The state of Virigina formerly recognized September 19-28, 2008, as BALLROOM DANCE WEEK, issued by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine. The text of the proclamation follows:
WHEREAS, ballroom dancing is an activity that provides many physical and social benefits, promotes creativity and artistic expression, and is enjoyed by many as both a competitive sport and as a pleasurable pastime; and
WHEREAS, ballroom dancing is enjoyed by people of all ages and with one of the largest amateur enrollments in the country, Virginia is a leader in the field of ballroom dancing; and
WHEREAS, USA Dance, Inc. has over 20,000 members nationwide and more than 1,500 members in the Mid-Eastern Chapter, which serves the Virginia, District of Columbia, and Maryland areas; and
WHEREAS, USA Dance, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote ballroom dance as an activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds; and
WHEREAS, ballroom dancers in the Commonwealth of Virginia and throughout the United States will celebrate Ballroom Dance Week from September 19-28, 2008, and will sponsor special events during the week to increase public awareness of the benefits of dancing and provide opportunities for enjoyable ballroom dancing;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Timothy M. Kaine, do hereby recognize September 19-28, 2008, as BALLROOM DANCE WEEK in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.