The Greater NY Chapter of USA Dance Presents the MANHATTAN AMATEUR CLASSIC, 1/17-19

The Greater NY Chapter of USA Dance Presents the MANHATTAN AMATEUR CLASSIC, 1/17-19

Ballroom dancing entered mainstream media with the introduction of television shows like Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. But ballroom dance is not just something to watch on TV. The ballroom dance community is full of competitive dancers, social dancers, and dance enthusiasts throughout the world and the Manhattan Amateur Classic, hosted by the Greater NY Chapter of USA Dance, brings competitive ballroom dance to the forefront each January. USA Dance is the United States Olympic Committee recognized National Governing Body for DanceSport in the United States. Competitive ballroom dancing is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as DanceSport.

The Manhattan Amateur Classic, known more commonly as the MAC, is back for its 24th year as one of the largest amateur ballroom dance competitions in the country. Over 1000 dancers from all over the country travel to New York City to compete at the MAC each year for this exciting three-day competition. Dancers range from the youngest in the Pre-Teen category to the most experienced in the Senior categories and dance a variety of dances including waltz, cha cha, tango, rumba, foxtrot, samba and more.

The MAC also serves as a national qualifying event for the USA Dance National DanceSport Championships which will take place in Baltimore, Maryland from March 28 to 30, 2014.

The MAC has returned this year to the Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center, after hosting last year's competition at Chelsea Piers. The Manhattan Center is an iconic venue which provides an elegant and beautiful backdrop for the dancers and spectators alike. The Manhattan Center is located on 34th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.

This year the MAC is also thrilled to be hosting the World DanceSport Federation Junior II Standard and Latin competitive events which will be sure to bring out some of the top young dancers who are on their way to take their place among the world's top dancers in their own right. The World DanceSport Federation is the international governing body for DanceSport. Junior II is the age category for 14 and 15 year old dancers.

Yang Chen, the newly elected President of the National Chapter of USA Dance and one of the emcees at the MAC, states: "We are always excited to be hosting dancers of all ages, categories and skill levels from all across the United States to compete at MAC each year. This year that excitement is enhanced by the introduction -- for the first time -- of World DanceSport Federation events at MAC. We can't wait to see our Junior II dancers presenting world class form on the competition floor!"

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