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Eastern United States DanceSport Championships

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Category: NDCA DanceSport Competition
Dates: Annually, Mid-February
Locations: Boston, Massachusetts (USA)
Years active: Over 40 years
Organizers: Riccardo Cocchi, Yulia Zagoruychenko, Mark Nocera, Dawna Nocera


The Eastern United States DanceSport Championships is one of the oldest Ballroom Dance competitions of North America. Hosted annually in Boston, Massachusetts in Mid-February by Riccardo Cocchi, Yulia Zagoruychenko, Mark Nocera, and Dawna Nocera, the Eastern United States DanceSport Championships is one of the original Championships that used to be run by the USISTD in Cherry Hill, NJ.


In 2008, World 10 Dance semi-finalists Mark and Dawna Nocera purchased the Eastern United States DanceSport Championships and have seen incredible success over the last 10 years, including a 33% entry increase in 2017.

In mid-2017, WDC World Professional Latin Champions Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko joined Mark and Dawna as the new co-organizers for 2018. When asked about why they decided to join this competition specifically, Riccardo and Yulia had this to say:

“We are very excited to work with Mark and Dawna Nocera, who have organized the competition for the past 10 years. Yulia and I have performed at the Eastern United States Championships two times now, and we have been so impressed by the competition’s organization, atmosphere, and high level of dancing. It is one of the most exciting competitions we have been to, and it is for these reasons that we have chosen to partner with this competition.”

Riccardo Cocchi

New additions to the 2018 competition include a separate Night Club session accompanied by a live band in the unique Harbor View Room of the Boston Marriott Long Wharf overlooking the Boston Harbor.

The organizers have also teamed up to present an International Dance Camp led by world class dancers including Riccardo and Yulia, Blackpool Latin finalists Slavik Kryklyvyy and Karina Smirnoff, Blackpool Ballroom finalists Giampiero Giannico and Anna Mikhed, and World 10 Dance Champions Adam and Karen Reeve.

The annual Open to the World International Amateur Team Match has also grown this year to feature more teams from across the United States, a new Polish team, and larger teams from South Africa and Iceland. The organizers have also eliminated the use of all “vouchers” and now award cash prize money for all Pro-Am scholarships including $500 for 1st place at the Open level.

Brief History

From 2008, Billy Morganti was also an organizer of the Eastern United States DanceSport Championships, up until a few years ago.

The United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (USISTD) ran the competition originally in Cherry Hill, NJ under the organization of Lorraine Hahn and Peter Billett. Over 40 years old, the Eastern United States DanceSport Championships is one of the oldest competitions in North America.


Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko began dancing together in the fall of 2007, taking the Ballroom world by storm and captivating audiences with their unique Latin style. They ascended to the finals of every major world championship as they took their first steps together onto the dance floor.

Riccardo and Yulia’s mesmerizing look, incredible technical aptitude, and vivacious dynamism quickly made them a favorite among both fans and judges alike. At the World Professional Latin Championships held in Bonn, Germany in November 2010, DanceSport felt the impact of Riccardo and Yulia’s hard work and growth when they took home their first World Professional Latin title. Today, they are 8-time World Professional Latin Champions and are excited for their first year as competition organizers.

Mark and Dawna Nocera are World Class Adjudicators with the National Dance Council of America and the World Dance Council. They are former North American Champions, United States Vice-Champions, and Semi-Finalists at the World 10 Dance Championships. Mark is also a National Examiner for Dance Vision and an organizer of the Boca Ballroom DanceSport Competition held in Boca Raton in August.

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