Donna M Medrano
Memorial Team Match


Deadline: Monday, April 15, 2024, 11:59PM PDT
Winner: $200 scholarship

This competition is limited to one entry per school. Each school wishing to participate will enter four (4) couples, one couple for each dance style (i.e., one couple for American Smooth, one couple for American Rhythm, one couple for International Standard, and one couple for International Latin). These must be four (4) separate couples. Costumes are encouraged.

Each couple will compete in one dance within that particular style. However, the specific dance will not be chosen until before the competition and will be chosen by a draw. Each dance will be judged independently. The scores will then be combined, and the team with the highest total score will win.

The winning school will be awarded the Donna M Medrano Perpetual Trophy to take home and display at their school for the rest of the year. For the following year, they will return the trophy to the organizer one month before Desert Challenge. At that time, a plate with the school’s name and the year won will be placed on the trophy.

This event is also a scholarship event. This year the winning team will be awarded a $200 scholarship.

The organizers desire that this event embodies all that Donna Medrano represented:

Teacher, coach, mentor, and friend both on and off the dance floor. The grace and beauty that she radiated in all that she did. She desired that ballroom dancing should be enjoyed by all, both dancers and observers. And her desire is that competition should be friendly and fun!

With this in mind, we hope you will choose to participate in the annual event worth waiting for!

Note: Students participating only in the Formation Team, Team Match, or Memorial Team Match will be required to purchase an admission ticket for Saturday evening ($10) or the Weekend Pass ($20).

Please read the competition instructions before registering below.

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2023 Desert Challenge


Fees: $30 (college); $0 (youth); plus, admission fee per student who is only a team participant (i.e., Saturday evening $10 or Weekend Pass $20)

Deadline and postmark date:
Monday, April 15, 2024, 11:59PM PDT

Payable name: Desert Challenge
Note: Add “School name – Memorial Team Match” and payment breakdown (if multiple entries)

Zelle/PayPal payment:

Check/money order payment:
2024 Desert Challenge
c/o Gail Michel-Parsons
6524 Roy Rogers Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89108