforts and you will begin moving in the right direction, thinking about your goals is good, writing them down is better.

S= Specific, know exactly what you wish you chapter to stand for. M=Marketing, does your community know about you? A=Accessible, is your dance attendance low? R=Reception, are you being warm and welcoming? T=Target, target your audience. Specific, a specific goal has a greater chance of being accomplished and can easily be measured. Also be specific with who will be doing what within their duties as a chapter member, board member or officer. Marketing, send out press releases on all your activities to local newspapers, radio stations and television cable companies that service your area. Join your Chamber of Commerce and get listed on their website. Write articles for your local paper. Are you active in your community? Do you have an Outreach program that performs at hospitals or nursing homes? Let the media know, invite them to cover it or at least send a photographer. Take a good look at your website. Many chapters do not have website. Each site should have your chapter name, number, current officers and contact information, scheduled dances time, location and directions. Accessible- dances should be held in easily accessible settings. Do you have a date and time that works well and is conducive to for higher attendance at your dances? If attendance is low, take a poll and see when the majority of the members would prefer the dances and try to work toward bringing it about. Reception- USA Dance is an inclusive group, not exclusive. A nonmember, new member or returning member should not feel like an outsider. Have a warm and welcoming attitude. More members mean more money to promote dancing. Greet people at the door, show newcomers to available seats, introduce and welcome visitors at announcements. 16 Dance Floor

Target- it’s easier to target your audience if you know who you want to attract. We may say, “the general public” but that is too vast. It’s okay to have more than one target audience. Do you want to reach older citizens to help improve their health and outlook on life, or the college students to bring energy and fresh ideas. The point of refining your zone is where you will be putting your efforts to reach them. Need more men, experience shows us that it takes men to recruit men. Offer incentives to first time males to free attendance at the dance. Once you have your SMART solutions in place, put them in writing. This helps you evaluate and determine if you are on track and accomplishing your goals. Using the SMART objective helps you be optimistic and can improve your outlook. Being positive can be contagious. Having a positive outlook will help attract members and people wanting to participate in chapter activities. Think positive and expect only favorable results and situations, even if the current situations are not as you wish them to be. Remember, people come to dancing from all aspects of life; we may be young old conservative liberal. Individually we are one drop -- together we are an ocean. Wondering how to put the pieces together? Be sure to join us next spring for the National Chapter Conference, March 1-4, 2012 at the Wyndham Resort Dallas Lovefield. Details on the website. by Social VP, Jean Krupa

Photo Courtesy of Tidewater

It’s big. It’s tradition.

It’s New Year’s Eve in Tidewater. The Tidewater, Virginia New Year’s Eve Extravaganza is a ballroom dance event so big, dancers even heard about it in Seattle. Hundreds of social dancers of all skill levels will travel to the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside hotel, Dec. 29 through Jan. 1 to ring in the New Year the true ballroom enthusiast way: with four straight days of dance workshops, performances, food, and of course, a champagne toast the midnight of New Year’s Eve. Twenty-one years ago, the Tidewater New Year’s Eve Extravaganza began as a one-ballroom, one-night event. Since then the organizers have expanded to four days with exhibitions, dinners and two additional ballrooms. Wanda Smith, current vice-president of the Tidewater #6008 chapter, said when the event first wanted to expand, they were “scared to death” attendance would be too low. Her fears soon dissolved. Now, she said, people from all over the country attend, and as many as 17 states at one time have attended. Many locals haven’t missed a single year since it began. There’s no possible way to do all of it, said Donna Campbell, who has been attending the New Year’s Eve event for 16 years, and it’s because the event has so much to offer. “It’s just a big deal, and we all enjoy it so much.”


by Jean Stoddard

It’s a time to learn and a time to have fun. Fifty-six workshops will be held daily during the event. A dinner dance will be held on Thursday, followed by a country western-themed dance Friday and Latin-themed night on New Year’s Day. “It keeps you busy the whole time, and there is a variety of dancing,” said Campbell. “You get a little bit of everything at all different levels.” Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from professionals, Nazar Norov and Irina Kudryashova, who will be guest performing as well as teaching workshops at this year’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. The couple has won many awards across the country, including first place at the Southern States DanceSport Championship this year. Other workshop instructors will include dance and choreography champions, Sam and Denise Miller, for country western and one of the top west coast swing instructors, Ken Roesel. “Our workshops have been very successful,” said Ray Smith, President of Tidewater chapter. About 700 to 1000 people have attended the workshops in previous years. For more detailed information, visit the Tidewater, VA #6008 Chapter webpage: 2011 November - December 17

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Workshops – 3:00PM – 4:15PM Thursday Night Dinner Dance Dinner, Dancing &Shows. Admission:$55.00 Walk-ins for Dancing and Exhibitions Only Doors open at 8:30PM for OPEN seating Admission: $39.00 ($25.00 Full Time Students with school ID) Reservations required - Payment Deadline December 21 2011. Full Table reservations

Workshops - 9:30AM - 5:15PM Afternoon Argentine Tango Dance – 2:15PM – 4:15PM Ballroom 4 Admission - $15.00 Hosted by Gary Wooten & Teresa Callahan Saturday Night - New Year’s Eve Gala Dance and Show International/Main Ballroom - Dancing 7:30 PM - 12:30 AM

(for 10) must be paid by November 21, 2011, otherwise they will be released.

Admission: $84.00 (includes dancing in all Ballrooms) - By Reservations Only Dinner 7:00 - 8:30 PM w/special Dinner show for Dinner Guests. Menu: Choice 1 - Beef, Choice 2 - Fish, Choice 3 - Vegetarian Choice 4 - Chicken Doors open at 6:30 PM for Dinner Guests Dancing 6:30 PM- 12:00 AM Music Provided by Roberto “El Romantico” and DJ Ed Pabalate Attire: Semi-Formal (Black-Tie Optional) Singles Welcome (Dance Host will be in attendance at the Singles Tables) Additional Ballrooms open: (Recorded Music) - Dancing 9:00PM - 2:00AM Ballroom 2 - Ballroom, Country Western, Swing, & Hustle Hosted by Walter and Judy Schultz Ballroom 3 - Argentine Tango/Milonga - Practica Hosted by Gary Wooten & Teresa Callahan

No Walk-Ins - Payment Deadline December 19, 2011. Full Table reservations (for 10) must be paid November 21, 2011, otherwise they will be released. Live music provided by Roberto (“El Romantico”) and DJ Ed Pabalate Attire: Semi-Formal, Black-Tie (Optional) Singles Welcome (Dance Host assigned to singles tables) Party Favors, Champagne Toast at Midnight Meal will be “Action Stations” (various buffet tables w/ meals cooked on order) Also includes an assorted Tapas Bar                Stations will be open from 8:00 - 10:00 PM inside the main ballroom Additional Ballrooms: (Recorded music) - Dancing 9:00 PM - 2:00 AM Ballroom 2 - Country Western Swing, Hustle Hosted by Walter and Judy Schultz Ballroom 3 - Argentine Tango/Milonga - Practica Hosted by Gary Wooten & Teresa Callahan


Workhops - 11:00am - 5:15pm Afternoon Argentine Tango Dance – 2:15PM – 4:15PM Ballroom 4 Admission - $15.00 Hosted by Gary Wooten & Teresa Callahan

Workshops – 11:00AM – 5:15PM Afternoon Argentine Tango Dance – 2:15PM – 4:15PM Ballroom 4 Admission - $15.00 Hosted by Gary Wooten & Teresa Callahan

Friday Night - Country Western Theme - International/Main Ballroom Country Western and Traditional Ballroom Mix - Music assisted by Sam Miller Dancing 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM (Recorded Music) - Music by DJ Ed Pabalate Admission - $15.00 (Ticket Good for ALL Ballrooms)

Sunday Night Dances Latin Night - International/Main Ballroom Music by DJ Ed Pabalate - Rumba, Salsa and Traditional Ballroom Mix Admission - $15.00 (Ticket Good for ALL Ballrooms) Doors opening at 7:30 PM for Guests Dancing 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Additional Ballrooms: (Recorded music) - Dancing 9:00pm - 2:00 am NOTE: Hosted by Instructors for Dancing and Practice Sessions Ballroom 2 - Traditional Ballroom Mix Hosted by Walter and Judy Schultz Ballroom 3 - Argentine Tango/Milonga - Practica Hosted by Gary Wooten and Teresa Callahan

Additional Ballrooms - (Recorded Music) - Dancing 9:00 PM - 2:00 AM NOTE: Hosted by Instructors for dancing and practice sessions Ballroom 2 - Ballroom, Country Western, Swing, & Hustle Hosted by Walter and Judy Schultz Ballroom 3: Argentine Tango/Milonga - Practica Hosted by Gary Wooten and Teresa Callahan

EVERY NIGHT @ 10:00 PM for 30 minutes ‐ With paid admission FREE  Group  lessons in Ballroom 2 & 3.  Provided by:  Walter and Judy Schultz ‐ Ballroom 2                          Gary Wooten and Teresa Callahan  ‐ Ballroom 3  www.USAdance.ORG

2011 November - December 19

By Jack Lebo

Richmond, VA – Joe Enroughty and His Royal Virginians are relatively new to Richmond’s big band scene, but their professionalism is unparalleled. Their approach to dance music is different than any other band in the area. They employ no antics or gimmicks, just danceable music—the best of its kind. The Virginians simply play the music you want to hear , and you get up and dance. The timeless classics, the Broadway show stoppers, and sprinkled throughout are more recent pop hits worthy of their special “one-of-a-kind” treatment. The Royal Virginians have performed throughout the state of Virginia, the Washington, D.C. area, and parts of North Carolina for concerts, dances and special events. The group has gained fans as far away as New York City and Canada and their popularity continues to grow with each performance. The orchestra’s musical library is designed in the style of three of the most popular sweet bands, Guy Lombardo, Don Glasser and Chuck Foster. They have also developed its own sweet style that seems to be pleasing to all the dancers who have heard it. During an evening of smooth dancing, the band always picks up the tempo with some of the best known swing tunes from that all-too-short moment in time known as “The Big Band Era.” The Virginians are one of the last traveling sweet bands with a “live” personable leader, 26-year-old Joe Enroughty (pronounced (En-Ruff-Tee). He conducts his musicians superbly and provides a lively atmosphere for dancers and listeners alike. The band is composed of 12 talented musicians and vocalist Ray Harris.

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Joe Enroughty -Photo Courtesy of Jack Lebo

Virginians Deliver Sweet Sound

Joe was born and raised in Richmond and attended The New Community High School and attended J.Sargent Reynolds Community College. He has been interested in big bands, especially the sweet bands, since 1994 when he inherited a collection of records from a Great-Great-Aunt. He launched his orchestra in 2003 and began playing publicly this year. Enroughty enjoys listening to the sweet bands and his collection of recordings is unusual. Not only does he have the regulars such as Guy Lombardo, Jan Garber, and Sammy Kaye, but also collects Chuck Foster, Don Glasser, Leon Kellner and Blue Barron. According to Joe, “I’m not really a musician. I play a little piano by ear, but I know how my band should sound and I have created an orchestra in the style of Lombardo, Glasser and Foster.” Joe concludes with a disclaimer: “The Royal Virginians are not the official Guy Lombardo Orchestra, nor do they claim to be. We pay tribute to many sweet bands and attempt to relive the Glory Days of American Music through our arrangements which are written in a similar style to many of the sweet bands.” Incidentally, Joe has been the President of The Guy Lombardo Society since 1995, and publishes an informative newsletter, The Tempo, dedicated to preserving the music of the Royal Canadians. Mail: P.O. Box 26120, Richmond, VA 23260 Phone:(804) 864-1040 Email: Website:


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Holiday Hotspots By Michael Mecham

Colorful candy canes. Glamorous gifts. Fabulous food. Shimmering snow. The holiday season is upon us and no celebration of the season would be complete without dancing! Here are some special events going on across the nation. Choo-Choo City TN Chapter #2009

What: Holiday Ball When: December 9, 7:00-11:00 pm These dancers are pulling out all the stops for this event. A formal dance with a catered meal and special showcase performances will make for an unforgettable event. Heartland IN Chapter #2022

What: Christmas Pitch-In Dinner/Dance When: December 9 Where: Starlite Ballroom This is an opportunity to show off your cooking prowess along with your dancing finesse. Anyone who comes has the option of bringing a dish to share or pitching in a little extra money for dinner. Whether you’re a cook or not, it will be worth it to stop by. Los Angeles Chapter #4031

What: Holiday Dance Party When: December 4, 6:30-10:00 pm Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium For dancers in the Los Angeles area here is a great opportunity to have some fun and improve your dancing. The evening will stat of with a lesson and the rest of the evening will just be dancing. Lots of dancing. http:// Photos Courtesy of Dallas Chapter


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Central MA Chapter #3039

What: Annual Winter Ball When: December 11. 1:00-6:00 pm Where: Lake Pearl Luciano’s Early reservations are important for this recurring sell-out event. Festivities include a delicious buffet dinner, mixer, dance hosts, and a cash bar. Attendees are encouraged to bring a toy for a needy child to support the Toys For Tots campaign.

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Las Vegas NV Chapter #4038

What: Holiday Ball When: December 4, 6:00-9:30 pm Where: Gold Coast Hotel Happy Holidays! Please come dance and join this grand celebration of ballroom dancing with showcases by professionals and amateurs. Don’t miss out on this unique Vegas experience. indexphp?page=dance-event

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Dallas TX Chapter #5044

Orlando FL Chapter #6002

What: 8th Annual November Showcase When: November 5 Where: Sokol Hall This is an evening of social dancing and spectacular performances encompassing all levels of dancers and styles of ballroom dance. There will also be social dancing and dance hosts for all single ladies.

What: Harvest Ball When: November 18, 7:30-11:00 pm There’s no better way to celebrate than dancing! What: Formal Holiday Ball When: December 16, 7:30-11:00 pm Where: Both events will be at the Bahia Shrine Ballroom Not many things in life are more enjoyable than getting all dressed up for an evening of dancing with friends during the holidays. http://orlando-usadance. com/SpecialEvents.aspx

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2011 November - December 27

Pikes Peak CO Chapter #5020

What: Holiday Semi-Formal Dance When: December 3 This is a great opportunity in the Colorado Springs area to get together with other dancers during the holiday season. Leave the tuxedos at home and just come have a great time. Tidewater VA Chapter #6008

What: New Year’s Eve Weekend When: December 29-January 1 Where: Sheraton Norfolk Waterside With professional shows and exhibitions and over 50 workshops, this is a weekend you don’t want to miss. This will be a New Year’s you’ll never forget. Piedmont NC Chapter #6019

What: Holiday Premier Promenade When: November 27, 4:00-6:30 pm Start the holidays off with some swing lessons, then put them to use on the dance floor. It’s a great opportunity for anyone who can make it. Charlotte NC Chapter #6029

What: Holiday Ball When: December 10. 7:30-11:30 pm Where: Levine Center Out of all the ballroom events in Charlotte, this is the one you don’t want to miss. With dinner and dancing, it’s a full night of holiday festivities. Greater Columbia SC Chapter #6032

What: Thanksgiving Party When: November 26, 6:30-10:30 pm A quickstep lesson is one more thing to be thankful for at this event. What: Christmas Ball When: December 10, 7:00-11:00 pm Where: Both events will be held at The Barn Those attending the Christmas Ball will be able to dress in formal attire and will be accompanied by the Dick Goodwin Orchestra as they dance the night away. 28 Dance Floor


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PUBLIC EYE Angela Prince

SATURDAY EVENING POST For those of us whose families grew up reading the Saturday Evening Post and marveled at celebrity artist Norman Rockwell’s whimsical, but truthful portrayal of American Life……we are excited to tell you that the Post has just finished writing a story about dancing in America and interviewed & consulted with USA Dance for this article. Photos were requested by the editor, and we submitted many photos of both social and competitive dancers, young through senior. We’ll keep you “posted” about the upcoming story…… only wishing Norman Rockwell was still alive to portray and immortalize the fusion of dancing today in American Life. Read Full Releases at 30 On Beat

DANCING FOR AMERICATM . . . OUR AMBASSADOR CRUISE VOYAGE TO SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO. In 2010, the first USA Dance National Dance Cruise visited Key West, where the mayor’s office there proclaimed USA Dance Day; then we sailed to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, where more than 150 of our dancers joined the Jamaican Tourism & Hotel Board and several dance schools to share ballroom dancing and

the native dances of Jamaica. In December 2011, USA Dance on its 2nd annual National Dance Cruise will cruise to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where it will celebrate dancing with our dance friends there. More details and photos will appear in the next issue of American Dancer.

FUTURE YOU TUBE DANCE STARS Calling all dancing stars! In the last issue of American Dancer, we challenged our dancers to become the latest viral success on YouTube. If you get a following going, let us know and we’ll help you promote your campaign. Take a look at the hits all the non-dancers are getting.

Of course, the key is to be entertaining – sometimes the crazier, the wilder, the most unexpected, the better. For the USA Dance member whose video gets the most viewers on YouTube, USA Dance will present a very special award!

Wow! Isn’t it time real dancers find their fame and fortune on YouTube?

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UNSUNG USA DANCE HEROES USA Dance would like to know your recommendations for a very special article about USA Dance Heroes – members who are considered heroes in their daily lives. Please tell us in your own words why they are worthy of this designation, what difference or contribution they have

made to others’ lives, why they are inspiring to others and, of course, we’d like to know how dancing has impacted their lives. Please send a photo of the person with your written submission to PR Director Angela Prince at by December 31, 2011.

SWAROVSKI DONATION TO ATHLETE’S DEVELOPMENT & TRAINING FUND As most of our members know, Swarovski Elements and USA Dance entered into a Brand Alliance Partnership in 2010, evidenced by the sponsorship of 10 USA Dance Championship Level Couples at the 2011 National DanceSport Championships in Baltimore. Most of the couples went on to compete at key competitions, including the USA Dance National Qualifying Events, throughout the year, as well as the WDSF World Championships. In collaboration with Swarovski Elements, four of America’s top ballroom fashion designers – Designs to Shine, Dore Designs, Deirdre of London and ElleDance Studio – also sponsored the couples.

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We are excited to announce that Swarovski Elements has decided to contribute 50% of the final sale of the costumes, worn by our competitors, to the USA Dance Athlete’s Development and Training Scholarship Fund.

VAL CHMERKOVSKIY MAKES DEBUT ON DWTS If you watched ABC-TV’s “Dancing With The Stars” this season, you saw USA Dance member Val Chmerkovskiy, our long-standing National Adult Latin Champion, make his official debut, dancing with celebrity Italian model Elisabetta Canalis. Congratulations to Val, best known for his Latin moves, had a great performance in Quickstep with his celebrity partner and performed on later segments with the Dance Troupe on Results Nights. But, did you know Val is among many USA Dance members and alumni who’ve appeared on DWTS? We’re proud of their performances – great

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ABC TV’s Dancing With the Stars has captivated audiences for 13 seasons. People love watching ballroom dancers—including many USA Dance former champions and DanceSport athletes—pair up with celebrities and compete against each other every week.

USA Dance is well represented on Dancing With the Stars—in fact, one USA Dance alumnus has won the competition three times. Here’s a look at the USA Dance professionals you can see on ABC TV every week. Mark Ballas

USA Dance member Mark Ballas grew up with Derek Hough and even won competitions with Derek’s sister Julianne. Mark has taken home two Dancing With The Stars victories, but he and partner Kristin Cavallari have been eliminated from this season’s competition. Mark is passionate about dancing, but he has another talent: music. He and his band plan to release a CD this fall.

Cheryl Burke

Cheryl Burke started dancing ballet at age 4, but fell in love with ballroom dancing the first time she went to a competition at age 11. By 13 she was competing throughout the world, and she has won several championships since. She is a member of USA Dance and has used her success on Dancing With the Stars to help her reach other goals—she now has her own clothing line and dance studio. Photos courtesy of

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Maksim Chmerkovskiy has taken second place three times and is looking for a win this season with soccer star partner Hope Solo. His run on the show has made him quite a celebrity—he recently played himself in an episode of All My Children. Maks is also a board member for DanceTeamUSA and works to inspire youth to get involved in DanceSport. As part of those efforts, he started the Rising Stars Dance Academy for youth in the United States.

Derek Hough

Salt Lake City native Derek Hough is coming into this season after three Dancing With the Stars victories. This season, he is paired with talk show host Ricki Lake. Derek is a member of USA Dance and likes to do things in doubles—he is a two-time Open British Champion, two-time International ‘Open to the World Champion,’ and two-time US Open Champion.

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Lacey Schwimmer

Lacey Schwimmer is joining the competition for the sixth time this season, this time as Chaz Bono’s partner. Lacey grew up in Moreno Valley, Calif., as part of a noted dancing family. This USA Dance member has won several U.S. ballroom dance titles and has appeared in several Hollywood productions, including TV show The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Christina Aguilera’s “Candyman” music video, and the film Bedtime Stories.

Val Chmerkovskiy

Val started dancing at age seven and was competing overseas before he turned 13. A few years later at age 15, Val won the IDSF World Championship—the first and last time an American has done it. Over his 15-year career, Val has been a U.S. national champion 14 times.


Tony Dovolani

Tony Dovolani was born in Kosovo, but moved to the United States when he was 15. He attended Fred Astaire Dance Academy in New England and has won several championships across the world as a member of USA Dance. Tony and his partner Chynna Phillips were eliminated from this season’s competition, but this isn’t Tony’s first experience coaching celebrities. He has coached Jennifer Lopez and also appeared in the film Shall We Dance?

Anna Trebunskaya

USA Dance member Anna Trebunskaya was born in Russia, but moved to the United States when she was 17. Her parents owned a dance studio and were both professional dancers. Even today, Anna’s mother makes her costumes. Anna has taken second place on the show twice and is looking for a win this season with partner Carson Kressley.

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L atin orlds W Earlier this year Aydaev and Kozharinova placed second at National DanceSport Championships and Pashkov and Karagach placed fourth.

Photo Courtesy of Ken Richards

WDSF Communications broke records online as more fans than ever in previous years were able to view the Adult Latin competition and interact online through YouTube, www.worlddancesport. org, Facebook and Twitter, expressing opinions or cheering for their teams. Days after the competition, the DanceSport total YouTube channel was still getting views, reaching No. 1 among YouTube Partners, No. 2 among YouTube Directors and No. 2 among all YouTube channels in Spain (where WDSF headquarters are located), even surpassing many top-rated sports channels.

ADULT LATIN Couples from all over came together to represent their countries in this year’s WDSF World DanceSport Latin Championships. Long after the final rounds were completed, viewers from around the globe continued to watch the competition on YouTube. United States partners Ruslan Aydaev and Valeriya Kozharinova, danced to the third round and placed 18th, and Pasha Pashkov and Daniella Karagach, also representing the United States, placed 39. 36 DanceSport

While dances were viewed on television and YouTube, also kept the excitement going with instant results and commentary as the competition progressed. As DanceSport fans from around the world watched on television sets and computer screens, 84 couples from various countries fought for the title. Dancers had been strenuously training for this competition, including champions Plohl and Lahvinovich. The World Latin competition was a series of three rounds, semi-finals, and finals in which dancers competed in the Samba, Cha-Cha-Cha, Jive, Rumba and Paso Doble. The final six countries competing included Croatia, Russia, Denmark, Moldavia, and two couples from Italy.

YOUTH LATIN After covering the Adult Latin competition in Singapore, the WDSF Communications staff traveled to Ostrava, Czech Republic, where the best youth Latin dancers assembled to compete in the World Youth Latin Championships on Oct. 1. According to, 67 couples from over 40 countries between the ages of 16 and 18 fought onstage for the title at the CEZ Arena. Among the competitors were United States partners Ron Garber and Ashley Goldman, who were the U.S. National Youth Latin Champions in 2011, along with Austin Joson and Gabrielle Sabler. Who are ranked 3rd in the U.S. for Youth 10 Dance. Both couples from the United States qualified for the quarterfinals. Garber and Goldman finished 35th, while Joson and Sabler finished 44th. Ceska Televize, a Czech Television broadcaster, aired a 90-minute program called Galashow s Latinou, which aired during primetime, featuring the final six competitors. The audience members watching the television show were able to vote on the competitors for whom they thought should win. Dancers gave their best Latin performances of Samba, Jive, Paso Doble, Cha-Cha-Cha and Rumba through a series of quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. Ultimately favorites Evgeny Kuzin and Elina Popova from Russia became the world champions.


In addition to the Adult Latin competition, videos of the Youth Latin competition can be seen on the DanceSport Total YouTube channel. by Jean Stoddard

Both couples from the United States qualified for the quarterfinals. Garber and Goldman finished 35th, while Joson and Sabler finished 44th.

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

Northwest DanceSport Championships 011 Phoenix DanceSport Seattle, WA Jan 14 - 15, 2012

Derby City DanceSport Championships Louisville, KY Feb 18 - 19, 2012

The Quake San Francisco, CA February Nov 19, 2011 13, 2011

USA Dance Southwest Regional Laguna Woods Village, CA Feb 4, 2012

Mid-Atlantic Championships-NQE Bethesda, MD Feb 25 - 26, 2012

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Manhattan Amateur Classic-(MAC) Manhattan, NY Jan 13 - 15, 2012

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Chicago DanceSport Challenge-NQE Chicago, IL The Quake-NQE San Francisco, CA

Jan 13-15, 2012

Manhattan Amateur Cassic (MAC)-NQE Manhattan, NY

Jan 14-15, 2012

Derby City DanceSport Championships-NQE Louisville, KY National Youth Showdance Formation and Cabaret Championhips Rexburg, ID

Feb 25 - 26, 2012

Mid-Atlantic Championships-NQE Bethesda, MD

Northwest DanceSport Championships-NQE Seattle, WA

Mar 16 - 17, 2012

Jan 21, 2012

Mar 30 - Apr 1, 2012

Royal Palm Winter Frolic Extravaganza Coconut Creek, FL

Feb 4, 2012

USA Dance Southwest Regional-NQE Laguna Woods Village, CA Competitions noted as “NQE” are National Qualifying Events for the 2011 National DanceSport Championships.

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Steel City DanceSport Classic Pittsburgh PA

2012 National DanceSport Championships Baltimore, MD

April 20, 2012

National Adult Formation Championships Logan, UT

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Carolina Fall Classic - NQE

Nothing Could be Finer...

BY Carole Barber

“Southern hospitality and wonderful dancing are a great combination – make room on your competition calendar for next year’s Carolina Fall Classic, because nothing could be finer!“

Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina! That’s the song that over 300 participants were singing on October 7 – 9, 2011 at the third annual Carolina Fall Classic, which was held in Greensboro, North Carolina at the Downtown Marriott. While many of the competitors hailed from southern states, there were sizeable contingents from states such as New York, Colorado, and Minnesota who came to enjoy the beautiful weather as well as the southern hospitality provided by event hosts Wayne and Marie Crowder. Although everyone loves Wayne and Marie, the most popular Crowder at the Carolina Fall Classic was Wayne’s mom, Irene. Resplendent in her red, rhinestoned apron, she served hundreds of home-baked treats on Saturday afternoon to eager and hungry competitors. The buzz around the ballroom was not about the amazing dancing… it was about Miss Irene’s spice cakes and brownies! The competition kicked off on Friday evening with a full slate of mixed proficiency events, as well as several nonsanctioned “fun” events. Highlights included a spirited polka, won by crowd favorites Paul and Louise Guiliano of New York – Paul and Louise actually polkaed to the judges’ panel to accept their blue ribbons! Tom and Anne LaTourelle, who travelled from Minnesota to attend their first Carolina Fall Classic, wowed the crowd with their smooth style, winning both the bolero and the west coast swing events. The Friday night events were a great way to get excited about the competition that followed.

Andrew Sims & Emily Cobbs-Hines winners of the Adult Championship Latin Mikhail Belfer & Julie Lewis winners of the Adult Championship American Smooth Photos Courtesy of wayne crowder 40 DanceSport

While the rest of North Carolina was getting ready for college football on Saturday morning, competitors at the CFC took the floor in American Smooth and International Latin events. The spirited enthusiasm of the spectators in the ballroom helped the competitors bring their best to the floor. The highlight of the weekend was definitely the Saturday night events. A packed ballroom cheered on

Gianni Caliandro & Arianna Esposito winners of the Adult Championship Standard

competitors in the Championship events. Damian Pataluna and Irina Morozova impressed the audience and the judges with their performance and won the Adult Championship Rhythm event. Mikhail Belfer and Julie Lewis were victorious in the hotly contested Adult Championship Smooth event. One of the crowd’s favorites was the Adult Championship Latin event - Andrew Sim and Emily CobbHines of New York set the ballroom on fire with their fast jive footwork! Gianni Caliandro and Arianna Esposito, from nearby Charlotte, North Carolina, were the winners of the Adult Championship Standard; David and Liva Wright of Connecticut won the Senior I Championship Standard. Six USA Dance Chapters, the vendors, a Professional Dance Organization, 33 people, and several small groups supported the athletes by donating scholarships for the competition. www.USAdance.ORG

The competition drew to a close on Sunday with American Rhythm and International Standard events. As the final awards were handed out, the many volunteers from the Heartland Chapter of USA Dance smiled, knowing that they had helped run a most successful competition. Packing their shoes and their dresses away, competitors expressed their thanks for the many special touches that made the Carolina Fall Classic such a pleasure to attend. Competitor Ingrid White commented, “They just thought of everything – from the amazing treats all weekend long in the practice area, to the hairspray and bobby pins in the dressing room! We really did feel welcome!” Southern hospitality and wonderful dancing are a great combination – make room on your competition calendar for next year’s Carolina Fall Classic, because nothing could be finer! 2011 November - December 41

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The Time Is Now

The 2011 National Collegiate DanceSport Championships is right around the corner

By Michael Mecham


n 1650 the Minuet, originally a dance for peasants, was introduced into Paris and danced by King Louis XIV. The modern waltz took root in England around 1812, and was initially met with much opposition due to the seemingly improper closed position. The first unofficial world championship took place in 1909. In the 1920s basic dance steps were recorded and taught in an effort to educate and make dancing more available to the general public. Now it’s our turn. History may not be written, but you never know with the 2011 National Collegiate DanceSport Championships right around the corner. On November 19 and 20 college dancers had better be ready. The NCC is the only major competition for collegiate students on the national level. With an expected 800 students in attendance there will be plenty of opportunities to compete, learn and network. This is an opportunity for college athletes to come together and see who’s really the best. With heats of competition ranging from newcomer to championship, there is plenty 42 InStep

of competition to go around. In addition to the regular competitions this year, the third national formation dance competition will also be part of the NCC. Nobody is left on the sidelines during the team competition, where everybody will have an opportunity to show their school pride, while dancers from each school compete for the honor of being crowned the best college team in the nation. The University of Michigan currently holds the title, but teams are working hard to dethrone them. This year’s NCC will be an event to remember.


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November 19-20, 2011

Establishing Excellence for more information go to www.USAdance.ORG

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He escorts his partner onto the dance floor for the final round of the night. Smile. He looks into his partner’s face for that reassuring glance that says they’re both ready. Breathe. He begins to dance, and all the long hours of work finally pay off as every step is executed with ease and grace. Perfect. A small giggle escapes as he and his partner are announced as the champions. He looks to the stands and sees his mom. He’s 12, and he and his partner are pre-teen champions. He could be anyone. His mother could have signed him up for ballroom dance lessons for

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an after school activity. A young girl who was looking for a partner could have recruited him. Or, he could have always dreamed of becoming a ballroom champion. Regardless of the initial reason, ballroom competition for younger dancers can be an incredibly rewarding experience. With the New Year right around the corner it’s a great time to start looking at competitions. Many of the major competitions across the nation have categories for younger dancers, and whether it’s their first competition or the 50th. There’s nothying better than the energy and enthusiasm of young dancers on the floor. By Michael Mecham

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Fred Astaire Dance Studio Ft Myers Private and group lessons in International & American style ballroom and Latin dance for singles and couples as well as practice parties. Special lesson program for weddings. Theo Derleth 12123 S. Cleveland Ave, Ft Myers FL 33907 Phone 239-939-1517 Fax: 239-939-5639 Email: Website: Maplewood Dance Center Maine’s finest ballroom dance facility. Fully air conditioned and smoke free, facility features a 3,200 square foot maple dance floor. We offer a wide variety of group and private ballroom dance lessons at the beginner and intermediate levels. Facility also available for wedding receptions, reunions and other special events. 383 Warren Avenue, Portland ME 04103 Phone: 207-878-0584 Email: website: Patti Wells’ Dancetime Center Offering group classes, private and semi-private lessons in almost all partner dances including Latin, Ballroom, Swing, Tango, Blues, Country-Western and more, practice dance parties, San Diego Westie (WC Swing), San Diego Jitterbug Club. Top ranked, award winning dance instructors. Pattie Wells 1255 W Morena Blvd, San Diego CA 92110 Phone: 619-275-3533 Email: Website: Pacific Ballroom Dance Pacific Ballroom dance builds character in youth by providing a positive ballroom dance experience emphasizing inclusiveness, dedication, leadership, teamwork, fitness, respect and excellence. Our vision is to provide youth with a positive artistic, social and athletic experience designed to help them be productive

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