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The Cuban Experience # 1 – and what a great experience it was! By Brigitt Mayer I did not know what to expect, the format was unusual, I did not know who would be there besides the experts that were announced in the publications; I just trusted my friend and colleague Barbara Nagode Ambroz! She has been going to Cuba now for more than 20 years asking me many times to come along and it never panned out. Well this time it did and I was rewarded with a truly fun and exciting experience.

Great Venue, Great Comp!
Superstars Dancesport Championships Report by Didio Barrera
Photos by Alex Rowan The Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg, Florida is always a perfect location for a quick getaway to dance and sunbathe under the Florida winter sun.  Until a few years back, this hotel was the home of the Millennium Dancesport but soon with the great popularity of that event, it outgrew the hotel. 

Professional Rhythm at CA Open Report by Giacomo Steccaglia & Melissa Dexter
Action photos by Chris Hansen Photography 1) Dishliev, Ivan -  Nedyalkova, Marieta # 266
Clear winners of the evening, won all five dances. I thought they had a great night. They looked good from the start. Marieta looked fabulous in her purple dress, and you could see that she loved wearing it.

What a Trinity! - The “New” City Lights Report by Didio Barrera
Action photos by Park West What a terrific trinity of prominent people to be chosen as head of the new City Lights competition - Anna Mikhed, Dan Messenger and Josie Lee. I am new to this event since I only attended City Lights once prior to this weekend and that was for one night only, so I cannot tell what the difference is between the new or the old. But I do know a little bit about events and I found the new group helpful, attentive and they tried hard to make sure everyone was accommodated.

United Kingdom Open Amateur Rising Star Latin-American Championship 2014 Report by Timothy Palmer
Photos by Andrew Miller This was a great night for Russia, who both took the championship itself and, uniquely in this final, succeeded also in securing an additional place in the five-nation line-up.

Farewell Frank Regan

On December 26th, 2013 the dance world was saddened by news of the death of Mr. Frank Regan, a seemingly indestructible icon of the North American dance scene.  Frank was a great friend and supporter to us at Dance Beat.  He contributed innumerable articles, many showcasing his his own dry wit.  We will greatly miss him!

United Kingdom Open Professional Rising Star Ballroom Championship 2014 Report by Timothy Palmer
Photos by Andrew Miller This event, like many others at this popular festival experienced a significant increase in entries this year: 144 couples taking the floor for the first round over the 133 who took part in 2013; a very satisfying eight and a quarter percent hike on last year!

"If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution."

Visiting the Land in the Sky!
The Heritage Classic Report by Didio Barrera
Action photography by Park West The Grove Park Inn in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina (better referred to as “The Heritage”) continues to be one of my favorite destinations for a dance competition. The hotel is magnificent with a wonderful spa and wonderful views of the mountains, so much so that there is only one way to describe it “The Land in the sky.”

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