No glass slippers at this fantasy ball

Caitlyn Shworan, 16 of Nanoose Bay and her partner 16 year old Sam Doukakis of Errington show their ballroom dance form. - Brenda Gough Photo
Caitlyn Shworan, 16 of Nanoose Bay and her partner 16 year old Sam Doukakis of Errington show their ballroom dance form.
— image credit: Brenda Gough Photo

Two days of breathtaking international ballroom dance competition takes place this weekend in Nanaimo and some local dancers will be bringing their all to the dance floor.

The Island Fantasy Ball May 5 and 6 at the Beban Social Centre is a major event for ballroom dancing with competitors from age six to 60 dancing at levels from novice to expert.

The competition attracts top quality dancers from all over and gives local dancers the opportunity to compete with the best of their peers.

A colorful and exciting spectacle the event is presented by the Nanaimo Ballroom Dance Society and 13 dancers from the Forever Yung Dance Studio in Parksville will be competing.

Saturday’s competition starts at noon and the evening finishes with some amazing performances just before concluding at 11:30 p.m.

Sunday’s competition begins at 10 a.m. with a whole new slate of competitors and performances including the junior dancers from District 69.

The day will feature the International open adult standard championship with timeless and classic waltzes, quicksteps and fox trot.

This is the 20th anniversary of the Island Fantasy Ball and it features the undefeated champions, Zillion Wong and Sarah Liang, who won the Standard BC Closed Championship from 2005 to 2011.  They have now retired from amateur competition and the excitement this year will be to see the battle to take over their title, as well as to see top dancers from B.C., Canada and the rest of the world compete for the B.C. open championships.

If you admire the beauty and grace of ballroom dance, this is an event to see.  From the tantalizing tango to the elegant waltz, dancers will swirl about the room in gorgeous gowns and tuxedos.

The skilled athletes who put it all on the dance floor have been working on their routines for months.

Now, 16-year-old Ballenas Secondary School student Caitlyn Shworan and her partner Kwalikum Secondary School student 16-year-old Sam Doukakis are confident as they prepare to head into the contest this weekend.

The pair have only been dancing together for three months but there were no jitters after a dress rehearsal April 27 at Nanoose Place.

“We are pretty new but we have a good chance,” admitted Doukakis.

“I’m excited just to be competing,” said Shworan.

For the second year running the forever Yung Dance Studio is offering DanceSport scholarships to kids within the local area.

Dancesport is the official name given to the sport of competitive dancing and there are 10 scholarships being offered for youth aged seven to 11 who reside in District 69.

You don’t need a partner and no experience is required to be eligible for the scholarship.

To apply, pick up a scholarship application package from the studio at 281 East Island Hwy. in Parksville and return it by June 22, 2012.


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