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The Emerald Ball Has It All!

If you are a serious pro-am, amateur, or professional competitor, Wayne and Donna Eng’s Emerald Ball Dancesport Championships is a ‘Must Do’ competition! One of the largest dance competitions in America, this event attracts the best of the best from the United States and abroad!

Welcome to Emerald Ball

For serious dance competitors, the Emerald Ball is a ‘must do’ top-flight dance competition to capture your ranking on the national scene.

If you are new to mega dance competitions, Emerald Ball’s U.S. Dance Congress is the perfect place to learn how to compete on the big floor. Register for our dance camp and ‘up your game’ with coaching from the best in the industry.

In your free time between dance competitions, experience the excitement of Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Dancing With The Stars, and Disneyland. Or relax at nearby beaches and bars.

Everyone’s talking about the Emerald Ball Dancesport Championships, so you don’t want to miss it!

History of the Emerald Ball

In 1989, Wayne and Donna Eng purchased the Emerald Ball Championships from Ken and Sheila Sloan. Prior to that, they had been promoting it for 25 years. It is said to be one of the oldest ballroom competitions in U.S. history, originating in San Francisco. Wayne then 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. He was also a co-host for a couple of years for PBS’s popular show Championship Ballroom Dancing, which was produced by Aida Moreno and 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 dance 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 currently the Vice President and Competition Director of the American Ballroom Company, which sponsors the United States Dance Championships.

More About the Emerald Ball

In 2013, the Emerald Ball became the largest pro/am competition in the world with over 15,000 entries, including amateurs and professionals. 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 while 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.

We are proud to be a part of these 6 prestigious dancesport circuits and hosting 2 of the grand finales.

You do not want to miss this competition!