About Us

What is the Mac?

The Manhattan Amateur Classic ("The MAC"), the only annual DanceSport event that has been regularly held in New York City or in sight of NYC since 1991, provides an outlet for the wealth of dance talent in and around the New York metropolitan area. The MAC is the second longest running all amateur competition and has grown from a 1-day event to 3 full days of non-stop dancing.

With the MAC's explosive growth in recent years, especially among youth dancers, MAC has become a dance Mecca, taking its place among the nation's leading competitive events. The MAC is one of the largest, if not the largest, all amateur DanceSport competition in the United States. We have hosted the WDSF Junior II Standard & Latin Open competition and have had couples from South America, Canada, Denmark, Australia, Russia, and the US represent their countries. This year for the first time, we will have an all Championship evening. If you want to see the best of the best in all 4 styles, then Saturday evening it the night to join us in NJ.

Presented by the Greater New York Chapter of USA Dance, the MAC is 100% volunteer organized and run, and represents the best in DanceSport from the Northeast, the entire country and now the world.

How do I get involved with the MAC?

Everyone is welcome at the MAC. The competition is open to all USA Dance members -- young or old, newcomers as well as seasoned veterans and all levels in between. It also welcomes WDSF dancers from all over the world. There are also Same-Sex events for those leaders who also want to follow and those followers who also want to lead, and of course for those individuals who would just prefer to dance with a fellow man or woman. There will also be solo proficiency events for all ages. These events are not limited by gender, so if you don't have a partner or even if you do but you'd like to show off your ability to lead or follow, sign up for the solo proficiency events.
Not competing? Then join us as spectators and come out to cheer on your favorite dancers. There's been quite a bit of popular media exposure of ballroom dancing lately, on the big screen and small. But there's no experience quite like being at a real live DanceSport competition, watching the artistry, speed, grace and athleticism of the dancers as they draw inspiration from the enthusiastic cheers and energy of the audience. At The MAC, all the excitement and beauty of DanceSport competition come together, providing a unique opportunity for everyone to experience the joy and fun of DanceSport at its best.