May 27, 2015
All hotel rooms in the block rate of $94 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel are sold out. Rooms are still available on the concierge floor at $124 per night through June 4th by calling the hotel at (225) 925-2244.
To better serve you, we have established a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn next door to the Crowne Plaza. It is just a short walk across the parking lot. This is for standard king and double rooms at $94 per night. We have included an exterior and guest room photo of the hotel to show you that it is a fairly new facility.
Holiday Inn Constitution at College Drive
4848 Constitution Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Telephone number (225) 448-2030
Ask for the USA Dance Gumbo DanceSport room block.
If you have any problems making room reservations please contact Ann Durocher at email@example.com or by phone at (504) 722-4800.
NOTICE: SATURDAY EVENING SESSION
All competitors dancing in the Saturday evening session will have their dinner served in the West Wing of the hotel at 6PM that evening. This will be served buffet style, with the option for you to box your meal and take it with you. If you have questions regarding this or you have special dietary needs, please contact Ann.
May 19, 2015
VIP Seating on Saturday Night Sold Out! As expected the VIP seating on Saturday night is sold out. We anticipate a small number of VIP seats may not be used by our sponsors. If this happens we will offer them for sale on a first come, first sale basis. Please email Charlie Clement at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to be placed on the waiting list.
May 9, 2015
Senior IV Dancers:
The Senior IV events are USA Dance National DanceSport Championship events; therefore National Championship rules must be followed. Dancers, please bring one of the following with you to comply with the eligibility rules: US birth certificate; US passport; current US WDSF card; current foreign passport plus current US Visa or current Green Card or current Non-resident Alien card.
Anyone dancing in WDSF events must present their current WDSF card at check in.
2015-A USA Dance Rulebook:
The 2015 rulebook is now on the website at www.usadance.org. Please download and review your competition rules prior to participating in the Gumbo.
Adults are now allowed to wear costumes (Rule 3.11.8).
Teachers must follow the dress requirements for Youth syllabus or lower age syllabus proficiency levels (Rule 18.104.22.168).
Students must dress based on the age category, proficiency level and dance style (Rule 22.214.171.124).
Age Category Rule Change:
Athletes are now allowed to dance two consecutive age categories in any one dance style. Prior to this rule change, dancers were only allowed to dance two consecutive age categories in any one competition (Rule 126.96.36.199.2).
The new proficiency point guideline is now available. See Rule 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206 in the new rulebook. Points will only be calculated from events that qualify for National Championship (Rule 220.127.116.11). Points will only be calculated from such events at NQE's and at Nationals (Rule 18.104.22.168). Proficiency Points are now being calculated for all athletes beginning with the 2008 Nationals; however, this is not expected to be complete until around the first of July at which time the information will be available on line. With that in mind, Gumbo competitors are asked to dance at the proficiency level they estimate is appropriate. The 2015 Proficiency Point Guide for Athletes is available on the website atwww.usadance.org. Questions regarding proficiency points are to be directed to the Eligibility Chair at email@example.com.
Approved Syllabus Information:
The approved syllabus information is no longer a part of the USA Dance Rulebook. Instead, the 2015-A Syllabus Guidebook is available on line at the USA Dance website. This document is very thorough, complete with pictures, and serves as an excellent supplement to the DanceSport Rulebook. We encourage all teachers to download the document and use it as a resource.
Valid USA Dance Membership Cards:
USA Dance rules no longer allow competitors to join or renew memberships at the registration desk at NQE's. Please be sure to renew or join before you arrive at the Gumbo.
April 24, 2015
USA Dance is encouraging all NQE’s to adopt a competitor entry fee and a per event fee. They are asking us to do this so the NQE’s will be in line with USA Nationals. USA Dance hopes to have a similar fee structure and registration process for USA Dance competitions.
For the Gumbo, the entry fee per competitor is $90 if you take advantage of the early entry fee. This fee includes your banquet seating and meal on Saturday night and entrance to the ballroom for all sessions of the Gumbo. In previous years, the early entry fee was $130. This fee is selected at Step 5 in the registration process on O2CM. If you neglect to add these fees, we will charge them to your account. We are also asking you to tell us what type of meal you wish (regular or vegetarian).
Please check the Transportation & Lodging page of the website for a new link for hotel reservations. The hotel is no longer using a reservation code. We have a link to help with hotel reservations on our accommodations page. If you have any questions or problems please contact Ann Durocher or Charlie Clement.
April 16, 2015
Senior IV Nationals
A reminder that you are not required to qualify to participate in the Senior IV National Championships.
USA Dance Membership
You must be a member in good standing at the appropriate level of membership prior to arriving at the competition site. We suggest that you resolve any membership issue prior to registering for the competition. That way you have a valid membership number in the database. In order to dance, we must be able to verify your membership in the system, so don’t wait to join if you are planning to compete.
We require a photo ID in order to pick up your competition package. Bring it with you. The only exception is young dancers who do not have school ID’s. A parent may present his/her photo ID instead.
Teacher-Student has replaced Mixed Proficiency. This means a teacher (pro or amateur) may dance with his or her students in the Gumbo. For this year only, we are running these events much like the Mixed Proficiency events, but rules specific to Teacher-Student are forthcoming. This will add lots of fun to the Gumbo, so dancers are encouraged to bring along their instructors. Better yet, bring all of the instructors from your studio with their students. What a blast! We are less expensive than typical Pro-Am and we have lots more fun. If you have any questions about this new offering, please call Ann at (504) 722-4800 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Master of Syllabus
This is a new event offered at the Gumbo this year. It is being offered in all four dance styles, with only syllabus figures being danced. These four events are open age group and open costume.
Adults Can Costume
Beginning this year the USA Dance rules have changed to allow adults to costume. You will be happy to know that a costume check is not required. But, read the rules anyway because there are costume guidelines for all dancers.
Workshops & Instructors
We are holding four workshops this year. The dates and times will be set once we determine the best times to hold them. The information will be posted on the website. Workshops are:
“Update Your East Coast Swing” Instructor Dan Calloway
“Dancing as One through Partnership” Instructor Karita Yli-Piipari
“International Rumba: The Look!” Instructor Karita Yli-Piipari
“Dramatic Tango” Instructors Damian Pataluna & Irina Morozova
On Line Registration Only
We have decided to go to online registration only. If you need help getting registered, contact Charlie Clement at (225) 202-2212 or by email at email@example.com.
You may down load a registration package by clicking Registration_Package_15.pdf