The most important change coming is an exiting new location for our Quest for the Best competitions. Our new home will be the Kent Commons, a 12,500 SF facility in downtown Kent adjacent to the ShoWare Center and the Kent Station shopping center. Our vision for the Quests is that they will become similar in size to the Northwest Regional Championships previously held at the airport Hilt0n hotel. The main difference will be that the lodging will be off-site but nearby. We found over time that our patrons prefer to have their own choice of lodging, and there are many fine hotel/motels at different price ranges to choose from. The Kent Commons will comfortably accomodate all the competitors, spectators and formation teams that now wish to attend. We thank all of our patrons for their patience as we looked for a new location to ease the crowding.
The Quest for the Best will remain an all-amateur competition, and offer the greatest scope of events for amateur DanceSport competitors in our region. Mixed proficiency syllabus events (two amateurs, one of which is a higher skill level and unscored) are gaining in popularity, allowing more dancers to get out on the floor. Seattle audiences really enjoy formation team events and we’ve designed this event with that in mind and lined up five teams already for the Sept. 19th Quest.
Scholarships have always been a part of the Quests, and we’re restructuring how this will work. Awards will be given for each competition rather than for the 3-event series. Currently $1,400 has been set aside for Championship level events next September to attract a greater field of high level competitors. Other awards will be dependent on donations and attendance. Please visit our Donations page if you would like to help grow our scholarship fund.
The Quest schedule is changing too to create a prime-time spectator period in the evening. All of our most exciting events such as formation teams and higher level events will fall during this period. Some Championship under age 18 events previously held during the daytime session will be moving to the evening.
Admission remains at $20 for competitors and adult spectators. Spectators under 18 get in free as part of our efforts to expose more youth to DanceSport. Don’t miss all the exciting new changes when we move to the Kent Common on Sept. 19th! Visit the Quest for the Best website for more details and entry.
The benefits of membership have recently been expanded and include discounts on dance shoes, dancewear, prescriptions, Azigo, Office Depot, hotels, car rentals, and insurance. Members can also place ads for partners or to buy/sell dance-related items on our new Want Ads page.
USA Dance Seattle’s Team Dancers are looking for new members to join in the fun and art of performance dancing! The team’s mission is to promote ballroom dancing through performance, and they have been doing so throughout the Northwest and Canada since 1989. They welcome dancers of all skill levels interested in improving their dancing by training with a group for public performances, such as Seattle Star Ball, the Bellevue Philharmonic’s “Night in Vienna,” and National Ballroom Dance Week. The team rehearses at DanceSport International on Lake City Way NE on Wednesdays 7-10pm and is coached by Monique Hrouda. If you like to dance, enjoy meeting new people, and are interested in joining this great organization, please contact the team president, Pamela Nygaard, or see our Team Dancer Website.