|National President 2016 Candidate Glenn Weiss|
USA DANCE, INC. 2016 Elections that are for the term beginning 1 January 2017.
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Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Glenn Weiss, and I am resident of Rancho Palos Verdes in California. I have lived in The United States since 1993. Originally I grew up in Denmark and lived there till my late teens. In the late Seventies I moved to London to pursue a career in ballroom dancing as it was called back then. I spent the rest of my career as an active competitor in London after which I moved to California.
Growing up in Denmark all dancing was organized in amateur clubs and the governing body was The Danish Amateur DanceSport Federation which was a member of ICAD,which later became IDSF and eventually got it's current name WDSF.
There were multiple Danish Championships from Juniors through Youth and Amateurs in both 10 Dance and Standard. There was even a European 10 Dance Championship in the youth category. All made possible by the wonderful system set up by The Danish Federation and their army of volunteers. A system that made it possible for kids of all socioeconomic backgrounds to enjoy the wonderful thing we today call Dancesport.
Living in London was quite another thing. It was every person for him or herself. But the work ethics we had been taught as children continued to reap benefits. Within a relatively short time (5 years) we were fortunate enough to win all the amateur titles in the world, some of them more than once (World's, European, International, United Kingdom and The British in Blackpool. The point here is not to blow my own trumpet, but to emphasize that I have grown up and lived in system set up many years ago that we today know as WDSF. As such I have a great affinity for the goals and aspirations of USADANCE. I also competed as a professional, not with quite the same amount of success, but still good enough to be a finalist in all the major championships in the world.
This brings me to the next chapter in my life. I have for a long time thought about how we could help our dancers become more successful and grow Dancesport in The United States. It is with sadness and disappointment that I have been watching the bickering and squabbling amongst the leadership in USADANCE. An awful lot of time and energy has been spent fighting internally, and very little time has been used on the problems we face. This has to stop. We do not have to agree on everything, but we must be able to communicate and respect each other's opinion. The ego cannot be bigger than the common good. Having spent a great deal of my life in our dance world I think I have a pretty good background to be able to deal with all these things.
This is why I announce my candidacy to run for President of USADANCE at the next election.
Glenn G. Weiss
As you know I have already introduced myself to you when I first announced my candidacy. The debate and opinions on social media regarding this election have been quite lively, and will probably continue to be so. I will once again ask everybody to be respectful of other people's opinion. We are all on the same side. Everybody who have decided to stand for election deserves your attention. Everybody who have decided not to stand for election have done so of their own free will. So this is where we are.