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Join Michelle Kinkaid and Team for the

16th Annual
"Mountain Magic"
Dance Convention

West Coast Swing, Hustle, Night Club 2-step and Country Two Step

October 30-November 2, 2014
in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa
(formerly Caesar's Tahoe)

Registration Information
PRE-REGISTRATION is CLOSED as of 10/15/14.
Do NOT mail any event registrations or contest forms after 10/15/14 as there will not be time to process them.

Event Tickets are available "At the Door"


Hotel group rates are still good on a space available basis. Group rates, if available, will apply for those that have purchased tickets to Mountain Magic. Other guests will be charged the standard hotel room rate. Please note: there is a 48-hour cancelation policy at the hotel.

All pre-registrations have been processed and should have received a confirmation.

*Due to a surprise hotel renovation there will be an adjustment to our convention space as
compared to previous years. This year the main ballroom will be in the Montbleu Showroom,
second ballroom is shifted to Opal and the third ballroom is on the 12th floor. Please pardon
the dust and bear with us this year as we adjust our space and get ready for a fun and exciting

***NEW this year .... we are part of the Country Two Step Tour (CTST)***
Come and join in the Country Two Step Jack & Jill contests and earn your CTST points at Mountain Magic!

Event Registration Form (Word)
Event Registration Form (PDF)
Event Flyer - Front
Event Flyer - Back
Ticket Info Event Schedule
Contest Info Workshop Schedule
Event Staff NEW This Year
Hotel Info Travel Info
Roommate & Carpool Search Volunteers FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions

Workshops, Dancing, Contests

plus ... Relax, Explore & Have Fun!

The surveys voted Mountain Magic one of the
"friendliest & most fun events of the year"!

~ Mountain Magic Special Features in 2014~
* 3-hour Mini Intensive with Melissa Rutz (extra fee)
* Country Dance Party Friday and Saturday
* Hustle Dance Party Friday and Saturday
*A New Workshop Concept and Topic "And You Still Want To Dance?" by Jeffrey "Hac-Man" Leonard
*New format for the Triple Challenge J&J ... choose 3 of the 4 dances offered (WCS, Hustle, NC2, CW2)
* Ask about Student pricing, Pro/Am Teacher's Special and All-Star/Champion Special
*Halloween Party, Costume Parade and Contest (Friday Night)

WSDC Member - competition points awarded
CTST - competition points awarded

Dance Contests:
Jack & Jill
West Coast Swing 101 (Newcomer)
West Coast Swing Novice
West Coast Swing Intermediate
West Coast Swing Advanced
West Coast Swing Masters (age 50+)
West Coast Swing Champions/All-Stars
All-American West Coast Swing (open to all levels & roles) NEW
Hustle Novice
Hustle Intermeidate/Advanced
Night Club 2-Step Novice
Night Club 2-Step Intermediate/Advanced
Country Two Step Novice (CTST) NEW
Country Two Step Intermediate (CTST) NEW
Country Two Step Advanced (CTST) NEW
Open Triple Challenge (Must do 3 of the 4 Dances: WCS, Hustle, NC2, CW2) NEW FORMAT

Strictly Swing A (Adv/All-Star/Champion)
Strictly Swing B (Novice/Intermediate)
Just Hustle A (Adv/All-Star/Champion/Pro)
Just Hustle B (Novice/Intermediate)
"Fun" Just Dance Night Club Two Step (open to all)

Open Cabaret (any dance)
Anything Goes! (any dance, including Swing routines, from a couple, group, team, or solo person)

Pro/Am WC Swing: Novice (leader, follower)
Pro/Am WC Swing: Int/Adv (leader, follower)
Pro/Am Hustle: Novice (leader, follower)
Pro/Am Hustle: Int/Adv (leader, follower)
Pro/Am NC2: Novice (leader, follower)
Pro/Am NC2: Int/Adv (leader, follower)
Pro/Am Country 2S: Novice (leader, follower)
Pro/Am Country 2S: Int/Adv (leader, follower)
plus Pro/Am Top Teacher Award (leader, follower)
and Pro/Am Top Overall Student Award (leader, follower)

Mountain Magic Staff
Invited Workshop Instructors & Judges

Raul Ante
Woody Bretz
Dani Canziani
Ed Cirio
Glenn & Sue Cravalho
Archie Dawson
Jim Dolan
Michael Eads
Kara Frenzel & Matt Richey
Nicholas King
Phil LaMothe
Jeffrey "Hac-Man" Leonard
Craig Johnson & Joan Lundahl
Joy (Ro) King
Randy & Stephanie Krul
Joanna Meinl
Jeffrey Munson
Debbie Ramsey-Boz
Stephanie Risser
Melissa Rutz
Kurt Senser & Heather Powers
Randy & Rhonda Shotts
Jack Smith & Rachele Smith
Manny Viarrial
Sonny Watson
Jason & Yvonne (Benavidez) Wayne

***Contact instructors prior to the convention to guarantee a Private Lesson spot!***

Raul Ante, Woody Bretz, Jim Dolan, Randy Krul
Mike Pyle, Debbie Ramsey Boz, Jack Smith
and Country DJ: Glenn Cravalho

Debbie Ramsey-Boz

Chief Judge
Ed Cirio

Event Sound
Mike Pyle

Still Photography

Thumbs Up Video
Thumbs Up will be exclusively taping all final round competitions.
Preliminary rounds are free to be taped by anyone.

Dance Floor
American Portable Dance Floor

Dance Connection Shoes
Second Wind Massage/Mike & Rika & Ryan

What to expect at Mountain Magic

This Lake Tahoe vacation destination dance weekend is geared toward all levels of dancers in a fun, relaxed setting. Your VIP ticket includes free All-Star Workshops (WCS, Hustle, NC2, Country & more), many hours of open dancing in 3 non-smoking Ballrooms including a dedicated Hustle room, Country Dance Party, Early Bird Thursday Dance, Sunday After Party Dance, our traditional complimentary Friday Welcome Party, and our Hospitality Suite open Saturday & Sunday mornings (serving an array of continental breakfast items, coffee, tea, and juice). You may also participate in an assortment of dance contests or sit back and cheer for your friends as they compete and strut their very best (contest entry fees are extra). There will also be some Special Topic Educational Workshops.

Make this an extended dance vacation and plan to come early for our Thursday Early Bird Dance then stay over and join us for our very fun Sunday Evening “After-Party” in Montbleu's elegant and private "Opal Ultra Lounge". It’s been said that “this after party is one of the highlights of the weekend”. In addition to all the options above, the spectacular Lake Tahoe area offers other options like golf, hiking, biking and sightseeing plus you can visit the neighboring casinos, restaurants, shops and shows available. Whatever you select, you are certain to have a most enjoyable time in this amazing mountain-resort setting. Lake Tahoe is the perfect getaway for both dancers & non-dancers alike.

Mountain Magic will again be held at the beautiful MONTBLEU Resort Casino & Spa! (formerly Caesar's Tahoe). We are planning a great program which will again include classes tailored specifically to the beginning dancer as well as intermediate and advanced level dancers. We have planned some additional happenings this year. The event will begin again with a Thursday night Early Bird Dance & Lesson from 8pm-12midnight and include the "West Coast Swing 101" Jack & Jill specially designed for the Newcomer Dancer. As before we have also included some Early Friday Afternoon Workshops, Special Topic Workshops and the "Triple Challenge Open Jack & Jill". This category is open to all dance levels and the contestant must dance all three dances (WCS, Hustle & NC2). There will also be some fun activities in the evening as we have done in the past. Our "Special Topic Seminars" were very well received last year and we will be presenting some again this year. You'll have all of these choices plus plenty of open dancing with our non-smoking Two Ballroom layout.

**Don't forget to plan to arrive early for our Thursday Early Bird Dance and stay over for our Sunday After Party!


Mini Intensive with Melissa Rutz

*3-hour Mini-Intensive presented by Dance Champion Melissa Rutz

Time: Friday, 12noon-3pm ... REVISED TIME
$45 pre-reg by 10-15-14; $55 after 10-15-14 or at the door
(Mini-Intensive is an extra fee, not included in Weekend Event Ticket)

Country Dance Party - Friday & Saturday!

Master DJ, Glenn Cravalho
Glenn will DJ a Country Music Mix for your dancing pleasure on Friday and Saturday.
Come and join the fun at our FUN Country Dance Party!

PLUS ...
A New Workshop Topic
"And You Still Want To Dance?"

(Included in your VIP Weekend Ticket)
A presentation and discussion on the sport of dance.
with Jeffrey "Hac-Man" Leonard
FB: Facebook/OneFlapDown

AND ...

*Totally Free Beginner Class Series - Saturday 4-6pm
4pm - West Coast Swing
5pm - Country Two Step
Open to anyone ... Friends, family and the entire community are all welcome to come
and try these dances free of charge Saturday evening. It's fun ... come and see!

*Special Ticket Offers for Pro/Am Teachers and All-Star/Champions
(Contact Michelle for details)

Montbleu Casino Resort & Spa(Formerly Caesar’s Tahoe)
This wonderful facility, located in the “heart of South Lake Tahoe” and only 3 blocks from the Lake, offers a full casino, clothing & gift shops, fitness center & Onsen Spa and a beautiful glass domed indoor pool & jacuzzi spa. Dine at your leisure with a choice of the 24-hour Cafe del Soul Restaurant, Ciera Fine Dining, Le Buffet or 24-hour Room Service ... plus the Montbleu Cafe located in the hotel lobby (formerly Starbuck's).

*Please Note: Due to a surprise hotel renovation there will be an adjustment to our convention space as compared to previous years. The main ballroom will now be in the Montbleu Showroom.

*Nevada Clean Air Act 2007, smoking is only allowed on the casino floor.

VIP Weekend Event Pass (Thursday-Sunday)
$120 if postmarked by 10/15/14; $140 thereafter and at the door
Ticket includes all workshops & open dancing (Thursday through Sunday)
and access to the Hospitality Room Friday through Sunday.

Junior VIP Weekend Event Pass (under 18yrs)
$75 if postmarked by 10/15/14; $95 thereafter and at the door
Ticket includes all workshops & open dancing (Thursday through Sunday)
and access to the Hospitality Room Friday through Sunday.

Full-Time Student VIP Weekend Event Pass
$75 if postmarked by 10/15/14; $95 thereafter and at the door
Must be a full-time student with Student Photo ID.
Ticket includes all workshops & open dancing (Thursday through Sunday)
and access to the Hospitality Room Friday through Sunday.

-All-Star/Champion Special VIP Weekend Event Pass
$75 if postmarked by 10/15/14; $95 thereafter and at the door
Special requirements apply. Must have at least 45 Advanced WSDC points to qualify.
Contact Michelle for special registration form.

-International Special VIP Weekend Event Pass
$75 if postmarked by 10/15/14; $95 thereafter and at the door
Ticket includes all workshops & open dancing (Thursday through Sunday)
and access to the Hospitality Room Friday through Sunday.
For our international dancers from abroad. Current Passport or Gov't issued ID required.

-Single Day Tickets
$50 ... Friday (12pm>) if postmarked by 10/15/14 ; $60 thereafter and at the door
$60 ... Saturday (9am>) if postmarked by 10/15/14 ; $70 thereafter and at the door
$50 ... Sunday (9am>) if postmarked by 10/15/14 ; $60 thereafter and at the door

-Evening Only Tickets
$5 ... Thursday Early Bird Dance (Includes 8pm WCS Lesson, 9pm-12am Dancing)
$25 ... Friday (from 7:30pm>) if postmarked by 10/15/14 ; $35 thereafter and at the door
$25 ... Saturday (from 7:30pm>) if postmarked by 10/15/14 ; $35 thereafter and at the door
$5 ... Sunday "After Party" Dance in Montbleu's private & elegant Opal Lounge (8pm-12am)

-Parent/Guardian (non-dancer)
For non-dancing Parent or Guardian with Junior dancer registered for full weekend VIP ticket.
Restricted admission to events accompanying Junior.
$30 ... Weekend Pass

-Spectator (non-dancer)
For non-dancers. Admission to Main Ballroom. No admission to workshops.
$20 ... Friday (7:30pm>)
$20 ... Saturday (12pm>)
$20 ... Sunday (12pm>)

-Melissa Rutz Mini Intensive
Extra Fee ... Friday (10am-1pm) [not included in the VIP Weekend Ticket]
$45 pp pre-reg by 10/15/14; $55 thereafter and at the door (space permitting)

[all pricing is per person for the event only; hotel is separate]

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Location & Accomodations:
Montbleu Casino Resort & Spa
South Lake Tahoe, NV 89449
55 Highway 50
Telephone: 1-888-829-7630 (toll-free reservations)
Telephone: 1-775-588-3515 (local)

Convention Hotel Rate:
$97/per night+Tax+Resort Fee $4.99 (Fri, Sat), $73/per night+Tax+Resort Fee $4.99 (Sun,Thur)
[Room rates are single or double occupancy. Each additional person is $20. Maximum 4 adults per room.]
Limited space available. Must reserve by 10/1/14, OR until block is full, for special convention rate.
[Reservation Code "Swing Dance," "Mountain Magic" or our Group Code: STSWG14

*Please Note: Due to a surprise hotel renovation there will be an adjustment to our convention space
as compared to previous years. The main ballroom will now be in the Montbleu Showroom.

To book the Montbleu Resort at our Event Group Rate:
1. Call the hotel directly @ 1-888-829-7630
2. Go to Montbleu Website @ http://www.montbleuresort.com/
Enter check-in date and number of nights you plan to stay,
Scroll down to bottom of page and enter Group Code: STSWG14
You will then see our special group rate for the nights of your stay.

Schedule subject to change without notice. All persons listed are scheduled to appear.
No refunds or substitutions.

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Looking for a Roommate or Carpool for Mountain Magic?

We will try and assist in linking people that are looking for a roommate and carpool.

CLICK HERE ... for Lists


Travel Information
Driving from the Sacramento Area:
Take U.S. Hwy 50 East to South Lake Tahoe. Montbleu is located on Hwy 50
just past the California/Nevada State line on the right side. Enter the main driveway
to reach the Hotel Lobby. Free parking is available.

Driving from the San Francisco Bay Area:
Take Hwy I-80 East to Sacramento, then follow the directions above from Sacramento.

Driving from Southern California
Take Hwy 5 or 99 North to Sacramento, then follow directions above from Sacramento.

Driving from Reno:
Take Hwy 395 South to U.S. Hwy 50 West. Enter the main drivewayfor the Hotel Lobby.
Free parking is available.

Another local Bay Area option is Amtrak (train to Sacramento & then bus to Lake Tahoe).
Sample Ticket . Amtrak website: http://tickets.amtrak.com/itd/amtrak

Fly to Reno/Tahoe Int'l Airport (RNO). Montbleu Resort is 55 miles from the Reno airport.
You can take the South Tahoe Express Shuttle or rent a car to go from Reno to the
Montbleu Resort at South Lake Tahoe. Rental cars are available at the airport (reservations recommended).

Alternate Airport - Sacramento, CA: Fly to Sacramento Int'l Airport (SMF). Montbleu Resort is approx 90
miles from the Sacramento airport. Rental cars are available at the airport (reservations recommended)
-OR- you can take Amtrak bus from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe. (see Amtrak train info above).

- Southwest
- United
- American
- Alaska Air

Travel Websites:
- Orbitz
- Travelocity
- Expedia

From Reno Airport - Bus service and car rental options:

South Tahoe Express Shuttle
(866) 89-TAHOE

Shuttle Rates:
$29.75 one way/$53 round trip (please verify price & time schedule on their website)
Ticket counter is located across from carousel #5 in the Reno Baggage Claim area.
Reservations are recommended.

Reno Airport services all major Car Rental companies (reservations are suggested).
Free parking is available at the Montbleu Resort.

Sample Car Rental Rates:

LAKE TAHOE INFO - Visitors Center
South Lake Tahoe Visitor's Center
Lake Tahoe Visitors Center

Other Travel Info:
- Amtrak Train
- Greyhound Bus
- Road Conditions
- Weather

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
for "Frequently Asked Questions" about Mountain Magic.

Contest Results
(all years)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ LAST YEAR 2013 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

MM2013 Event DVD and Workshop Notebook DVD
Event Video and Video Notebook DVDs are available from Thumbs Up Video.
See a sample of the DVD @ http://youtu.be/mGONGPHox4E
Contact Bruce Gleason for questions or to order DVD; Phone:714-998-4004

View and order photos from Mountain Magic 2013 CLICK HERE
Phone: 650-762-5013
Email: brad@bradfordwhelan.com

Thank You!
A big thank you to all who attended and/or contributed to make the event such a success!
We are still remembering what a fantastic time we had at our 15th Annual Mountain
Magic Dance Convention! [see video clip and photo links] We received so many positive
comments on the event and the new additions. The surveys again reflected the
"fun and friendly" atmosphere with emphasis on the "social" aspects which are some
of our main goals for Mountain Magic. We hope that everyone felt welcome and enjoyed
themselves in our event's warm and casual environment.

A special thank you to our "ENTIRE" fabulous Staff for doing a superb job. You are the best!

I'd also like to recognize the Special Contributions of:
- Grant Austin/Dance Connection Shoes - Dance Shoe gift certificates for Top Pro/Am Students (Male & Female).
-Leanne Luna & Team - You were amazing in the Hospitality Room!
- George & Elise Shadow – Classic Art & Design, Pacifica, CA ... Design.
- Robert Kinkaid - Co-founder of Mountain Magic and all our Magic Events;
... A lifetime of love and the best husband I could ever have! I will love you forever and always!
-Rascal - my little 4-legged friend and companion for almost 17 years.
... I will miss you so very much!

I hope everyone has a very Happy Holiday Season and I look forward to seeing you back
at Mountain Magic next year and hopefully at one of our other "Magic" events too!

Warmest Regards,

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Flash Mob at Mountain Magic 2010
MM2010 Flash Mob

All event details are subject to change without notice.
Last web site update: 7/14/14

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All rights reserved.

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