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 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.
Volume 15, Issue 11 – November, 2013
Halloween costumes dotted the dancing landscape at the beautiful Walb Memorial Ballroom as 104 dancers delighted to the music of Eagle Lindsey and his wonderful mix of ballroom music to the Halloween theme. The evening began with a fun merengue lesson led by master instructor Dave Cowdrey of Renaissance Dance Studio, who introduced several really neat steps to the enjoyment of the enthusiastic crowd. The largest group of this dance season also enjoyed the presence of instructors Dave Cowdrey and several students from Renaissance; Marci Haatajay and her crew from Auburn; and Hannah Artfitch, the private instructor for a group of homeschooled students from Angola. Hannah lives in Lansing, Michigan but drives to Angola each week to teach (wonderful dedication). We are so grateful she accompanied her students to Fort Wayne. Fort Wayne Dancesport events truly are a great place to mingle with a great variety of dance instructors and their students from the Fort Wayne metropolitan area. The dancing is really fun and the people are without exception, wonderful.
Thanksgiving Day is nearly three weeks away, but the leaves have been showing off their golden luster for some time. With our dance theme being "Fall," why not dance those calories away now so that we're all ready to feast to our hearts content (in theory). The dance is Saturday, November 9. A lesson in rumba taught by Melissa Culbertson starts at 7:15 p.m. The main dance, with music by Eagle Lindsey, runs from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Come early and be prepared to dance, dance, dance!
Volume 15, Issue 10 – October, 2013
Wonderful dancing and friendly camaraderie filled beautiful Walb Memorial Ballroom at the September Dance. An even 100 dancers delighted to the music of Phil Motley and thoroughly enjoyed the lesson in country two-step taught by the very talented Chris Spalding of Dance Tonight studio. It was an exciting time with several top instructors strutting their dancing skills and delightfully intermingling with the crowd. Of course Chris Spalding was the star of the show, but we were also pleased to have Marife "Faye" Ico, a genuine crowd pleaser and regular Dancesport instructor. Just back from New York where he auditioned for theatre, dance and singing parts was Tony Didier and Danel Michelle Nickels-Didier, wonderfully talented dance instructors. A Fort Wayne Dancesport event truly is a great place to mingle with a great variety of dance instructors from the Fort Wayne metropolitan area. The dancing is really fun and the people are without exception, wonderful.
As Halloween festivities present themselves, the Walb Memorial Ballroom is the place to be for great dancing. The theme will be Halloween and costumes are optional. Come ready to enjoy the night as Dave Cowdrey of Renaissance Dance Studio provides a lesson on the popular meringue. Eagle Lindsey will provide his wonderful mix of music, with a great variety of ballroom smooth and rhythm favorites. So be ready for swinging and swaying. The snack table will be well stocked so you can keep up this high energy evening. See you there on Saturday, October 12. The lesson starts at 7:15 p.m. and general dancing is from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Here's the latest news from Fort Wayne Dancesport, your local chapter of USA Dance:
Swing time was in and Walb was rocking as 97 dancers enjoyed a wonderful evening of ballroom dancing. Marcie offered a great swing lesson and Eagle Lindsey provided a delightful mix of rock-n-roll favorites and ballroom classics. A special treat was a 'stroll' lesson and mixer provided by Pam Lindsey. What a really nice dance. Wow!
Late summer is upon us and time for Dancing to music of Phil Motley. The lesson will be country two-step with Chris Spalding of Dance Tonight studio.
Here's the latest news from Fort Wayne Dancesport, your local chapter of USA Dance:
July dance report
Although activities galore were underway throughout Fort Wayne, 84 dancers enjoyed a wonderful time at our July Dance. Marife "Faye" Ico provided a really delightful Argentine tango lesson. Filling the floor end to end, all members of the group seemed to master the fun-filled lesson. Thanks, Faye. The music by Phil Motley was, as always, a treat enjoyed by all.
August dance will be sock hop
Get ready to roll back the clock on August 10 at Walb Student Union as we sock hop the night away. Don't fret, smooth dance lovers, there will be plenty for all. Marcie Haataja is our guest teacher and east coast swing will be the lesson. Eagle Lindsey will dazzle us with his special touch for music. Hope to see you there, and for goodness sake, bring some friends and we'll have fun, fun, fun 'til someone takes our T-Bird away.
Nightclub two step was the order of the evening at the IPFW Walb Student Union, with 67 dancers enjoying and learning to the lesson by Kelly Bartlett and Chris Spaulding, new owners of the Dance Tonight Fort Wayne studio. An evening of wonderful dancing to the always enjoyable music of Phil Motley rounded out the delightful Fort Wayne Dancesport monthly gathering. Having Kelly and Chris teach a course marks their first time for Fort Wayne Dancesport. We wish them well at their new studio, located at 1515 West Dupont Road (260-437-6825).
Special Olympics takes place July 27, 2013 at the Grand Wayne Center. Dan Keck has issued an urgent request for one male dancer to pair up with one female Olympian. She will not be able to compete without a partner. Please help if you can schedule the time.
What a wonderful evening it was for dancing. May's dance featured 78 dancers and some very special moments. Eagle Lindsey provided a most exciting variety of dance music and Melissa Culbertson made the west coast swing lesson a delight to experience. We are so grateful to have such superior talent making our evening of light fantastic possible. Thank you.
A highlight moment at the dance was provided when Chancellor Jacquay stepped out on the floor in between dances and, on bended knee, offered an engagement ring to Andrea Sarrazine. She accepted, and all dance members offered the dance floor to them for their magic moment dance. Then, with virtual spontaneity, dance members formed a circle around the dance floor to help the young couple celebrate the moment. Lots of smiles lit up the happy moment. How very sweet.
The Fort Wayne Dancesport April dance was very nice, with 91 dancers enjoying the dance world at its best. Dave Cowdrey of Renaissance Dance Studio did a wonderful job of teaching polka steps, keeping it simultaneously interesting, mildly challenging and most of all, fun. Our thanks to Dave for sharing his talent and experience. We always look forward to his lessons.
USA Dance District Three awards were presented during a brief intermission. Audrey Hindle received the 2012 Chapter of the Year Award for our Fort Wayne Dancesport chapter. Dan Keck received his award for Volunteer of the Year. Fort Wayne is so fortunate to have benefited from the talents and dedication of these two extremely talented dancers.
|L-R) Chapter Director Kyle Breedlove, Chapter President John Johnson, Former President Audrey Hindle with her award, and Chapter Directors Angie Keck, Sherry Straley, Dan Keck and Russell Hernandez.|
The USA Dance District 3 meeting on March 16, in Cincinnati was truly special. Fort Wayne Dancesport sort of stole the show, winning both awards presented.
Our very own Dan Keck was awarded the Volunteer of the Year for his work with Special Olympics. The award was presented to Dan, with his wife, Angie, present, by District 3 Area Coordinator, Bobbi Jo Gamache and USA Dance National Social Dance VP, Jean Mills Krupa.
Then the 2012 District Chapter of the Year was awarded to Fort Wayne Dancesport #2046, (Audrey Hindle, president). Accepting the award for Audrey was 2013 president, John Johnson.
Following the meeting at the Millennium Hotel, the group dined at the elegant Boi Na Braza Brazilian steakhouse (what a wonderful meal) and then finished the evening at the Cincinnati Music Hall Ballroom. Billed as one of top three largest ballrooms in the USA, it was a most memorable evening. Hopefully, next year, we will have an entourage of members experiencing this marvelous event.
"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.
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?