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Quickstep for Kindness

Posted on September 5, 2012

quickstep for kindnessQuickstep for Kindness, a unique video contest for high school, collegiate and amateur dancers in the US, opened on August 23 and will culminate in March 2013 at the United States National Amateur Dancesport Championships at Brigham Young University.

Contestants will be judged on a 60-second or less influential video on how they are bringing about positive changes in their community with the use of their ballroom dancing talents. Besides being an opportunity to win a significant prize package for their high school or college team, the contest emphasises turning a team’s passion for dance into something beneficial and inspiring for their local community. 

The grand prize for the contest includes a $10,000 travel sponsorship provided by Arthur Murray Dance Studios, fully paid entries to the US National Amateur Dancesport Championships in Provo, Utah, provided by the BYU Ballroom Dance Program, a $3000 additional travel fund provided by Swarovski and Dore Designs, men’s costumes provided by DSI London and women’s gowns provided by Dore Designs. 

The contest is also an excellent opportunity to encourage under-funded ballroom programmes in US high schools and universities to keep the tradition of dancesport alive. 

Submissions are being accepted before November 9, 2012.  Click here for more details or here to see the campaign on Facebook. 

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Now acting editor of Discover Britain magazine, she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success.

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