WASCA is the Washington Area Square Dancers Cooperative Association. It is an organization run by dancers for dancers, that includes members in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and West Virginia. WASCA includes square dance clubs, round dance clubs, and clogging groups.
WASCA was formed in October 1956 to provide an organizational structure to host a 1957 regional dance convention in the DC area. A second convention was hosted by WASCA in September 1958. The successful results of these efforts provided the enthusiasm to produce the first WASCA Spring Dance Festival in March 1960.
The annual Spring Festival is produced the 3rd full weekend of March and is WASCA's pimary source of income for operating the organization. Since 2006 the WASCA Spring Festival has been held at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia. It is one of the most popular Square and Round Dance Festivals of its kind in the nation, and attracts hundres of dancers from other areas, and always features a first class lineup of the best callers and cuers in the nation.
We regret to inform you that the 2020 WASCA Festival has been cancelled due to the coronavirus. Cancellations and requested rollovers were pouring in and we have no idea where we might have ended up, but more than half of the WASCA Board would have been unable to attend and assist because of underlying or potential health issues. The Alexandria Mark Hilton has graciously allowed us to cancel the Festival Contract under the "Acts of God" (force majeure) provisions of the Contract to ensure the health and safety of our dancing community. Expressions of gratitude to the Hotel are encouraged.
We know that you all are as disappointed as we are.
The Hilton will be cancelling your room reservation and those of you who provided checks for your deposit will be reimbursed in about 20 business days. If you would like to call to check, following are the phone numbers. You will need your hotel confirmation number which was sent to you previously by Stephanie and Joe Corson.
WASCA Festival Registration will roll over your registrations to the WASCA 2021 Festival. A 2021 WASCA Flyer will be sent soon to those who have previously registered.
Again, we apologize for this once in a lifetime event but we know you all understand the circumstances.
Nancy & Tom Stafford
The 2020 Virginia State Convention has been cancelled due to the Covid 19 coronavirus. Governor Northam has issued a Stay at Home mandate through June 10 2020 for Virginia. Individuals don't need to cancel rooms as the whole block will be cancelled per Jordan Vallerga, sales manager, Founders Inn.
Tom & Nancy Stafford
Virginia Square and Round Dance Association