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Spring practices resume on January 24

Practices for the Spring 2015 semester are about to begin!

Practices will start on Saturday, January 24, and we will cover Rumba on both the Saturday and Sunday lessons. The dances that will be covered each weekend will be posted on our calendar, so subscribe to stay up to date with the events!

Like last semester, our practices will run from noon to 3:00 pm, and will be held, as usual, in Small Gym D of the Sun Devil Fitness Center in the Tempe campus.

In general, Saturday practices will be our Introduction to Partnership Dancing classes for beginners, and Sunday practices will be Principles of Latin/Ballroom Dancing intermediate lessons. We are working on some Advanced DanceSport Training workshops for later in the semester, and we will post details about those as soon as we can!

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!”

Fall 2014 Midterm Videos Now Available

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Midterm videos have now been posted.

Here are this semester’s statistics:

Number of midterm photos: 1568 (-57.9% yoy)
Number of midterm videos: 61 (-29.9% yoy)
Total size: 12034 MB (12 GB) (-44.3% yoy)

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

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Changes to Point System for 2014–2015

Hello dancers,

In response to feedback we obtained from you over the summer, we will implement a few changes to the DDS travel subsidy point system. These changes will take effect for the Fall 2014 semester.

During 2013, Devil DanceSport was asked by the SDFC to participate in a series of Wellness Events, which included nutritionist workshops, mountain hikes, and fitness assessments, among others. Some of these events were considered ASU events for travel subsidy purposes, while others were simply treated as additional attendance points.

The inconsistent categorization of these events was a frequent source of questions and confusion. As a result, we have introduced a new Wellness Event category in our points database, and members who desire to receive travel subsidies must attend at least one of these events. To compensate for this additional requirement, we have reduced the required number of attended DDS practices from five to four.

We plan on having multiple of these wellness events every month, with weekly club workout sessions, as well as monthly special workshops.

We hope you find these events useful towards reaching your wellness goals. If you have any questions, ask away!

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2014 Devil DanceSport Invitational

 

Devil DanceSport is pleased to invite you and your team to the seventh annual Devil DanceSport Invitational! As always, our competition will be held at the sunny campus of Arizona State University.

This year, keeping with ASU’s objective to be “one university in many places,” Devil DanceSport will be hosting our competition outside the Tempe campus for the first time. As such, we welcome you to the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus in the heart of the Valley of the Sun.

Last year, our competition saw over 150 competitors, from five colleges and three states register for nearly 1,000 entries. Due to this popularity, the Devil DanceSport Invitational has become the largest collegiate 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, mixed-proficiency Rookie/Veteran events will be offered, where Newcomers and Bronze dancers partner with dancers from Silver level and above. This fun event allows less experienced dancers to partner with dancers who they cannot usually dance with.

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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.

We of Devil DanceSport recognize 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 11, 2014.

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, October 25, 2014!

Sincerely,

Ashur Rael
President, Devil DanceSport

Deadline for Entries: October 11, 2014

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Monster MASHquerade

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You don’t want to miss it… it’s to die for!

Devil DanceSport is pleased to invite all of you to attend the Ninth Annual Masquerade Ball! The DDS Masquerade Balls are the club’s largest fundraisers, and are the most attended collegiate ballroom social events in the state of Arizona.

This year’s fall fundraiser is going to be quite spooktacular, as it will be a Monster MASHquerade . You are encouraged—but by no means required—to dress up in the monster costume of your choice. As a ball, formal and semi-formal attire (such as Prom-wear or Homecoming-wear) is also acceptable. Masks will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.

The 2014 Masquerade Ball will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Keeping with tradition, the Monster MASHquerade Ball will start at 6:00pm, and it will take place in the Arizona Ballroom (Room 221) of the Memorial Union. There will be a East Coast Swing lesson at the start of the evening, with contests and open dancing afterwards.

This event is open to the public, so bring all your friends! Tickets are $10.00, and are sold at DDS lessons, and at APMA 132 during Latin/Swing/Ballroom and Latin/Salsa classes for by your friendly Devil DanceSport representatives. If you cannot attend these classes, send us an email to info@devildancesport.com and we will arrange something. Tickets cannot be purchased at the door so make sure to get them ahead of time!

See you all there!

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Weekend lessons resume August 23

Practices for the 2014-2015 academic year are about to begin!

This year, our practices are at a slightly different time: While our Saturday and Sunday practices will start at the same time as they have for the last several years, we have secured the space for an extra hour! This means that our practices will now run from noon to 3:00 pm!

The practices will be held, as usual, in Small Gym D of the Sun Devil Fitness Center in the Tempe campus.

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 23, and we will cover Rumba on both the Saturday and Sunday lessons. 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!”

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DDS summer practices starting next week

Big news everyone!

If you are still in town, and are interested in reviewing and expanding the material we covered in classes last semester, Devil DanceSport has secured practice and review space for us.

Starting May 29, the DDS practices will be every Thursday from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Paragon Dance Center in Tempe. The practices will cover patterns, technique, and new concepts adequate for all levels of dancers. The sessions will cover and expand on material from the Latin/Swing/Ballroom and the Latin/Salsa courses.

If you are a student or DDS member, bring your student ID to get in for free! Community members without student ID pay $5 at the door.

DDS Officers for 2014–2015

If you missed our Saturday practice, we have election results for next year! Here are your 2014–2015 Devil DanceSport officers:

  • President: Ashur Rael
  • Team Captain: Rebekah Crandall, William Langenbach
  • Event Director: Paige Knuth
  • Treasurer: Carlos Ballesteros
  • Secretary: Kelsey Marie Little
  • Risk Management Officer: Nic Spindler (Lead), John Zobian, Edward Neal
  • Marketing Director: Ashley Elizabeth

We are always looking for more people to get involved! We still have multiple committees where we need volunteers. If you want to help out, just contact us!