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  • The 1988 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. 1988 Location: Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, Ca. (Thanksgiviing Weekend)
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Showcase Division (this is the most difficult Category to master)

  1. Dale Rouggly & Sheri Lawson (MO) ... 'Born To Boogie'
  2. Barry Jones & Judy Ford (TX) ... 'Baby I'm a Star'
  3. Gary Long & Tamara Moody (TX) ... 'Deeper and Deeper?'
  4. Lance Shermoen & Sharlot Jansen (CA) ... 'Minnie the Moocher/Cleanin' Up The Town
  5. Andre' Washington & Ava Apple (CA) ... 'New Attitude'
  6. Sonny Watson & Tracy Roberts (CA) ... 'Jim Dandy'
  7. Mark Slater & Abra Slater (CA) ... 'Thriller/Born To Boogie'
  8. Victor Girard & Kathleen McCarthy' (CA) ... 'a Medley'
  9. ... Only Eight Couples made Finals

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

  1. Dominic Yin & Kelly Buckwalter (CA) ... 'Art of Noise'
  2. Randy Clements & Diana Robert (TX) ... 'Soul Song ?'
  3. Jonathon Bixby & Sylvia Sykes (CA) ... 'Big Band Song ?'
  4. Bill Joslin & Carolyn Frey (CA) ... 'Love is in the Air'
  5. Jerry Crim & Jody Bridges (OK) ... 'Cold Women with Warm Hearts'
  6. Mike Gallo & Mary Gonzales [aka Shiley] (CA) ... 'Rock Tonight Baby/Rocket 88'
  7. Terry Rippa & Gloria Winstead (TX) ... 'Can't Get Busted'
  8. Teddy Cole & Valerie La Femina (MO) ... 'an Instruemental Blues Medley?'
  9. ... Only Eight Couples made Finals

Young Adult Division (6-17 years)

  1. Dean Tompkins & Katie Buergeois (CA) ... 'Beatles-Shake it up, Baby'
  2. Scott Smith & Shannon Stuart (CA) ... "Simply Irresitable/Rock and Roll Music"
  3. ... No Other Entrant's

Cabaret Division (Anything But Swing)

  1. Jason Wright - Michael Jackson Impersonation (was exceptional)
  2. John Power & Jason Wright (aka Pure Energy) - Jazz/ Hip Hop routine
  3. Lynn Vogen Dancers - Swing Routine
  4. Benji Schwimmer - Micheal Jackson Impersonation (was like 5 years old here)
  5. Jennifer Englund - Jazz routine

Jackpot Jack & Jill

  1. Louie Juarez & Tammy ... 'Shimmy, She-Wabble, All Night Long'
  2. Robert Bryant - Donna Lynch ... 'Ain't Enuff room in a Boogie?'
  3. ... Only first & Second were Awarded

Division Judges

Head Judge Fred Tretta
St. Louis, MO Murie Cook
Los Angeles, CA Mary Ann Nunez
Tulsa, OK Mary Robinette
Odessa, TX Gwen Russell
San Francisco, CA Dave Robinson
Costa Mesa, CA Buddy Schwimmer
St. Louis, MO Vance Thompson

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Master of Ceremonies Kenny Wetzel
Contestants Rep. Annie Hirsch
Information Mgr. Bill Sousa (Computer)
Contestants Analyst None
DeeJays Kenny Wetzel
Workshop Instructor Sonny Watson & Tracy Roberts
Workshop Instructor Gary Long & Tamara Moody

Workshop Instructors

Workshop 1 Sonny Watson & Tracy Roberts (West Coast Swing)
Workshop 2 Gary Long & Tamara Moody (West Coast Swing/Push)

Awards and Presentations

Nasde Winner Male n/a
Nasde Winner Female n/a
Favorite Social Dancer n/a
Humanitarian Award n/a
Most Improved Dancer n/a