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National Dance Council of America significantly increases award monies

Brigham Young University will host the largest amateur DanceSport event in the country during the U.S. National DanceSport Championships at the Marriott Center Wednesday through Saturday, March 6-9.

Ticket options include main floor “ringside” tables, public arena chair seating and student seating. For ticket prices and to purchase tickets, visit the Marriott Center Ticket Office,, (801) 422-BYU1.

For the first time, the National Dance Council of America has selected the DanceSport Championship at BYU to be its showcase event of the year in amateur dance. With that distinction, the previous championship prize reward amount of $6,000 has been increased to $34,000 to provide dancers with assistance in traveling to Paris to compete in the World Amateur DanceSport Championships.

The DanceSport competition will feature dancers from across the country in more than 30 different divisions. National amateur titles will be awarded in Latin, standard, smooth, rhythm, cabaret and formation in all age categories. 

The DanceSport Championships are sponsored by BYU’s Ballroom Dance Program, which had its roots in the first social dance class held at the university in 1953. Since then, the program has rapidly progressed and is considered the most comprehensive study of ballroom dancing in a university setting in the world.

For more information on all events, visit A colorful Youtube video is also available at

Writer: Preston Wittwer