As we get ready to ring out the old year and welcome the new, I would like to thank all those who have visited this site in 2014. I started this site during the summer of 2013 initially as a place to raise issues regarding the USA Dance national election that would be taking place that fall. However, after the election passed I was asked to continue giving my viewpoints on a variety of DanceSport and ballroom dancing subjects and have been happy to do so. Needless to say, some of my articles have been received both positively and negatively.
The single most hotly debated article on this site during 2014 was the one I posted on October 7, 2014 entitled “A Commitment to DanceSport Athletes”. It obviously struck a chord with many people. Many have let me know that they share similar views or came to read my article with an open mind and a wish to constructively debate the issues. Of course there were the negative comments as well, from those who simply rejected outright what I had to say or who launched into personal criticisms for reasons of their own.
I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, because clearly people have a variety of deeply held opinions. I do always welcome respectful comments, and am happy to respond in kind.
There should be room in DanceSport for all who see competitive dance as both a sport and an art form, and who want to see DanceSport take its place with other artistic sports on the Olympic stage. In order for that to happen, a number of changes will have to occur in the way DanceSport is presented to the general public and in the role played by coaches and judges. These are topics that are worthy of discussion.
There will be lots here to talk about in 2015. I hope to cover issues dealing with DanceSport nationally, especially as they impact USA Dance, as well as internationally. There will also be continuing updates regarding Olympic Day and DanceSport’s growing role in the Olympic Movement. So stay tuned.