Peter Pover Resigns As USA Dance President

USA Dance has announced that Peter Pover, USA Dance President, has presented his resignation as National President, and that the Executive Council of USA Dance has accepted his resignation, effective Dec. 1, 2009. According to the USA Dance Bylaws, Lydia Scardina, current Senior Vice President, will now assume the presidency in his place for the remainder of the term, ending December 31, 2010.

Peter was originally elected to serve the 2008-2009 term of office, which was extended for an additional year as result of recent Bylaw changes. But towards the end of the second-year term, after essentially serving a full term, and as the workload of our growing organization became more demanding, Peter decided to refocus his efforts for the organization and step down from the presidency.

Peter has spent many decades in the service of USA Dance, first serving as National President in the late 1980’s before joining the Presidium of the International DanceSport Federation (IDSF). Throughout the years Peter continued his support of USA Dance by serving as Director of External Relations until again assuming the president’s mantel in 2008.

In addition to his comprehensive work for USA Dance, Peter is also a world-class adjudicator, judging many DanceSport competitions around the world.

Peter has made it clear that he is only relinquishing the presidency. As Peter stated, “I intend to make myself available to Lydia for whatever duties she may wish to hand me. I would also add that I would never have even considered this step, were it not for my absolute confidence in the wonderful team we have built in recent years.”

Lydia Scardina has expressed her thanks and appreciation to Peter for his many years of service to USA Dance and confirmed that Peter will continue to lend his expertise on such projects as the 2010 World Latin Championships, for which USA Dance will serve as joint organizer.

Lydia has also expressed her excitement upon assuming the presidency of USA Dance, and looks forward to tackling the many issues facing the organization: “USA Dance is a vibrant organization, made up of wonderful dancers and outstanding volunteers who give of themselves every day to bring the joy of ballroom dancing and DanceSport to people of all ages. It is an honor to follow Peter Pover in the presidency.” Lydia said.

Lydia herself will bring experience to the presidency. She and her husband, Mark, have been members of USA Dance since 1985, competing in the American Smooth and International Standard Divisions for a number of years.

Lydia served as vice president and president of the Nor Cal chapter before joining the Governing Council of USA Dance in 1996 as a Regional Vice President. She became the Senior Vice President in January, 2007.

Among her responsibilities were conducting organization studies, managing administrative programs, serving on numerous committees, including one tasked with developing dance programs for elementary, middle and high schools, and serving as USA Dance representative to the United States Olympic Committee. Lydia holds BA and MA degrees in Political Science and in her professional life worked for many years for several California cities and a special district, managing human resources and labor relations programs. She and Mark reside in San Francisco with their twin 17-year old sons.