Dore Exquisite Gowns Spearheads "Quickstep for Kindness" Video Contest Celebrating Positive Impact of Ballroom Dance

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Interactive video contest invites high school and university teams to showcase uplifting force of ballroom dance in the US. Sponsors include Dore Exquisite Gowns, Swarovski Elements, the Brigham Young University Ballroom Dance Program, Arthur Murray Dance Studios and DSI London

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Besides being an opportunity to win a significant prize package for their high school or college team, the contest emphasizes turning a team’s passion for dance into something beneficial and inspiring for their local community.

Dore Designs, the top Ballroom Dance Atelier in the United States is proud to announce “Quickstep for Kindness”, a unique contest for high school and collegiate dancers nationwide. The contest began this August 23rd and will culminate in March 2013 at the United States National Amateur Dancesport Championships at BYU. Besides being an opportunity to win a significant prize package for their high school or college team, the contest emphasizes turning a team’s passion for dance into something beneficial and inspiring for their local community.

Dore Designs has come together with Swarovski Elements, Brigham Young University (BYU) Ballroom Dance Program, Arthur Murray Dance Studios and DSI London to sponsor the Quickstep for Kindness video contest. Contestants will be judged on a 60 second or less influential video on how they are bringing about positive changes in their community with the use of their Ballroom Dancing talents. The grand prize for the contest includes a $10,000 travel sponsorship provided by Arthur Murray Dance Studios, fully paid entries to the U.S. National Amateur Dancesport Championships in Provo, UT provided by the BYU Ballroom Dance Program, a $3000 additional travel fund provided by Swarovski and Dore Designs, Men’s costumes provided by DSI London and Women’s costuming provided by Dore Designs.

Over the last decade, the Ballroom Dance industry has experienced an explosive rise in popularity as a result of hit reality television shows including “So You think You Can Dance,” “Dancing with the Stars“ and “America’s Best Dance Crew,” which have reinforced dance as not just an art form but also as a means of self-improvement. With every major network having jumped on the dance reality television bandwagon, Ballroom dance has become an accessible and enjoyable art for both dance fanatics and non-dance audiences. Dore Designs can be seen on the amazing young dancers of the reality show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” and on the global stage in national and international dance competitions. Having once been a professional dancer and studio manager, Dore Designs’ CEO & Head Designer Dawn Smart has an undying passion for dance and wants to encourage young dancers to keep this magic alive.

The contest is also an excellent opportunity to encourage under-funded ballroom programs in high school and universities to keep the tradition of Dancesport alive. An increasingly popular art form and sport, Ballroom Dance has been recently recognized as a potential Olympic competition by both the International Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic Committee. "Quickstep for Kindness" video contest wants to enhance this kind of recognition for ballroom dancing.

Along with Brigham Young University, one of the sponsors of the contest, many top tier colleges and Universities have notable ballroom dance programs including Harvard, Yale, MIT, University of Maryland, Princeton, University of Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue, Arizona State and the University of California. Dore Designs and the other sponsors of Quickstep for Kindness are excited to begin receiving submissions from these and other teams around the country. Submissions are being accepted before January 13th 2013.

Dore Designs is an industry leader in the United States for Ballroom fashion. The company sponsors 42 professional and amateur couples in the United States and Canada. Dore Designs can be seen across the globe on world champions, finalists and dance novices. Dore Designs thrives in the French tradition of haute couture, in keeping each Dore Designs ballroom or evening wear gown an exclusive creation made to the wearer’s explicit measurements and carriage. The future success of Dore Designs will be expanded by couture and ready-to-wear lines for evening, as well as practice wear that can be customized for dance studios to brand themselves. For more on Dawn Smart and Dore Designs visit http://www.doredesigns.com and “like” them on Facebook to stay abreast of their latest designs facebook.com/DoreDesigns.

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