USISTD will be using PayPal to collect Membership Dues

It’s a secure, easy way to pay and get paid. PAYPAL IS ACCEPTED WHEREVER YOU ARE. At home or across the country, PayPal helps you pay securely. More payment choices With PayPal, use your favorite banks and cards and still earn card rewards. And get access to flexible payment options like PayPal Credit. How PayPal […]

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Exam Success

Exam Successes Izabela Jaworska organized a Medal Program at The Dance Pavilion in Michigan the weekend of October 1st and 2nd.                                                                     […]

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Happy New Year from the USISTD National Committee

We are pleased to announce our new appointed committee positions. Your officers for 2016 will be; President- John Pattillo, Executive Secretary- Brent Keck, and Kimberly Smith will continue to serve as the Treasurer. We are delighted to be working with Anna Akarman and Catherine Noblitt as continuing members and to welcome Dana Edwards and Steve […]

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The Wing! Why?

by Peter Waterson Fellow ISTD We have some rather strange names for figures in our Ballroom and Latin dance syllabi.  How did these names originate?    Here are two examples, the origin of which are, I think, fairly well known. THE TELEMARK:    British dancers, skiing in Norway in the 1920’s, saw the “Telemark Turn”,used in skiing […]

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Peter Billett: Lifetime Achievement Award

At the 2013 New Jersey State Open, Peter Billett was acknowledged for his achievements, hard work, and devotion to the USISTD. Tonight the United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing honors one of its most distinguished members, Peter Billett. Peter has achieved the highest levels in every area of ballroom dance. He has placed […]

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Rumba Timing History

by Frank Regan The QQS timing was originally the timing of the “fast rumba” aka the Guaracha,resulting on the emphasis being on “3”. The SQQ timing was used in the son rumba and also in the Beguine “RHUMBA” ( note the different spelling) causing the break to be on “3” . When Son Patterns were […]

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USISTD Student Teacher Exams – Are they worth considering?

Contributed by Lori Woods Gay Although the Student Teacher Exam may at first seem like an “easy” way to get certified, a closer look says much more. Here’s my personal observation, from experience. Studying for this exam allowed me to pay close attention to alignments, footwork and other technical details  and also to grasp the […]

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Whisked Away to the Land of Terminology!

By Frank Regan A question which has again reared its controversial head for about the ten millionth time is plaguing all who either dance or avoid dancing the Whisk, i.e. does the lady release the toe at the end of the first step of the Whisk? Our esteemed examiners who have addressed this question have, […]

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