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NMSU professor appointed to national council for USA Dance

New Mexico State University College of Education assistant professor Hannah Cole has been appointed as the USA Dance Director of the College Network. Her new position is on the USA Dance Governing Council, and she is one of six voting members on the board.

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Hannah Cole, New Mexico State University dance assistant professor and DanceSport Company coach, has been appointed as the USA Dance Director of the College Network. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

USA Dance is the principle governing organization of all amateur competitive and social dancing in the country. It is linked to the World DanceSport Federation, which governs all international competitive amateur dancing.

Cole coaches the NMSU DanceSport Company, which is a creative and athletic dance team comprised of dance program majors and minors who represent NMSU in regional and national DanceSport competitions. During the 2013-2014 academic year, NMSU DanceSport collected four national championship titles, four runner-up national titles and nearly 30 national finalists in the top six.

?It is also an amazing opportunity for the DanceSport program and for the university as it will put me in direct contact with every college DanceSport program across the nation,? she said. ?It will allow me to positively impact the direction of college DanceSport athletics programs and will give great exposure to our very new and wonderful programs here at NMSU.

?The world of collegiate competitive dancing is growing very rapidly,? Cole said. ?More and more schools are establishing DanceSport clubs each year and there are now three universities that have degree granting programs with the emphasis in Ballroom Dance. This is all very exciting and I believe that it will only continue to grow.?

NMSU is the only university in the country to offer a master?s degree in the teaching of dance with a DanceSport emphasis.