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).