Welcome to the Nor-Cal Chapter #4004 website!
USA Dance, Inc, formerly known as the United States Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association, is the National Governing Body for DanceSport in the United States, as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF).
This name better reflects the diversity of dancing encompassed by our chapter's activities. Our website is constantly undergoing updating and revision, so that our members and visitors have the very latest information on ballroom dance locally, nationally and worldwide. All comments and suggestions are eagerly awaited ... so let us know what you think!
Our Mission . . .
To increase participation in the highest quality of ballroom dancing and DanceSport for all Americans, and to support our country's DanceSport athletes in achieving competitive excellence.
2016 California State DanceSport Chamionpships - NQE
GREAT WEST COAST DANCE NEWS! The Nor-Cal Chapter of USA Dance is pleased to announce that the Cal State Championship and NQE will be held on December 3, 2016 at JUST DANCE BALLROOM in Oakland, only a bridge away from downtown San Francisco. This spacious dance center has been the venue for many dance competitions in the past, and the Nor-Cal Chapter is pleased to be back in this wonderful facility, with its outstanding championship-size hardwood competition floor, comfortable changing areas and generous practice floor.
Additionally, along with all the regular events associated with an NQE, for the first time ever on the West Coast, USA Dance TEACHER/STUDENT events will also be held at the Cal State Championships! Registration, tickets, hotels and additional information is available here.
2015 California State DanceSport Championships - NQE
Nor-Cal has another successful Olympic Day Event!
Nor-Cal has had another successful Olympic Day event. This year on Saturday, June 21st, we took the celebration to the East Bay, to NewPark Mall in Newark.
I had the pleasure of addressing the crowd on the significance of International Olympic Day, which celebrates the birth of the modern Olympic Games and promotes fitness and well-being for people of all ages, along with the Olympic ideals of fair play, perseverance, respect and good sportsmanship.
About 200 members of the public stopped by to see some or all of the dance performances, acknowledging each one with generous applause and snapping photos of many. Full story and photos.
2014 California State DanceSport Championships - NQE
Ths 2014 California State DanceSport Championships saw over 150 couples compete in the newly renovated City National Civic in downtown San Jose. Dancing at their best on the permanent and spacious 75' x 48' dance floor, couples competed for the right to be crowned Caiifornia State DanceSport Champions and qualify for the 2015 National DanceSport Championships. The National Championships-qualified adjudication panel capably chaired by Dan Calloway judged over 60 events with heats up to 55 couples. Music Director, Dave Ingalz energized the arena with his top-end PA system and great selection of competion music. Efficiently keeping this large and complex event on time and running smoothly was Karen Andersen as MC.
Couples especially enjoyed the well-appointed dressing rooms with on-suite baths and the large practice floor sporting the same dance surface as the competion one. The over 140 additional spectators took advantage of the up-close arena-style seating and bright lighting to capture great pictures and videos - many of which can be found on our event photographer, George Chen's Facebook page here and on YouTube here. A complete listing of results is avaiable here. We look forward to making this an even better event next year.
Nor-Cal hosted not one, but two Olympic Day events this year in 2014!
The Nor-Cal Chapter of USA Dance held two Olympic Day events in 2014 - On June 21st at Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo and on June 22nd at The Shops At Tanforan in San Bruno. Our guest Olympian was rower Mike Altman (2004 and 2008 Olympic Games). Mike spoke to the audience about the Olympic values of perseverance, good sportsmanship and fair play and reminisced about his own personal journey to the Olympic Games. Members of the public stopped by to speak with Mike afterword and to get his autograph. Mike brought with him lots of Olympic athlete cards, which were a hit with the kids in the audience on both days and were eagerly picked up. [More]
The USA Dance Nor-Cal Chapter is looking for event volunteers as well as to fill a vacancy on the Board
All USA Dance Nor-Cal chapter members 18 years of age or older are eligible for service on the chapter board.
The board meets for a two hour monthly meeting, either in San Francisco or on the Peninsula. We run several competitions per year, along with the occasional social event and workshop. If you'd like to join our group of enthusiastic dancers and volunteers, we'd love to have you!
But if you do not have time to serve on the board, never fear because we do have other positions available, allowing you to volunteer for a specific short-term assignment or lend your assistance the day of the event. Some of these other assignments include:
- Running social events
- Hanging decorations
- Managing vendor discount program
- Door control monitor, registration desk assistant, ticket desk assistant and other day-of-the-event assignments for blocks of time depending on the volunteer's availability
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know your availability and interest.
The 2013 California State Dancesport Championships - NQE was a great success!
We are beginning preparations for our 2014 event at a brand new location - San Jose City National Civic. We also have a date - Saturday, November 15, 2014.
This is our chapter's largest undertaking each year and this new facility gives us the opportunity to grow the event to become the premeir USA Dance championships in the western states. The program from the 2013 event is available here.
If you would like to be involved, please contact us at email@example.com today!