To all Participants, Sponsors, Judges, Colleagues & Friends,
With heavy hearts, we regret to inform everyone that we will no longer be hosting the Grand Dance Sport Cup. This was not an easy decision for any of us. For many years, The Grand Prospect Hall & The Grand Dance Sport Cup has welcomed and embraced the talent of the leading junior, youth, and adult Ballroom Dance competitors who have joined us from all across the United States. We are very proud to have had this opportunity.
But this year, we have been forced into a political situation within the dance community which was not in our control. In the midst of recent political turmoil, two dance organizations have questioned of our "lack of affiliation." In trying to force our hands to align with these two dance community organizations, those same organizations have created obstacles for both participants and judges who have worked with us for years from continuing to work with us.
We have always stood proudly on our own. We have intentionally maintained an independence from the influence of any of the existing dance organizations. We do not believe in, nor do we support industry politics. We have prided ourselves in recognizing the best talent based off their performance within our competition. We do not feel that it is right to be forced to bend to others as we have never forced our own beliefs onto them.
After a thorough deliberation, we have decided that it would be best to remove ourselves from the equation altogether than to have OUR friends and loyal supporters suffer and lose their standing within these two organizations as a result of their participation in The Grand Dance Sport Cup.
We have concluded that this is the best decision in light of the current circumstances. It was never our intent to jeopardize anyone else's affiliations. We simply wanted to provide a venue outside of the politics of the dance organizations to enjoy the Dance Sport and award talent for their hard efforts.
To those friends of the Grand Dance Sport Cup Event, we would just like to personally extend and huge "Thank you!" Your support is recognized and greatly appreciated. You have given us the opportunity to grow and be a part of your lives. For that, we are humbled and grateful.
We hope we have made a lasting impact on this generation of America's Ballroom Dance youth. We truly hope we have brought you as much happiness, as your enthusiasm has brought us. We would especially like to thank all of the officials that dedicated countless hours of time and immeasurable amounts of effort to running GDSC.
We wish all of our participants the best of luck in reaching their goals. We will continue to support the Heart and Soul of the Dance Sport: the talent themselves. Because without your dedication and passion for the sport, our lives would not be as complete.
Please check back to our site for updates on the next initiatives from our team.
Grand Dance Sport Cup Management
Dance Team USA Sponsors & Affiliates
"Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous
circumstances, would have lain dormant."