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).
|Saturday, December 14, 2013, 07:00PM - 11:00PM|
Fort Wayne Dancesport Chapter Dance
The December Fort Wayne Dancesport Ballroom Dance is scheduled for Saturday, December 14, 2013, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at IPFW's Walb Student Union Ballroom. This month's theme is "snowflake ball." Doors open at 7 p.m. A group lesson in foxtrot by professional instructor Kelly Bartlett 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.
The chapter board needs your help! At 6 p.m., before every chapter dance, board members congregate to decorate the ballroom for our members and their guests. We'd be very grateful if some chapter members would show up to help us get the job done quickly. In addition, we'd like to conduct 15-minute gatherings each month, to discuss how we are doing, what improvements we might make and just general comments. You are certainly welcome!
Just a quick note about the tradition of ballroom dancing: Most people know that on smooth dances (the ones that go around the floor in the counter-clockwise pattern), slower dancers should stay more to the center and leave the outside lanes open for faster dancers. Well, did you know that if you're a faster dancer who wants to do a fancy move that might interfere with traffic flow, you, too should move toward the center?
Gentlemen, if you ask a lady to dance and she honors you, when the dance is over, it is your obligation to walk her back to her table and thank her. Ladies, if a man is escorting you back to your table and you receive another offer to dance from another gentleman, smile and thank your previous partner before taking leave. Every gentleman who is at a table with several ladies should feel obliged to ask each lady at his table to dance at least once over the course of the evening.
Ladies, it is perfectly acceptable to ask a gentleman to dance. Many men are a bit shy in this area. When the dance is over, however, the gentleman should escort you back to your table.
Ballroom dancing is all about courtesy and respect. That's a good thing, don't you agree?
In January, the chapter board of directors elected me chapter president. Former president Audrey Hindle has retired from the board after outstanding service as president during what was a very difficult time for our chapter and its board. She continues to serve in an advisory role to ease the transition to new leadership. We all owe Audrey our thanks.
I am pleased and very proud to begin serving as president of Fort Wayne Dancesport. I enjoy ballroom dancing as much today as I did many, many years ago when first I became acquainted with the incredible dance community. Thank you so much for participating in this wonderful sport.
Our December snowflake dance was a gala affair, with 97 dancers in attendance. Linens dressed our tables, along with glass cylinders filled with silver, white and blue ornaments and snowflakes, which added a touch of elegance. A formally attired "butler" circulated with a tea cart filled with finger desserts. It was a smashing success. Eagle Lindsey Lindsey provided great music selections. During the evening, 18 people completed membership forms, which provided great encouragement to the chapter board. Of course, we appreciated all you who came to make our night a wonderful event.
Frank Miller has announced his resignation from the chapter board of directors. We thank him for stepping in to complete the term of a previous member.
The board plans to improve chapter publicity this year. There are many avenues we can follow to improve our visibility in the community.
This year, we're inviting some new instructors to teach the lessons before our chapter dances. You'll learn from some teachers you might have not met in the past. We are looking forward to enjoying their instruction.
Thank you for your support last year. We on the board appreciate every dancer!
Our chapter board of directors met October 24. We put together our dance themes and set dates for board meetings in 2013.
We are contacting people to will help us with an audit of the books for the Special Olympics competition. The audit takes place at the end of November and we must send results to the national treasurer of USA Dance.