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Release your Inner Diva! - Dance Sport Diva Challenge! Report by Ilia Kolosov
Photos by Dore Studios On April 4th we found ourselves in beautiful, tropical Boca Raton, FL where Herb Vazquez has launched his long overdue Dance Sport Diva Challenge. The event would not be possible without the original Diva, Estelle Finkel, who inspired the event's creation. Her recent battle with pneumonia made it difficult for her to attend, but she was most certainly present in everyone's minds and hearts.  (Editor:  We regret to report that Estelle has passed away since the writing on this article.)

US National Amateur Smooth Championship Report by Mayo Alanen
Action photos by Laura Johnson Photography I know it’s March when my students start stressing about the width of their dress straps.  The United States National Amateur Dancesport Championships are hosted annually at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.  It is nestled in a valley of snowcapped mountains on an immaculate campus brimming with clean-cut kids and the wholesome activity of ballroom dancing.

Open Professional Latin Report by Giacomo Steccaglia
Action photos by Chris Hansen Photography 1.  Andrey Tarasov & Kuznetsova Yulia.  Clear Winners of the evening. Won all five dances! Most complete and balanced couple of the competition, they were able to show high-level technique, partnering, performance all thru the night.

A Column To Help Dancers Journey In Life
By Susan Silva “AFFECTING ETERNITY” ETERNITY- A word that many of us do not really think about, especially in our busy ballroom dance schedules.  Yet Eternity exists, whether we understand it or not, and we can affect it with decisions we make in our own lives.  Many famous people, like inventors, doctors, scientists, builders, educators, ministers, astronauts, and dancers have affected eternity and life on planet earth.  So what is Eternity?  Looking into the famous Webster’s dictionary some definitions are: “state of being eternal; Eternal=infinite in duration, having no beginning or end, timeless”.   

US National Amateur Latin Championship Report by Katatzyna Kozak
Action photos by Laura Johnson Photography What an amazing competition! From the opening ceremony all the way to the end of the event the atmosphere in the ballroom was just electric. These young dancers were simply spectacular. It was truly a pleasure to watch them and to judge them.

Open Professional Smooth at Vegas Open Report by Toni Redpath
Action photos  by Chis Hansen Photography On an opening note, the Vegas Open Dance Challenge was a wonderful event and the organizers Mikal, Maria and Paul go out of their way to make sure that everybody involved had a terrific time during the entire competition. I want to congratulate them in running yet another successful event.

US National Amateur Standard Championships Report by Urs Geisenhainer
Action Photos by Laura Johnson Photography Provo, is for me the best place to hold this event. The venue was filled with an enthusiasm that vibrated from the dance savvy, knowledgeable crowd. Combine this with the event’s first-class organizers, officials, and the fantastic convention center at BYU, this year’s Championship again provided another outstanding atmosphere for dance!

“Spring” It On!
ABC US National Amateur Championships Report by Didio Barrera
Action photography by Laura Johnson Photography This year the American Ballroom Company’s US National Amateur Championships excelled in the Open Latin division and with perfect weather outside this venue in Provo, Utah also became a heavenly paradise for lovers of some spring time in the  snowy Rocky Mountains.

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