Top dancers from across the country compete in Northampton Dance Festival

Picture: Martin Farmer
Picture: Martin Farmer
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Sequins and sparkles, fake tan, false eyelashes and hairspray galore . . . the Northampton Dance Festival is back and promises to be glitzier and more glamorous than ever before.

If you like Strictly Come Dancing and want the chance to see top professional Latin and Ballroom dancers from the UK compete, then don’t miss this event, which is being supported by the Chronicle & Echo.

Picture: Martin Farmer

Picture: Martin Farmer

The festival is taking place all day and night on Saturday, July 11, and being organised by Step by Step Dance Promotions under regulations set down by the British Dance Council (BDA) and the Dance Promotion Association (DPA).

SBS founder, dance champion Andrzej Mialkowski, said he was delighted to be bringing the festival back to Northampton for a second year running.

“The first year was so successful we decided to carry on,” said Polish-born Andrzej. “Last year more than 80 couples took part and we hope to beat that figure this year.

“The festival came about as it was always my dream to stage a Ballroom and Latin American dance festival and this really puts Northampton on the dance map. We will also be staging our first pro-am competition at the festival, which is where teachers partner their students to compete against others.”

Picture: Martin Farmer

Picture: Martin Farmer

Pupils from Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury will also be taking part in the festival during the day as part of the International Dancing Schools UK contest.

The judging panel will be made up of illustrious people from the world of dancing. Professional ballroom dancer and current British champion, Warren Boyce, is one of the judges and said: “It gives me great pleasure to be involved in this event.

“Last year I took our dance school, Nice n Easy Dance Studio from Bournemouth, to the festival and have to say it was one of the best dance events I have ever seen. It had a new format and was so original.

“In a normal dance competition couples go around the ballroom with the audience on all four sides,” he explained. “As a dancer you have to look good from every single angle. But as this is on the stage, it brings a new dimension to it and it is interesting to watch how the couples vie for that front central stage position.

Picture: Martin Farmer

Picture: Martin Farmer

“It was such a buzz for the couples and I hope it continues yearly as it was a great success and had excellent reports in all the dancing press.”

Warren will be attending the event with his wife and dance partner, Kristi. Between them they have won the UK ballroom championships a record six times.

“We have only won the world championships once though,” he added.

Their 13-year-old son, Glenn-Richard Boyce, is obviously following in their twinkle-toed footsteps though, and is already 19 times world champion. Due to other commitments he won’t be able to take part in this year’s festival though.

Picture: Martin Farmer

Picture: Martin Farmer

“I think it must be in the blood,” said Warren.

Tickets for the Northampton Dance Festival can be bought from Derngate box office on 01604 624811 or visit www,royalandderngate.co.uk

Picture: Martin Farmer

Picture: Martin Farmer