The busy season has kicked in and there are a number of major events on the horizon. We decided to try an event which we had not attended before and so our intrepid dancers set forth to Bournville for an invitation medallist event. For some it was the chance to gain some valuable match practice ahead of Blackpool and for others it was a chance for another outing and benchmark their skills against some different people. For others it was their first foray onto the competition floor.
The location was Bournville college near Birmingham which is a spacious sports hall with a large wooden floor giving the dancers room to stretch their legs. We had a number of regulars who were unable to attend through injury or holiday but we still had a good turnout. The day overall was quieter than we might have hoped for but there were still a number of experienced dancers eager to compete.
The juniors and juveniles kicked off and we had Phoebe, Lewie, April, Ashton, Tabatha, Brooke, Paige and Grace S all in action today. As we would expect they all tried their hardest and were rewarded with some good results.
Finalists today were Lewie, Brooke, Tabatha, Ashton, Grace and Paige in the ballroom section with first places for Grace and Paige. In the Latin section Lewie, April, Tabatha, Ashton, Grace and Paige also made the finals.
In the couples event Lewie and Phoebe won both their ballroom and Latin events, Ashton and April (dancing together for the first time) and Brooke and Tabatha made both their finals and Paige and Grace made their ballroom final. Overall then some excellent performances especially since many of our youngsters are still relatively new to competing.
We then commenced the adult events. We had Evie joining the team for the first time today and she recorded a win in her ballroom event and a second place in the Latin which was a great outcome at the first attempt.
Also winning today were Rosalind, Peter, Craig, Chris, Serena, Karly, Neil, Emily, Carol and Allison. Craig & Karly, Neil & Carla and Peter & Carol also had wins in their couples events. In the over 35 years couples events we secured the top three places in both the ballroom and Latin sections with Chris & Serena taking third in the ballroom and Rosalind & Allison placed second in the Latin.
As always, everyone was well turned out with some new dresses on display and as always upholding our tradition of the ‘best dressed school’. We were of course delighted to be awarded the ‘school shield’, presented to the dance school with the best overall results on the day. Well done to everyone for their continued hard work and dedication especially the partners and teachers, Luke, Liam and Ruth.
For some there are tougher days ahead at Blackpool in October and November where finals and wins will be harder to come by but we are sure you will all rise to the challenge as always. For others we will be working towards exams in December.
Watch out for future reports.