Dance organization named ‘Chapter of the Year’
If Carol Davis has it her way, Cape Coral will be the ballroom dancing capital of Southwest Florida, if not the entire state.
Earning the distinction of “Chapter of the Year for 2008,” Davis’ local chapter of USA Dance, a nationwide organization that sports 168 chapters, is one of 20 located in Florida.
Davis said her chapter was chosen because of its extensive community outreach with organizations like the Elks Lodge, Rotary Club and Lee County schools.
Of course, she hopes to spread ballroom dancing to one and all who are interested.
“If there’s an opportunity to spread the joy of ballroom dancing,, then that’s what I was put on earth for,” Davis said. “Our mission is to promote and provide ballroom dancing in the United States.”
With 120 members in the Cape, Davis said the chapter’s membership has doubled since last year.
She credits the increased numbers to the rising popularity of dancing in movies and on television. Davis specifically cites “Dancing with the Stars.”
“‘Dancing with the Stars’ has really been motivating people,” she said. “That’s where we come in. We offer memberships and classes. We have a lot of new people and lot of people who have danced.”
For those who have always wanted to try their hand, or feet, at ballroom dancing, but have always been hesitant, Davis said her chapter is the perfect way to get motivated.
“One of our sayings is, ‘The hardest step in ballroom dancing is walking through the studio door.’ Once you’re there, the fabulous teachers make you welcome whether you’re a beginner or advanced student,” she said.
At the heart of Davis’ struggle to spread her love of dance is her desire to inspire the younger generation to hit the dance floor.
She said the art of ballroom dancing can be a great place to start for those who want to learn other forms of dance.
“Youth is our future,” Davis said. “It really gives these young people insight into partner dances. This provides some of them the initiative to work further.”
USA Dance Chapter 6049 will celebrate its recognition as Chapter of the Year for 2008 on Sunday at Camille’s Art of Dance Studio on Pine Island Road. Ballroom enthusiasts and newcomers alike are welcome.
For more information, contact Davis at 565-7947 or e-mail email@example.com.