Volunteer - Join Our 2020 Volunteer Organizing Team

Circle of Friends (image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)The Royal Palm DanceSport Championships NQE & WDSF Open is a very successful, exciting, and fun annual event!  The Competition – now in its 17th year, sponsored by the USA Dance, Royal Palm Chapter, is now a USA Dance National Qualifying Event, which includes WDSF Open Events, and divisions for Amateurs, Pro/Am, Collegiate, and Professionals. It attracts hundreds of excellent dancers and spectators from Florida, around the U.S., Canada, and the World.

We are grateful to our many dedicated volunteers who form our annual Volunteer Organizing Team and help make this event happen each year. They do a remarkable job, as illustrated by the many Comments of praise we receive from participants in the Competition each year. In addition, our volunteers become a wonderful “Circle of Friends.”


Our 2019 Volunteer Organizing Team for our
February 9, 2019 Royal Palm DanceSport Championships NQE & WDSF Open:

Following are the members who were part of our 2019 Volunteer Organizing Team,
for our Royal Palm DanceSport Championships NQE and WDSF Open on February 9, 2019:  

Organizer:     Connie Barnhart Koontz

Co-Chair, Organizing Committee:     Lee Fox

Competition Registrars & O2cm Managers:     Connie Barnhart Koontz     Dave Koontz  

Competition Heating, Schedule & Program:     Connie Barnhart Koontz

Onsite Registration:     Sterling Sightler    

Deck Captain:     Paula Mendelsohn

Assistant Deck Captain & Support for Competitors:     Linda Miller     Autumn Nikirk

Competitor Package Assembly:     Connie Barnhart Koontz     Dave Koontz  

Reception/ Competitor Check-in:    Millie Ledoux     Sterling Sightler     Linda Miller     Patti MacDonald
with help from Members of Logistics Team

Collegiate Outreach & FAU Team Sponsor:     Carolyne New

Support for Judges:     Marcia Miller     Al Guzzi     Dave Koontz     Syrus Partian    
Ernie Arcaro & Logistics Team

Logistics Director:     Ernie Arcaro

Logistics Team:
(Alphabetical order)
Ernie Arcaro, Bee Behar, Elizabeth Coldren, Matthew Dindial, Rita Ferraraccio, Real Forget, Jill Fragale,
Steven Goldstein, Susan Horowitz, Tammy Light, Marcia Miller, Rosalie Monte, Syrus Partian, Nancy Price,
Roni Sarvas, Jo Ann Scali, Ann Smith, Sheila Smith, Lou Stojanov, Angela Territo, Aileen Waech

Spectator Ticket Sales & Seating:     Terry O’Donnell     Ernie Arcaro     Angela Territo     Susan Horowitz  
Ann Smith     Sheila Smith

Set Up & Take Down (part of Logistics):   Advisors:     Les & Patti MacDonald     John Rannella
    Ernie Arcaro     Aileen Waech     Syrus Partian     Other members of Logistics Team

Grants & Scholarships Fundraising:    Connie Barnhart Koontz     Crystal S.H. Wong, CPA     Our Whole Board

Awards:     Connie Barnhart Koontz     Crystal S.H. Wong, CPA

Awards Platform:     Millie Ledoux     Robert Kassover

Computers & Electronic Equipment:     Dave Koontz     Scrutineer, Daniel Dilley

Food Arrangements:
Connie Barnhart Koontz     Goldcoast Ballroom     Ernie Arcaro     Logistics Team

Hotel Arrangements, Vendor Arrangements & Shuttle Arrangements:     Connie Barnhart Koontz

Promotion & Communications:     Connie Barnhart Koontz     Dave Koontz    
Our Entire Board & Competition Advisory Committee

Competition Webmasters:     Connie and Dave Koontz
(Competition website – www.RoyalPalmDancesport.org)

Chapter Webmaster:     Marius Ungureanu
(Chapter website – www.USADance-RoyalPalm.org)

Chapter Newsletter:     Terry O’Donnell    

Chapter Photographer:     Lee Ranger


Volunteer Now to Join the 2020 Volunteer Organizing Team

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To Volunteer:

If you want to be part of the camaraderie of this great Team of volunteers and volunteer to join our 2020 Volunteer Organizing Team, e-mail the Organizer at Organizer@royalpalmdancesport.org.

Or simply fill out the Form below, and click “Send” at the bottom:

Offer to Volunteer/ Application to Join 2020 Volunteer Organizing Team

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Thank you for your Offer to join the 2020 Volunteer Organizing Team for the Royal Palm DanceSport Championships NQE & WDSF Open Competition!
We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Why Volunteer to Help, and Become a Member of
our 2020 Volunteer Organizing Team?

  In addition to the reward of being a part of the Team producing such a beautiful and well received event,

  Benefits We Give Back:

In recognition and gratitude for our wonderful Volunteers, the Royal Palm Chapter will provide to each of our Volunteers who are members of our 2020 Volunteer Organizing Team and help at the Competition:

  • Free Admission to the 2020 Competition, All Day and All Evening (wearing our “Volunteer/ Staff” Badges) on the day on which you volunteer .
  • If you work on Saturday, Free Buffet Dinner at the Saturday Evening Session of the Competition!
  • Free Admission to our first monthly Chapter Social Dance after the Competition.
  • Recognition with gratitude at the Competition, at our Chapter Dance following the Competition, and listing as a Member of the 2020 Volunteer Organizing Team in the Competition Program, on this website, and in our Chapter Newsletter.

  Have Fun and Be Part of a Great Circle of Friends. Our volunteers have a great time socializing, watching the amazing dancing we see each year, or performing and competing themselves. As someone said, “Dancers are the nicest people, and the most energetic, engaging, and fun friends!” Whoever said that was right!

Volunteer to help with the Competition and become a member of our 2020 Volunteer Organizing Team! It is great fun to be part of this amazing Team of friends!

  The Services You Donate are Tax-Deductible at “Fair Market Value” In addition, services and items donated to USA Dance, Inc. are tax deductible at their fair market value, as USA Dance, Inc. is qualified as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Tax Code. If you volunteer, you can request a Donation Receipt for your hours of service, for your tax records. (The Internal Revenue Code places the responsibility for estimating the value of services or items donated upon the donor rather than the organization receiving the gift. The IRS advises that “fair market value” is interpreted as the price which a buyer is willing to pay and the seller is willing to accept, when the two are independent and dealing at arm’s length.)

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What Can you Do to Help, as a Member of our 2020 Volunteer Organizing Team?

Among the tasks with which we need volunteer help for the Competition are the following:

  • Registration Desk — Works with Registrar to ensure all couples are properly registered for competition event.
  • Ticket Seller — Sells any tickets remaining on competition weekend and helps with selling programs etc.
  • Door Attendant — Checks audience tickets at entrance to ballroom.
  • Ushers –Assists guests in finding their assigned seats.
  • Clerical Help — Helps with printing programs, labeling tickets & reserved tables, stuffing Registration packets, and other clerical and secretarial tasks.
  • Hospitality — Helps with membership issues and answering questions about USA Dance, and welcoming and assisting competitors and guests at the Competition.
  • Support for Judges — Keeps the Judges’ tables & area clean and makes sure that the snacks are out and replenished.
  • Floater — Someone who wants to do a little of everything.
  • Logistics & Setup/Take-Down — (always need people in this area) Looking for super volunteers who don’t mind getting down and dirty. If you help set up (Thursday) or take down (Saturday at end of the Competition) you will receive, not just one, but two free admission tickets to our next USA Dance monthly dances following the Competition.

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Count Down to Our Next Competition - February 28-29, 2020

USA Dance National Qualifying Event (NQE)

World DanceSport Federation (WDSF)

The Royal Palm DanceSport Championships NQE
February 28-29, 2020 in Sunny South Florida!!
USA Dance National Qualifying Event (NQE) & WDSF Open
Open to the World!   WDSF Open Events Included!

The Annual USA Dance Royal Palm DanceSport Competition,
sponsored & organized by USA Dance, Royal Palm Chapter # 6016, and now in it's 17th year,
is one of the most highly regarded
dancesport competitions in Florida and in the United States.
We welcome Amateur, Pro/Am, and Professional competitor couples
from around the United States, Canada, and the World!

Competition Sponsors & Principal Donors:


Dancing Videos
Order your Videos in advance or at the Competition
Purple Tiger
Hair & Makeup - Text 941-266-1515
for Appointment (at our Host Hotel)
Moondance Studios - Photography
View & purchase your Photos
at the Competition
The Ballroom Shop 2 - Shoes, Costumes, Dancewear, Jewelry
Shoes, Costumes,
Dancewear, Jewelry