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Debbie Avalos Kusumi invites you to an online dancesport competition. Debbie is the hostess and organizer of California Open and in her own words below, she invites you to be a part of this online event. This competition-live streaming event will take place from February 26 - 28, 2021.

"As I prepare for the 31st year of California Open DanceSport Championships, COVID-19 continues to ravage the state. I would love nothing more than to run my competition in the normal way, but your health and safety come first! So I've decided to bring you this year's competition in an all-new format that allows us to keep the dancing alive, while also keeping us safe at home... Get ready for the 2021 Virtual California Open!!This exciting competition format will allow you to dance with your students and teachers in the safety of your own studio or home! We'll be holding Pro/Am, amateur, solos and youth events in all styles, and there will be Top teacher and also Top Studio prize money. So much will be in the same familiar format... You'll submit your entries in the same way you always have, and the heats will be posted so you will know when you dance. The judges will be able to see all competitors in the heats and results will be announced each hour. The only difference is dancing at home. But just think of all the money you'll save on discounted entries, travel and hotel expenses!" - Debbie Avalos Kusumi

To find out more about how this online event will work, attached, please find a link that will take you directly to California Open Dancesport site page:

***We have received contributions from individuals who would like to have a dear relative or friend who passed on remembered that loved to dance or was a dance aficionado. We call these memorial contributions. Perhaps you would like to have someone memorialized in this manner. Make a donation and give us their name. We have on our website a yellow brick road to engrave their name to a brick as a memorial to that person. This contribution will assist future generations of dancers and help keep young people more positive and healthy.

Thought of the Week:

There is no medicine like hope. No incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow. - Orison Swett Marden

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