Welcome to Gumbo DanceSport Championships





USA Dance Chapter 5031


  Louisiana DanceSport

Gumbo of Ballroom”



Dear Dancers,

Chapter 5031 of USA Dance and Louisiana DanceSport invite you to join us for a weekend dancing extravaganza, 
“A Gumbo of Ballroom.”  The competition events take place at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4728 Constitution Avenue, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808, the weekend of June 24-26, 2016.

The USA Dance Gumbo DanceSport Championships is a National Qualifying Event for the 2017 National Championships.  Our organization is proud to hold this National Qualifying Event for the twelth year in a row.  The competition is hosted by Chapter 5031 of USA Dance and organized by Louisiana DanceSport.  We will also host Senior II & III WDSF Open Standard events.  And, for the second year we are excited to welcome Teacher Student events to the Gumbo.

Some of the highlights of the 2016 weekend are as follows.  The large ballroom floor will be available for practice (or coaching) on Thursday evening prior to the competition on Friday.  A Hospitality Suite manned by volunteers will be open to Adult competitors both Friday and Saturday afternoons.  Young competitors will also enjoy their own Hospitality Room and Dressing Room.   Workshops are planned for competitors and social dancers.  Due to the growth of the “Gumbo,” competitive events will begin at 8AM on Friday and, following a dinner break, continue into the evening.   After the daytime competition on Saturday, a Happy Hour with cash bar takes place in the hotel Atrium area, followed by a banquet and championship level competition events.   For the Saturday evening festivities bring your after five attire.

Scholarships will be awarded throughout the weekend of competition, thanks to the generosity of corporate and individual donors.  We invite you to become a scholarship donor and join us in promoting ballroom dancing through the awarding of scholarships to deserving athletes who work hard at their sport.  All sponsors and donors will be formally recognized in our event program.  Donations are tax deductible, as USA Dance and Louisiana DanceSport are both qualified charities under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).

Baton Rouge is the crossroads to authentic Louisiana, with its interesting culture and famous food.  Within an hour of the hotel you can visit beautiful plantation homes, enjoy Cajun country with its colorful swamps, tour the famous French Quarter in New Orleans or tour the lovely city of Baton Rouge  which is full of history.  To plan your excursions visit www.visitbatonrouge.com or www.louisianatravel.com.

Over the years, our team of volunteers has earned a reputation of being gracious and warm hosts who love the competitive aspects of ballroom dancing and strive to see that our participants enjoy the experience.  One of our guiding principles is to provide a quality and fun atmosphere for all to participate, from the beginning dancer to the most advanced dancer, as well as the enthused spectator.  Yes, we love our spectators and reward them with gifts for their enthusiasm and support of our dancing couples.  So, bring your “cheerleaders” and join us in Baton Rouge June 24-26, 2016, where you will experience Southern hospitality Louisiana style.  

If you have any questions about this wonderful weekend of ballroom dancing, please contact me at (985) 853-0030 or (504) 722-4800.  My email address is fliprann@aol.com.


Ann Durocher
President, Louisiana DanceSport
Event Organizer and Board Member, USA Dance Chapter 5031

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