This is the official website of the New York State Capital District chapter (#3014) of USA Dance, the national amateur ballroom dancers' association (formerly USABDA). We serve the entire Capital Region, including Albany, Troy, Schenectady, Saratoga, Latham, and Clifton Park. Our mission is to promote ballroom dancing and its healthful benefits in three ways: ballroom as a social activity; ballroom as a form of exercise; and ballroom as a sport (aka Dancesport).
Capital USA Dance November Update
In this issue
Welcome to the Capital USA Dance November Update
- Greetings, USA Dancers!
Cold weather is upon us, and the holiday season's about to begin, but we can still beat the chill in a cozy, warm ballroom! We've got lots of fun in the works. Read on to see what's coming up!
See you this Sunday...
New Year's Eve Dance
All the preparations are in place for our annual New Year's Eve celebration!
USA Dance, Cotillion, and The Benedicts, in partnership, cordially invite you to the best New Year’s Eve celebration in the Capital District! Ring in the New Year with an evening of fine food and great dancing including live and DJ'd music, midnight champagne toast and on-premises room specials!
This event will be held at the Radisson Hotel on Wolf Road, in Albany. We'll have live music by The Overtones as well as DJ'd music from DJ Andy Prouty.
Music and dancing will run for the entire duration of the event, which will include the Radisson's fabulous dinner, midnight countdown and champagne toast, and an extended, 1 AM finish time.
- Cocktail Hour with Hors d’ Oeuvres 6:00 p.m (Cash Bar)
- Dinner 7:00 p.m.
- Champagne Toast at Midnight
- Dancing until 1:00 a.m.
- London broil with caramelized mushroom confit au jus
- Molasses basted roast salmon with saute'd baby spinach and Lime Buerre Blanc
- Chicken piccatta with artichoke hearts, capers, and lemon butter sauce.
- Vegetable wellington, vegetable medley, and mozzarella in puff pastry
We will have a singles table, and dance hosts will be on hand for the ladies!
Don’t be left out in the cold on New Year’s Eve! Make it a truly special evening and spend the night. We've arranged for our attendees to have access to a room special at the Radisson Hotel for only $89.00. To make your reservation contact the Radisson at (800)333-3333 and tell them you are with the USA NYE Dance Event to receive the discounted price. A limited number of rooms have been reserved for this event, so don't wait!
$75 per person
Reserve your spot early! We are limiting this event to 150 guests.
If you don't have an invitation, you can reserve online at the link below, or contact Jim DeForge at email@example.com
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Membership In USA Dance
Do you have your USA Dance membership card? A few years back, USA Dance switched from old-fashioned plastic membership cards that you had to wait to have mailed to you, to instant, "print-it-yourself" cards you can download from their website. While this makes getting your card when you join or renew your membership online much more convenient, we've been told by many of our members that they forgot to do it, or didn't know because they paid by mail!
However, actually having your card has a bunch of benefits! Showing your card when you enter one of our chapter events speeds up registration, and ensures you get your membership discount. It also lets you access the benefits available from our new Membership Benefits Program, which includes Hotel/Motel discounts ranging from 10% to 25%, 20-25% discounts on car rentals, up to 80% discounts on preferred office supplies, prescription drug discounts of up to 55%, and lots of others.
To access your card, just visit the national website at http://usadance.org/. Under the "Membership" menu, click "Join/Renew". If you need to create or renew an expired membership, or you are a current member who did not use the website to join in the first place, follow the "Join/Renew" link at the top of the page, and follow the instructions. If you are a current member who did sign up via the website, just click the "Edit" link. If you remember your membership number and password, just type them in. If not, you can follow the "Forgot Your Password" link to get an email.
Once you are logged in, click on "Membership Info", and you'll see a link at the left of the page, "View/Print My Membership Card". Go here to print your card!
Capital USA Dance November Dance
Our November dance will be held on Sunday, November 20th at 6 P.M. Please note that we are at an alternate venue this month! We will be holding this event at Danceland (638 Columbia St Ext., Latham, NY).
Our DJ will be Jim Apicella and Eileen Spadaro will teach a waltz lesson from 6:15 to 7:00. We will also have a 'soul line-dancing' demonstration performed by the Colbys!
To celebrate the Thanksgiving season, we will also be accepting canned-food donations for the Albany City Mission, and we'll be raffling off 7 gift-sets to enhance your Thanksgiving festivities!
As always, admission is $10 for members, $13 for non-members, $5 for students and free for volunteers and under 18.
- Sunday December 18th at the Polish Community Center - This month's dance will feature music and a quickstep lesson from Ron Tritto and a swing showcase from Cindy Clemente and Gerry Linen. Click here for details.
- Sunday January 15th at the Polish Community Center - This month's dance will feature music by DJ Johnny Martinez. Click here for details.