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Ballroom Dance Week

September 17-26, 2004

History of Vermont's National Ballroom Dance Week

In 1989 Mary Helen McSweeney of New York City put together a "Ballroom Week" from April 21st to the 28th. The week brought the dancing community together and presented Ballroom Dancing at its best to the public. Dance studios, professional and amateur dancers, and the city government worked together and promoted dancing everywhere in the city-from libraries to ferry boats, from studios to public halls.

In 1990 (September 14-21) the editors of the major dance publications in the United States; Dancing USA, Dance Action International and Amateur Dancers, published the proposition of the whole country having a National Ballroom Dance Week (NBDW). They proposed a full week with "anchor events" at each end of the week. Through "proclamations" written by Mayors, Governors and even President George Bush NBDW was born. President and Mrs. Bush even posed for pictures while dancing.

In 1991 (September 13-22) NBDW saw a great leap forward when the "week" was extended to ten days so that all localities could have two really full "anchor weekends." Gubernatorial proclamations from nearly every state in the union led the public to dance. The emphasis was on "Everyone Dance-at least a waltz or a cha cha."

Since 1992, interest in ballroom dancing has grown, as has National Ballroom Dance Week. Dance studios, instructors and many USABDA chapters offer free lessons, workshops and demonstrations to newcomers. The goal is to introduce new people to the joy of dance!

Schedule of Events

(The events listed here are a compilation of events put on by many local dance instructors and dance enthusiasts. Only Kevin Laddison is involved with First Step Dance, everyone else is independant. However we all support each others activities because we all want to share the joy of dancing with a partner.)

Friday September 17, 2004

Colchester
Dance Showcase to support Camp Ta-Kum-Ta
The Elley-Long Music Center, 223 Ethan Allen Avenue, Colchester.
7:00 Partner dance demonstrations/ shows
~8:30-9:00 Dance lesson
~9:00-10:00 open dancing.
Join local amateur and professional dancers in an effort to raise support for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, Vermonts' Cancer camp for kids. The evening will begin with demonstrations of various partner dances, will continue with a brief dance lesson and will finish with open dancing to music. Join the fun and support a wonderful cause!!

Saturday September 18, 2004

Colchester
USABDA Lesson and Dance
The Elley-Long Music Center, 223 Ethan Allen Avenue, Colchester.
7:00pm Mini Foxtrot Lesson
7:30pm Featured Lesson in Hustle with Jamie Orr and Faye Grearson.
8:30to 11pm Open dancing.
$12 general, $8 USABDA Members, $6 Students and Seniors. For more information call 878-5784 or visit www.dancevermont.org .
Each month the Vermont Chapter of the United States Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association holds a dance that begins with a half hour mini-lesson in either Waltz of Foxtrot and an hour-long lesson in some other form of dance. The evening continues with general dancing from 8:30 until 11:00.

Sunday September 19, 2004
Monday September 20, 2004

Burlington
Free Dance with Lessons
The Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St.
6:00 Waltz
6:30 Cha Cha
7:00 Foxtrot
7:30-9:00 Open Dancing
So you've always wanted to learn to dance, but haven't taken the first step yet? Come to this free dance lesson and begin learning the basics of several common partner dances. Although partner dancing requires a partner, these lessons don't since we will trade partners during the lesson portion of the evening.

Tuesday September 21, 2004
Wednesday September 22, 2004

Burlington
SalsaLina Free Introductory Salsa Lesson
SalsaLina Dance Studio
6:00 Introductory Salsa Lesson
Salsa is one of the hottest partner dances, and now is the time to take your first lesson!! Join Vermonts first Salsa Dance Studio for a free beginner's lesson.


Thursday September 23, 2004
Friday September 24, 2004

St. Albans
Free Dance Social with Lessons
City Hall, 100 Main Street
6:00 West Coast Swing
6:30 Rumba
7:00 Tango
7:30-9:00 Open Dancing
So you've always wanted to learn to dance, but haven't taken the first step yet? Come to this free dance lesson and begin learning the basics of several common partner dances. Although partner dancing requires a partner, these lessons don't since we will trade partners during the lesson portion of the evening.

Saturday September 25, 2004

Burlington
Swing Dance
The Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St.
$5 per person.
8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Vermont Swings brings back monthly fourth Saturday dances on Saturday, September 25th at the Champlain Club on Crowley Street in Burlington. Hosted by Cate Lamb and Terry Bouricius, this dj dance will feature music from 70 years of swing and across many styles including big band, blues, rock and roll, country and popular music. East coast, west coast, lindy hop, jitterbug, balboa, shag, jive and any steps in-between will be danced on a hard wood floor. Join us. For more information visit Vermont Swings.

Burlington
Variety Dance Social
Parima, 185 Pearl Street- Burlington, VT (864-7917)
No Cover, 8:30pm till 11:30pm Ballroom; 11:30pm - closing Latin Playing Waltz, Argentine Tango, Mambo, Cha-cha, Swing, Rumba, Foxtrot, Tango, Latin and more. For more information visit Hermanos Productions.

Sunday September 26 2004

Burlington
Free Dance Workshops
The Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St.
1:00 Rumba
2:00 Foxtrot