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2016 California State DanceSport Championships-NQE Results

James Kleinrath

The 2016 California State DanceSport Championship NQE was held December 3 at the beautiful Just Dance Ballroom in Oakland, CA. The day started inauspiciously with the absence of our Registrar due to illness and a missing judge. Problems continued when our food truck broke an axel in the middle of Just Dance Ballroom's driveway!

In spite of these setbacks, NorCal was able to rebound and present a VERY successful event. David Getchell ably handled registration all day. Chairman of Judges Dan Calloway redid all the judges' schedules, and the with hard work of the remaining adjudicators was able keep everything running on time. (The food truck was able to serve lunch in the middle of the driveway.) The event was a huge success!

We had an increase of 30% in competitors and 40% in entries. Many competitors and officials commented on the wonderful facility that seemed to be made for a dance competition. It has a competition size permanent wood floored main ballroom with excellent sound system and a large second studio that was used for registration, vendors and a warm-up area. A third ballroom was partitioned providing spacious dressing rooms.

Competitions ran on time or early from 9:30-4:00pm. The evening session ran continuously from 6:00-12:00. The quality of dancing, particularly International Standard and Latin, was very high. We had competitors from 16 states, as far away as Hawaii and Florida! As the only NQE in the West, veryone who danced qualified for the 2017 USA Dance National Championships. We are delighted with venue and the growth of the Cal State. Please feel free to contact me for any additional information or with any compliments. You can find all of the results here.