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Public Eye May/June 2013

Angela Prince


Dancing With The Stars Celebrity Judge Bruno Tonioli

Was Honorary Judge for the 2013 Star Quality Awards

The USA Dance 2013 National DanceSport Championships in Los Angeles proved to a packed crowd at LA Live to live up to all its promotions. Particularly exciting was the participation of ABC-TV's celebrity judge Bruno Tonioli, whoserved as Honorary Judge at the 4th annual USA Dance 2013 Star Quality Awards.

Sponsored by USA Dance National Sponsor the Ernest Borel Swiss watch company, the Star Quality Awards were presented to 11 "star quality" championship-level finalist couples, ranging from Pre-Teen to Senior I, at Nationals. Assisting Bruno with the award presentations were Ernest Borel representatives Pietro Meloni and Thomas Huggler.

Due to American Dancer press time, more details about Nationals (and lots of great photos) will appear in the July-August issue of American Dancer magazine.


For the first time, the USA Dance National DanceSport Championships in Los Angeles were "live-streamed" so that our members and dance friends throughout the country - and the world - could see this great 33rd annual dancesport competition in action. And for FREE!

Our thanks to Mike Carter of Paradigm Digital-DVD of Los Angeles, who helped USA Dance create an amazing promotional video that highlighted and entertained viewers until showtime. And thanks to Mike and Ben Moseley of Access Dance who did their technical magic that brought Nationals to our homes…and phones.

All of the Nationals evening sessions (about five hours each night) were video'd by Paradigm Digital-DVD live using several cameras for great action shots and close-ups. All of the sessions were truly dynamic and entertaining, often featuring the semi-final rounds leading to finals. On Friday and Saturday evenings, Honorary Judge Bruno Tonioli from ABC's Dancing With The Stars, along with Pietro Meloni and Thomas Huggler from Ernest Borel, presented the 2013 Star Quality Awards to 11 Championship division couples.

So how did this all work? Viewers only had to visit the USA Dance website homepage where they clicked through to our new livestream channel.

And, if they couldn't watch Nationals "live" in real-time, all of the three evening sessions were available as re-runs immediately following their airing 24/7…for the rest of April.

Announcing Brand New Ernest Borel Fundraising

Incentive Program for USA Dance Members

At the USA Dance 2013 Manhattan Amateur Classic in January, Ernest Borel announced a new funding program to support USA Dance. Although details will be officially announced at Nationals, Ernest Borel will donate to USA Dance 20% of the retail cost of any of its watches sold to a USA Dance member (with active membership status) during 2013. Essentially, if a watch retails for $500, the donation would be $100; and if the watch retails for $10,000, the donation would be $2,000. Needless to say, USA Dance is extremely pleased with this generous funding program and encourages members who would be buying a watch during the year, to consider the offerings of our sponsor Ernest Borel. Members can view the watch collections online at and either write to the company via its website "contact us" section or write to USA Business Development Manager Thomas Huggler at

Throughout the year, the support of Ernest Borel brings important funding to many USA Dance initiatives, including the support of the upcoming athlete training camp at the USOC training center in Lake Placid, NY, scholarships for athletes, support to National Qualifying Events, advertising in American Dancer magazine and other programs.

Advertising by Ernest Borel showcases USA Dance DanceSport couples in competition. Photographs of dancers at Nationals and NQEs in Charlotte, Chicago, Manhattan and Culver City, CA, are candidates for the next Ernest Borel ad series and two couples will be invited to become Ernest Borel ambassadors as well. Last year, photos of two MAC couples were selected and also showcased the work of photographer Ryan Kenner.

Our Condolences to the Family of Carrie Ann Inaba

USA Dance Celebrity Ambassador Carrie Ann Inaba, judge on Dancing With The Stars, was unable to attend Nationals due to the passing of her father and her needed return to her Hawaii homeland. Carrie Ann and her family are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss and healing. We are most grateful to her for all of her special caring and continued dedication to the mission of USA Dance and our dancers.