The Tidewater Chapter # 6008, USA Dance, Inc. was formed November 3, 1990 as the Tidewater Chapter #608, United States Ballroom Dancers Association (USABDA).
The initial membership was 46 with the Chapter peaking at more than 250 in 1994. Currently, membership stands at 132.
The dances were first held at Princess Ann Plaza Recreation Center but through the years there have been many venues, including the Khedive Hall in Chesapeake, Princess Ann Convention Center, an former bowling alley, the Khedive Hall in downtown Norfolk, and now in the Knights of Columbus Hall in the Ocean View area of Norfolk. Before they ended several years ago, the 2nd Sunday Tea Dances were held in the Roma Lodge in Virginia Beach and the DancesportVA studio. The Tea Dances were halted because of economics – not enough attendance to make it cost effective.
The Chapter was known as one of the few Chapters that always featured live bands for the Monthly dances. This ended for two reasons: the bands were not agreeable to playing the strict tempo required by ballroom dancers and the cost became prohibitive. The only live music we now use is our own local Roberto.
Annual New Year's Dance and Workshops.
The one constant for the Chapter has been the New Year's Dance and Workshops event. This is the venue that supports the losses from the Monthly dances and provides the funding for the Chapter's Youth Dance Scholarship program. We just conducted our 21st year for this event. It has provided more than $15,000 in scholarships for our young people to help them attain their dance vision.
BENEFITS TO ALL INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS
Membership funds the majority of our organization's efforts and provides many benefits to dancers throughout the United States. One of the greatest benefits of membership in USA Dance is simply being an active participant in and supporter of this dynamic and effective leader, promoter and supporter of ballroom dancing. Many members say that attending USA Dance events and association with the friends they make at those events quickly becomes a significant and very pleasurable part of their life. This applies regardless of age or whether the member is a Social Dancer, DanceSport Athlete, Student, or Junior dancer. Dancers who love to travel enjoy the instant social life they find while on vacation. Other more specific benefits are listed below:
Discounts on Admissions
Attend our fabulous chapter dances anywhere in the country and pay the lower admission prices applicable to members. Each dance usually starts with a one-hour dance lesson, followed by several hours of general dancing. The typical program includes mixers, line dances, and dance demonstrations.
All members receive a subscription to our exciting bimonthly magazine, American Dancer. Members can use free Dancemart classified advertising in American Dancer magazine to sell personal costumes, shoes etc. or search for a partner. See magazine for details.
Receive Chapter Newsletters covering local ballroom dance news, including information on places to dance. Call our 800 number (800-447-9047) or email chapters via "Find A Local Chapter" section of the National website (www.usadance.org) for dance information across the US. Members use this service when planning business trips or vacations.
Your membership fee is tax deductible.
Receive news from the chapter about ballroom dance opportunities in our community.
You can make a difference – get involved in the Chapter's outreach activities and share the joy of ballroom with others.
Help fulfill our mission! USA Dance is supported by membership dues. As a member, you enable us to continue our work to promote ballroom around the country and offer support services to your local chapter.
Various Outreach Programs (see following)
The Chapter has several outreach programs for youth (Youth Scholarships and Dance Shoe Reimursement) and a New Ballroom Dancer Reimbursement Program
Youth Scholarship Program
This program is designed to assist youth competitive dancers in defraying the high cost of competition.
The Chapter programs funds each year for this outreach program.
The Chapter will provide financing towards the cost of entry fees and some other costs depending upon
individual competitor needs and availability of scholarship funds. See links below for Scholarship rules and application
Scholarship Rules and Application
New Ballroom Dancer Program
This program provides new ballroom dancers the opportunity to experience an introduction to ballroom dancing at no cost (conditions apply, of course). The local dance studios all participate in the program and so an applicant may meet the requirements at the studio of their choice. See below for the prerequisites and an application.