My name is Cathy O'Dell, and it has been my privilege since 1973 to be the director of the U.S. Pro/Am Ballroom
Dance Championships. After 288 dance events , there is nothing which can occur that surprises me. That Ol'
"Murphy's Law" is alive and well. All of the following have happened at one of my events in these many years.....
*A power surge stranded judges and competitors in the elevator
*The chef quit 30 minutes before the Saturday night banquet
*The government decides to hold a meeting and appropriates every ballroom in the city (that was Jamaica)
*I was in Hurricane Katrina along with 9 other of my attendees riding out the storm
*It rains the day of the special poolside cocktail party
*The airlines loose all my luggage for the entire competition stay
*A teacher has too much fun after hours at a bar, and other teachers have to dance with his students the next day
*A giant paddle fan in the ballroom suddenly crashes to the floor nearly hitting someone
*A student has a massive heart attack on a riverboat dinner/dance cruise and dies
*The hotel double booked the ballroom on Saturday night with two groups
*The chartered bus driver fell asleep in the back of the bus and could not be located to return us to the hotel
*People forget their music, their costumes, their underwear
*A hotel guest not part of the dance group jumped from the hotel atrium landing in a small fountain committing
suicide right next to our group gathering for a tour
And this is only a SMALL number of things which have actually happened!!
I believe in being flexible. There's not a lot which phases me. I've seen it all! At competitions, I am a "laid back"
person, since getting upset at unforeseen situations just increases blood pressure and helps no one. In the past
few years, my life has changed drastically. My husband Tom and I were both shot and survived a home invasion,
and then my most difficult challenge occurred when after 37 years of marriage my husband died of cancer.
The thing I am most grateful to him is the belief in God and having a positive attitude. I attempt to instill that
positive, happy, and grateful attitude in the U.S. Pro/Am Ballroom Dance Championships and everything I do.
I live quietly in the country on 225 acres with duck, geese, cats, and a pond filled with catfish and big gold coy fish.
In my spare time, I play the harp, act as a grief support facilitator, and am active in church functions. I am in the
process of moving my 86 and 88 year old parents to live with me. Life is good.
Peace of Mind! Never Any Bad Surprises with Cathy!
In Business Since 1973 with 288 Ballroom Competitions held
in over 37 states throughout the USA and 28 countries Worldwide with
over $10,000,000.00 (yes you are reading correctly, that's TEN MILLION
DOLLARS) in student scholarships, teacher bonuses and awards! We are REGISTERED with the United
States Government as theOFFICIAL U.S. Pro/Am Ballroom Dance Championship, under the continuous
direction of Cathy O'Dell.AAAAAJK*Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
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