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Special thanks to Joel Plys for allowing the original Rendezvous prizes to be used once more at our event.

Rendezvous Championship

Battle for the Rendezvous plaque!

Winners will also be offered a teaching contract for 2024

Our winning couples will receive two championship plaques engraved with the signatures of Balboa legends like Maxie Dorf, Hal Takier, Anne Mills and many more. They will also have their names added to the Balboa Rendezvous winners' plaque, originally created for the International Balboa Championships held in the historic Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach, CA. Winners also retain the option to return as instructors the following year!

Competitors select their own partners and enter the contest as couples.  The contest begins with a single Pure Balboa Prelim, followed by several other rounds.  See below.

Entry is $20 per couple, pre-register or  payable on the day of the contest. 

*all competitors must have a dance pass or full weekend pass.

**This is an open-level contest.

Contest Schedule:


Friday Night (First and second band break)

Pure Balboa Challenge: The name says it all: Pure Balboa only. The prelim will take place during the first band break.  Competitors who advance are entered in both the Pure Balboa Finals and the Bal-Swing Semi-finals. 

Please note: The Pure Bal Challenge will continue until there is only one champion couple left! It is a Prelim but also a contest in its own right.


The Pure Balboa Finals occur during the second band break. 

*there will be no disqualifications or point reductions for opening up into bal swing for round one but your bal swing will NOT be judged this round.

​Saturday After Classes 


Draw Contest Prelims: Mix and Match Follows and Leads will be judged separately


Bal-Swing Semi-Finals: Show us your best Bal-Swing! Results  will battle it out in the Rendezvous Cup Finals.

Saturday Night

Draw Contest Finals (first band break)


Rendezvous Cup Finals (second band break): Anything goes! Winners will receive two plaques proudly displaying the signatures of many of the Balboa greats, originally created for the Balboa Rendezvous' International Balboa Championships.

Draw Contest

This is an open-level contest.

Classic format!

Prelims:  competitors are randomly assigned partners of the opposite role and dance to music of three different tempos.  Partners rotate randomly between musical selections.  Leads and follows are judged separately.

Finals:  competitors are randomly assigned partners.  Competitors keep these assigned partners for the duration of the finals and are judged as couples.

Sunday Night

Slow Balboa Contest

This will be free/fun dance contest. Competitors will be tapped out until there are three finalists who will battle it out (slowly) to receive  a special prize announced during the weekend!

2019 Champions: Jennifer and Blake

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