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World Argentine Tango Champions - March 2014:
During March we travelled to Poland to take part in the IDSA World Argentine Tango championship and the World Championship Open Poland. We flew to Warsaw and were taken on a limo tour of the city before being driven to the north of the country to a fantastic hotel complex in the Masurian Lake District. 3 Days of competitions kept us busy. The first night was the IDSA World Argentine tango qualifying heats. We achieved a 95.5% score meaning that we qualified for the following nights final "Duel". The final Duel included the competition tango, Tango Vals and a Milonga. It was a nail biting wait, but the final results came in and we were crowned World Champions. A celebration followed at the hotel cocktail bar!. We also danced in, and won the Ballroom & Latin American Polish Open championship. A very exciting weekend that we will not forget!. Photos can be see below: (additional photographs are available to view in the Galleries).
World Argentine Tango Champions    World Argentine Tango Champions

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World Ballroom & Latin Championships - December 2013:
In December we took a trip to Disneyland in Paris to compete in the WDC World Ballroom & Latin American Championships. We were delighted to make the semi final in both competitions. Ironically placing 9th in both events, but receiving plenty of marks to the final from various judges. A great way to top off the year.

British National Championships - November 2013:
During November we made our annual trip to the National Championships in Blackpool. This year we entered both the Ballroom & Latin events and are pleased to report that we made the Final of the Ballroom, placing 6th and making the Semi final in Latin (placing 9th). We had some fantastic feedback from the event and look forward to coming back next year challenging all the way.

European Cup - October 2013:
During October we travelled to Austria to compete in the WDC World Cup Ballroom & Latin American Championships. The weather was a surprise, as we arrived to find thick snow had fallen around Innsbruck overnight, leaving a beautifully picturesque, but chilly landscape. The competition was fabulously run, and once again sponsored by Swarovski Crystal. We won the World Cup Latin championship and came 3rd in the Ballroom. To top off the weekend we paid a visit to Swarovski Crystal world, which was a magical journey into all things crystal and sparkly! A photo of the event can be seen below and additional photographs are available to view in the Galleries Ballroom or Latin.
WDC European Cup

September 2013:
During September we competed in a variety of competitions at home in England, but most had an added element of international competitors. Firstly the "Greater London championships", held this year at Cheshunt. We retained both the Ballroom & Latin American titles for a second year running. We were also presented with the "Steven Coote" Memorial Trophy for the best overall 10 dance Amateur couple. It was a great privilege to dance for this trophy and our thanks go out to all involved in running this competition.
The next major competition of the month was the UK Open Ballroom & Latin American championships, held at Effingham Park. This was a fantastic competition with couples attending from many different countries. We came 3rd in the Ballroom championship and 5th in the Latin championship.
The day after the UK championships was the Annual England  England V Holland  Holland team match, held at home. Once again, for the 4th year in a row we were asked to join "Team England" and once again, England remain the Champions.

Bandstand "Strictly Broadstairs"- 22nd August 2013: Bandstand
Ian & Victoria performed for the "Broadstairs Summer Proms". A family event on a (slightly) chilly summer evening with live dance music from the Beverly Big Band, we performed a variety of Ballroom & Latin American numbers during the evening. Such a wonderful event that we hope will be repeated next year. Click Here to see the full information & Poster
Broadstairs Summer Proms    Strictly Broadstairs
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Rotary "Strictly Come Rotary", Wintergardens, Margate - 13th April 2013:Rotary
The rotary club of Westgate & Birchington present "Strictly Come Rotary" 2013. A black tie night of dancing, with live music from the M'Larki and a 4 course meal. We performed a variety of show numbers during the evening, whilst 6 "Rotary" couples took to the floor for the very first time in a "strictly" style challenge. They were judged on the night by professional judges and the audience. For more information and tickets, please visit the Rotary website or join the Facebook page.
This year the whole evening is in aid of The Alfie Gough Trust, for more information, please visit their website.

Radio Academy FM Interview Live Radio - Sunday 10th March 2013 between 7 & 9pm:
Ian & Victoria were interviewed live on Academy FM. Sunday 10th March between 7pm & 9pm with Howard Evans. We talked about our achievements to date & forthcoming competitions and charity work.
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World Championship Ballroom, Latin & 10 Dance Finalists 2013:
In January we returned to Kiev, Ukraine to take part in the 2013 WDC AL World 10 Dance Championship, the IDSA World Ballroom & Latin American Championships. Once again 3 World championships in 2 days!.
This year we placed 3rd In the World 10 dance championship, the top 3 places were hotly contested with very few marks between us all. However we convincingly won the the ballroom section! The two individual Ballroom & Latin world championships were under the IDSA. We placed overall 4th in the IDSA World Ballroom championship, with our best marked dance being tango. The IDSA World Latin championship saw us placed overall 4th - one up on last years placing, with our best marked dance being the paso doble.
All in all, a fantastic weekend and we are happy to say that we continue to be world championship finalists in all 3 of the disciplines we dance, Ballroom, Latin & 10 Dance.
Photos of the event can be seen below:
For photographs - please visit the Galleries Ballroom or Latin.

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World Cup 10 Dance & Ballroom Champions. World Cup Latin runners up 2012:
In December we returned to Kiev, Ukraine to take part in the 2012 IDSA World Cup 10 Dance, Ballroom & Latin American Championships. 3 World cup's in 2 days!.
Once again the weather was pretty cold, hitting -12 degrees with plenty of snow on the ground, but the dance hall was well heated!. The first day saw the World Cup 10 dance championship hotly contested. When we were announced as winners we were absolutely over the moon. Later that evening the World Cup Latin American event saw us place 2nd. The second day we returned to compete for the World Cup Ballroom title, which we won convincingly by winning every dance. All in all, a fantastic weekend.
Photos of the event can be seen below and additional photographs are available to view in the Galleries Ballroom or Latin.

IDSA World Cup 10 Dance Champions 2012             IDSA World Cup Winners 2012

England "England v Holland Ballroom Team Match" Holland - September 2012:
We were extremely happy to be asked to take part in the 27th annual England v Holland Ballroom team match during September. The event was held at Leatherhead leisure centre and was a great success. After and exchange of gifts by both teams and team captains, each couple competed in all 5 dances, with some fantastic dancing from both teams. After lots of friendly banter (including some attempted bribery to the judges by both teams!) an inter country partner swap was declared for one last quickstep! Eventually the winners were declared, and I am happy to report that England won. We are looking forward to a return match next year in Holland.

Rotary "Strictly Come Rotary", Wintergardens, Margate - 30th March 2012:Rotary
The rotary club of Westgate & Birchington present "Strictly Come Rotary". A black tie night of dancing, with live music from the Beverly Big Band and a 4 course meal. We performed 4 differently themed show numbers during the evening. Whilst the 6 "Rotary" couples took to the floor to compete in the Strictly challenge, judged by the audience. The night then finished off with dancing live to the Beverly Big Band. The whole evening was in aid of The Pilgrims Hospice and raised over 3000.
For a review of the night, please visit the Rotary website.

WDC AL World Championship 10 Dance Runners Up. World Ballroom & World Latin American Finalists 2012:
In January we returned to Kiev, Ukraine to take part in the 2012 WDC AL World 10 Dance Championship, the IDSA World Ballroom & Latin American Championships. 3 World championships in 2 days!.
This time the weather was freezing, with around 5ft of snow on the ground and the temperatures averaging -28 degrees with a wind chill making for an actual feel of -38 degrees! So to the competition, this time being held on top of an ice skating rink covered with rubber matting then the dance floor laid over the top.
Returning to attempt to gain a higher placing than last year in the World 10 Dance, we are happy to announce we achieved overall 2nd place, placing 2nd in 6 out of the 10 dances. We were extremely pleased with this result. There was a slight mix up with the prize presentations where they called us in 3rd place, the prize presenter Mr Donnie Burns MBE called a halt to the proceedings and asked us to step aside. They then apologised for the error and called us into 2nd position. Not bad to think you have come 3rd, to find out that you actually came 2nd!
The two individual Ballroom & Latin world championships were under the IDSA. We placed overall 4th in the IDSA World Ballroom championship, with our best marked dance being quickstep. The IDSA World Latin championship saw us placed overall 5th with our best marked dance being the Jive in which we placed 2nd.
All in all, a fantastic weekend and we are now world championship finalists in all 3 of the disciplines we dance, Ballroom, Latin & 10 Dance.
Photos of the event can be seen below:
WDC Al World 10 Dance Championship Runners Up 2012             WDC Al World 10 Dance Championship & IDSA World Ballroom 2012             WDC Al World 10 Dance Championship & IDSA World Latin 2012
For additional photographs - please visit the Galleries Ballroom or Latin.

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WDC AL World Championship 10 Dance Finalists 2011:
In December we travelled to Kiev, Ukraine to take part in the WDC AL World 10 Dance Championship. 10 dance competitions test you across the 5 Ballroom and 5 Latin American dances. This was our first world championship and a great experience with couples from many nations taking part. We danced through the rounds and were happy to be recalled into the final, gaining a very creditable 5th place, with our best dance being the Viennese waltz in which we placed 2nd. Photos of the event can be seen below:
WDC Al World 10 Dance Championship 2011             WDC Al World 10 Dance Championship 2011 Presentation
For additional photographs - please visit the Galleries Ballroom or Latin.

Poppy "Ramsgate Remembers", Kings Theatre, Ramsgate - 11th November 2011:Poppy
A 1940's themed family show of remembrance. We will be performing a Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers tribute, as well as other numbers in the show. The show commences at 7.15pm, doors open at 6.45pm. Tickets are available from the "Custom House" on Ramsgate seafront.

WDC AL World Cup Ballroom 2011:
During the latter half of September we travelled back to Zurich, Switzerland to take part in the WDC AL World Cup Ballroom Championship. After a close fought battle we were placed 2nd, but took lots of individual 1st placings which we were pleased with.
A review of the event can be read on page 4/5 of Dancebeatworld.

United States Of America Champions 2011:
During September we took part in the US (United States) Ballroom & Latin American Championships. This competition was held at the Disney Swan resort in Orlando, Florida. The whole competition was fantastically run and offered a vast dance floor. We are happy to report that we won the US Open Amateur S1 Latin American Championship and came 2nd in the US Open Amateur S1 Ballroom Championship. Photos of the event can be seen below:
US Latin American Championship Winners 2011             US Ballroom Championship Runners Up 2011
For additional photographs - please visit the Galleries Ballroom or Latin.

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Mask Charity Masked Ball, Westgate Hall, Canterbury, April 2011: Mask
During April we worked alongside 2 fantastic musicians for a fundraising Masked Ball to save "Westgate Hall", Canterbury. To open the night, we danced a waltz played live by Brendan Power, a fantastic professional harmonica player. Later in the evening we danced a rumba to Ben Mills singing and playing live "Don't wanna to miss a thing". The evening was full of live music and dancing. Let's hope that this wonderful venue can be saved from closing. Please visit the website: Westgate Hall, Canterbury.

European Showdance Championship 2011:
During February and March we took part in the European Showdance Championship in Spain. The whole competition was held over a week with a variety of competitions and dances contested individually, as well as the main pre-qualified Showdance championship. We are happy to report that we came 2nd in the Showdance championship with our "Pirates of the Caribbean" inspired Classic (Ballroom) Showdance.
This competition was exceptional, as it brought together amateur and professional dancers to compete directly against each other. Also the phenomenal audience of over 5000 people made the event spectacular with support for couples of all nations.
Photos of the event can be seen below:
European Showdance Championship 2011             European Showdance Championship 2011
For additional photographs - please visit the Gallery here.

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Switzerland, New Year 2010/2011:
For the New Year 2011 celebrations we travelled to Zurich, Switzerland to entertain guests for Philip Banyer at the dance studio in Wallisellen. Everybody was in high spirits, which made for a fantastic opportunity to perform the first international showing of our brand new "Pirates of the Caribbean" showdance, along with our 2010 showdance "Dancin Fool". We must thank Philip & Sandie for their fantastic hospitality, as well as Werner & Sabine Zimmermann who spent most of the day showing us around the city.

Welsh Border Counties Champions, October 2010:
In early October we danced at the Welsh Border Counties championships in Chepstow. We were pleased to see that the competition has moved into a larger hall for 2010 and the turnout was good. As well as being a championship event, it was also a ranking competition for Welsh couples, so the level of dancing was excellent. We had an excellent day, winning the Amateur Ballroom Championship and placing 7th in the final of the Latin Championship.

Mini Star "Make Me A Star Grand Final" Mini Star - 23rd May 2010:
We performed as guest artistes at the Grand Finals of "Make Me A Star". We danced one ballroom and one latin dance during the judges deliberation. We are looking forward to watching the show as we have been involved in some of the heats so far and would like to wish all the entrants the best of luck in the finals. The finals are being held at the Granville theatre, Ramsgate on Sunday 23rd May at 7.30pm. For tickets, please contact the Granville Box Office on 01843 591750.

Kiss "England v Holland Ballroom Team Match" Kiss - March 2010:
We were extremely happy to be asked to take part in the 25th annual England v Holland Ballroom team match during March. The event was held at Leatherhead leisure centre and was a great success. After and exchange of gifts by both teams and team captains, each couple competed in all 5 dances, with some fantastic dancing from both teams. We lead a patriotic quickstep with an England flag in hand for the entire dance! Eventually after an extremely close fought match, Holland were announced as the winners. We are looking forward to a return match next year in Holland.

European Showdance Championship 2010:
During February we took part in the European Showdance Championship in Spain. The whole competition was held over a week with a variety of competitions and dances contested individually, as well as the main pre-qualified Showdance championship. We are happy to report that we came 2nd in the Showdance championship with our "Dancin Fool" inspired Classic (Ballroom) Showdance. We missed out on the top spot by only one mark - so near yet so far!.
We were also very pleased to make the final in every other competition we entered. This competition was exceptional, as it brought together amateur and professional dancers to compete directly against each other. Also the phenomenal audience of over 5000 people made the event spectacular with support for couples of all nations.
Photo from the event can be seen below:
European Showdance Championship 2010
For additional photographs - please visit the Gallery here.

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