National Square Dance Convention returning in 2017

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Circle left, circle right, grab your partner and do-si-do on down to the National Square Dance Convention (NSDC) coming in June 2017.

Yep, the NSDC's 66th National Convention will be in Cincinnati June 21-24, marking 25 years since the convention's first Cincinnati meeting in 1992.

Organizers say the event is expected to attract more than 4,000 square dancers from around the United States and the world, with key foreign delegations coming from Japan, Sweden, and Germany. Attendees will account for 5,500 hotel room nights at downtown hotels, meaning an economic impact of approximately $1.6 million for the region.

"Square dancing is an integral part of the daily lives of our delegates, and traveling for our annual convention is the perfect way to meet other dancers while discovering a new city," said Steve Stoehr, general chairman for the 2017 convention. "I am looking forward to bringing our convention back to Cincinnati to showcase square dancing in a city that appreciates music and the arts."

The convention will be held primarily at the Duke Energy Convention Center, including panels, seminars, performances, exhibitions and a fashion show, organizers say.

The 1992 Square Dance Convention was the largest event ever hosted by the Cincinnati USA region until the 2012 World Choir Games.

According to the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau, Cincinnati won the right to host the 2017 National Convention by a majority vote of 30 member delegates in the summer of 2013.

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