Fort Wayne Dancesport

Chapter 2046, USA Dance, Inc.

Home of the First Special Olympics Ballroom Dance Competition in the USA

Welcome! Our mission is to improve the quality and the quantity of ballroom dancing in the United States. Fort Wayne Dancesport is chapter #2046 of USA Dance, Inc. (formerly the U.S. Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association). USA DANCE is a volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization serving as the National Governing Body for Dancesport in the USA - Member of the International Dance Sport Federation (IDSF) and an Affiliate Member of United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

Next Chapter Dance

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 07:00PM - 11:00PM
Fort Wayne Dancesport Chapter Dance
Join Fort Wayne Dancesport for its monthly social ballroom dance 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at IPFW's Walb Student Union Ballroom. Doors open at 7 p.m. A group lesson in samba by  professional instructor Melissa Culbertson begins at 7:15 p.m. General dancing begins at 8:15 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. Other information, including a map to the venue, is available at the top of our "FWD Events" page.

Photos from July, 2015 dance available

Ballroom dancers enjoy the Fort Wayne Dancesport chapter of USA Dance July 2015 chapter social dance

Photos from our July 2015 social ballroom dance are available in the photo gallery of this website, thanks to chatper board member Jamie Craft.

Photos from May, 2015 dance available

Photo of dancers at Fort Wayne Dancesport (USA Dance) chapter social ballroom danceFort Wayne Dancesport board member Jamie Craft has shared photos she took during our May, 2015 ballroom dance. You can see them all in our photo gallery.

2015 Special Olympics ballroom dance competition set

How to attend, participate, volunteer, and financially support the event.

Fort Wayne Dancesport will host the eighth annual Special Olympics ballroom dance competition Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the IPFW Walb Ballroom. Our chapter of USA Dance looks forward to hosting approximately 60 participants from throughout northeastern Indiana (including Allen, Huntington, Saint Joseph and Wells counties) as well as the Indianapolis area.

This collaborative effort brings together area social service agencies (who coordinate their clients' participation as Special Olympians), members of northeastern Indiana's ballroom dance community (who participate in the competition as unified dance partners), and local dance studios (who train the Special Olympians and unified dancer partners). Central to all of this is the hard work, discipline, enthusiasm and joy displayed by the athletes themselves at each year's competition.

Members of the dance community who are not involved as unified dancers are invited to participate in this special event by volunteering on August 1. Many tasks need done, including set up, registration, managing the on-deck area, distributing awards, and clean up. Anyone interested in assisting should contact event coordinator Dan Keck at 260-440-7004 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We also invite donations to help underwrite event expenses (e.g., venue rental, judges, DJ, travel, and supplies). The printed competition program will list individual donors at the following sponsorship levels: Bronze ($25-$49), Silver ($50-$99) and Gold ($100 or more). Tax-deductible donations, with memo "Special Olympics", may be sent to:

Fort Wayne Dancesport
PO Box 0341
Huntertown, IN 46748

Businesses and non-profit organizations may also provide sponsorships, as well advertise in the printed competition program. For more information regarding advertising and organizational sponsorships, contact Jim Brumbaugh-Smith at 260-982-7285 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Video about Special Olympics ballroom dance competition

Check out this new video about the annual Special Olympics ballroom dance competition hosted by Fort Wayne Dancesport:

This year's competition is scheduled for August 1, 2015.

Learn more about the competition, inlcuding ways to volunteer, donate, sponsor and/or advertise.

121 attend April, 2015 chapter dance

April's dance had 121 attendees, lesson was by Dave Couture, a really nice Nightclub Two Step Class that had nearly sixty students. Music by Dan Keck was marvelous both Dan and Dave received ovations for their work. Next dance is Saturday, May 9, 2015. The lesson will be Country 2-Step taught by Melissa Culbertson from The Anchor Room Studio. Music will be by Eagle and Pam Lindsey. Snack table will be well stocked as usual. Looking forward to a nice crowd and, as always, a wonderful time.

Nasty winter weather doesn't stop dancers

A great big thank you to the 98 people who braved the elements to attend Fort Wayne Dancesport's Valentine's Day dance. Over 50 arrived for the Waltz lesson by Marcie and the rest joined for the delightful music by Eagle and Pam Lindsey. Each lady received a beautiful red rose from Dave Furman. It was a truly wonderful evening. Thanks again.

Fort Wayne Dancesport opens Twitter account

Weather-related cancellations to appear on social media channel

Twitter logo blueFort Wayne Dancesport, the local chapter of national ballroom dancing organization USA Dance, has opened an account on the popular micro-blogging social network Twitter. The chapter's Twitter user name is @FWDancesport.

The chapter plans to use Twitter for reminders of its monthly social ballroom dances, announcements of changes in those events (including weather-related cancellations), and other important announcements. All members of the chapter board of directors have access to the chapter's Twitter account, as does the chapter's webmaster.

Anyone who has a Twitter account can receive the chapter's tweets by following @FWDancesport. The information is also available to people who don't have Twitter accounts in three ways; via the chapter's website, via Twitter's website and via cell phone text message.

The chapter website (www.fwdancesport.org) automatically displays the chapter's tweets in an area on the left side of the home page. Anyone who wishes to see what the chapter has tweeted recently may simply visit the Web page and scroll down to the Twitter section.

Twitter also has a service it calls "fast following" that allows anyone – even people who have no Twitter accounts – to receive the chapter's tweets via text messages on their cell phones. All they must do is text the words, "follow fwdancesport" (without the quotation marks) to 40404.

Fast follow screen shotAnyone who does this will immediately get two text messages, as shown in the picture at left; one that confirms the follow and a second that contains that chapter's most recent tweet. After that, the user will receive a text message immediately any time the chapter sends a tweet. Standard text messaging rates apply. Read more about Twitter fast following.

Anyone who has questions about the chapter's use of Twitter may contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or any member of the chapter's board of directors.

In memory of Russell Hernandez

The dance world is sadden by the loss of Russell Hernandez.

Russell Hernandez head shotA wonderful dancer, Fort Wayne Dancesport board member and consistent volunteer, Russell was a friend to all, always a cheerful person with love for his fellow man and a true example of gentlemanly behavior with a strong, but non-judging moral fiber.

He was stricken at a dance on December 14, 2014, was hospitalized until December 21, 2014 when he passed.

All who knew Russ, loved him and felt honored to be his friend. Russ was a quiet man of fervent Christian faith and both practiced and lived his faith in a manner all of his faith would be grateful to emulate. A most honorable and humble man, Russ was a constant source of uplifting spirit, acknowledging accomplishments and always taking time to encourage and compliment.

Though he will be sorely missed by his family and friends, his spirit will live on in their memories. spreading his kindness, friendship and softly soothing smile into their hearts. In his own, humble way, Russ's life was a tribute to his kind gentle soul and to the faith that he held so dear. His work on earth is now a message for the ages.

Well done, dear friend.

September Chapter Newsletter

Here's the latest news from Fort Wayne Dancesport, your local chapter of USA Dance.
Next chapter dance: Saturday, September 13, 7 p.m., IPFW Walb Student Union Ballroom, quickstep lesson.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 5 – September, 2014

September 13 dance

Join us for the big-time dance on Saturday the 13th of September. The beautiful Walb Grand Ballroom will be the site. We'll have great music by Phil Motley and a lesson from Kelly Bartlett in quickstep, that mysterious dance that looks so cool. Here's a chance to experience a new dance. It's fun, and I promise, not too difficult. As usual, there will be a nice snack table and lots of wonderful friends.

Dance Location: IPFW Walb Memorial Student Union Building Room 126, Grand Ballroom, Fort Wayne, IN 46750. Use Crescent Ave. campus entrance and parking garage 2.

August 9 dance report

We had the largest turnout in more than two years, as 131 dancers reveled in the wonderful dance music, with more than 70 still present for the final dance. Dave Couture's lesson in east coast swing was a hit as was the music by Eagle and Pam Lindsey. It was a most exciting time with many familiar dancers mixing with quite a few first-timers to Fort Wayne Dancesport.

August board meeting

Our chapter board met at Hall's Gas House on Wednesday, August 13. Membership guest cards were approved and will be available at the September dance. Each member will be allowed twelve guests per membership year. Each guest will be admitted at the member price, a 20 percent discount.

Studio promotion opportunity

There is a table in the foyer of our ballroom at IPFW Walb Student Union. All dance studios are invited to leave studio information, e.g., schedules of studio dances and lessons, on that table. Go for it!

John Johnson portrait
Respectfully submitted,
John's signature
John Johnson, President
260-433-8485
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August Chapter Newsletter

Here's the latest news from Fort Wayne Dancesport, your local chapter of USA Dance.
Next chapter dance: Saturday, August 9, 7 p.m., IPFW Walb Student Union Ballroom, swing lesson.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 4 – August, 2014

August 9 dance

Hey dancers! It's 50's and 60's time. Join us at the magnificent Walb Memorial Ballroom for what typically is the largest turnout of the year. And what a program this month: a great swing lesson by Dave Couture and the wonderful dancing music you've come to expect from Eagle and Pam Lindsey. The lesson starts at 7:15 p.m. and the main dance begins at 8 p.m. Bring lots of energy, dress in 50's or 60's attire if you like, and come early. This will be a marvelous dance. Don't forget, there will be a nice snack table.

Dance Location: IPFW Walb Memorial Student Union Building Room 126, Grand Ballroom, Fort Wayne, IN 46750. Use Crescent Ave. campus entrance and parking garage 2.

Special Olympics ballroom dance competition

This year's competition was a wonderful success. The event, with nearly three hundred attending at our home site at the Walb Memorial Ballroom, had great competition and a full complement of open dancing for the public and two dance lessons. There was plenty of seating and with the Grand Ballroom's size, plenty of room to trip the light fantastic. The lessons crowded the floor for the rumba taught by Dave Cowdrey and salsa taught by Faye Ico. And a special treat was a robust swing dance by professionals Brian Wong and Melissa Culbertson of the Anchor Room Dance Studio. But the stars of the show were the Special Olympians who honored us with their enthusiastic competiveness and joyous celebrations at the awards ceremonies. It looks like the Walb will be home for this event on August 1, 2015.

July board meeting

The board met at Hall's Gas House July 16. We discussed again the need to increase membership and dance attendance. One suggestion that is in the process of being implemented is a card for all active members that will allow them to bring guests to the dances at the member price (a 20 percent discount). We hope to have the cards ready for the September dance.

Studio promotion opportunity

There is a table in the foyer of our ballroom at IPFW Walb Student Union. All dance studios are invited to leave studio information, e.g., schedules of studio dances and lessons, on that table. Go for it!

John Johnson portrait
Respectfully submitted,
John's signature
John Johnson, President
260-433-8485
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