About the Organizers - Wayne & Donna Eng
The Emerald Ball has it all!
For the serious competitor the Emerald Ball is a 'must do',top-flight event to capture your ranking on the national scene.
If you are new to mega-competitions, Emerald Ball is the perfect place to learn how to compete on the big floor. Take in our dance camp and 'up your game' with coaching from the best in the industry.
In your free time, experience the excitement of Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Dancing With the Stars, and Disneyland, or relax at nearby beaches and bars.
Emerald Ball! Everyone's talking about it. You won't want to miss it.
History of the Event
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.
More 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.
Wayne Eng Professional Bio
Wayne Eng is an entrepreneur extraordinaire, retired award-winning professional dancer, and owner/operator of ballroom dancing educational programs and dance championship events.
Wayne and his wife Donna competed in Dancesport dance competitions from 1981 to 1989. In those short 8 years, they became 3-time United States Latin Finalists, United States Rising Star Runner-Up, 3-time Blackpool Rising Star Finalists, and Eastern United States Champions and has represented Hong Kong in the World Latin Championships where they reach the semi-final round.
In 1983, Wayne and Donna made a decision to retired from the competitive dancing arena to start a family. From 1983 – 1994, they established their own independent Dancesport studio and quickly became one of the top independent studios in the nation.
In 1992, Wayne and Donna also founded Dance Vision, which has become the world leader in production and distribution of Dancesport instructional videos. Their company has produced over 500 videos, partnering with National and World Dance Champions. In 2001, the DVIDA® Syllabus was created to teach professionals how to instruct students in the world of dance. More than 400 independent dance studios and teachers have used their syllabus throughout the United States. DVIDA® Syllabus is recognized by the National Dance Council of America and the Canadian Dance Teachers Association recently adopted the DVIDA® American Style Syllabus as their official syllabus for certifying professional instructors. Learn more about Dance Vision here: www.DanceVision.com
Wayne is also the Founder of ProDVIDA (Professional Dance Vision International Dance Association). ProDVIDA is a professional teacher organization, open to all professional dance teachers and competitors. The mission is to identify those teachers who exemplify the highest levels of skill and ethical standards, through training, experience and DVIDA® certification. ProDVIDA processes certifications to professional Ballroom Teachers at various levels with over 50 examiners in the USA and more than 1,500 members to date. www.ProDVIDA.com
EXECUTIVE VP & DIRECTOR, American Ballroom Company & Competition
Since 2005, Wayne has played the role of Executive Vice President of American Ballroom Company & Competition. He is the acting Director for the Official United States Dance Championships. Since Wayne took on this position, the organization has become so successful that it is now rated as one of the top 5 competitions in the United States. www.UnitedStatesDanceChampionships.com
ORGANIZER, Mastery Camps
Dance Vision organizes the largest 5 Day Camp in the world for ballroom dancers. The Mastery Camp was launched in 1996 and continues to bring more than 700 participants from across the globe every year to Las Vegas, Nevada. www.MasteryCamps.com
SUPPLIER/VENDOR, Dancing with the Stars
For 20 seasons, the hit show, Dancing With The Stars, has engage Wayne Eng/Dance Vision to provide their dance floor. www.dancevision.com/store/dance-floor/
ORGANIZER, Emerald Ball Championship Competition
Wayne has been an organizer of the Emerald Ball Dancesport Championship since 1989. For more than 20 years, the Emerald Ball has been one of the three largest competitions in America. In 2013 it became the largest professional/amateur competitions in the world, having over 15,000 entries that wish to compete each year. www.EmeraldBall.com
FUNDRAISER, UNLV Men's Soccer
Wayne Eng has been instrumental in fundraising for the UNLV Men's soccer team since Richard Ryerson took over as the head coach.
PHILANTHROPY & CHARITIES
Wayne supports the mission of the Khmer Child Foundation and helps with promotion, awareness campaigns and fundraising activities. He also provides Dance support and opportunities that support The Cure Charitable Foundation benefiting Cancer Programs and Research. Wayne also donate annually to the NV Junior Diabetes Research Foundation and to the NV Hope For Prisoners program.
REAL ESTATE EXPERIENCE
Wayne has managed real estate apartments in the Los Angeles area and has built 2 office buildings as well as two luxury custom homes in Las Vegas.
HOBBIES & INTERESTS
In his spare time, Wayne practices yoga several times a week. Both his sons played youth soccer and Wayne enjoyed traveling with them as they competed in tournaments including the N Ireland MILK Cup, ODP Championships, Orlando and Nike Manchester Cup Finals. Wayne has continued to support and follow the development and programs of Real Salt Lake Academy, where his son played for 2.5 years and won the U16 Academy Championships in 2013.
Wayne currently lives in Las Vegas with his wife, Donna, and enjoys quality time with his sons, Tyler and Jason.
Learn more about Wayne Eng and his multifaceted companies at www.DanceVision.com.