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UCWDC Newsletter Archive

  Did you miss the newsletter? Sign up on UCWDC.org!   2020 Date Online January  2020 https://conta.cc/30GTeUW March 2020 https://conta.cc/2UBtOFs   2019 PDF only - no hotlinks Online with hotlinks November 2019 https://conta.cc/33AAt64 August 2019...

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VP Rules: Dispensation Discussion

      Hello Dancers, In this time of COVID-19, many of us cannot attend our first event of the year-or our second if you got to Tulip! I miss seeing my dance family as some events are being forced to cancel.  I thought it would be helpful to review the...

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VP Judge Certification: 2020 Comment Codes

    2020 Comment Codes  “E”    -“I”-    “O” This year the 2020 comment codes are aligned with the UCWDC Rules.  This means that both judges and competitors should be well versed in the rules as the comment codes will provide an effective method for each...

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2020 Line Dance!

      Welcome to the 2020 dance season!   Fellow line dancers - Welcome to the 2020 dance season!  With long anticipation, we will be posting the 2020 dances this week. www.ucwdc.org You may notice there are some missing dances as we are going...

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UCWDC Special Directors Meeting

January 5, 2020   UCWDC Directors Meeting Highlights   Event Ownership Changes: ⁃ Anita Williams, new co-event director of the Arizona Dance Classic ⁃ Ed von Adelung, new co-event director of the Las Vegas Dance Finale ⁃ Tim Perez and Steven Bennett, new...

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Worlds: From the Director

Worlds 2020 is now part of our history, but what a memorable experience we had last week at what may be our final event at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville. I’d like to send out a huge thank you to everyone who attended and enjoyed the 2020 Country Dance World...

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Philly Fall Fest 2019

Philly Fall Fest was a big success!   Many of you may know that Halloween in Harrisburg, one of the founding events in the UCWDC has recently been taken over by new management. We have re-branded and moved the event to the great Philadelphia area. We had our...

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VP Judge Certification: Comment Codes On Hold

Keeping you in the loop --- Comment Codes on Hold! In trying to give you the best experience when competing UCWDC comment codes were introduced at the beginning of 2019 UCWDC dance season. The goal of the comment code(s) was to provide valuable information to our...

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What’s in your Competition Bag?

Recently we asked Dance Dress Couture followers on Facebook what were the must-haves in their dance competition bag. We have all shown up to competition only to realize that we forgot that extra pair of tights, bobby pins, safety pins, our favorite lipstick, etc. Then...

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New Mexico Dance Fiesta 2019

New Mexico Dance Fiesta 2019   We had a great time celebrating our 30th Anniversary of New Mexico Dance Fiesta!  Albuquerque provided us with beautiful weather and an abundance of local dance community support this year!  Ronnie DeBenedetta kicked off the...

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Line Dance Committee Chair: New Motions! New Countries!

    New Motions are coming! This year we introduced Samba as our newest motion and it has been well received by the dancers! As our competition Line Dancesport has evolved from country to social to a Dancesport form, so must we evolve and offer new motions....

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FreZno 35

        AN EPIC EVENT TO REMEMBER  –  FREZNO DANCE CLASSIC  –  1985 TO 2019 FreZno 35 is in the books – right along-side 34 other very memorable years.  842 dancers attended the Grand Finale – each contributing to the unique flavor, the spirit and...

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Big Apple 2019

HAPPY 25TH ANNIVERSARY BIG APPLE! The Big Apple Country Dance Festival is officially 25 years young! Dancers from all over converged in July just outside New York City at the beautiful Hilton Doubletree Newark Airport for a memorable weekend of dance. It's hard to...

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City of Light

The City of Light – Thank you for your support for two decades!   Started in July 1999, the City of Light – the French Country Western Dance Championship - and its organization team has been happy and honored to welcome all of you for twenty years. The idea of an...

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Hot 2020 Rules Preview!

    Introduction to 2020 Rule Changes Here are a few rule change previews! A full version of the updated rules will be available at the start of the new dance season! 2020 Newcomer costume rules relaxed For the past two years, we have allowed junior...

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Blog: Fright to Flight

You’ve practiced for months, week after week, and with each lesson, you feel more confident and stronger in your abilities.  You know your routines, and you’ve drilled technique skills countless times in your head.  Unfortunately, time and time again, when competition...

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China Dance Camp – July 2019

For three days in July 2019, UCWDC® in partnership with China Line Dance Promotion Centre organized a Dance Camp in Hangzhou, south of Shanghai. After the success of the first UCWDC competition event in November 2018, and in preparation of the upcoming second “China...

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Make the Judges Happy! Fabulous Footwork…A Must!

    A great smile, personality that matches the dance, detailed grooming all are important aspects of competition but if your footwork is not pristine, it will put a damper on just about everything else! Let’s take a closer look! A house is only as strong as...

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Orange Blossom Dance Festival 2019

2019 Orange Blossom This year was another great year!  We had a great year of Pro-Am, Couples and Line dance.  Most dancers took advantage of the mall that is attached to the hotel.  The UCWDC competitions were amazing.  Our Master's out did themselves Saturday...

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Arizona Dance Classic 2019

August 1st – 4th, 2019 marked the 25th year of the Arizona Dance Classic, and event directors Mona Brandt and Tim Perez remarked on how the event has grown and changed since it was started in Tucson in 1993 by Bob and Juanita Schoene. One of the highlights of this...

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MidAtlantic Dance Classic 2019

MidAtlantic Dance Classic 2019 #MDC2019 ! We had a great turn out this year and were so happy to have the support of our dance family across the UCWDC®! Our farthest travelers were from California and Spain! The event ran smoothly and the highlight was the Saturday...

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OKC Dance Rush 2019

"I felt ‘The Rush’ the moment I placed my foot on the dance Floor!" “The crowd cheering, the beautiful backdrop, the great music, the supportive staff, and the friendly atmosphere are all parts of what makes up The Oklahoma Dance Rush!”   The Oklahoma Dance Rush...

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San Diego Dance Festival 2019

San Diego Dance Festival 2019 was a tremendous success! With UCWDC entries up 20%, the competitors enjoyed a fast paced, on time schedule.  Our awesome instructors, judges, emcees, deejays, and staff kept the event running smoothly and our patrons entertained.  Social...

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2019 CALGARY DANCE STAMPEDE IN REVIEW

It’s amazing how much dancing you can fit into one weekend. Even though the Calgary Dance Stampede is Canada’s largest and longest running Country, West Coast Swing, and Line Dance event, they’ve still managed to maintain a familiar atmosphere that’s warm and...

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Tulip Challenge 2019 Review

The Tulip Challenge 10th Anniversary took place March 8-10, 2019 in De Rijp, Netherlands. For the first time in Europe we were able to offer a 7 judge panel for UCWDC competitions from all over the world including USA, Europe & Asia. As we always do we offered the...

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Peach State 2019 Review

The 29th consecutive Peach State Dance Festival is in the history books now.  The Event went well if I do say so myself.  All the competition was on time again this year.  That is due to our excellent competition staff including judges, mc, dj, contest coordinator,...

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Classic Line Dance Competition Part II How to Get Started

Classic Line Dance Competition Part II How to Get Started

Now that we have clarified Pro Am line dance competition, let’s look at the other options that a line dancer has for getting started in competition. The definition of the Classic Format of competition is as follows: …the “choreographic interpretation” of pre selected...

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Hose Horror

‘Pantyhose’ versus ‘Dance Tights’ and yes they are required for Ladies! d. Hose (tights) and dance pants (shorts) for women, if either are revealed during the dance performance. Current 2017-2019 Rules Names have been changed to protect the innocent... Newcomer dancer...

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Line Dance Competition Part I:  Pro Am Line

Line Dance Competition Part I:  Pro Am Line

Line Dance Competition Part I: Pro Am Line I think I would like to try competition, but I don’t know where to start.  Can you help me? There are two options for you.  You can start in Pro Am line dance competition or you can choose to start in the Classic Line Dance...

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Associate Membership Director: Benefits of Membership

Dear Associate Members, It is a great honor and pleasure for me to be your first point of contact with our Organization.  First thing first, let me introduce myself, my name is Bruno Vastel and I’m one of the event directors of the City of Light event in Paris,...

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Line Dance Committee Chair: Making History

There are so many talented dancers that have been a part of the UCWDC over the years in both couples and line dancing genres. However, there is a part of our recent history that not many people know. There is a small, select group of exceptional dancers that belong in...

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VP Rules: What Do Those Medal Grades Mean?

  Hello Dancers, This year the UCWDC® will standardize by using medals not just in ProAm, but in all Dance Types: Line Dance, ProAm, Couples and Teams.  The medals are Honorable Mention, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Gold with Honors, and Gold Graduate.  What do the...

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VP Judge Certification: FUNdamentals

Give Em’ What They Want! The Judges That Is! It is a known fact; major companies spend countless dollars and time researching to find out what their customer(s) want. Applying this important information to their product helps to insure it will be a market success! So...

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President: 2019 Spring Council Meeting

      Once again the UCWDC Spring meeting has concluded and we are excited to share with you these updates. We are happy to report that Associate Membership renewals are strong, volunteers are engaged, competition participation is up at almost all our...

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Don’t Compete? No Problem…Come Anyway!

Don’t Compete? No Problem…Come Anyway!

Yes it’s called a dance competition! But there is SO much more to it! Dance events are a great place for continued learning. Talented dance professionals concentrated in one hotel for a whole weekend equals a great opportunity to take workshop or a private lesson!...

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The Dance Boot

The Dance Boot

Written by John C. WilsonAlthough the cowboy boot was most likely used in the very early country dances we’ve come a long way since.  At least some of the early roots of country dance began as barn or house dances and as a form of recreation.  Likely folks wore what...

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