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Sail Me Away The USA Dance National Dance Cruise traveled to Alaska for some exciting adventures and unexpected events.

Preaparing for a World Stage USA Dance members swept the competition in Cali, Columbia, at a recent international competition that was held in preparation for next year’s World Games.

Official Publication of USA Dance

Dance Chapter Holds Special Olympics Competition

September-October 2012

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DVDs • Music • Books • and so much more!

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An Exciting Opportunity for Studios, Students and Teachers!

Dance Camp Los Angeles

May 2 - 5, 2013 at the

Los Angeles Airport Hilton Hotel

home of the Emerald Ball Dancesport Championships

Dance Camp Las Vegas

June 16 - 21, 2013 at the

Paris Hotel & Casino


On the Cover Photo By Danny Daniels Photography

10 Sail Me Away While breathtaking views, exciting excursions, and lots of dancing made the cruise fun for everyone, an unexpected turn of events made the third USA Dance National Dance Cruise particularly memorable.


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Fort Wayne USA Dance Chapter #2046 cooperated with many local partners to organize the fifth annual Fort Wayne DanceSport Special Olympics Ballroom Dance Competition.

38 Preparing for a World Stage Kseniya Sovenko and Dmitris Vorobiev blew away the competition at a recent WDSF Adult Open competition in Cali, Columbia. They hope to return for the World Games.

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President’s Report Editorial Information & Contributors Important Announcements

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Book Reviews Sail Me Away The Ultimate Travel Experience National Ballroom Dance Week Carolina Fall Classic/Rhythms of March Turn Your Fund-Raising Into Fun-Raising Jack Lebo: Louis Prima Jr. Dance Chapter Holds Special Olympics Competition


On Beat

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USA DANCE in the Public Eye Exclusive Interview: Val Chmerkovskiy


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Gumbo NQE Sets New Records Competition Calendars Senior I Standard Senior II Standard Preparing for a World Stage Professional Carrier

In Step

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California Students Have Dancing Feet National Collegiate Championships AD Marketplace and DanceMart

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Many USA Dance chapters are working hard to attract new members and provide dance services in the form of beginner lessons, social dances, and more advanced lessons, workshops and competitions so that our members keep coming back. Additionally, the general public is taking an increased notice of our chapters around the country and the opportunities they provide for ballroom dancing within their communities. The Access Dance Network is one of the reasons. Our chapters and members will recall that the Governing Council voted to begin using the services of Access Dance/Dance Notions to help grow ballroom dancing in local communities and point interested potential dancers to our local chapters. This program commenced in January of 2012, and as we continue to evaluate the progress of this program, there is no doubt that it is attracting attention. Here are some interesting statistics from the last two reporting months of June and July 2012: In June, 6,872 internet views were generated by people choosing to click and read more about one of the 168 USA Dance chapters being promoted via Access Dance; 717 of those people clicked on through to visit one of our chapter websites. In July, 7,295 views were generated because someone clicked for more information about one of the 169 USA Dance chapters being promoted via Access Dance; with 872 people clicking through to chapter websites.

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Of course not everyone who clicks through to a chapter’s website or takes the step to e-mail or call a chapter ends up attending a chapter event or becoming a new chapter member, but some do. The fact remains that all these people are interested in learning about ballroom dancing opportunities in their communities and are using the site to begin their search for places to take ballroom dance lessons and go dancing. Beyond all of our USA Dance chapters continuing to have the basic Bronze package, as of writing this report, 11 chapters have upgraded to start participating at the Silver level. At the Gold Level, Access Dance has already launched over 20 websites for our chapters, and is currently in development of 8 more; furthering our goal of creating uniform, more attractive and informative websites, and an ever-growing number of chapters are taking advantage of this opportunity. We congratulate the chapters that have taken the plunge and are using the services afforded them via Access Dance. For those chapters that have not yet availed themselves of these services, it is not too late to start, as each month provides a new opportunity to jump in and get involved in the effort to grow our organization and the dance activities we offer to all our members.

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

Angela Prince

Editorial Staff

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.

Editor-in-chief Shawn Fisher PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Michael Mecham WRITERS Michael Mecham • Ivor Lee • Breanna Olaveson ART & PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Aimee Mecham DESIGNERS Aimee Mecham • Michael Mecham •


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

Rates & Prices

American Dancer is published bimonthly as a service for members and is included in membership annual dues. •

Guest Writers


Individual Non-Member $25 Canadian Air Delivery $32 Overseas Air Delivery $36 Library Subscription $9 •

Jennifer Belcher Jack Lebo


AD REPRESENTATIVE Shawn Fisher 208.313.0465 e-mail: •

Cecil Phillips

American Dancer welcomes submissions of letters, articles and photos. All submissions are considered the property of American Dancer. Submission does not guarantee publication. Articles and letters may also be edited for length and content without notice to the author. Photos and other materials are not returned. Submissions may be sent to •

Barbara Wally

Jean Tauber



Must be high resolution, print quality digital photos. 600 dpi. Send to editorial office: e-mail: or mail to: American Dancer magazine PO Box 462 Rexburg, ID 83440-0462 •

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If you need information concerning membership or missed issues, contact: Mary at USA Dance Central Office 800.447.9047 • Fax: 239.573.0946 E-mail:

Sail Me Away The USA Dance National Dance Cruise traveled t oAlaska for some exciting adventures and unexpected events

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Janet Marrero and Tom Sanders aboard the USA Dance National Dance Cruise.

Preaparing for a World Stage USA Dance members swept the competition in Cali, Columbia, at a recent international competition that was held in preparation for next year’s World Games.

Official Publication of USA Dance

Dance Chapter Holds Special Olympics Competition

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Cover Photo

September-October 2012

Issue 38

Photo by Danny Daniels Photography

Announcements New WDSF Mobile App The new mobile version of the WDSF website is now available for the increasing number of visitors who regularly access “on the move” from mobile devices of the varied kind. The URL for the new mobile version is:

ATTENTION SENIOR IV DANCERS - Great News! USA Dance is pleased to announce the inaugural Senior IV National DanceSport Championships to be held at the Carolina Fall Classic in Charlotte, NC October 5-7, 2012. This will be the recognized official National Championship for all levels, bronze through championship, in all four styles. There is no prerequisite qualification NQE for attending this event. Normal rules of eligibility for a National Championship do apply. Plus you can qualify for all Senior III National events being held at the 2013 Nationals in Los Angeles. The organizer is extending the Early Bird registration until September 15.

USA Dance National Dance Cruise Host Program While the cruise is booked directly with the travel service, you will need to reserve your space in the Dance Cruise Host Program directly with USA Dance. The price is only $120 for the full week. Reservations are only available for the full week–not on a daily basis. It will not preclude you from dancing with others, just be sure you don’t miss your turn in the rotation. The hosts will be available every evening but not necessarily at the workshops. All dance hosts will be USA Dance members that come with references, dance experience of silver level or higher and winning personalities. The Dance Cruise Host Program is limited to the first 50 women only. To participate you will need to reserve your place. Pre-registration is required.


2012 September - October


BOOK REVIEWS By Shawn Fisher

Teach Like a Pro The ultimate guide for ballroom dance instructors Diane Jarmolow has put together one of the best and possibly only comprehensive teaching guides that is available to the general public as well as any one trying to learn the profession of teaching ballroom dance. It covers everything that one would need to know including warm-up exercises, which are often over-looked in our profession and sport. Another important factor covered is sales. Many professionals and future professionals learn the skills of dance and teaching but do not know how to close the deal.

Move Like a Champion “Move Like a Champion” is a great resource for all professional dancers in the business as well as the amateur athletes and social dancers. Many have not had an opportunity to study Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Somatics. This book gives any ballroom instructor a comprehensive, yet basic-for-all, guide to the body and how to understand it. I will be using this book in all of my dance major courses.

For almost 30 years Shawn Fisher has been teaching ballroom dance to various youth, college and adult groups. In addition to being the Editor-in-Chief of American Dancer, Shawn is also a Professor of dance at BYU-Idaho where over 800 students participate in all levels of ballroom courses each semester. Shawn is a DVIDA Fellow and Regional Examiner. He also serves as the National Dance Director for the National League of Junior Cotillions as well as the Director of the Idaho Ballroom Academy. Shawn’s knowledge and passion for dance has been cultivated over a lifetime of experience. 8 Dance Floor

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Training is only as good as the plan you have for implementing it. There are main strategies you can use. Turn what you learn 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.

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 how to put them in action.

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?” That way, you’re much more likely to follow through if you set goals now.

DATE: March 7 - 10, 2013

Give yourself the incentive you need to practice what you learn. Ask, “How does this apply to me?” Relate what you learn to yourself, and don’t settle for ‘abstract knowledge.’ Keep your current www.USAdance.ORG

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We managed a few workshops before departing for excursions in Juneau. Zip-lining, helicopter trips to the glaciers, whale watching, close encounters with real live bears, and many other events allowed everyone to create their own incredible and unique experiences.

Sail me Away By Jean Krupa

On Sunday, July 15, the staff arrived for early boarding at Princess terminal pier 91 in Seattle. After a smooth check-in we were able to pre-board and get the hospitality desk set up. We prepared for the 110 registered dancers and then kicked off the week’s events with a cocktail party. Announcements were made and after a fabulous dinner we dressed in our Red, White, and Blue and headed to Deck 17 for our first dance. Marta Pascale was our Dance Hostess. She selected the music, created a playlist and pointed out where the hosted ladies would be sitting. The ship’s Captain made some announcements and said he would not be cutting in with any more announcements for the rest of the cruise unless it was very important. 10 Dance Floor

The next day brought workshops galore! Compliments abounded with how wonderful all the instructors were. That evening we prepared for our first Formal dance “The Snowflake Ball”, with ladies in white, silver, ice blue, etc. and the men in their tuxes—what a beautiful sight. Halfway through our dance the captain made another announcement, and we were told the ship was turning around to answer a “Mayday.” A small yacht was in distress and we headed for it full steam ahead. We arrived shortly before the coast guard rescue helicopter and positioned the ship to help block the wind while they dropped the basket to the people below. Many stayed up late watching the rescue from their balconies or windows.

Photos By Danny Daniels Photography

This put a six-hour delay in the planned arrival for Ketchikan, but not one complaint. There was a feeling that we had all participated in an event that we were sure to remember for the rest of our lives. It made the cruise especially meaningful. The next day brought us to Glacier Bay and information sessions with National Park rangers. We managed a few workshops before departing for excursions in Juneau. Zip-lining, helicopter trips to the glaciers, whale watching, close encounters with real live bears, and many other events allowed everyone to create their own incredible and unique experiences. After the evening dances some would head to the Princess Theater for the late show or head to the Wheelhouse Bar for more dancing and socializing. We had an exclusive area in the dining room, where table hopping was encouraged. After our final whirlwind day it was time to say our good-byes as some were heading into Victoria for some sightseeing while others opted to stay on board for the shows and dancing. I want to thank everyone who helped make this an amazing and memorable event. Thank you all for joining us on a wonderful Alaskan cruise adventure. Be sure to visit our Facebook page for more pictures and links on the rescue. www.USAdance.ORG

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Travel Experience By Jean Krupa

As the dark days of winter approach, join us this December 1-8 when we will once again cruise the Caribbean for our 4th USA Dance national dance cruise with unparalleled entertainment and nightlife, unrivaled dance workshops and unexpected exclusive excursions. Heading to the far southern tip of the Caribbean off the coast of South America, you’ll need the full seven days to take it all in. Onboard the Princess Caribbean will be just as incredible as visiting the islands. We will visit the pristine beaches of Curacao with its unspoiled dive sites and ideal weather; it is considered the hidden treasure of the Caribbean. It is also known for its cultural traditions passed down by West African slaves and 19th century Scottish settlers. We will also be stopping at Aruba for the day where 70 years ago a German supply boat was scuttled and is now home to marine life, its walls are adorned with brain coral, tube sponges and fan worms. Next stop is a private island owned by Princess so you can have your day in the sun. We will have 3 full days at sea-which means more time for dance workshops with the crowd-

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pleasing instruction of Dan and Silke Calloway and Mary Evans. Will we be having theme nights? You bet! A couple of the instructors suggested “Super Heroes Night”. Get your capes ready. These cruises, while a chance to meet fellow dancers from across the nation, also help to support our USA Dance programs. So while you are doing something nice for yourself you are also helping support USA Dance. We will be departing from Fort Lauderdale, FL on Saturday, December 1. Let Yourself Go and let yourself go!

Come join us this December for your second chance cruise with USA Dance!


oin USA Dance members, family and friends for our Fourth National Dance Cruise, December 1-8, 2012, aboard the beautiful Caribbean Princess. Leaving from Ft. Lauderdale and visiting exotic destinations such as Curacao and Aruba, you’ll enjoy a wide variety of dance classes with America’s top professional instructors as well as nearly non-stop activities on board. Cabins are limited, so make your reservations NOW! *Based on double occupancy. Cruise taxes and insurance not included.

Travel Themes and Dreams is a licensed and bonded Florida Seller of Travel (#ST-37225)

Book now by calling 866-391-2680 or go online to

USA Dance, Inc., a 501c3 non profit organization, is the national governing body for DanceSport in the United States and representative organization for social dancers across America. Cruise organizer is USA Dance Social VP Jean Krupa.


2012 September - October 13


23rd ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S WEEKEND EVENT Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, Virginia FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2012 – MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2012


American & International Styles


Performances, Social Dancing & Lessons


Western & Line Dancing

Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Shag, Country

Plus MUCH MORE! Photography, Video, Shoes & Dancewear Photo by: Carson Zullinger, Photographer

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Friday – December 28

PROFESSIONAL SHOWS & EXHIBITATIONS Special Feature Performances by: Nazar Norov & Irina Kudryashova

2010 US National Rising Star Professional International Latin Bronze Medalists, 2011 Wisconsin State Dancesport Champions, 2011 Southern States Dancesport Champions & Winners and Grand Finalists of many prestigious events around the country.

Workshop Instructors Alan Hedgpath Clive Stevens Emily Drinkall Ernest Williams Marie Rants Sam & Denise Miller Walter & Judy Schultz Wesley Acker Zhenya & Rebekah Kluykin

Main Ballroom DJs Alan Hedgpeth Wesley Acker

Hotel Accommodations

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Room Rate: $77/per night Ask for Special USA Dance Rate at 800-325-3535 www.USAdance.ORG

1:00 PM – 5:15 PM


7:30 PM 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Main Ballroom Doors Open SWING SOCIAL DANCE

Includes additional Professional, Pro/Am & Amateur Exhibitions 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Club Rooms Open

Saturday – December 29 9:30 AM - 5:15 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM – 12:00 AM

Workshops Main Ballroom Doors Open DINNER DANCE

Buffet Dinner Service Special Feature Performances by Nazar Norov & Irina Kudryashova Patryk Ploszaj & Anna Kaczmarski

Includes additional Professional, Pro/Am & Amateur Exhibitions Youth Scholarship Awards Presentation 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Club Rooms Open

Sunday – December 30 11:00 AM - 5:15 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM – 12:00AM

Workshops Main Ballroom Doors Open LATIN SOCIAL DANCE

Includes Professional, Pro/Am & Amateur Exhibitions 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Club Rooms Open

Monday – December 31 9:30 AM – 3:45 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM – 12:00 AM

Workshops Main Ballroom Doors Open NEW YEAR’S GALA

Special Feature Performances by Nazar Norov & Irina Kudryashova Buffet Dinner Service 8:00-10:00 pm New! Midnight Toast & Continental Breakfast 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Club Rooms Open

SPECIAL YOUTH PROGRAM Saturday, December 29, 2012

Patryk Ploszaj & Anna Kaczmarski Junior II Ten-Dance, Latin & Standard Champions USA Dance 2012 National DanceSport Championships Photo By Carson Zullinger

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Two Hour Workshops with Q&A Session Dance Styles: Tango & Cha Cha Special Bonus:

(4) Four $75 scholarships will be awarded to (2) two deserving students from workshop participants (2) Two additional $75 scholarships will be raffle prizes. A $100 scholarship awarded to “Best Studio” Participants can meet with Anna & Patryk before their Dinner Dance performance at a Photo Reception. Announcement of Scholarship Awards Winners & special recognition at the Dinner Dance Show. Attendance not required to receive award.

Tickets – All Events & Workshops For best seats, purchase online & EARLY!!! To purchase online, go to our website at: or contact Gretchen Allen, Vice President at 757-287-8288 or email: NEWYEARSGALA@TWCUSADANCE.ORG mail order forms to: USA Dance of Tidewater PO Box 62321 Virginia Beach, VA 23466 2012 September - October 15

national ballroo dance week Three-hundred-and-fourteen million, two-hundred-and-nine thousand, three-hundred-and-twelve people are missing out. That’s how many United States citizens are currently not members of USA Dance and are therefore unaware of the incredible week of dancing celebrations going on around the country September 21-30. National Ballroom Dance Week is the perfect opportunity to share the joy of dancing with every person in the nation. If every member of USA Dance brought one person to participate in NBDW, and then everyone who participated this year invited someone else next year, and the pattern continued, then in 15 short years every human being (and possibly a few extra-terrestrials) in the United States would be enjoying this dance extravaganza! In order to reach this dancing utopia, the


Working Hands of National Ballroom Dance Week” have to be unified in their efforts. These hands are amateurs, professionals, studios, media, and municipalities.

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The Amateurs

While all amateurs are invited and welcome, oftentimes the “engines” behind NBDW are the USA Dance members and chapters. Every member of USA Dance has the distinct advantage of being informed of this upcoming jamboree and therefore has the opportunity to take full advantage of it. They also have the advantage of having inside information that will help them determine which events they will probably enjoy the most. Many fine chapters keep their members up-to-speed through regular newsletters and emails. The amateurs have historically been the workers that collate, schedule and promote the NBDW calendar in the area. Professionals, studios, media and municipalities then play a great part in spreading the scheduled word.

The Professionals

There are many professionals of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds. Some teach in studios, some teach in school gymnasiums, and some teach in their living rooms. All of these people are incredibly important to the dancing community and should therefore be important to NBDW. During NBDW many of these professionals in the past have expanded their lesson hours, volunteered at events, and even offered free or discounted lessons. Without advertising for students, their participation has led to new students

om from an increased pool, and will undoubtedly continue to spread the benefits and enjoyment of ballroom dance to an ever-increasing population of community members.

isn’t very fruitful this year, it may lay the foundation for future success.

The Studios

Get as many people as you can involved, especially the Mayor and the Mayor’s office. Obtain dance lessons for them if possible. This will provide an opportunity for members of the community to see their fearless leader in ballroom action. It may be beneficial to contact local libraries, fire and police stations, or other facilities for possible rooms, willing volunteers, or even event ideas. If possible, it is always beneficial to obtain an official proclamation for NBDW from the local mayor and governor, then to publicize the fact as far and as fast as possible.

In past years, the studios that have most benefited from NBDW are those that hold an “open house” throughout NBDW, welcoming in everyone at no-cost or near no-cost. Providing group lessons, parties, showcases and a wealth of dance knowledge makes the studios a hub of information during dance week. This has the potential to introduce a lot of new would-be dancers to a studio. NBDW also provides an opportunity for studios to put their best foot forward in the community and perpetuate the growing popularity of ballroom in the United States.

The Media

There is no silver bullet when working with the media. Different approaches work for different people in different areas. Trading dance lessons for a 30-second highlight on a local news station might work, placing an advertisement in the newspaper may attract people, or holding a photo contest could draw in local photographers to an event. The sky is the limit. The trick is to try many different approaches and never give up. Even if something

The Municipalities

NBDW is a lot of work, but when the “Five Working Hands of National Ballroom Dance Week” come together in a unified effort, it becomes an incredible opportunity to share the passion and excitement of ballroom dance with neighbors and friends, one day at a time. By Michael Mecham


2012 September - October 17

Carolina. Fall. Classic By Jennifer Belcher


October. There is just something about that month that most everyone loves-cool cozy nights, warm fall colors, college football, and of course Halloween. But for me, October is one of my favorite months for an entirely different reason. When I think of October, I think of three important words. Carolina. Fall. Classic. What can I say? I have a weakness for Dancesport Competitions and second only to USA Dance Nationals, the Carolina Fall Classic has become my alltime favorite competition. What makes the Carolina Fall Classic a true gem has nothing to do with its location (except for of course that down-home, Southern charm). It is all the factors that are innate to the competition that make it unavoidable in my book! Wayne and Marie Crowder have never strayed far from their competitor roots. Their attention to detail and awareness of the needs of all involved make the CFC enjoyable to athlete, judge, and spectator alike. Not everyone is an athlete though. No worries. From the moment you approach the ticket table you are inundated with warm welcomes, southern hospitality, and smiling volunteers. Additionally, the mood in the ballroom is nothing short of amazing. It offers a highly charged environment which is a blast for spectators and highly supportive for athletes. This year the competition transitions from its location in Greensboro, North Carolina to Charlotte, North Carolina. This is an exciting change that should introduce a larger city to the wonderful world of Dancesport competition. The Hilton Charlotte University Place is the perfect venue for this competition. The ballroom and adjacent areas have large, floor-to-ceiling windows offering the light of day to athletes and spectators who are all too often “shut-in” during a comp weekend. To everyone I know that is planning on competing, watching, cheering, and participating in some variety at the Carolina Fall Classic, I say to you, “GET EXCITED!” I know I am.

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Rhythms of March

By Ruth Wilbourne

The Tri-Cities chapter encompasses the cities of Colonial Heights, Petersburg and Hopewell, locally referred to as the “Tri-Cities.” The chapter also includes surrounding counties and Fort Lee, VA, the Army’s third-largest training site. The chapter sponsored dance lessons for Advanced Individual Training soldiers at Fort Lee. Soldiers came to class wearing combat boots and changed into dress shoes. They were so enthusiastic that 40 soldiers attended the dance we had in their honor. Since March 2006, the chapter has held a special dance once a year at The Lee Club, on this Army facility. The Lee Club has the most beautiful ballroom in Central Virginia. The Rhythms of March dance will be held on March 9, 2013. The 2013 dance will be even bigger and better than previous years and include exhibitions by Gabor Seres and Mariya Vysotskaya. The National Chapter Conference will be held in Richmond, VA March 7-9, 2013. The conference hotel is about 35 minutes from Fort Lee, VA. We hope those who attend will opt to include the Fort Lee dance in their plans. You won’t want to miss this fabulous event.

Please join Vivian Beiswenger and dancers from around the country on one of our luxury cruises on the most famous ocean liners in the world and the number one river cruise line. We have chosen Cunard Cruise Line for our ocean 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. for adults who like to dress up. We chose Viking River Cruises because of the Viking way of first class luxury river cruising.

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 in luxury. Cruises marked with *** are official escorted dance cruises, but all Cunard cruises will have the usual ballroom dance amenities. Viking cruises will provide first rate opportunities for luxury river cruising where larger ships can’t go. These smaller ships sell-out early, so book your 2013 cruise today with a $500 per person deposit. $100 per person cancellation penalty.

Here are our best choices for 2012/2013

***Apr. 10, 2013 PARIS AND THE HEART OF NORMANDY (April in Paris): 8-day round-trip Paris, on Viking River Cruise’s “Pride” combines the magic of Paris and the beauty of France’s Normandy countryside with stops in Giverny, Vernon, Rouen, Normandy Beaches, Les Andelys, and Conflans. SOLDOUT! ***Oct. 23, 2013 GRAND EUROPREAN TOUR: 15 magical days along the Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers from Amsterdam to Budapest on Viking River Cruises “Odin” including Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary. This is Viking’s most popular itinerary and will sell out soon. Book today! ***Mar. 12, 2013 PANAMA CANAL DISCOVERY: 18-night LA to NY on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth through the Panama Canal with stops in Puerto Vallarta, San Juan Del Sur (Nicaragua), Puntarenas (Costa Rica), Curacao, Grand Cayman, and Fort Lauderdale

Jan.-Apr., 2013 WORLD AND EXOTIC CRUISES: on one of Cunard’s Queens, including 120-day round-trip NY (or 106day round-trip London), 12-day Sidney to Sidney, 20-day Hong Kong to Dubai (including Singapore and India), and 36-day Pearls of the Pacific. Call for more options. June 1-15, 2013 (to coincide with the end of the Blackpool Festival) Scandinavia, St. Petersburg, Estonia, and Germany: on Cunard’s Queen Victoria round-trip Southampton, 14-night canal city adventure. Jul. 1-6, 2013 4th OF JULY GETAWAY NEW ENGLAND & CANADA: 5 days; Cunard’s Queen Mary 2; round trip NY Aug. 18, 2013 ROOF OF THE WORLD TOUR: 16-day Beijing to Shanghai with Viking River Cruises with stops in Xian, Lhasa, Shibaozhai, three River Gorges & Dam, Lesser Three Gorges, Jingzhou, and Wuhan; optional extension to Hong Kong and Guilin. See Nov./Dec. Dance Spotlight report on 2011 trip: Sep. 10, 2013 NEW ENGLAND & CANADA: 12 days; Nov. 29, 2012 MEDITERRANEAN MOMENTS: 10-night Cunard’s Queen Mary 2; round trip NY. Rome to London on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, starting in Sep. 10, 2013 GREEK ISLES & MEDITERRANEAN: 12 Southampton with stops in Florence/Pisa, Monte Carlo, days; Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth; Rome to Venice. Barcelona, Palma, and Seville. Sep. 22, 2013 ADRIATIC & BLACK SEA: 12 days; Cunard’s Dec. 22, 2012 CHRISTMAS & NYE CARIBBEAN FIESTA: Queen Elizabeth; Venice to Athens. 12-night round-trip NY on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 includes St. Many dates: TRANSATLANTIC on the QUEEN MARY 2: Thomas, Dominica, St. Lucia, Barbados, & St. Kitts. one of our favorite cruises from NY to Southampton or reverse. While we have great group rates, regional promotions and past passenger discounts, as well as occasional flash 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 your preferred cabin type: inside, outside, balcony, or suite. Don’t forget contact info. We’ll help you to find a cabin mate. We currently have several men and women looking for a cabin mate on one or more of these cruises.


Call 215-855-2711 or 215-530-3482 or email Visit our website at

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Fund-Raising into Fun-Raising! Every chapter has a wish list of projects – from children’s ballroom dance classes to NQE’s. But those projects require–ugh–FUNDS. Fund-raising can be one of the biggest challenges a chapter faces. With limited time and resources, the thought of having to pull off a successful fund-raiser can send board members quick-stepping right out the back door! To help with ideas for your fund-raising bag of tricks, we plan to feature a successful fund-raising idea in each edition of American Dancer. A successful fundraiser must accomplish two goals: 1) Raise Money, and 2) Raise Awareness–in keeping with our mission to “increase the quality and quantity of ballroom dance”. The first successful fund-raising project comes from MASSabda Chapter 3002 President, Jim DeCecca and Secretary/Project Chairperson Mary Wallace. Having completed the second successful year, this is a partnership with an area Barnes & Noble bookstore. It all started when a Boston-area TV celebrity/ investigative reporter by day and novelist by night, Hank Phillippi Ryan, was scheduled for a booksigning. Mary approached the store’s outreach coordinator about a partnership. Little did Mary know, but this well-known nation-wide retailer has an established non-profit partnership program in many locations. Here’s how it works: The non-profit organization (must support education) signs on with the store for the book-signing event including the week following and receives a percentage of 20 Dance Floor

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profits from book sales–in store and online–and café purchases. Qualifying purchases must be made using the special code assigned to the non-profit for that week only. And, the more money that comes in, the higher the percentage of proceeds to the charity! It is easy to see the non-profit is responsible for getting people in the store or shopping online to increase sales. How did the chapter get the word out? They designed and printed flyers, and chapter officers delivered them to area chapter dances and dance studios. Regular “count-down” email blasts were sent to members, who were encouraged to invite friends and family. About two weeks prior to the event, the store displayed posters. The first year’s book-signing was a success, but the second year was even better! Mary reports that planning for this second event began three months out. She worked with the store’s outreach coordinator to recruit competitive ballroom dancer, CEO and author of Becoming Ginger Rogers, Patrice Tanaka. Ms. Tanaka spoke about getting her start in dancing at the age of 50 and how dancing made her a better CEO. The chapter arranged a salsa exhibition, and a dance lesson followed. About $2,500 was raised from the latest bookwww.USAdance.ORG

signing event, and the funds will go toward The Kids Ballroom Dancing Program in thirteen Massachusetts schools as well as the chapter’s upcoming New England DanceSport Championship NQE. Did they accomplish both goals: Raise Money and Raise Awareness? They certainly did! So you think you might give the Barnes & Noble partnership a try? Here are some tips: Visit a local Barnes & Noble store and talk with the store manager, better yet, the store’s outreach coordinator. Share this article with them. Schedule your event during holidays–November through March. Delegate: you will need a project coordinator/store liaison, someone to design and distribute flyers, and ALL of your members to get the word out. Plan ahead–at least three months lead time. By Jean Tauber

Does your chapter have a successful fund-raiser to share? Send your ideas to:

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Louis Prima Jr. Carries on the Legacy Louis Prima Jr. carries on the legacy and standards of the music his father made famous. His dad, known as the original “King of Swing,” started his career during the 1930’s. He was the innovator. With his distinguished sound and boisterous presence, Prima Sr. made history in the theatres, breaking house records wherever he performed. Despite making an indelible musical mark from his New Orleans roots in the 30’s, throughout the big band era, and even penning the first song inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, Sing, Sing, Sing, it was in Las Vegas where Louis Prima is best known.

Louis Prima and the Witnesses became a legendary landmark during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Audiences from everywhere had come to witness this most-talkedabout attraction. Like many “high rollers,” and celebrities, even the famed “Rat Pack” was spotted at the wildest show on the Vegas strip. Louis Sr.’s performances encompassed all the styles of music, as long as it swung hard and fast. He used styles from New Orleans-style jazz, Boogie Woogie, Swing, Blues, Big Band and early Rock & Roll.

He created his own sound and transformed it into magic, with hits like, Jump, Jive and Wail, Just a Gigolo, Old Black Magic, Buona Sera and When You’re Smiling. lasting, even to this day as covers of his classics became modern-days hits for David Lee Roth, Reba McIntyre and bandleader Brian Setzer.

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He was the “Big Daddy” of them all. His musical legacy continues to be long

Big Band Report By Jack Lebo

In 1965, Gia Maione, Prima’s singing partner and wife, gave birth to Louis’ only son, Prima Jr. Louis Jr. began his musical career with drums at the age of five and then moved onto piano. By age eight, he became a virtuoso of all musical instruments including trumpet and guitar. Throughout Jr. and Senior High Schools, Prima Jr. performed in Jazz and Classical bands. Following graduation, he decided to stray away from his musical roots and pursue a career in management, but that was short-lived. At age twenty-two, Louis Jr. got the bug back. “After singing several times with my sister, Lena and the Witnesses, I had to return,” explains Louis. In 1995, following a number of years of leading a rock group, Louis decided to go back to his roots–his dad’s music.

Enlisting his sister and the musical direction of Prima Sr.’s old B-3 player, they formed a tribute to his father’s popular Vegas show. Almost a decade since then, Louis Jr. was approached by a long-time friend, John Scaglione. Talking about old Las Vegas glamour and entertainment, Scaglione asked Louis what it would take to return to the stage and

Louis Prima Jr.

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recreate the legendary show. This would be a recreation, not just a tribute show. The time was right for it, so Louis Jr. formed an 8-piece group including three horns. The 90-minute show features a variety

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of his father’s famous songs and they became an immediate hit. Many

fans and music critics remarked how much Louis Jr. moves and sounds like his dad when on stage. The group recently performed at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans to sellout crowds, and is now very much in demand. Louis Prima lives again in the person of his talented offspring, Louis Prima Jr.!

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Dance Chapter Holds

Special Olympics Competition By Breanna Olaveson

In many ways, this competition was like most others. About 40 couples came to compete in five different dances after preparing for months, and all USA Dance rules applied. But this competition was entirely financed by sponsors, everyone received a ribbon, and it was staffed entirely by volunteers.

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In July, the fifth annual Fort Wayne DanceSport Special Olympics Ballroom Dance Competition brought 40 dancers with special needs and several volunteer partners to the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and its success is a testament of how much good dancing can do. “It went extremely well,” said Dan Keck, event coordinator. “I was really proud of everybody and what a great job they did.” Three groups—The Arc of Allen County, Pathfinders of Huntington County, and an independent group—worked to provide lessons, shoes, and other necessities for their dancers with special needs. Three other groups—Fort Wayne DanceSport Chapter #2046, Special Olympics of Indiana, and Easter Seals ARC—hosted the competition. Then a team of dedicated volunteers and sponsors from local businesses provided the legwork of running and financing the competition, which was a great benefit to the athletes who competed. “There is a need out there, and we can help,” Dan said. “It doesn’t take much. It’s a really rewarding


“They are so excited about getting out on the floor to compete, and they are overjoyed when they get their ribbons.”

thing to be involved in, because you see the looks on those people’s faces and see how excited they are. You get to know them—it’s a good program.”

said. “They are so excited about getting out on the floor to compete, and they are overjoyed when they get their ribbons.”

Volunteers including Alicia Kaufman, Jane McGill, Emily Chalupa, Trista Rose Miller and Audrey Hindle worked to make the competition a success. Others volunteered as “unified dancers,” or partners for those with special needs. Unified dancers practice and compete with one or more partners, and everything is free to them as volunteers.

The competition was a positive experience for people with special needs in Indiana, but there are unfortunately few competitions like this elsewhere. The event can be replicated, however, and Dan says one of the chapter’s goals is to help other chapters hold similar events.

“The unified dancer gets the benefit because it doesn’t cost them a dime,” Dan said. “I was a unified dancer one year, and I got hooked because it’s so rewarding. You get to know these people, and you see how excited they are.” But the reason for all the volunteer effort was to provide a good experience for the athletes, and that’s just what they did. “There is a lot about this competition that gives people with special needs a lot of confidence,” Dan


“We envision that we might have several of these programs so we might be able to have regional and then final competitions,” Dan said. “From this point on, we hope to not only improve this event but also make it repeatable so other groups can develop this program.”

For more information about the competition and how your chapter can get involved in holding similar events, email organizer@fwdancesport. org or call (260) 440-7004.

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PUBLIC EYE Angela Prince

Putting Our Best Face Forward: Is Your Chapter Using Facebook To Its Advantage? For USA Dance, Facebook has become an important communication vehicle for connecting to our members, friends and supporters. Our national organization now has several pages that we hope everyone will “join” or “follow” :

USA Dance Inc American Dancer Magazine USA Dance Competitions USA Dance National Dance Cruise USA Dance National DanceSport Championships All of our 174 chapters also have the opportunity to create an official Facebook page, working with Administrative Director Efrosyni Iosiphidis (also on Facebook) who will

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either jumpstart or guide the chapter Facebook page set-up (including all the security measures you’ll want in place). More than half of our chapters now have active pages – and many have gained great momentum and connection with their local community. Many of the volunteers at the national level are keeping up with our chapters as they post news and views about chapter events and activities, athlete achievement, community relations, all the great things their members are doing to support ballroom dancing and USA Dance. We often share your news on the national pages AND we get story ideas from your postings for American Dancer magazine.

12 points for successful chapter Facebook Pages...

Post information/news on your page at least once a week, but 2-3 times creates more interest from members and encourages them to participate. Consider uploading great photos and video taken at your events – everyone loves a great spotlight performance! And most everyone loves being “in the news.” [One quick note – do give credit to photographers and ask for permission before uploading photos. Also, be sure the photos are complimentary to the subjects.] Encourage members to share USA Dance news and talk more about the events past and upcoming. Create different photo albums to celebrate the events and members. Add links to YouTube videos from your chapter (Orlando Chapter does a great job at this – check out their page and also on USA Dance Inc.) Equally important is finding chapter members and other dance friends in your area already on Facebook and asking them to join. Send them the URL link to your Facebook page and then all they have to do is click to your page. Send out the link in your chapter newsletters and emailings and add it to your website home page so people can click through to the Facebook page. Consider adding links to the USA Dance membership page so new people can join and members can renew. ( Consider sharing great news and ideas from one chapter’s page on your page.

Remember that USA Dance for the national and chapter Facebook pages has a no-advertising policy (which is found on our website and in the About Section on the USA Dance Inc Facebook page). We encourage our members and friends to share USA Dance news, announcements and other valuable information, but our Facebook pages can’t become the advertising “billboards” for others who want to promote non-USA Dance events, personal items for sale and general business. It can actually turn followers away. Our organization, at all levels, fully supports the dance and dancesport industry, and we value our relationships with all. We encourage businesses to become official sponsors of USA Dance, helping us to support our programs and events – but we have other ways in which they can connect with advertising – in our chapter newsletters and American Dancer magazine, as sponsors at our events, NQEs and at Nationals, and as underwriters of special programs. What should a chapter do when others post advertising and solicitation-type information on the Facebook pages? The chapter administrator of the page needs to delete the post, but also, please write to the person posting to explain about the policy. They’ll understand and appreciate that you valued the relationship enough to contact them. It may open the door to ways that they can become a sponsor or advertiser at the Chapter level.

Any questions? Glad to assist! Write to us at

Consider sharing the USA Dance Inc Facebook page postings on your page (the Los Angeles Chapter does a great job doing this). www.USADANCE.ORG

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Check out some of the recent FaceBook postings by our members...

Brett Roberts/ The Greater NY Chapter

If you like “Ballroom” USA Dance is IT!

New England DanceSport Championships NQE

The New England DanceSport Championships and MASSabda/USA Dance Chapter 3002, invite you to participate in our Event Sponsor Program and support our National Qualifying Event for the USA Dance 2013 National DanceSport Championships. Dancers from New England and across the nation will participate at all age groups, from Preteen to Senior, at skill levels from Beginner to Championship. The public will enjoy competition in the American and International Dance styles.

As announced in a news item late last week, the new mobile version of the WDSF website becomes available as of today for the increasing number of visitors who regularly access “on the move” from mobile devices of the varied kind. Regardless whether you call up from an iPhone, IPad or Android phones or tablets, whatever, the streamlined menu will allow you to navigate with great ease around the key sections such as results, calendar, news, blogs, etc. No, it is not a full-fledged application (yet); that is still to come in the foreseeable future. But the reformatted site is state-of-the-art and comprehensive already. Place an icon on your home screen and off you go: (almost) everything is there, right at the tips of your fingers, without the need of zooming in and out.

Jean Krupa, Social VP Please join us in the alluring Southern Caribbean with USA Dance members, their families and friends for the Fourth USA Dance National Dance Cruise, December 1-8, 2012 aboard Princess Cruises’ fantastic Caribbean Princess.

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Ken Richards, DanceSport VP

Melva Gail Smith/ Louisville, KY Chapter

Ideas for ballroom dance week. Just heard our chapter is planning on having a teach about ballroom line dances at perhaps a local mall. This should catch the attention of those who do not have dance partners, as one is not needed for line dance. What a wonderful and friendly way to introduce them to ballroom steps. I was wondering if any other chapters might be doing something like this, or if anyone might be doing line dancesport steps? As always I’d love to interview and write an article on it.

John Davis/Orlando Chapter

The Orlando FL Chapter will hold a “National Ballroom Dance Week Celebration Ball” on Sept. 21, featuring a “Dancing Through the Generations” show at intermission. Four member-couples will each perform a short dance demo: Our youngest (7 yrs old), then a college couple, then a middle-aged couple, and finally a senior couple. In addition, we encourage area dance studios to hold open houses on different dates during NBDW, which our Chapter publicizes in our NBDW press releases.

Angela Prince, PR Director

Our friend dancer Aubree Marchione is working on a documentary film that will raise awareness for wheelchair dancing as an innovative form of rehabilitation for people with disabilities. Please learn more and consider helping. When dancing can improve people’s lives for the better, it’s a good thing!

Orlando Chapter #6002 USA DANCE show for Altamonte Springs Special Needs Summer Camp Volunteers taught, performed for, and partnered with individuals with Special Needs (intellectual disabilities, like autism, Down Syndrome, etc.) at the USA DANCE* show for the Altamonte Springs Special Needs Summer Camp. { *USA DANCE is a non-profit all-volunteer organization to promote all partner, lead-and-follow dances, including Latin, Swing, and Smooth dances.} Dances performed were Bachata, Salsa, Rumba, ChaCha, Hustle, Swing, Tango, Waltz, and Foxtrot. A Merengue Competition between campers’ teams was judged by Mrs. Orlando and her two daughters. Thank you to Volunteers Christian, Marina, Paul, Desi, Patty, Zander, Lucy, Cindy, Michele, Edmund, Chuck, Susan, Gisela and John


The Chicagoland Chapter #2001 of USA Dance looks forward to hosting you at the USA Dance 2012 Chicago DanceSport Challenge National Qualifying Event on Friday to Sunday, November 2-6, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, 9300 West Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, IL 60018. The Hyatt Regency O’Hare offers a large ballroom with a 44’ x 72’ floor and a separate 30’ x 50’ wooden practice floor. We invite DanceSport athletes from all over the US to compete and all those who love ballroom dancing to come watch the competition and enjoy the Friday and Saturday evening social dancing. If you are a member of USA Dance Chicagoland Chapter 2001 and would like to volunteer, please contact Barbara Finn at

Paul Lem/ The Greater NY Chapter

To all fellow dancers, with a passion for dancing, USA Dance is your source for great dancing and up to the minute news about dancing.


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2012 September - October 29

Exclusive Interview

Val Chmerkovskiy By Ivor Lee

You’ve had a few seasons under your belt. How do you view Dancing with the Stars differently now that you’ve become involved with the show? I love my experiences on the show, with no regrets—I love my job. I get to be on stage in front of millions, and showcase what all the hard work and sacrificing was for. I get to be on a show with my brother, best friend, and future uncle to my kids. Maks and I are making lifelong memories for our family one episode, one piece of choreography, one picture at a time.

What do you have to deal with now that you didn’t have to before? Has your training regimen/practice/workout changed much?

The question should be “What DON’T you have to deal with now, that you had to deal with before?” All jokes aside, life now is drastically different from my competitive days. Different doesn’t imply better or worse, just different. Growing up the way I did was a brutal blessing. I was saturated in my activities. Music, concertmaster was the goal. School, 4.0 GPA or fail. Dance, World Champion or you’re like the rest. These were the standards I was raised by, by the most incredible people in the world: my parents. As I grew older and made professional commitments to certain areas in my life (DanceSport), my lifestyle fully merged with my profession. I was a full time (competing/teaching) ballroom dancer. My regimen now has changed completely. This year was the first time I saw dinner at 8pm on a weekday. I saw what a Friday night looks like and what traveling (not for a competition) feels like. Competitors in general in this business are STRUGGLING! Yes, my life IS different, but there are always two sides to a seesaw. I learned how important “routine” is to the stability of a human being—even psychologically. I’ve always been disciplined but I never had to find my way. I was shown the light and I ran to it, running faster than anyone else. 30 On Beat

But now there are way too many lights. Pun intended. I can see why there is so much drug abuse in Hollywood, it’s unfortunately justified. The inconsistency and competition in this business can drive people without a support system crazy. That’s why I don’t even bother with the lights. I’m focused on me and my future, and I’m fully committed to observing, studying, and learning about the entertainment business and all the opportunities that are coming my way. I’m applying tools that I learned throughout the years of competing and teaching, and I’m realizing how many parallels there are. Everything is changing, but the more it changes the more I fall in love with my memories as a competitive dancer. That’s something that will be a part of me forever. I have a lot of love for DanceSport and the family that used to be. To answer the question: Whatever you do. To be successful you have to do it with integrity, discipline, and passion.

How does the workload compare to when you were dancing competitively? It’s a different workload. Different set of stresses, different skills used, and most importantly different challenges. But if you want to be successful you have to put in the time–honest time. I never expect anything to just be given to me. And anyway I wouldn’t want it that way. I want something that’s NOT easily attainable and so I’m willing to wait for it, strain for it, while consistently WORKING for it. There’s a workload if you want to take on a workload. If you look for shortcuts, you will most certainly find them, but you’ll also find yourself in the same place that you started. I shine ‘cause I grind.

How much time do you normally get to put together a routine?

You have 3 weeks before the show starts to rehearse with you partner—cameras on, and all that jazz. At the end of the first week you get the song for the Week 1 performance. Now you have 2 weeks to either continue teaching her general principles or start choreographing

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the Week 1 routine. After week 1, you have 3 days to teach her the routine and she has to dance it for a “wide.” (Director needs for camera/lights choreography) Then you have two more days before showtime. In those two days you’re going through timely dress rehearsals (with/without the band) which are quite stressful on the celebrity, and therefore stressful on us. This then occurs weekly, until it gets even more stressful.

What are some of the highlights of dancing with a celebrity partner?

You build a relationship. I would get eliminated week 3 all over again for the friendship that I have with Sherri Shepherd. You grow so much as a teacher and as a person. These celebrities are grown people who are accomplished individuals and they are frightened to death. I’m not going to speak for every case, but in Sherri’s case I had a huge responsibility in front of me. She trusted me, she respected, and she fought for me. I’ve been a teammate my entire life, and I haven’t experienced that kind of camaraderie and that honesty from too many people. I’d fight for her in any alley, anytime. That relationship and the journey we shared, as it should be in every partnership, are the highlights.

What are some of the struggles?

Every partnership was different therefore had different struggles. I’ve only had two partners on DWTS and I’ve already described the latter.

What is the biggest thing you had to get used to in transitioning from DanceSport to DWTS?

Watching your weight. Watching what you eat and at what time. Taking care of your fitness. When you compete you’re dancing every day and therefore doing probably the best cardio on earth. Carbs ands sweets— most of the time I ate those when I was competing. Now,


it’s a constant conscious struggle of resisting those two things that I love oh so dearly.

How different is it to dance with a celebrity as opposed to a DanceSport partner? (Laughing) It’s very different. So far I haven’t had anyone that was able to even remotely simulate the type of dancing I had with my DanceSport partner, Daria Chesnokovano, even other pros on the show. Granted, she is one of the best female dancers in the world, in ANY category, period. The dancing is different, but I’m not comparing. As mentioned earlier, every person I come in contact with, whether it’s in life or on the dance floor has a unique relationship which takes on a life of its own. I’m always 100% committed to what I’m doing and who I’m doing it with, so it’s always memorable.

What do you enjoy most about DWTS?

The stage. The act. The audience. A true performer yearns for a stage to showcase his craft, and an audience to share it with. The more people you can share your work with, the more inspired and fulfilled you become as an artist. Therefore, you enjoy the impact that you have on people. Tonja Garamella (one of my teachers and a close friend) always told me “Touch, Move, and Inspire.” Art is supposed to bring us closer to God. Well, God for me exists in every person that I touch, move, and inspire.

What advice would you give to someone who may end up as a celebrity contestant on the show? To trust me. I’ve been doing this for a while.

Any other thoughts, comments?

Thank you. Thank you to American Dancer Magazine for this interview. Thank you to everyone willing to read it. And most importantly thank you to all the people that helped me be in the position to be giving interviews.

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Professional Carriers Lucchese Giacomo and Berardi Francesca currently teach ballroom dance in Boston, Massachusetts. They recently contacted USA Dance about representing the United States in the professional division. Because USA Dance is the national governing body for DanceSport in the United States and a member of the World DanceSport Federation, professional athletes are able to join USA Dance and represent the U.S. in the World DanceSport Federation – Professional Division.

Lucchese Giacomo and Berardi Francesca

As members of USA Dance Lucchese and Berardi along with other professional athletes can interact with and support other athletes at USA Dance events and work with their local chapters to use their experience and talents to promote ballroom dancing in their communities. Professional athletes can also compete internationally in the WDSF – PD circuit, and that’s exactly what Lucchese and Berardi traveled to Stuttgart, Germany to do.

The couple competed at the WDSF – PD Super Grand Prix and Open competitions. The competitions were huge, with thousands of dancers from various divisions gathered together from around the world, but everything ran smoothly for the duration of the competitions. Every event had a large crowd in attendance. “In the main ballroom,” Lucchese said, “the orchestra would start to play, and with the lighting in the room, and with all the people, it created an amazing atmosphere and a wonderful feeling for all of us competitors.” That wonderful atmosphere may have contributed to the couple’s incredible performance as they walked away from the competitions placing 7th in the Super Grand Prix and 3rd in the Rising Star categories. By Michael Mecham Photos Courtesy of Ken Richards

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USA Dance 2012 Sponsor ERNEST BOREL: From Watch Quality Awards to Star Quality Awards Ernest BOREL, the proud sponsor of the USA Dance 2012 National DanceSport Championships, was deeply honored to join USA Dance as the brand alliance partner for the 3rd annual Star Quality Awards, which were presented by ABC-TV’s highly popular celebrity judge of “Dancing with the Stars” Carrie Ann Inaba, who is Honorary Judge of the annual Star Quality Awards and Ambassador for USA Dance. Since 1856, Ernest BOREL has received numerous global awards for the exceptional quality, beauty and precision of its watches.

Today, the brand is widely known throughout the world by the lovers of quality watches, especially in the United States thanks to the famous Cocktail model which was successfully introduced on American soil in the 1950s.

ERNEST BOREL. A Swiss brand built through excellence and romanticism. In 1866, Jules Borel and Paul Courvoisier, the founders of the company, had already won a first prize in a product competition held by the Neuchatel Observatory, the highest authority of timing products in Switzerland. Ten years later in 1876, Ernest BOREL received the prestigious Certificate of Award in Philadelphia distinguishing its high quality watches. This important achievement in America history was the first of many to come. Two years later, in 1978, Ernest BOREL was awarded in Paris, France, the first-ever gold medal bestowed in the Swiss watch industry.

Since this glorious achievement era, Ernest BOREL has been further awarded for the precision of its chronometers. www.USAdance.ORG

Run by precision and excellence in watch-making, Ernest BOREL ranks today amongst the largest producers of officially certified chronometers COSC®, deemed the best brands in the world. In April 2012, Ernest BOREL conveyed elegance, romanticism and excellence by presenting the USA Dance Quality Star Awards alongside Honorary Judge Carrie Ann Inaba to the most talented ballroom and latin dancers from America. The common values shared by the Ernest Borel brand and this USA Dance award are the ones upon which the company has built its legacy of excellence through the decades. Each watch manufactured in the Ernest BOREL workshop is the result of more than 155 years of traditions and perfection in watch-making that allowed Ernest BOREL to win numerous prizes and awards since 1856. As in both watch-making and dancing, precision, movement, timing, passion and harmony separate the virtuosity from the common. Today, Ernest BOREL rewards the best dancers as well as their outstanding performances through the Star Quality Award, as a tribute to its own history… For more information: / 2012 September - October 33

Damian Pataluna & Irina Morozova American Nine Dance & Adult Rhythm Champions

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GUMBO NQE Sets New Records The USA Dance Gumbo of DanceSport Championships once again surpassed previous records for the number of dancers, numbers of pre-teen and teen dancers, number of heats, numbers of days and hours of competition, numbers of spectators, and size of the budget. Organizers of the three-day event, held June 29-July 1 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were also delighted with the outstanding quality of dancing at all levels and with the schedule efficiency. “We had some of the top dancers in the country,” exclaimed Ann Durocher, the event organizer, “and they put on a show that could be compared with anything on Broadway or television for entertainment and excitement.” Some 342 dancers from 31 states and Italy participated, and 77 of the competitors were in the youth age groups. There were heats when the entire floor was filled with kids–as many as 22 couples in the Junior age group quarter-finals. The level of youth participation was boosted greatly by the entries of 40 pre-teens from the outstanding Dancing Classrooms program in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Among the winners of the Adult Championship events were: American Nine Dance & Adult Rhythm Damian Pataluna & Irina Morozova - Louisville, KY Adult Smooth Nels Petersen & Theresa Kimler - Circle Pines, MN Adult Standard Alessio Miraglia & Natasha Barrera - Italy Adult Latin Tal Livshitz & Vlada Semenova - Fair Lawn, NJ


The event was managed by a stellar panel of officials, headed by Dan Calloway of Bethesda, Maryland. Keeping the heats running on time throughout the three days was emcee Yang Chen, from New York, New York, and the deck crew led by captain Jack Jaubert, from Baton Rouge. Music for more than 200 heats was presented flawlessly by Richard Stewart, of Baton Rouge. Charlie and Peggy Clement, from Erwinville, played key roles in registration and awards presentations. Nearly a hundred volunteers from Gumbo Chapter 5031 and Saturday Night Ballroom pitched in for numerous administrative and hospitality duties. The official organizing entity was Louisiana DanceSport. Several dancers sent evaluations to Ann Durocher, such as this one from Johnathan and Carolyn Huggett: “Congratulations to you and your organizing committee on one of the best events we have attended. . . Our assessment: Incredibly friendly event. Well organized. Great venue. Superb dinner. “ Full results of the competition are available on Mark Tabor’s Web site at A four-page, full-color photographic report on the competition will be available in August from Louisiana DanceSport. The next Gumbo Championships are scheduled for June 28-30, 2013. See for more details and contact information. By Cecil Phillips Photo By Bogdan Oporowski

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New England Championships Boston, MA Challenge Sept 28AZ - 30, 2012 Phoenix,

Chicago Challenge Manhatten Amatuer Classic 011 Phoenix DanceSport Chicago, IL New York, NY Nov 2 - 4, 2012 January 18 - 20, 2013

Mid-Atlantic Championships Bethesda, MD Feb 16-17, 2013

Carolina Fall Classic Charlotte, NC February 19, 2011 Oct 5 - 7, 2012

The Quake San Francisco, CA Nov 10-11, 2012

National DanceSport Championships Los Angeles, CA April 5 - 7, 2013

Northwest Championships Seattle, WA Oct - 28, 2012 36 27 DanceSport

Southwest Regional Culver City, CA February 1-2, 2013

COM PE T I T I O N S CALE N D AR 2 0 1 2 September 22, 2012

Quest for the Best* Seattle, WA

September 28-30, 2012

November 17-18, 2012

National Collegiate DanceSport Championships Columbus, OH

January 18-20, 2013

New England DanceSport Championships - NQE Boston, MA

Manhattan Amateur Classic (MAC)-NQE New York, NY

October 5-7, 2012

January 19, 2013

Carolina Fall Classic-NQE Charlotte, NC

October 21, 2012 The Fall Frolic* Hackensack, NJ

October 27-28, 2012

Royal Palm Winter Frolic DanceSport Extravaganza Coconut Creek, FL

February 1-2, 2013

Southwest DanceSport Championships-NQE Culver City, CA

Northwest DanceSport Championships-NQE Seattle, WA

February 16-17, 2013

November 2-4, 2012

April 5 - 7, 2013

Nov 10-11, 2012

April 12, 2013

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

Mid-Atlantic Championships-NQE Bethesda, MD 2013 National DanceSport Championships Los Angeles, CA US Amateur Cabaret and Formation Championships Logan, Utah

Events listed with the * do not accrue proficiency points Competitions noted as “NQE” are National Qualifying Events for the 2013 National DanceSport Championships.

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orld W C hampionships WDSF

By Ivor Lee

July-August marked the 26th Olympiad of the modern era. Americans from across the country rooted on their stars in a wide variety of events. But one event was noticeably absent to the dancer eye: Ballroom Dance. While ballroom dance as an event in the Olympics is slowly making its way into a reality, the World DanceSport Federation hasn’t missed a beat, hosting competition after competition in cities all over the world. Here is a look at some of the events that American dancers participated in.


Xingmin and Katerina Lu

February 5, 2012

The United States sent two couples to represent our country: Xingmin and Katerina Lu, and David and Liva Wright. They placed 15th and 23rd out of 46 competitors—A great finish in a field of competitors known to be of a very high level.

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David and Liva Wright

Photos by AD STAFF

The Senior I Standard Championships were held in the Extra Time Sports Hall in the city of Antwerp, Belgium. Modern Antwerp dates its roots to the 4th century when Germanic Franks settled in the region. The city has witnessed many changes in its history and indeed is witnessing a change to the world of DanceSport. The championships marked the emergence of South America as a regular competitor in the WDSF. (American Dancer has previously reported on the first time a South American couple competed in the Adult Latin Championships in 2010) With more and more countries beginning to compete at the world level, the sport of DanceSport is truly becoming an international event.

SENIOR II STANDARD April 7, 2012 The beautiful coastal town of Cambrils, Spain hosted the Senior II Standard Championships. Known as part of the “Gold Coast” of Spain, the region is well known for its open sandy beaches, crisp water, delectable beach resorts and fine wines. Hans and Ans Stork were excited after their Senior III championship win at Nationals, but their excitement was diminished when they received the unfortunate news of the passing of Hans’ mother in the Netherlands. Forced to skip the Senior II event and move up their flight to Europe, they first took care of family matters in the Netherlands before flying to Barcelona on Friday to compete on Saturday.


Given the emotional turn of events in their lives, the couple found comfort and solace in dance. “Participating in events like this is getting absorbed in 16 hours (8 AM to midnight) of enthusiasm and the best senior dancing in the world. It takes you to a different place and you forget everything else.” Hans and Ans Stork danced to a great 73rd place finish. Hans and Ans Stork

Photo by Marvin Moore

A hugely popular event, the Senior II Standard field featured a stunning 156 couples dancing in the Salou Sports Hall. While crowded, the highly competitive field was treated with great respect. “We carried the US flag as the only couple representing our country—a little overwhelming in the midst

of the hundred or so German, Italian and Spanish competitors” said the couple.

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Preparing for a World Stage By Michael Mecham Photos Courtesy Of Ken Richards

DanceSport is scheduled to be one of the competitions at the 2013 World Games in Cali, Columbia. The World Games is an international multi-sport event held under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meant for sports, or sport disciplines, not contested in the Olympic games. In preparation for hosting next year’s World Games, Cali was also host to a World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) Adult Open competition in July. The harmony and artistic movements of United States couple Kseniya Sovenko and Dmitris Vorobiev made them the stars of the competition. Participants at the competition included dancers from Argentina, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, the United States and Colombia. Kseniya and Dmitris have been dancing together for over seven years, and at the WDSF Open their hard

work was once again rewarded with first place in both Latin and Standard. “It was exciting to get this win, now we have to fight to achieve the dream of being there next year in the 2013 World Games in Cali,” said Dmitris*. The WDSF is currently working with the IOC to finalize the entry information for those dancers who are interested in representing their country. The Latin categories that will be offered at the 2013 World Games will include Samba, Cha Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive, while Standard offerings will include Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, Foxtrot and Tango. Every dancer at next year’s world games will have an incredible opportunity. They will be representing their country in a competition against the best dancers in the world. The 2013 World Games will certainly be remarkable. *Quote supplied by

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“It was exciting to

Kseniya Sovenko and Dmitris Vorobiev

get this win, now we have to fight to achieve the dream of being there next year in the 2013 World Games in Cali."


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California Students Have Dancing Feet By Barbara M. Wally, Director K-12 Programs Born six years ago in California’s Antelope Valley (Chapter 4037) as a program for students in sixth and seventh grades, the “Dancing Feet Youth Ballroom Program” now reaches over 1200 students each year, according to Linda Chestnutt, the program’s director. In fact the program has expanded in recent years and now spans grades 5-8. Chestnutt says: “Our program reaches out to all students regardless of ethnic, socioeconomic or athletic ability.” At the heart of the program are classroom teachers who volunteer their time to train as dance instructors and to work with students. Each year an intensive two-day workshop, taught by U.S. Champions who represent a variety of Ballroom Dancing styles and have extensive experience teaching children, adolescents, and adults, prepares the classroom teachers in the dances that make up the curriculum. Everyone learns both the leader and follower roles. Armed with a syllabus, a DVD of the weekend training with the instructor breaking down each step, a music CD, and rules of the program, the teachers are ready to work with their students. Just

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in case, there are also chapter members who serve as mentors, should some review be necessary. After 10 weeks of extracurricular classes, 2 hours of after school time twice a week, the program culminates at the annual High Desert Dance Classic, where students compete in the dances they have learned. Other opportunities for the students include: a dance for all the participating schools, an NBDW mall dance where a “flash mob” is planned for this year, and performing at the chapter’s annual Dancing with the AV Stars event. Recently, Los Angeles Chapter 4031 introduced the Dancing Feet program at Nora Steery Elementary School, and hopes to expand into other L.A. schools. Lisa Sandoval, president of Chapter 4037 and creator of Dancing Feet sums it up: “…our future of dance lies in our youth and creating affordable and wonderful programs for young people.” For more information on the “Dancing Feet Youth Ballroom Program,” or assistance in starting a program, contact: Linda Chestnutt, or

Photo by Jerry Hernandez

Photo by James Woody Woods

Photo by James Woody Woods

After 10 weeks of extracurricular classes, 2 hours of after school time twice a week, the program culminates at the annual High Desert Dance Classic, where students compete in the dances they have learned.


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Time to Shine By Ivor Lee

For college students the idea of going back to school can be both exhilarating and dreadful—a new start and hours of study ahead. But the fall does bring with it an exciting time for college age ballroom dancers because with it comes the National Collegiate DanceSport Championships. On November 17-18, 2012 college students from all over the country will arrive in Ohio to compete against each other for the title of the best in collegiate DanceSport. The NCC is not just another intercollegiate ballroom event. It’s the only collegiate level event on the national level. It’s a chance for college age students to compete with others of their same ability from all over the country, in a wellorganized, well-officiated high quality event. For some students this may be their only dabbling in competitive ballroom. To the avid dancer athlete, this is a time to shine—a competition that tests what your body knows against others in a challenge of dance and music. The NCC is a great precursor for some of the bigger USA Dance competitions including Nationals. Many NCC competitors have gone on to compete in Nationals.

For the casual competitor it’s a chance to have fun— to meet and mingle with kindred spirits from all over the country. But for all dancers, it’s a time to dance. As a perfect fusion of dancing talent and school spirit, the NCC brings out the best in collegiate sports. With school pride on the line, each year the university team match proves to be an exciting affair as more competitors arrive to defend their school’s honor. Schools will also have the chance to compete in the perennially popular formation dance event as it makes its returns to the NCC. As if prestige wasn’t enough to compete for, there is a substantial purse awarded to the top performing teams—enticement to strive for higher levels of dance. Student participants will also be given admission to the Friday and Saturday night events of the 35th Ohio Star Ball. This is a fantastic opportunity for them to observe some of the best dancers in the world as they compete in a World Professional Smooth, Rhythm and Pro/Am championships. With so much to offer, you won’t want to miss your time to shine at the NCC. Photos by AD staff

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National Collegiate

DanceSport Championships Columbus Convention Center Columbus, Ohio

November 17 - 18, 2012

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

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