Kick Off Your Summer At The 2019 Orange Blossom Dance Festival

Memorial Day is over so that means it’s time to get ready for the 2019 Orange Blossom Dance Festival! This country and swing dance competition was voted a favorite among North American UCWDC (United Country Western Dance Council) events. 

The Festival starts with a kick-off party on Thursday evening. Sebastian Quinones (runner-up in the 2019 World Championships Couples Open I division) will be teaching a West Coast Swing group class and after that, everyone is expected to celebrate and dance the night away. 

Friday and Saturday schedules are packed with competitions for pro-am students, couples, and those brave enough to enter the Jack & Jill events. The current World Champions, Mike Wagner and Satu Ketellapper, will be competing on Friday in the Classic Masters event along with Newell Defreest and Rachel Mercedes, who moved up to the Classic Masters division after winning the 2019 World Champion title in the Classic Open I division. 

Another event you definitely don’t want to miss on Friday is the Line Dance Superstars. It’s all female dancers in this event at Orange Blossom, and I’m sure they won’t disappoint. If you strive to be a great dancer alone as well as with a partner, these ladies will definitely impress you.

The close competition and impressive dancing will continue on Saturday with the Pro-am Newcomer through Novice events. It’s not easy going out on the dance floor to compete as a student who’s just finding their dancing feet, but these new competitors never ceases to amaze us.  We always tip our hat to those who are still learning, yet have the courage to go out on the dancefloor and show us how far they’ve come. The Female Silver Novice division is the largest ProAm group with 16 couples entered this year.  It should be one of the most competitive divisions we see the entire weekend. 

The Strictly and Jack & Jill Swing events will dominate the floor on Friday and Saturday evenings. Orange Blossom Dance Festival is sanctioned not only by UCWDC but WSDC (World Swing Dance Council) as well, so you’ll have the chance to see a variety of incredibly talented dancers. 

Whatever suits your fancy - country or swing, competitive or social dancing - it’s all happening here at the Orange Blossom Dance Festival!



30 Years in ABQ: 2019 New Mexico Dance Fiesta Recap

While most of the country was experiencing cooler fall weather, things were heating up in Albuquerque this past weekend! The 30th anniversary of the New Mexico Dance Fiesta included some amazing dancing and close competitions. 

It's Fiesta Time! - What to Expect at the 2019 New Mexico Dance Fiesta

It’s fiesta time in Albuquerque! The 30th anniversary of the New Mexico Dance Fiesta is happening this weekend. This UCWDC-sanctioned event was started by dance couple Mike Haley and Patti Miller, and ballroom coordinator Steve Stevens in 1989. Though the competition has changed hands a few times over the years, it continues to be a can’t miss event full of dancing and great times with dance friends and family.

2019 UCWDC Nashville Dance Classic Recap

Howdy partners! It was an exciting Labor Day weekend in Nashville. From packed ProAm heats to a close Crown Masters competition, the 2019 UCWDC Nashville Dance Classic kept us hootin’ and hollerin’ for more.

2019 UCWDC Nashville Dance Classic Preview

It’s time for some dancing in the ”The Country Music Capital of the World” - Nashville! Home to the Grand Ole Opry House, the famous “Grand Ole Opry” stage and radio show, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, it’s obvious why this city would draw a crowd for our next UCWDC competition, the Nashville Dance Classic. 

2019 UCWDC Chicagoland Dance Festival Recap

Alas, another weekend full of dancing has come and gone. Isn’t it always so hard to go back to work on Monday? In case you were off doing your own dancing, here’s what you missed at the Chicagoland Dance Festival.

Chicagoland Country & Swing Dance Festival Preview

This weekend, hold onto your hat and point your dancing shoes towards Chicago for the 32nd annual Chicagoland Country and Swing Dance Festival. This event has it all - qualifying events for the United Country Western Dance Council’s World Championships, points events for the World Swing Dance Council Jack & Jill swing dance registry, and it’s a part of the original Hustle Dance Tour. 

Armen Tsaturyan & Svetlana Gudyno Victorious In Rimini

And things keep changing! The third GrandSlam of the WDSF calendar year has officially concluded here in Rimini, Italy, and we found ourselves face to face with some intriguing occurrences!

Evaldas Sodeika & Ieva Zukauskaite Continue Success In Rimini

We are in Rimini, Italy, and the second day of the GrandSlam series is soon to commence, but we cannot forget about the excitement that filled the halls of the Rimini Expo Centre just last night! From a total of 148 couples, one champion couple was crowned—Evaldas Sodeika and Ieva Zukauskaite of Lithuania achieved their third WDSF GrandSlam title of their careers, making them the undefeated champions of the 2019 series.

WDSF Rimini GrandSlam Prepares Latin Dancers For Worlds

The Standard competition will kick off this weekend’s upcoming event in Rimini, Italy, and the Latin session will highlight its end. 

Italian Dancers In The Spotlight At Rimini Standard GrandSlam

And we are back! Off to Italy we travel as we come to stream live the third GrandSlam leg of the year. To be exact, we will be on the eastern coast of the country in the town of Rimini. This is the second year that a GrandSlam will be hosted in this seaside community in a country known for its art, fashion, vespas, pizza, and pasta, as well as impeccable performance in the world of competitive dance.