Think of a Title

by on May.21, 2010, under OTHER

Having finished composing and orchestrating the samba for Bryan Watson & Carmen, I now need a title for this new piece of music.

On the Empress Orchestra fan page (on facebook) I’ve asked for suggestions for a name for this brand new samba. Those readers of our blog page who wish to participate can do so via the Empress Orchestra fan page on facebook. It won’t cost you anything, it’s free to join and if you suggest the title that Bryan, Carmen and I decide is most suitable I’ll send you a free copy of one of our CDs.

Have fun and join in, I look forward to reading your suggestions soon.

Best wishes,

Ashley Frohlick

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4th Winner

by on May.19, 2010, under OTHER

Arthur Murray Dance Studios in Cincinnati is to be the fourth recipient of the Empress Orchestra’s debut album ‘Always & Forever’… Many congratulations!

Remember to be in with a chance of winning the last remaining album (specially signed by the boys in the band) all you have to do is become a fan of the Empress Orchestra on its Facebook Page or join up as a ‘Friend’ right here on our website.

Best of luck,

Ashley Frohlick

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Empress Ballroom – Open for Business?

by on Feb.11, 2010, under OTHER

Like many others I was concerned to read reports that the Empress Ballroom would be closed for some time due to falling masonry from the ornate ceiling above. Having spent some time in the building yesterday at a meeting it was comforting to be told that the room should be open for business by next Wednesday and that the reports had been exaggerated somewhat by the press. Indeed having spent around an hour in the Ballroom the damage was scarcely visible.

So the Blackpool Junior Dance Festival set for Easter will still be going ahead as planned and it should be a wonderful and historic experience for all competitors being the first ever JDF to be held in this hallowed of venues for Ballroom Dancing.

Comments as ever welcomed.

Best wishes,

Ashley Frohlick

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Freedom to Dance

by on Jan.27, 2010, under OTHER

As the fundamental rights of many dancers are being stifled with fear of retribution and expulsion from competing, teaching and judging in certain countries, we would like to publicly show our support for the group ‘Freedom to Dance’ and the work that is being undertaken for the good of Ballroom dancing in all its guises.

We obviously welcome any comments that you might have and being closely related to some of the world’s biggest events have a certain understanding of the situation that seems to have sadly escalated over the past year.

We would urge you however to take a look at the facebook group ‘Freedom to Dance’ for greater insight of the situation from some of the world’s leading figures in Ballroom Dancing.

Best wishes,

Ashley Frohlick

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by on Jan.09, 2010, under OTHER

Some clarification on the FBI – the newly formed Italian Dance Federation (not the one involving Mulder, Scully or Jack Bauer).

The FBI’s aim is not to go head to head with the IDC but more to help ensure that the IDC finally becomes/returns to the organisation that it once was and perhaps should be, an organisation designed to help its members and act as an umbrella to which all the federations that want to join the WDC can do so.

This is my interpretation of the statement released in Italian, for a more detailed version please visit the link  to the FBI.

Hopefully its efforts will help to unite the world of dance (no small burden there then) and more importantly allow the dancers to do what they train so hard to do with freedom and without the threat of recrimination.

Comments welcomed.

Best wishes,


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