Here is the USA Dance national mission statement.
We are organized and operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes and are approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a Section 501©(3) nonprofit organization. USA Dance is a Virginia Corporation and is registered with the State Division of Consumer Affairs, Commonwealth of Virginia, PO Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23209, Telephone (804)786-2042, as a charitable organization authorized to solicit and receive donations from the public.
In furtherance of its educational and charitable purposes and goals, USA Dance:
- Serves as the National Governing Body for ballroom dancing and DanceSport, the competitive version of ballroom dancing, in the United States subject to the statutes of :
- The International DanceSport Federation (IDSF); and
- The United States Olympic Committee (USOC);
- Organizes and supports programs for the recreational enjoyment of ballroom dancing by all ages and creates affordable opportunities for the general public to participate in ballroom dancing and DanceSport;
- Promotes DanceSport as a sport both nationally and internationally and fosters its inclusion in the Olympic and Pan American Games;
- Organizes and supports DanceSport events internationally and nationally, including national, regional and local championships;
- Selects the elite DanceSport Athletes to represent the United States in the IDSF World DanceSport Championships and the World Games and finances their participation;
- Promotes and supports ballroom dance programs in colleges and secondary schools;
- Applies special programs to attract beginners to ballroom dancing and to both encourage and assist these dancers in meeting their goals;
- Emphasizes to the public the healthful aspects of ballroom dancing; its physical, mental and social benefits;
- Organizes and supports programs to increase the number of dancers and to assist in the elevation of dancing skills, both competitors and recreational social dancers
USA Dance has over 20,000 members throughout the United States.
That doesn’t seem like a lot of people!
And yet USA DANCE chapters organize half a dozen regional championships, many more local competitions, and a three-day National Championship competition each year.
USA DANCE chapters also provide a program of social dances somewhere in each of forty-two states. In some places, these are the only public dances offered!
USA DANCE is the governing body for amateur DanceSport in the U.S.
What does that mean?
USA DANCE governs amateur dance competitions in the U.S. These competitions are open to amateur athletes in all age groups and include several dance disciplines.
International Style Ballroom includes standard and latin dances. Standard = Waltz; Tango; Slow Foxtrot; Viennese Waltz; & Quickstep. Latin = Cha Cha; Rumba; Samba; Paso Doble; & Jive.
American Style Ballroom includes smooth and rhythm dances. Smooth = Waltz; Tango; Foxtrot; & Viennese Waltz. Rhythm = Cha Cha; Rumba; East Coast Swing; Bolero; & Mambo.
Nightclub Dances include Hustle, Salsa, Argentine Tango, and West Coast Swing – the California State Dance – among others.
USA DANCE’s National Champions in International Style Ballroom compete in the World Games and in other international competitions.
USA DANCE is also working with the International Olympic Committee to bring ballroom dancing to the Olympic Games as a medal sport.
The Amateur Athletic Union’s Junior Games recently added ballroom dancing as a medal sport.
In addition, several states – including California – have ballroom dance events as part of local Senior Olympics schedules.