Portland Open Dancesport Competition

Trip: Thurs-Sun, May 5-8
2022 Event: Fri-Sat, May 6 & 7.
Downtown Portland Hilton (OR)

(Note: click on the tab titles for more info)
Dancesport (Smooth Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Social/Club) competitions for all ages. Day sessions include all levels and ages of competitions (Rhythm/Club & Standard Friday, Smooth & Int’l Latin Saturday). Evening includes more competitions & higher levels, social dancing, show numbers, and pro competition. As always, we have fun venues to eat at and city to see!

Hilton, Downtown Portland OR (Let me know  if yu would like a solo or shared room reseravation for your trip package)

Photos: Check out photos of previous years on our student group page (FB)

Vendors: Attending vendors for supplies and hair & make-up appointments etc linked here once listed.

Attending competing: Kawika, Josh, Mark, 
Attending spectators: Ben, Mary, Connie,

Schedule: Competitions held Fri & Sat. Recommend a full weekend arriving Thurs afternoon/evening and leaving Portland after brunch Sunday. Can’t make the whole trip? Let me know which day(s) work for you.

  • Thurs 0:00 caravan:
    Car: Josh, Natasha
    Car: Kawika
  • Train: Iris
  • Friday after work:
    Car: Mark. Car: Mary & Jesse

Sunday: Iris with Kawika



Downtown Portland Hilton
Packages we arrange for you through the competition are fabulous! Hotel is included. Don’t forget to give your Hilton Honors membership when you check in!

Room 1:
Room 2:
Room 3:

Cafe and restaurant located in hotel. Walking distance to many food, smoothy, and coffee shop options.


IS EXPENSIVE in downtown Portland!!! The Hilton parking is especially expensive. We have a parking garage we have used each year that is located on the next block for a much better rate, “Fox Towers” parking garage. IT IS SMART & VERY WORTH IT TO CARPOOL AND PAY PARKING or GAS FOR YOUR RIDE! If you are riding in someone else’s car, please pay for their parking or gas or I can divi all the parking up for trips where we have musical chairs going on 😉 If you are taking advantage of studio rental van, we’ll divi up the rental & gas so that you don’t have to think about it. Another option: Take the train!


Events have special room pricing that disappears at least a month or more before the event date or once they are all taken. If you missed contacting us to get that for you, let us know asap. The deal is the best around and extremely smart since the event is in the hotel. You’ll be surprised how much you’ll need naps to maximize your fun over the weekend!

How to get your tickets

Pre-purchase your tickets through us to ensure your ticket and same table. Those on competiton package discount have tickets included.

We will have a designated ticket distributer from our team. Please DO NOT ask for tickets from the competition reception desk or the organizers, they are very busy and expect that we will do our job taking care of our clients so as not to interrupt their work or confuse things due to inexperience.

There might be volunteer opportunities with the event organizers.



Click here to find your dance schedule (link will be active when the event has made the schedule).

Be ready to dance 1 hour before scheduled time. Competitons can run up to a half hour early so be sure to be warming up in the ballroom before then.

Let us know if you need hair or makeup assistance. Remember to check out the “files/documents” in the student facebook page. Tan ahead of time. If you’d like a quick spray down, check out HM Spa & Salon on 6th Ave. Nails: Visey’s Nail Bar.

Smart to bring snacks!

Videos & Photos

Videos must be ordered ahead of time through the professional video company. No other video taping allowed. Photos allowed but be sure to support the professional photographer there and let them know ahead that you are interested in photos (no obligation to purchase but then you’ll get some to choose from).

Hair & Makeup

Make sure you tan as the lights can wash you out. HM Spa & Salon Tacoma does spray at a good price. Best idea is to ask for the darkest level and sleep with it on as some will wash off in the shower (don’t shower until the next day).
Hair & makeup artists, including myself (Natasha), are available to hire at some competitions. You can generally find out on the competition’s website (direct link will be added here when available) ahead of time and/or in the program you can purchase at the door (generally $5-$20 for a program). Depending on the schedule, I have also offered hair & makeup services at a discounted rate to our students. Check out online makeup tips and hair and face decorative jewelry and add-on’s – especially the “files/documents” section of the Students Facebook group page. Be sure to create your own kit of make-up and brushes. Local salons don’t always know competition makeup or hair styles.

Click here for more on Competition/Performance Grooming

Click here for more on attending competitions


(Options of carpool or train for whichever day you want to arrive/leave)

Car #1 – 0:00 Tacoma x’s car – passanger names

Car #2 – 0:00 Tacoma x’s car – passanger names

TO DO: Check into hotel then on to food & live music dancing.
Optional “meet & greet” officials in hotel bar



Rhythm/Club & Standard
Dancers: Kawika with Natasha
9:56a-10:05a (2 dances)

Eat at hotel

French bakery

Workshop (tba)

Walk around town

Evening Session
Competitions, social dancing, shows (Pro/Am, Am/Am, and Professional)
Dancers: Kawika with Natasha

Dinner drinks, games bar



Smooth & Int’l Latin
Dancers: Kawika with Natasha (8:45-10:15a and 11:15a), Josh with Natasha (8:35-8:45a and 11a), Mark with Natasha (9:20-9:30a and 11:10a and 11:40a)
Be sure to rest – highly recommended to fully enjoy the late Saturday night!

Local coffee/tea and Vegan Lunch

Evening Session
Competitions, social dancing, shows –
Pro/Am (Smooth & Int’l Latin), Am/Am, and Professional.
Dancers: Scholarships…Mark with Natasha (8:45p), Josh with Natasha (8:55p), Kawika with Natasha (9:20p) 
VIP’s: event-organized thank you gathering with food after evening session.

Hit the town to find the secret speakeasy bar!


Check out

11:30a resrevation at Fogo de Chao (something for everyone) – 4 seats left…let me know asap!
Head home


Natasha – Portland weekend organizer so please contact me to make arrangements for things Portland weekend related.
Text or call: (206) 914-2422. Email: Info@Studio6Ballroom.com