The Desert Challenge Dancesport Foundation supports, encourages, and trains students of all ages in the sport of ballroom dance, known as Dancesport.

About us

Our foundation establishes Dancesport programs and teams at universities, colleges, high schools, and middle schools. We train students in competitive ballroom dancing for couples and in competitive formation dancing. In addition, we assist them in entering Dancesport competitions at appropriate levels so that they may gauge their progress. The dancers also perform at their respective schools and throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

We also organize the Desert Challenge. This youth and intercollegiate competition is open to all students and is held each year on the fourth weekend of April. This event allows students to gauge their progress against competitors and meet other students who love ballroom dancing.

Did you know?

A person dancing a Quick Step expends the same energy as a Sprinter!

31st Annual Desert Challenge

April 26 – 27, 2024

2024/04/26 17:00:00

Desert Challenge is a youth/collegiate ballroom dance competition held annually and hosted by the Desert Challenge Dancesport Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The competition is a day-and-a-half event at UNLV where students compete in various dances, such as Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Hustle, Salsa, etc.


Sponsorship levels are available to advertise on our website, social media, and at our dance competition, starting at $50. Any monetary and non-monetary donations are appreciated.


Ongoing and event volunteers are needed. Get a free admission ticket to the 2024 Desert Challenge for volunteering.

Join us

If you’re interested in joining our foundation, please email us at