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  • The 1987 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. 1987 Location: Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, Ca. (Thanksgiviing Weekend)
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Showcase Division (this is the most difficult Category to master)

  1. Barry Jones & Judy Ford (TX) ... 'Think'
  2. Larry Kern & Lynn Vogen (CA) ... 'It Don't Mean A Thing/Hit Me With Your Best Shot'
  3. Dale Rouggly & Sherry Lawson (MO) ... 'Great Gosh Amighty'
  4. Lance Shermoen & Sharlot Jansen (CA) ... 'Conga/La Bamba/Oh What A Night'
  5. Elliot Silk & Star Morris (OK) ... ' Mony Mony/-
  6. Bob Garrett & Annette Garrett (MO) ... 'Old Couple routine'
  7. Jaimy Arieas & Debra Ramsey (CA) ... 'Backseat Boogie'
  8. Lowell Gosser & Mary Manzella (CA) ... 'Instruemental'
  9. Bob & Valerie La Femina (MO) ...'Boppin The Blues'
  10. Sonny Watson & Tracy Roberts (CA) ... 'Great Gosh Amighty/Trickle Trickle'

Classic Division (no lifts, drops etc. or seperated dancing)

  1. Phil Trau & Michelle Kinkaid (CA) ... 'Hit the Road Jack'
  2. Dennis & Melinda Comeau (CA) ... 'Cho-Choo Cha' boogie'
  3. Mike & Jeannie (CA) ... 'Blue Finger Lou'
  4. Bill Joslin & Carolyne Frey (CA) ... 'Jump'
  5. Jonathon Bixby & Sylvia Sykes (CA) ... 'Big Band Instruemental'
  6. Paul & Marlene Johnson (NM) ... 'Gonna Have a Time Tonight?'
  7. Rob Vanharen & Andrea (CA) ... 'Big Band Instruemental'
  8. Lloyd Lickert & Reina (CA) ... 'Let The Good Times Roll'
  9. Dennis & Denise (-) ... Instruemental
  10. John & Mary Shiley (CA) ... 'Hey Bartender/One More Shot'

Jackpot Jack & Jill (any level, except this years competitors)

  1. Steve Wong & Donna Lynch (CA)
  2. (Only first place was awarded that year)


  • 1) The 'Showstoppers' Swing Dance Team choreographed by Kenny Wetzel. Team consisted of: Sonny Watson & Tracy Roberts, Carlito Rofoli & Annette, Louie Juarez & Mary Ann Nunez, Mike Gallo & Pocket, Jim Fisk & Robin Farlorne-Fisk.
  • 2) Cindy Pecka & Kenny Gonzalez: Hip Hop Routine

Division Judges

Head Judge Fred Tretta
San Francisco, CA Hal Diesen
St. Louis, MO Terry Martin
San Diego, CA Irene Reiger
Houston, TX Mario Robau Jr.
Oklahoma City, OK Charlie Stinson
Dallas, TX Sandi Trent
Phoenix, AZ Dave Wendt

Specialty Judges

Judge: none
Judge: none
Workshop Teachers: Mario Robau Jr & Valerie La Femina
Workshop Teachers: Jack Carey & Annie Hirsch


Master of Ceremonies: Kenny Wetzel
Contestants Rep. Annie Hirsch
Information Mgr. Mary Ann (Rogers)-Bridges
Contestants Analyst: none
DeeJays: Kenny Wetzel
Bands: 'Passage', 'Midnight Magic'


Favorite Social Dancer: none given
Humanitarian Award: Ray Walker (for Teacher, Promoter, Historian, a Past Club President)
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