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Eric Austin

Eric Austin
Candidate for DanceSport Delegate

I ask for your vote to be a DanceSport Delegate so that I can help USA Dance regain the level of participation that it once had and to expand the presence of American dancing in Europe and the rest of the world. As I write this in May, DanceSport, along with so many other group activities, has suffered significantly over the past couple of months due to the pandemic. But even before the pandemic we saw reduced attendance at several major competitions over the past year. It is important that our organization, USA Dance, do all that it can to make sure that we regain a strong network of events. As a DanceSport Delegate, my efforts will go into helping organizers to rebuild the competition circuit and making sure that they can operate on a financially sustainable basis. The key to that is making sure that competitions meet the needs of the DanceSport athletes and provide an attractive entry for new competitors who are just getting into DanceSport. If we are not growing DanceSport, we are failing. Without a steady stream of new people, our sport will not survive in the United States. We must become the obvious choice for college students who want to continue competing after they leave school; and the natural evolution path for social dancers who want to take it to the next level.

I came to Boston in 1980 for graduate school.  Since that time I got my degree (Ph.D. in physics), married my wife (Yanina Kisler, 35 years), found a job (33 years in research and development), had two children (two daughters and one granddaughter so far), traveled across the world (from Thailand to Turkey and Israel to Iceland, plus more) and finally found a hobby that I enjoy immensely, DanceSport, for the past 4 years.

I am a standard dancer in the Senior III category, but my path to the present has been punctuated. I started dancing at the MIT Ballroom Dance while in graduate school and competed in amateur events for a few years.  I stopped dancing for when my children were young, and then picked it up again with my wife competing in local college competitions for a few years until the idea of competing against people half our age became less compelling and we stopped. By 2016 we started occasionally practicing together and by chance spotted a flyer for the New England DanceSport Championships.  We had never seen a USA Dance competition before and did not know what to expect, but we enjoyed it so much that we decided to travel to the Carolina Fall Classic, and then Chicago, then the MAC, the Mid-Atlantic and finally Nationals in 2017. We have also done Blackpool and WDSF competitions in Canada and Europe. I really enjoy the process of competing itself, but the opportunity to meet fabulous people from around the country, people who I never would have met without dancing, has been the best.

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Photography on Home Page

Hero 1 - Mike & Rose-Ann Lynch - Nationals 2018 Photography by Lisa Dubinsky

Hero 2 - USA Dance Los Angeles Chapter Dance - Photography by Jerry Hernandez

Hero 3 - Nationals 2016 - Photography by Carson Zullinger

Hero 4 - Team USA - WDSF World Sr. IV Standard, Nagano, Japan Courtesy of Winston Chow

Carousel 1 - Adult Latin Nationals 2018 - Photography by Lisa Dubinksy

Carousel 2 - Nationals 2018 - Photography by Lisa Dubinsky

Carousel 3 - NCDC 2018 - Photography by Lisa Dubinsky

Carousel 4 - CFC 2018 - Photography by Calvin Long

Carousel 5 - Minnesota Chapter Flash Mob - Photography by David Chin