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. 

Like so many great UCWDC-sanctioned events, Nashville Dance Classic starts with a party on Thursday evening. Competitors will have part of Friday to recover as ProAm Intermediate, Advanced, and Showcase events, along with the ProPro events don’t start until late afternoon. ProAm Syllabus, Newcomer and Novice events kick off Saturday’s daytime activities. The Nashville Dance Classic is known for attracting a large number of students to its ProAm events. The Newcomer and Novice heats are PACKED, with some heats having over 20 couples entered! You’ll see a lot of young, aspiring faces on the floor in the Teen and Youth events, too.

Saturday’s evening session is a can’t-miss with Classic Masters, Showcase Masters, Open Division I couples, and Superstar Line Dancers all competing. The Open Division I leaders, Sebastian Quinones & Alexis Garrish, aren’t registered to compete at Nashville, so it will be interesting to see who rises to the top during their absence. 

The Classic Masters should be an exciting event with the top three couples all in attendance (in no particular order): Mike Wagner & Satu Ketellapper, Newell DeFreest & Rachel Mercedes, and Sloane Hansen & Bernadette Carmichael. The last time that these three couples faced off was at Orange Blossom Dance Festival in May. Hansen & Carmichael took home first place in Orlando, with Wagner & Ketellapper finishing in a very close second place. Will we have the same results in Nashville? 

In addition to the other dances and workshops this Labor Day weekend, the Nashville Dance Classic will also offer a unique 8-dance championship on Sunday. There are only three divisions in this special competition, Pro-Pro, Pro-Am 16+, and Pro-Am 40+, and there are no levels like newcomer, novice and intermediate. However, it should be noted that almost all of the Pro-Am dancers entered so far are competing in other Pro-Am events at the Intermediate level. 

Competitors are required to dance two flights of four dances each. The first flight will be Waltz, Night Club, Triple Two and West Coast, and the second flight will be Two Step, Cha Cha, Polka, and East Coast.  Sunday should be an exciting day!

If you’re going to be in Nashville, be sure to stop by Nashville Dance Classic, check out the competition and the numerous workshops available. If not, join us online! FloDance will be live streaming from the main ballroom all weekend.

Happy dancing!

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 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.