Boris and the Bears were all looking forward with great anticipation to their annual outing to Daventry. Not only are there the usual competitions but also the team match and keenly contested Ragtime Swing competition.
We kicked off with the ballroom events and Luke and Fearn were first into action. There were three heats in the first round and after five rounds, Luke made it to the final finishing 2nd overall. This was a great achievment since he had just moved into the 6-8 year category for the first time. Next came Grace S who won both her ballroom and latin events closely followed by Leila and Miriam who were placed 1st and 3rd respectively in their ballroom events and 2nd and 4th in the Latin. The Juniors continued the winning trend with Molly and Olivia taking 1st and 3rd in their ballroom events and tieing for 4th in the Latin, then Grace P and Emily S took 1st and 3rd in their balloom with Grace P also finishing 6th in the Latin.
The pressure was then on the adults but they didn’t disappoint, Craig, Chris, Carla, Josh, Andy and Neil all took 1st place in their ballroom events, Andy and Neil adding to this with 1st place in their Latin events also and Allison completing the hall of fame with 1st place in her Latin. Karly had 2nd in both her ballroom and Latin events in only her second competition with us, whilst Debbie and Tony were placed 3rd and 4th in ballroom and 4th and 5th in Latin in only their second ever competition. In fact out of the 13 ballroom events we contested the team finished up with 10 first places, a great acheivement.
We then came to the eagerly awaited Ragtime Swing events which are run annually in memory of Jean Johnson, a greatly respected teacher, promoter and ambassador of dance. There is one event in each age division, Juvenile, Junior and Adult and the first time these events were run in 2011 we managed to win all three trophies, would history repeat itself today?
The Juveniles were first up with Leila and Miriam and Luke and Grace S in action along over 30 other couples. After four rounds, both couples made the final which was terrific and Leila and Miriam emerged victorious. The pressure was then on the Juniors with Molly and Emily S and Grace P and Olivia taking up the challenge, again both couples made the final and Grace P and Olivia were placed 1st with Molly and Emily S 3rd. Two down one to go. The pressure was then on the adults and again there were over 30 couples in action. Represeting us this time we had Josh and Lydia, Andy and Dawn, Neil and Carla, Craig and Karly, Chris and Alison, Allison and Serena and Jean and Hazel. Josh was particularly keen to do well as he had won this event with different partners every year since its inception, first as a Junior and then as an adult. After four rounds we reached the final with Chris and Alison having made the second round and Craig and Karly reaching the semi-final. Josh and Lydia were announced the winners with Neil and Carla 4th, Andy and Dawn 6th and Allison and Serena 7th. Fantastic results everyone you made us all very proud.
The Team Match followed and we were represented this time by Leila and Miriam, Molly and Emily S and Josh and Lydia. There is always a great atmosphere during this part of the day with each school cheering on their representatives. Only the winners are announced and unfortunately it was not us on this occassion but nevertheless our team gave a brilliant account of themselves and no doubt ran the winners very close.
The couples events rounded off the day and again we had many successes with Leila and Miriam taking 2nd in the Juvenile All Girls CCC, Grace P and Olivia taking 5th in the Junior All Girls CCC and Serena and Allison taking 4th in the All Ladies CCC. In the Adult Man/Lady Samba Andy and Dawn finished 6th and Josh and Karly, who hadn’t really danced together before came 2nd.
It was quite a long day, as they often are, but your hard work and dedication is appreciated and the rewards were well desreved. Thank you once again to all partners as well as family members and supporters, together we make a great team.
Next up is the ISTD exam session and then we have a busy June in store. Boris will be kept busy but will be ready for the challenges that lie ahead!!