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We are the United States National Governing Body for ballroom dancing and DanceSport, the competitive version of ballroom dancing.  Our DanceSport activities are conducted under the trade name and registered service mark “USA DanceSport.”

We are a nationwide nonprofit organization of volunteers who love ballroom dancing.  We greatly appreciate the excitement and romance, as well as the social and health benefits that ballroom dancing brings into our lives.

...dedicated to lovers of ballroom dancing.   Its purpose is to inform and motivate all dancers.  An additional purpose is to educate the public regarding this enjoyable but challenging recreational activity and sport that was recently granted recognition and membership in the International Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic Committee.

 

03/23/2013

USA Dance, Why support it?

USA Dance, Why support it?

We couldn't help but notice the dance organizations (Studios, Shoe, Jewelry, Apparel Sales) that came out in support of the New Year's Eve Tidewater Chapter Event. We also took note of those studios, vendors and local instructors who were absent. So, here are some of our reasons to support the local chapters. By support we don't mean just showing up. We mean helping out in some way and really supporting the chapters.

1. Instructors and dance professionals - Judy & I are part time instructors and thankful for every contact we get. While advertising the event we had a chance to direct dancers to our web site, have them pick up or download our flyers and in a couple of cases, contact us by telephone. Yes, we promoted the Tidewater Chapter, but also our own social dances and group classes. Maybe those absent studios and instructors already have enough business.

We saw Alan Hedgpeth, of AStepAbove Dance studio (no web site yet) get out on the dance floor with his students almost every night. Young or seasoned, beginners or experienced, they all got a chance to show their best. Alan also had a business card at almost every table on Saturday night. Do we think Alan made some contacts that night? Absolutely!! After our Two-Step demonstration we had several dancers ask about our classes and all our flyers were snapped up.

The performances we saw from the local instructors and their students were inspiring to everyone in attendance.

2. Studios - DanceSportVA (where we work, and Two Step Tidewater meets for our weekly Social dance) closed during the week which allowed all of their dancers and professionals the time to attend. They also had several studio and independent instructors performing. They were given a chance to distribute flyers to anyone present. Who doesn't need easy, inexpensive advertising directly to your target audience? Did DanceSportVA make some contacts? Absolutely yes!

3. Vendors - We don't know how successful the sales were but we saw many dancers looking over the product that were in display. We bought a couple of nice necklaces for Judy without going near a mall. (Thanks Jeff for the nice selection) The shoe vendors also have been at the NYE event for many years and must find this a good place to connect with dancers. How many vendors could have been involved. Many of us could have enjoyed a massage by Saturday night but none were there.

4. Non-Members - Where else can you belong to an organization that provides so much for so little? It's the least expensive club we belong to and we get the most out of our membership. Best of all, it's run by fellow dancers. With the new rules, instructors and studios can be even more involved.

Let's start planning for 2006!

All the local chapters need dedicated people to get involved. The USA Dance Tidewater Chapter is the largest and needs the most in the way of commitment. If you are willing to give lots of your time to your passion please contact them.  There are also the USA Dance Peninsula Chapter, and the USA Dance Williamsburg Chapter in the local area.  If you are ever in Richmond, Washington DC or Anycity USA, look for the local chapter(s) of USA Dance (They may still be listed as USABDA - United States Amateur Dancers Assn), and you will find lots of dancers of like mind - and plenty to do.

All of the chapters need the kind of support only a few of the studios provided the last few weeks. Support does not only mean showing up to teach at a couple of chapter dances then failing to follow through during the rest of the year.  It means making a commitment to promote social dancing every day of the year; announcing local amateur dance events; and NOT competing with the chapter's monthly dance events.

The days when the private studio students were isolated are over. Sooner or later they will hear about the local amateur chapter dances, and when they attend, will the local professionals and studios be there? Will you plan to perform with your students during the next New Year's event?

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Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.  Let's Dance!
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Practice the easy way at our Friday and 3rd Saturday night dance. We couldn't think of a better way to reinforce those lessons!  Come early, and you can get a half-hour of whole-floor practice, while we are getting ready for the dance lesson.  After the dance, we don't mind if you hang around and practice while we clean up and close up the studio.


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