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President's Message August 2016

David McNish

USA Dance Chapter #2102 Rocky Top TN

August 2016

Greetings fellow dancers!

While we are sweltering under this current heat wave, it's hard to believe that July is over and August is upon us. Before we know it, Autumn, with its shorter days and cooler temps will be knocking on our door. How fast the time passes!

We are so proud of our local members that made the long journey this past June to the increasingly popular Gumbo DanceSport Competition down in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Team Rocky Top consisted of Drs Phil and Ann Carter, along with Johnny and Jun Tang. These amateur couples competed in a variety of smooth and rhythm dances, American and International styles, age categories, and silver and gold competency levels. They earned many first and second place awards. Congratulations on a job well done! Talk to DJ (Dr) Phil if you've ever thought about competing. It is a great deal of fun. Check our web site for pictures of this and many other competitions.

Speaking of fun, our Patriotic Dance held on July 10th was well attended. Former chapter President, Dr. Daryl Green taught Bachatta and Meringue. This was Daryl and Estraletta's last dance with 2102 for a while as they are relocating to Oklahoma. They were two of the founders of 2102. We will miss them and wish them well at their new jobs.

Our next dance, on August 14th will feature a Big Bands theme. Our music will be filled with many favorite songs from the Big Band era. Along with Quick Steps and Swings will be plenty of slow Waltzes and Foxtrots. The group lesson starts at 6pm. The scheduled instructor will give us the basics of Quick Step and single-count Swing. Single count swing is great for those 40's songs with faster beats. Remember to swing in the middle of the dance floor so the faster dancers can stay to the outside faster lanes on floor. If you have vintage clothing, do wear it. Be sure to check out the promo video for this dance - on this website and on our Facebook Page.

Chapter 2102 - Rocky Top TN - is here to promote ballroom dancing. This is your chapter. Help us make it one of the best chapters in the USA. Invite your friends. Have a good time. Dance!

See you on the dance floor!,