Category Archives: US Open

US Open 2014 Update #2 –  Hungry?

US Open 2014 Update #2 – Hungry?

This is it! US Open week is here!   COUNTDOWN    …    TWO DAYS!   Weather forecast for Wednesday through Sunday calling for mid-80′s (high 20′s Celsius), sunny and gorgeous.  Monday may rain but who cares? By then we’ll be so tired, so happy, we won’t notice dumb things like weather.   Looking for a bed? Continue Reading

US Open 2014 Update #1 – Who Is Raymond?

US Open 2014 Update #1 – Who Is Raymond?

The Open! The Open! ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!   By now you’ve heard that the Open has new owners – Phil Dorroll and Raymond Harris. Phil you may know from Tampa, Summer Swing, Sweetheart Swing – or in earlier years Michigan and Nashville. But you may not yet know Raymond, a relative newcomer to theContinue Reading

US Open 2013 Update #1

Fireworks!  Explosions!  Controversy!  Facebook rants! Craaaaazy is in the house, friends and fellow dancers across the world. The Open is here, baby! It is HERE! Two weeks and two days … tick, tick, tick. Record numbers of new routines! 36 Classic! 13 Sophisticated! 10 Masters routines! 10 Young Adult! 10 new Young America routines! AndContinue Reading

US Open 2013 – Update #2

US Open 2013 – Update #2

Argentina! Australia! Brasil! Canada! France! Korea! Germany! Israel! Norway! Russia! Singapore! (16 of them! So awesome! Check out the Asia Open coming up in April!) South Africa! Spain! England! And 24 states of the USA, including first-timers Montana and Utah! All competing on the 2013 US Open floor! Between the Singapore contingent up in theirContinue Reading

US Open 2013 – Update #3

US Open 2013 – Update #3

Nine days! Two more flags added! AUGHGHGHGH! Jack and Jill and Strictly registrations piling in! Dudes.  Tonight’s the cut-off for Jack and Jills and Strictlys.  If you want to dance at the Open get your scooter to the computer. This is only the second year that the US Open holds Jack and Jills and StrictlysContinue Reading

US Open 2013 – Update #4

They have moved into the hotel! And the staging process has begun. Sets are being constructed. Spotlights, footlights, lime lights, dimmers, banks of stage lights rigged from ceilings and towers. Risers erected. Floors laid. Screens and sound systems hung. Decorations unpacked. Crates and boxes wheeled in. A small city is coming alive in the hallsContinue Reading

US Open 2013 – Update #5

US Open 2013 – Update #5

Tickets and Jack and Jill/Strictly registrations are now available at the door only. I was one of the frantic last-minute online registrations, in my frenzy mistakenly signing up my husband as a Novice Follower, hitting “Resend! Resend! Back-Button! Mayday! Mayday” getting only a snobby: “Cannot resend.  Request ID invalid. Document expired.” in reply. I wasContinue Reading

US Open 2013 – Update #6

US Open 2013 – Update #6

It’s Wednesday! Slow trickle of early arrivals, dark winter coats, scarves, pillows, tired suitcases – blinking bloodshot eyes at the dazzling Southern California sunshine. Gorgeous shiny blue weather here today! Hotel is already buzzing. The staff seem wary and preoccupied, eying us suspiciously like they’re gearing up for an invasion. Guys in important-looking suits rearrangingContinue Reading

US Open 2013 – Update #7

US Open 2013 – Update #7

Dancing is WILD! Already! And it’s only 10:30 holy mackerel it’s crazy here already. Where’d all these people suddenly appear from? It was so quiet two hours ago – and now the hotel is spewing dancers from every elevator and hallway – the place is packed! Jack, Ben, and Sonny DJing some bad ass musicContinue Reading

US Open 2013 – Update #8

US Open 2013 – Update #8

It’s gorgeous again today!  Sunny blue skies, warm breeze,  loverly! In five minutes  –  Jack and Jill prelims! Jim Tigges’ “Relative Placement” lecture was great! Scorekeeper Lance Shermoen was there too, “Mr. Relative Placement”  himself – We are in the presence of greatness,” as Jim said. (Here’s Lance and Mary Ann at the Open inContinue Reading