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. 

For those wanting to start with a more relaxed viewing experience, both Friday and Saturday nights feature social dancing, warm-ups, and the preliminary rounds of Jack & Jill dancers.  This start to the competition is scheduled alongside workshops on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If you're in attendance, you can also take advantage of the unique-to-Chicagoland pizza party hosted by Swing ‘n’ Country on Friday.  It is sure to kick off the event with a bang!  Pizza and dancing..what more could you ask for? 

The Chicagoland Festival has attracted a ton of big names. The Couples' Classic Crown event includes the current Classic Crown World Champions, Bobby Pritchard and Carla Romine. Last year's champions will be joined by two of the Worlds’ runner-up couples, including dancers Kelly and Denise Strouse, who will be sure to showcase their skill, particularly in the East Coast swing portion of the competition. 

Mike Wagner and Satu Ketellapper will be the team to watch during Classic Masters, as they show their dominance in Triple Two, Polka, and Waltz, among others. The top Masters couples will have eight different dances to get through as they navigate the Triple Two, Polka, NightClub, Cha Cha, Waltz, 2-Step, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, as well as a Show Dance. That’s a lot of dancing! 

The floor will also be busy for the Pro-Am and Pro-Pro events happening Friday and Saturday, with several events showing up to ten couples entered! If Swing or Hustle is more your style, the field of Newcomer, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, and Masters couples facing off during the Jack & Jill events on Friday and Saturday evenings are sure to entertain. Jack & Jill adds another level of excitement to the competition because the dancers are paired up right there on the dance floor. They don’t know who they’ll be dancing with until we do! This results in some amazing (and sometimes amusing) improvised routines. 

The Chicagoland Festival will conclude with Couples, Strictly Swing, Pro-Am Swing and Hustle awards on Sunday afternoon so double-check the event schedule provided by UCWDC, order a Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza and mark your calendars to catch all of the Windy City excitement. 

A Dress Rehearsal for Worlds: Recap of 2019 Dallas Dance Festival

One sign of a well-run event is one where a lot can go wrong behind the scenes without anyone attending the event ever noticing. During the awards ceremony at Dallas Dance Festival, one of the organizers, Dave Getty, shared how the dance floor went on a little adventure before finally arriving at the hotel much later than scheduled and how they finished setting up the ballroom with only 30 minutes to spare before the doors opened on the first day! Aside from a few sleep-deprived staff members that morning, you never would have known without him telling the story.

A Dress Rehearsal for Worlds: What to Expect in Dallas

Happy November dance fans! The weather is getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, but the dancing just keeps ongoing. Things are heating up in the dance world as we get closer to the Country Dance World Championships, held in Nashville, Tennessee on December 29, 2019, through January 5, 2020. There are only a few events left where dancers can qualify to compete at Worlds, one of which is the Dallas Dance Festival happening this weekend.

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.

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.