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National DanceSport Council Delegate 2016 Candidate Carole Barber

 

USA DANCE, INC. 2016 Elections that are for the term beginning 1 January 2017.

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Carole Lynn Barber

 

2621 Hidden Meadow Drive, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina 27526

CaroleBarber316@gmail.com

 

 


Objective

I am applying for a position as a National DanceSport Delegate on the USA Dance DanceSport Council.

Education

Georgia Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management with a concentration in Managerial Accounting, with honor, June 1982.

University of South Carolina, Teacher Certification in Secondary Mathematics Education, with highest honor, December 1992.

 

Professional Experience

Secondary Mathematics Teacher

2005 – present: Fuquay-Varina High School, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

  • Department Chair

  • Beginning Teacher Mentor Coordinator

  • Lead Senior Advisor and Graduation Coordinator

  • Finalist, Wake County Teacher of the Year 2009

  • National Board Certification – Adolescent and Young Adult Mathematics

1993 – 2005: J L Mann High School, Greenville, South Carolina

  • Department Chair
  • Management Team Chair
  • Head Coach – Varsity Swim Team
  • Finalist, Greenville County Teacher of the Year  1999, 2004

     

    Educational Testing Service – Princeton, New Jersey

    2010 – present: Advanced Placement Statistics Reader

     

    Dance Experience

  • Competitive dancer since 2009

  • Manhattan Amateur Classic 2015 – Senior 3 Championship Rhythm and Smooth medalist

  • USA Dance Nationals 2015 – Senior 3 Championship Rhythm and Smooth medalist

  • Gumbo DanceSport Championships 2015– Senior 2 & 3 Championship Rhythm and Smooth medalist

  • Carolina Fall Classic 2015 - Senior 3 Championship Rhythm and Smooth Champion

  • Manhattan Amateur Classic 2016 - Senior 3 Championship Rhythm and Smooth Champion

  • USA Dance Nationals 2016 – Senior 3 Championship Rhythm medalist

  • USA Dance National American Nine-Dance Champion 2015 & 2016

 

 

 

 

Carole Lynn Barber

Candidate Position Statement


 


My main focus as a DanceSport Delegate will be to ensure that every dancesport athlete has a fair competitive experience, no matter the competitor’s age group, level of experience or dance genre. 

 

I strongly believe that this position requires intensive attention to the question “what is best for the athletes?” and that is the question that I plan to keep in mind as I address the issues presented to me.  While I have not served in this capacity before, I do believe that my experience as a high school teacher has prepared me for the challenges ahead.  As the department chair of a school with approximately 2400 students, I am responsible for the mathematics education of every student in the school, not just those in my own classroom.  I have had to make difficult decisions and I’ve always done so while keeping in mind what is best for all students.  This is the same focus that I will bring to this position on the DanceSport Council.

 

Below are some points that I feel are important.  I look forward to hearing from all of you about your feelings on these, as well as other issues that you have.  Contact me on Facebook or at CaroleBarber316@gmail.com – I want to represent all dancesport athletes and to do that, I need to know how you feel.

 

Keeping this focus in mind, I believe that:

  • It is in the best interest of all competitors that the Senior 4 National Championships be held at the same time as the other age groups.  Our Senior 4 competitors’ presence at Nationals affects the Senior 3 age group as well, as many of these athletes compete in two age groups.  It is unfair to expect these dedicated dancers to attend two separate Nationals.  I believe that the time issue can be addressed in such a way to accommodate this age group.

  • It is in the best interest of all competitors for our National Championship adjudicators to be selected according to a transparent, carefully designed, randomized plan.  This plan should be based on each adjudicator’s credentials, with a higher percentage of our national adjudicators selected from those who are fully credentialed or WDSF certified.  The current system for picking adjudicators is not well known or publicized to the competitors.   Adjudicators for our National Championship should not be selected by an individual or a small group of individuals, but through a well-published, randomized design, stratified by experience and certification level.

  • It is in the best interest of all competitors that we establish a rule that no adjudicator be permitted to judge the National Championship without prior experience at one or more NQEs, under the mentorship of an experienced adjudicator.

  • It is in the best interest of all competitors that the by-laws be amended to include a procedure for selecting the world team.  Those couples who finish first and second at Nationals should be given the opportunity to attend the world championships; should one of those couples not be able to attend, their replacement should come from those couples placing in subsequent, sequential positions at Nationals.  These appointments should come from athletes on the DanceSport Council; at no point should these appointments be made by professionals who may have an interest in the outcome.

  • It is in the best interest of all competitors that the DanceSport Council consist solely of athletes.  There should be a separation within the DanceSport Council of athletes and professional members (e.g., judges and coaches) with clearly defined roles to help ensure that there is no conflict of interest.

  • It is in the best interest of all competitors that the current bylaws be changed to stipulate that current adjudicators may not serve as DanceSport delegates on the DanceSport Council.  Currently, the rule states the following: Those who run for a DanceSport Delegate position also must have placed in the top fifty percent (50%) of Championship Athletes in any style or age category at the USA Dance National Championships within the previous ten (10) years or have been a WDSF World Representative within the previous ten (10) years preceding their election.  While this ensures that candidates are top level competitors, often these competitors transition to coaches or adjudicators after they retire from competition.  It is a conflict of interest to serve as an athlete representative when, in fact, one is a coach or an adjudicator.  An athlete representative should be an athlete.

  • It is in the best interest of all competitors that all members of the Governing Council of USA Dance work together in an open, collaborative manner, keeping in mind that we all share a common goal – to make USA Dance a strong and more vibrant organization.  The only way we can move forward as an organization is to use our collective talents wisely, to share ideas, and to work together as a team.

  

 

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