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 12, 2015, 07:00PM - 11:00PM
Fort Wayne Dancesport Chapter Dance
Join Fort Wayne Dancesport for its monthly social ballroom dance 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at IPFW's Walb Student Union Ballroom. Doors open at 7 p.m. A group lesson in hustle 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.

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.

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.


Dave Cowdrey
Renaissance Ballroom Dance Studio

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.

More Articles...

  1. Board Members get Ideas at Regional Meeting
  2. New Member Expresses Pleasure with Chapter Dances
  3. Where Does the Money Go?
  4. New Board Member Needed
  5. Dancers Reminded of Appropriate Attire
  6. Instructors, Studios Invited to June Showcase
  7. Planning Continues for Special Olympics Competition
  8. Membership Renewal Drive Continues
  9. Chapter Board Elects Officers

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