Bears outing to Pudsey

This Sunday the competition was to Pudsey in Leeds and for obvious reasons the team mascot bears were very excited about this location. It was also an important day for our dancers as there were opportunities to qualify in Ballroom, Latin American and Sequence.IMG_1094

Overall, it was another hugely successful day for the team and a good atmosphere was generated by some lively music, good audience participation helped along of course by lots of good results.


All the results are too numerous to mention but particular highlights are: Luke came 1st in his Waltz & 2nd in Cha Cha Cha, in only his second competition. Miriam made the final of both her ballroom and Latin events. Grace S made the final of her ballroom and sequence events and Leila the final of her sequence and Latin. Leila also IMG_1099teamed up with a young man called Jack and in their first outing won the couples Jive event.  In the Junior section, Olivia, Grace P, Molly & Emily made all their ballroom & Latin finals. With Emily & Molly gaining two 1st places. Molly & Grace P also made the very hard fought sequence finals.

The day then saw an impromptu threesome Cha Cha Cha competition – one Juvenile, one Junior & one Adult competitor all dancing together (don’t ask!!). So after a rapid one IMG_1083minute reheasal, Luke, Emily & Sue, Grace, Grace & Dennis, Leila, Molly & Craig, Olivia & Miriam took to the floor. Everyone really entered into the spirit of it and Craig, Molly & Leila made it through to the final.

IMG_1095It was then the turn of the Adults and in the ballroom events everyone danced in the final of their event. With 1st places going to Craig, Hazel, Serena, Josh, Karen H, Karen C, Dennis & Sue – well done to you all. In the Latin events 1st places went to Hazel, Serena, Josh, Allison, Karen H and Andy.  The Under 35yrs & Over 50yrs Sequence events were very well supported with four and three rounds respectively therefore any recalls and final placings were well earned. Making the Under 35yrs final was Josh with a 3rd place & in the Over 50yrs, Allison took 1st, Andy 2nd, Dawn 3rd and Sue 5th. Well done to you all.

There is a brief rest this coming Sunday but all batteries will need to be fully recharged for our home event on 8th March.

Wonders at Whitwick

Today was all about sequence three dance qualification for Blackpool, this time at Whitwick in Leicestershire. It was a large team outing with lots of dancers looking for those all important final placings to enable them to dance at Blackpool later in the year.IMG_1065

The brilliant news being that it was a hugely successful day. In the Juvenile event Leila came 1st, Grace S 3rd and Miriam 5th. This was followed by the Junior results of Molly 2nd, Emily S 3rd, Grace P 4th and Olivia 6th.IMG_1067

The pressure then moved onto the Adults and they managed to keep up the team performance. In the Under 35yrs Paul came 3rd, Josh 4th and Lydia 6th. In the Over 35yrs we covered all places from 1st to 5th with Karen H, Serena, Neil, Carla and Chris. Then finally in the Over 50yrs, Allison won, with Andy 2nd, Dawn 4th, Dennis 5th, Sue 6th and Geraldine 7thIMG_1071

Thanks must also go to those who partnered, Luke, Ruth, Grace P and  Emily S. It  wouldn’t be possible without you.

Overall everyone IMG_1068gave a brilliant team performance (both dancers and supporters alike) we were very proud of you all.

Deep breath, quick recovery and off we go again next weekend, this time to Pudsey. We definitely must remember to take all our bears, Boris is so excited!!!IMG_1073





Dance raises 161 pounds for Treetops

The first Sunday in February means it must be the annual Medal Presentation Dance. Held again this year at George Spencer, a good turn-out ensured an exciting afternoon. 008

Along with the general social dancing for everyone to join in with there were displays by various members of the school. The ‘children’ produced their much anticipated show. Following on from last year’s montage of ballroom dances they continued the theme this year with a selection of the Latin American rhythms. Ably assisted by Luke and Ruth. Luke, partnered by Louise, also demonstrated his new prize winning dance, the Green Emerald Waltz.

085This event also sees the presentation of the annual school award and the recipient for 2014 was Paul Hoskin for his dedication and achievements over the past year.

Thanks to everyone involved in making it a successful afternoon. Also a huge thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets and donated prizes. Raising an amazing £161 for Treetops.

Final thanks to the FrOGS who provided lovely home baked cakes & refreshments and George Spencer for use of the hall.