Didio Barrera

Didio Barrera

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Empire State Dancesport Championships 2015

 

Report by Didio Barrera, Photography by Charles Ryder Photography 

 

“The little old lady sat on the porch of the farm-house. 
The little old lady rocked back and forth and crocheted. 
Oh, listen to the cricket, look at the rooster, smell the hay," I told her. 
And see the pretty little egg that the hen just laid. 
The little old lady took off her glasses and squinted. 
And how she responded literally had me floored. 
She said: "I'm glad to meet someone who appreciates the beauty that nature initiates. 
It's sweet to hear, but me, my dear, I'm truly bored. 
I miss those City Lights, those sparkling City Lights, 
Those twinkling City Lights blurring my eyes. 
I love those City Lights, the color of city sights that shine under City Lights tinting the skies.” 

 

Truly I could not have said it better myself. It’s been a while since a competition was run at the Marriott Grand Marquis on Times Square.  This hotel sits right on the square and from there by car, subway or even walking you have access to anything you could possibly want in NYC. 

The round windowed bar in the lobby (8th floor) looks out into the lights and just makes me want to sing “City Lights! Those wonderful City Lights! Take the crickets and go shove 'em, urban crises, how I love 'em! Grime and grit and pretty City Lights. Walking lanes to pick a daisy, that could drive a person crazy. Home-made bread lies here like lead, and Polly's peach preserves-- oh, please, my nerves! City Lights, how I long for those City Lights, the bulbs of those beaming brights beckoning me there.” And I was totally there!


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Fame and Fortune came to Capital!

Report by Didio Barrera
Photos by Ryan Kenner Photography

This year with over 8,000 entries, it was the most successful business year for the Capital Dancesport, but it was not all about the entries, some of the most prominent couples from America’s dancing scene were in attendance and so combined with great attendance and a fabulous audience it was a very special year for the Capital Dancesport.


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Memories from the past and present at the Killick!

Report by Didio Barrera
Photos by Ryan Kenner Photography

I have not been to the Boca Raton Hotel in quite a while but this hotel brings lots of memories since I competed professionally for the first time at this hotel and it was with the Fred Astaire organization.


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Volunteer State Delivers!

Report by Didio Barrera
Photos by Alliance Consulting

The Volunteer State Dancesport delivers a terrific competition with lots of fun and a sense of adventure for its future.


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Everything Old Is New Again!

Report by Didio Barrera
Actiona photos by Mary Tweeddale

The Manhattan Dance Championships has been going for quite some time, for many years it was held right on Manhattan island, now it’s literally just across the street or let’s just say “across river” next to the Brooklyn Bridge that connects Brooklyn with Manhattan, a walk away from the big Apple.


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Daikin Champions Ball
A World Pro/Am extravaganza!

Report by Didio Barrera

“The Champions Ball” the biggest Pro/am competition outside North America, now associated with and sponsored by Daikin Air Conditioning, continues its course of brilliantly presented Pro/Am dancing and competition. 


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Judges Are Wild in Atlanta!

Report by Didio Barrera
Photos by Stephen Marino & Nicole Wardell

Atlanta, Georgia has always been a gateway to the south.


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Surfing USA!
San Diego Beach Bash

Report by Didio Barrera
Photos by Stephen Marino (unless marked)

The first San Diego Beach Bash was a complete blast, the “surfing USA” and Beach Boys party atmosphere separated it from any other event in the USA, while featuring some excellent dancing in a friendly and non-threatening environment.


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