Mission Statement

The International Hustle Dance Association (IHDA) is hereby established to support the Hustle partner dance and accepts the following as its charter:  

  • To help promote, protect and nurture the Hustle as a social, competitive, and artistic dance form.
  • To develop uniform contest rules and divisions to be utilized at IHDA sanctioned events.
  • To encourage communication among all hustle dance enthusiasts and professionals, thereby creating a forum for hustle dances worldwide.
  • To develop a widely respected and standardized format for competition judges accommodating competitive hustle dancing.
  • To establish an event calendar of recommended Hustle dance events, clubs, activities and dances.
  • To develop event sanctioning minimums and guidelines.

 

IHDA Constitution

Offices

President

  • The office of the president enforces compliance of the provisions set forth in this constitution, as well as bylaws, policies, and agreements, enacted by the IHDA legislative bodies.  
  • The president will be responsible for maintaining all relevant IHDA legal documents required by local, state, and federal governments.  This will include selecting members of the board to serve as vice-president, secretary, and treasure.
  • A president elect can serve only up to two (2) full terms consecutively (each term 2/year span) commencing April 1 of each year.
  • In the event the president is unable to fulfill the duration or his/her term, the vice-president will become the acting president and will serve the balance of the president's term.
  • The president will be present at IHDA board meetings.
  • After successful completing their term in office, presidents will serve the IHDA board as a non-voting advisor with the ability to present bills to the board

Election

Acknowledge all past IHDA Board members plus Founding Fathers as fully compensated life-time members of the IHDA since the inception of the IHDA constitution in 2005.  This is to recognize these members for their selfless and uncompensated time, service, dedication and expertise in developing, supporting, and managing the IHDA organization.  All Board members and Founding Fathers should be active IHDA members during their term in office.  

  • The members will elect the president each year.
  • Once served as President for a full term, membership is renewed for life.
  • The president must be a member for the entire preceding calendar year prior to taking office.
  • Any member above 18 years of age can participate in elections.
  • The Secretary will submit a call for presidential candidates to the general membership at least 30 days prior to the president's new term of office.
  • All candidates must submit a bio and platform for election. 
  • A primary election will take place at least 14 days of the president's new term of office.  If a candidate receives over 1/2 of the vote for the election, the candidate will become president.
  • If no candidate is elected president after the primary election, the two candidates with the greatest number of votes will participate in a final election held within 7 days to the president's new term of office..
  • The candidate with the majority of the vote in the final election will become president.
  • In the event of a tie, the board will vote on the two candidates.  The candidate receiving the majority of board votes becomes president.

Board

  • The board is the primary legislature that enacts bylaws, policies, and decisions for the IHDA.
  • Board Members will be compensated membership fees for service retroactive from the time they started. If re-assigned again the following term, membership compensation will then reflect another year.
  • All decisions made by the board will follow the board legislative process.
  • The board must consist of a vice-president, treasurer, and secretary.
  • A board member cannot hold more than one board position concurrently.
  • A board member cannot concurrently hold the office of president.
  • The board may add or eliminate board positions.  The total number of board positions must always be an odd number.  If a board member currently occupies a position that has been eliminated, the elimination of the position will be take effect after the board member leaves office.

Newly Elected President

  • The president shall serve a full term of 2 years.
  • The president will have the option of replacing and/or removing up to two board members within the first month of being elected. 
  • A board member must be a member for the entire preceding calendar year prior to taking office.
  • If there is a vacancy in the board, the president must select a nominee for the open position. 
  • The board must approve all nominations in order for the nominee to become a board member.
  • If the vacancy is the result of a resignation, the resigning board member has the option of participating in the election of a successor.      

Regional Delegates

Regional delegates will represent a geographical area and responsibilities include:

  • Send hustle local events in the region for the IHDA web site calendar.
  • Promote national IHDA sanctioned events to the regional Hustle community.
  • Promote membership in the region.
  • Represent the needs and concerns of the membership to the board.
  • Submit bills to the IHDA board, as they deem appropriate, in order to represent and serve the interest of their region.

Compensation -- As of 2010, compensation of one year membership for one year served will be granted to Regional Reps.  If a Regional Rep is re-assigned again the following year, their membership will then reflect another year.

Election of a Regional Rep

  • The Board will select and/or re-evaluate regional delegates by April 15 of each year.
  • Regional delegates must be members of the IHDA.

Member

Any person who pays the annual membership dues can become a member.

Legislative Process

All decisions made by the IHDA are submitted to a voting body in the form of a written bill.

All decisions made on behalf of the IHDA must follow one of the following three legislative processes in order to be effective.  Decisions include, but are not limited to: bylaws, policies, agreements, and certifications.

Board

A board member, regional delegate, president or a group of members of the IHDA can submit a bill to the board for consideration.  The following is required for a group of members to submit a bill to the board:

  • 5 members must sponsor and sign the bill.
  • The bill is submitted to the Secretary.
  • A simple majority of the board is necessary to approve a bill.
  • Within 5 days of receiving a bill, the president can approve, veto, or ignore a bill.
  • If the president ignores or approves the bill, it becomes effective immediately.
  • If the president vetoes the bill, the board has the option to re-vote on the bill after 5 days have elapsed. 
  • The bill expires if the board does not re-vote on the issue after 10 days from being vetoed.
  • If the board re-votes on a bill after being veto, a 2/3 majority of the board is required for the bill to become effective, otherwise the bill expires

Regional Delegate

Regional Delegates can submit a bill to the general membership for consideration provided all of the following:

  • 2/3 of all Regional Delegates must sponsor and approve the bill.
  • The bill is submitted to the Secretary.

Within 10 days of receipt, the Secretary must:

  • Post the bill to the IHDA web site for membership wide voting. 
  • Verify the sponsorship of the signatories.
  • Announce the bill to the general membership and the date the vote will take place on the IHDA web site.  Voting must take place no later than 30 days from receipt of the bill. 

Both the board and/or President will have the option of adding a note to the bill stating whether they endorse the bill.  The endorsement is for information purposes to the members.

If 2/3 of the membership approves the bill, it becomes effective, otherwise the bill expires.

Membership

Any group of members can submit a bill to the general membership provided all of the following:

  • 50 members or 1/4 of the membership, whichever is less, must sponsor and sign the bill.
  • All signatories of a bill must be a member for 12 months prior to the submission.
  • The bill is submitted to the Secretary along with a submission statement explaining the need for such a bill.

Within 10 days of receipt, the Secretary must:

  • Verify the sponsorship of the signatories.
  • Notify the membership of the bill and submission statement. 
  • Notify the membership of the date and place the vote of the bill will take place. 
  • The voting must take place no sooner than 30 days and no later than 60 days from receipt of the bill.

Both the Board and/or President will have the option of adding a note to the bill stating whether they endorse the bill.  The endorsement is for information purposes to the members.

If 2/3 of the membership approves the bill, it becomes effective, otherwise the bill expires.

Any modification to this constitution will follow one of the legislative processes.  However, if the board passes a bill that changes this constitution , it must be ratified by the membership with the following conditions

The board must notify the general membership of the bill, date, place of the vote.

The board must notify the membership 30 days in advance of the vote.

If the bill receives a majority of the vote by the members, the bill becomes effective, otherwise the bill expires.

  • When a ratio is used in this constitution to determine the number of votes needed to approve a measure, any fractional percentage of votes will be rounded up to the next whole number.  Example: 2/3 required of 5 voters =  3.333 votes.  This number of votes is rounded to up 4 votes.  At least 4 votes are needed to pass the measure.
  • If a bill expires in any legislative body, a bill concerning the identical issue may not be introduced for consideration until 180 days have elapsed since its expiration.  The exception to this clause is a bill that has expired in the board legislature can be immediately presented to the membership legislative process.

Impeachment

A person holding any office may be removed from one or more offices via an impeachment proceeding.

Only the president or the board can initiate impeachment proceedings.

The impeachment proceeding will consist of jurors comprised of the board members and the president.  If the member being considered for impeachment is a board member or the president, they will be excluded from being a member of the jury.  

In order for a person to be removed from office, all of the following criteria must be satisfied:

  • There must be a unanimous vote of all jurors.
  • The name of the office(s) that the person is being impeached must be listed. 
  • The member being considered for impeachment must be:
  • Given a 15-day written notice prior to the impeachment proceeding.
  • Invited to the impeachment proceedings.
  • Given an opportunity to hear the articles of impeachment as well as testimony and evidence to support the articles of impeachment.
  • Given the opportunity to present testimony and evidence in their defense.
  • Given the opportunity to resign prior to the impeachment taking effect.

Any person impeached from office, or who resigns from a position after being served a notice of impeachment, will be banned from taking the office for 1 year commencing from the day of the impeachment.

The record of an impeachment will be made as a matter of record to the membership.

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Created and Ratified on January 16, 2005

Tiffany Brown, Elizabeth Darchi, Billy Fajardo, Robert Finocchio, Katie Marlow (in absentia), Arte Phillips

Bill change, amended by the Membership, for term of presidency as of April 1, 2008.

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Last updated: June 21, 2010

 

 

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