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  • The 1984 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. 1984 Location: Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, Ca. (Thanksgiviing Weekend)
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USOPEN Showcase Division results (Anything Goes)

  1. Lance Shermoen & Mary Ann Nunez (CA)
  2. Larry Kern & Lynn Vogen (CA)
  3. Barry Jones & Judy Ford (TX)
  4. Doug Morris & Star Morris (MO) (Tied)
  5. Martin Parker & Toni Piazza (CA) (Tied)

USOPEN Showcase Contestants - Prelims (in dance order)

Randy Albers & Sharlot Jansen (Orange, CA) ... 'Rockin' at Midnight'
Contestant Gary Rose & Diane Phillips (Tulsa, OK) ... 'Tuxedo Junction'
Contestant Steve Robinette & Mary Robinette (Tulsa, OK) ... 'Burnin' Up for your Love'
Contestant Barry Jones & Judy Ford (Tulsa, OK) ... 'Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose'
Contestant Phil Trau & Shana Martin (San Francisco, CA) ... 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Co. B' (Instrumental)
Contestant Russ Paleatia & Patsy Paleatia [sp?] (Garden Grove, CA) ... 'Jump for your Love/In The Mood'
Contestant Martin Parker & Tony Piazza (Long Beach, CA) ... 'Little Brown Jug'-?
Contestant Doug Morris & Star Morris (Tulsa, OK) ... 'Wake Me Up (Before you Go-Go)'

...... Second Pre-Lim Below (in dance order)

Contestant Larry Kern & Lynn Vogen (Costa Mesa, CA) ... 'Let the Good Times Roll'
Contestant Ryan Forbes & Illona Marshall (San Francisco, CA) ... 'My Baby Don't Slow Dance/Hey Bartender'
Contestant Bob Garrett & Annette Garrett (St. Louis) ... 'Rockett 88'
Contestant Lance Shermoen & Mary Ann Nunez (Los Angeles, CA) ... 'Nervous Man, Nervous/Backster's Boogie'
Contestant Steve Mitchell & Erin Stevens (Pasadena, CA) ... 'Sing, Sing, Sing'
Contestant Jerry Crim & Jody Bridges (Tulsa, OK) ... 'Heart of Rock and Roll'
Contestant Leo Waldrup & Mary Shilley (Los Angeles, CA) ... 'Rockin' at Midnight'
no show Jerry Cobb & Jackie Cobb (Withdrew from Competition due to a pre comp body injury)

USOPEN Classic Division Finals results (First Year!)

  1. Joe Marchioni & Patricia Michaels (CA)
  2. Jack Siegler & Diane Lynn (CA)
  3. Al Neal & Barbara Lill (OK)
  4. Mark Dreggs & Terrie Cheton (sp?) (CA)
  5. Ed Cirio & Diane Durosette (CA)
  6. Mike Sullivan & Jeannie Peterson
  7. Fiorial Actafoda & Joey Peadleon (CA)
  8. Frank Amatuzio & Corrine Amatuzio (CA)

USOPEN Classic Pre-Lims: (in dance order)

Contestant Ed Cirio & Diane Durosette (San Francisco, CA) ... 'Just a Gigaloo'
Contestant Joe Marchioni & Patricia Michaels (SO. CA) ... 'Wake Me Up/Rockin at Midnight'
Contestant Mark Dreggs & Terrie Cheton (SO. CA) ... 'Rock around the Clock'
Contestant Fiorial Actafoda & Joey Peadleon (SP?) Los Angeles ... 'Baby Workout/In The Mood'
Contestant Frank Amatuzio & Corrine Amatuzio (Granada Hills, CA) ... 'Slow Big Band Song'
Contestant Mike Sullivan & Jeannie Peterson (Oakland, CA) ... Billy Joel's 'It's My Life'
Contestant Al Neal & Barbara Lill (Oklahoma City, OK) ... 'Rock Tonight Baby' (Blues)
Contestant Jack Siegler & Diane Lynn (San Diego, CA) ... 'Blues Instruemental'

USOPEN Division Judges

Head Judge Annie Hirsch
St. Louis, MO. Teddy Cole
San Francisco Louise Del Carlo
Dallas TX Rose Marie Malody
Burbank, CA Mary Collins
California Fred Tretta
San Diego, CA Ray Walker
Miami, FL. Gene Mills (Alternate)
Phoenix, AZ Robert Bryant
Texas Gray Eargle
Sacramento, CA. Sheryl Zassi
Las Vegas, NV Penny Sanders
Dallas, TX Tony Watson


Master of Ceremonies: Kenny Wetzel
Information Manager: Mary Ann Rogers (Bridges)
Contestants Analyst: Mary Ann Rogers (Bridges)
DeeJays: Kenny Wetzel
Band: Mike Graff and the Boxtones
Presenters: Eye on L.A., Barbara Luna (Actress), Randy Jeffreys (Actor), Dennis Cole (Actor) presented awards.

USOPEN Entertainment

Lynn Vogen Jitterbug Team (CA)
The Funtastic Five Group Band performed on Stage
Felix Chavez & Linda Heller (International Waltz Demo)

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