Orange Blossom Dance Festival Starts The Summer Off With A Bang

Summer is officially here, dancers! Another great UCWDC event is in the books and we are already looking forward to the next. Competitors came ready to show off their skills and it resulted in a great weekend of dance.

Orange Blossom Dance Festival hosted some of best dancing in country and swing, along with some bad jokes about fruit. If you’ve been to a country dance competition, you’ve enjoyed the master MCing of Jennifer Jeffries. She was in prime form at Orange Blossom, entertaining the crowd during brief delays with jokes like “Why couldn’t the melons get married in Vegas? Because they cantaloupe.” Good one, Jennifer.

The dancing itself was no joke. Dancers young and old graced the floor from early morning to late at night. There was more primary (ages 9 and younger) and youth (ages 10-13) competitors in the line dance events compared to what we’ve seen at other competitions this year, which was fun and adorable. We have to wonder how they felt walking out onto the dance floor. The area must have felt huge! 

In the adult divisions, the pro-am students were rockstars. There’s something special about a pro-am couple. You can see the attentiveness and care that the teacher gives his or her partner in the way they dance with them, and in the way, they give encouragement with a glance, smile or nod when the student experiences a brief moment of doubt. We gave a nod to the pro-am students before the event for being so brave in going out on the dance floor. Now, after the event, we want to tip our hat to the teachers. You guide your student partners through their routines, ensure they are enjoying every minute of dancing, stay ready to catch them if they falter, and on top of it all, provide an enjoyable performance for the judges and the rest of the audience. You are a unique breed!

The cream of the crop, the Classic Masters, danced their classic dances and show dances on Saturday. There were six couples two-steppin', waltzing and cha cha’ing their way into the audience’s and hopefully the judges’ hearts. There can only be one champion though and this time, it was clearly Sloan Hansen and Bernadette Carmichael. The quality of their dancing could be appreciated by everyone who watched them, and their Michael Jackson-inspired show dance was a thriller to say the least. 

Next up, FloDance will be headed to the Chicagoland Country and Swing Dance Festival in August! Will you be joining us? 

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.