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President's Report March/April 2013

Lydia T. Scardina, President, USA Dance

The time is drawing near for chapters to again consider holding an event in conjunction with Olympic Day. Last year the Orlando Chapter organized an excellent event at a local mall which included inspiring words from an Olympian who was invited to speak on the purpose of Olympic Day, interspersed with dance demonstrations and a dance lesson for the general public.

The United States Olympic Committee was very pleased with this event and was intrigued with the possibility of using dance to celebrate Olympic Day and its message of physical fitness for all. As a result, this year the USOC has contacted me and asked USA Dance to assist them in choreographing a simple dance that Olympians can learn and in turn teach to children and adults attending Olympic Day celebrations all over the country. We have submitted the name of an excellent choreographer to the USOC, and as this effort unfolds, we will provide more information on this exciting project and this wonderful opportunity to partner with the USOC.

In announcing 2013 Olympic Day activities, the USOC has requested that we share the announcement below with all our chapters in the hope that they will be inspired to organize Olympic Day activities in
their communities:

"What is Olympic Day? Olympic Day, held annually on June 23, is celebrated by millions of people in more than 160 countries. Commemorating the birth of the modern Olympic Games, Olympic Day is not only a celebration, but an international effort to promote fitness and well-being in addition to the Olympic ideals of fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship.

This year, the window of Olympic Day celebrations in the United State is June 21-30, 2013. Communities across the United States will celebrate Olympic Day through educational programming and other activities, or they may include Olympic Day as part of a preexisting event."

The message from the USOC continues: "A local Olympian or Paralympian in your area may participate in an Olympic Day event to share their personal story and inspire those in attendance with Olympic messaging. To learn more about Olympic Day and to register to host an event, please visit"
- United States Olympic Committee

USA Dance of course promotes physical fitness and well being through ballroom dancing and DanceSport, and it is through the demonstration and enjoyment of this wonderful activity that we tell our story best. This links perfectly with the Olympic movement's message of physical fitness for all ages, so let's support Olympic Day 2013 at our social dances, at demonstrations in malls, in schools, and everywhere our dancers gather.