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Presidents Message September 2011

As we approach National Ballroom Dance Week, did you know that the New England Journal of Medicine in June 2003 attracted attention when it reported that dancing reduced the risk of various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer's. Of all the physical activities (11 including numerous sports and dances), dancing was the only activity associated with a significantly reduced risk of dementia. Those in the study who danced three to four times per week showed a 76% lower incidence of dementia than those who danced only once per week or not at all. The investigators attributed this to the finding that dance is not purely physical; it also requires a lot of mental effort. I am not surprised, are you? Be sure to join us at the Volusia Mall for our Mall Ball on Sunday, September 18, from noon - 4 p.m. in honor of National Ballroom Dance Week.

Congratulations to Jerry Lawrence and his students who danced in the Florida Fun Mini-Match in Ocala on July 31, 2011. Our chapter was well-represented by Jerry, Jean Bell, Marty Stevens, Marylou Michler, Ted Hess, Julienne Messmer, and Tom and Jo Sanders. Congratulations also to Jerry and his student Kristen, Kayrene's daughter, for placing second in the Pro-Am division for their Samba solo and congratulatons to ALL who participated for a job well done!

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jean Tauber, member of our chapter and our grant writer, to the Governing Council of National USA Dance as the new Director of Development. Jean has substantial experience in the area of grant writing, having worked as a Grant Writer/Consultant, Grants Administrator and Contracts Administrator. She also has extensive volunteer experience. Jean will be assisting USA Dance to identify and to apply for appropriate grants at the National level. Hooray for Jean and hooray for our chapter!


Keep on dancing!
Marta