Why Go To NCDC

Your time and money is precious.  As we’re asking you to spend it with us, we felt it right to provide you with good reasons for you to attend.

The National Collegiate DanceSport Championships have many of the same great things you know and love: deep rounds, great music, team matches, and fun times with your friends. However, we don’t stop there.

Our event is committed to the joy of dance. The National Collegiate DanceSport Championships were built from the ground up with lots of love. There’s ample fun dances and diversions throughout the day. Last year we had mixers, an Easter egg hunt, cookies with the pros (a Q&A with the judges), and some ridiculous fun dances. Seriously, when was the last event where you saw pros wear bunny ears?


We think the atmosphere speaks for itself in the smiling faces in the free photography provided by the event.

Speaking of free photography…

You get a ton of value! Competitors are provided with free high quality photography, participation gifts, and (most importantly) access to seminars from US Champions and World Finalists.

Each year we have at least four workshop sessions for participants divided by skill level.  These workshops are graciously taught by our judging panel (which is made up of US champions and world finalists).  No matter how you do at this event, you get to walk away with the knowledge you need to help take your dancing to the next level.  The judges also generously provide private lessons to interested participants at $60 per lesson. If you get a chance, we would highly recommend you take an opportunity to grab one.

The awesome champions providing all this great instruction? They’re your judging panel.  This competition is proud to run larger judging panels than most collegiate competitions in the country. Most importantly, each year our panel is constructed as evenly as possible from every geographic region, dance style, and dance role (lead/follow)   This ensures your marks are as complete and accurate as possible, which is important when your event decides who the National Collegiate Champions are for this year.

National titles are awesome.  Not everyone spends their weeks working hard to get to a place where they can attend a national championship. The event can serve as a great capstone to your year – something you or your team can build its calendar around.  Pro-tip: being a National quarter-finalist, semi-finalist, finalist, or champion looks very good on one’s resume when it is time to apply for jobs.

…and if this hasn’t been enough to convince you, this event also provides a lot of scholarship! Last year we were happy to provide cash scholarships in most heats, including almost $5,000 in the team matches and shoes for winners of fun dances.

If you are still on the fence or have any questions, please reach out to us at ncdc@usadance.org. We are committed to providing you with an experience you won’t forget, and we hope you’ll be able to join us!

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