The USA Dance Gumbo DanceSport Championships NQE is officially open for business. Plan to join us at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, June 29, 30 and July 1st. Please check out our website at www.gumboofballroom.org for details of this highly competitive and fun weekend.… read more
Come enjoy the fun and wonderful Louisiana hospitality at the 2018 Gumbo of Ballroom DanceSport Championships June 29 - July 1, 2018! Click on "View More" below to view our proposed schedule.
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We offer Pro/Am events in age classes Pre-Teen through Senior V in American Smooth and Rhythm and International Standard and Latin in several categories.… read more
We offer Pre-Teen through Senior V events in American Smooth and Rhythm and International Standard and Latin in various categories.… read more
Dear Gumbo Friends,
Registration opened March 3rd3rd for the 2018 USA Dance Gumbo DanceSport Championships NQE June 29, 30, & July 1, 2018!
Click here to go to our registration page for registration information and the link to online registration.
EVENTS START THURSDAY EVENING:
The weekend begins on Thursday evening with two great workshops in the ballroom.
- Standard: Staying Connected led by Ruslan and Katusha Wilder.
- Smooth Foxtrot: Winning Tips led by TBA.
In addition to the Thursday night workshops, our own Bryan Jordan of Swingapalooza will host a swing dance party in the practice room for all swing lovers.
What a great start to a power packed weekend of dance!
For dancers who are anxious to get on the ballroom floor to practice, as soon as the ballroom is set you will be allowed to practice, with the exception of when the workshops are scheduled.
On Saturday afternoon Bryan Jordan will be in house again with a fun filled West Coast Swing workshop. Workshop times will be announced at a later date.
You may want to consider the VIP banquet seating this year, as we are working on plans for a VIP and Sponsor reception to be held before the banquet. Specific plans for this event will be announced once they are finalized.
FINAL GUMBO OR IS IT?
A few months ago members of our team felt it was time to bring our great competition weekend to a close. Several factors prompted this decision; such as burn out, increased expenses and difficulty raising funds to offset the expenses. As we began promoting the 2018 Gumbo as the Grand Finale, we were approached by business leaders in our community asking that we reconsider our decision, since plans are under way to implement a dancesport program in the Baton Rouge schools this next school year. They felt that the timing was not good and that the young dancers would benefit from the Gumbo being local. A meeting with the interested business leaders in planned in the near future to discuss the possibility of future Gumbos. If the required support comes together, there is a possibility that the Gumbo will have a new life.
If you are interested in this USA Dance NQE continuing and you are willing to contribute to its success, please contact Ann Durocher at firstname.lastname@example.org. With your support and that of our business community, our core group is dedicated to continue serving you with a quality event.
Please let us hear from you.
Hope to see all of you at the 2018 USA Dance Gumbo DanceSport Championships!
Ann and the Gumbo Team