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In Memoriam: Julius Kaiser
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Written by Lori Woods Gay   
Mar 22, 2008 at 11:49 AM , Last Updated ( Mar 17, 2015 at 08:30 PM )
  

In memory of Julius Kaiser

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Julius Kaiser

By: Lori Woods-Gay

 

We are all saddened by the loss of Julius Kaiser earlier this year. He was one of only three Honorary National Committee Members of the USISTD and a lifetime Member of the ISTD.

      

The Harvard Ballroom Dance Team will be holding a memorial for Julius
Kaiser, the team's beloved founding coach, during the Harvard
Invitational Hanlon-Ford Gala at 9:00pm on Saturday, April 11th at the
Boston Hynes Convention Center.  Alumni will share their memories of
Julius and his unique and generous contributions to the Harvard
Ballroom Dance Team and the greater ballroom community.  The memorial
will end with the first ever annual Julius Kaiser Award, given to a
competitor with great team spirit and who brings people together, just
as Julius spent his life doing.  After the memorial will be the finals
rounds of the Open Amateur Championship events and a show by Morten
Lowe and Roselina Doneva.

Memorial for Julius Kaiser
9:00pm
Boston Hynes Convention Center
Ballroom 302-308
900 Boylston St, Boston, MA


For more information, contact:


Mariko E. Cantley
Professional Ballroom Dancer
Member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing
Coaching, Performances, Workshops
617.513.6098


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Have you Paid your Membership Dues???
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Written by Marie Crowder   
Jan 01, 2010 at 12:00 AM , Last Updated ( Jan 05, 2015 at 11:26 AM )

Now is the time to pay your USISTD Membership Subscriptions for 2015. 

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Marie Crowder - Membership Services Director
  

You can renew your Membership with a Visa or Master Card, by renewing Online.  The process is easy and fast.  If you want your business information advertised on the USISTD website, be sure to check the permission box and fill in your business information.  Only your business information will be posted on the site. 

You've worked hard to obtain those precious USISTD degrees.  Take a moment and renew Online today!

Click Here for Online Membership Renewal or Update Contact Information


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USISTD Exam and Medals Program Success
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Written by Wayne Crowder   
Jun 24, 2014 at 05:19 AM , Last Updated ( Dec 17, 2014 at 07:13 AM )

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Mary Botta - Medals & workshops at the Promenade with Lori Woods-Gay November 9th.
 

 

 

 

 

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October 18-Michael Shultz took his Fellowship AR and hosted an Exam Session in Kansas City, welcoming three new members; Tara Davis, Jacob Fisher and Katherine Hagedorn. Much appreciation to the beautiful Melange Studio for hosting the exams and special Thank you to Lila Shultz for her help in training the candidates and partnering Michael and Jacob.
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Lila Shultz,Michael Shultz, Cher Rutherford
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Lila Shultz partnered Jacob Fisher for his AS Associate
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Michael Shultz with Candidates he trained for their AS Associate Tara Davis and Katherine Hagedorn

 

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Mandy Ball, Brian Hendrickson - Associate Latin, Miriam Ellis Examiner. 10/11/14
 

 

 

 

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The BlueBallRoom staff and students have enjoyed working with the US/ISTD medal system for the 3rd time since adopting the syllabus to our studio nearly two years ago. Many of our students have participated in all three events and love to see their progress on our Achievement board which we have proudly displayed in our lobby. The system allows both student and instructor a clear path to better dancing with a solid end goal. It’s great for our students in between showcases, competitions, or for those who are not quite ready to show off their new moves to other dancers. We always receive useful feedback from our guest Examiner Lori Woods and are able to apply her exam notes to improve our students dancing and set the next goal.-Valentine Hodgman
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Afternoon Session at the BlueBallRoom!
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Eileen Vanravenswaay dancing with her instructor Ethan Raysor
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Ethan Raysor Dancing his Professional Medal Exams with Anna Akarman
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to the following:


Candidate's Name

Exam Level

Type

Romney Reyes

Associate

American

Florida

 

Ballroom

Brooke O'Donnell

Associate

American

Florida

 

Ballroom

Zachary Foreman

Associate

American

Virginia

 

Ballroom

Anna Akarman

Licentiate

American

Maryland

 

Ballroom

Darrah Chavey

Student 

American

Wisconsin

Teacher

Rhythm

Nikolai Shpakov

Licentiate

American

New York

 

Rhythm

Richard Fiore

Licentiate

American

New York

 

Rhythm

Jean Michell Erole

Licentiate

American

New Jersey

 

Rhythm

Colin Williams

Student 

International

Wisconsin

Teacher

Ballroom

Natalie Alanna

Student 

International

New York

Teacher

Ballroom

Alexandra Lyubchevskaya

Student 

International

New York

Teacher

Ballroom

Victoria Codru

Student 

International

New York

Teacher

Ballroom

Colin Williams

Student 

International

Wisconsin

Teacher

Latin

Natalie Alanna

Student 

International

New York

Teacher

Latin

Connie Reeves

Associate

International

Wisconsin

 

Latin

Joshua Brownlie

Licentiate

International

Pennsylvania

 

Latin

Mary Botta

Licentiate

Theater 

Maryland

 

Arts


 


If your examination was taken close to, or after the Topline deadline,   
your success will be celebrated in the next issue.   
 

 

 

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Deborah Gillitzer Lori Woods-Gay and Connie Reeves: Profession Silver American Rhythm Medal tests: 8/2/14 in WI.

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Connie Reeves, Eric Guy, Lori Woods-Gay and Darlene Jones on August 2, 2014 in Milwaukee, WI

 

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May 2014 Medals Brian Hendrickson, Mandy Ball, Lynn Unruh, Miriam Ellis, Jim Hardesty, Susan Spraker

 

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May 2014 Medals Mandy Ball, Julia Golhofer, Joanne Jackson, Carla Hoskins, Miriam Ellis, Tom Huber, Judie Kemp, Melody Sweigert, Stuart Nichols.
 

Top Organizers and Trainers
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Written by Wayne Crowder   
Feb 28, 2013 at 06:59 AM , Last Updated ( Sep 15, 2014 at 11:38 AM )

Thank you very much to the Top Organizers and Trainers of 2013, and to all of our Organizers and Trainers,

Congratulations to the Top Organizers of Medal Tests in 2013:

(Hosted the highest number of medal dances, in the calendar year – based on the Exam Rosters)

 

Valentine Hodgman & Ken Richards       Blue Ballroom                         1st                    91 dances

Sandra Fortuna                                         Universal DanceSport Center 2nd                    89 dances

Kirill Gorjatsev & Daria Zotova               Dance Factory                         3rd                    84 dances

Sherry Novak                                            Independent                            4th                    73 dances

Kevin Freedman                                       PA DanceSport                       5th                    66 dances

 

Congratulations to the Top Trainers of successful professional exam candidates in 2013:

(Trained the highest number of successful candidates in the calendar year - based on the trainers listed on the candidates’ Professional Applications. *Most Trainers have actually trained more candidates than show here, but their names were not entered on the application. If you don’t list your trainers, they won’t get credit for training you!)

 

Lori Woods-Gay               1st                    11 candidates

Mandy Ball                       2nd                    9   candidates

Michael Choi                     3rd                    5   candidates

Dan Calloway                   4th                    4   candidates

Daphne Cunliffe               4th                    4   candidates

Sandra Fortuna                 4th                    4   candidates

Marko Pekkarinen             4th                    4   candidates

Sharon Pekkarinen            4th                    4   candidates

 

Congratulations to the Top Candidates of 2012 and 2013:

(Candidates with the highest number of successful professional examinations within the last 2 calendar years)

 

Mary Botta                                                4 exams

Joshua Brownlie                                       4 exams

Sharon Pekkarinen                                    4 exams

Anna Akarman                                          3 exams

Connie Reeves                                          3 exams

Thomas Rzepnicki                         3 exams

 


The Top Trainers for a given year are determined by totaling the Trainers listed after question #5 on the candidate’s Professional Examination form: “It is strongly recommended by the Society that you have been trained by a qualified trainer, and that they agree you are ready for this examination. By whom were you trained for this examination?” As a Trainer, please encourage your candidates to fill out this question fully. If your name is not listed, there is no record.

 


Mandy Ball
Examinations Director
407-902-9995

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