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Read what spectators, competitors and friends had to say about The Eastern:

  • Mary Jones | First Time Spectator
    Paula and I had a great time at the Eastern!  WOW!!  That was really an amazing event.  I had no idea how big and elaborate it was.  Paula loved it, and really enjoyed meeting you.  She also loves the purse she bought (smile).  You really are to be commended for the excellent production.  Very impressive!!

  • Pat Johnston | Amateur Competitor and Spectator
    Just wanted to take the time to THANK YOU for the opportunity to participate at the Eastern and to attend the Thursday and Friday night performances. I especially liked watching the more experienced professional dancers and the celebrity performances were exceptional and left you in awe. As a Trade Show and Event Manager by profession, I know a lit of work goes into planning and executing an event like this one and you should be proud of a job well done. The show was fabulous!

  • Jerry Connolly | Amateur Competitor and Spectator
    The ballroom was absolutely perfect. Great setting. Balconies. Warm. Romantic.  How could it be nicer?  The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. The oldness of the hotel gives it class – it had a very warm and hospitable feeling.

    Saturday dinner was just what your advertising said it would be – elegant. The room was great, the food was more than excellent. The dance floor with a DJ playing very upscale dinner music was very impressive. Very nice touch that no one else does.   Just very well done and what you’d expect if someone said it was elegant. Went right along with the ballroom.

    In summary, it was an absolutely tremendous performance. I’ve been to other more established comps that don’t even come close to what you have here. Also, the potential exists for unparalleled quality in the comp arena. The current location doesn’t provide the potential for an OSB size event, but it certainly does from a content and quality point of view.

  • Marty and Sue George | Spectators
    We had a great time at the Park Plaza and thoroughly enjoyed the competition. All of the volunteers did a great job and I want to commend you and all the team on an event well done. We had a great time!!!

  • Fred and Terri Contrada | Local Competitors  
    Hi, Dawna, Mark & Billy,
    Just a word to congratulate you on an amazing first Competition.

    We were there only on Sunday, but were impressed by the number of spectators.  It was such a great decision to drastically lower the price of admission, and a very long time in coming.  A full house is a wonderful thing!!  More organizers should follow your lead.

    Again, continued success in the future.

    - Fred & Terri Contrada

  • Jackie Bruno | First-Time Competitor, Miss Massachusetts 2008
    Dear Mark and Dawna,

    Thank you so much for allowing me to compete in your competition.  I truly loved this experience!  I will definitely continue dancing so I’m sure you’ll see me again!  Thank you so much!

    Jackie Bruno

  • Erin Jean Designs | Vendor
    Hello Mark and Dawna,

    First, I want to say thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to be part of the Saturday evening presentation of awards. It was a big help with getting my name out there and it is appreciated.

    I felt that the competition went well for the first year and the turn out on Saturday night was great. Congratulations on the first year and I think it will continue to grow. I am looking forward to doing it again next year.

    Erin Kaya

  • Bravo | Vendor
    I had a ball! From the atmosphere of the plaza to the dancing and costumes, it was a great experience.

    Thank you very much. I'll see you soon,

  • Cheryl Cabral | Amateur Competitor and Spectator
    Just wanted to tell you that I had a wonderful time both competing and spectating at the competition.  You did a wonderful job -- and if there were any problems, I certainly did not take notice.  I applaud your staff - they were all extremely efficient, professional and kind -- and all deserve a big fat bonus :)  The friends and relatives I had in the audience thought it was a great location and that the ballroom was exquisite.  I hope you are all getting  much-deserved rest and look forward to seeing you next year! 

  • Dance Fever | Participating Studio
    All our students really enjoyed your competition. They said they had a really good time and that they are going back next year.

  • Swing and Sway Dancing | Participating Studio
    First of all, thank you so much for bringing such a great competition to the North East. It was a pleasure bringing our students to the competition and to the show on Saturday night. All of your staff was professional and helpful, which, means a lot.

    Thank you again for all of your help and a great competition. I'm sure we'll see you next year.

    Thank you,
    Kathryn Clayton, Swing & Sway Dancing

  • Nicolas Nguyen | Professional Competitor 
    GREAT COMP!!!!
    The room was great! The show was great! The competition was great! I can only imagine how much better it will even be in years to come. Thanks again.

  • Herb and Joan Gillis | Spectators
    In 2008, they said: "Congratulations Mark, Dawna and Bill, what a great opening act. You certainly had a vision and launched a first class competition.  Your staff was prepared to meet all the challenges of making this a success. Saturday night's professional show was the greatest we have ever seen.  The show was one of the lasting memories of the event. The runners collecting the score sheet were fast, efficient and adorable, they certainly set a new standard.  We know you are very proud of them. WE are sure when you do you post-mortem, any glitches uncovered will be addressed and 2009 will be even greater.  Good luck."

    In 2009, they said: "Congratulations on another terrific competition. Just fresh from attending La Classique in Montreal, we could make comparisons and without at doubt, The Eastern US Dancesport Championships is a BIG LEAGUE EVENT! Friday night was outstanding. The quality of dancing in all divisions was first class. Inserting a show between the various heats was wonderful; we had continuous entertainment. Saturday night you did it all over again: more exhibitions and more world class dancing. Pierre was a great MC and he kept the audience awake (YMCA) with his wit and keeping us aware of supporting these great competitors. We had some friends from Rhode Island come up for the Saturday evening event and they were blown away. Wishing you the greatest success for next year."

  • MASSabda Newsletter
    What a great event! Congratulations to the organizers, staff and competitors of the recently held Eastern Dancesport Championships in Boston. It is wonderful to see such a fine new event right here in our area. Thanks to everyone involved for bringing us such a great event!



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