I had the privilege of attending the U.S. National Amateur Dancesport Championships on Saturday. Dancers from around the country came to compete for the top amateur titles in Latin, Standard, American, Smooth and Rhythm dance. I was there for seven hours, and that was only a small fraction of the three day long competition. The choreography was top notch, and so were the dresses. There is a lot of glitz and glamour that comes with ballroom dancing.
My awesome sister-in-law Tricia competed as well. She took a Latin dance course at BYU this semester and a requirement for the class was to dance in this competition. The BYU students only competed against each other, but BYU has one of the largest dance programs in the country. Having never taken a dance class before in her life, Tricia soared above the eliminations into the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals. She made it into the top 6 couples of 125 couples that competed in her Beginning Latin division. Isn’t she sassy dancing the samba?