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  • The 1983 United States 'Open' Swing Dance Championships  (US Open)
    Was created by Jack Bridges. have been held every Thanksgiving weekend in California since 1983. 1982 was actually the first year for the USOpen and was held in Las Vegas, Nevada but most consider 1983 the official start date. 1983 Location: Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, Ca. (Thanksgiviing Weekend)

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USOPEN Showcase! (Only One Division - "Open" to all forms of swing)

  1. Lance Shermoen & Mary Ann Nunez (CA) ($1500)
  2. Lowell Gosser and Diane Lynn ($1000)
  3. Tom Boots and Shirley Fietsem ($750)
  4. Bob ? and Star Morris ($500)
  5. Michael Kiehm and Lynn Vogen ($250)

USOPEN Finalists:

  • Toby and Bobby,
  • Mark and Lila Clements,
  • Jim and Judy,
  • Louis and Maurie,
  • Martin Parker and Toni Piazza.

USOPEN Division Judges

Head Judge: n/a
Judge: Jack Siegler (San Diego, CA.)
Judge: Lauren Greenberg
Judge: Rosemare Burrell
Judge: Dino Restelli
Judge: Ed Ciro (San Francisco, CA.)
Judge: Jerry Crim (Tulsa OK.)
Judge: Grey Ergle
Judge: Jimmy Bontemple (So. California)


Master of Ceremonies: Kenny Wetzel
Contestants Rep.: Mary Ann Rogers
Information Mgr.: Mary Ann Rogers (Bridges)
Contestants Analyst: none
DeeJays: Kenny Wetzel
Sound: Miles Bond
Floor Sweeper: Sharon Fietsem
Timer: Jimmy Bridges
Band: Mike Henderson Industrial Strength Swing Band

USOPEN Non Swing Exhibitions By:

  • Mark and Laura Sellers (Star Search),
  • Pat Allen (Dance Fever),
  • Dennis Cole and Josie Powell (Mambo),
  • Felix and Sylvie Chavez (Tango),
  • Carkey Cortez (Solo Jazz/Swing/Hip Hop)

USOPEN Workshop Instructors:

Bill Joslin (Los Angeles)
Lowell Gosser (San Diego)
Phil Trau (San Francisco)
Mary Manzella (San Francisco)

USOPEN Competitors Finals Roster (in order of dance):

  • Shirley Fietsem and Tom Boots,
  • Mark and Lila Clements (desatoff),
  • Michael Kiehm and Lynn Vogen,
  • Louie and Maurie, Jim and Judy,
  • Lance Shermoen and Maryann Nunez,
  • Martin Parker and Toni Piazza,
  • Toby and Bobby,
  • Lowell Gosser and Diane Lynn,
  • Bob and Star Morris.

USOPEN - Other Dance Contestants (pre-lims - non finalists:

  • Bernard and Barbara Cantrell,
  • Bill Joslyn and Evelyn Rhodes,
  • Jim Davis and Roma Tillerton,
  • Jerry and Jackie Cobb,
  • Steve and Mary Robinette,
  • Herb Frey (sp?) and Linda Baker,
  • Ricardo Slazar and Lori Hope,
  • Joe and Sheryl Ross,
  • Jonathon Bixby and Sylvia Sykes,
  • Art Gonzales and Mary Schilley,
  • Elliot Silk and Darla Stanler,
  • Larry Martin and Jean Schelp.
Event was televised by: "Two On The Town"
  • Note: the 1982 US Open in Las Vegas, NV. Was won by Michael and Amber Cross.
  • In later years ... there were a couple years that the US Open tried "US Open Regional Events" across the country -  They were to become a pre-lims if successful, however they were not.
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