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Baton Rouge to host national dancesport championship; first time in Louisiana

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Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 9:00am

The 2013 National DanceSport Championship competition for the Senior IV age division will be held in Baton Rouge on June 28-29.

This will be the first time a national championship event in dancesport has been held in Louisiana.

The governing body for amateur dancesport, USA Dance, selected Baton Rouge for the Senior IV competition, which will be a part of the annual USA Dance Gumbo DanceSport Championships at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The Senior IV division is for amateur couples aged 65 and up.

The Gumbo Championships is a national qualifying event for USA Dance in all other categories, skill levels, and age divisions of dancesport, which is the competitive form of amateur ballroom dancing. This is the 14th year of the competition. As a national qualifying event, the Gumbo attracts dancers from throughout the country to compete over a period of three days. Last year 342 dancers from 31 states participated.

In most categories, the winners of events in Baton Rouge may earn points to qualify for the next national championships, which will be held in April 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. However, the Senior IV events in Baton Rouge will be the 2013 national championship events for that age division.

The dancesport competitions involve some 15 different dances, such as waltz, foxtrot, tango, quickstep, swing, rumba, and cha cha, including both the American and the International Styles of the various dances. Competitive events are also organized by skill levels and age divisions.

Spectator tickets are available for each session of the three-day schedule. For times and prices see www.gumboofballroom.org.  

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