Ballroom Dance > US Pro/Am Dance Championships

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by Laura, Dec 17, 2006.

  1. Hedwaite

    Hedwaite Well-Known Member

    ROFL- Speaking of! I won't call 'jinx', but yes, I appreciate your attempt at clarification. We can call it 'good'.
     
  2. Hedwaite

    Hedwaite Well-Known Member

    Also: I type too slowly.
     
  3. The championships are not outsourced. "The United States Pro/Am Ballroom Dance Championships" Is just the name of their competition circuit. They have several competitions state side and one over seas every year.
     
  4. I attended this competition. It was a fun time and a great trip. The O'dells arrange for the competition to be held at a beautiful Chateau (converted to a hotel) out in the French countryside. We competed in an outbuilding with natural wood floors on the estate that used to be a chapel. After a few days there we relocated to downtown Paris to attend shows, sight-see, tour, dine in fabulous restaurants, and everything else that makes a great vacation.

    They make a big deal of being registered with the Government and toot their horn a little too loud, but if you don't think highly of and believe in your own events who else is going to.


    The overseas events are a tourism, vacation, have fun trip but there is also a competition held in the first few days.
     
  5. rels77

    rels77 Active Member


    Dude, this thread is 10 years old. No longer applicable
     
  6. raindance

    raindance Well-Known Member

    Well, if he attended recently, then his comments are applicable to today, even if not to the original posts in this thread.

    Welcome to Dance Forums, applausedancefactory!

    raindance
     
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  7. snapdancer

    snapdancer Well-Known Member

  8. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    Considering he said O'Dells (plural) and used the word "they" I would say it wasn't recent.
     
  9. nessundorma

    nessundorma New Member

    Right. If I remember correctly, the trip to France that he's describing was several years ago. Applausedancefactory, have you attended any of these competitions recently? What were your impressions?
     
  10. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    That trip to France was, IIRC, in 2006.
     
  11. nessundorma

    nessundorma New Member

    Thanks, Cornutt. 2006 was before my time, but I think I remember some local folks talking about attending it, or talking about people who attended it.

    This particular group, the U. S. Pro/Am Dance Championships, is having a competition in New Orleans in a few weeks. Since New Orleans is an easy day trip from here, I was thinking of making a pleasant weekend in New Orleans and watching a little bit of the competition. Having never been to a competition before, I thought it would be advisable to watch at least one before making any kind of commitment to compete in future events.

    So, applausedancefactory (and anyone who has been to any of these competitions recently), I wonder if you might be able to help me contextualize this upcoming experience a little. Are these competitions similar to or representative of other comps, with some extra travel thrown in? Specifically, where on the spectrum would this comp fall in terms of competitiveness?
     
  12. I was just at one of these competitions in Mobile, AL, a few weeks ago. It was fun, my students placed well and they enjoyed themselves. These comps are organized, well-run, and have a friendly, almost family, atmosphere.

    The comps held within the states offer an optional tour of some local attractions and a night on the town (dinner/dancing) on the night before the comp for those who arrive early. The overseas comps are a complete competition/vacation package. When the competition is over, most competitors stay over to take in the local sights and explore the nearby locales.

    They are not the Ohio Star Ball, and most of these comps would come in a little behind the Triple Crown events as far as competitiveness. At some events a real powerhouse competitive studio will show up and really wow the crowd. On the other hand, the judges are not pushovers. They are very strict about dancing in category. They will, however, warn you first before they penalize your scores. You have the option to tone down your dancing to the entered category or change your category to match your dancing. You can even receive a 2nd place in an uncontested event (dancing off time is the quickest way to accomplish this).

    They have 3, 4 and 5 dance championships (open and closed category)(beginner and advanced) in both American and International styles. The also have 3, 4 and 5 dance championships in country western. There are a lot of individual dance entries as well.
     
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  13. snapdancer

    snapdancer Well-Known Member

    If you're close to NO, you would also be close to Baton Rouge. The Gumbo competition is next weekend, more details on their website http://gumboofballroom.org/
     
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  14. Loki

    Loki Well-Known Member

    Sidenote: Looks like o2cm is fully recovered.
     

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