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FTD Pro Latin writup 2018 Colin James

Once again saw the dream team of Amanda & Tony Dockman and the two John’s Crossley & Wood present their extravagantly decorated and spectacular room befitting of a Grand Ballroom with magnificent floor and stage settings. Music from the Len Philips Big Band conducted by Joe Pettitt and solo singers Ian MacKenzie and Eleanor with their inspiring arrangements encourage the dancers to perform at their very best. The Freedom to Dance experience at the Copthorne’s Effingham is fast becoming a Premier event for all competitors from Amateurs, Pro /Am couples and Professionals dancers. Make sure you have these dates in your calendar May 11th & 12th 2019 so as not to miss next years excitement.

Amateur Ballroom Championship 2018 Report by Christopher Hawkins

Amateur Ballroom Championship 2018 Report by Christopher Hawkins
The 2018 Freedom To Dance Amateur Ballroom Championship was a spectacular affair with a rooftop draped in silken white, interspersed with sparkling lights giving the atmosphere of a night sky over a luxury yacht in the moonlight. The spectacle that you saw when you looked down was in no way overshadowed by the view above, as the high technology large screen display constantly kept the audience informed of proceedings through crimson red curtains which opened to reveal the Freedom to Dance logo in luxurious gold.
The competitors in the final were not about to be outperformed by the elegance of the backdrop around them, and what follows is a report of the graceful style of all the couples that reached the final of this prestigious event.

Professional Ballroom 2018 writeup by Michael Barr

Freedom to Dance 2018
Professional Ballroom by Michael Barr
This was the 8th presentation of the Freedom to Dance Competitions. The organizers are to be congratulated on a wonderfully glamorous event. The ballroom looked fantastic & the orchestra was outstanding. Joe Pettitt & the Len Phillips Big Band played some terrific music which alone was worth the price of a ticket, but then we were also treated to some excellent dancing.

FTD17 ProAm Ballroom Write Up

Freedom To Dance ProAm Ballroom

FTD are very proud to have had a fabulous selection of ProAm competitors representing many corners of the globe. It really demonstrated the high level ProAm competitions have now progressed to and all seven couples performed fabulously.
We thank you all for your hard work and support for Freedom to Dance.

Anne Gleave Freedom to Dance 2017 Ballroom Write-up

Freedom To Dance Championships.

In 2010, it took almost no time to find the appropriate symbol for Freedom to Dance – the White Dove with an Olive Branch in its mouth as a message of Peace. So it was both humbling and moving for Richard and I to have friends, colleagues and most importantly Competitors supporting Freedom to Dance 2017 from different Federations, Associations and Organisations, and it has long been our goal and the goal of the spectacular organizing team, Amanda, Tony, Jonathan and John. Thank you to all of you for believing in the concept of Freedom, and for uniting our beautiful dance World once again with great hope in our hearts for the future of Ballroom Dancing.

Hans Galke FTD Professional Latin 2016 Write Up

Freedom to Dance 2016 Latin Report by Hans Galke

Professional Latin

1. Maurizio Vescovo and Andra Vaidilaite (Canada): completely unchallenged and easy winners of tonight’s Pro Latin final. Maurizio is full of confidence and energy. He seems to enjoy every single moment of his unique dance style. He has a fantastic girl on his hands who manages to be with him under any circumstances without any sign of stress. True commitment and believe in their product and themselves makes them very hard to beat for anybody.

Hans Galke FTD Amateur Latin 2016 Write Up

Freedom to Dance 2016 Latin Report by Hans Galke

Amateur Latin

1. Morton Lowe and Roxy ( Denmark ): well deserved winners – they had a more calmer approach to their dancing and I for sure preferred their performance tonight compared to previous ones. Appearing more connected in their bodies and on fine form to challenge for the highest honours at the British Open in Blackpool…

John Wood FTD Professional Ballroom 2015

John Wood FTD Professional Ballroom 2015

First place by winning all dances was the stunning, relatively new partnership of Valerio Colantoni and Monica Nigro, they show the sophistication and glamour necessary to become champions, They easily won all four dances.

John Wood FTD Amateur Ballroom 2015

John Wood FTD Amateur Ballroom 2015

By easily winning all four dances Sergiu Rusu and Dorota Maker became the new champions of freedom to dance.

They were dominant in every department with their amazing style, quality of movement and technical expertise. I liked the changes they made to their choreography which was characteristic to each dance and in good taste.

Nicola Nordin Freedom to Dance Professional Latin 2015 Write Up

Nicola Nordin FTD Professional Latin 2015

The winners of this event were Jurij Batagelj and Jagoda Batagelj from Slovenia.

This couple gave a confident performance showing their ability to know exactly how much energy is required for every single step. They never looking under pressure, always free, natural, yet commanding. Congratulations, a well deserved win!

Nicola Nordin FTD Amateur Latin 2015

Nicola Nordin FTD Amateur Latin 2015

This year’s Freedom to Dance Amateur Latin event was of the highest standard giving the judges a very difficult job . Every couple were fighting for their place from the first round creating a fantastic atmosphere at the beautifully decorated Copthorne Hotel, Effingham Park.

The winners of this year’s event were Nikita Brovko and Olga Urumova  from Russia

who gave a confident ,consistent performance throughout the competition making them clear winners from the start. This talented man as always displayed a fluid, natural body action enhancing the actions of his lady, who was always perfectly balanced .A very well deserved win!