News and Updates:
April 24, 2015
We have had a number of competitors to ask us several questions about the entry fees for the Gumbo. There may be others with the same questions so we are going to explain the entry fees. If you have downloaded the registration package from the website, you already know what we will explain, but for those of you who have not reviewed the registration package please keep these items in mind.
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).
In addition to the competitor entry fee, there is a per event fee for each event you choose to enter. The fee is $10 per couple for adults ($5 for youth and below).
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.
WDSF Open Events
The Gumbo is holding four WDSF Open events this year. They are:
1. Youth Open Standard – THIS EVENT WAS JUST ADDED.
2. Youth Open Latin – THIS EVENT WAS JUST ADDED.
Both of these events will be danced in the Friday evening session.
3. Senior III Open Standard
4. Senior IV Open Standard
Both of these events will be danced in the Saturday evening session.
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
Make a Scholarship Donation
We invite you to make a scholarship donation. The Gumbo prides itself with awarding scholarships to many deserving athletes. We hope you will become one of the sponsors of our 2015 Fundraising Campaign. For more information about sponsorship, please go to the website at www.gumboofballroom.org and click on the sponsor tab. You may also contact Ann by email at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration Fee Structure Change
The Gumbo has changed its fee structure from one price for all to a per entry fee structure. We are trying to be fairer to our dancers. Some dancers dance as many events as they are eligible and others only one or two entries. We hope everyone will understand our reason for making the change.
We hope that we have covered the important issues with you, but feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
Ann (504) 722-4800 or email@example.com
Charlie (225) 202-2212 or firstname.lastname@example.org
With best wishes,
Ann Durocher, Organizer
Charlie Clement, Registrar