What is the Masters Tour?
 
  The Masters Tour was created by Bob & Beverly Budzynski. Their goal is to reward those Masters Dancers who have smoothed the path for others who have followed or are following in their footsteps, whether they are Juniors, Rising Stars, Classic, Sophisticated Swing or any Swing Dancer Division. They hope to encourage more Masters Dancers to compete across the country leading to a final Grand Reward for their efforts. This special award is called the "Masters National Swing Dance Championship", lovingly called the "Masters Tour."  
     
  Points are awarded at tour events by placement. The 1st Place couple receives 5 Points, Second Place receives 4 Points, 3rd Place receives 3 points, 4th Place receives 2 Points, and 5th Place receives 1 Point. Points are accumulated through-out the year at Tour events. Awards are given at the final event of the year, the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships! In case of a tie, the highest placement at the U.S. Open will determine the winner.  
     
  Please note: Each dancer must have reached 50 years of age by the date of the competition. Please check the rules of each individual competition. Couples accumulate points. Couples consist of a male leader and a female follower. Any couple who changes partners must then start over and accumulate points with the new partner. Points previously received will be entered in the final standing with the previous partner.  
     
  Changes for 2013! There will be ten (10) events on the 2013 Masters National Swing Dance Championship, AKA "Masters Tour". Couples will receive points for their placements at each event. All Masters Tour" Events are required to offer Masters Routines, Masters Strictly Swing and Masters Jack & Jill. Winners at each individual event will receive $400.00 from the event. Bob & Beverly will not be adding money to each event this year, but rather will be applying that money to the prizes that they will be giving out at the U.S. Open. Masters Tour awards will be made at the U.S. Open. Ties will be broken by placement at the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships.  
     
  Changes for 2012! There will be nine (9) events on the 2012 Masters National Swing Dance Championship, AKA "Masters Tour". Couples will receive points for their placements at each event. Winners at each individual event will receive $300.00 in addition to any regular prize money that the event awards. Masters Tour awards will be made at the U.S. Open. Ties will be broken by placement at the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships.  
     
  Changes for 2010! There will be eight (8) events on the 2010 Masters National Swing Dance Championship, AKA "Masters Tour". Couples will receive points for their placements at each event. Winners at each individual event will receive $300.00 in addition to any regular prize money that the event awards. Masters Tour awards will be made at the U.S. Open. At the final event, the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships, the winning couple  will receive $3,600.00 & Two "Masters National Swing Dance Championships" Trophies, 2nd Place will receive $2,400.00, 3rd Place will receive  $1,000.00. (Prizes are in addition to the regular prize money awarded by the U.S. Open.) Ties will be broken by placement at the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships.  
     
  Changes for 2009! There will be twelve (12) events on the 2009 Masters National Swing Dance Championship, AKA "Masters Tour". Couples will receive points for their top 7 placements. Winners at each individual event will receive $300.00 in addition to any regular prize money that the event awards. Ties will be broken by placement at the U.S. Open. Masters Tour awards will be made at the U.S. Open.  
     
  In 2008, Bob & Beverly donated $7,000.00 in award money. At each designated Tour event, the Masters winning couple received $300.00 in addition to any regular prize money that the event awards. At the final event, the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships, the winning couple  received $1,800.00, 2nd Place received $1,200.00, 3rd Place received $500.00, and 4th Place received $200.00. (Prizes are in addition to the regular prize money awarded by the U.S. Open.)  
     
     
     
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