Don’t Invent an Excuse, Invent a Sequence Dance
Mary Lowe reports

The doors opened at 9am on Sunday 12th February 2017. Long Eaton here we come! First on the programme were the three-dance events.This element counts as a qualifying competition for Blackpool. All ages from Juvenile to the Over 50s danced Classical, Modern and Latin American Sequence dances.

The Classical Sequence section of the inventive Dance Competition gave us Tango, Swing, Blues, Two Step and Mazurka —all new and refreshingly different. Following a recall of six dances, the winner was chosen. Bollinger Blues by Duncan and Hannah Trever, was a popular choice. One more demonstration by them and we were up on the floor keen to learn this dance.

Now, what superlatives can l use to describe the demonstration by Liam Pywell and Alexandra Stainton? At times Alexandra appeared float around the floor in an exquisite fur-trimmed white gown. Liam looked resplendent in tails complete with white gloves. Their outfits complemented an outstanding performance. We were treated to a Classical waltz, a segue of Gavotte and Saunters and an amalgamation of Two Steps. Oh yes! That’s how we would all like to look on the dance floor. Thankyou Liam and Alexandra foryour performance.

The day progressed smoothly, interspersed with general Sequence dancing. lt was then time for the Latin American inventive section with Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Mambo, Jive, Samba and Salsa. Seven recalls made the final and l admit to being thrilled to be amongst them. The winner —Jive Seventeen by Kay Fairgrieve partnered by Barbara Harvey, was greatly enjoyed by us all on the floor again, learning a brand new dance.

Having had awards presented to Classical and Latin American Sequence inventive dance winners a raffle and general dancing this most enjoyable day drew to a close. Thanks are due to the ISTD Committee: Louise Aldred, Robert Aldred, Jill Bush(Chair), Terry Hunt and Diana Wykes.

 

 

Above: Sequence Inventive Competition 2017 – demonstration by Liam Pywell and Alexandra Stainton.

 

 

Above: Sequence Inventive Competition 2017 – Latin American Inventive section winners – Jive Seventeen by Kay Fairgrieve partnered by Barbara Harvey.

 

 

Above: Sequence Inventive Competition 2017 Classical Sequence section winners – Bollinger Blues by Duncan and Hannah Trever.

 

Classical Modern Latin
Juvenile Washington Two Step Woodside Waltz Let’s Jive
Junior Windsor Glide Emily’s Foxtrot Shoebury Samba
U/35 Countess Waltz Universal Quickstep Pear Tree Rumba
O/35 La Mascotte Tango Classique Vistamar Cha Cha Cha
U/50 Princess Mazurka Helenbrooke Waltz Paso Espana