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2013 National Chapter Conference

Mar 7 - 10, 2013

Our fifth National Chapter Conference March 7-10, 2013

Hand in Hand - Together We Can!

The 2013 National Chapter Conference will be held at the Wyndham Airport in Richmond VA. Make arrangements with the hotel and sign up on line to secure your place. It is a great way to acquire the skills needed to run a successful USA Dance chapter.

What are your board members supposed to be doing? Come learn how to get them enthused about participating in the chapter functions.

This conference is a great way to expand your knowledge, meet new friends and have lots of fun. Prepare a checklist to help you set your goals and priorities for the conference.

Getting There: Register for the hotel; book your travel and transportation plans. (Each chapter will receive 50% rebate for transportation for one participant).What to Bring: A sweater or jacket (it can get chilly inside the classrooms), a nice outfit for the evening dances, notebook, paper and pens, business cards, chapter newsletters and don’t forget your DANCE SHOES.

Plan ahead because your time is limited, you will need to prioritize your tasks.

Seminars: The backbone and primary reason for the conference is, of course, the seminars - most of which offer you important information to make your chapter stronger.

Highlights: Come learn and have fun! I am looking forward to meeting you.

Take your chapter to new heights.

Training is only as good as the plan you have for implementing it. There are main strategies you can use. Turn what you learned at the conference into action. Research shows that unless you use a new idea within 24 hours of learning it, you'll probably forget what you have learned.

Set goals: To get the most out of the program, be clear on what you intend to gain. You are much more likely to follow through if you set goals now.
Reward yourself: There's truth to the maxim, "'what gets rewarded gets done." If your goal is to create a new system based on what you learn at the conference, celebrate when the system is in place. Whatever you do, don't let your progress go unnoticed - even if you're the only one who's noticing!

Give yourself the incentive you need to practice what you learn. Ask, "How does this apply to me?"

Relate what you learn to yourself. And don't settle for 'abstract knowledge.' Keep your current circumstances, conflicts and interests foremost in your mind. As you learn new approaches and techniques, relate them to your own situation. You’ll be amazed at how easily and quickly you'll implement new ideas when you know exactly where to put them in action.

Enjoy yourself: Come relaxed and you'll leave refreshed, inspired and recharged. Put your worries on hold for the next few days. This is your time. Get all you can out of it and have a great experience!

Congratulations ... for making this investment in your Chapters development.

Now relax, open your mind and get ready to become more effective.


• Bill Rose, Senior Vice President - Membership management system tutorial
• Angela Prince, our Director of Public Relations, -“Understanding the PR Role of USA Dance”; Maximizing Good PR for Your Chapter; and Successful Social Media Strategies & Best Practices for Your Chapter and Protecting the USA Dance Logo and Brand
• Ben Moseley, Access Dance, - Building your Chapter Website Marketing plan, help your community and visitors find you online and grow your membership and attendance at dances.
• Mike Nelson, -Improving the Chapter Curricula by improving the quality of social ballroom dancing.
• Esther Freeman, Corporate Treasurer – “Staying Exempt”, How to Safeguard the Chapter treasury, how to Budget, and the benefits of sending in your Financial and Annual Reports on time.
• Jim DiCecca, District 4 Coordinator, - Creating Volunteers and Committees. How to create a pool of volunteers, build committees, and find candidates for the board vacancies.
• Marta Pascale, District 9 Coordinator, - Recruit and Retain New Members, care and nurturing of your membership.
• Chapter Election Procedures- the ins and outs according to the By-Laws.
• Maria St. John, #6029 Charlotte, professional deejay, - What it Takes to be a Good Deejay, how you know you are selecting the right songs for the right dance, etc. Half day workshop geared toward chapter DJs.
• Jean Tauber, Director of Development, - 1) "So You Think You Are Ready to Write A Grant...a Fund-Raising Primer",
2) "Grant-writing Basics". Grant-writing Basics-two hours-parts one and two
• Stan Andrews, National Secretary, How to Deal with Chapter Conflicts, the right way vs. the wrong way.
• Shawn Fisher - Editor-in-Chief, American Dancer Magazine - Learn how to link stories on your chapter from the online magazine and promote chapter events

The conference provides many opportunities to network mingle and share ideas and learn from other chapter Presidents, officers and members in attendance.

Tentative Schedule:

Plan to arrive on Thursday, March 7 for the Welcome Dance reception and presentation of the Chapter of the Year and Volunteer of the Year awards. The Richmond Chapter has some great plans in store for us.

On Friday we will have seminars all day ending with an evening dance.

Saturday will repeat some of Friday’s topics providing you the opportunity to attend the seminars you may have missed and will be followed by an evening farewell dance.

Sunday will be your day to go sightseeing if you like. You may even want to schedule a few extra days to visit the sights around Richmond or travel home and start working on your plans for your chapter.

Sunday morning we will hold the Social Dance Council meeting for the District Area Coordinators.

Suggested Sunday or Monday tours include:
• State Capital - Designed by Thomas Jefferson, the State Capitol houses America’s oldest legislative assembly.
• Monument Avenue- no trip to Richmond is complete without a drive or walk down this landmark boulevard, which is the only street in America listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
• Valentine Richmond History Center - Explore 400 years of Richmond history through its collections and exhibits.
• Agecroft Hall - a 15th-century Tudor-style home and was moved from England in 1925 and rebuilt on the banks of the James River. The grounds and gardens reflect the glorious style of England's Tudor and early Stuart periods.

Be sure to send a delegate if the President can't make it!!!

Don't Forget - we have travel scholarships available; each chapter represented will receive 50% of travel expenses for one chapter representative to attend.
Note: Per Jean Krupa, Social Dance VP - Effective Thursday, February 7, 2013, the Wyndham Richmond Airport became FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON RICHMOND AIRPORT.
All contact info is the same.

• Complimentary shuttle provided from the airport to and from the Wyndham Richmond Airport Hotel (Effective 2/7/13 is Four Points by Sheraton Richmond Airport) The Hotel rate is $119. per night.

Hotel accommodations for Wyndham Richmond Airport Hotel (Effective 2/7/13 is Four Points by Sheraton Richmond Airport) should be arranged directly with the hotel at 1-804-226-4300

As this change at the hotel takes place, to make your room reservations, please call the hotel directly at 804-226-4300 and speak with the desk clerk.
Mention the room block for USA Dance Conference. The desk clerk should NOT transfer individuals to Starwood Reservations as they would not have the information.

If you should have any questions, please feel free to call Jean Krupa at 386-295-7870

• Hotel rates are available two days prior and post the conference.

Register now

Full Registration fee $195.
One day registration $105. either Fri or Sat.
The full registration includes meals and seminars for Friday and Saturday. A one-day registration includes meals and seminars for the one day you select.

Click here for registration form


  • Friday Only

  • Saturday Only

  • Full Registration

Questions? Contact Jean Krupa, VP Social Dance email:

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