A website is now up with pricing and information for the 2008 USA Dance Nationals: www.usadancenationals.com Seems so early to be thinking about it, but I guess they are only five months away with early entries due by March 7. Plus, I missed this year's nationals so I'm really excited to go next year. Unfortunately, looking at the way pricing is set up I think nationals will be a lost opportunity. Being on the East Coast and during the school year, I was hopeful the collegiate teams would be there in force and we'd have the strongest syllabus showing in years. But at $80 per couple per event and no student discount (I didn't see one anyway), I'm not sure that will happen. Yes, it is nice to have a structure set up so that the more you dance, the more you pay and that works for me since I only dance one style. But I can see it depressing entries of people who are used to paying a single fee to dance as much as they want. People on the collegiate team here who were interested in going to nationals are pretty offset by the cost (of course, they also have to worry about travel expenses, which doesn't affect the East Coast teams as much). Competitors must buy spectator tickets ($25 daytime/$45 evening) for the sessions in which they are not competing. I'm not a fan of this, I think competitors should get tickets for all sessions included with their entry fees. It just seems like a nice reward for going to a regional and then showing up to nationals. Also, I imagine it would increase the number of spectators. If people have to pay extra on top of their entry fees, they may decide to skip the evening sessions or just go to their favorite event. If it's free, maybe they'll go check out something they haven't seen before. Also, why are championship-level entry fees more expensive? It looks like there already have been very generous donations for scholarships, which is awesome!