Now that the 2014 USA Dance National DanceSport Championships in Baltimore are behind us, we are redirecting our attention to the Senior IV National Championships, the Junior II championship level of Standard, Latin and Ten Dance National Championships and the NQE for 2015. The Gumbo team is well prepared to see to it that this is your best ever weekend of dance competition. So, get out your practice shoes and get ready, because we’ve hired an excellent panel of judges, we’ve rented a great dance floor and will have music that makes you want to get up and dance. The song goes something like this, “Jambalaya, crawfish pie and filet gumbo…” Well, June 27 through 29, in Baton Rouge you may not have jambalaya or crawfish pie, but we’ve got GUMBO! It will be a Gumbo of Ballroom weekend, with lots of fun, food and friends with whom to share the experience.
We want to remind you that May 16th is the close of early registration, so if you want to take advantage of the reduced registration fee, get your registration in and paid by that date. Also, to be assured of the reduced rate of $94 at the hotel, be sure to reserve your room no later than June 5, 2014. You can call the hotel direct at 1-800-678-4065 or go on line at www.crowneplaza.com/execcenterbtr. The code for our group is BRD.
VIP front row seating for the banquet and competition on Saturday evening will sell out, as half of the VIP seating is already taken, so if you want a VIP seat, order it now. This year we are also offering VIP seating on Friday evening for $10 per person. This assures you a front row seat for the Friday evening competition which promises to be exciting as well.
Keep in mind the following deadlines:
Early registration closes May 16
Hotel room block rate June 5
Registration closes June 11
Weekend Pass & Banquet tickets June 20
We are looking forward to seeing all of you in June at our 10th anniversary of the Gumbo DanceSport Championships.
With our best wishes,
Charlie Clement, Registrar
Ann Durocher, Organizer
Great news! Thanks to all of our wonderful donors and supporters, the Gumbo Fundraiser dance was a huge success. In fact, this has been our best event yet! We had a record attendance on Sunday at the fundraising dance. The pay-to-dance dances, the Jack & Jill contest, and the silent auction were an unqualified success.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, sponsors, and Nels Petersen and Theresa Kimler, the Gumbo Fundraiser raised $10,600! We want to thank everyone who had a part in making this event so successful. There are so many people who helped to make this a success and it would be impossible to mention everyone. Just know that we are thankful to every one of you for your generosity and support. We would be remiss if we did not thank our showcase couple, Nels Petersen and Theresa Kimler. They amazed everyone in attendance with four showcase dances! They also participated in the pay-to-dance dances and danced in the social dances with those in attendance. We cannot express how grateful we are to Nels and Theresa. They donated their time and traveled here at their own expense to participate and help make the fundraiser a huge success. They also donated their coaching fees to the Gumbo Fundraiser and the University of Minnesota. Thank you, Nels and Theresa!
Our Gumbo competitors will be the benefactors from this fundraiser. Thanks to your support of the fundraiser, we will be able to offer some great scholarships for our competitors this year.