A packet of flyers turned up at the studio where I take lessons, advertising "The United States Pro/Am Ballroom Dance Championships." These will be held in FRANCE, of all places, in late August of next year, and are run by Tom & Cathy O'Dell from Lowndesboro, Alabama. It was accompanied by a treatise on why they aren't affiliated with the NDCA, and a statement saying "Registered with the United States Independent Dance Council and Registered with the U.S. Government as the Official U.S. Pro/Am Ballroom Dance Championships." Anyone ever hear of this? They also run competitions in the US, which they tag as "America's Most Illustrious, America's Most Elegant, and STILL America's Most Prestigious Ballroom Dance Championship." All I can say is that if it's so illustrious, then why haven't I heard of it in nearly 10 years even though it's been going on for 33 years? Anyone know anything about this? It seems like a tourism/take-the-students-dancing kind of thing. Anyway, I'm always curious to know about events that have established themselves outside of the NDCA. I can't imagine any of the heavy hitters actually dance in this, so how "Prestigious" can it be?