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.
I want to clear up some money matters that some have been confused about.
Your membership money goes to the USA Dance National organization. Our local chapter sends every penny of your dues to national headquarters. None of it returns to the local chapter.
Our chapter uses the admission fees you pay at our chapter dances to pay for rental of the IPFW ballroom, pre-dance lessons by professional instructors and expenses such rental of a storage unit, decorations, etc.
The money we've raised through donations and fundraising for the Special Olympics competition are kept separate and cannot be used for any other purpose.
Chapter board member Cindy Mahoney resigned at the June board meeting because she plans to move to another city. I thank her for six months of service to our chapter.
Our chapter membership chairman, Kyle Breedlove has been working with a new online member database and hopes to soon have statistics regarding chapter membership. In the meantime, I'd like to remind you that our chapter's status as a part of USA Dance requires us to have a certain number of USA Dance members (you become a member of our chapter by joining the national organization). If your membership has expired, please renew it soon! You can do that online or at the check-in table at any chapter dance.
Members of the newly-elected chapter board of directors, whose terms began January 1, met in December to elect officers and to choose task assignments. Here are the results:
Frank Miller continues to serve on the board but without a special office or assignment. In addition, I appointed Dan Keck to the board to fill the unexpired term of a board member who resigned. He will serve as special events coordinator.
In early December, the Fort Wayne Dancesport Board of Directors held its final meeting of the year. The board thanked outgoing board members David Hans and Jessica Harkless for their service. Board members have been particularly grateful for David's wealth of knowledge about USA Dance and chapter operations.
The board discussed conducting training sessions to help chapter leaders execute their responsibilities. That training will occur early this year.
The board also decided to create a schedule of volunteers to work at the front desk during chapter dances. And it chose tentative themes for the 2012 dances.
If you're one of the many lucky people who got an iPhone, Droid or other smartphone for Christmas (or if you were lucky enough to have one already), you'll be happy to know that the Fort Wayne Dancesport chapter website now supports mobile devices. Just point your mobile Web browser to www.fwdancesport.org. The server will automatically detect that you're using a mobile device and send you a mobile-optimized version of the site. Our webmaster advises he still has some adjustments to make to improve the presentation but the new mobile version is still easier to view on a smartphone's small screen than is the normal version.