Ballroom Dance Association, UW-Madison (UWMBDA)
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Uploaded on Feb 27, 2012
The Ballroom Dance Association (UWMBDA) has taught dance lessons and hosted social dances for UW-Madison students for 23 years since it's founding in 1989. UWMBDA is among the most ethnically and culturally diverse student organizations at UW-Madison. We frequently invite UW Housing residents to weekend lessons and social dances at Gordon Commons, the UW Housing facility featured in this video. Gordon Commons provides an ideally situated, student program space in the heart of the UW-Madison campus and UW Housing, and we pride ourselves in providing a fun, safe, alcohol-free, and welcoming environment for students to learn new dance styles and meet new friends. Also, students enrolled in ballroom classes in the UW-Madison Dance Department depend on these social dances for practice.
We provide a consistent revenue stream to Housing, hosting 3 or 4 dances at Gordon Commons every month, purchasing catered food for every dance. In addition to its proximity to residence halls, another reason we dance so often at Gordon Commons is that the Union Central Reservations lottery allows us to only book 1 or 2 reservations per semester at Union South and Memorial Union. That's 1 or 2 reservations total. The reservation situation for program space is more difficult on campus with the new Union South compared to the old Union because there is now a higher demand for the new building by academic conferences and other non-student events. The situation will only grow more challenging as student population increases and Memorial Union undergoes renovation.
Gordon Commons is also ideally located across Johnson Ave from the Student Activity Center where we store our audio equipment and membership supplies. Many student organizations benefit from program space close to the Student Activity Center, and many require occasional or frequent access to uncarpeted program space. There are 24 student dance organizations at the UW-Madison, and even non-dance organizations occasionally host a social dance once a semester.
Currently, there are no plans for Gordon Commons' replacement - the Gordon Dining & Event Center - to have a non-carpeted program space, suitable for dancing. If UWMBDA loses this program space, we fear that our social ballroom dances will become unsustainable. Sign the online petition to save dance space at the Gordon Dining & Event Center! http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/sa...
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