Paragon Open DanceSport Championships
See also: Categories: Ballroom, Competition, DanceSport, Latin, Standard, Rhythm, Smooth
Dates: End of October (Annually)
Locations: New Jersey/New York (USA)
Years active: 2011 - Present
Organizers: Andrei Gavriline, Elena Kryuchkova
Overview2016 marked the first year of the new multi-day Paragon Open DanceSport Championships (PODSC). Andrei Gavriline and Elena Kryuchkova are proud to have been able to merge what was known as the Paragon Open DanceSport Challenge and the New Jersey DanceSport Championships to establish a newly merged DanceSport Championships, a task they undertook over the past several years.
With the new vision and events for professionals, Pro/Am, and amateur competitors, Andrei and Elena look to further their original vision which they had for the one-day Paragon Open DanceSport Challenge. They looked forward to welcoming everyone who had been attending the Paragon Open over the past 5 years and hoped to host new dancers and spectators over the 4-day championship event.
2016 brought the 2nd Annual Halloween edition of the PODSC, the perfect time for another very special and thrilling event with Halloween just around the corner. The 2015 PODC even took place on the holiday itself! The organizers invited all guests to join in the fun and bring their best Halloween spirit to the ballroom – costumes welcomed for a Paragon Open Costume Contest!
The PODSC is a Member of
- World Pro-Am DanceSport Series
- PODSC is a proud member of the World Pro-Am DanceSport Series. In its 14th season, the World Pro-Am DanceSport Series is comprised of over 75 national competitions, each designed to help the student accumulate points, which then add up towards top regional rankings, and cash prizes for top students and teachers. Winners and participants in the Tri-State DanceSport Championships World Pro-Am DanceSport Series will be awarded additional points towards their Series total for increased chances of winning the grand prize!
- Best of the Best DanceSport Challenge
- PODSC is a proud member of the Best of the Best DanceSport Challenge. The Best of the Best DanceSport Challenge is a yearly competition between some of the top Pro/Am couples in the country who are winners at the Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels of dance. The Best of the Best was originally started as a challenge for the Top Competitor between the Atlanta Open, Holiday Classic, and the Ohio Star Ball. The Challenge has now expanded to 23 qualifying events held throughout the calendar year, including representatives from the Dancer’s Cup Tour, and culminating with the Grand Finale events at the Ohio Star Ball.
- DVIDA (Dance Vision International Dance Association)
- PODSC is proud to be a part of the DVIDA (Dance Vision International Dance Association) DanceSport Scholarship which awards Pro/Am Dancers across member competitions in the DVIDA Rhythm 3-Dance Championship and the DVIDA Smooth 3-Dance Championship categories. These championships stress the importance of syllabus knowledge in both Rhythm and Smooth dance styles. Prizes are awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place competitors.
- Fordney Foundation
- PODSC is proud to be a part of the Fordney Foundation Youth DanceSport Scholarship Series which awards scholarships to junior and youth DanceSport competitors. Junior and youth DanceSport competitors accumulate points for ranking, beginning and ending with the Ohio Star Ball each November. Awards will be given to the top 10 couples in Standard and the top 10 couples in Latin, as well as participants of the East Coast vs West Coast team match.
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- Tri-State DanceSport Championship
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