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.

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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).

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Stanford Ballroom’s Cardinal Classic

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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!

2015 UCR Orange Blossom Ball

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The annual Orange Blossom Ball hosted by Dancesport at UCR will be held on April 11, 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 Thursday, March 19; for more information about how to become a member, check out our membership page.

The base unsubsidized cost for the UCR package is $75; 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 19, 2015!

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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 Second 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 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, on Sunday, March 29, 2014. 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). We will also offer “Silver and higher” Multi-Dance events/showcases in each style.

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+).

There is no cost to attend our competition training, 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.

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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!”

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UCSD Dance by the Shores, 2015 Edition

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Mark your calendars! UCSD’s 20th annual Latin and Ballroom competition, Dance By the Shores, is right around the corner (March 7 to be exact)! We invite you to join Devil DanceSport 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 $30 and $60 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 14, 2015!

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 14); 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)
DBTS rules and information (for all 1.4 of you who care about such minutiae)
Extra registration form (for those of you with a bajillion partners. You need one per partnership.)

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Devil DanceSport’s spring dance is back by popular demand! This year, we are happy to announce that our dance will be, as our Brazilian friends say, a Noite de Carnaval !

Our spring dance will be held on Saturday, February 28, on the Arizona Ballroom of the Memorial Union. This celebration of dance will start at 6:00 p.m. with a Samba dance lesson, and will continue until 10:00 p.m.

Like all of our spring dances, 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 Carnaval, we want to see it!

Tickets will go on sale soon, and will be available from your friendly Devil DanceSport representatives, by contacting info@devildancesport.com, and also through our online ticketing portal. As usual, tickets are $10, and CANNOT BE PURCHASED AT THE DOOR.

You don’t want to miss it! See you all there!

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.