Blackpool 2015 Video Highlights

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.

Team USA

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.

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Ballroom in a Few Gifs #3

When someone suggests running “just one more set of rounds”

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Tanning.  Every.  Single. Time.

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Getting woken up by all the bronze and newcomer dancers getting ready at 4 am

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Sitting through countless bronze rounds with no end in sight.

Winning bronze, cause that ish is hard!

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My reaction to people who double-register at competitions for all four styles.  Or those who are dancing open in all four styles.

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Spacing out, then realizing I have to be in line to dance RIGHT NOW.

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Trying out some new choreography for the first time at a competition.

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Getting a callback!

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Thinking we got a callback, but realizing it’s another couple’s number instead.

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When the emcee mispronounces a not-so-hard name during results.  Again.

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What goes on inside my head when I’ve realized they haven’t called our names yet and there’s only 1st place left.

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How I actually behave when I’ve realized they haven’t called our names yet and there’s only 1st place left.

 

Decompressing the day after getting home from a comp

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USA Dance Nationals

I’m currently chilling in my bed, watching the livestream of nationals. Fun stuff! Too bad there’s the 3-hour difference, since it’s in Los Angeles, but I have no problem staying up late :). Yang Chen, the MC, just announced that someone in China’s watching with us! Pretty awesome.

It’s fun chatting with other people watching on the livestream and spotting people I know or recognize from other comps.  Occasionally couples will even look straight into the camera, or you’ll notice something funny, like a judge rocking out to the beginning of a fun song.  Not quite the same as being at a live comp (I think watching live is just so much better than video) but pretty fun, and doesn’t require a plane ticket across the country.

If you want to join in, just check it out here!