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The Pink Jukebox Trophy 2014

Posted on February 17, 2014

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square--webFor sheer party atmosphere, you would be hard pressed to do better than the Pink Jukebox Trophy, held at the Rivoli Ballroom in south London on Saturday, February 15.

The standard of dancing in the A classes this year was extremely high, with the men’s Latin A class won by the popular pairing of Nejc Jus and Lemington Ridley (pictured), who dance for England, to much cheering and acclaim in a closely fought final – although had they not won there would possibly have been a riot!

There was a clash of the titans in the men’s ballroom A class, but Hungarians Czaba Csetneki and Balázs Gáti overcame a stumble to clinch the top spot over close rivals Axel Zischka and Stefan Lehner from France.

Caroline Privou and Petra Zimmerman were clearly in a class of their own as they took the women’s A ballroom trophy for the 13th year running, pipping Hungarian couple Reka Fuleki and Beatrix Rencsisovszki, who were later absolutely delighted to win the A Latin.

One of the big stories of the night was the triumph of Spanish newcomers Janire Iglesias Marzal and Ainhoa Moreno Perez, who won the Latin C class in their very first competition – the audience gave them a warm welcome and made their appreciation very clear.

The competition was extremely well organised and enormous fun – congratulations to Jacky Logan, Ralf Schiller and their team.

Words: Kim Thompson

Photograph: Murray Thompson

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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