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, May 10, 2014, 07:00PM - 11:00PM
Fort Wayne Dancesport Chapter Dance
The May Fort Wayne Dancesport Ballroom Dance is scheduled for Saturday, May 10, 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 west coast two-step by professional instructor Mark Bradburn begins at 7:15 p.m. General dancing begins at 8:15 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. DJs Eagle and Pam Lindsey will provide the music. Other information, including a map to the venue, is available at the top of our "FWD Events" page.

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.

August Dancers Swing, Hoop

One hundred dancers attended our August chapter dance. Of those, five joined the chapter and one renewed his membership.

Marcy Haataja taught east coast swing to a dance floor full of dancers. She even taught a little etiquette, including encouraging the men to escort the ladies back to their seats after each dance. Thanks, Marcy for a great night of learning the swing.

Eagle Lindsey was our DJ and we heard great music from the 1950s and 1060s. Pam taught us the stroll and two teens won free admission to a future dance by winning the hula hoop contest. Thanks Taylor and Evan, for a spectacular show of hoopla.

Martin Appointed to Board

I have appointed Mike Martin to succeed chapter board member Cindy Mahoney, who recently resigned. We will introduce him at our September dance along with all our board. Mike attended the August board meeting, where the board welcomed him. He has been on our board before and will be an asset.

Board Receives more Compliments

Our chapter board of directors was pleased to receive the following two letters:

Hi Audrey and all Board Members,

I'd like to compliment all of you on a great job pulling this club together! Although I haven't been dancing for some time, I will be soon and will enjoy all the improvements you've made!
I also appreciate keeping up to date via the newsletters.
Thank you all and I hope to see you soon!!

Brenda Britt


Dear Audrey,

This is just a short note to congratulate you and your board for putting on a great Special Olympic Competition in such a short period of time. It flowed very nicely all day long.

Putting on such a large undertaking with lots of people is hard enough let alone doing it with all volunteers. You should be very proud of all your people.

I must also give kudos to Dan Keck for the excellent help he gave us when we needed it. He was always willing to help us when we needed it and gave that help in a timely manner.
All of our people were very excited with the event and are looking forward to next year.

Sincerely,

Dave Cowdrey
Renaissance Ballroom Dance Studio

Special Olympics Competition is Big Success

2012_special_olympics_competition_flyer_200pxOur fifth-annual Special Olympics ballroom dance competition July 28, 2012 was a great success. I'm thrilled that our chapter organized the event in just six months, especially considering that about a year ago, we were not even sure our chapter would stay alive.

At this year's competition, 68 Special Olympians demonstrated their dance acumen. These athletes worked very diligently over the last year. They take this event very seriously and each one received a ribbon for his or her effort.

Without an army of volunteers, this year's competition could not have happened. Our extreme gratitude goes to those who stepped forward and gave their time and talents to bring this dance competition to those who would otherwise not have the opportunity. We are even more grateful that so many of our volunteers have already committed to being available in the future.

It is a privilege to serve this competition. Watching the excitement of the Special Olympics athletes is worth everything we can do to make this happen each year.

Thanks again to all competitors, volunteers and sponsors. See you next year!Our fifth-annual Special Olympics ballroom dance competition July 28 was a great success. I'm thrilled that our chapter organized the event in just six months, especially considering that about a year ago, we were not even sure our chapter would stay alive.

At this year's competition, 68 Special Olympians demonstrated their dance acumen. These athletes worked very diligently over the last year. They take this event very seriously and each one received a ribbon for his or her effort.

Without an army of volunteers, this year's competition could not have happened. Our extreme gratitude goes to those who stepped forward and gave their time and talents to bring this dance competition to those who would otherwise not have the opportunity. We are even more grateful that so many of our volunteers have already committed to being available in the future.

It is a privilege to serve this competition. Watching the excitement of the Special Olympics athletes is worth everything we can do to make this happen each year.

Thanks again to all competitors, volunteers and sponsors. See you next year!

Chapter Membership Grows

Our membership chair, Kyle Breedlove, reports that we currently have 103 adult members and 48 youth members. Kyle also reports that as of July, 50 new members have joined the chapter in 2012. At the same time last year, 15 new members had joined.

One becomes a member of our chapter by joining the USA Dance national organization. If you'd like to join or renew, visit the USA Dance website.

Board Members get Ideas at Regional Meeting

People at meeting with light bulbs over their headsLeaders of several USA Dance chapters in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Indiana attended a meeting recently in Cleveland. Dan and Angie Keck represented our chapter at the meeting. They came back with several ideas to encourage our members. One example is to promote USA Dance by providing patches, pins, stickers, etc. USA Dance also reminded Dan and Angie that chapter board members must be elected every two years. The national organization requires us to have at least seven board members and no more than nine.

New Member Expresses Pleasure with Chapter Dances

We received a lovely message recently from new chapter member Ann VanDuyne. Here are some excerpts:

"We have been so pleased with all of the dances. The group lessons before the dance have been informational; the paper copy of the songs is a nice communication tool; the play lists have always been variety-filled. The themes are fun. We travel an hour to attend and every dance has been worth the miles and time.

"Most boards come under criticism at times and I just want to communicate that I think the board is doing a great job of promoting social ballroom dancing that common folks like my husband and I can do, improve at, and have fun. Believe it or not there are people that have no interest in showcasing or competition, just dancing and improving for the challenge."

Thanks for your comments Ann. We welcome all who attend our chapter dances to share their thoughts and ideas.

More Articles...

  1. Where Does the Money Go?
  2. New Board Member Needed
  3. Dancers Reminded of Appropriate Attire
  4. Instructors, Studios Invited to June Showcase
  5. Planning Continues for Special Olympics Competition
  6. Membership Renewal Drive Continues
  7. Chapter Board Elects Officers
  8. Chapter Board Holds Final Meeting of 2011
  9. Chapter Website now Supports Smartphones

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