Fort Wayne Dancesport (FWD) is a local chapter (##2046) of USA Dance, Inc., serving the greater Fort Wayne, Indiana area. It was founded in February, 1997 and hosted its first chapter dance in April, 1997.
The mission of USA Dance is to improve the quality and the quantity of ballroom dancing in the United States. USA Dance is a volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization serving as the National Governing Body for Dancesport in the USA. It is a member of the International Dance Sport Federation (IDSF). To learn more about USA Dance, see the organization's national website.
Fort Wayne Dancesport hosts monthly social dances, usually the second Saturday of each month, usually in the ballroom of the Walb Memorial Union building on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Group dance lessons normally precede each dance. For a schedule of upcoming chapter dances and detailed information about them, see our "Monthly Chapter Dance" news page.
Beginning in 2008, Fort Wayne Dancesport hosted the annual USA Dance Fort Wayne Dancesport Championships amateur ballroom dance competition (sanctioned by USA Dance) and a Special Ballroom Competition. Both events occur on the same weekend in July. The 2008 event was the first ballroom dance competition in the history of Special Ballroom Competition. In 2011, the chapter renamed the competition "Heart & Soul of Ballroom Dancing." For more information about the competitions.
In addition to hosting the Special Ballroom Competition, Fort Wayne Dancesport raises funds to support ballroom dance lessons for Fort Wayne-area Special Ballroom athletes.
In 2008, USA Dance named Fort Wayne Dancesport Region Two Chapter of the Year and chapter member Vivian Hans Region Two Volunteer of the Year, in part because of the work Hans and the chapter did with Special Ballroom Competition. The same year, USA Dance named Hans National Volunteer of the Year.
Fort Wayne Dancesport regularly conducts public demonstrations of ballroom dancing, typically at a Fort Wayne shopping mall during National Ballroom Dance Week in September.
To join Fort Wayne Dancesport, one first joins USA Dance. To learn more about membership, see our "Join/Renew" page. (* Currenty not available on this website. Please contact us for assistance!)
As required by USA Dance bylaws, Fort Wayne Dancesport is governed by a board of directors elected by chapter members and by officers elected by the board of directors. See a current list of officers and board members on our "Contact Us" page.
Fort Wayne Dancesport is always looking for new volunteers to assist with chapter activities. To learn how you can help or to simply learn more about our chapter, send an email message to our chapter president or contact us here.