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Blackpool Dance Festival 2007

     Blackpool/England, May 20th - June 8th


Our trip to England this time has been the most fun out of all of our trips so far. We arrived in London on Monday the 21st, practised Monday and Tuesday, and left Wednesday for Blackpool. On our way up, we stopped by Warwick Castle, very close to the home of Shakespeare. There, we were treated to a show of various Birds of Prey, and the three of us (Simeon, Jonathon, and I) were chosen to help load the world’s largest trebuchet (a sling-shot style catapult).

We arrived in Blackpool late Wednesday night, and went immediately to sleep. On Thursday, our competition began. It was a long and tiring week. We danced one day, had one day’s break, then danced five days in a row. In all, our competition went from Thursday to Thursday. We did the best in the Open Amateur events, placing 104th in the Standard and 141st in the Latin out of over 300 couples! And, of the couples from USA, we were the top placing 10-Dance couple.

On Friday we left Jonathon in Blackpool and headed off to the Lake District, in Cumbria. John and Patti Torode, two of Simeon’s students, own a beautiful 1800’s house outside a small village called Grasmere. The Lake District is an amazing place, with views to die for. I think that Friday was my favourite day of the trip.

The next day we said goodbye to Blackpool and returned to London, ready to start our training week. We had Standard and Latin lessons on Sunday and Monday, Standard only on Tuesday, Latin only on Wednesday and Thursday, and finally came home on Friday. In Standard we focused our lessons with Michael and Vickie Barr, and in Latin we took the majority of our lessons with Goran Nordin, and a few with Michael Stylianos and Lorna Lee. Blackpool is always our longest trip of the year, but well worth the time.


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Simeon & Kora - Open Latin


3 Lesson Package

3 Full hour private lessons with Simeon or Kora. Your choice Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, or Jive. New Students Only.




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2008 International Fundraiser Dance Show

City Lights Ball

Two days of competition for Amateur, Youth, Professional, and Pro/AmA. City Lights Ball is a "Must Go To" competition on the West Coast. NDCA recognized and also a DanceSport Series Event. Lcoated in San Jose on January 29th and 30th. Organized by Barbara Gore and Glenn Weiss.

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