2005 Ohio Star Ball - Beginning Tuesday 11/16/04, ending Sunday 11/21/04
The Ohio Star Ball began, as a one-day showcase 27 year’s ago, under the direction of Sam Sodano. With equal amounts of creativity, courage and perseverance, Sam has developed this Championship into the largest Pro/Am competition, not only in North America, but also in the world today. When you arrive in Columbus, look up and down the Main Street. Flags posted by the Columbus Convention Bureau announce this championship as a major city convention.
From its inception, the philosophy of the Ohio Star Ball has not changed. Competition is limited to one age and two consecutive levels, the venue is comfortable, the atmosphere familiar and friendly, and the event offers something for everyone from the earliest beginner to the most advanced dancer of any age or level. The Ohio Star Ball of today is now a 6-day event with 70 Judges, 3 Chairmen, 3 Emcee’s, 7 Scrutineers, 2 Deejays, 9 Deck Captains and a 300+ page Program! With a minimum of 24 competitors in each single age category with first rounds and quarter finals, the OSB Team runs this event like a well oiled machine with an on-time schedule you can set your watch by. Scholarship Divisions are the best attended in the nation, with prize money provided in all Pro/Am, Amateur and Junior Divisions by both visible and anonymous Patrons. Pro/Am competitors even have the opportunity to win a United States Title in both the American Style 9 Dance and International Style 10 Dance Divisions.
Move out of the Regency Ballroom and visit the lower level of the Hyatt Convention Center and you will discover the Youth College Network competition, hosting collegiate ballroom competitors from 47 different colleges and universities. Step into the Battelle Hall Arena to watch the Amateur and Junior competitors dancing by day, and the Open Professional Competitions dancing on Friday & Saturday night. If you’re in the mood for a more sport oriented event, then grab some Thunder sticks and cheer on your Regional Team in the arena at the Dancesport Superbowl Team Match on Thursday night!
Tired of being on the sidelines? Want to learn some of the great dance techniques you’ve seen? No problem! Attend the Ohio Star Ball Dance Camp and learn the latest from an outstanding teaching faculty of Top Coaches and Professionals in the industry today. Need some new shoes, dancewear or other paraphernalia? Go to Level 2 and shop til you drop! With over 40 Vendors present, you had better bring an empty suitcase with you! And while your spending, you’re earning chances to win 2 double packages at the official OSB Raffle.
How do you keep track of all this activity? The OSB team keeps you informed with the Ohio Star Ball Newsletter, which you’ll find under your door every morning. The Newsletter will recap the results of the previous day’s events, let you know what’s coming up on the schedule, and even give you the dinner menu selected for that night! And while you’re in your room, tune in to Channel 12 and watch “Championship Ballroom Dancing”! With shows dating all the way back to 1984, you’ll get to watch many of today’s Judges & Officials in their competitive days. It’s non-stop dancing 24/7!
Remember to mark your calendars for November 16-21. Get your reservations in early. The deadline for entries is October 10th. You won’t want to miss this fantastic Festival of Dancesport, the 28th Annual Ohio Star Ball.
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