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It’s been 20 years since the United Country Western Dance Council World Championships event was last hosted in sunny California, but the organization's premier event is finally making its way back to the West Coast.
The 2018 UCWDC World Championships take place in San Francisco from Jan. 1-6 and are streaming LIVE on FloDance.
The UCWDC was founded in 1989 by 21 independent dance organizers.
At the time, dancers would travel all around the U.S. to these different competitions to compete, but the problem was that every event had different rules and regulations. Frustrated at the lack of uniformity, these original 21 founding members came together to form what would eventually be the official rules for all sanctioned UCWDC competitions.
“It took three more dance seasons under these new standardized rules and many more events joining the UCWDC for the council to produce a World Championships event in January of 1993”, former UCWDC president Steve Zener said. That first Worlds event was held in Nashville, Tennessee. “We chose Nashville because it was the home of country music,” Zener said.
The Worlds location moved to the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA for Worlds III and Worlds V – alternating with Nashville. However, 1997 was the last year that the UCWDC World Championships were hosted in California… that is until now.
If you can't make it to San Francisco for 2018 Worlds, well, you’re in luck. FloDance and the UCWDC have partnered up to bring the competition right to your TV or desktop. We are live-streaming the entire 2018 UCWDC World Championships event (except the Variety Show on Friday night) from Jan. 1-6 on FloDance.com so you won’t miss a beat.