Couples Competition at Friesland

Yesterday was couples events only at Friesland Leisure Centre in Sandiacre. We were a select team but what we lacked in quantity we certainly made up for in quality.

IMG_1116Madeleine and Emily S led the way in the 12-15years age category by winning all three of their ballroom events, their sequence event and two out of three of their Latin events. What a very impressive set of results achieved in a mix of rhythms. They had to perform all four ballroom dancers – Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango & Quickstep. the Tango Serida and then Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble & Jive in the Latin. Well done not just on your performance and results but also the mental challenge of remembering all of those routines.

The adult team consisted of Dennis & Sue, Neil & Carla and Andy & Dawn. In their age group events they took 1st, 2nd and 3rd place positions in both ballroom and latin. With Dennis & Sue coming out on top in ballroom and Andy & Dawn in Latin, In the Open Adult Sequence Saunter Together all were recalled to the final with 1st, 2nd & 5th places being achieved. Again, in the Open Adult ballroom and Latin events all were recalled to both finals with 1st, 3rd & 5th place positions in ballroom and 3rd, 4th & 5th in Latin.

Thank you to all of you who went yesterday. We were proud of you all, apart from your dancing achievements you were also the best presented and dressed team.

Our Competition

Last Sunday was our own competition at Long Eaton and it turned out to be one of the busiest ever with dancers from 10 different schools both near and far. Whilst this meant that it was a long day there was also plenty of competition particularly in the Starter grades. We had a number of first timers, Frankie, Zak, Emma, Debbie and Tony who all performed well and with most achieving at least one recall. Debbie made the final of her event, a great result on her first outing. Sarah S, also competing in the Starter events won both her ballroom and Latin events as well as making both her finals in the “Bronze and under” events. Although this was her second outing it was still a fantastic achievement.

Alongside our regular team who all performed magnificently, as we have come to expect, were some of our less experienced dancers who also had some great results. Notably Eleanor who made all her finals against some tough competition with a 2nd, 5th and 4th across her ballroom, sequence and Latin events.

There were many great performances by everyone not just in the individual and couples events but also in partnering others for their events. A huge thank you to our regular partners, Luke, Ruth, Karen H and  Emily S who were also  joined at this event by Allison, Josh, Grace P, Molly, Andy, Paul, Dennis, Neil, Sarah D, Lydia, Craig and Olivia. Some having to learn the dances in both roles.

Overall the team took 16 first places and had 72 final places so you can imagine there were too many highlights to list individually. However a couple of achievements stood out:

Molly taking first place in all her events both the individuals and in the couples with Emily S.

Sarah D partnering Serena to a first place in the sequence events as well as teaming up with Josh to take first place in the couples Jive and Ragtime Swing events and second place in the two couples ballroom events.

Congratulations to everyone who took part, whether as competitors, supporters or helpers we couldn’t have done it without your support. You helped to create a magnificent atmosphere in which we compete against each other but still remain freinds and share in the success of others.  Thank you to anyone who helped out in any way but particularly to Paula and Maria on the door, Janet and Paula on the Raffle, Andy Hall for standing in at short notice on the music and Joan for ticket collecting.

Don’t forget our next event is 21st June, make sure it’s in your diary!

Sorry no pictures this time, we were a bit busy!! If anyone took any though please feel free to email them to us.