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, September 13, 2014, 07:00PM - 11:00PM
Fort Wayne Dancesport Chapter Dance
The September Fort Wayne Dancesport Ballroom Dance is scheduled for Saturday, September 13, 2013, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at IPFW's Walb Student Union Ballroom. Doors open at 7 p.m. A group lesson in quickstep 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.

March Dance Goes Green

st patricks day clipart"Wearin' of the Green" was the order of the St. Patrick's evening at Walb Memorial Ballroom as we danced to our heart's delight to the music of Phil Motley. Marcie Haataja gave an enjoyable lesson on the hustle, from basic moves to the fantastic "explosion." Marcie guided us with easy-to-follow instruction and did we ever have fun. How wonderful it is to have an abundance of fine dance instructors to enhance the ballroom dance experience. Turnout for the dance was light, just 52 members and guests, but the atmosphere was wonderful, the music delightful and there was plenty of dancing room for everyone.

Chapter Sets Goals

Increasing membership is a necessary priority for our chapter. USA Dance began as an organization of competitive dancers but its goals from inception included encouraging social dancing. Here in Fort Wayne as well as nationally, social dancing participation is on the decline. If we are to continue to exist as a social ballroom dancing organization, we must reverse that trend. We have determined that there are three main tactics to increase social dancing membership.
 
First, we must take the fine nucleus of directors (our chapter board members) that now organize our dances and increase to a reasonable degree, the involvement or our remaining 140 plus chapter members. Ideally, no one will be asked to volunteer for more than one extra hour per month.
 
Second, we must organize a youth board of directors comprised of our younger dancers, which will meet regularly, similar to our chapter board of directors. We will ask them to begin with the task of teaching dance etiquette, making suggestions for improvement to our dances and eventually, conduct chapter dances just for youth.
 
Third, during National Ballroom Dance Week in September, Fort Wayne Dancesport has in the past conducted ballroom dance demonstrations at one of the city's main shopping facilities. This year, we would like to revive that tradition and let the Fort Wayne community enjoy ballroom dancing as it is done by "regular people" (our social dancers). Sounds like fun, doesn't it?

Get Your 15 Minutes of Fame!

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!

A Reminder about Dance Etiquette

Dance etiquette graphicJust 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?

Appropriate Attire Awareness

At our chapter dances, we do our best to provide a classy environment for all dancers. Dancers in blue jeans and bare feet hinder the accomplishment of that goal. Enough said?

Proud to Serve

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.

Ballroom Dresses up for December

dec 2012 desert cartOur 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. dec 2012 table decorationEagle 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.

Board News

Frank Miller 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!

A Look Back at 2012

Father time clip artI would like to thank all of the instructors who have very graciously taught our dance lessons this year. We have had a great year and hope to do the same next year.

Our chapter board has been exceptional this year. Each member has gone above and beyond the call of duty and brought unique expertise to the board. I appreciate them very much.

As this year draws to a close, I would also like to thank each one of you for supporting our chapter of USA Dance. We have tried to make it the very best in our region.

We are looking forward to the New Year. We sincerely hope you will again join us for another great year in 2013.

New Board Member Appointed

Portrait of Phil MotleyThe entire board wants to thank Phil Motley for serving not only on the board but also as DJ for the last few years. Although he has resigned from the board, he plans to continue his work as DJ in 2013. We appreciate Phil's willingness to serve us with his talents.

Phil's term on the board would have ended in December of 2013, so I have appointed Sherry Straley to complete Phil's unexpired term, beginning in January. Sherry has already visited one board meeting. We thank her for agreeing to serve.

In other board news, we have completed audits of the financial records for our 2012 Special Olympics competition and will send the report to the USA Dance national organization, as required.

More Articles...

  1. Photos from October Dance Available
  2. Board Makes Plans Coming Year
  3. Thanks, Dancers!
  4. Dancers Reminded of Dress Code
  5. August Dancers Swing, Hoop
  6. Martin Appointed to Board
  7. Board Receives more Compliments
  8. Special Olympics Competition is Big Success
  9. Chapter Membership Grows

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