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.

Good cheer is sure to be abundant at this holiday-themed competition, with plenty of dancing schedule over the course of three days. ProAm Intermediate and Advanced dancers kick things off on Friday, including Paul Grande and his teacher Vickie Rose. Paul has been a dancing machine this year, competing in a total of 12 competitions so far in eight different divisions. In Birmingham, he’ll be dancing in ProAm Male Diamond Intermediate, Silver Intermediate and Gold Intermediate (Diamond, Silver, and Gold being the age group designations). 

Couples Open Divisions I and II and Couples Crown will light up the stage Friday night. Five couples are registered for Open Division I, including Amanda Clark and Christopher Muise. It should be an interesting division to watch, as several of the couples have all had their own success at different events throughout the season. There is no obvious winner coming into the event, which means every couple will need to be at their best if they hope to finish the 2019 season on a high note.

The ProAm Newcomer and Novice divisions dance through Saturday morning and afternoon. The floor will certainly be busy during these events, with as many as 13 couples registered to compete. The afternoon concludes with some fun ProAm Jack ‘n Jill Two Step and Swing competitions before the highly anticipated Classic Masters couples take the floor Saturday night.

Top Classic Masters couple Newell Defreest & Rachel Mercedes will be competing, along with Mike Wagner & Satu Ketellapper, and Ronnie DeBenedetta & Brittney Valdez. All three couples have done well this year, so this is another event where there is no clear winner right off the bat. You’ll just have to watch and see what happens!

As always, if you can’t make it in person, we’d love for you to join us live on FloDance. Don’t forget, live coverage of the 2020 UCWDC World Championships will begin on December 30th in Nashville, TN.  Get ready for some serious holiday cheer and let’s dance!

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.

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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