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Arunas and Katusha retire

Two of the ballroom world’s biggest stars, Arunas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova have retired from competitive dancing. As undefeated Professional Ballroom champions, the pair dominated this category for a decade, winning all the major international titles it’s possible to win. In an announcement read out at Blackpool Dance Festival after the Team Match on May […]

Blackpool in China

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 speaking

It’s Blackpool Week on Strictly, otherwise known as Multiple Comebacks And Rampant Score Inflation Week! For the uninitiated, the current exchange rate is about 1:1.2, meaning up here Donny would be scoring 12s and spontaneously combusting, BABY.

August 2014 issue!

Our August 2014 issue is here! There’s a summer holiday flavour to this month’s Dance Today, with features on dance travels from Cuba to Australia, while Ashley Banjo gives us the inside story on the new series of Got To Dance on Sky1.

Blackpool Same-Sex Dance Festival: the highlights

The ESSDA European Championships Same-Sex Dancing took place this weekend in the sumptuous surroundings of the Blackpool Winter Gardens’ Empress Ballroom. In a well-organised competition, hosted by Blackpool Same-Sex Dance Festival’s Sugar Dandies Sören and Bradley Stauffer-Kruse, an ever-higher standard of dancing was enjoyed by an enthusiastic and supportive audience.

Sergey and Melia retire

Latin giants Sergey Surkov and Melia (pictured left, at the Night of 100 Stars) danced their last rumba on Blackpool’s famous floor last night after announcing their decision to retire from competition.

Blackpool so far

It’s been a good year for England so far at Blackpool Dance Festival with Michael Foskett and Nika Vlasenko, dancing for England, taking the Under 21 Ballroom yesterday. They follow in the footsteps of fellow Under 21 dancers, Richard Lifshitz and Korina Travis (pictured heading the line-up, left), who also dance for England and triumphed […]

Strictly speaking

Week 8  BREAKING NEWS: while our stars were distracted by feathery fans, camp cowboys and dizzying hyperbole, their Blackpool dressing rooms were beset by seaside bandits. Possibly pirates. Rumours that their haul included all of the judges’ low scoring paddles remain unconfirmed. Yet how else to explain Saturday’s WTF marking? Of course, the judging process […]

Blackpool finale

This year’s Blackpool Dance Festival has waltzed to an exciting finish. As ever, the festival ended with the Professional Ballroom final, danced to a packed audience at the Winter Gardens.  

Blackpool Begins

The 2013 Blackpool Dance Festival is well under way. Neil Jones and Ekaterina Sokolova, in their first ever Professional Latin competition, became Blackpool’s Professional Latin Rising Star champions. The couple were dancing for England.

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