Welcome to the USA Dance Chapter #4019 of the Greater Modesto
Serving Stanislaus County and the surrounding Central Valley
Our mission is to improve the quality and the quantity of ballroom dancing in the United States.
USA Dance Chapters are located in communities all over the United States. The basic purpose of each Chapter is to promote ballroom dancing in the local community and to educate the public regarding the physical, mental, and social benefits of ballroom dancing. Chapters welcome beginner dancers and help them get started in ballroom dancing. Talented dancers are encouraged to become DanceSport Athlete competitors.
Chapters promote and sponsor amateur ballroom dancing for competitors, social dancers, and the general public. They work toward the recognition of ballroom dancing as an art form, a lifetime recreational activity and an Olympic sport. Chapters strive to bring the joy and the benefits of ballroom dancing to as many people as possible.
During the last few years there has been an explosive growth in the interest in ballroom dancing throughout the United States. All age groups and social levels are involved.
The number of colleges that have ballroom dance programs continues to grow. Students in colleges such as Harvard, Yale, BYU, MIT, Princeton, William & Mary, University of Massachusetts, Ohio State, Catholic University, Wichita State, Trinity, University of Maryland, and University of California are active in both competitive and social ballroom dancing.
Colleges have been organized into regions and leagues, and are holding regular competitions in ballroom dance. These collegiate ballroom dance competitions are attended by cheering crowds of students and the noise levels are similar to those at football and basketball games.
USA Dance also is holding annual national collegiate dance competitions and dance festivals. Social ballroom dancing now is the "in thing" with college students. They give it an ultimate rating of "cool" and "neat."
USA Dance is now working aggressively to move this devotion to ballroom dance into our high schools and elementary schools. USA Dance chapters all across the country are working with schools to promote ballroom dance training with all age groups of youths. College dance teams are giving demonstrations in high schools and high school dance teams are demonstrating in middle schools. The response is strong. The first National Primary, Middle, and High School DanceSport Championships were held in 1995 and now are held annually.
Recently the Miss Dance Drill Team USA Pagent added DanceSport to its program. Dance Drill Teams in High Schools all over the country are being urged to add DanceSport to their curriculum.
Enthusiasm for ballroom dance has always been strong with adults, but the interest among all age groups has increased dramatically during the last few years.
Much of this increased interest is focused on DanceSport, the competitive version of ballroom dancing. This is attributed to the recent recognition of DanceSport as an Olympic sport by both the International Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic Committee.
The image of ballroom dancers has changed. Instead of formally dressed couples in white tie, tails, and gowns dancing in fancy ballrooms, we now see thousands of informally dressed couples having fun in gymnasiums, community centers, and similar locations.
USA Dance's emphasis is on providing affordable opportunities to learn and practice ballroom dancing and this is proving very popular with the public. Thousands of new dancers are adopting this healthful and enjoyable recreational activity.