The Country Dance World Championships® has it all! We offer you, your family and your friends the opportunity to experience a truly world-class dance convention in one of the most beautiful hotels in the United States, the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Prepare yourself to take in all the thrill and excitement that is Worlds…where you’ll find something for everyone.
Awesome UCWDC ™ Competition
Worlds is the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work, dedication, joy and sacrifice for our competitors. It is final and most prestigious event of the year on the UCWDC ™ calendar where winners in each division will earn the title of country dance “World Champion”. Worlds brings out the best-of-the best line dancers, couples dancers, formation teams, choreographers and Pro-Am competitors from all around the world.
Unforgettable Social Dancing
Social dancing at Worlds is truly a unique and memorable experience. In addition to daytime open dance periods, we’ll have multiple social dance ballrooms, each with a dedicated deejay and expansive hardwood dance floor, going until the wee hours every night to provide our social dancers with the best experience possible. Really, where else can you social dance with people from all over the world all in the same place?
Dance Workshops for Everyone
Experience the expertise of some of the finest country, line and swing dance instructors available anywhere! Our workshops schedule will include dance classes for all levels (from beginning to advanced) every day of the event. Many of the classes will be included in the regular full week or weekend pass; others will require an extra fee. Please visit our “Workshops” page for additional information and schedule of classes.
Worlds is not just for competitors and those who like to dance…it’s also for those who like to watch those who like to dance. Come experience the many sights and sounds of Worlds! Since we all know outstanding country dancing is fun to watch, many people attend Worlds just to take in the music, the costumes, and the spectacle that is the World Championships. Each day, spectators may come and enjoy country dance competition in our main ballroom for an hour, a whole day, or several days – whatever you wish! Discounted “Spectator Only” passes will be available at the door.
Shopping with the Vendors
When you have a little free time at Worlds, you’ll definitely want to browse through our vendor lobby. Each year, merchants offering a wide variety of dance-related merchandise and services set up shop for the entire week of the convention. Items for sale include dance boots, dance shoes, costumes, clothing, dance wear, jewelry and accessories, cowboy hats, foot massage, photography and so on. Included in the vendor area will be our “Worlds Store” where you can take home a souvenir of the event – available for purchase are limited edition Worlds shirts, jackets, carry bags and other Worlds products.
Interested in Volunteering?
Each year our outstanding video providers produce for us an assortment of entertaining DVDs to remind us of the great experience we had at Worlds. We’ll have one crew recording brief summaries of the various dance workshops (workshop video notebooks), one crew recording individual dancers as they compete in their various contests (“spotlight” or solo video), and another crew that recording the full-floor divisions of competitions, as well as the shows and other special activities (event video). Please click on the “Order DVDs” page for additional details.
Just for Fun/Social Competition
You don’t have to have a costume, a dance routine, or even a partner to compete at Worlds! If you haven’t qualified to dance in the UCWDC ™ portion of our competition, you can always participate in one of the several “just for fun” social dance categories we’ll be offering. We’ll have a number of different social contest categories, including WSDC sanctioned Jack and Jill Swing, and CTST sanctioned Jack and Jill Two Step. Register in advance or at the door.
This page is just an overview of Worlds activities. Please access other pages within this website to learn more detailed information about what you can expect when you attend the 2016 Country Dance World Championships®.