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 296 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
*People forget their music, their costumes, their underwear
*The Jamaican government decides to hold a meeting and appropriates every ballroom in the city
*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
*The chartered bus driver fell asleep in the back of the bus and could not be located to return us to the hotel
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 200 acres with ducks, geese, peacocks, cats, and a pond filled with catfish and big
gold coy fish. Life is good.
Peace of Mind! Never Any Bad Surprises with Cathy!
We've been to over 27 countries during 296 competitions, and Cathy is on each
and every tour to make sure your experience is fun!
|Cathy O'Dell, Director
Graduated Bo Peep Kindergarten
with superior performance in
BS Psychology Auburn University
MS Public Administration Auburn
Certified Event Planner
Volunteers as a Grief Support
Plays the Harp
Member of Church Handbell Choir
Lover of Animals
Likes to read Scripture
Favorite music - Classical,
Country, Opera, Gospel, & Blues
Contact: 334 568 9889
3166 US Hwy 80 E
Lowndesboro, AL 36752