About the Organizers - Wayne & Donna Eng
In 1989, Wayne and Donna Eng purchased the Emerald Ball Championships from Ken and Sheila Sloan. They had been promoting it for 25 years prior to that. It is said to be one of the oldest ballroom competitions in U.S. history, originating in San Francisco. Then, Wayne approached Terry Leone to become a partner. Terry, who had worked directly under Arthur Murray, was the owner of the Arthur Murray studio in Beverly Hills. Leone, who passed on in 1994, was featured on the Merv Griffin Show at least 50 times to promote Arthur Murray studios and was co-host for a couple years for the PBS popular show, Championship Ballroom Dancing produced by Aida Moreno, filmed at the Ohio Star Ball. In 1994, Wayne and Donna became the sole organizers and owners of the Emerald Ball and have made the competition one of America's premier events. The Engs have also run a successful dance studio for over 20 years and hold an annual dance camp in Las Vegas, Nevada with over 700 participants. This camp sells out annually. Wayne Eng is currenly the Vice President and Competition Director of the American Ballroom Company, which sponsors the United States Dance Championships.
About the Event
If you are a serious pro-am, amateur, or professional competitor Wayne and Donna Eng's Emerald Ball is a "must do" competition. One of the three largest competitions in America for over 20 years and in 2013 became the largest pro/am competition in the world with over 15,000 entries including amateurs and professionals, this event attracts the best of the best from the U.S. and abroad. The dance standard is high and so is the prize money. Just starting out? The Emerald Ball is also a great competition to get your feet wet with the newcomer events. Get inspired and set a goal, watching some of the top competitors in the world. Don't forget your camera, as you'll probably see "Dancing With The Stars" performers in person! Great food, a fun hotel -- plus close to L.A.'s most exciting attractions.