2015 Claremont Intercollegiate Showdown


The annual Intercollegiate Showdown hosted by the Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Company is coming soon, and  Devil DanceSport is going!

The Claremont Intercollegiate Showdown will be held on October 24, 2015, in Pomona, CA. The CCBDC registration packet (pdf) will cover your registration fee and hotel. For this competition, we will use our point-based travel subsidy system. Since this is the first travel competition of the year, we will take the point total from the fall semester to compute your travel subsidy.

In order to receive travel subsidies, you must be cleared as a Devil DanceSport member for the fall semester by Friday, October 9; for more information about how to become a member, check out our membership page.

The base unsubsidized cost for the Intercollegiate Showdown package is $80; if you met all of the travel subsidy requirements, you will receive between $20 and $40 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 Claremont 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 Claremont packets to a DDS officer by Saturday, October 10, 2015!

DDS Partner Match


Looking for a competition, social, or practice partner? Want to meet some other dancers who are looking for one as well? Then come Sunday to Devil DanceSport’s Partner Match  event!

During this time we will be dancing different styles and rotating partners. This is a great opportunity to not only meet other potential dance partners but to also get to know other people in the club!

If you would like some more individualized dance instruction DDS members will be there to help with that as well.

Bring a partner match form with you, and see you on Sunday!

Where: Tempe Sun Devil Fitness Center, Small Gym D
When: Sunday, September 20, 2015

Weekend Lessons Resume August 22

Practices for the 2015-2016 academic year are about to begin!

The practices will be held, as usual, in Small Gym D of the Sun Devil Fitness Center on the Tempe campus from noon to 3:00pm.

Saturday practices will be our Introduction to Partnership Dancing classes for beginners, and Sunday practices will be Principles of Latin/Ballroom Dancing intermediate lessons.

Practices will start on August 22. Saturday’s practice will cover Merengue, Bachata and Waltz while Sunday’s will be the first Smooth/Standard progressive lesson. The dances that will be covered each weekend will be posted on our calendar, so subscribe to stay up to date with the events!

The first two weeks of practices will be open to anyone who can enter the SDFC, so come check out the club and start the year off on the “right foot!”


Mythical Masquerade

Devil DanceSport is proud to invite you and all your friends to our annual Fall Masquerade Ball! This year is extra special, as it marks the 10th anniversary of the Devil DanceSport Masquerade Balls.

The Mythical Masquerade , will be held on Saturday, September 26, in the Arizona Ballroom of the Memorial Union. This celebration of dance will start at 6:00 p.m. with a dance lesson where you can become a “titan” of Tango, and will continue as a social until 10:00 p.m.

Like in all of our Masquerade Balls, you are strongly encouraged to dress up as much as you would like. Prom-/Homecoming-wear is more than welcome. That said, if you have an attire that reflects the festive atmosphere of the Greek, Roman, or even Egyptian mythologies, we want to see it!

Tickets will go on sale soon, and will be available from your friendly Devil DanceSport representatives, as well as by contacting info@devildancesport.com. You can also purchase Mythical Masquerade tickets through our online ticketing portal. As usual, tickets are $10, and cannot be purchased at the door. So join us with Terpsichore, Euterpe, Apollo, and Dionysus (muse of dance, muse of music, god of music, and patron of the arts).

Don’t be a Gorgon (unless you want to dress up like one), come to the masquerade! See you all there!


Summer lessons start May 14


Come join Devil DanceSport @ ASU this summer for free Ballroom and social dancing lessons taught by Larry Caves !

Never danced before? Have been dancing for about forever? That’s okay! Everyone of all experiences is welcome. Also, it’s FREE!

When: Every Thursday starting on May 14 at 7:00pm. (There will be NO LESSON on June 4.)

Where: Tempe LDS Institute of Religion, 1000 S McAllister Ave

Free parking is available at the Institute’s parking structure after 6:30pm.

Hope to see you there!

2015 Devil DanceSport Invitational

Devil DanceSport is pleased to invite you and your team to the eighth annual Devil DanceSport Invitational! This year, our competition will 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 170 competitors, from 15 schools and five states register for nearly 1,000 entries. Due to this popularity, the Devil DanceSport Invitational has become the largest collegiate/amateur ballroom dance competition in the state of Arizona.

The competition will include amateur single-dance events and multi-dance events for individual partnerships. These events cover the American Rhythm, American Smooth, International Latin and International Standard dances; nightclub dances such as Salsa, West Coast Swing, and Lindy Hop; and many more.

New this year, we are opening our upper-division heats to all amateur competitors. This means that non-collegiate competitors will be able to register for Gold single-dance heats, Novice, Pre-Champ and Championship multi-dance events, as well as our open Nightclub single-dance heats. We will also be bringing back our popular mixed-proficiency Rookie-Veteran events, where Newcomers and Bronze dancers partner with dancers from Silver level and above. This fun event allows less experienced dancers to partner with peers that they would otherwise not usually dance with!


For teams, the Devil DanceSport Invitational offers a formation team competition. Please see the formation team section of the packet for information on registering your team(s). Additionally, keeping with the collegiate tradition, there will be team matches pitting universities against each other, including our popular Newcomer Team Match.

Devil DanceSport recognizes that many college students need to stretch their dancing dollars, the Devil DanceSport Invitational has one entry fee for all of the events and competitors are allowed to register for up to three different competitive levels in each style, as well as Rookie-Veteran. Additionally, there will be no charge for spectators to come watch their classmates, teammates or family members.

Come and dance your hearts out! Registration is already open, and we will accept registrations until October 17, 2015.

For more information on the Invitational, including full rules and entry forms, visit the DDSI web page, as well as our Facebook event page.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, November 7, 2015!

Deadline for Entries: October 17, 2015

ASU Ballroom Beginners’ Competition Results

The second annual ASU Ballroom Beginners’ Competition was a tremendous success! We had 187 competitors register for almost 700 entries, and got to have first rounds in our six primary American dances!

If you competed in the competition, and want to know the detailed results, we have the judges’ marks and scores from Sunday available here.

If you liked our music selection during the competition, and want to know the names of the songs we played, we also have that available for you here.

Spring 2015 Midterm Videos Now Available

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Midterm videos have now been posted.

Here are this semester’s statistics:

Number of midterm photos: 1413 (-9.9% yoy)
Number of midterm videos: 69 (+13.1% yoy)
Total size: 13541 MB (14 GB) (+12.5% yoy)

Don’t forget about the midterm photo gallery as well.


Party in Vegas like it is 2015 with DDS

Yes, it’s time to start getting ready for the most popular of our annual events… the UNLV Desert Challenge!

The 2015 Desert Challenge Intercollegiate Dancesport Championships will be held at the MPE North Gym in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on April 24 and 25. Join us as we try to yet again dominate this competition.

As usual, 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, this year we are doing something special.

For this competition, we will be providing the most aggressive travel subsidies we have ever offered. 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 DDS Competition 101
  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.

If you want to take advantage of this offer, you must return your Vegas packets to a DDS officer by Thursday, March 26, 2015.

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).


Stanford Ballroom’s Cardinal Classic


Devil DanceSport is crashing the NorCal collegiate circuit!

The annual Cardinal Classic ballroom dance competition hosted by Stanford Ballroom is going to be held on April 18, and Devil DanceSport is going!

The Cardinal Classic registration packet will cover your registration fee and hotel. For this competition, since we recognize travel is going to be a bit more difficult, we will be handling registrations slightly differently. If you are one of the first 16 people to register, Devil DanceSport will cover all your registration fees and hotel costs; however, we will ask you to put down a $50 security deposit. You will receive back this security deposit after you attend the competition.

Additionally, we will give you a travel stipend to partially offset your transportation costs; the amount of the stipend will be determined by the amount of spring semester points you have earned in the
Devil DanceSport travel subsidy system. Members who have reached all travel subsidy requirements (i.e. 100 points) will receive a stipend of $25, with an additional 25¢ per additional point, up to a maximum of $50. We have pre-calculated stipends for all of you, and you can check how much you would pay at our travel subsidies page.

In order to receive travel subsidies, you must be cleared as a Devil DanceSport member for the spring semester by Thursday, March 26; for more information about how to become a member, check out our membership page.

Registration for the Cardinal Classic is being done through the O2CM online registration system. If you are planning on attending Cardinal Classic, you must enter your forms manually at http://register.o2cm.com/?event=scc. (You don’t have to worry about submitting payment to Stanford; DDS will take care of that for you when you submit the rest of your travel packet.)

If you want to take advantage of this offer, you must return your Cardinal Classic packets to a DDS officer by Thursday, March 26, 2015!

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