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Public Eye September October 2013

Angela Prince

!Fabuloso! THE WORLD GAMES 2013 Una Celebracion Mundial De Baile!

At press time for American Dancer, comprehensive coverage of USA Dance athletes competing at The World Games 2013 in Cali, Colombia (South America) was not possible. The full story with photos and interviews will appear in the November-December issue.

Proudly Representing the USA:

Ballroom/Standard – Yuriy Nartov & Yulia Blagova

Latin – Edward Golbert & Maryann Krasko

Salsa -- Kumo Tineo & Christina Tully

If you watched any of the two nights of DanceSport competitions on livestream – Salsa, Ballroom (International Standard) and International Latin, courtesy of the International Olympic Committee's website, you'll understand that this was truly one of DanceSport's grandest moments…and reaffirmation that the Olympic journey is a dream within sight.

If you read the comments posted from our athletes on Facebook (USA Dance Inc and on their personal pages), you can share in their elation, sense of pride representing their country and appreciation for an opportunity USA Dance made possible for them.

Until everyone arrived in Cali and became part of the world family of DanceSport, it was impossible to fathom the experience ahead. But imagine 15,000+ spectators (and millions watching via livestream), celebrating every step our athletes took, the unbelievable noise level of cheering spectators in the stands, and people throughout the city, every where they went, embracing them and asking them to dance.

!Fabuloso! Una Celebracion Mundial De Baile
(a fabulous worldwide celebration of dance)!

USA Dance Athlete Training Camp at USOC Lake Placid Facility

A special thank you to USA Dance national sponsor Ernest Borel, Swiss watchmaker, whose financial support helped fund the junior and youth dancesport athlete training camp, held in May at the United States Olympic Training Facility at Lake Placid.

For everyone who supported this program, USA Dance would like to share several of the comments from the athletes in appreciation of the opportunity:

Angela Gerzberg: "I will cherish this moment for the rest of my life. Not only have you created an amazing dance experience, but you have also helped me learn a lot more and create new friendships."

Konwalia Owczarz: "Wow, this has been the experience of a lifetime...I hope we can come back again next year."

Sasha Dubinsky: "This weekend was an experience that I will never forget. Thank you so very much."

Group Message: "We are very, very grateful for making a dream come true!"

Never Too Late To Be Great! National and State Senior Games Attract USA Dance Competitors

Two of our USA Dance members participated recently in the Washington State Senior Games, bringing home the Gold medal for American Tango, Silver for Foxtrot and Bronze for Waltz. Congratulations to Skeeter Smith and Janice Gray, President and member of the Bellingham Chapter! Now in its 17th year, the Washington State open-competition event attracted nearly 2,000 senior athletes, from ages 50 to over 100, who participated in 19 sports with dancesport, being among the favorites. This all-volunteer 501c3 nonprofit state organization is part of the National Senior Games, a biennial national championship and the largest multi-sport event in the world for senior athletes.

Southern Hospitality At Its Finest -- Gumbo Style!

There's no question that Louisiana has a distinctive lifestyle all its own – but you'd have to attend the USA Dance Gumbo DanceSport Championships in Baton Rouge to fully absorb what that really means. From the moment you arrive at the host hotel and enter the ballroom, whether you're a competitor or a spectator, you just know something is going to be different and you're part of it.

This year, the Senior IV National Championships, which included all proficiency levels, prevailed at the competition, and there was an impressive showing of pre-teen, juniors and youth competing. The Baton Rouge area has a highly successful Dancing Classrooms program, and many of the young dancers were The Show at the Saturday evening banquet.

Hats off once again to Ann Durocher, well-loved "maestro" of the Gumbo, who has created a finely-tuned and loyal team of volunteers that know their job and simply love being a part of this Southern hospitality tradition.

Photo: World Games - Yuriy Nartov & Yulia Blagova (Blue Dress), Courtesy of Ken Richards