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Carrie Ann Inaba
- Angela Prince
- Date Published:
- March 1, 2012
USA Dance is very proud and excited to announce that Carrie Ann Inaba, celebrated judge on ABC-TV's "Dancing With the Stars, now entering its 14th season, has accepted USA Dance's offer to become the organization's National Celebrity Ambassador.
The new position officially launches USA Dance's Ambassador Program, whereby USA Dance members and representatives take on a greater level of support defined by their areas of influence and willingness to participate.
USA Dance and Carrie Ann have enjoyed a close working relationship since 2009 when the USA Dance Star Quality Awards were first launched at Nationals in Baltimore and Carrie Ann was the Honorary Judge and presenter for those awards.
She judged and presented the Star Quality Awards also at the 2010 Nationals in Los Angeles, but was unable to attend Nationals in 2011 due to conflict
of schedule with the DWTS season.
Carrie Ann's ambassador role with USA Dance will include the following areas of support for our dancesport and social dance programs:
• Celebrity Honorary Judge for the USA Dance Star Quality Awards, presented at Nationals.
• Advisor to USA Dance Public Relations and the Governing Council, working through the DanceSport VP and PR Director for USA Dance.
• Supporting all public relations and media relations programs, helping to generate new ideas and opportunities and expanding media awareness and understanding of USA Dance.
• USA Dance spokesperson on issues of interest to the dance and entertainment/celebrity worlds; also lending social media support.
• Supporting USA Dance missions and initiatives, helping to increase exposure and involvement in DanceSport athlete training/development, K-12 after school dance programs, social dance camps and USA Dance dancesport events.
• Guest contributor to American Dancer magazine.
• Support of USA Dance membership growth objectives.
• Guest appearances at USA Dance events as schedule permits.
• Resource to USA Dance in support of various programs and initiatives.
Carrie Ann will make guest appearances on the Red Carpet at Nationals, where athletes, guests and fans can meet/greet, obtain autographs and have their photo taken with DWTS's most beloved celebrity judge.
The USA Dance 2012 Star Quality Awards will be judged by Carrie Ann on Friday and Saturday at Nationals and presented following the final rounds of each division.
Did You Know, That Carrie Ann Inaba
. . .is a veteran choreographer who has worked on some of the most popular shows in TV history, including American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance?
. . .as a child, was first enchanted by the art of hula, a native Hawaiian dance?
. . .in her early years, played the piano, violin, volleyball and sang in the choir?
. . .found her initial success overseas as a musical artist in Japan?
. . .her first dancer job was for the Emmy Award-winning television show "In Living Color," and she became one of the first Asian-Americans to perform contemporary dance on national tv?
. . .was a member of the Fly Girls, multi-ethnic dancers, who were at the forefront of bringing hip-hop to mainstream tv?
. . .she is also National Celebrity Spokesperson for the Andrea Rizzo Foundation, funding Drea's Dream for the creation of pediatric dance therapy program for children with cancer and special education needs?
. . .on the small screen, has appeared in Austin Powers II: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Flintstones II, Showgirls, Lord of Illusions and Boys and Girls.
. . .has choreographed for enchanted primetime shows such as ABC's Dance Wars, Dance Fever, American Juniors?
. . .is a seasoned host and presenter of shows including 1 vs 100, TV Guide's Red Carpet Live, Regis and Kelly and Live with Kelly, The View and the American Music Awards' Red Carpet Exclusive?
. . .she also starred as Hannah Montana's choreographer on the show?
Through Carrie Ann's drive to explore art and the world's opportunities and her ability to stay determined in a difficult industry, she has found incredible success, sticking to her dance roots and always finding a way to help the community and the world open their minds to how incredible dancers are. To her, we are all extraordinary beings with immeasurable potential to grow, learn and break barriers. She believes our confinements are self made and are weak to our choice to explore it and our methods of breaking free.
We welcome Carrie Ann Inaba to USA Dance!
Photo By Felix Mack