Posted on May 31, 2017
The Blackpool Dance Festival is here! Opening on May 25, and running until June 2, the festival welcomes the ballroom world: more than 60 countries were represented at last year’s festival.
On May 30, new winners Ferdinando Iannaccone and Yulia Musikhina triumphed in the Amateur Latin championships.
You can watch a free livestream of today’s Amateur Ballroom event through DSI TV, free from 11am until 1.15pm. To see more from the competition, subscribe to DSI TV here. Coverage continues this evening, with expert commentary and interviews from 6pm until 11.15pm, and further coverage of the professional Latin and ballroom championships on June 1 and 2. Visit DSI TV’s channel to watch and subscribe.
In our May issue, Nicola Rayner interviews Latin star Maurizio Vescovo, Alison Gallagher-Hughes reports on her time as a dancing extra in the movie Away, which is set in Blackpool, and Jack Reavely looks back at the history of Blackpool Dance Festival. Look out for full coverage of the festival in our forthcoming July issue.
Picture: a standing ovation at the 2015 festival. Photograph: Ron Self