The beginning of June usually sees the ISTD sequence competition and this year was no exception. There were a few missing from our regular team which was sad but nevertheless we had a good turnout with some attending this event for the first time to get some match practice ahead of the NATD Medallist Finals in Blackpool.
In only his second competition, Ashton earned a second place in his classical sequence event then third in the modern and latin sequence. Along with April, he was also placed a creditable fourth in the juvenile couples event, their first competition together.
Rosalind, Alison T, Kathryn, Georgina and Lewie were also attending this event for the first time and all gave a good account of themselves, with Lewis picking up three fourth places in his events.
At today’s event there were first places for Alison T, Kathryn, Paige, Peter, Olivia, Serena, Hazel Grace P, Neil, Carla, Carol, Emily, Christine, Sue and Rosalind. Serena won all her individual events, as did Grace P who also won her couples event with Olivia. Neil and Carla also won their couples event and Emily and April came 5th in the adult and child Cha Cha Cha from the largest entry of the day.
Also worthy of a mention was Jack’s second place in his Classical Sequence event, beating some very experienced dancers.
A new event for this year was a “friendly” change partner Pro Am competition. Taking part from our school were Robert, Louise, Luke, Ruth, Liam, Grace P, Andrew, Emily, Olivia and Craig. The dances were the Fylde Waltz and Waverley Two Step and a vocal audience cheered their favourites and seemed to enjoy the light hearted diversion from the main business of the day. In the end it was a win for “Girl Power” with Louise and Olivia taking first place ahead of the “boy band” comprising Liam and Craig.
Once again we thank all the partnering team: Luke, Ruth, Liam, Grace P, Emily and Craig for their continued support and dedication. We also must thank the three J’s, Joan, Jean and Julie for their help on the day and all the supporters who give our dancers such fantastic encouragement whatever the results.
The next event will be a new experience and for many people a first opportunity to dance, in a competition, at the famous Blackpool Tower ballroom. It promises to be an exciting weekend for those attending. Boris and the bears are very much looking forward to the event and when Boris told them about taking part in the team parade they were even more excited as most of them have not experienced this before. Watch this space for a full report.