The Blackpool Dance Festival just finished up in England! The biggest and most prestigious ballroom dance competition and event in the world. Each round starts from something like 200 couples. It would be awesome to attend one day, even if just to spectate. Some people I know have been able to spectate and/or dance there. Jealous. Here are some video highlights for your enjoyment!
Slavik and Karina’s Rumba Showcase
Obsessed. This is one of my favorite rumbas ever and it’s still so, so good, even 10+ years later. They were the best when they danced together.
Note Arunas doing cha cha and being an overall goof. You never see this side of him! Also, Riccardo and Anastasia dancing standard.
Professional Latin Final Rumba
Michael and Joanna retire after their 8th Blackpool win! I appreciate them, but am a diehard Yulia and Riccardo fan. Also, Troels and Ina, WDC amateur Latin champions, went pro and made the finals for a couple of dances. Should be interesting to see how they do in pro! That standing spin thing that Maurizio and Andra did was sick. Also, literally everyone is wearing black or white or a neutral color.
American Smooth Exhibition
For the first time ever, they featured American Smooth at Blackpool! Historic stuff. They invited the top pro smooth couples to do a full round exhibition, which was received with a standing ovation. Maybe dancers will compete smooth at Blackpool one day. I wonder where rhythm was…
DSI London has graciously posted the first rounds from all the events on YouTube for free! If you have a lot of time to kill, check ’em out. There were tons of competitors from China and Japan this year.