Following their historic eighth consecutive win of the Professional Latin Championship at Blackpool Dance Festival, Latin superstars Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis (pictured) announced, through chairman of adjudicators Marcus Hilton, their decision to retire from competitive dance.
Blackpool Dance Festival has started, and the results are in for the first competitions. The Amateur Latin Championship was won by new champions Nikita Brovko and Olga Urumova, from Russia, with Morten Löwe and Roselina Doneva, from Denmark, second and Kirill Belorukov and Ekaterina Nikolaeva, from Russia, third.
Blackpool Dance Festival is to launch its first overseas event, to be held in Shanghai from August 19 to 23, 2016. Working with International Special Attractions (ISA), the British festival will work on the organisation, branding and management of the event, held under the name Blackpool Dance Festival (China).
Strictly Come Dancing professionals Karen Hauer and Kevin Clifton (pictured) will be attending a Dinner and Dance Showcase, held by Wheelchair Dance Sport Association (UK), of which they are patrons, on June 19 at the Auction House, Luton.
Strictly stars Katya Virshilas and Jared Murillo will join the cast of Puttin' on the Ritz next month in Belfast and will star in the show's run at Blackpool, the home of ballroom, for its the summer season at the Grand Theatre. The pair will continue to tour with the show into the autumn.