The Golden Gate Classic Line Dance and Choreographer's Competition was conceived to offer Northern California line dancers a forum to compete, but additionally the opportunity or winners to move on to national competition.
All of us owe a debt of gratitude to the directors of the Bay Area Line Dance Festival, Pat Nowland & Diane Montgomery and Mike & Noreen Gural, for their pioneer efforts in creating a model for line dance competitions.
The work of the Country Western Line Dance Association under the direction of Ganean De La Grange of Fremont, too deserves much credit for spreading the word about dance competitions.
What, in the vision of the Golden Gate Classic, makes this event special? First, the event is sanctioned under Country Western Dance International rules. CWDI is an organization of dancers, for dancers. It's motto is "The Middle Of The Road Organization." This means that it will strive to avoid politics, disputes and autocratic or oligarchic leadership. CWDI began as a couples dance organization, but President, Vern Black, quickly recognized line dancing as a legitimate and complimentary dance form, deserving of equal attention and involvement. ...and summoned the expertise of Charlotte Skeeters to develope the Line Dance Competition Division of CWDI which included formating the rules and creating the Line Dance Judges Training program.
CWDI's sanctioning will insure that the Golden Gate Classic has its focus on presenting dance for everyone to participate in.
Next, the directors of the Golden Gate Classic wished to create a new standard of excellence for the participants and competitors by insisting on quality. Quality in organization, quality in facility, quality in presentation of dances. They believe that quality equals value for the money that dancers pay at attend.
Third, the concept of offering new dances where the choreographers could compete with their peers would lift the kind of dances taught from the mundane to a higher level. proper phrasing, dancer "friendliness", appropriateness of the moves to the music, creativeness in movement should yield solid dances that are fun to do.
Last, it is the goal of the directors to unite the dance community in whatever way they wish to contribute. The "Boot Bridge" logo has a double meaning. It stands for the special geography where the event is held, but it also stands for bridging from one dance producer to another, from one choreographer to another, from one dancer sharing with another. The roots of Country Western dance are in rhythm and music, bridging countries of origin, points of view and style preferences. The cowboy myth of chivalry, "down home" values, frontier hospitality and "out West" drive to make things better should guide all of us in the dance community.

1998 Line Dance Fun
Doris Volz