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.

To celebrate its pearl anniversary, the Dance Fiesta is kicking off with a welcome party Thursday night. Partiers are encouraged to don their best 80s outfit as they turn the clock back to when it all began.

Friday morning offers a chance to rest your cowboy boots as dancesport couples are welcomed onto the competition floor. Country western dancing resumes Friday afternoon with events that include Intermediate and Advanced ProAm, Showcase and ProPro. The ProAm events continue through Saturday. The dance floor will be full Saturday morning with the ProAm Newcomer and Novice events featuring as many as 13 couples! 

The Division 1 couples take over Saturday afternoon. Although the Couples Open Division 1 only has three couples competing at Dance Fiesta, it shouldn’t be skipped because top couple Sebastian Quinones and Alexis Garrish are registered to appear. They’ll be dancing against newer-to-the-scene couples Aaron Lorenzen & Lannie Sullivan and Joseph Lettig & Madalina Varlam. 

The big players come out on Saturday night, including the Classic Masters and a reappearance of Sebastian Quinones as the Superstar Line Dancer. It’s anyone’s dance in the Classic Masters event as the top three couples, Mike Wagner & Satu Ketellapper, Newell DeFreest & Rachel Mercedes, and Sloane Hansen & Bernadette Carmichael, are not registered to compete. The evening also includes some incredible guest performances, including shows by 7-time UCWDC World Champions Marc Davidson and Sylvie Raymond.

Be sure to grab your coffee with breakfast because we can’t stop, won’t stop on Sunday with the remaining Couples Divisions, Line Dance, Teams, Diamond Showcase and Juniors events happening all morning. Then, we switch gears a bit for Jack and Jill Swing and Country Two-Step events Sunday afternoon. The Dance Fiesta ends like it started - with a party!

If you’re in the Albuquerque area, be sure to stop the beautiful Crowne Plaza Albuquerque to check out the New Mexico Dance Fiesta. Not local? No worries! Join us here and watch the event live on

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. 

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!