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Malcolm Prist and Brenda Swann.
Malcolm Prist and Brenda Swann.
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THINGS are hotting up at the Winter Gardens.

Top dancers from across the UK were sizzling on Blackpool’s iconic dance floor as they compete in the 37th National Dance Championships.

The colourful festival covers Ballroom and Latin dancing, and over the last three days professional couples have strutted their stuff to take top spot.

Organiser Sandra Wilson said the competition was the most important event in the dance calendar.

She said: “British couples must compete in this competition, as the results are used when deciding who will represent Great Britain in the European and World Championships.

“The standard is always exceptional, as dancers have to be a certain level before they can compete, and this year has certainly been no different – these dancers will go on to compete in international competition.

“We are in our 37th year, so the script is pretty well read, everyone knows what they are doing when it comes to organisation.

“The team here at the Winter Gardens were as professional as ever, and all the competitors have been welcomed once again to Blackpool.

“It never gets tiring, it’s always good fun and the atmosphere is electric, it never disappoints. As well as the professionals, there have been more than 400 amateur entries over the three days, and more than 100 juvenile and junior entries.”

Seven Formation Teams and three couples also competed in the Professional Latin American Showdance Championships on Thursday.

Tickets for today’s junior competitions can be purchased from the Opera House box office.