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On the Cover

42 Above the Ordinary

For some, TV appearances are an arduous process
requiring many auditions, waiting by the phone for
callbacks, and a lot of dreaming. Edgar and Daniela
have a different story to tell.
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“We implemented eleven districts to replace the six
regions to balance the work load for our volunteers
so that we more effectively service and grow social
dance.” - Bobbi Jo Gamache

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“Keep dreaming, keep working, and keep believing
Edgar Khachaturov and Daniela Olvesky
in yourselves. Dreams do come true and miracles do Photo Courtesy of Vicky Olevsky

happen.” - Eugene and Maria

Inside the Cover

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32 IDSF Senior I World Ten Dance
4 President’s Report 33 IDSF Worlds Youth Standard
6 Editorial Information & Contributors 34 Time to Shine
7 Announcements 38 It’s Their Life
39 The Best is Yet to Come
Dance Floor
10 Membership Drive In Step
12 Chapter News 40 Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars
14 Chapter Highlight: Los Angeles 42 Above the Ordinary
16 Johnny Catron: Maestro of Yesteryear 46 AD Marketplace
18 54 Years of Dancing 47 Dance Mart
21 Addicted to Dance?

On Beat
24 The Public Eye
22 Making History: Collegiate Competition

Columbia Star Ball
Competition & Collegiate Calendars 32

www.USADANCE.ORG 2010 July – August 3

Presidents’ Report

his is turning out to be a very exciting year. With the success of the
National Championships behind us we are now looking forward to
the IDSF Adult World Latin Championships, which USA Dance is
co-organizing on November 13th in New York City, and the first USA Dance
National Ballroom Dance Cruise, departing Florida on November 28th. Visit for a link to the websites for these not-to-be-missed events.
Members of your Governing Council are working hard not only on these
stellar events, but to prepare for meetings coming up later this year. USA
Dance belongs to several important organizations, and key members attend
their functions every year. The meeting of the International DanceSport
Federation took place in June. The National Dance Council of America meets
in July and the USOC General Assembly takes place in September.
Additionally, USA Dance conducts meetings and training sessions of its
own. The DanceSport Council will hold its annual meeting in August, where
rulebook issues are addressed, new initiatives are debated and on-going
DanceSport programs are evaluated. In September a training session will be
offered to our new group of Area Coordinators to assist them in their chapter
support functions. This training session will be in conjunction with the Social
Dance Council meeting, where planning will take place on new and continuing
social dance initiatives. In October, the entire Governing Council will convene
for its annual meeting to review our progress this year and to plan for next year.
As of this writing I have been in the presidency for almost seven months,
and I have found the job to be both rewarding and frustrating—rewarding
when I see what our group of volunteers is able to accomplish, and frustrating
when we are not able to do more because of a lack of time or resources.
Those of us on the Governing Council get deeply involved in all the activities
taking place at the national level, and it is sometimes easy to forget that it is at
the chapter level that so much of the good work of our organization takes place.
One of the pleasures of my job is receiving chapter newsletters, either through
the mail or by e-mail, and I continue to be impressed by the variety of enjoyable
and creative activities sponsored by our 170 plus chapters.
For example, the Heartland IN Chapter, #2022 had racing as the theme of
its May dance, complete with black and white checkered tablecloths and other
racing decorations.

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Meanwhile, the Richmond, VA Chapter #6006 reported a social dance that
drew 20 youth dancers. This chapter set a goal specifically to recruit 30 youth
members in 2010 and has already exceeded it by recruiting 33 youth social dancers
and competitors. The Tri-Cities, VA Chapter #6060 celebrated a member’s
birthday at their May dance, complete with birthday cake. By the way, these two
chapters publish a combined newsletter, allowing them to double the news while
splitting publication costs.
Both the Pasco County, FL Chapter #6090 and the Treasure Coast, FL Chapter
#6004 welcomed the 4H Ballroom Bicycle Brigade to their recent dances. This is
the only 4H club in the country involved in ballroom dancing. When they are not
dancing they are bicycling, and these youth dancers were given a donation toward
their bicycle tour following the Underground Railroad route from Alabama to
This is just a sample of the chapter news that crossed my desk this past month.
These kinds of activities—thematic decorations that celebrate location or events,
recognition of members’ birthdays, encouraging youth membership and inviting
young dancers to perform at social dances—connect a chapter to the surrounding
community and energize the members, giving them continued reasons to return
for the camaraderie and the enjoyable times they find at chapter events.
Many of our chapters are doing similar things. Keep the news coming—it’s
wonderful to read about all the creative ways our chapters are promoting ballroom
dancing in local communities across America.

Lydia T. Scardina, National President, USA Dance

www.USADANCE.ORG 2010 July – August 5

A m e r i c a n Contributing Writers

Jean Krupa
Jean Krupa currently serves as the Social
Vice President for USA Dance. She served
National Officers as Region VI Vice President in 1999. She is
PRESIDENT Lydia Scardina, 415.469.9815 e-mail:
SENIOR VP Bill Rose, 949.842.8284 e-mail: a founding member of the Greater Daytona
SECRETARY Stan Andrews, 217.454.8879 e-mail: Chapter in 1990.
TREASURER Esther Freeman, 541.899.1933 e-mail:
DANCESPORT VP Ken Richards, 302.290.2583 e-mail:
SOCIAL VP Jean Krupa, 386.761.1625 e-mail:
• Daphna Locker
Editorial Staff Daphna is currently a member of the Greater
Editor-in-chief Shawn Fisher N.Y. Chapter of USA Dance #3004. For the
MANAGING & COPY EDITOR Ivor Lee • Shannon Cooley
WRITERS Ivor Lee • Angela Prince last year and a half, Daphna has been the
ART & PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Tyler Whitworth Chair of the National Organizing Committee
DESIGNERS Tyler Whitworth• Ryan Cooley• Bonnie Olsen
OFFICE PHONE (208) 313-0465 and is currently organizing the IDSF World
• Latin Championship in November. She was
also the head of NOC for the 2010 Nationals.
WRITERS Jean Krupa • Daphna Locker
EDITORIAL ADVISOR Angela Prince, USA Dance Director of Public Relations

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American Dancer welcomes submissions of letters, articles and photos. All
submissions are considered the property of American Dancer. Submission does Photo By Carson Zullinger
not guarantee publication. Articles and letters may also be edited for length and
content without notice to the author. Photos and other materials are not returned. Edgar Khachaturov and
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IDSF Adjudicators
New NQE Requirements Congress
There has been a BIG change to the new rules
regarding National Qualifying Event requirements. USA Dance is once again hosting the IDSF
The new rules of reference for 2011 are under Adjudicators Congress September 2, 2010 at the
Eligibility Criteria 4.2, specifically: Embassy ball in Irvine, CA.

4.2.5.C.1 and 2 which reads: IDSF Adjudicators must attend at least one
Adjudicator’s Congress every two years in order to
c) Athlete Couples satisfy all of the following additional maintain your license. This is the only one offered in
qualifying criteria: the USA for 2010.

(1) have competed in a minimum of one USA Dance If you would like to become an IDSF Adjudicator, then
National Qualifying Event (NQE) within the twelve you must attend two congresses before applying for
(12) months immediately preceding the USA Dance your license.
National DanceSport Championships
If you are interested in attending this congress in
(2) have competed in the same partnership and in Irvine, California, please email Wayne Crowder at
the same event (style/age/proficiency level) in the by July 15th.
aforementioned NQE that the Athlete Couple intends
to enter in the USA Dance National DanceSport
Championships (effective for the 2011 Nationals and
beyond) 25 Issues and a BIG
These are big changes in that you must dance in an Thank You From AD
NQE with the same partner and in the same event that
you are planning to enter in Nationals.
We can hardly believe that this is issue number
25 we’ve produced since our founding in 2006. It’s
been a great journey so far, and we’re glad for all the
New York, New York! memories we share with all of you.

We at American Dancer are so grateful to all of USA

Don’t forget to start making plans to come out to Dance, social dancers and DanceSport athletes alike,
New York this November for the 2010 IDSF World for your support and submissions. We really wish we
DanceSport Championship Latin held at the New could publish all of the submissions that we receive,
York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. Check out our but because of space limitations we can’t get to all of
article in this issue for more information on why you you. We hope to go online in the near future with our
should come! magazine to reach more of our members.

Please continue to submit articles and story ideas to

American Dancer. We love to hear from you, and thank
you again for your time and support through the years.

www.USADANCE.ORG 2010 July – August 7

New Districts for USA Dance
USA Dance Director Highlight

The new Districts for USA Dance are launched

and the Regions are gone.
Because of national bylaw changes, the Social
Dance Division of USA Dance was reorganized
to create a more function-based structure in lieu
of the regional structure that prevailed in USA
Dance, as well as to provide more support for our
chapter boards and to enhance the liaison with the
national volunteers who are driving USA Dance.
New director positions also appointed by the
National President replaced the six Region Vice
By: Bobbi Jo Gamache, Presidents positions:
Director of Chapter Liaison Chapter Liaison, Administrative Support
K-12 Student Programs and College Network.
The K-12 Student Programs and College Network
replaced the former Youth College Network
(YCN) Division.
As the Director of Chapter Liaison, I serve
as a liaison to the chapters, working through
area coordinators to advise and assist chapters
as needed. The Director of Chapter Liaison and
the eleven District Area Coordinators are voting
members of the Social Dance Council lead by Jean
Krupa, Vice President of Social Dance. Charles
Hardin was appointed as Assistant Director of
Chapter Liaison.
We implemented 11 districts to replace the
six regions to balance the work load for our
volunteers so that we more effectively service
and grow social dance. Formerly, the regions and
the Region VPs had as few as 12 to as many as 62
chapters assigned. Now the districts average 14 –
21 chapters each with each coordinator assigned 4
to 8 chapters each.

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District 1
District 2
District 3
District 4
District 5
District 6
District 7
District 8
District 9
District 10
District 11

In each district a District Leadership Team is stewards of a nonprofit organization.

assigned, consisting of an Area Coordinator and two •Supporting the needs of USA Dance’s members
Assistant Area Coordinators. Nearly 33 USA Dance while building working relationships with dance
chapter members have accepted an appointment by the clubs and dance industry professionals in the local
Executive Council to the district positions. community.
We thank them for the time they will invest to assist •Making management decisions that represents the
USA Dance to develop and grow at the chapter and interests of its dancers.
national level. •Ensuring the use of chapter and USA Dance
The coordinators are experienced USA Dance board resources and finances to benefit the members, grow
members who will be the chapter USA Dance chapters, and to meet
board’s guide and consultant We implemented eleven the financial obligations of the
regarding “Chapter Management.” chapter and USA Dance, Inc.
Members can learn more about
districts to replace the six •Addressing issues and managing
chapter management guidelines grow social programs in a professional and
by referencing the National equitable manner to enhance the
Bylaws located at dancing in America. local dance environment and image Article XII, of USA Dance without demeaning
Chapters, guides our Boards on managing the chapter. others.
You too, can become a member of this dynamic
The following are a few of our goals for developing team of volunteers locally—at a district level and
chapter leadership and growing each chapter: national level. Begin by saying “yes” when asked to give
• Creating a dynamic chapter in the local community a hand at the chapter dance and say “I will” when asked
that fosters the growth of ballroom dancing and to be on a committee or to run for a board position.
enhances the image of USA Dance as a national
• Developing a harmonious and effective board who
applies good governance practices needed by them as

www.USADANCE.ORG 2010 July – August 9

Never a Better Time
Membership Campaign
By: Jean Krupa
Social Dance VP

he USA Dance Membership Campaign will event can also serve as an annual fund-raiser with
begin September 1, 2010 and we invite you to collateral events, such as a banquet, auction, etc. Have
join in recruiting new members to enjoy all of existing members receive a discounted admission if
the benefits of membership. they bring additional prospects.

There are almost 25,000 members of USA Dance but A credit reward incentive program should be able
many dancers out there do not realize the benefits of to do two things: encourage past recruiting members to
belonging to USA Dance and what we do to promote recruit even more; and encourage those who have never
ballroom dancing. Encourage them to join us and recruited to try. Instead of actual money, recruiters
increase our numbers. We want to do more, and with earn credits that can be used towards free admission to
your help and continued support and participation we dances. Also consider giving the recruiter one chance
can! per new member in a drawing for a grand prize—more
new members, more chances to win.
Become part of the team that encourages ballroom
dancing around the country. Join USA Dance as we At the event, have name badges for all members
reach out across America, encourage everyone to and a different color name badge for those who are
participate in ballroom dancing for physical health, guests. Members can then easily identify each guest,
mental health and new friendships. introduce themselves and help to make them welcome.
After all, that is what being a dancer all is about.
Suggestions for a Succesful Campaign
Give each guest a packet that contains information
Before starting your local drive, select a Team
about USA Dance, about your chapter (including names
Captain for your chapter—The chapter increasing their
and phone numbers or email addresses of officers)
membership by the greatest percentage, not necessarily
your latest newsletter, the benefits of membership,
greatest number of members recruited, will be awarded.
(discounts for admission, National magazine, etc.) and
Then survey existing members and identify an application form.
their reasons for becoming and staying members
The president and membership chair should keep
and use their testimonies in promotional materials
in touch with those guests who have not become
and advertising. Involve your current members in
members and find out why not. It is important to
the campaign—ask them for new member prospect
identify why they do not want to join.
referrals—or reward the members who recruit
the highest number of new members. Consider Don’t forget to check the document library for other
simultaneously running an existing member retention ideas, promotional brochures and literature on the
campaign to recognize loyal member support. value of membership in USA Dance to aid in your
campaign to help us make USA Dance bigger and better
Plan a kickoff event to announce the campaign and
than ever.
showcase the benefits of belonging to your organization
and offer an early-bird membership discount. This

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www.USAdance.ORG 2010 July– August 11
USA Dance

Chapter News
We want to hear
from you, and so do
Baton Rouge, from Houston, Texas. The couple
our readers! won the Ten Dance event at the
2009 Gumbo Championships.
Send us the Louisiana Gumbo
The co-chairs of the fundraiser
latest news from
your chapter to
Chapter #5031 were Sterling Sightler and Peggy and
By: Cecil Phillips
be featured in Charlie Clement.
upcoming issues of
American Dancer. Thanks to a crew of energetic The Gumbo Championships are
volunteers, on March 14 the organized by Louisiana DanceSport
budget for the USA Dance Gumbo in affiliation with the Gumbo
When submitting,
please keep in mind DanceSport Championships got a Chapter of USA Dance. It is a
the following: boost of $4,920. That was the net National Qualifying Event, now in
income from a gala fundraising its 11th year, and it is a part of the
1. High quality, party in Metairie. The funds Louisiana Governor’s Games.
digital photos were dedicated to scholarships
relating to the event,
and the general budget for the
600 dpi or higher Honolulu,
Championships scheduled for June
25-26 in Baton Rouge. Hawaii
2. Photo caption, or
names of persons Some 83 people bought admission HOnolulu Hawaii
tickets at $25 each and participated Chapter #4007 By: Debra Ota

3. Photo credit in several fundraising activities at

the event. A silent auction featuring In March, the Honolulu Chapter of
dance lessons and other items was USA Dance had a very successful fund
4. Articles should
highly successful, as were “pay-to- raising event for the people of Haiti, who
be a maximum of 175
words dance” tickets for opportunities to continue to suffer from the earthquake
dance with popular professionals and which all but destroyed Port-au-Prince,
local amateurs. Jacmel, and nearby settlements.
Send Submissions
and any
An entertaining highlight was an March 26, 2010, the Honolulu Chapter,
Questions to
exhibition of superb dancing by in cooperation with a popular local club
Office@ Suneth Jayamanna and Joyce Chan, held a fund raising dance for the victims

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On October 30, 2009, The Honolulu
Chapter, held its Great Pumpkin Dance,
a fund raiser for the Pacific Islanders’
Disaster Aid. The funds raised were
intended for the victims of the Indonesia,
Philippines, and Samoa disasters.
The Chapter was able to donate a total
Honolulu Chapter President, Glenn Okazaki (second
to right), and Treasurer, Neil Okamoto (left), with of $1,361.00 to the American Red
Pan Pacific Ballroom Society President, Rudy Luat and
Matilda Felix. Photo Courtesy of Honolulu Chapter Cross International Disaster Fund with a
specific request that the funds be directed
of the Haiti earthquake. The dance to the aid of the Pacific Islanders.
was held at the Ala Wai Palladium
Although the Honolulu Chapter may
Ballroom and jointly organized by the
be relatively small and isolated, they do
Pan Pacific Ballroom Society of Hawaii
things with a Big Aloha Spirit.
and USA Dance, Honolulu Chapter.
It brought out the best in the ballroom
community of Hawaii. In what may
have been a record-breaking charity
fund raiser by the Hawaii ballroom
community, a total of nearly $6,000
was donated to the International Red
Cross that night.

Ticket sales and solicitations for

private donations raised $4,505. 100%
of the ticket sales generated by both
clubs were donated to the International
Red Cross.

The USA Dance, Honolulu Chapter,

donated an additional $1000.00. With
other private donations by members
and attendees, the total amount raised
Neal Okamoto, Honolulu Chapter’s Treasurer,
during this fundraiser was close to presenting the donation check to Coralee Chun
Matayoshi, CEO - American Red Cross Hawaii. Photo
Courtesy of Honolulu Chapter

www.USAdance.ORG 2010
2010March - April 13
July– August
Chapter Los Angeles CA
Highlight Chapter#4031 comfortable atmosphere and fantastic refreshments. The

A Big Deal
LA chapter has the added benefit of being, well, LA. And
that means celebrity guests like Edyta Śliwińska, Anna
Trebunskaya, and Jonathan Roberts from “Dancing with
by: Ivor Lee the Stars,” as dance instructors for their free lesson.

hen the Los Angeles chapter of USA These big dances are part of why the LA Chapter is
Dance hosts a dance, it does it with style currently so successful.
and panache. For the LA chapter, a dance
is more than just a dance: it’s an event. It’s not even just One thing that people may not know is that the LA
an event, it’s something you want to tell everyone about chapter is one of USA Dance’s fastest growing chapters,
because it’s a party you don’t want to miss. as well as one of its largest. Part of that success comes
from the different ways that the LA Chapter reaches
So what makes it so big and exciting? out to people in the community. With more than 2,000
people on their email list, marketing for the chapter’s
Hosted in the 7,000 square foot Culver City Veteran’s
events is very effective. This intense marketing leads to
Memorial Auditorium, each event brings dancers and
high attendance at events, which in turn leads to more
first-timers alike from all over. And it’s not just the
new members per event.
large venue, the largest ballroom floor in the region, the

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“We really focus on social dancers. Because our balls “We sponsor schools in primarily economically
are events, we attract people that come to these things as underprivileged parts of town—the idea being that in
their first exposure to ballroom dance,” said Livia Squires, those areas parents wouldn’t be able to pay for lessons.
Public Relations Director. It gives kids an opportunity to dance, and we have
worked with the Los Angeles Unified School District to
The LA chapter has also spent a lot of time and find schools that would benefit from this,” said Squires.
effort in developing ties with the local community and Meanwhile, the Senior Outreach program performs for
local dance studios. In fact, the LA Chapter’s website seniors in assisted living homes, bringing smiles and
publishes a listing of all the different studios in the LA much enjoyment to all.
County area. One of the LA Chapter’s goals has been to
act as a central hub for dancing in the area, a place where With Nationals recently held in LA, spirits in the LA
studios can come together and share dancing. “Other Chapter are high. Beyond large dances, the LA chapter
studios come to our dances and get tables; they come as a takes pride in their roots as part of USA Dance. Members
social outing to our dances and make it an event for their are supportive of the goals of USA Dance.
organization.” said David Spetner, President of the LA
Chapter. “I don’t think there are any large non-profit ballroom
organization other than us,” said Spetner, “Much like the
The LA Chapter sets an example in its K-12 and rest of USA Dance, there is a lot of pride in being part of
senior outreach programs the LA chapter sponsors. this whole.”

Photos Courtesy of USADance LA Chapter

www.USAdance.ORG 2010
July– – June 15
Johnny Catron
Maestro of Yesteryear
by: Jack Lebo

n the fall I could link
of 1995, these two jobs.
bandleader Johnny I wrote a song called,
Catron summed up his life ‘The Volkswagon Song Polka,’
by saying, “I was born on September 24, and had my band perform it.”
1916. I worked as a salesman selling automobiles for 36
years. I had a band for 40 some years and wrote a few In 1941, when Catron started working with Ben
good songs. Not bad for a guy that never knew what he Pollack, he began to arrange and write songs. “Pollack
wanted to do when he grew up!” really encouraged me to write, so I did. After all, I
realized, even at that young age, how talented Ben
Johnny Catron was a personal friend of mine when Pollack was.”
we lived in Rialto, California for a few years. Our
friendship was almost instantaneous once I discovered When Catron landed a job with the Union Oil
that Johnny was a bandleader. At the time, I was a writer Company Radio Program, he took over as head arranger.
and cartoonist for a magazine called “The Big Bands,” Years later, he was head arranger and writer for KFI, a
headquartered in Southern California. Johnny took me Southern California radio station with Lawrence Welk
under his wing (I was a transplanted young easterner and Freddy Martin. The show ran from 1963 to 1966.
from Philadelphia), and he appointed me as his Public During this time, he wrote some remarkable songs such
Relations Director. This was a dream job for someone as “Valerie,” “A Little Affection,” and “There’s a Time and
who loved the sounds of the big bands. The job entailed a Place for Everything.”
attending all his concerts and dances and generally In 1964, he wrote a poignant song about the
publicizing the orchestra. This assignment lasted until assassination of John F. Kennedy titled “The Big D”. A
personal business took me back to the east. recording of the song is located in the Dallas, Texas
After World War II, Johnny Catron had financial Museum.
problems and could not raise the money to reorganize a Said Catron, “Some folks, have a hard time making
band such as the one he had before the war. He took a sense of my career.” To them he said, “I got to do what I
job at a Volkswagen dealership in Pomona, California in loved.”
order to finance a band. He soon discovered he had two
loves: making music and selling cars. Johnny Catron passed on October 31, 1998 in Los
Angeles, California.
“I know the two careers don’t really go together,
but I really loved both. A few years later I found a way Photo Courtesy of Ratnesh Bhatt

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www.USAdance.ORG 2010 July– August 17
54 Years of Dancing
by: Joyce Luhrs

“I danced the Paso Doble with Rita Hayworth at her

home. I taught movie stars and other famous people
at the Golden Door Resort in California for four years
straight for two nights a week, including Zsa Zsa
Gabor, Esther Williams,” he said.

He sponsored the first United States Ballroom

Champions Ronnie Leverett and Alice Deboise and
worked as promotional director for the annual Feather
Awards. Among his other achievements, Darnel
established the Ballroom Dance Arts Foundation and
presided at the Luis Arnold Dance Awards Society.

Dance City USA

When asked to select his greatest accomplishment,

Allen Darnel with partner Kay McFarland
he listed at the top owning the largest dance studio in
the world. “It was called Dance City USA in Houston,

or 54 years, Allen Darnel has been a leader in Texas, and I owned and ran it in 1974 with over
the ballroom dance world as a teacher, judge, 1,000 students and 125 teachers. It was a big place
sponsor, entrepreneur, director, and author. with 48,000 square feet. Social, ballroom, Latin and
He started his dance career in 1956 at the Arthur international style dancing were all taught. All of the
Murray Studio in Arizona and worked for several community of Houston danced there. CEOs of big
notable studios: Veloz and Yolanda, Fred Astaire and corporations and city officials danced there at one time
Arthur Murray, and the Golden Door Beauty Resort or another. I spoke at the Blackpool Dance Festival on
before a studio in Bakersfield, California. behalf of Dance City USA,” explained Darnel.

Photos Courtesy of Bob Walz, Bil Walker, Barbara Whipple, and Joyce Lurhs

18 Dance Floor
The quintessential dance professional, he emphasized Beginners Only Social Ballroom Latin Dance Studio
the importance of the dance teacher’s uniform and in Houston and a publicity consulting firm. He’s also
manners in the profession. “I always wear a jacket managed to find time to be a member of USA Dance
when I teach. This is part of the professional’s decorum in Houston for 20 years. During National Ballroom
and what you wear to office. People [teachers] don’t Dance Week, he received on September 2, 2000 the
dress appropriately today. I have seen students taught organization’s lifetime achievement award at a ceremony
by professionals wearing jogging suits. I wanted the held at the Chandelier Ballroom in Houston in
teachers at Dance City USA to wear a uniform—a jacket recognition of his contributions to ballroom dancing.
and tie,” he said.
He has authored three books about dance and just
finished “Ballroom World Dance Book” which will be
out this summer. Dedicated to his first teacher, Nancy
Elliot, who also taught Ron Montez, the book is replete
with interviews from past and present dance superstars,
photos, illustrations, discussions about the history of
dance, and more.

“The book has lots of articles and pictures about

USA Dance, too. It’s my last hurrah before I retire in a
year or two. I’m 83 years old now,” he said.

Darnel plans to retire from the studio in a year or

so and will continue teaching independently. “I am
available to teach anywhere to anyone what I know
about the ballroom dance world business.”

Allen Darnel in his “Uniform” — a jacket and tie

Punctuality was stressed for all teachers. “At Dance

City USA, I had my teachers waiting at the door for
the students with the chart in their hands. You didn’t
have to call on the speaker announcing, ‘Your student
is here.’ We gave them their full 50 minutes of a lesson.
Now it’s 40 minutes. I had student teachers who, if they
were five to ten minutes late for their lesson, I gave them
a warning. You had to be elite to work at Dance City
USA,” he said.

He eventually sold the business and continued

working in the dance world and reminisced about
traveling on a world cruise as a dance host on the SS
Rotterdam in 1981. “You had to be sharp at all times.
You had to be perfectly groomed and display extra good
manners. As one famous teacher, Terry Leone said, ‘A
dance teacher doesn’t just teach dance steps, you have to
have class,’”Darnel stated.
Ronnie Leverett and Alice DuBose—First Official US
During the last 22 years he has owned and operated Ballroom Champions and sponsored by Darnel

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www.USAdance.ORG 2010 July– August 21

oin USA Dance members, family and friends
on the first-ever USA DANCE National
Dance Cruise for seven sun filled days and
balmy nights of round-the-clock dancing and fun
aboard the Costa Atlantica, visiting Key West,
Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.
This first national social dance cruise,
sponsored by USA DANCE and Costa Cruise
Departing Lines, brings social dancers together from across
the country and supports the organization’s
Ft. Lauderdale national programs. The cruise includes a full
program of ballroom, latin and club-style dance
November 28, 2010 instruction from top professional instructors
(to be announced) and nearly non-stop dance
Call 866-391-2680 activities throughout the week.
This is a great opportunity to share your
passion for dancing and enjoy the western
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Imagine a week of endless dancing, grand
occupancy plus tax. meals, gala theme nights, exciting shows and
an onboard casino with your fellow dancers.
There’ll even be dance-focused shore excursions
as you visit each charming port city!
Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime dance cruise
experience. Space is limited, so book now by
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USA Dance, Inc., a 501c3 non profit organization, is the national governing body for DanceSport in the United States and representative organization
for social dancers across America. Cruise organizer is USA Dance Social VP Jean Krupa.
22 Dance Floor
A National Cruise
The Ultimate Dance Experience
by: Jean Krupa
Social Dance VP

ast October, Angela Prince, Public Relations This is what Rick Steinberg of Chapter #1004 had to
Director for USA Dance, brought the say about cruises: “A cruise is the ultimate vacation,
opportunity of USA Dance organizing a especially if there is A LOT of dancing.”
national dance cruise in partnership with Costa Cruise
Lines, who in return for our agreeing to fill 200 cabins Our travel agents, Themes and Dreams, has arranged
on the beautiful cruise ship Atlantica would donate for the Marriott-Spring Hill Suites in Ft. Lauderdale—
back to the organization to support our missions. All we only minutes from Port Everglades—as the Host Hotel
needed was an organizer. I chimed in and said, “I’ll do it”. for the USA DANCE cruise. This hotel offers a wide
variety of amenities as well as tremendous savings for
To date, we have members from 35 states, also USA DANCE members arriving the day before the
representing chapters of USA Dance. Exciting shore cruise. In addition to a complimentary buffet breakfast,
excursions—exclusive for USA DANCE members—offer the hotel features free parking AND free shuttle to the
a variety of tours in each port, with something to fit cruise ship.
everyone’s ‘tastes’ and budget.
If you are considering joining us on the cruise, call
Dan Calloway, dance instructor, says “This cruise is toll-free: 1-866-391-2680 to see if they are any cabins
going to be so cool. Silke and I are really looking forward available as we are nearly sold out.
to teaching on board. It’s the perfect combination
vacation: dancing with fun people while cruising the One of the most tangible benefits of a cruise vacation
Caribbean.” is that it is all-inclusive. Meals and entertainment are
all included in your cruise vacation and this one will
Sheila Spiro of Chapter #1025 says, “The great state also include dance workshops, private cocktail parties
of Washington will be well represented; many of us are and evening dancing. Cruise vacations are convenient,
reserved and ready to rock on. Looking forward to all cost-effective, family-oriented, and intrinsically safe.
day classes and all night dancing with USA Dancers With multiple activities, dining options, itineraries, and
from across the nation.” amenities to suit any passenger, no vacation will feel
more individualized than a cruise. In fact, cruises are
Wayne Meier of Chapter #6004 sailed on the Atlantica
such successful vacations that according to Cruise Lines
in January and had a GREAT time. He commented that
International, more than 80% of cruisers return for a
Costa was great in setting up dedicated ballroom dance
second voyage.
spaces for group lessons and dance parties. You’ll love it!

www.USAdance.ORG 2010 July–– August 23


by: Angela Prince
Public Relations Director

NEW DANCESPORT AD Karagach (Adult 10-Dance National Champions).

FOR USA DANCE Chapter presidents may request a .pdf file of the new
ad to use as a handout, flyer, display poster or mailer, by
USA Dance has recently launched its new DanceSport contacting USA Dance at publicrelations-dir@usadance.
brand ad in DanceBeat—communicating a clear org. If you are in need of a statement about USA Dance
statement about our leadership role in the industry and and DanceSport, this ad will provide you with valuable
our commitment to promoting the quality and quantity narrative to use at the local level.
of ballroom dancing for everyone in this country, while
supporting the global movement to bring DanceSport
into the Olympics.
The National Governing Body
Three of our World Team couples who competed at the for DanceSport in the USA Member Organization
of the United States
Olympic Committee

SA Dance, the official
National Governing Body for

USA Dance 2010 National DanceSport Championships DanceSport in the United

States, is recognized by the USOC,
IOC and IDSF. As a 501c3 non-profit
organization, USA Dance represents the
best interests of DanceSport athletes as

in LA are showcased in the new ad—Xingmin & well as social dancers throughout the
USA. As a democratic, all-volunteer
organization, USA Dance is comprised
of talented professionals, passionate
supporters of dance, and approximately

Katerina Lu (Senior I Standard National Champions), 180 fast-growing chapters. USA Dance
is dedicated to promoting the quality
and quantity of ballroom dancing for
all and the global movement to bring
DanceSport into the Olympics.

Val Chmerkovskiy & Daria Chesnokova (Adult Latin  USA Member Organization of the USOC.
 USA Member Organization of the IDSF.
 Recognized by the USOC and the International
Olympic Committee as the National Governing
Body for DanceSport in the USA.

National Champions) and Pasha Pashkov & Daniella

 25,000 members providing financial support.
 Reaching 200,000 dancers in the USA.
 Organizer of the Official National DanceSport
Championships in the United States, where the

Xingmin & Katerina Lu

USA’s official World Teams are selected.
 Providing USA World Teams annual support of
more than $65,000.

Senior I Standard National Champions

 Organizer of the National Collegiate DanceSport
Challenge at the Ohio Star Ball.
 Organizer of the Special Olympics DanceSport
 Publisher of American Dancer Magazine.
Host and organizer of
2010 IDSF World DanceSport Championship Latin
November 13, 2010 • New York City, USA •

24 On Beat
on what’s appropriate for certain age groups.” (Thank you,
We want our American Dancer readers to enjoy the
PBS Kids online interviews with three of our pre-teen and
junior DanceSport couples. See the links below which also
feature videos of their dancing at Nationals.

Val Chmerkovskiy & Daria Pasha Pashkov & Daniella

Chesnokova Karagach USA DANCE BALLROOM KIDS:
Adult Latin National Champions Adult 10-Dance National Champions


BLOG REACHES 300,000 Madelyne Kapalansky

KIDS EVERY MONTH, Pre-Teen I Silver Latin &



PBS Kids, part of the PBS cable-tv network, attended
Jaryd Farcon &
the USA Dance National DanceSport Championships
Cara Abaya-Campos
in Los Angeles in April with one purpose – to see
Junior I Pre-Championship
America’s best kids dancing. While watching practice
& Junior I Championship
sessions, the producer selected three couples that caught
the eye to follow throughout the weekend, then did
telephone interviews a few weeks later.
The PBS Kids Blog “It’s My Life” is one of PBS’s most Dmitriy Slobdovskiy

acclaimed sites, reaching approximately 300,000 kids & Michelle Kaplanksy

every month. Wow, is right. Junior I Championship

Here are a few of PBS’s comments to their viewers Standard & Junior I

about DanceSport and the USA Dance Nationals: Championship 10-Dance

“For more and more people of all ages, [ballroom] is a

To read the full
fun and exciting hobby, and for many, a sport where kids
stories, please visit
as young as seven years old, as well as adults and even then search the Index for
senior citizens, compete!”
ballroom-kids-ivan-and-madelyne; ballroom-kids-jaryd-
“We were amazed not just by the level of dancing but
and-cara; and ballroom-kids-dimitriy-and-michelle.
also the passion and commitment of these kids and
tweens ... whose accomplishments and dedication we
find inspiring.”
“One of the things we found interesting about ballroom
dancing for kids is that there are strict rules about what
they can wear in competition, which puts an emphasis
Images courtesy of Carson Zullinger, and parents

www.USADANCE.ORG 2010 July – August 25

ON THE MEDIA HORIZON ballroom dancing is also gaining popularity in India.
Harsh took first places in his Latin Bronze and Gold
USA Dance has recently interviewed with or assisted divisions at Nationals. He moved to the U.S. in 2005 to
several high profile media with feature stories about obtain his master’s degree and is a software engineer in
social ballroom and latin dancing, DanceSport or our North Carolina.
organization. Soon to be released:
Online at India-West:
• Dance Spirit Magazine (September 2010) readmore.aspx?id=2318&Sid=5
• Barbie Magazine
• National Geographic Vacation Edition
• Move. The Film.
HARSH UPADHYAY The USA Dance “Dancing for America” National
Dance Cruise departs Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Nov. 28th
India-West, the largest weekly newspaper on the West
and is already a potential media event. According to our
Coast, targets America’s immigrant Indian American
resources, no dance cruise has ever booked participants
population, which is now close to two million. When
from as many states and from coast to coast to the
USA Dance announced that Nationals would be in Los
degree that this maiden voyage has attracted. Dancers
Angeles, this prestigious publication wanted to feature
are flying in from California, Oregon, Washington State,
competitors of Indian descent.
New Mexico and Nevada, and that’s only 5 of the total 35
The resulting interview “Hips Don’t Lie: Ballroom states represented so far.
Dancer Burns Up The Floor” with USA Dance Latin
At press time, there will only be a few rooms left.
competitor, Harsh Upadhyay became a great story about
Check out the website
opportunity in this country. It was good to hear that
to book your place on this historical cruise aboard the
Italian Costa Cruise line’s “Atlantica,” a glorious dance
ship, one of Europe’s finest.

Latin Dancer Harsh Upadhay

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CRUISE. We want to hear from you. We want to
You can connect to USA Dance and other dancers
your chapter!
throughout the country for continual updates about
Has your chapter been in the
upcoming events and special activities, member
news lately? Have you been
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and copies of American Dancer and other published media or online?
Send us the latest happenings
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• USA Dance National Dancesport Championships When submitting, please
• USA Dance National Dance Cruise
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28 On Beat
Making History
Collegiate Competition on DWTS
By SarahJo Ciotti, American Dancer Writer

e are! We are! Utah Valley! We are! Purdue University announced itself as a
We are! Utah Valley!” The crowds laidback midwest school. Tracy Matz, a member
chanted as the judges revealed a of Purdue’s team said before the first show that,
near perfect score during the Dancing with the “We’ve been practicing so much. We want to
Stars Collegiate competition semi-finals. This get out there to win and show the country how
school spirit was only a taste of the explosive great the team is.” Purdue faced big challenge
applause when the judges announced UVU’s coming into the competition, since the producers
Dance Company as the winners of the Mirrorball stipulated that the competition needed to be in
trophy. group formations.
Each team involved in the collegiate Despite these challenges, Purdue still shone.
competition came to the set with their own “It’s been a real joy to see this group grow in the
ideals and goals to accomplish. The University eight years I’ve worked with them,” said Dan
of California in San Diego were the underdogs Rutherford, coach of the Purdue team.
going into the competition and although their
team’s journey was short they were able to prove Utah Valley University’s team was able to
that they were capable competitors. During their perform at a higher difficulty level due to the
Samba in the semi-finals the judges said their grueling pace of the coach, Scott Asbell, keeps
“pattern changes were fantastic!” his students. In response to their cha cha cha
they were acclaimed as having “precise, brilliant
Peter Edwards, coach of the UCSD team patterns.” Their performance was “effortless”
remarked that the experience great because according to the judges.
it brought to light the strong ballroom and
academic program that they have at UCSD. Director of the UVU ballroom program, Scott
“Collegiate dancing in general was brought to Asbell, stated, “In the 20 years I have taught at
a public awareness [because of the show]” said UVU, this win on Dancing with the Stars brings
Edwards. Edwards also points out that many pros me some of the greatest satisfaction because
and stars of the ballroom world once danced as it’s representative of years of hard work from
members of collegiate formation teams. In this hundreds of dancers at our university. These
way viewers were given a chance to see some of dancers didn’t just represent themselves tonight;
the “growing up” process that these athletes must they represented an entire program that has been
go through. built over time, and they did it on a national stage
and performed very, very well.”

Image courtesy of Rodolfo Fotografia

www.USADANCE.ORG 2010 July – August 29

Columbia Star Ball
By: Elizabeth Knoll
A Dance and a Wedding
US Professional Ballroom Champion

he inaugural Columbia Star Star Ball. I look forward to
Ball was held in the gracious watching this competition
Portland Hilton Hotel on May grow and grow!
8-9, 2010. Organizers Mark Tabor and In addition to terrific
Tiffanie Rhodes went out of their way Pro/Am and Amateur
to host a friendly, welcoming event that events that were hotly
incorporated many unique touches. contested, the Columbia Star
Judges were Richard Booth (chair), Ball featured a Formation Team
Barbara Child, Bill Davies, Olga competition. This is something
Foraponova, Cora Lyn Uczekaj, Forrest we rarely see at competitions
Vance, Dave Watson and yours truly. Ava any more, and it was very
Kaye was scrutineer and alternate judge, exciting. We had four Formation
Brent Mills provided the fabulous music, routines to choose from, and it
and the dulcet tones of Michael Wachal was a difficult choice. Speaking
as MC kept us on time and in the right for myself, I love Formation Team
frame of mind. competitions and hope this event will
The glorious weather of Portland’s late draw more teams from other states.
spring afforded great walking and dining We were treated to a fantastic show
weather for those who were able to take by Blackpool, UK and US Professional
breaks. The Portland Farmers’ Market Rising Star Latin finalists Yegor Novikov
on Saturday morning is a treat not to and Ekaterina Zakharoff. Perennial
be missed. I may be biased, but this is Northwest favorites, this dynamic and
the best farmers’ market around. Fresh versatile couple gave a tremendous
from the farm produce, cheeses, chicken, performance, with a special Rumba
beef (and yak and elk too!), eggs, pork, dedicated to…
and flowers are augmented with some The BRIDE AND GROOM! Yes, you Photo Courtesy of Parkwest
Photography - Champ Latin - Teleryck
of Portland’s best chefs providing pates, read that right. Mark Tabor and Tiffanie Ianakiev & Mariya Starichenok

pestos, chocolates and breads. Food and Rhodes officially became Mr. and
music abound. If you can tear yourself Mrs. Tabor on Sunday evening at the
away from the dancing, don’t miss the competition. The emotional and sweet
market! ceremony had many in the audience
And speaking of the dancing, the in tears (of joy!). How Mark and
Columbia Star Ball incorporated both Tiffanie managed to organize both
Pro/Am and Amateur events. Some of a competition and a wedding is
the highest caliber dancers from around beyond me, but it certainly added a
the Pacific Northwest were joined by romantic touch to the event.
competitors from Arizona, California, Good luck to the Tabors in the
Ohio and Canada. It was great to see future, both in their marriage
such wide-ranging support for the first and with the Columbia Star
comprehensive competition to be held Ball. I look forward to seeing
in Portland since the days of the Oregon more participants next year!
Photo Courtesy of Parkwest
Background Photo Courtesy of Parkwest Photography Photography - Mark and Tiffanie Tabor
NW Showcase - William Mao and Heather Mattole at the Wedding Altar

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Events listed with the * do not accrue proficiency points

July 17, 2010 September 25, 2010

River City Ball Quest For The Best*
Portland, OR Seattle, WA
July 31-August 1, 2010
2010 Fort Wayne Dancesport Championships October 2-3, 2010
Ft Wayne, IN Heartland Classic
Indianapolis, IN

July 31-August 1, 2010

Special Olympics Indiana Ballroom Championships October 10, 2010
Ft Wayne, IN Fall Frolic*
Hackensack, NJ.
September 2 - 5, 2010
Embassy Ball - IDSF Grand Slam Latin & Standard October 22 - 24, 2010
and Senior Standard Open Carolina Fall Classic - NQE
Irvine, CA Greensboro, NC

September 19, 2010 October 23 - 24, 2010

New England Fall Challenge Northwest DanceSport Championships - NQE
Hartford, CT Seattle, WA

Competitions noted as “NQE” are National Qualifying Events

look for future collegiate
for the 2011 National DanceSport Championships.
event updates on FaceBook
look for future event updates at sign onto FaceBook, click on “Groups,” and type in “USA Dance
competition-calendar/ Competitions”

www.USAdance.ORG 2010 July – August 31

S enior I Ten

W orlds Dance
By: Ivor Lee

o Todd Marsden and Suzie Competitors have to be
Hardt, the sight of the approximately 35 years old or
73-year-old woman could older to be eligible to compete in
have been all the inspiration they the Senior I age group. For many
needed to compete at the world ballroom dancers that don’t grow up
level. She danced the Latin styles dancing ballroom from an early age,
at the Senior I IDSF Ten Dance this is around the age where people
championships with far more first begin to experiment with dance
exuberance than seemed possible lessons, let alone compete.
for someone her age. Yet there she Ultimately, one of the lessons
was, moving with the energy of drawn from the competition for the
someone half her age. But beyond couple is that there is always more
that, everyone on the floor was a we can still do. For those worried
testament to what even an aging about getting in shape to dance,
body could do. Marsden and Hardt leave these
Palma, the largest city on the words:
Mediterranean island of Majorca “More seniors should compete.
off the coast of Spain, played host Sometimes people think they’re too
to the IDSF Senior I Ten Dance old or too old to start, but the whole
Championship early in May. A competition thing keeps you in
gorgeous island of historic villages, shape. You don’t think about it but
cobblestone streets, ancient it keeps you in shape. In competing
buildings with a history boasting all you get in good physical shape. You
the way back to the Roman Empire, don’t have to try to get in shape, you
Palma was also a testament to a just will get into it.”
lesson learned at the competition for Marsden didn’t even begin
Hardt: Age brings beauty. dancing ballroom until he was 35
“Very few seniors do the ten and Hardt introduced it to him. But
dance; to see other seniors compete at the world level of competition,
at that level as well is very inspiring,” age doesn’t have meaning. “Our
said Hardt. Most dancers in the bodies can do so much more, even
Senior division either dance at that age. It changes your sense of
Standard or Latin exclusively. Few what it means to age,” said Hardt.
dance both. One reason for this,
Hardt feels, is age. Todd Marsden and Suzie Hardt
Photos Courtesy of Suzie Hardt

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Youth By: Ivor Lee


n a showing of world class grace AD: So what stood out to you the
and beauty, Seoul, Korea hosted most about the competition, or the
the 2010 IDSF Youth Standard competitors?
championships in the Olympic park DS: The tension between everyone
building, formerly built to house and the drive that each competitor
1988 summer games. USA Dance had to try to outdo the other
representatives Marek Klepadlo and competitor.
Angelika Dechnik and Daniel Shapiro AD: Was it exciting to be part of
and Katya Kovalyova danced to 33rd that tension?
and 35th place finishes in a highly DS: Both yes and no. Yes, because
competitive field of 59 couples. it produced a lot of drive within the
American Dancer tracked down partnership to do our best, but at the
Daniel Shapiro and talked to him same time no, because all that tension
about their experience: didn’t give us the opportunity to just
AD: What were some of the breath and relax because we were all
highlights of competing in Korea? stressed about trying to do our best
DS: Well, the main one of course due to the tension between everyone.
was the dancing, seeing all the other AD: Now that you’ve experienced
Marek Klepadlo and Angelika Dechnik
countries from the dance world and a higher level of tension, do you think Photo By Carson Zullinger

witnessing each individual’s style. that you’ll be ready to handle it next

But, alongside the dancing aspect of time?
it, just seeing Korea’s culture and how DS: Definitely. Especially because
they live their daily lives showed me we witnessed it, but also after the
how different each society is from our World Championship when we got
own. back to New York, we really analyzed
AD: You’ve been to four other our performance and discussed it
world events, but this is your first one with our coaches. They have really
in the youth category. Is the level of helped us achieve a whole new level
competition much higher? of calm and maturity within our
DS: It definitely is but it’s also very dancing to help us handle and control
good for both Katya. It makes us the tension.
realize how we really have to step up Congratulations to our Youth
now and helps us to set our goals to DanceSport athletes from USA
even out and decrease the difficulty of Dance! Daniel Shapiro and Katya Kovalyova
doing well in youth world events Photo By Carson Zullinger

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L atin
W orlds

Time to Shine
by: Daphna Locker

At the beginning of the year, all On November 13th of this year,

our eyes were turned to Vancouver. we will be hosting the IDSF World
DanceSport Championship Latin
We watched as the world descended
at the New York Marriott at the
onto its cedar slopes and we laughed Brooklyn Bridge in New York City,
and cried at the joys and pains of the and our athletes will be competing for
Olympic Winter games. We were the title of World’s Best. This is the
event that matters to us and unlike
there with those athletes and in the the Olympics or the World Cup, it’ll
back of our minds we dreamed of be a one day event, packed with the
when ballroom would be an Olympic best competitive Latin the world has
to offer. It’s an honor to host this
event. IDSF world events come to the
A lot of us right now are watching United States once a decade at best.
the World Cup of Soccer and watching Invitations have already been sent out
the world’s top soccer athletes gather to countries all over the world to send
in South Africa for the title of the their representatives, with 90 couples
world’s best, in the world’s sport. expected to come and compete.
Those of us that are die hard fans
Beyond just Latin competition,
are getting up early in the morning,
there will be a showcase of Rhythm
turning our TV’s to ESPN and
and Smooth dances as well as an
watching, waiting for the ultimate
“Open to the World” Youth Standard
championship. This event will be a
But to the ballroom dancer, does the little bit of everything, a celebration
World Cup of Soccer really matter? of ballroom dance and everything
What about the Winter Olympics? that makes this sport so unique and
Whether you really cared about the enjoyable.
sports or not, the main thing you
2010 is the year of the world, and for
wanted was for USA to win.
USA Dance, it’s our year to shine.

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Eugene and Maria

Retire from

By: Vivian Beiswenger

n Saturday, May 29, ovation—not Eugene and Maria’s first final in the first year and the finals in
after representing the at Blackpool. 2009.
USA in the International Both born in Kiev in the Ukraine, On a personal note, I have loved this
Professional Invitational Team this couple didn’t meet until after couple since they danced as teens
Match at the Blackpool Dance immigrating to New York in 1992 and have felt a special relationship
Festival, Eugene Katsevman and and 1993. In their almost 17-year since being a force to help send them
Maria Manusova announced their partnership, they have won two US to the World Youth Championships
retirement from professional Youth Latin Championships and 11 in 1995. Eugene and Maria later won
competition, choosing to retire at Adult Amateur Latin championships the Latin event and went to their first
Blackpool because it was there they and represented the USA in three world championship several weeks
won the British Open Under 21 Latin World Youth and 11 World Adult later.
Championship, where they became Latin Championships. Upon turning This couple has impressed me from
the first American couple to make professional, they immediately placed the beginning in how they treated
the British Open Amateur Latin second in the US Professional Latin each other. Competitive couples
Final, and where they became World Championships and represented the are often seen arguing in public,
Professional Latin Finalists. The US at two World Professional Latin but they avoided this by “genuinely
crowd responded with a standing Championships, making the semi- respect[ing] each other.” “If you have

36 DanceSport
Photos Courtesy of Olga Rogachevskaya
Background by Michelle Hoffman

the same goal, there is no point in to see them perform in upcoming different partners. Eugene and Maria
fighting—you are on the same side,” shows at the Colorado Star Ball hope to start judging and traveling to
they said. So simple, yet so hard! Championships, the Millennium pass on their passion and love for this
Though grateful, Eugene and Maria Championships, the New Jersey business.
could not credit any one coach for State Open Championships, and the In their announcement, Eugene
their success. “We followed our Hollywood Championships, to name and Maria thanked past and current
hearts and not anyone person’s a few. competitors, as well as their teachers
product,” they said, although several On retiring, they remarked they and fans. To all the kids, they said,
people did inspire them: Victor “like dancing and will always like “Keep dreaming, keep working,
Kanevsky, Michael Wentink, Louis dancing, but you need to know when and keep believing in yourselves.
Van Amstel, Allan Tornsberg, to stop. Over the past year, [they] Dreams do come true and miracles
Vibeke Toft, Ruud Vermey, and Peter have been very happy with their do happen.” To everyone else: “Our
Maxwell. dancing and felt they did not need to journey has truly been extraordinary
Even though they retired before the prove anything anymore.” They plan and beyond our wildest dreams.
professional Latin event at Blackpool, to focus on teaching and doing shows Thank you all for being part of it.”
they were wonderful to watch in the and currently have no plans for Pro/
team match. You still have a chance Am competition or competing with

www.USAdance.ORG 2010 July – August 37

excerpted from
by: Ivor Lee

ver the past years USA Michelle: When we go on the
Dance has experienced floor, it’s like we’re the only people
unprecedented growth. there. We just pretend there’s no one
While an enormous blessing, one of there and that we’re just dancing like
the sometime uncelebrated aspects we do in our studio, because that’s
of it is the increase of children where I dance the best. So I just
becoming interested in ballroom enjoy myself and I have fun with it! 
dance as well. Some parents IML: What’s the funniest thing
and competitors will remember that ever happened to you during a
Nationals and other events where competition?
only a handful of children appeared Madelyne: Once I was at a
on the floor, but this is now no competition regional. We were
longer the norm. doing Samba and my partner forgot
It’s not even that this is obvious the whole routine, so I had to
to just USA Dance. People outside basically do all the steps by myself. It
our organization have noticed the was really funny because you could
growth as well. PBS Kids recently see that we were messing up. We
interviewed some of the ballroom still won first place!
kids of USA Dance on the “It’s My IML: In general, what has dance
Life” blog available on the PBS Kids added to your life?
website. Jaryd: It’s given me strength and
The following comments are courage, and it makes me want to
excerpted from interviews with keep dancing. It’s given me great
Dmitriy and Michelle, Ivan and opportunities because I’ve met so
Madelyne, and Jaryd and Cara: many people and been taught by so
many people. 
IML: When you’re competing on
Cara: It gives me confidence. I
a dance floor full of other couples,
think I’ve grown more because of
do you know when you’re really
standing out and people are noticing
For more details check out Public
you? Or are you just focusing on
your own routine?
Photos Courtesy of PBS

38 DanceSport
The best
is yet to come
By: Ivor Lee

Ken Richards addressing the presidium and other

delegates at the IDSF Annual General Meeting

rom June 11th to the 14th, Vienna, Austria The simplest analogy is the example of Track and
played host to the IDSF Annual General Meeting. Field. Track and Field is made up of different events
Delegates from all over the world arrived at the that form the greater whole of the event, all events
Imperial City, home of generations of western art and occurring on the same venue. The unification of all dance
music, to discuss the future of the IDSF and the big disciplines is considered the best shot at DanceSport
things that are on the horizon. being included as an Olympic sport.
Ken Richards, VP of DanceSport, and Wayne One thing that impressed Crowder the most was how
Crowder, Certification Chair, formed the USA Dance much work the meeting accomplished. “The meeting
delegates at the meeting. Being Crowder’s first time began in the hallway outside of the room, way before
attending the meeting, the meeting afforded a bigger it even officially started. Every conversation the entire
picture on what was happening in the world of dance. weekend, whether it was on the bus or over dinner, was
“IDSF is looking to expand into everything to do with about work and how we could push DanceSport, our
dance. It’s growing into something that encompasses all relationships with the other groups and delegates and
aspects of dance,” he said, “We need to understand that how that all ties into the IDSF,” said Crowder.
there is work ahead of us and we need to form friend- There’s a lot of work to be done, and the best is yet to
ships and alliances with other delegates and federations come.
in the world to assist our athletes in the USA.”
These changes are largely due to the close relation the
IDSF shares with the International Olympic Committee.
Through working together, the IDSF has learned the
steps necessary to make ballroom dance an Olympic
“The IDSF is very focused on its relationship with the
IOC; plans are being set for the formation of the World
DanceSport Federation to be unveiled in 2012. Part of
what will make the Olympics happen is the partnerships
between various dance disciplines under one umbrella.
From left to right: Ken Richards, IDSF President Carlos Freitag,
This is how the IOC thinks,” said Richards. Wayne Crowder
Photos Courtesy of Ken Richards

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Twinkle Twinkle

Little Stars
By: Susan Ann Johnson • Chapter #6078 President • USA Dance Upstate SC

SA Dance Upstate South Instructor Roy Jordan donated creation by a local doll artist
Carolina Chapter #6078 his time and Champion Ballroom and hand crafted dance apparel
hosted “Twinkle, Twinkle background in working with three accessories. Treasurer Jim Cervenak
Little Stars—Dancing to Help local pre-teen students. Imani and President Susan Johnson
Children Defy the Odds” at the Hargett and Emile Batchelder- coordinated food for the event
Greenville Shrine Club on April 10, Schwab, recently winning the pre- and included a candy/desert bar
2010 and to help the children served teen championship at the Heritage complete with large martini glasses
by the Greenville, South Carolina Classic, delighted the crowd with hand painted by students of the local
Shriner’s Hospital for Children the Quickstep and Cha-Cha. fine arts center. The glasses were
as well as the Foster Children of Champion pre-teen dancer, Olivia used to serve candy then auctioned
Greenville County. Arnold was another highlight of the off as part of the silent auction.
Penny Brady, former board evening as she danced silver level The evening included social
member and event chair, worked Tango with instructor Jordan. The dancing to the fine arts center’s jazz
creative magic to transform the Carolina Ballet Theater staff worked quintet followed by dance music
Shrine Club into a night of stars with several former patients of the presented by volunteer DJ and Board
with stunning table centerpieces Shriner’s Hospital to choreograph Member, Roger Buckner. Dancers
with color, lights and star balloons a lyrical dance to the vocal from local USA Dance chapters as
that filled the room. Members of a presentation of “Over the Rainbow” well as other social dancers from the
local church youth group cut out sung by Geisler. Dancers Alana region filled the floor until the last
silhouettes of children in dance Aldridge, Kaitlyn Fowler, Jasmine waltz at midnight.
poses for these unique centerpieces. Martin, Brycen Westmoreland, The event succeeded in raising
At the end of the evening those at Camron Westmoreland and Mya funds to support two worthy
the tables making the highest bid Westmoreland showed with their charities thanks to a high level
took the arrangement home. performance how they have defied of community support, raising
Organizers included the Board the odds. Instructors from the awareness of the benefits of dance
of Directors of Chapter #6078, theater, Anita and Hernan Justo, and in particular that of USA
caring, volunteering members from ended the show with their flawless Dance’s mission and their role in
the community and event Chairs presentation of the Argentine Tango. the community. The event not only
Chapter President Susan Johnson Vice President Judy Lowry and showed how USA Dance Upstate
and Penny Brady. Local support Penny Brady presented a creative SC Chapter supports the youth of
from area businesses, media, dance display of silent auction items that the community but gave children of
instructors and others made this first ranged from a weekend stay plus the community an opportunity to be
annual event heartwarming. dinner at the Hilton that included a involved helping other children that
Secretary Loretta Geisler, head of set of diamond and sapphire earrings need a helping hand.
the entertainment committee, put from Reeds Jewelers, watercolor
together a showcase of local talent. pictures of children, a ballroom

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– August
Above the Ordinary
By: Ivor Lee

he Maury Show’s live studio
audience and millions of
viewers at home knew on last
May 25th that they were in for a treat:
the “Most Talented Kids” segment of
the show. They didn’t realize how much
of a treat it was for them when ten year
old Edgar Khachaturov and 12 year
old Daniela Olevsky came out on the
floor of the show. But once they started
performing their Samba, the crowd
couldn’t help but be impressed.
“My favorite part was definitely
getting on the stage to perform and the
crowd started cheering. It made me
feel really excited and want to dance Edgar Khachaturov and Daniela Olevsky with Maury
really good,” said Khachaturov, “I love
to people and the energy and power it For some, TV appearances are an
to dance because I love the images it
shows.” arduous process requiring many
creates and the way it communicates

42 InStep
auditions, waiting by the phone for Olvesky, Daniela’s mother.
callbacks, and a lot of dreaming. Edgar Yet this didn’t stop the young
and Daniela were a different story. couple. They buckled down, and
Producers from the Maury Show choreographed and practiced a Samba
contacted them directly after seeing a routine—one that allowed them to use
YouTube video of them performing at more difficult moves—in the two days
a birthday party. before the show.
Still, their appearance on TV was “Sometimes it surprises me,”
not without trial and misadventure. said Vicky about her daughter’s
For the weeks prior to the show they determination. “When I was panicking
practiced a Cha-Cha routine set to a on the show, she said to me, ‘Mom,
Lady Gaga song; however, upon arrival it’s ok. We’ll do it.’ She was the calmer
at the studio, they were told to change person in the whole thing. She’s really
the song and come up with a different grown up.”
routine. According to Danela, it’s a much
“Producers don’t understand that easier answer. “We love dancing. It’s
you have to choreograph and practice our passion; every part of it,” she said.
these things over and over,” said Vicky

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SA Dance, the official National Governing Body for DanceSport in the United States,
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Dance represents the best interests of DanceSport athletes as well as social dancers
throughout the USA. As a democratic, all-volunteer organization, USA Dance is comprised
of talented professionals, passionate supporters of dance, and approximately 180 fast-growing
chapters. USA Dance is dedicated to promoting the quality and quantity of ballroom dancing
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