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.

Sebastian Quinones and Alexis Garrish dominated the Classic Open Division I event, earning first place in almost every dance (they placed second in polka and third in waltz). It was more than enough to be declared the overall winners. Since Newell DeFreest and Rachel Mercedes moved up to Classic Masters after winning the World Title in Open I, Sebastian and Alexis have been undefeated in the division.

Bobby Pritchard and Carla Romine also remain undefeated in the Classic Crown event since winning the World title at the start of 2019. The couple who has come closest to beating them in several events this year, Greg and Laura Thrash, did not compete at Chicagoland. 

Mike Wagner and Satu Ketellapper took first in the Classic Masters event, which was no surprise. Based on other events, you would have expected Newell DeFreest and Rachel Mercedes to take second place. However, Brittney Valdez and a new partner, Ronnie Debenedetta, edged by them to claim second place, leaving Newell and Rachel in third. As we get closer to the World Championships, it’s still anyone’s game, as no one has yet to earn perfect scores. 

The pro-am events were busy, especially in the Novice division. Paula DaSilva and her pro, Albert Tailleur won the most competitive event, Female Silver Novice, against 14 other couples. She and Albert also took second place in the Female Crystal and Gold Novice events (Silver, Crystal, and Gold designate age groups). For the guys, Male Silver Newcomer was the most popular event with eight couples entered. Ken Harden and his pro, Vickie Rose took first in that division. 

We took a semi-break from the high pressure of competition to enjoy the Saturday Night Shenanigans. The line was long to get into this evening show and for good reason. You got to see the Classic Masters competition, along with show dances by a variety of talented couples and formation groups in Ballroom, Salsa and Country Western styles. Then if you were still awake after two full days of dancing, you could dance the night away until the cows came home (direct quote from the official schedule)!

Congratulations to Jennifer and Randy Jeffries on another successful event. FloDance’s next stop on the UCWDC circuit is Nashville Dance Classic at the end of August. Hope to see you there!

2020 UCWDC Country Dance World Championships Recap

Wow, dancers! What a way to end the week! The 2020 UCWDC Country Dance World Championships started with some wonderful dancing by the ProAm divisions and this year, the competition included over 6,500 entries! It just kept getting better and better as we moved into the Couples and Line Dance events, finally culminating in mind-blowing performances by the Classic Masters group on Saturday evening. 

The Best Time of the Year: 2020 UCWDC World Championships Preview

It’s time again for the UCWDC Country Dance World Championships, friends! Held at the beautiful Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, next week promises nonstop dancing in the form of workshops, daily competitive events, and nightly social dancing. Dancers, amateur and professional alike, from around the world have been preparing for this event all year. Some will be competing at Worlds for the first time, while others are returning to defend their titles or try for a second title at a new level.

Two-Steppin' Down Santa Claus Lane

The final competition of 2019 is officially complete, which means Worlds is just around the corner! Couples who qualified to dance in Nashville at the UCWDC Country Dance World Championships are surely making their final tweaks and adjustments and preparing to compete on the biggest stage in country western dance.

Dancing in Dixieland

Happy Holidays, everyone! This weekend will mark less than two weeks until we find out if we made it onto Santa's Nice List. Can you believe it? Here at FloDance, we’re taking a break from shopping and gift wrapping to attend Christmas in Dixie, the final UCWDC competition before Worlds! That means it’s sure to be an exciting weekend.

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.