Blackpool Sequence Festival

Once again we ventured North to the spiritual home of Ballroom dancing, Blackpool. This time for the Sequence festival which takes place each October. Luke, with his new partner, Sophie were competing in the Professional Classical Sequence Championship, Liam and Alex were competing in the Amateur Classical and Modern Sequence Championship, and Dawn, Andy, Sue, Dennis, Carla and Neil were all competing in the Social Dance Classical and Modern Sequence competitions for the first time.

First out on Sunday evening were Dawn, Andy, Sue, Dennis, Carla and Neil who all danced well considering it was their first outing at this event, attracting the best sequence dancers in the country and some from overseas. Dawn and Andy and Carla and Neil all got recalled which was a great achievement.  Next up were Liam and Alex for the Modern Sequence in which they were placed second. IMG_0823

Monday sees the inventive dance competition in which we entered three dances, one in each section, and we were delighted to win with our Rumba Missouri. This takes our tally of wins in this event to 13, equalling the current record. Also dancing this evening were IMG_0835Dawn and Andy and Carla and Neil in their Social Classical Sequence, with Dawn and Andy making the final, a fantastic result and well deserved.

The excitement and anticipation increased on Tuesday evening with both the Amateur and Professional Classical Sequence Championships. Liam and Alex were first to take to the floor to defend the title they won last year. By giving the assured performance of reigning Champions regaining their title with some ease and a lovely, stylish display of Classical Sequence. Following on from this was the eagerly awaited Professional final in which Luke and Sophie were placed third. They gave an excellent and refined performance showing great togetherness and technical accuracy which was terrific considering they have only been together about two months and this was only their second competition.Blackpool 2014

Congratulations to you all we are proud to be associated with you. Having all returned home somewhat bleary eyed we now have only a week or so to recover for what will hopefully be another successful visit to Blackpool.

Fish & Chips

Last Sunday a few of us took a trip to the seaside at Whitby to sample the local cuisine at the famous Magpie Cafe, oh! and whilst we were there Sue and Dennis and Dawn and Andy decided to enter a dance competition!

The Pavilion ballroom is a lovely venue, spacious with a large wooden floor and a great view over the bay. It is one of the nicest places for dancing and usually attracts a good crowd.IMG_0817

All our dancers had a great day making all of their finals with Dawn and Andy taking first place in both of the senior events and Sue and Dennis taking second place so we really could not have done better. Dennis also took first place in the adult and child event and they were all placed in the open events which was a fabulous achievement.

The next outing will be the British Sequence Championships at Blackpool  and competing in that we have Luke and Sophie, Liam and Alex, Andy and Dawn, Dennis and Sue and Neil and Carla. We wish them all the very best and hope to return with some silverware!

Following closely behind that will be the ISTD Grand Finals also at Blackpool. It seems some time since we had a team outing and we look forward to having a great weekend. Boris sends his best wishes and looks forward to being re-united with old freinds.


Dudley Delights

Dudley Seq Comp 280914Four couples ventured to the Sequence competition at Dudley on Sunday, Liam & Alex, Andy & Dawn, Dennis & Sue and Carla & Neil.

This was the last competition before the Blackpool Sequence Festival in October and so all were keen to have a final outing before the main event.

Liam and Alex won both the Amateur Classical and Amatuer Modern Sequence events with some assured dancing and hope to retain the title they won at Blackpool last year.

Our other three couples all danced well and are starting to make an impact in the sequence field which is still a relatively new experience for them. Dawn and Andy won three out of their four events which was an excellent result and Sue and Dennis and Carla and Neil shared a variety of second, third and fourth places between them. All three couples will be dancing their first Blackpool Sequence Festival this October so best wishes to you all.

Waltzing to Success

IMG_0780Each year for the past four years the British Dance Council has run a special event as part of it’s Inventive Dance Competition to find a new Modern Sequence dance suitable for Amateur Competitors.

We are delighted to announce that this year’s competition was won by Luke Shepherd with the Green Emerald Waltz, a lovely flowing arrangement which I am sure will be enjoyed by the competitors. The name was chosen by Luke as Emerald is the birth stone of Charlie.

This was a great achievement since it was the first time Luke has entered an Inventive Dance Competition and he gave an excellent demonstration, partnered by Louise.

Louise and I have been fortunate to win this event on two previous occasions with the New York Quickstep and the Brooklyn Tango so it was brilliant to see Luke upholding the traditions of the School.

Well done and many congratulations!!