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Fort Wayne Dancesport

Chapter 2046, USA Dance, Inc.


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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).

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Saturday, December 13, 2014, 07:00PM - 11:00PM
Fort Wayne Dancesport Chapter Dance
The December Fort Wayne Dancesport Ballroom Dance is scheduled for Saturday, December 13, 2014, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at IPFW's Walb Student Union Ballroom. This month's theme is Christmas ball. Doors open at 7 p.m. A group lesson in foxtrot by professional instructor Chris Spaulding or Kelley 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.

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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.

Photos from October Dance Available

A dancer in costume for HalloweenA few dancers arrived at the October chapter dance dressed for the Halloween theme. Board member Angie Keck captured photos of some of them. See the rest of the pictures in our photo gallery.

Board Makes Plans Coming Year

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.

Thanks, Dancers!

I want to take this time to thank all of our dancers who have come out to our dances this year. One year ago, we did not know if Fort Wayne Dancesport would continue, after a rough 2011. Thanks for your continued support this year. We expect to have a great year as a chapter of USA Dance in 2013.

Dancers Reminded of Dress Code

Please remember that appropriate dress for our chapter dances includes slacks, nice shirts, dresses, and dance shoes. Please do not dance in bare feet. We modify the dress code on occasion, to accommodate special themes and when we do so, we'll announce that in this newsletter and on our chapter website. Please dress nicely for our dances. A ballroom dance should be a classy event.

More Articles...

  1. August Dancers Swing, Hoop
  2. Martin Appointed to Board
  3. Board Receives more Compliments
  4. Special Olympics Competition is Big Success
  5. Chapter Membership Grows
  6. Board Members get Ideas at Regional Meeting
  7. New Member Expresses Pleasure with Chapter Dances
  8. Where Does the Money Go?
  9. New Board Member Needed

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