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National DanceSport Championships Mar 28-30 2014

National DanceSport Championships Mar 28-30 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

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MEDIA Contact:
Angela Prince, USA DANCE, Inc., Director of Public Relations
Cell 704-507-2699 aprince@afprince.com

BALTIMORE HOST CITY FOR NATIONAL EVENT

USA DANCE 2014 NATIONAL DANCESPORT CHAMPIONSHIPS

1,000 of America’s Top Ballroom Dancers To Vie For National Titles, Placements on USA World Teams

BALTIMORE, MD – Approximately 1,000 of America’s highest-ranking ballroom and latin DanceSport athletes will compete for national championship titles in Baltimore, Mar. 28 – 30, 2014, at the 34th annual USA DANCE National DanceSport Championships, to be held at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel and organized by USA DANCE, Inc., the National Governing Body for DanceSport in the United States.

Event organizer USA Dance is the official USA member organization of the U.S. Olympic Committee and of the 92-country World DanceSport Federation (WDSF).

The USA Dance Nationals will host both the annual National Championships and for the first time the World DanceSport Federation’s Open World Ranking Tournament for the Under-21 Division. This prestigious and dynamic three-day sports event has two sessions daily. Matinee sessions start at 8 am until 5 or 6 pm; evening sessions start at 7 pm and conclude around 11:30 pm.

Tickets are available to the general public, and a sell-out crowd is expected to attend. Tickets can be purchased at registration for the matinee sessions, but tickets for the evening competitions and shows should be purchased online to assure availability of seats. The website is www.usadancenationals.com or interested attendees may call 646-734-9666.

DanceSport is an official sport recognized by the International Olympic Committee, and USA Dance joins the global movement to bring DanceSport to the Olympic Games, one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. DanceSport is already commanding crowds of 16,000 in attendance at events, such as The World Games 2013 in Cali, Colombia and The World DanceSport Games in Taiwan. (The United States DanceSport athletes competed at all of the World Championships and Games in 2013.)

Ken Richards, DanceSport VP of USA Dance, says the World DanceSport Federation is optimistic of DanceSport’s future bid and acceptance into the Olympic Games, pointing out that, “At the Sochi Olympics 2014, currently underway, 400 DanceSport athletes were invited to participate in the Opening Ceremonies, as 500 athletes performed at the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics Games. In addition to The World Games and The World DanceSport Games last year, DanceSport was an official medal sport at the Asian Games in 2010. Progress is being made.”

The USA Dance 2014 National DanceSport Championships is the official National Championships for competitive amateur ballroom and latin dancing, attracting world-class judges and world attention as America gains presence in global DanceSport.

Competitors must qualify in the top 65% of their respective divisions at one of 11 USA Dance-sanctioned National Qualifying Events held in the U.S. prior to the National Championships.

New Event at the USA Dance Nationals in Baltimore:

USA Dance To Host WDSF Under-21 Open World Ranking Tournaments

For the first time at the USA Dance National DanceSport Championships in Baltimore, USA Dance will host the World DanceSport Federation’s Under-21 Open World Ranking Tournaments. Some of the world’s top DanceSport couples in Latin, Standard and 10-Dance International Style, have been invited to compete against America’s top DanceSport couples in this age division, which, as Richards explained, is one of the most dynamic to watch of all DanceSport divisions. The WDSF Under-21 Open Competitions are evening events held as follows: Ballroom (Friday), Ten-Dance (Saturday) and Latin (Sunday).

MORE ABOUT THE USA DANCE 2014 NATIONALS IN BALTIMORE:

Approximately 20 DanceSport couple finalists will be selected for competition at 22 World Championships and World Cup events, sponsored by the World DanceSport Federation. For 2014, this represents a 100% increase in number of World-level events that the United States will attend. USA athletes are selected to attend these events with financial assistance through USA Dance and other sponsors.

The USA Dance 2014 Nationals will include all four major ballroom dance styles -- International Standard, International Latin, American Smooth and American Rhythm – ranging from Bronze, Silver and Gold to Novice, Pre-Championship and Championship levels. Competitors are expected to represent nearly every state in the nation, ranging from Pre-Teen (as young as age 7); Junior/Youth (11 - 18); Adult (age 19+) and Seniors (35 to 70+).

There are a significant number of competitors at the USA Dance Nationals who reside in Baltimore and Washington DC and surrounding areas.

ABOUT SPECTATOR TICKETS:

The USA Dance Nationals is open to the general public. Advance packages and individual tickets are available online at www.usadancenationals.org or at the door, although early-bird purchase is recommended for all evening events which traditionally sell out quickly. Special discounted pricing is available for Teens (ages 13-18) and Pre-Teens (under age 12).

Adult In-Advance Weekend Package pricing:

Weekend Day & Evening Packages – Adults from $120 to $175; VIP $250

Weekend Evening Only Packages - $90

Adult In-Advance Individual Session pricing:

Daytime Open Seating $15

Evening Reserved Seating $35

Adult At-Door pricing:

Weekend Day & Evening Packages – from $140 (sold Friday only)

Weekend Evening Only Packages - $105 (sold Friday only)

Daytime Open Seating - $20

Evening Reserved Seating - $40

PUBLIC TICKET RESERVATIONS:

Daphna Locker, 646-734-9666, daphna.locker@gmail.com

ABOUT USA DANCE:

USA DANCE Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization with 160 chapters, responsible for the promotion of recreational ballroom dancing and competitive DanceSport in the United States. As the National Governing Body for DanceSport, as recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee and as member of the World DanceSport Federation, USA DANCE has the additional mission to gain the International Olympic Committee's final approval of DanceSport as an Olympic medal sport.

www.usadance.org and www.usadancenationals.com

MEDIA CONTACT ONLY:
Angela Prince, Director of PR, USA DANCE, 704-507-2699, afprincepr@aol.com


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