Phoenix 4th of July 2018

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 thru Sunday, July 8, 2018

Dance styles: West Coast Swing

Event Details

Event Details


Welcome to The Fourth of July! July 4 - July 8, 2018!

Did you know that this coming summer in the Valley of the Sun is the 37th Anniversary of the Phoenix 4th of July Convention? As the original West Coast Swing Convention, we strive to honor the traditions of where west coast swing originated and bridge to what it will become. Year after year, it continues to be “Where Legends are Made”. Held in a fabulous 5 star resort, the J.W. Marriott Camelback Inn, which graces the base of beautiful Mummy Mountain in Paradise Valley and is the first choice for a luxury resort.

Top champions join together to teach, compete, entertain and amaze us. The YASDA program offers great opportunities to the junior dancers to learn from the best. We offer a fun learning environment for juniors while offering the best in late night dancing for the other dancers - lots of social dancing for everyone.

The highest standard of excellence is maintained by our dance competitors and judging panel for all our competitive divisions: Invitational Champion, Jack& Jill, and the ever-popular Strictly Swing. We are proud to be a WSDC event for 37 years - please join us!

Special Workshops

Michael and Amber Cross – Early Bird Dance and Hustle


Robert RoystonKyle ReddSarah Vann Drake
Jordan FrisbeeTatiana MollmannParker Dearborn
Melissa RutzMyles MonroeTessa Cunningham
Benji SchwimmerKellese KeyDeborah Szekely
Cassy DunningLaurie SchwimmerGuido Sortica
Mike CrossAmber CrossJesse Dickson
Lannie SullivanNicole ClonchHannah Meyer
Mike CarringerDrew MitchellFae Ashley
Sean McKeeverCourtney AdairRandy Odish

Main Judging Panel

Carrie LucasJay ByamJeannie Tucker
John WheatonMary Ann NunezJim Tigges
Laureen BaldoviSharole NegreteBuddy Schwimmer
Head JudgeStan Jaquish

Disc Jockeys

April Prince
Larissa Tingle Schubert
Brian Sforzo
Butch Viola
Sean Jessup
Sue Davila
Fred Johnson
Mike Gallo

Country Bootcamp

Mona BrandtMaggie TennessenRobert CamposDwight& Sandi Nelson

All American (high-low) Jack & Jill

Dancers of any skill level or age may enter the division. Everyone will be randomly sorted to select a partner. Dancers will be separated into newcomer through intermediate and advanced through champion. If you are intermediate or below, you are guaranteed to draw a dancer of advanced level or higher, and vice-versa. This creates a very fun and social competition in which anyone could place.

Generational Strictly Swing

This strictly swing has a unique twist. each couple must have 20 years of age separating them i.e. a 20 year old must dance with someone 40 years of age or older, a 60 year old must dance with someone 40 years of age or younger. This challenge creates a fun opportunity to dance with people competitively that you may not normally.

The Resort

Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

Room Rate - $136

Book your room for $136/night

Book your room right now before the Camelback sells out!

Phone Reservations: (877) 622-3140

In order to receive the above rate please mention "Phoenix 4th of July Dance"

Within 4 miles of Camelback Golf Club, this sleek, Pueblo Revival–style resort is also 5 miles from Scottsdale's Arts District and 8 miles from the Desert Botanical Garden.

Sophisticated rooms provide pillow-top mattresses, minifridges and coffeemakers, plus Wi-Fi (fee). Upgraded rooms add balconies, pull-out sofas and/or microwaves, while luxe suites tack on living rooms with fireplaces. Some also feature private pools.

Dining options include a high-end steakhouse, a Southwestern restaurant, a refined bar and a coffee shop. There's also a chic day spa, an outdoor pool and a sundeck, plus a fitness center and a free golf course shuttle.

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Join us for our Greater Phoenix International 4th of July Convention!

This long standing west coast swing convention has been hosted by the GPSDC since 1981. People from all over the world come to this fabulous historic event over the Independence Day weekend. Don’t miss out on one of the world’s largest Jack & Jill Events!!

Convention opens on Wednesday July 4 at 6pm with a workshop, then dance the night away starting at 7 pm at the Early Bird Dance.

GPSDC has a no refund, no exchange policy. For more information please contact us.

Roommates, Dance Partners, General Comments

Roommates, Dance Partners, General Comments