October 4, 2013

IconPack up your Dancing Shoes & Head to Blackpool!


Pull out the sequins and the shiny shoes, it’s time for the Blackpool Same-Sex Dance Competition!  On Saturday, 19th October, dancers and spectators alike will be gathering in Blackpool for an all day affair, as couples compete in either ballroom dancing, Latin dancing, or show dancing.

The event launched last year, under the original name of the International Same-Sex Open Dance Competition.  After its success, and since the Open will once again be hosted in the Winter Gardens’ Spanish Hall, it was aptly re-coined the Blackpool Same-Sex Dance Festival.  Everything else is the same (ie. men dipping men, women twirling women, with a variety of countries represented) except it boasts to be even bigger this year.  The event is hosted by the famously flamboyant ballroom dancers The Sugar Dandies (yes, you may recognize them from Britain’s Got Talent) and will have an array of judges with extensive experience.

And it doesn’t end with the competition!  There will be a welcome party at Funny Girls in Garbos Bar, located in Blackpool’s LGBT district.  All competitors and fans alike can enjoy the amazing and wild cabaret show on Friday evening.  The competition will take place all day long on Saturday, with the doors opening at 10:00.  The A Class finals will begin at 20:15, and prizes will be presented at 22:15.  On Sunday, from 11:00 to 3:00, Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom will be host to a social tea dance, which is open to everyone looking for a congenial dancing atmosphere (and those of us that can’t keep up with big boys).

Blackpool itself is home to a wide variety of gay owned and gay friendly bars, restaurants, and accommodations, so why not make a weekend of it?  You can find more information about where to stay and where to spend your queer supporting money at www.astabgay.com.  So dust off your dancing shoes and support same-sex dancing competitions.  This is a once a year event that sounds like it will be a blast.  Tickets are reasonably priced, especially when you consider that this will be an all day spectator sport.  Who doesn’t want to see an athletic woman spinning her lithe partner around and around and around?  Or two dapper gentlemen throwing one another across the room?  Perhaps you can even take a few notes and try some moves at home.  Tickets can be purchased online.

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Maria Burnham


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