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First Step

Highly successful chapter president shares her secrets to taking the first step.

Dance Workshops Workshops and dance camps across the nation. Find one near you!

Batons and Ballroom New alliance with WBTF opens performance opportunity.

Official Publication of USA Dance

National Ballroom Dance Week: September 16-25

September - October 2011

Issue 32

On the Cover Photo Courtesy of Florida Dance Spree

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As President of District 9 and Greater Daytona Chapter Marta Pascale shares how rewarding a step in the right direction can be.

14 Dance Workshops

Workshops and dance camps are going on around the nation, and here are some you won’t want to miss.

46 Batons and Ballroom

USA Dance members performed at International Baton Twirling Championships after recent alliance with WBTF.

Inside the Cover Line of Dance

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President’s Report Editorial Information & Contributors Important Announcements


In Step

42 Why Come to the NCC Formations Competition? 45 Batons and Ballroom 46 DanceMart

Dance Floor

8 The First Step 10 Amateurs and Professionals - The Differences 12 Jack Lebo: Orrin Tucker 14 Dance Workshops To Attend 20 USA Dance Cruise Update 22 Healing Our Heroes 24 Dance Weekend for Fun and Profit On Beat


USA DANCE in the Public Eye


34 Beyond the Physical 38 Dine, Dance, Dream 41 DanceSport Volunteers


Photo By Joy Watson

2011 September - October 3



In the last issue I wrote about the progress DanceSport has made toward its acceptance by the International Olympic Committee into the Pan American Games, and the value that will provide to the dance world regardless of whether DanceSport ever becomes an Olympic program sport. In this issue, I would like to discuss another initiative which USA Dance is pursuing as we look to the bright future for ballroom dancing in this country. As a nationally recognized organization and the single largest member-driven ballroom dance association in America that is heavily involved in both DanceSport and social recreational dancing through our 180 chapters across the country, USA Dance has as its mission increasing the opportunity for all Americans to become involved in the healthful activity that is ballroom dancing and DanceSport. A key area we will be concentrating on in the coming months and years will be to find the funding to grow our programs, and we will be looking very seriously at the opportunities presented by grants as an important source of funding. Therefore, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jean Tauber to the volunteer position of Director of Development. This is a voting position on the Governing Council of USA Dance, and it will be Jean’s responsibility to identify and seek appropriate grant opportunities at the national level for our organization. Jean comes to us with substantial experience in grant writing and administration, having worked as a Grant-Writing Consultant, a Grants Administrator for a city, and a Contracts Administrator for an aeronautical university. She has also had experience writing grants at the chapter level. In agreeing to serve on the Governing Council, Jean joins a group of dedicated volunteers who are working at the national level in their various areas of expertise to meet the dance needs of our members as they strive to achieve their individual dance goals. We welcome Jean to the Governing Council and look forward to working with her.

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There are many sports, social and health-oriented foundations that offer grants to organizations like USA Dance in its efforts to get Americans out of their seats and into a healthier more active lifestyle. The United States Olympic Committee also provides grants to develop and enhance sports programs for young people in local communities, especially programs that instill the ideals of good sportsmanship and fair play, and Jean will be identifying such grants, working with and providing guidance and support to other USA Dance officials in the preparation of grants, and in the administration of any grants received. USA Dance is especially interested in obtaining grant funding for such programs as a training camp for our World Team members as they prepare for their performances at World Championships around the world. Another area of great interest will be to identify grants to fund demonstration programs aimed at the development of ballroom dance curriculum in K-12 schools. Perhaps our chapters have additional ideas for programs that could be developed with the help of appropriate grant funding, and if so, we would love to hear about it. Developing worthy programs and applying for appropriate grants to help fund them falls directly in line with USA Dance’s goal to bring ballroom dancing to individuals and communities across America. We want children, young adults, and those in middle age and throughout their senior years to look at ballroom dancing as an easily accessible, fun and healthy activity to be engaged in throughout their lives. Growing such programs and finding funding for them therefore becomes an important part of the USA Dance mission.

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 Ivor Lee • Michael Mecham ART & PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Aimee Mecham DESIGNERS Aimee Mecham • Michael Mecham

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

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Highly successful chapter president shares her secrets to taking the first step.

Dance Workshops Workshops and dance camps across the nation. Find one near you!

Batons and Ballroom New alliance with WBTF opens performance opportunity.

Photo Taken By Spring Rose Davison

Official Publication of USA Dance

National Ballroom Dance Week: September 16-25 September - October 2011

Marta Pascale

President of Greater Daytona Chapter & Area Coordinator District 9

First Step

Cover Photo

Issue 32

Announcements National Ballroom Dance Week National Ballroom Dance Week (NBDW) will be taking place September 16-25, 2011 For ideas or information about NBDW visit

USA Dance National Dance Cruise The deadline to register for the USA Dance National Dance Cruise is coming up. There is limited capacity, so if you would like to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, you’d better hurry.

National Chapter Conference Planning for the National Chapter Conference is underway. The date has been set for March 1-4, 2012. Invest in your chapter, come to Dallas, Texas, and learn how to take your chapter to the next level.

New “Chapter Services” Link on We have added something new in the blue bar on the left side of the home page of the national website at to make it easier for chapter officers and board members to locate entry to the document library and the chapters membership lists.

The Document Library One of the benefits of being a USA Dance chapter is the wealth of support information included in the document library to help guide our chapter board volunteers in most effectively managing their chapter. Access to the document library is restricted to chapter board members and national volunteers. The library is organized by topic folders to help locate what you need. It is helpful to download the Table of Contents to more easily scan contents. Please take advantage of this resource. There are guidelines on chapter management, how to plan special events, music, health benefits of dance, dance mixers and much more.


2011 September - October 7

Marta Pascale: First Step

Photos Taken By Spring Rose Davison

Cover Story

People begin filing in to Marta Pascale’s beginning foxtrot lesson. A 40-something woman sneaks in but is not the first to approach the dance floor. A self-proclaimed “biker chick”, she is clearly out of her element. But she’s always wanted to dance. Marta remembers when she stepped into the studio the first time 25 years ago. No one approached Marta or welcomed her. Panicked, she turned around and walked out. Another dance student noticed and followed her, encouraging her to come back in. Class begins and Marta tells everyone to get behind her as she starts to demonstrate a basic step. Slowly, she adds two, then three steps to the combination as the class mirrors the movement behind her. She’s doing the steps. The woman who rides Harleys is dancing the foxtrot. After class she tells Marta, “You touched my soul.” The Greater Daytona Chapter #6026 has been offering low-cost beginning dance lessons since the fall of 2010—one strategy the chapter uses to increase membership. The purpose is to teach people who want to dance, no matter what age, but might feel nervous attending the first class. Because only one other instructor in the area would volunteer to teach the classes, Marta stepped in. 8 Dance Floor

Marta breaks down concepts, creating a comfortable learning environment for timid beginners. “It doesn’t matter how well I dance; it matters how well I teach.” She is an experienced teacher with the resume to prove it. In her 35-year professional career Marta has been a Spanish teacher, a French teacher, an assistant principal, a principal, and a trainer of principals. “My career has prepared me for the rewards, challenges and conflicts that I have faced as chapter president.” Teaching beginning ballroom lessons is one of the tasks Marta loves to do as president of the chapter, because, she says, it’s not about her. The focus of the chapter should be the members. Many are drawn to USA Dance after divorce, death of a loved one, or simply needing something in their lives. Marta, who began to seriously dance at age 52, knows it’s never too late to start. One 80-yearold man wrote on a survey, “Marta, I had huge

“The hardest part about learning to dance is showing up for the lesson. Everyone can learn to dance, but as with all things you must keep at it.” Photo Courtesy of Shannon

Marta and Jerry

reservations when my daughter suggested I learn to dance . . . I have made a number of new friends through your classes, something I have needed since losing my wife. Thank you for making this difference in my life.” Since Marta began as president, the chapter has grown from about 125 to 255 members. She has borrowed the philosophy from the Dallas chapter of running it, but treating it like a service. Part of running USA Dance as a business includes giving people benefits for becoming a member. The Greater Daytona Chapter #6026 gives new members four times the value of the membership fee through free classes offered by local instructors/vendors. Marta suggests to potential dancers: “The hardest part about learning to dance is showing up for the lesson. Everyone can learn to dance, but as with all things you must keep at it.”


Marta and John Pascale

Asking for volunteers has been a major factor for Marta and the chapter’s success. Marta attributes much of the growth to the free lessons offered by her instructor and partner, Jerry Lawrence of Lawrence Dance studio, who has donated $8500 worth of group lessons to the chapter’s members. She and Jerry attract attention whenever they dance together. On a cruise ship, when Marta and Jerry served as a Ballroom Dance Duo, a female passenger commented, “When I watch you dance, I pretend it is me.” Marta responded, “It could be you, with time and lessons. Just a few years ago, I was the one wishing I could dance.” Marta was asked to give workshops on the USA Dance National Dance Cruise this December, and she will be offering four sessions. In these sessions she will be giving tips on Recruiting and Retaining Members, along with other ideas that have helped her chapter get where it is today. By Jean Stoddard

2011 September - October 9

Photo courtesy of Michael Mead

Amateurs & Pros: The Differences By Michael Mead Michael and wife Toni Redpath were the the number one Americanstyle ballroom couple in the world and four-time U.S. ballroom champions before retiring from competition in 2002.

Let’s look at a couple of stereotypical views. The first is that Amateurs of all ages are hobbyists who dance just for fun, who dance in their spare time and do not earn an income from their hobby. Also included in this stereotype is the idea that amateurs are not as concerned about the level of technical expertise brought to bear, but are more interested in learning the next fun move. For them it’s all about the feeling. The second stereotype I would like to discuss is that of a professional dancer. Encompassed in this stereotype is the idea that a Professional dancer earns the majority of their income by teaching, competing or doing exhibitions, and dancing is their full-time occupation. The stereotypical professional dancer’s interest in improving their skills is primarily related to the higher fees they can charge for their teaching, or the recognition and work opportunities that open up from winning competitions. The professional’s training is slanted more towards technical improvement and establishing effective training regimens in order to be more competitive in the marketplace and on the competition floor. I’d like to discuss for a moment the “feeling” discussed earlier that is sought after by the amateurs. It is easy for the more advanced competitive dancers, in both groups, to get caught up in trying to be perfect technicians, and then to lose sight of why it is they are trying to acquire these skills in the first place. That is, of course, in order to allow them to connect and communicate on a more meaningful level with their partners, and be a more effective physical manifestation of the emotional message 10 Dance Floor

conveyed in the music as experienced in their hearts and in the hearts of the audience. Of course technique in dancing is also very important. A less experienced dancer can greatly benefit from instruction by a competent teacher who can demonstrate how the application of physics (gravity and centripetal force) can help them move more efficiently and with less energy output. This results in making the dancing more enjoyable and less stressful, especially for older dancer who may have reduced strength and mobility. The reality is that these days, especially amongst the top competitors in both the amateur and professional groups, there is a comparable quality of dancing and professionalism exhibited (think prior Amateur Ballroom Champion Victor Fung and Amateur Latin Champions Eugene Katsevman and Maria Munosova who have had considerable success in the Professional ranks). Since members of varying skills from both groups also teach, is it safe to say there is essentially no longer any real difference between an Amateur and Professional dancer? And if there is a singular lack of meaningful distinction between the two groups would it perhaps not make sense at this point in time to reflect the reality of the situation, dispensing with the term Professional and Amateur all together, and instead employing a unifying ranking system that covers all dancers? When it comes down to it, there are many ways that professionals and amateurs can both learn from each other. They just have to be willing to learn.

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2011 September - October 11

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ORRIN TUCKER 1911-2011 Orrin Tucker, who led a “sweet” big band for nearly 50 years, and was best DeMERLE BEST recalled for a coyly suggestive 1939DRUMMER recording of “Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny!” that ALL-AROUND DeMERLE BEST featured the baby-voiced singer, “Wee” Bonnie Baker, has passed on at age 100 ALL-AROUND DRUMMER near Los Angeles. by Jack Lebo

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through the 1980s as owner of a popular Hollywood ballroom. that drum virtuosos like Buddy Rich and Louis Bellson manned that

Photo of Orrin Tucker & Jack Lebo

After U.S. Navy service in World

War II, Tucker formed a new band and tried to change his sound to a brassier style of swing – only to hear from “hotel managers who threatened to cancel any return bookings if he didn’t go back to the old sound, “Which I did,” he said. After playing himself in the 1975 TV movie, “Queen of the Stardust Ballroom,” Tucker plunged into a new business venture by taking a defunct skating ring and transforming it into the Stardust Ballroom on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.

He broadened his repertoire to include songs such as, “Bad, Bad

Leroy Brown,” but he knew his days as a performer were nearing an end. He shut down the ballroom in 1982, and worked in the real estate business in Palm Springs, California.

“Orrin Tucker’s passing is probably more notable for the longevity

that preceded it, as well as for ‘Wee’ Bonne Baker’s contribution to the band’s success,” said Rob Bamberger, host of “Hot Jazz Saturday Night” program in Washington. “The wispy sound of the ‘sweet’ bands has not stood up well with time,” Bamberger added, “but Tucker’s band was certainly among the best of its sort.” Robert Orrin Tucker was born in 1911, in St. Louis, and grew up in Wheaton, Illinois. He had an early ambition toward medicine, but also was drawn toward music as a child when he saw a picture of a shiny saxophone in a Sears-Roebuck mail order catalogue. He moonlighted as a musician while attending North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, and found himself in such demand that he formed his own band. He hired singer Evelyn Nelson on trumpeter Louis Armstrong’s recommendation.

“He told me that she sings with a cute voice and that if I wrote cute

songs for her, I could make her a star,” Tucker told the publication, Jazz Connection. Thanks to writer Adam Bernstein for his contribution to this article.


2011 September - October 13

USA Dance

Chapter Workshops and Camps

The following USA Dance chapters will be hosting dance workshops or camps in the coming months. Photo Curtesey Of Tidewater

Workshops with multi-level classes give an opportunity for chapters to expand membership by providing beginning dance lessons. At the same time, current members may attend classes based on each person’s technical dance level. Workshops, however, do not have to be just about improving technical skills. The most popular workshops are also about having fun. Darlene Forbes, vice president of the USA Dance Tacoma Chapter #1023, said the workshop organized by her chapter is an enjoyable and social event. Participants learn in ballroom classes during the day and let loose in the evening at the dance. “Participants say that this is the best event in the area and keep coming back year after year. I would like to thank our chapter volunteers for the continued support of this event.” 14 Dance Floor

Tacoma, Washington Grand Dance Extravaganza: Tribute to the Big Band Era

Where? South Park Community Center—4851 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma Who is running it? USA Dance Tacoma Chapter #1023 has co-hosted the event with Metro Parks Tacoma for 8 years. About how many participants are expected? Forty people are expected to attend the workshops and 80 people for the dance in the evening. When? Saturday, Oct. 1, 2010. What classes are being offered? Classes will be taught in ballroom, Latin, salsa, night club 2-step, Argentine tango, and swing. What is unique about this camp/workshop? This day camp is a fun way for people to meet and work with local instructors. Qualified teachers from the area will teach the workshops while making them fun and educational. Because the chapter is doing a fundraiser for MPT Youth, the band is free. Attendees will dance to a live swing band, youth dancers will perform, and Jack and Jill competitions and dance mixers will


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be held.

2011 September - October 15

Tidewater, Virginia New Years Eve Magical Extravaganza

Where? The event this year will be held at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel on the Elizabeth River, in Norfolk, VA. This will be the third year the event has been held at this venue. All events will be held at the hotel. Who is running it? The event is run by the Tidewater (Virginia) Chapter, USA Dance, Inc #6008 operating from Virginia Beach, VA. About how many participants are expected? This year 700 students are expected to attend the 54 workshops that will be conducted. Several years the chapter has held up to 60-65 workshops, and around 800-900 students attended. When? Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 through Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. What classes are being offered? Classes in American and International styles will be provided, as well as all the ballroom dances in all skill levels. We also hold Theater Arts workshops and a number of specialty workshops, which are 75 minutes in length. What is unique about this camp/workshop? The camp is four straight days of dancing. People come from all over the country to participate, sometimes to train with a specific teacher. Private lessons are available from all the participating instructors. Vendors provide various services including shoes (over 2000 pairs available), jewelry, clothing, and massages. A Dinner Dance will be held Thursday followed by a New Years Eve Dance on Saturday. The New Year is also celebrated with a champagne toast at midnight. 16 Dance Floor


2011 September - October 17

Florida/District 9 Florida Dance Spree

Where? Kenilworth Lodge in Sebring, FL Who is running it? Jean Krupa, Social VP, USA Dance About how many participants are expected? As many as 300 people have attended in years past. When? Feb. 3-5, 2012 What classes are being offered? There will be 10 workshops. What is unique about the workshop? This event is when the region of 21 chapters holds its annual Presidents meeting. Usually about 16 chapters attend. The Florida Dance Spree is when Volunteer of the Year and Chapter of the Year are presented. There will also be a Team Match in which four couples represent each chapter to dance waltz, fox trot, cha cha, and swing. The winners receive a trophy. A parade, Jack and Jill contests, and exhibitions will also take place.

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2011 September - October 19

Have something to celebrate? Or do you just want a week to get away from it all? Take a dance cruise with us where you will literally sail into the sunset for a great adventure.

USA Dance Cruise Imagine you are on a Caribbean cruise. Warm sun, pristine beaches, sparkling water and elegant palm trees make it the most popular cruise of all –relaxing beside a perfect blue pool, the wind gently blowing your hair, the serenity engulfing you. Have something to celebrate? Or do you just want a week to get away from it all? Take a dance cruise with us where you will literally sail into the sunset for a great adventure. The elegant ms Westerdam offers comfort

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and class. Glass-enclosed elevators offer panoramic ocean views that stretch for miles. Relax and rejuvenate at the luxurious spa, which features 11 therapy rooms, a hydrotherapy pool, a sauna, and steam and aromatherapy rooms. Two-thirds of the Westerdam’s staterooms feature private verandas. In addition to the two-tiered main dining room, there are several alternative dining options including the Pinnacle Grill or the casual Lido Restaurant.

Here are some things you can expect on the USA Dance Cruise: • Dining. Holland America has a very luxurious dining room. You will find a wide range of menus. You can also get room service or visit the 24-hour snack bar. • Activities. The Westerdam is equipped with spas, salons, boutiques, gyms and pools. There are also nightly dance shows, magic shows or comedy skits, provided by HAL entertainers! Or you can try your luck at the casino, games and contests. • Excursions. We have exclusive USA Dance excursions to see the area’s best sights. You can do water sports, go shopping, see landmarks, or sign up for fun tours and adventures. • Social Dancing. We will have social dancing either in the evening, and a few times we will have afternoon dances in lieu of an evening dance so you can take in the ships entertainment at night. • Dance Workshops. Daily workshops when we are at Sea and even while we are in port after re-boarding from sightseeing.

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Speaking of workshops, I’d like to introduce you to your instructors for this years cruise. Ken Richards started

his ballroom career in 1979, working as an instructor and eventually owning his own studio. Ken became the Marketing Director for the franchise headquarters of Arthur Murray International, Inc. Much of Ken’s time, over the past 14 years, is dedicated to USA Dance, starting first as the Director of Publicity and now serving as the VP of DanceSport. Ken will be teaching West Coast Swing, Salsa, Hustle, Bolero and Lead & Follow technique. Nathan Simler is a

competitive professional in the American-style 9-dance division. He is from the Seattle WA area. With his background in music, his lessons offer a unique perspective. He placed in the finals at the United States National Dancesport Championships three years in a row. Nathan will be teaching American Tango, Foxtrot and Waltz. Mary Simler began

dancing at the ripe old age of 4 in traditional Ballet, Tap and Jazz. Social Dancing became her passion in 1995, and she began teaching at age 18 in a small studio located in Bellevue, WA. She is a Regional Examiner www.USAdance.ORG

with Dance Vision International Dancers Association and has13 years experience training teachers successfully. Mary will be teaching American Rumba, Swing and Cha-Cha. Dan Calloway teaching

International Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango and Quickstep. Dan began dancing in 1977 when he took a one-month course called social dancing at the University of Delaware with his twin brother and never stopped. Dan has coached the Georgetown University and University of Maryland Dancesport ballroom teams for the past 15 years. In more than 30 years as a ballroom dance competitor and instructor, he has been named a finalist in both the Asian-Pacific and United States Professional 10-Dance events and has won numerous awards, including professional of the year and top teacher. Silke Calloway will

be teaching International Rumba, Samba and Cha Cha. Silke Calloway has taught competition team classes at the George Washington University Ballroom Dance Club and has danced competitively in International-Style Latin with Dan. by Jean Krupa

2011 September - October 21

Healing our Heroes The effects of war present devastating obstacles for our returning soldiers. For some, it’s the physical challenge of adjusting to life in a wheelchair or operating a prosthetic limb, but for others, it’s a mental battle of staying focused and clearing war from their minds. Most veterans just want a way back into normal life when they return. Whatever their struggle, returning soldiers can find the road to recovery through one of the private organizations supported in part by USA Dance’s Wounded Warriors Appreciation Balls™.

The Wounded Warriors Appreciation Ball™ is an event sponsored by USA Dance chapters who then use the proceeds of the events to benefit private organizations. These organizations seek to help returning soldiers by aiding and assisting the needs of injured service members. They also provide programs to meet the needs of these warriors and nurture their bodies and minds back to health, as well as provide care packages and 22 Dance Floor

other supplies. At the heart of the program,

ranging from gift certificates to dance

the organizations seek to honor and empower

lessons. Not only dancing, but also some live

these returning soldiers. In the spirit of these

music was shared at many of these events.

goals, USA Dance has chosen to sponsor and

Orchestras or live bands providing the music

hold a variety of events like the Wounded

for the dances are a big hit. Whatever the

Warriors Appreciation Ball™ to raise funds.

showcase, each of these benefit events is a night to remember, especially for

Starting with the Azalea Coast Chapter #6031 in 2009, many chapters joined the trend of hosting dances and balls for these wounded soldiers. A few other chapters that have hosted fundraising dances within the past year include the Dallas Chapter #6100, the Ventura County



and the Daytona Chapter

“Whatever their struggle, returning soldiers can find the road to recovery through one of the private organizations supported in part by USA Dance’s Wounded Warriors Appreciation Balls™.

#6026. Each of these events

those soldiers benefited by them.

Over $20,000 combined has been raised over the last few years





Dance Chapters

nationwide are making plans to host more events in the future to benefit these wounded warriors who have served and sacrificed for our country. As long as USA Dance members

includes an array of features and attractions

continue to bring ballroom dancing to the

for members and the public to enjoy.

community around them, the Wounded Warriors

From exhibitions to live music, each event





there to support our country’s warriors.

excels at catching the public interest on behalf of our nation’s wounded warriors. Some

By Lorraine Fisher

dances have included dance instruction

Photos Courtesy oF Howell Oakley

or workshops preceding the social dance portion. Others have showcased professional dancers, or included silent auctions of items www.USAdance.ORG

2011 September - October 23

Host a Dance Holiday Weekend for Fun and Profit by Jean Krupa

Tired of the formal dinner dances or just looking for a new idea? Would you like to socialize with neighboring chapters, get to know USA dance members AND improve your dancing skills while doing so? A few USA Dance chapters are already hosting Dance weekends, from one day to four days Your Dance Holiday doesn’t have to be scheduled around a national holiday; make it a theme weekend. Call it “Island Paradise” and have workshops in Merengue, Mambo or Rumba; or a western theme and workshops in West Coast or Two Step. You have options from offering a variety of dances/levels to the immersion theory of having all the workshops focused on one dance style. By making it a fun weekend with membership required you can increase your membership. A tricky way around it can even be to have two prices, one for members and make the nonmember price at least $25. more to cover the cost of their membership. Decide if you want just a one day event, in which you could 24 Dance Floor

have 4-6 workshops and end with an evening social dance or if you think you’ll be too tired to dance arrangea meal at a nearby restaurant, or an entire weekend starting Friday and ending Sunday or a holiday weekend where it could conclude on Monday. The venue/facility will depend on the type of event you select. If you opt for the weekend you will need to find a suitable hotel, one way to negotiate price is to ask if they have an off weekend when they would really appreciate your business. Remember, meals, floor and room rates are all negotiable when you are working with group pricing. Don’t be afraid to use the ‘we’re senior citizens on a fixed income” approach- it works. Contact your local Convention and Visitors Bureau for help in selections

meeting your requirements. Make it appealing to beginners and advanced level dancers by selecting high profile instructors either local if you are lucky enough or someone you know has a good following. Be sure to include a bio in the advertising to qualify the instructors to those not familiar with their name. If you hire a top pro couple you can also attract spectators with a dinner/dance and exhibitions. If the facility has the room invite dance/shoe vendors. Break up the day with a fun Jack and Jill contest or Waltz mixer after lunch. Give yourselves at least six months preparation, contact chapters in your District to let themknow what you are planning and extend an invitation. Be sure to contact the USA Dance Central Office to be included in the Social Event website schedule. Additional guidelines can be found in the document library.


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DATE Mar 1 - 4, 2012

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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 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?” 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.

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Here are some of Dallas’s “hot spots”. Meyerson Symphony Center Since 1989, it has become a Dallas landmark and is known as a world-class concert hall. Superpages Center The very best of live music with bands and artists on national tours. DALLAS ARBORETUM With 66 acres of lush plantings. DALLAS MARKET CENTER World’s largest wholesale merchandise mart.

All-Star Lineup from last year Included: • Stan Andrews, National Secretary • Angela Prince, Director of Public Relations • Bill Rose, Senior VP • Bobbi Jo Gamache, Director of Chapter Liaison • Barbara Wally, K12 Director • Esther Freeman, Corporate Treasurer • Ken Richards, Vice President DanceSport While some ofthe speakers may change, the quality of the conference will remain the same. Topics to be covered at this year’s conference include: Grooming your next President, Motivating, Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers, Dancing Classrooms, Websites, Budgets, Finances and Treasurer reports, Marketing and PR and more to provide guidance to have an even more effective chapter.

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.


DALLAS WORLD AQUARIUM AND ZOOLOGICAL GARDEN The 10 main tanks feature the aquatic life of Japan, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bahamas. Fiji, Palau, Southern Australia, the Solomon Islands, and more. DALLAS ZOO Contains 95 acres to explore with thousands of animals and a huge variety of family activities SIXTH FLOOR MEMORIAL MUSEUM This unique space examines the life, death, times and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. GREENVILLE AVENUE An assortment of one-of-a-kind shops and dining is offered in this well-kept 1920’s neighborhood. NORTHPARK CENTER The premier shopping experience! DALLAS COWBOY’S STADIUM Home to the one and only Dallas Cowboys. LONE STAR PARK The excitement of quarter horse and thoroughbred racing, plus live music events. 2011 September - October 27

National Ballroom Dance Week

“Dancing for America ” TM

National Ballroom Dance Week™ will be here before you know it. It is never too soon to think about how your Chapter will participate in this special weeklong celebration of ballroom dance. Right now you may be asking yourself, “Why should we do anything special for NBDW™?” There are two reasons we can think of – the first is to share with others what we enjoy so much –ballroom dancing.


September 16-25, 2011 For more ideas and information visit

Click on the Social Dance tab and then National Ballroom Dance Week link

or call

1-800-332-NBDW Next Year’s Date: September 21-30, 2012 It’s never too early to start planning

Secondly, this is an occasion where we cannot only celebrate, but promote dancing in general and USA Dance in particular. It is a great opportunity to increase membership and participation in dancing in your community. We encourage chapters who have never done anything special to recognize this week by trying just one new thing. It could be a raffle, free passes to future dances, or free admission for anyone who brings a first-time guest, to mention a few. Many chapters go “all out” to celebrate with a dance every night, often with each offering a different theme. Chapters hold dances in malls, community centers, and parks - they advertise or arrange to have feature articles written in the local paper about ballroom dancing. They offer free lessons, and do demonstrations in nursing homes, schools, festivals and other public venues. Films like “Mad Hot Ballroom” and “Shall We Dance” were extremely popular. ABC broadcast of “Dancing With The Stars” has been a huge hit sparking lots of interest in learning to dance, particularly with the 18-49 age group. Start now! Use the current media attention as a springboard for promoting ballroom dancing in your community. Integrating dance films and TV shows into the weeklong celebration is an interesting way to promote dancing in your area.

Here’s to celebration and happy dancing feet.

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2011 September - October 29


PUBLIC EYE Angela Prince

It’s Business As Usual at USA Dance The USA Dance website is our member’s best resource and archive of all important matters concerning our members – both social and dancesport. All of the letters and responses from USA Dance regarding the recent NDCA membership suspension can be found on the website. From Lydia Scardina, President of USA Dance Inc. – “At this time, USA Dance would like to assure all of its members – individual dancers, leaders for our 180 chapters and our DanceSport athletes –– that in spite of the NDCA’s decision to suspend our organization, USA Dance and all of its programs and activities will continue as they have in the past, without interruption and with the continuing support from our National organization.

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“We realize that the confusion created by the NDCA’s public announcement surrounding our “suspension” has triggered many questions and concerns, but at USA Dance, it is business as usual. We are an independent, self-governing organization. Our membership in the NDCA has always been a voluntary and willing participation, and we viewed it as a part of our contribution to sustaining goodwill and positive relationships within the fast-growing dance world. “USA Dance as a non-profit organization has always represented the best interests of competitors and social dancers across America. Our prevailing mission remains unaltered -- to increase and improve ballroom dancing opportunities throughout our country, and for all Americans.” Read Full Releases at

Helping Our 180 Chapters Maximize Media Publicity Opportunities If your Chapter has an important event coming up, such as National Ballroom Dance Week, and you would like a current Media Contact list for your local area, please write to Angela Prince at publicrelationsdir@usadance. On the subject line, please reference

USA DANCE - CHAPTER NAME - Media List Request for CITY/TOWN Name. Then in the email body, please explain your event, plans for publicity and goals.

USA Dance Star Search – Be A YouTube Sensation We thought it was about time that a USA Dance member became a real YouTube sensation – a real viral star that gets millions of hits and fans! Maybe you have your own choreography to showcase? A unique story to tell? Maybe you can just come up with the craziest (or dumbest), the funniest (or saddest), the wildest (sorry, but cleanest) dance routine to ever hit the Tube. USA Dance has a YouTube Channel – usadanceinc. First join as a subscriber; then get to work creating your debut video clip. We’ll showcase you on the Channel and help drive some traffic your way.

Two requirements from USA Dance – the title on YouTube must have the name USA Dance in it and somewhere in the video, the USA Dance name or logo appears. If you want to check out all the “dancers” on YouTube that became sensations, go to YouTube and search for these videos: Evolution of Dance Where The Hell is Matt? Thriller (prison inmates) Baby Dancing to Beyonce Barack Obama on Ellen Dancing Merengue Dog

180 million views 39 million views 49 million views 22 million views 11 million views 11 million views

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

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Key Resources for Chapter Social Media Pages & Sites USA Dance Chapters are encouraged to create their social media presence on Facebook, joining nearly 100 of our Chapters already. Our Administrative Support Director Efrosyni Iosiphidis is available to help chapters set up and improve their pages, particularly on setting up the account and privacy controls. Please email her at If you search for chapter model websites on Facebook, you may see some variations on a theme – we are working as quickly as possible to bring consistency

among our chapter sites – proper branding and USA Dance chapter logo use are top priorities. Please note that at this time, chapters are not approved for Twitter and MySpace Accounts, but are approved for local chapter websites, provided they comply with Nationals guidelines and policies. Please contact Senior VP Bill Rose at for guidance and questions regarding chapter websites do’s and don’t’s.

Dancing For America TM Once Again in the Caribbean USA Dance successfully launched its Dancing For AmericaTM ambassador program on board our organization’s first National Dance Cruise in November 2010. As we sailed the western Caribbean to various island ports, we carried the message and passion of our dancing to others.

their native dances and we shared ours, and we came away with new friends and memories for a lifetime.

In Jamaica, the country’s Tourism Board embraced our visit and organized a dance presentation and celebration in the village of Ocho Rios. They shared

Become a USA Dance Ambassador – join our celebrations in December! Cruise Website:

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The second annual USA Dance 2011 National Dance Cruise will once again sail to the Caribbean -- this time connecting with dancers in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Already 120 million people are connected on Linked In, a fast growing “business social media” site. It’s becoming a valuable resource for dancers and those in the business and promotion of dance as well. USA Dance has an important administrative presence on Linked In. If you’re interested in being part of this growing connection, please request to join Group Pages USA DANCE INC and/or DANCESPORT CONNECTION. The USA Dance Inc group is open to members and all others throughout the USA, who want to follow USA Dance news and discussions. Although we hope that members will officially join the National organization to help support programs, the LinkedIn membership is free. The DanceSport Connection group is open to anyone involved in dance throughout the world. Members include professional and amateur dancers; studios and dance product retailers; competition event organizers; national and world dance association members and leadership; dance media; dance nonprofit organizations and arts councils; and the list goes on. Discussions are normally about universal topics of interest, and there’s a “jobs” and “promotions” section for members to list those opportunities. Nearly 400 DanceSport Connection members now represent states throughout the USA, but also hail from countries around the globe -- including China, Trinidad, New Zealand, Ghana, Brazil, Netherlands, Uganda, Sweden, the U.K., Germany, Spain, Canada, France, Argentina, India, Serbia, Australia, Switzerland…and the list goes on. Social Media Site: www.USADANCE.ORG

Has your chapter been in the news lately? Have you been featured in the paper, on TV, or online? Send us the latest happenings of your chapter to be considered for an upcoming issue. When submitting, please keep in mind the following:

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Linked In Social Media – Great Business Connections for Members Involved In The Dance Industry

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Beyond The Physical After dancing together for a couple of weeks, months or years, you and your partner have finally decided to compete for the first time.

What’s next? Intense negotiations about how many practice sessions and for how long each session will last, where to compete, and even what to wear. After practicing routines, learning choreography, becoming musical, and improving technique, the first competition arrives. Just before the performance you realize that your nerves are shot, your stomach is in knots and you’ve forgotten everything. Somehow you make it through your entire event and after it’s over, your coach asks you what you danced or how you did and you realize that you don’t have a clue. In fact, you don’t remember anything about the competition at all.

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Preparing mentally for competions allows you to enjoy your performance, in addition to being more ready for it. Preparing mentally for a competition requires cooperation with your partner in deciding what your overall goal is in competing. Make sure your goal is actually achievable; for example, if you are a 40-year-old who has been dancing for just under a year, don’t focus in on a goal to be this year’s Adult National Champion. Set smaller goals that help build you up toward the larger goals. Break goals down into tiny steps that you can easily remember at each competition. Make a list with your partner of each step/ objective that you will need to achieve in order to reach the main goal. Goals like: smile and breathe, follow an exercise program to increase stamina, chin up, etc. are the kind of small steps that lead up to larger goals. Keep your objectives firmly in mind during your practice sessions. Do this and by the time you hit the competition floor you won’t trying to remember why you are there. Keep in mind that the


purpose of the smaller steps is to allow yourself to expand your ability without exceeding your capabilities. If your goals are too lofty, you will find yourself getting used to telling yourself what you can’t do. If you are a bronze dancer and your goal is to become a champion dancer, if you make it your goal to only practice the open routines that you are doing in a studio showcase without working on developing your bronze technique, you will certainly find yourself thinking, “I can’t do this.” Instead, if you have worked hard on your bronze technique at practices, keeping in mind your goal to smile and breathe, at the competition you will have been successful if you smiled and breathed, no matter how you place. The more often you experience success, the more quickly you will improve. Practice the unexpected. Don’t dwell on disasters, but you should realize that the unexpected happens all the time. You can’t think of every possible mistake or disaster, but you can practice refocusing techniques with your partner to be prepared to recover from just about anything by the next beat of music instead of ten counts

later. The moment of disaster is another time when having the simple goal is infinitely valuable: disaster strikes and you pull out a split second later saying, “smile and breathe, smile and breathe.” Finally, visualize, visualize, visualize. See yourself doing what it is you have determined to be your goal for the competition, and see yourself doing it well. Imagine yourself dancing with your partner and succeeding in the goal you set for your partnership. Don’t waste time visualizing your failure or that is what will happen at the competition when you are under pressure. Visualize yourself fulfilling your objective for all dances and in multiple rounds and you will have multiple rounds-worth of confidence. Above all, remember that dancing is supposed to be fun, not a chore, not agony and not torture. The more you think of your practices as fun, the more fun you will have doing “the real thing” at the competition. By Daphna Locker

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Carolina Fall Classic Greensboro, NC Challenge Phoenix,Oct AZ 7 - 9, 2011

Manhattan Amateur Classic-(MAC) 011 Phoenix DanceSport Manhattan, NY Jan 13 - 15, 2012

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

Chicago DanceSport Challenge Chicago, IL February 19, 2011 Nov 4 - 6, 2011

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

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

The Quake San Francisco, CA Nov 13, 2011

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

For More Information visit

CO M PE T I T I O N C ALE N D AR Events listed with the * do not accrue proficiency points

Sep 18, 2011

Jan 14-15, 2012

Sep 24, 2011

Jan 21, 2012

Oct 7-9, 2011

Feb 4, 2012

New Englad Fall Challenge Glastony, CT Quest For the Best* Seattle, WA Carolina Fall Classic-NQE Greensboro, NC

Nov 4-6, 2011

Northwest DanceSport Championships-NQE Seattle, WA Royal Palm Winter Frolic Extravaganza Coconut Creek, FL USA Dance Southwest Regional-NQE Laguna Woods Village, CA

Feb 18 - 19, 2012

Chicago DanceSport Challenge-NQE Chicago, IL

Derby City DanceSport Championships-NQE Louisville, KY

Nov 13, 2011

Feb 25 - 26, 2012

Jan 13-15, 2012

Mar 16 - 17, 2012

The Quake-NQE San Francisco, CA Manhattan Amateur Cassic (MAC)-NQE Manhattan, NY

Mid-Atlantic Championships-NQE Bethesda, MD Steel City DanceSport Classic Pittsburgh PA

Mar 30 - Apr 1, 2012

2012 National DanceSport Championships Baltimore, MD

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

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

look for future collegiate event updates on FaceBook sign onto FaceBook, click on “Groups,” and type in “USA Dance Competitions”

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Dine • Dance • Dream

Keeping balance in the rigorous ballroom world can become quite complicated at times.

Add that to the media frenzy about what we should and shouldn’t eat, and the confusion can skyrocket. Following these three simple steps can help keep your body balanced… even when your schedule isn’t!

DINE: Every body requires food to survive. That’s about the only thing that many of us know for sure. The type and amount of food that is recommended seems to change with the tide, as we are told one day “fat is bad!” followed by the next day’s headlines touting the “horrible dangers of carbohydrates!” So what exactly does our body need?? Six basic ingredients are required each day, in varying amounts:

1. Carbohydrate. Yes, we do need it! It’s the type and

amount that get us into trouble. Simple carbs are what give carbs a bad name. Simple carbohydrates are made up of refined sugars, supplying little more than empty calories. Complex Carbohydrates, on the other hand, provide us with vital nutrients, including fiber. Fiber is vital to any healthy body. A natural ‘filler,’ fiber helps us feel full quickly – which helps us eat less. It also reduces the risk for colon cancer, and helps lower cholesterol levels.

2. Protein aids in many body functions, such as hormone building and muscle repairs.

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When you eat protein, the body breaks it down into small parts called amino acids, which can then be re-arranged to build different structures that the body needs.

3. Fat. Yes, fat does have functions in the body. It

cushions the organs, transports some key vitamins (A,D,E,K), provides insulation, and gives cell walls their elasticity. Fat is one key body ingredient that you don’t need to search out. Don’t worry, it will find you. The recommendations are to limit the daily fat intake to a minimum, eating sources from mono-unsaturated (i.e. olive oil) and poly-unsaturated (especially omega-3, found in fish oils and nuts). Saturated fat has been linked to high cholesterol levels and atherosclerosis.

4. Vitamins and 5. Minerals.

These are found in a wide array of food, but most commonly fruits and vegetables. There are a whole slew of vitamins out there, and the best way to make sure you get them all is to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables (as well as whole grains). Pretty much every function in the body requires the

use of vitamins and minerals. 6. Water. Vital to survival, water provides the medium for almost every function that happens in the body. Getting 7-8 cups a day is the minimum requirement. Make sure to take frequent water breaks during and after training.

DANCE: Exercise is one of the best gifts you can give your body, and dance is an excellent way to fulfill this requirement. Research has shown again and again the benefits of exercise including lower rates of heart disease, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose, as well as increased resistance to sickness, and overall better body functions. The recommendations are to get at least 30-60 minutes of exercise daily. Smaller chunks also pay off – getting 10 minute sessions in 3-4 times a day counts. In fact, recent studies have shown that interval training (small bursts of high intensity exercise, followed by a small rest cycle) burns more fat than longer sessions of low intensity.

DREAM: Sleep can be just as essential for overall health as exercise. Lack of sleep not only zaps our body of energy, it also affects us at the hormonal level. Ghrelin hormone levels (increases hunger) have been shown to be elevated in sleep-deprived people, while at the same time Leptin levels (the satiety hormone) have been shown to drop. The short answer


to this: play hard, work hard, then rest like you mean it! (And, no, sitting in front of the TV does not count. In fact, sleeping burns more calories than watching TV!) Getting 7-8 hours of energy restoring sleep is optimal.

Cut through the confusion, keep it simple, and Dine, Dance, and Dream your way to your best body ever!

By Jen Brewer, RD Author of All Diets Work That’s the Problem

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Making a Difference Ira Pollock and Inna Brayer


ra Pollock and Inna Brayer are delegates. They volunteer hours of their time to be present at DanceSport meetings and to keep up with the different issues that are discussed. Ira and Inna also add their views to the discussions and when the time comes they even vote on the issues. The votes Ira and Inna control are not technically their own. They are cast on behalf of all the dancers who compete in the DanceSport circuit. The delegates do not take this responsibility lightly.

“I feel it is an opportunity to make sure that the dance world I’m a part of does everything it can to make things better for the competitors. That means making it better for myself and those who are close to me.” -Ira Pollock

After talking with the delegates, it was easy to see why Ira and Inna would dedicate themselves so fully. For some people, the competitors are beautiful dancers working towards the title of “Champion”. For Ira and Inna however, competitors are much more than that. They are students, friends, and even family. That’s the reason Ira originally took the position a year ago. “I feel it is an opportunity to make sure that the dance world I’m a part of does everything it can to make things better for the competitors. That means making it better for myself and those who are close to me.”

The delegates had only words of praise concerning the USA DanceSport Council. They are a non-profit organization so their main purpose is not to make a profit but to provide structure for the competitive circuit and to make sure that the rules and regulations are kept regarding dance competitions. The delegates felt that the organization does a “fantastic job at creating the circuit and providing the services that competitors would expect.” When asked whether they were satisfied with the way things were being run, Ira summed up their feelings best by stating, “There’s not a whole lot more I could ask for.” Hopefully the World DanceSport Federation will continue to provide the incredible services they do for the athletes and will continue to keep the competitors’ needs forefront in their minds. By Michael Mecham BallrooMdANCE.ORG

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Beyond Individuals What the National Collegiate Championships formations competition has to offer

By Ivor Lee


s the couples line up in matching brilliantly styled, sequined dresses and shirts, the college-aged crowd waits expectantly. The girls all match each other—not a freak accident requiring a frantic change of wardrobe—and the guys, though differing in height, are all matching copies of each other. The music hits, and the couples move, each couple an individual thread of the fabric of the group—they move through each other, around each other, weaving in and out in complex variations. Their costumes seem to emphasize the music, the themes they are revealing in their dance. This is the National Collegiate Challenge’s Formation Dance Competition.

The music hits, and the couples move, each from last year and retain their couple an individual titles? thread of the fabric of The NCC offers a chance to be the group.

2011 will feature the third annual formation dance championship, an exhibition of not only individual and couple dance talent, but the talent that an entire school as a whole can show. In last year’s competition, a team from Utah Valley University claimed the Standard title, and a team from UC San Diego claimed the Latin title. The list of competing schools continues to grow. Will these two teams be able to hold onto their momentum

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in a “real-world” activity outside of the classroom or studio. The formation dance is a great opportunity for couples that are a little shy and hesitant to compete in DanceSport to show their talents in the field of the country’s best. Dancers learn that the competition is not about the individual, but

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the greater whole of the group. If one couple goes down, everyone else does as well. While not as individually competitive as the DanceSport section of the NCC, the Formation Dance Championships allows couples to ease into competition and be a part of the team. But beyond that, it’s a simple chance to have fun dancing. How many people can brag that they were in a


formation group? How many people can say they competed against their peers at a national level ballroom competition? Regardless of whether you’re a spectator or competitor, the Formation Dance Competition will be an event you won’t want to miss. The 2011 National Collegiate DanceSport Challenge will be held November 19-20, 2011 at the Columbus OH Convention Center. Please visit for more information.

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National Collegiate

DanceSport Challenge Columbus Convention Center Columbus, Ohio

November 19-20, 2011

Establishing Excellence for more information go to 44 InStep

“I never knew that people could do what they were doing while twirling a baton.”

Batons and Ballroom

-Richard Olszeski

BY: Michael Mecham


he United States was awarded the hosting of the 2011 World Baton Twirling Federation International Cup August 4-7 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA at the Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Arena. That’s right, baton twirling. Why would we be discussing baton twirling? Well, on June 19 in Luxembourg, the World Baton Twirling Federation, along with the World Rock ‘n’ Roll Confederation and the United Country and Western Dance Council became associate members of the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF). The purpose of the alliance is to work for the common goal of the development of the World Artistic Games, with the longterm future eye on the formation of the Olympic Artistic Games. Aside from the new alliance that has developed between the World Baton Twirling Federation and the www.USAdance.ORG

World DanceSport Federation, amateur dance partners Richard Olszeski and Marie Harrington were contacted to provide some intermission entertainment at the International Competition. Richard and Marie, who have been dancing together for five years, are former United Country and Western Dance Council world champions in their age division. Richard serves as the President of the St. Augustine USA Dance chapter. He received an email looking for a youth or amateur ballroom couple to perform at the International Baton Twirling Championships. After talking to Marie about the email, Richard responded to the email and they were quickly snatched up to perform. Richard and Marie performed three different dances: Night Club 2-step, Country 2-step, and East Coast Swing. The baton

participants and spectators received their performances with enthusiasm. Richard and Marie were also enthused by the performances they were able to watch. “We were spellbound. “ Richard was in awe by the baton twirling performances. “I never knew that people could do what they were doing while twirling a baton.” Of course there was baton twirling, but amidst the twirling there were back handsprings, spins, and crisp choreography. Richard recommended, “If you ever have a chance to see any of this baton twirling, go to it. It just blew my mind.” Richard and Marie plan to continue improving in their own dancing, and they look forward to future opportunities to display their talents. For more information on the World Baton Twirling Federation visit Photo courtesy of Sandi Wiemers

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DanceMart MEN’S DANCE SHOES For Sale- Brand New Diamante Men’s Dance Shoes, made in Germany, size 8, slim foot. Also 2 pair of same, worn but serviceable all three pair for $85. Contact William K. Wall at 434-975-7358 or email [2] MENS WHITE SATIN SHOES NEVER WORN / $20 + shipping English Size 7, 1-1/2” Heel, Gamba Brand. 561-558-6077 [2] Men’s Capezio Standard Oxford, Model BR02, Black, Size/Width 8M (American), Heel 3/4 inch. Condition: Like new! Worn only once before I realized they were medium width … not wide width like the box said. Asking $75. Email: [2]

WOMEN’S DANCE SHOES Champion Dance Shoes like new. Beautiful bronze t-strap, 2 1/2 inch Latino heel. American size 10. Worn once. $118 new; will sell for $75. Contact carolynnescott@ [2]

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MEN’S COSTUMES International Standard Tuxedo. This resale, traditional tuxedo with tails was custom designed for International Standard ballroom competition dancing. The tuxedo is being sold with all the accessories: Jacket w/ tails (38R), pants (32/32), shirt (medium), bow tie, handkerchief, suspenders, and waist coat. Excellent condition. Asking $850.00. Contact: Call Jaime (407) 498-3144; or email [2]

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JEWELRY Judy Cohen, Stella & Dot Independent Stylist. Stylist ID# 125304 Phone: 610.358.1083 Website: Exquisite jewelry that will add excitement and sparkle on and off the dance floor. Visit my website to view the collection and learn how you can get free jewelry. I am happy to style you and your friends! [1]

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