Donna M Medrano
Memorial Team Match


Fee: $20 per team; The late fee is waived.
Deadline: Sunday, April 14, 2024, 11:59PM PDT
Winner: $200 scholarship

This competition is a new kind of team match. Each school wishing to participate will enter four (4) couples, one couple for each style of dance (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!


We’re no longer accepting entries for 2023.


Fee: $20 per team; The late fee is waived.
Deadline and postmark date:
Sunday, April 14, 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