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We are a Youth Ballroom Dance Program based in the Antelope Valley, CA and run by the Antelope Valley chapter of USA Dance. Each individual school sends the teachers who decide to teach the program to a training with professional ballroom dance instructors. Then the teachers return to the school to teach the program to the students in their chosen grades. In addition to the initial training with a professional instructor, we will conduct a review session in the Antelope Valley for our local schools. For our outlying areas, we will conduct the review in your area. Beyond that, any help that is needed will be offered, and we will do our best to support you through this process.

 
Our 5th grade program is made up of only three dances: foxtrot, merengue, and east coast swing. 
 
6th grade is also foxtrot, merengue, and east coast swing. In addition, they learn rumba.
 
Our 7/8 grade students compete in tango, lindy hop, salsa, and cha cha.
 
High School students compete in foxtrot, cha cha, and lindy.
 
The benefits of this program are immense. Students learn important social skills, and it builds a great deal of confidence. Through the process of learning new dances, partnering skills, and competition, students are given an opportunity that they won't soon forget.
 
 
High Desert Dance Classic
 
The culmination of the program is a competition between the participating schools, which takes place at the High Desert Dance Classic. This is a ballroom/salsa/swing event held at Antelope Valley College every year in March. The dates this year are March 13-15, 2015. The 5th and 7th/8th graders compete on Saturday, and the 6th graders and 9th-12th graders compete on Sunday. 
 
5th graders will learn a line dance to perform at the beginning of the competition with the other schools. Then they will compete as couples in the foxtrot, merengue, and east coast swing. There will be a process of prelims, quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals to determine the winners. 
 
6th graders will complete the same process, later in the day. They will add rumba to the couple competition. The final competition will be a Jack & Jill competition. This is where the students are randomly paired up with a partner from another school. They will then compete and final with that partner in east coast swing.
 
7/8th graders will follow the same format as the 6th graders, but their couples competition will be in tango, salsa, cha cha, and lindy hop. 7/8th graders will have their Jack & Jill competition in salsa.
 
High School students will compete in foxtrot, cha cha, and lindy.
 
 

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