Ballroom Dancing in Baton Rouge


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Warren and Patricia Tuttle, of Alpharetta, Georgia, won the Senior II Standard Championship

at the 2011 USA Dance Gumbo of DanceSport Championships.  Photo by Bogdan Oporowski. 


Gumbo Championships in New Orleans

Louisiana's largest amateur competition, the Gumbo of DanceSport Championships, will be held at the Sheraton Hotel Downtown  July 10-12, 2020.  For details see

National Organization

The leading national organization for amateur ballroom dancing is USA Dance.   The Gumbo Chapter of USA Dance covers the members in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Houma, and the parishes in between.  The Chapter also supports the Gumbo events.

USA Dance provides the governing body for amateur competitions in the USA, and dancers participating in comps sanctioned by USA Dance must be competitive level members ("dancesport athletes"). All members receive American Dancer magazine and e-mail news. Membership dues range from $10 for youth to $60 for adult athletes. For information and membership application forms contact either (a) the Gumbo Chapter at, or (b) the national office at  









Lenar Whitney performed at Saturday Night Ballroom with 
instructor Brad Petrie .  Photo by C. Phillips.











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