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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.

Professional Open Ballroom - St. Louis Star Ball Report by Stephen Hannah
Photos by Decadance Photography From a judging point of view, we have to judge many different levels. Timing, posture, partnership, rhythmic qualities, masculine, feminine, lead and follow. This is not all but some of the main points that could very well decide the outcome in final placings. There were Very different styles on show in this final, each couple having very distinctive styles to be assessed.

Vegas Open Comes of Age Report by Keith Todd
Action Photography by Chris Hansen Photography I believe I have attended every Vegas Open (or Vegas Showdown as it was originally named) since its inception.  This year I believe the event came of age!  It was larger than it has ever been with about 6,500 entries, but it is not only the entry count that measures a competition in my view. 

United Kingdom Open Professional Rising Star Latin-American Championship 2014 Report by Timothy Palmer
Photos by Andrew Miller The ‘Windsor Hall’ at the Bournemouth International Centre is a spacious venue with audience-friendly banked seating, so I was always certain of getting a good view of the proceedings at this cutting-edge, talent-rich, must see Professional Latin American Rising Star event on the first night of the United Kingdom Open Championships.

St. Louis Star Ball Report by Amy Anderson
Photos by Decadance Photography The St. Louis Star Ball brought together some of the best and brightest Pro/Am dancing for this great Midwest event!  Organizers David & Suzy Nyemchek and Steve Brockman always put together a very friendly and welcoming competition for all of the dancers who came from all over the country.  The newly renovated Renaissance Marriott is perfectly located close to the airport and very easy to get to.

The Sarasota Challenge Report by Mayo Alanen
Photos by Alex Rowan Before the Sarasota Challenge officially kicked off, we were already friends. The market is currently saturated with ballroom competitions that are predictable copies of each other.  It is refreshing when an organizer takes risks to make their competition unique while delivering quality essentials such as great entertainment and notable prize money.

The Cuban Experience # 1 – and what a great experience it was! By Brigitt Mayer I did not know what to expect, the format was unusual, I did not know who would be there besides the experts that were announced in the publications; I just trusted my friend and colleague Barbara Nagode Ambroz! She has been going to Cuba now for more than 20 years asking me many times to come along and it never panned out. Well this time it did and I was rewarded with a truly fun and exciting experience.

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