San Diego Smooth Dancers (SDSD) is the local chapter of National Smooth Dancers(NSD), a California ballroom dance organization established in 1937. SDSD is a non-profit corporation that supports and encourages both social and competitive partner dancing. There are nine NSD chapters in California, and San Diego has been an active NSD Chapter since 1949.


Theme dance parties are held regularly, usually on the first Saturday of each month. We find many ways to celebrate in dance. We enjoy American Apple Pie picnics, romance our Valentines, parade our Easter Bonnets, honor the spirit of giving at Christmas, and celebrate other festive occasions throughout the year. SDSD dance socials feature contests, entertainment and many surprises. SDSD dance events are open to the public, $7 donation per person for regular socials; special pricing and advance reservations apply to dinner dances and certain gala events.


All SDSD dance socials and dance classes are held at Champion Ballroom, 3580 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA. Come and enjoy dancing with us in this friendly and spacious environment. Champion's outstanding facility is well known throughout the Southern California dance community for being large, comfortable, air conditioned in the summer, conveniently located, and equipped with a truly great floor for ballroom dancing.


Dance classes sponsored by SDSD are held each Sunday evening at Champion Ballroom. A wide variety of classes are offered. Classes are designed for strong intermediate level dancers who are accustomed to ballroom choreography with silver and gold patterns. Offerings include American style smooth and rhythm dances, and International Standard and Latin dances. Most dances are taught for 2 months (approximately 8 weeks). Classes in each new dance are closed to newcomers after the second week. Bring a partner if you can, but it's not mandatory. A weekly technique class is offered to assist each student in becoming a more competent and skilled dancer. Scott Dodson, F.I.S.T.D.B.B., is our instructor for the 12th year. He is a top professional instructor, accredited by the Imperial Society with their highest teaching credential.

Dance class members can expect to have opportunities to demonstrate their achievements in showcase events and competitions. Please check our schedule of dance classes elsewhere on this web page..


The annual NSD Convention is Labor Day Weekend. Sanctioned competitions are offered for all levels and styles; membership is required. Each chapter hosts the convention in their home town on a rotating basis. NSD's convention hosting chapter will be San Diego in 2002. The State Board of Director's Dance Weekend is a mini-convention-style weekend held in Bakersfield each Spring. Competitions and professional entertainment are among the attractions.


San Diego Smooth Dancers is host for the San Diego Senior Olympics Ballroom Dance Competition. It is held at the Balboa Park Club, San Diego CA in September. Seniors 50 and over can compete at their own level - Social, Intermediate, or Championship. Competitors dance according to age categories: Senior, age 50-64, Grand Senior, age 65 and above.

For spectator information or a competitor's sign up packet, contact Ballroom Dance Commissioner Wandalee Dimond (619) 299-4062.



If you would like to learn more about San Diego Smooth Dancers, please contact the following:

General Information: Wandalee Dimond (619)299-4062
Dance Class: Jack Staudte (619)582-4118
Membership: Jacqueline St. Martin (858)271-6729

Socials: Wandalee Dimond (619)299-4062
Competition: Al Folkman (619)299-4062 
Web page & newsletter: Dave Saul (619)449-9641 e-mail:


Moonlight Senerade Orchestra

The Moonlight Serenade Orchestra originated in July 1996 with a group of seven to 14 musicians. Over the course of three years, under the direction of Maridia D. Harrington, the group has grown to over thirty musicians including a male and two female vocalists. The orchestra plays a wide variety of Big Band Swing sounds as well as Waltzes, Latin Rhythms, Quick Steps, Ballads and Polkas.
Come Dance with us!

Last updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2002.

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