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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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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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!

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DDS Competition 101

Have you ever wanted to compete but not sure what it would entail? Are you interested in going to Las Vegas but don’t want to go completely unprepared?

Don’t worry, we can help with that!

Devil DanceSport is offering DDS Competition 101, a beginner’s competition to get all of you familiarized with the way ballroom dance competitions are run.

DDS Competition 101 will be held in the Maroon Gym of the Sun Devil Fitness Center, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, on Saturday, March 29, 2014. We will offer heats in Newcomer and Bronze for all dances across the main four dancesport styles (American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Standard, and International Latin).

If you signed up to attend the Desert Challenge competition at UNLV, you are automatically signed up for DDS Competition 101 in the same events and level you registered for UNLV. This is to make sure that when you step out onto their floor, you don’t have a deer-in-the-headlights look.

There is no cost to attend our competition training, so come on down! Just fill out our registration packet before Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

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DDS goes to Las Vegas, 2014 edition

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It’s that time of the year again… it’s time to go to Las Vegas!

The Desert Challenge Intercollegiate Dancesport Championships will be held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on April 25–26. Devil DanceSport’s mission is to dominate the UNLV competition. If you accept this mission, Devil DanceSport will cover hotel, transportation, and registration for you! All you have to do is to fill out the registration packet (linked below).

DDS members will only need to pay $125 for two nights of hotel, a spot on the bus, as well as your Desert Challenge entry fee.

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. We have pre-calculated subsidies for all of you, and you can check how much you would pay at our travel subsidies page.

In order to travel with the team or claim any travel subsidies, you must be cleared as a Devil DanceSport member before Tuesday, March 25; 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 27, 2014.

2014 Orange Blossom Ball

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The annual Orange Blossom Ball hosted by Dancesport at UCR will be held on April 12, and Devil DanceSport is going 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 18; for more information about how to become a member, check out our membership page.

The base unsubsidized cost for the UCR package is $80; 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 20, 2014!