Festival dances way into Blackpool

Blackpool Dance Festival 2011 at Blackpool's Winter Gardens' Empress Ballroom
Blackpool Dance Festival 2011 at Blackpool's Winter Gardens' Empress Ballroom
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RISING dance stars dazzled the judges in the second day of Blackpool Dance Festival.

The Empress Ballroom came alive with colour, as thousands of competitors from all over the world descended on the Winter Gardens.

The event, in its 86th year, opened on Friday with amateur rising stars showcasing their fancy footwork.

On Saturday, the under 21s took the floor, delighting the panel of British judges with a display of fast-paced Latin moves.

Organiser Sandra Wilson said there were dancers from 62 countries, the most to be represented in the history of the competition.

She said: “It is the first year we have had anyone from Costa Rica, almost every country in the world is represented.

“It is a wonderful event and is going very well, the atmosphere is electric, and will build up as the week progresses.

“Everyone loves the venue, and everyone has commented on the transformation to the Winter Gardens entrance.

“It is great for the tourism economy, full of glitz and glamour and all the dancers look beautiful in their sparkling outfits.”

The festival will end with performances from the professional ballroom dancers on Friday, June 3.

Tonight, competitors in the amateur Latin, rising stars Ballroom and senior Latin will take the dance floor.