1) The usabda-norcal.org and lagassa.com email systems are currently broken, so if you or anyone has been trying to contact me with questions, please either use private messages here or use my alternate email address firstname.lastname@example.org
2) The deadline for entries is now January 17th, so you've got a whole extra week to sign up
3) I have been in Australia since before Christmas, so I haven't put any paper entries into the system yet
4) We're still working on getting the credit card payment stuff set up. Don't worry, as long as you've registered before the deadline, I won't charge you the late fee due to the issues we're having in getting the credit cart stuff set up -- it will be working before the comp, and I will be getting after people to submit payment once it's all working
If you have any questions or if there's anything I can help you with, don't hesitate to ask!
I have a question that isn't clear from the website. It says in syllabus events, all Adult through Senior levels will be combined. Is that just for scheduling the heats, or will they be judged together? (Sorry if I should know this; I've never been to a USA Dance comp before.)
It's all judged together. Think of it like this: we aren't offering any Senior syllabus events, it's all just Adult. Some USA Dance comps offer separate Senior, or Senior I and Senior II, events. We're not this time around.
In order to comply with the new IDSF order of Latin dances, USA Dance has decreed that starting right now, Samba will be first in the competitive order. We will be using this new order at the Southwest DanceSport Championships so as to give people a chance to "try it out" before having to do it at Nationals in Baltimore in April.
Bronze Latin == Cha Cha, Rumba
Silver Latin == Samba, Cha Cha, Rumba
Gold Latin == Samba, Cha Cha, Rumba, Jive
Novice Latin == Samba, Cha Cha, Rumba
Pre-Championship Latin == Samba, Cha Cha, Rumba, Jive
Championship Latin == Samba, Cha Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive
If you're planning on dancing at the Southwest DanceSport Championships and have not sent in your entry form or entered on line yet, please contact me via FB or regular email as soon as possible! I'm going to start setting up the heats and rounds tomorrow (Monday), and if you get to me before I'm done then I can get you into the comp without having to charge you the $35 late fee.
The 2009 USA Dance Southwest DanceSport Championships are our Region's Qualifier for the 2009 USA Dance National DanceSport Championships. Nationals will be in Baltimore in April.
Drop me a line...see you at the comp and happy dancing!
Please note that NorCal has a reputation for running early, to the point of the maximum 30 minutes allowed by the rulebook. There have been a few times that competitors have wandered in about 30 minutes before their events, in their street clothes, just as we were calling their heat to the floor. Don't let this happen to any of you -- get there in plenty of time to get checked in, pay any balance due, renew your USA Dance membership if necessary, get dressed, get warmed up, etc.
We will not start the first event of the morning session before 11am, and we will not start the first event of the evening session before 6pm, but after that we could shift in time a bit.