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The Blackpool Same Sex Dance Championships and the ESSDA European Championships took place at Empire Ball Room, Blackpool over the weekend

The Blackpool Same Sex Dance Championships and the ESSDA European Championships took place at Empire Ball Room, Blackpool over the weekend

Couples from across Europe “rose to the occasion” of performing in the Empress Ballroom at the Blackpool Same Sex Dance Festival.

This festival, now in its third year, saw more than 250 competitors from 14 different nations flock to the resort to strut their stuff at the Winter Gardens.

And according to organiser Soren Stauffer-Kruse, the prestige of the event is continuing to grow.

He said: “It went absolutely fantastically.

“It’s been a great weekend and everyone had a wonderful time.

“It was a big step for all of us to move to the Winter Gardens but it felt right to be there.

“It worked out beautifully.

“Everyone knows that really is the world stage of ballroom dancing.

“People were incredibly moved to be there and take that step.

“The dancers just felt really at home there and they really rose to the occasion.”

Around 600 people packed into the ballroom at its peak for the competition, which took place on Saturday and Sunday - coinciding with the resort’s Gay Pride Festival.

Soren believes holding the two events on the same weekend has increased the number of people who want to take up same sex dancing.

He added: “It’s really important because you want to make it more visible and for people to feel they can actually take it up.

“We had free entry on Saturday afternoon for the Pride revellers to come in and see the action.

“Quite a few people came up who were interested so hopefully they will take it up.”

 

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