Archive for September, 2009

Junior Dance Festival

by on Sep.16, 2009, under Events

Blackpool Dance FestivalJust to let children and parents know that from 2010, the Blackpool Junior Dance Festival will be moving from Blackpool Tower to the Winter Gardens.

There are several reasons for the move: A larger dance floor, easier access, tighter security, better facilities for the dancers, adjudicators and orchestra and also for those selling merchandise. This coupled with the fact that the building can be dedicated to the JDF and not shared with the general public during the Easter holidays makes it a more suitable venue.

The “Jungle Jims” experience has changed somewhat over recent years. Each child now has to be accompanied by an adult and they are only allowed in there for one hour, without makeup! (that includes the girls). The space and layout is better for this kind of event and for dancers and spectators there should be more on offer at the Winter Gardens from 2010.

If you have any comments or questions that you wish to leave on this or any of the subjects on our Blog, please feel free to do so.

Best wishes,

Ashley Frohlick

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Personnel Page Completed

by on Sep.15, 2009, under Personnel

Well, we have finally managed to complete the biographical content on our ‘Personnel’ page with the last of the Empress Orchestra members being submitted today.

We will update its content as and when, but invite you to take a look at the pedigree of the musicians that work so hard to make your musical and dance experiences so memorable.

Best wishes,

Ashley Frohlick

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New Dance Band Video

by on Sep.15, 2009, under Website Changes

EmpDB LOGOWe recently added another piece of video footage to our ‘Videos’ page that is available to view (free of charge) right away.

This particular clip comes from the programme ‘Space Pirates’ and was recorded by the BBC for CBeebies.  It features the Empress Dance Band (the Empress Orchestra’s little brother) performing a Viennese Waltz in Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom.

We, with help from the wonderful dancers, beat off stiff competition from the likes of Ronan Keating and the Jingles to be voted into 1st place by the extremely knowledgeable panel of adjudicators!

(They deemed it the best music if you want to ‘Spin Around’)!

Best wishes,

Ashley Frohlick

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Dance Wing – Japan

by on Sep.08, 2009, under Articles

DanceWing vol 50The second of three articles I was asked to write for the Japanese dance magazine ‘Dance Wing’ has now been published. Back in July I “blogged” briefly about volume 49 and this edition continues largely with their analysis of the Blackpool Dance Festival.

It’s a richly colourful magazine with some stunning photography, this issue features (amongst other subjects) the ‘Team Match’, hair styles (ladies) both modern and Latin, with an explanation of how to achieve the lustrous look! There are also revues of the Pro Ballroom and Pro Latin competitions by Anne Gleave and Jukka Happalainan respectfully.

Translations to all the main pieces are in English.

There is once again a wonderful presentation (on DVD insert) this time by Lene James-Mikkelsen filmed during the BDFI UK Congress 2009 entitled, ‘Back to the Future’. A very insightful lecture with some wonderful demonstrations highlighting a few of the basics often missed by young competitive Latin dancers.

The DVD also contains the semi-final and final of the British Professional Rising Star Latin Competition 2009, which of course features music of the Empress Orchestra.

The second of my articles touches briefly on our album ‘Always & Forever’ and also a little about the Orchestra itself and why (unlike many bands) we don’t use a vocalist for competitive performances.

If you’re interested, then follow the link to Dance Wing.

Comments welcomed as always!

Best wishes,

Ashley Frohlick

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