There’s still time to register to hold an Olympic Day event, which celebrates the values of the Olympic Movement and the joy that sport and a physically fit lifestyle bring to our lives.  Olympic Day is celebrated each June 23rd in 160 countries around the world, and celebratory events can be staged any time in June.   The USOC provides a banner and informational materials as well as a template to all who sign up to host an Olympic Day celebration.  In past years USA Dance chapters have organized Olympic Day events that have included Olympic-themed social dances as well as dance and DanceSport demonstrations at shopping malls, emphasizing dance done competitively or recreationally as a wonderful way to stay fit for people of all ages.   Interested chapters are encouraged to visit the following site for further information and to register their event with the USOC.


WDSF Appoints USA Dance Past President Lydia Scardina to the Sports For All Commission

I am honored to receive an appointment to the World DanceSport Federation’s newly created Sports for All Commission.  USA Dance has issued the following press release regarding the appointment:

“USA Dance, the National Governing Body for DanceSport in the United States, proudly announces that the World DanceSport Federation, the global governing body for DanceSport and member organization of the International Olympic Committee, has appointed San Francisco-resident Lydia Scardina, immediate past president of USA Dance, Inc., to the newly created WDSF Sports For All Commission.

Ms. Scardina will serve on this prestigious Commission along with Sandy Brittain, president of Canada DanceSport, Professor Rainbow Ho of the University of Hong Kong and Commission Chair Heidi Estler, vice president of DanceSport Germany, German DanceSport Federation.

The Sports For All Commission will partner with the IOC, the National Olympic Committees and the various National DanceSport Federations throughout the world to promote the concept of healthy physical activity for people of all ages, emphasizing the role of dance in furthering  these healthy lifestyle goals.

The Sports For All Commission, as explained by the WDSF, promotes the Olympic ideal that sport is a human right for all individuals regardless of race, social class or sex.  The movement encourages sports activities that can be exercised by people of all ages, both sexes and by those with different social and economic conditions.

“I am looking forward to this new challenge and the opportunity it presents for the WDSF and its member federations, including USA Dance, to work hand in hand with the IOC and the National Olympic Committees in this important endeavor” states Ms. Scardina.”