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2017 Califorinia State DanceSport Championships Results!

Author:
Jame Kleinrath

On December 2, 2017 USA Dance NorCal Chapter held the California State DanceSport Championships, a NQE, at the beautiful Just Dance Ballroom in Oakland, California. NorCal has a long history of organizing ballroom dance competitions, having organized the first Regional (later NQE) competition in the early 1990’s in San Jose, CA. Five of our current Board Members attended that event!

Just Dance Ballroom is a wonderful 10,000 square foot facility with three ballrooms with permanent wood floors. The main ballroom has large, competition sized floor, with seating for 200+ spectators and a great sound system. The second ballroom is used for registration, vendors, hairdresser and warm-up. The third is divided into 2 large dressing rooms. All have a full wall of mirrors. Parking is free and plentiful. It is an ideal facility for a competition of this size.

This year for the first time we had a good sized T/S division. With almost 160 entries it was very well received by our DanceSport Athletes. Competitions started at 9:00 am and ran until 11:30 pm with only a 2 hour break for dinner. Well over 100 couples from 14 different states competed. As a competitor for 28 years, I continue to marvel at the high level of dancing. Today’s Novice couples look like the Championship couples of 20 years ago. And, the Championship couples look better than the Pros of that era!

Our officials were: Chairman of Judges, Dan Calloway; Judges: Melissa Dexter, Anya Klimova-Preston, Nicholas Cotton, Irina Trebunskaya, Ross Pearce, Sue Swain, Giacomo Steccaglia, Stephen Uczekaj; Scruntineer: Mark Tabor Music Director: Dave Ingalz; Master of Ceremonies: Karen Andersen; USA Dance Observer: Pam Leitch; Registrars: Mark Scardina, Bruce Spicer & David Getchell; Deck Captain: Lynn Sanders; Front Desk: Tina Moretti-Rose; Awards: Melody Singleton; Hotel Liaison: Lydia Scardina.

We had a great turn-out this year. But, we can always make room for a few more wonderful dancers. We’d love to see YOU at the 2018 California State DanceSport Championships, a NQE on December 1, 2018 at Just Dance Ballroom in Oakland, CA!