Announcing the 2016 Devil DanceSport Invitational

Greetings from Arizona!

Devil DanceSport is pleased to invite you and your team to the ninth annual Devil DanceSport Invitational! Our competition will again be held in the friendly confines of the ASU Tempe campus in the heart of the Valley of the Sun.

Last year, our competition saw over 140 competitors, from 13 schools and five states register for over 1,300 entries in 145 events, only one of which was uncontested. Due to this popularity, the Devil DanceSport Invitational has become the largest collegiate/amateur ballroom dance competition in the state of Arizona. Continue reading

Spring 2016 Midterm Videos

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Midterm Videos

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Stats:
Number of midterm photos: 5507
Number of midterm videos: 83
Total size: 47288 MB (47 GB)

This represents a significant increase from last semester.
– N. Radtke

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DDS Goes to Vegas, 2016 Edition

Are you ready for a trek to a magical land 300 miles to the northwest? Yes, the UNLV Desert Challenge is right around the corner!

The 2016 Desert Challenge Intercollegiate Dancesport Championships will be held at the MPE North Gym in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on April 22 and 23. Devil DanceSport is going, and we want you to join us.

As in previous years, the Desert Challenge travel package will cover hotel and registration costs for you. As is also our custom, we will charter a bus that will take you between Tempe and Las Vegas, as well as provide you transportation between the hotel and the competition on both Friday and Saturday. The base cost of our packet this year is $150.

However, UNLV receives the most aggressive travel subsidies we offer, and this year is no exception. Members who have satisfied all of our travel subsidy requirements (i.e. who have reached 100 points in the Devil DanceSport travel subsidy system during the Spring semester) will receive a $50 subsidy. Any additional points over the 100-point threshold will yield a subsidy of 50¢ per point. As a result, members who max out at 200 points will receive a whopping $100 off the UNLV travel package! As usual, we have pre-calculated subsidies for all of you, and you can check how much you would pay at our travel subsidies page.

But wait… THAT’S NOT ALL!

If you are planning to compete for the very first time ever, Devil DanceSport is offering a special one-time-only $50 discount off the base price! This means that you will be able to travel, stay and compete with the team for only $100! Full details on this special discount are available in the FAQ section of the registration packet, but in a nutshell, all you have to do is:

  1. Register as a club member
  2. Attend the ASU Ballroom Beginners’ Competition
  3. Turn in your packet (linked below)

In order to travel with the team or claim any travel subsidies, you must be cleared as a Devil DanceSport member before Thursday, March 26; for more information about how to become a member, check out our membership page.

But wait… THERE’S MORE!

Newcomer competitors are also eligible for up to $50 off Vegas travel in addition to the travel subsidy and newcomer discounts by participating in the ASU Ballroom Beginner Competition‘s Scholarship Multi-Dance event. The top three couples get money off from Vegas, so if you are a newcomer, we strongly encourage you to sign up for that heat!

Just call in the next 20 minutes…

While calling in the next 20 minutes will not be necessary, if you want to take advantage of this offer, you must return your Vegas packets to a DDS officer by Thursday, March 31, 2016.

Note for Newcomer and Bronze dancers
If you signed up to compete in Newcomer or Bronze at the UNLV Desert Challenge competition in Las Vegas, we will require you to attend the ASU Ballroom Beginners’ Competition. (You don’t want to have the deer-in-the-headlights look when going against students from other schools, and we don’t want that either.) We will ask you to register in the Beginners’ Competition for at least the same heats and level you signed up for in your UNLV entry form. You may sign up for more heats in the Beginners’ Competition if you want (up to two consecutive levels).

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2016 Orange Blossom Ball

The annual Orange Blossom Ball hosted by Dancesport at UCR will be held on April 16, and Devil DanceSport is planning on attending again this year!

The Orange Blossom Ball registration packet will cover your registration fee and hotel. For this competition, we will use our point-based travel subsidy system. We will take the point total from the spring semester to compute your travel subsidy.

In order to receive travel subsidies, you must be cleared as a Devil DanceSport member for the spring semester by Tuesday, March 22; for more information about how to become a member, check out our membership page.

The base unsubsidized cost for the UCR package is $70; if you met all of the travel subsidy requirements, you will receive between $15 and $30 off your travel package! We have pre-calculated subsidies for all of you, and you can check how much you would pay at our travel subsidies page.

If you do not have a way of getting to Riverside yet, don’t worry! We will coordinate rides to make sure that you can make it there.

If you want to take advantage of this offer, you must return your UCR packets to a DDS officer by Thursday, March 24, 2015!

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DCE 124 Midterm study guide videos

All of the video study guides for Larry Caves’s DCE 124 Latin/Swing/Ballroom Level I midterm are now posted on Devil DanceSport’s new YouTube channel! This includes Cha Cha, Swing, Rumba, Foxtrot and Waltz.

Even if you are not in Larry’s class, these videos are great study tools for remembering basic step patterns for these dances. Check them out!

If you are having problems with the video player above, click here to open the study guide playlist.

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2016 ASU Ballroom Beginners’ Competition

If you have ever thought about competing, but aren’t sure what it would entail? Want to go to Las Vegas, but don’t want to go completely unprepared?

Devil DanceSport has an answer for you!

Devil DanceSport and ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre faculty are offering the Third Annual ASU Ballroom Beginners’ Competition, an event to get all of you familiarized with the way ballroom dance competitions are run.

The ASU Ballroom Beginners’ Competition will be held in the Arizona Ballroom of the Memorial Union from 3:30 pm to 9:00 pm, on Saturday, April 2, 2016. The competition will include the annual Devil DanceSport Introduction to Competition Workshop, as well as single-dance heats in Newcomer and Bronze for all dances across the main four dancesport styles (American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Standard, and International Latin), as well as Social Latin, West Coast Swing, and Country/Western. We will also offer “Silver and higher” Multi-Dance events/showcases in each of the four ballroom and Latin dance styles.

Competitors may register for up to two consecutive levels of dancing (e.g. Newcomer and Bronze, or Bronze and Silver+, but not Newcomer and Silver+).

Newcomer competitors may also register for an American Style Multi-Dance event where the top three couples get discounts towards Las Vegas travel!

There is no cost to attend the Beginners’ Competition, so come on down! Just fill out our registration packet before Thursday, March 26, 2015.

Note for Las Vegas Competitors
If you signed up to compete in Newcomer or Bronze at the UNLV Desert Challenge competition in Las Vegas, we will require you to attend the Beginners’ Competition. (You don’t want to have the deer-in-the-headlights look when going against students from other schools, and we don’t want that either.) We will ask you to register for at least the same heats and level you signed up for in your UNLV entry form. You may sign up for more heats if you want.

Forms and Resources

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2016 USA Dance Phoenix DanceSport Challenge

Join USA Dance Phoenix Chapter #4033 and Devil DanceSport for the annual Phoenix DanceSport Challenge All-Amateur competition!

The competition will be held at the Sun Devil Fitness Complex in the ASU West Campus on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

The competition will feature closed and open categories in all traditional dancesport styles—Standard, Latin, Smooth and Rhythm. We are also pleased to announce that we will once again provide several “social / club” dance categories which will be open to all competitors. Similar to last year, multi-dance scholarship heats will also be offered.

All participants must hold an active USA Dance competitive or social membership to compete. See the competition’s registration form for details or contact the Phoenix USA Dance chapter for more information on how to join.

Competitors may register using the paper registration form or by entering online through O2CM.

Deadline for Entries: Saturday, February 27th, 2016

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2016 Dance by the Shores

Mark your calendars! UCSD’s 21st annual Latin and Ballroom competition, Dance By the Shores, is right around the corner (March 5 to be exact)! We invite you to join Devil DanceSport and Left Shark for a super fun, day-long dance event on the shores of the Pacific.

The UCSD registration packet (linked below) will cover your registration fee and hotel. For this competition, we will use our point-based travel subsidy system. We will take the point total from either the fall or spring semester (whichever works best for you) to compute your travel subsidy.

The base unsubsidized cost for the Dance by the Shores package is $100; if you met all of the travel subsidy requirements, you will receive between $25 and $50 off your travel package! We have pre-calculated subsidies for all of you, and you can check how much you would pay at our travel subsidies page. If you want to take advantage of this offer, you must return your UCSD packets to a DDS officer by Saturday, February 13, 2016!

In order to be able to travel, you must be cleared as a Devil DanceSport member for the spring semester by the packet deadline (Saturday, February 13); for more information about how to become a member, check out our membership page.

If you do not have a way of getting to San Diego yet, don’t worry! We will coordinate rides to make sure that you can make it there.

Full competitor packet – includes FAQ and all the forms we need from you. Includes two roster forms, one for you, and one for your partner.
DBTS rules and information – for all 1.4 of you who actually read them
Extra registration form – for those of you with a bajillion partners. You need one per partnership.

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Waltz for Wishes

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Join ASU’s Devil DanceSport for our third annual night of charity and dancing!

This year’s benefit dance is titled Waltz for Wishes , and proceeds from the dance support Make-a-Wish Arizona to help them grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
We will be collecting additional donations throughout the night for Make-a-Wish.

Anyone and everyone is encouraged to attend. No dance experience is necessary!

DDS members: Buying a ticket will count for 20 community service travel subsidy points.

Hope to see you all there!

Location

Saturday, February 20th
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Paragon Dance Center – 931 E Elliot Rd #101, Tempe, AZ 85284

Schedule

6:00 pm – Waltz Lesson
7:00 pm – Open Dancing

Attire

Semiformal attire is encouraged but optional.

Tickets

$10 – Presale
$15 – At the Door

Tickets can be purchased in person from Devil DanceSport representatives, or online at the DDS ticketing portal.

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DDS Spring Semester Calendar

Hey everyone! The DDS calendar for this upcoming semester is filled with a number of great competitions and events. Here is a brief rundown of what to expect. We hope that everyone had a great winter break!

  • Saturday, February 20th: DDS “Waltz for Wishes” Benefit Dance
  • Saturday, February 20th: Cal Poly Mustang Ball Ballroom Competition
  • Saturday, March 5th: UC San Diego’s Dance by the Shores Ballroom Competition
  • Saturday, March 19th: USA Dance’s Phoenix DanceSport Challenge Ballroom Competition
  • Saturday, April 2nd: ASU Ballroom Beginner’s Competition
  • Saturday, April 9th: DDS “Skyball” Masquerade Ball
  • Saturday, April 16th: UC Riverside’s Orange Blossom Ball Ballroom Competition
  • Friday, April 22nd – Sunday April 24th: UNLV Ballroom Competition

Waltz for Wishes” and “Skyball” will be $10 a person and each competition has an average entry fee of $50 plus costs for hotel.
DDS will be going to Paragon Dance Center for Friday night socials but those dates are still to be determined. Our weekend lesson schedule is posted on the calendar, so we hope to see you all there!

We hope that you all can use this information to plan out your semester and attend as many DDS events as possible.

Remember to keep following DDS on Facebook Twitter and Instagram for more updates!