After a busy year and with Christmas and the New Year firmly out of the way, all eyes were looking towards a New Year of dancing. One of the first events to be held early in January was the second presentation of the ProAm Champions event held once again in the Empress Ballroom of the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. Alongside the now extremely popular Champions of Tomorrow event and the recently added Champions of Tomorrow Sequence day both hosted by NJH Promotions this new event co-hosted by NJH Promotions and DanceEventsUK being Nigel and Janice Horrocks, Nicky Miles and Rafal Pilot, promised to offer something to dancers all eager to dance on the famous Blackpool Floor giving for the first time those without a partner the chance to fulfil those dreams.
With a scheduled opening time of 10.00am, a large queue had built up with people ready to dance along with those not sure what it was all about keen to see what was going on.
Competitions were for both ProAm and Teacher/Student offering not only events for the regular ProAm competitor but also events for those new to this field. Teacher/Student events also featured on the programme – devised to offer an olive branch into the wider world of dancing but still also to keep both the teacher and the student in events they were used to. Offering many types of events enabled dancers from many fields to mix in harmony. A new feature added for 2017, was the UK Solo events. What were they? How would they be received? These are events for what it says on the can – the solo dancer. How many times do pupils dance on their own on class, then need a partner or teacher to dance in a competition. These events show how the students cope with timing, floor craft, movement. It also gives them a showcase, allowing them to be seen and maybe a try out is organised. A great development for UK dancing.
A really unusual feature of this event was the “drawing from the hat” of the dances to be danced that round. From the five ballroom or Latin dances the ProAm section had to dance 3 dances in each round the Teacher/Student 2. This proved great fun when competitors didn’t know until the turn of the hat – which were sparkling flashing hats – Blackpool of course! Which dances they might have to compete in.
Results flowed in and with a tight timetable, the day just flew by. Due to the excellent compering of Mark Lunn shared by Duncan Trevor and the fabulous music man Paul Fielding the day finished on time – always a sign of a good well run event. What was different about this event? Well, I’m sure those that attended found a different atmosphere in the Ballroom – something not seen at events for a long time – people cheering for almost anyone. Others keen to see others dance who they had not seen dance before. It just seemed to bring people together.
The boards of adjudicators must be thanked for such a hard days work – Accursio Romeo, Amy Pedder, Margaret Redmond, Mark Shutlar, Michael King, Nicola Nordin, Toni Marie Foster, Vitaly Sevastijanov, Robert Barley, who at times had some tough choices to make.
If you were not part of this event or maybe thought its not for you then maybe think again. It offers another branch to dancing, ProAm Champions events are designed to offer both the enjoyment of dance but also the structure required to keep both teachers/ students and organisations happy in the knowledge that the events run for them offering both open and closed competitions.
Exciting developments are in hand to offer area events leading up to the next presentation of ProAm Champions so keep your eyes peeled on social media.
ProAm Champions Grand Finals – 5th January 2018 – be there!
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ProAm Champions presented the first London Globe ProAm and Open Professional and Amateur Ballroom and Latin Competitions in the grandeur of the Grand Hall of the Bishopsgate Institute in the heart of London. This event was the first of its kind, encompassing both ProAm Teacher Student and Open events, that gave dancers the chance to compete in the City of London square mile. Held in the busy month of October, the events were well supported over both days with Adult events on the Saturday and Children’s on Sunday.
The Saturday evening also saw four main events, these being the Professional Ballroom, Professional Latin, Amateur Ballroom and Amateur Latin which gave the audience from the day’s events the chance to watch top dancers in action. Winners of these four main Globe events were – Alexander Sindila and Jade Main (Professional Ballroom), Michael and Lauren Hemera (Professional Latin ), Adelmo Mandia and Leah Rolfe (Amateur Latin), and Edmund and Veronica Ault ( Amateur Ballroom). The standard of these events were a joy to watch with all couples excelling in the elegant surroundings.
ProAm and Teacher Student is fairly new feature here in the UK. ProAm Champions offer the complete package to the teachers enabling all dancers to compete at different levels in a fair environment.
A star studded panel of adjudicators of Marcus Hilton MBE, Cheryl Dobinson, Alison Fulham, Lorna Lee, Robert Grover, Goran Nordin, Michael Stylianos and Chairman Mark Lunn worked throughout the day on the Saturday with Julie Tomkins, Laura O Brien, Matthew Cutler,Mark Willemite, Lee Williams taking up the reins on the Sunday.
ProAm Champions would like to thank everyone that attended the event and the Bishopsgate Institute management and staff for their support in the running of the event. The 1st London Globe was a fabulous event, look out for details of the 2018 presentation.
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For competition results please visit Easy Comp website:
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Sunday click here