Archive for May, 2011

Blackpool Preparation Weekend (Letchworth)

by on May.18, 2011, under Events, General News

CMD12jpgI just wanted to share with everyone the wonderful experience we had performing at the first ‘Blackpool Preparation Weekend’ in Letchworth on Sunday 15 May 2011.

I wrote a post about this event back in February and have been looking forward to this unique use of the Empress Orchestra ever since. It’s the first time that we have been asked to perform in a closed environment (with no public) giving the couples chance to experiment with their choreography in a stress-free way ahead of the 2011 Blackpool Dance Festival.

The Spirella Ballroom was a wonderful venue with excellent facilities, great acoustics and spacious dance floor.

There were some wonderful dancers present from all over the globe including top professional couples; Alexander Zhiratkov & Irina┬áNovozhilova-Popovic (ranked 15th in the world) and the current world’s number 1: Arunas Bizokas & Katusha Demidova.

A wonderful and unique opportunity for all to be able to dance alongside these wonderful artistes in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to the live music of the Empress Orchestra.

Thanks must go to Jonathan Crossley, Lyn Marriner, Tony and Amanda Dokman for bringing this weekend together in their own unique and inimitable style. Everyone… and I mean everyone was buzzing at the end of Sunday afternoon!

We are delighted to have been asked to perform again for their 2012 ‘Blackpool Preparation Weekend’ and if you want to be a part of this fantastic training camp ahead of the world’s biggest and best dance festival in 2012 then please book early as places are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

For information on how to secure your place ahead of next year’s weekend please email: Tony & Amanda or Jon & Lyn at:



Included in the weekend are:

Lectures by: Timothy Howson, Jonathan Crossley, Lyn Marriner, Tony & Amanda Dokman.

Workshops & Practises (both guided and stamina) and of course… Live music from the Empress Orchestra.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Best wishes,

Ashley Frohlick

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Freedom To Dance 2011

by on May.17, 2011, under Events

Freedom to DanceMany thanks to Richard & Anne Gleave and of course the many others that made this event possible from start to finish.

It was great to see so many of the world’s finest couples attending this inaugural championships. The statement of “Freedom to Dance” and the fundamental rights as individuals to be able to choose when and where they dance was at the core of this event.

It was also wonderful to see how many countries were represented here, that dancers who knew they would not even place in the top 6 also attended in spite of the possibility of bans and retribution following this event…

For me, they were the real stars of the show… Without them there can be no competition, they are as equally important to Ballroom Dancing as the champions themselves. For what it is worth, you have my utmost respect and admiration.

It was a huge honour for us to be asked to perform our music for such a special occasion and we are delighted with the association with the cause of “Freedom to Dance“.

Best wishes,

Ashley Frohlick

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