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NASSPDA 2017 Scholarships--Apply Now!
NASSPDA announces the availability of up to 6 scholarships for competitors in the 2017 North American Championships to be held January 14, 2017, at Floorplay in the Desert. Applications are due by November 15, 2016 (NOW EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 20, 2016). Go to "About Us" and scroll down to "Miscellaneous" to find the 2017 Scholarship Application Form. Please note: NASSPDA membership is on a calendar year basis and expires December 31 of each year. To be eligible for a scholarship to 2017 Floorplay, you need not be a member in calendar 2016. MORE >>
Board Elections 2016
2016 NASSPDA Election Results: Congratulations are in order to the newly elected Directors of the Board of NASSPDA! And many thanks to all who voted! The members of the Board of Directors are: Eddie Alba, California o Lee Fox, Florida (Treasurer) o Garret Gerritsen, California o Pat Hogan, Vancouver (Vice-President) o Daphna Locker, New York (Secretary) o Kalin Mitov, Massachusetts o Andrew Pueschel, Ohio o Benjamin Soencksen, New York (President) o Barbara Zoloth, California MORE >>
Welcome to NASSPDA!
The North American Same-Sex Partner Dance Association (NASSPDA) is a membership organization committed to the promotion and expansion of social and competitive same-sex partner dancing, which includes Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Country Western, and other partner dances, as well as different styles within those terms, such as International and American Style. NASSPDA acknowledges and celebrates its origins in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
NASSPDA's goals are:
- Establish and continue to improve consistent definitions, guidelines and standards for same-sex partner dance competitions in North America, with an initial emphasis on those dances featured at the Gay Games and Outgames.
- Support functions and venues for social same-sex partner dancing.
- Be a resource for same-sex partner dancers.
- Aim to raise the level of same-sex partner dancing.
- Coordinate and liaison with dance organizations and sponsors of dance competitions.
- Encourage the inclusion of dancers from diverse backgrounds with regard to race, ethnicity, gender, age, [dis]ability, gender identity and/or expression.
- Function with a high degree of operational accountability and transparency.
- Operate according to the rules and principles of a not-for-profit organization.
2014 Board Election Results
The NASSPDA Board is delighted to announce the results of the 2014 Board Election. Both Eddie Alba (California) and Michael Winward (Massachusetts) are now joining the six other NASSPDA Board members Lee Fox (Florida), Garret Gerritsen (California), Pat Hogan (Vancouver, Canada), Benjamin Soencksen (New York), Kathy Wildman (Missouri), and Barbara Zoloth (California). Your Board members look forward to an exciting year that will include the first officially sanctioned World Championship of same-sex dance to be held at the Gay Games in Cleveland, OH, this August, followed by the North American Championship to be held at the Boston Open in October. Congratulations to all Board members and thanks to all of you who voted! MORE >>
Board Election 2015
Nominations & 2015 Election of NASSPDA's Board of Directors
It's that time of the year again--time for your vote!
Each Director of the NASSPDA Board serves a term of two years, and each year half of the Board members' terms expire. This year's candidates will be: Garret Gerritsen (California), Andrew Pueschel (Pennsylvania), Benjamin Soencksen (New York), Kathy Wildman (Illinois), and Barbara Zoloth (California). We are in the fortunate position of being able to expand our Board this year to 9 members! This election will fill 5 of those seats, so you will be invited to vote for no more than 5 candidates. The Election will take place in March 2015, and every active NASSPDA member will be sent an electronic link to the ballot. (People who have registered to vote via snail-mail will be sent a paper ballot.) Ballots will include statements by the candidates as well as their photos. Voting will close on March 21, 2015, and results will be announced by or before March 29, 2014 on NASSPDA's website..
Current Board members whose terms are not expiring this year are Eddie Alba (California), Lee Fox (Florida), Pat Hogan (British Columbia), and Michael Winward (Massachusetts).
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