May 2009

Older articles and news items can be found here. Even older articles will be moved across from the previous website as time allows.

EADA Couples make Blackpool Finals!

The beautiful Empress Ballroom

Congratulations to the following who made finals at the British Open:

Neil Jones & Ekaterina Sokolova - 6th in Amateur Latin
Kyle Taylor & Liis End - 3rd in Under 21 Ballroom
Jack Beale & Karolina Szmit - 6th in Under 21 Ballroom
Steve & Sue Witherington - 6th Senior Latin


Gregor Rebula turns Professional

We wish good luck to former Amateur Latin Champion Gregor Rebula who has now  turned Professional to dance with Rachael Heron and will be representing England.

BDF Congress at British National Dance Championships

The Ballroom Dancers Federation are proud to announce that they will present a Congress at the British National Dance Championships on Friday the 20th November 2009 in the Spanish Hall, Winter Gardens, Blackpool.  A very impressive line up of lecturers have been invited to present short 20 minute lectures on competitive ballroom dancing from 10am-1pm.  Admission to the Congress is absolutely free (Amateurs & Professionals are both welcome), and tea and coffee will be served at 11.00am.


On TV and the Stage...

Well done to Ben & Becky Milan-Vega who reached the semi-finals of the ITV show "Britain's got talent".

Also well done and good luck to Tabby Law, one of our Juniors, who will be appearing in Billy Elliot for two days a week from June 3rd this year for the next six months (after 3 months of rehearsals), playing Tina, the ballet girl friend of Billy. Tabby has also gained a scholarship to the Legat Ballet school, part of the St. Bedes educational school in Hailsham, Sussex.

James & Rachel Barron recently performed in the Pentecost 2009 Life & Tonic show on the HMS President in London.

Queensland Latin Youth Open

Even further afield, Courtney and Tyler Blah represented England in the Queensland Latin Youth Open at Jupiters Casino last month. They have only just resumed dancing together again and had been together 6 weeks before the competition. In their first comp back, they achieved a very creditable 6th place.

Senior I and II Ballroom World Championships

Jonas Kazlauskas & Jasmine Chan and Ben & Becky Milan-Vega will be representing England in the European Youth Latin Championship in Germany in June.
Dan Baxter & Janine-Nicole Desai and John Townsend & Sabine Kuntze have been selected to represent England at the World Senior I Ballroom in Canada in September.

European Youth Latin & Standard Championships

Congratulations to Marco Cavallaro & Joanne Clifton who came 6th in the European Amateur Ballroom Championships in France in April. Mark & Olga Elsbury were placed 22nd.
In the European Amateur Latin Championship in Germany Ben Hardwick & Lucy Jones were placed 21st and Alejandro Hernandez & Kerri-Ann Donaldson were placed 28th out of 65 couples.

In the European Youth Standard in Poland last month Jonas Kazlauskas & Jasmine Chan were placed 25th and Ben & Becky Milan-Vega were placed 36th out of 51 couples.

III International Dance Olympiad 2009 - Platja D’Aro - Spain

Fabulous competition report from Stephane Roy from III International Dance Olympiad 2009 - Platja D’Aro - Spain - a real visual treat! - PDF Report now viewable!

Dominique Corolleur & Diane Cottee at Megeve

Well done to Dominique Corolleur & Diane Cottee who competed at an IDSF comp in Megeve in France over Easter where they finished 24th in Senior Latin.

Apologies to James & Rachel Barron

Apologies to James & Rachel Barron: there was a mistake in the roll of honour printed in InMotion - they placed 11th in the world Senior II Ballroom in Belgium last October not 24th as printed.