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Crystal Palace DanceSport Cup

Posted on May 15, 2014

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square-crystalTop competitors will dance live in front of an audience at the Crystal Palace DanceSport Cup this Saturday at ILEC Conference Centre, Earls Court, as they battle for this year’s championship title. The international ballroom and Latin American event returns to London on May 17, when it will play host to over 100 couples representing 30 countries.

Amongst the competitors are current world and European championship finalists and representatives. The event is co-founded and organised by Olga Komarova and Nick Kremichenski, who also own the Wimbledon Dance Academy and SouthSide Ballroom Studio in London. The former Professional Latin dancers offer classes for social and competitive dancers all year round.

Said Olga: “London is a vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage. Since 2001, some of the best dancers in the world have travelled here to attend the Crystal Palace DanceSport Cup. On May 17, they will again be performing remarkable and unforgettable dance performances to a live audience. Come and enjoy some spectacular waltzes and hot sambas.”

Nick added: “Fourteen years on, Crystal Palace DanceSport Cup remains a key highlight in the international dance competition calendar. It is the only world-ranking event in the UK granted by World DanceSport Federation, and recognised by the International Olympic Committee.”

The Crystal Palace DanceSport Cup is a fun day out for the whole family and aspiring dancers across all ages. Doors open at 10am (see the day’s schedule here). The competition categories include Juvenile and Junior (9–15 years old), Youth (under 18), and adult (18–35 years old).

Tickets are available for sale now from and on Ticketweb. Prices begin at £28 for a stall seat, with £69 getting you a VIP front-row ticket with a three-course evening meal.

Picture: Simone Segatori and Annette Sudol, dancing for Germany, won the WDSF World Open Standard at the Crystal Palace Cup last year

Photograph: Patrick Lauson


Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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