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US OPEN Swing Dance Championships

Date and Location

November 23 – 27, 2016

Thanksgiving Weekend – Burbank California

The US Open Swing Dance Championships is the oldest and largest International Swing Dance competitions of the year. Competitors from all over the country work all year long preparing their routines, in order to dazzle and delight the crowds. The attendees look forward to the Open knowing they are going to witness some of the most amazing dance performances that will be seen in one place at one time. There is always excitement and electricity in the air. With a lot of social dancing scheduled, dancers get to experience hours of dancing with their old and new found friends. This will be the US Open Swing Dance Championships 34th year. We invite you to come and become part of the US Open family.

A little history of the US Open Swing Dance Championships – it was founded in 1983 by Jack Bridges. Jack Bridges, now deceased, had a passion for swing dancing. His purpose behind the US Open Swing Dance Championships was to run an “Open” Swing Dance Event. Open to any style of Swing Dancing that is being danced anywhere in the World. You will witness swing dance styles in West Coast Swing, Lindy, East Coast Swing, Carolina Shag, and Hand Dancing to mention a few. It is held over the United States Thanksgiving weekend. Activities start as early as Wednesday night, with the ceremonial Opening Ceremony on Friday. Competitions start on Thursday and carry on throughout Saturday and Sunday.

Jack united the swing dancing community with that passion and purpose in mind. Held at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim California for 16 years, Jack, later joined by wife, Mary Ann successfully ran the US Open Swing Dance Championships for 18 years. The Bridges, earning their right to retire, sold the event in 2000.

In 2000 the US Open Swing Dance Championships was purchased by a group of twelve (12). Our US Open shareholders are highly dedicated and committed to continuing the dream and the passion of this wonderful event and honoring its rich history while maintaining its wonderful traditions. The US Open Swing Dance Championships today is run by a voting Board of Directors who works to bring you, the dancers, the best event possible.

The US Open Swing Dance Championships now held at the beautiful Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport hotel, awards over $50,000 in cash and prizes. It has the privilege of being a founding member of the National Association of Swing Dance Events (NASDE), and a member of the World Swing Dance Council (WSDC). The final tour stop, with year-end prize money, is awarded at the US Open Swing Dance Championships, the NASDE tour, the Master’s Tour, the Young Adult Swing Dance Association (YASDA). The World Swing Dance Council announces their annual inductees into their Hall of Fame on Saturday and the US Open Swing Dance Championships inducts another US Open supporter into their Walk of Legends.

The ultimate achievement is to win a US Open Swing Dance Championship title and the now famous “Opus” trophy. This title elevates one’s status in the swing dance community and many long successful careers were born out of winning this title.

US OPEN MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to provide the best possible environment to showcase the highest level of competition from around the world, and thus provide the most exciting entertainment for our attendees.

US OPEN Motto

“Share the Dream – Share the Passion”

US Open Shareholders

Sharlot BottKay SchellerMeta MorrisonMilspane SzermanBud FleekMarilyn FleekPhil AdamsJim GlazierSharole Lashe-NegreteGeorge NegreteNathan MillerRuth Farmer

Raymond Harris Phil Dorroll Sandra Palmer

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2016 US Open Board of Directors

Raymond Harris Phil Dorroll Sandra Palmer
Jim Glazier Ruth Farmer