Welcome to Gumbo DanceSport Championships


News and Updates:

June 25, 2014:

We just wanted to mention a couple of items here before we head to Baton Rouge to set up for the Gumbo Championships.
First, we have a number of new competitors with us this year and we have received several calls about the banquet.   Just as a reminder, the adult registration fees and the youth and younger who have paid full registration, are included in the banquet.  Your fees include admittance to the banquet.  You will receive your table numbers in your competitors' registration packet when you check in for the competition.
Second, this is for those competitors who will be dancing Saturday evening.  We will have a banquet meal prepared for you at 6:00 pm in the Creole Room in the west wing of the hotel.  This will be a sit down meal.  The hotel is not able to provide box banquet meals.

Third, we will have Dance On's Saturday evening instead of Honor Dances.  These Dance On's will be for all Championship Level National Championships and all Adult Championship events.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you this weekend!

Have a safe trip to Baton Rouge.

June 21, 2014:
Gumbo Dancers,
The competition is heated and we want to inform you of a few things.
1.  You can access the competition schedule at www.o2cm.com.
2.  Remember to bring ID and a copy of your membership card, as you will need them in order to pick up your package.
3.  If you are dancing in a NQE Adult championship event or the championship level of a national championship event (senior IV or junior II), we will be doing dance-ons instead of honor dances.
4.  If you are dancing in any of the events on Saturday evening following the banquet and purchased a competition package that includes the banquet, we have arranged for your banquet seating to be at 6pm in the Creole Room of the West Wing of the hotel.  This will be a sit down meal and not a boxed dinner as we have provided in the past.  This allows time for your meal to digest and for you to get ready before having to compete.
5.  If you are dancing Sunday morning, need a late check out and have not already arranged for one, contact Ann at fliprann@aol.com or (985) 853-0030 to have your name put on the late check out list.
6.  If you are PreTeen through Adult dancing syllabus events, be sure to review the rulebook on proper dress for your events.  You will be required to have your costumes checked before securing your competition package.  The rules will be strictly enforced.
7.  The Gumbo volunteer team is happy to report that $11,300 in scholarships will be awarded at the "Gumbo" this year.

The events portion of our printed program is available for download here. Gumbo_Program_14.pdf
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Our best wishes are with all of you.
Ann Durocher, Organizer
Charlie Clement, Registrar 

June 18, 2014:  The heating for the Gumbo is now available on O2CM.  You can view the heats and times by clicking here.  When the page comes up, click the "OK" button between the skill and competitors' buttons for the complete listing of heats.

June 11, 2014: Registration is closed.  If you wish to enter the Gumbo, add events to your account, or drop events, please email Charlie Clement at clementcr@live.com with your requests.  Please note that any new registrations or additions will not appear in the printed program.  New additions will not be accepted if such additions would create additional heats.

Youth Hospitality Room:
The Youth Hospitality room will be located in the Creole Room in the west wing of the Crowne Plaza during the Gumbo Championships.  The hours for the Youth Hospitality room are:

Friday June 27: 1:00 pm to 4 pm
Saturday, June 28: 1:00 pm to 4 pm
Sunday, June 29: We have decided not to open it because so many of the young dancers will be dancing that day.

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. 

Sterling Sightler
Peggy Clement
Charlie Clement
Co-chairs Gumbo Fundraiser


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