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Ruslan Wilder

Ruslan wilder
Candidate for Secretary

My name is Ruslan Wilder, but everyone calls me Russ and I would like your vote for National Secretary of USA Dance. As a longtime member of USA Dance as an athlete, coach, volunteer , and professional I chose to run for National Secretary because I believe that open communication between the Governing Council and the membership is one of the most important things and one area that my skillset can improve. By improving the communication between the national officers, central office, their various councils & committees, chapter officers, social members , athletes, and professionals, I believe we can strengthen our connection to the organization as a whole and spur new investment and commitment toward accomplishing the core mission of USA Dance - to improve the quality and quantity of dance in the United States.

My commitment to improve communication goes far beyond the timely posting of meeting minutes on the website - which I will do. I have a 4 - point communication and outreach plan to open up and make USA Dance more transparent and accessible to all current and potential social, athlete , and professional members. This plan includes :


  1. Introducing new platforms of communication to reach the widest possible audience. I have plans to expand the digital reach of USA Dance through social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to develop and post a wide array of content in conjunction with other national officers and volunteers that will be interesting to both current and future social and athlete members .
  2. Expand the use of email for timely and relevant notification of competitions, national and regional meetings, chapter events, elections. conferences, etc. through constant contact so that the membership is not only aware of these things - but becomes connected an d engaged with them .
  3. Increase transparency and connection between the membership and the governing council and committees by broadcasting the annual membership and other open meetings across multiple digital , interactive platforms like Zoom , Facebook Live and YouTube that will allow for remote member participation to create a better connection throughout the organization as a whole .
  4. Bring back the organization's award-winning American Dancer magazine - first in a professional newsletter format focusing on both Social & DanceSport with the hopes of one day returning to a print version .

Some may believe that this is too large a plan for USA Dance to accomplish. However, in my professional career, as the organizer of the Independence Day Ball Dance Camp, owner of Contagious Entertainment NYC, and as a professional coach and choreographer I have successfully incorporated new technology to improve services, grow my businesses and expand our reach. Because of this. I strongly believe that to rebuild USA Dance and to make good on our mission to improve the quality and quantity of dance in the United States we must start with improving the organizations communication & outreach structure and I know that with your vote and your support for National Secretary I will successfully implement my 4 point plan. Thank you!

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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