In 2009 we will be going to Louisiana twice: once to New Orleans for the PCA/ACA annual conference (not dance related at all, though there are some conference sessions about dance) and once to Baton Rouge for the Gumbo DanceSport Championships, June 26 and 27, 2009. “Gumbo DanceSport Championships” is funny enough, but this event used to be called “Gumbo of Ballroom” until USA Dance decided that all National Qualifying Events had to be called the “[Something] DanceSport Championships.”
Just looking at the entry form puts a smile on my face–and, to be honest, makes my palms sweat slightly. In addition to the syllabus events we’d normally enter they have an “Open Six-Dance” event for all competitors below Gold level, plus “Cabaret” and “Theatre Arts” events. I’m not actually sure what those last two are, but I’d like to find out, because I’m all about lots of dancing. USA Dance comps are so great because they charge a flat entry fee for as many dances as you can enter (as opposed to charging per heat).
The only challenge will be getting out of town in time to get ourselves there for the competition. According to the tentative schedule we’ll be dancing on Friday afternoon, which means leaving here Thursday so we can get a good night’s sleep in before we compete. I am supposed to teach till 12:30 on Thursday but I suppose we could leave after that. I don’t like to drive at night, but Daniel does, which is one of the many things that make us such a good team.
Gumbo, here we come!