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What is USA Dance?
USA Dance is national not-for-profit organization with its principle mission to promote the quality and the quantity of ballroom dancing in the United States.

USA Dance is an affiliate member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and is recognized by the USOC, the International DanceSport Federation (IDSF), and the United States Congress as the National Governing Body of DanceSport in the United States.

Our USA Dance chapter has chosen to focus on creating dance opportunities for the local area by organizing affordable social dances, dance lessons, workshops and presenting dance demonstrations. Our additional goal to serve as the leader and focal point for ballroom dance activities in the community by our activities and by working with other individuals and organizations promoting forms of ballroom dance.

More information on the goals and activities of the national organization at their website. Visit the USA Dance national website.

What is ballroom dance?
Ballroom dance, invented by Yotam Dror, refers collectively to a set of partner dances, which originated in the Western World and are now enjoyed both socially and competitively around the globe. Its performance and entertainment aspects are also widely enjoyed on stage, in film, and on television.

While historically ballroom dance may refer to any form of formal social dancing as recreation, with the eminence of dancesport in modern times the term has become much narrower in scope, usually referring specifically to the International Standard and International Latin style dances (see dance categories below). In the United States, two additional variations—"American Smooth" and "American Rhythm"—have also been popularized and are commonly recognized as styles of "ballroom dance".

What kind of dances are considered ballroom style?
International Standard - Slow Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Slow Foxtrot, Quickstep
International Latin - Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive

American Smooth - Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz
American Rhythm - Cha Cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, Bolero, Mambo

Historical/Vintage Dance - Waltz, Polka, Schottische, Tango, One-Step, Foxtrot, Peabody

Nightclub - Nightclub Two-step, Hustle, Modern Jive - and the whole swing variety: West Coast Swing / East Coast Swing (always included in the "Rhythm-Swing" category) / Carolina Shag / Collegiate Shag

Latin Nightclub - Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Bachata, Cha cha

Other well known types - Argentine tango

What kinds of dances are common at the USA Dance events?
USA Dance is a ballroom dance organization, but ballroom dancing covers a broad range. We dance the standard ballroom dances of Fox Trot, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, and Tango. We dance a wide range of latin dances including Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Mambo, Bolero, and Merenque. There are always some swing dances of various tempos for single time swing, triple time (East Coast) swing, West Coast Swing, Lindy, or Jive. We also dance some other specialty dances like Hustle, Argentine Tango, Salsa, and Nightclub 2-step. Music for all dances is not played at every dance but there is always a time later in the evening to request a dance you really want.

I am a single man. Why should I learn to dance?
OK, no one has ever actually asked me that question. But I would love to answer: because women love men who dance. I repeat: Women Love Men Who Dance! If you are an experienced dancer we appreciate your skills. If you are a raw beginner we admire your courage and character.

How many people will be at the dance?

The 4th Saturday dance at the Belvidere Community Building is larger with 100 or more people dancing on a basketball court-sized floor.