With much enthusiasm, we invite you to join us in Mobile April 27-30, 2022 for our Pre-Convention Meeting. This meeting is usually held about 15 months before the National Square Dance Convention®, however, because of the elaborate Mardi Gras Carnival season in Downtown Mobile, we had to push ours back to the end of April. The Pre-Convention Meeting is a long weekend of business meetings involving the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the representatives from the upcoming conventions. It is at Pre-Convention that much of the business connected with conducting NSDCs is discussed, plans are finalized, and a great deal of information is shared between the Committees of all the upcoming NSDCs. This is an open meeting to which all square dancers, whether working on a NSDC Committee or not, are welcomed.
There are several functions offered at Pre-Convention, some of these include:
City Tours – Guided bus tours of Mobile showing several of the highlights that make this the perfect city to host the 72nd NSDC.
Facility Tour – A tour of the Mobile Convention Center where all the dance halls for the 72nd NSDC are located and its amenities; as well as the meeting rooms at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, our Headquarters hotel, where our Education Sessions, Sew & Save, and Fashion Show will be located.
Friday Civic Luncheon – A Civic Luncheon, hosted by Visit Mobile, where the NEC can meet City Officials, such as the Mayor, the Chief of Police, the Fire Department Chief, Hotel/Motel Association President, Hotel/Motel Representatives, etc., and explain what a NSDC can mean to their city, and how it will differ from other conventions.
Friday Night Special Event – Team Mobile will be hosting a Mardi Gras Masked Ball on Friday evening. This will provide an outstanding opportunity for socializing as well as a delicious plated dinner and entertainment. We are sure you will enjoy the fun evening we have planned!
Saturday Breakout Sessions – Breakout Sessions are times when team members from each future NSDC get together with their NEC Phase Advisors to discuss and share individual tasks, challenges, advice, and other information. These sessions are the highlight of the Pre-Convention Meeting as much is to be learned from them.
Kick-Off Dance -The Kick-Off Dance is held to generate excitement in the local area for the upcoming NSDC. It will also allow us to access any issues with sound, flooring, equipment, etc., in the Convention Center prior to the actual NSDC. The Kick-Off Dance will be held in the same hall that will be the Live Band Hall during the 72nd NSDC. The Dance is free to all dancers who have Pre-registered for the 72nd NSDC, or dancers can register for the 72nd NSDC at the door.
Pre-Convention will be the first visit of the entire NEC and future Convention Committees to Mobile (and possibly Alabama) and it gives Team Mobile an opportunity to show our brand of southern hospitality to those visiting from all over the United States. All local dancers are encouraged to attend and learn everything about the NSDC to be held in Mobile, Alabama.
All Pre-Convention Housing, Meetings, and other Activities will be held in the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel (except the Kick Off Dance).
*TENTATIVE PRE-CONVENTION SCHEDULE CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS including menus (not available yet)
Thursday April 28, 2022
12:00pm Counterpart Lunch Buffett
2:00pm City Tour
3:00pm Future NSDC Committee individual meetings
6:00pm Counterpart Dinner at local restaurant
8:30pm Welcome reception/Meet & Greet at Hotel
Friday April 29, 2022
9:00am Facility Tours
11:00am National Convention Operating System (NCOS) Training Sessions CLICK HERE FOR SESSION SCHEDULE
12:00pm Civic Luncheon
1:00pm Future NSDCs Presentations to the NEC
1:00pm NCOS Training Sessions continued
6:30pm Mardi Gras Masked Ball & Dinner
Saturday April 30, 2022
8:30am NEC General Meeting Opening
9:00am Breakout Meetings/Sessions CLICK HERE FOR BREAKOUT SESSION SCHEDULE
12:30pm Counterpart Working Lunch
2:00pm NEC General Session
8:00pm Kick-Off Dance at Mobile Convention Center – North Hall of Mobile Convention Center
A Pre-Convention Registration Form is required to attend and should be returned by February 15, 2022 if you plan to attend.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR PRE-CONVENTION ONLINE (not available yet)
CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE PRE-CONVENTION REGISTRATION FORM (not available yet)
Starting in August 2022, we will begin publishing lots of exciting and more specific information about our Party Gras in 2023 in the National E-Squares magazine. If you are not already receiving the E-Squares Magazine by email, please subscribe by clicking here