Northampton dancers scoop honours at European ProAm competition

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August saw nine excited students and their teachers from the Step by Step Dance School in Northampton take to the floor at the annual Crown Cup Pro Am Vilnius 2015.

Part of the International Crown Cup World Dance Series, the competition held on the 15th and 16th August in Lithuania saw no less than 65 couples from across Europe perform in front of a panel of top international adjudicators.

The nine couples from Step by Step entered a variety of Standard Ballroom and Latin classes, including a fun and very loud team match, with each couple representing a different genre of dance within the 10 dance category.

This fantastic event was then rounded off with the WDC European ProAm Championship. Held for the second time in Lithuania, this year’s championship saw a growing numbers of couples entering with a high standard of dancing performed to live music.

Step by Step’s founder Andrzej Mialkowski and his ProAm dance partner Joanne Wittich represented England in the competition, taking part in the tough 10 dance challenge.

Successfully winning this category - Joanne is the first ProAm dancer from England to be crowned the coveted European ProAm 10 Dance Champion title.

The couple are now headed for the World ProAm Superstars Championship in Dubai, February 2016.