I'm starting this thread so that there is a single place where people with questions about the 2006 USA Dance Nationals to go for information. This thread will remain "sticky" until, oh, say September 30, 2006. In case you're wondering, I'm one of the main organizers and will be acting as Registrar for the competition. Here's the status so far.... Planning for the 2006 USA DanceSport National Championships is well underway. When: Friday, August 11 through Sunday, August 13 Where: San Jose Civic Auditorium (not the San Jose Convention Center), San Jose, California Nearest Airport: San Jose (SJC). Served by Southwest, JetBlue, American, United, and pretty much everyone else. Taxi service from the airport is about $25 (including tip). SuperShuttle shared van service is also about $25 for two people. Hotel: The hotel is the nearly-new San Jose Marriott, located directly across the street from the Civic Auditorium. There will be a special USABDA National Championships rate of $89 (plus $8.96) tax per night. Entry Tickets: The entry fees for this competition have not yet been published, but they will be less than in recent years. Also, the ticketing structure will be more flexible (i.e., people will not be forced to buy a three-day pass if they don't want or need it). Entry Methods: Believe it or not, there were numerous complaints about there not being a readily available mail-in paper entry option last year. For 2006, we will accept both online entries (possibly using Mark Tabor's system from last year, possibly not) and paper entries. Volunteers: We love volunteers. We need volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, you can earn a refund for your entry tickets by working a certain number of hours. We will be posting a list of volunteer positions and other information when I actually get the 2006 Nationals web site built out Preliminary Schedule: We almost have one. It will be mostly the same as last year, we just had to shift a thing or two around to accomodate the World Class World Team selection events. The schedule will go up on the web site when it's all approved -- I'm shooting for the end of January, but that's just a guess. It is my goal to get all this information up quickly though! Any questions or comments? Here is the place to ask them. I might start a Nationals blog somewhere, if I do I'll let you all know here.