About UDC

Upstate Dance Challenge (formerly Vermont Swing Dance Championships) was founded in 2010 by Karen Graham, as a special weekend of West Coast Swing combining pro workshops, competitions, social dancing, and fun activities in a gorgeous setting.

The event continues to grow. Please join us in Albany, NY for a weekend of West Coast Swing!

Event Features (2017):

  • Four days of West Coast Swing Dancing
  • Head Judge: John Lindo; Head DJ: Katie Fallon
  • TWO mini-intensives: Benji Schwimmer; Hugo Miguez & Stacy Kay
  • Social dancing starts early and goes until 4:00am, and is offered during competitions
  • Gender-neutral competitions registered with the World Swing Dance Council
  • Cash prizes for All-Star Jack & Jill contest
  • Onsite shoe vendor
  • 5 minutes from Albany International Airport with a free airport shuttle to the hotel and to local area stores/restaurants
  • 22,000 sq. ft. of event space
  • Free WiFi in all rooms
  • Restaurant, grab-and-go, room service available
  • Nearby restaurants, grocery stores, and golf
Event Director, Karen Graham

Event Director, Karen Graham

Inquiries to Karen Graham.