I've attended NYSF for the last few years and it has always been a fun way to bring in the new year surrounded by friends and sharing a great hobby with them. However this year was a stellar year and by far surpassed any of the previous years by about a mile and a half!
Not only did this event have a great team in place, everyone from behind the scenes, front of house, teachers, dj's and everyone else who worked on this event there were some fundamental changes to the structure which I think took the event to the next level. Classes taught by talented professional dancers and superb teachers lead the way at the start of the five day dance extravaganza and closed the learning portion of the event with two one hour lectures. The classes has interesting themes which allowed you to cherry pick the topics of most interest to you and were all stunningly well attended, three lines of couples were packed into the main ballroom for one of Kyle & Sarah's classes, it was a fabulous experience to be learning with such an enthusiastic group of fellow dancers.
Competitions kicked off the day on Saturday and kept to time with a smattering of social in between to get the blood moving in the bodies of those of us spectating and the cheer squads, #gofrance ;-) A big shout out to Sophie Gallina who did her first spotlight final in Novice and was a total superstar!! Go Sophie!!
Other assorted highlights, in no particular order - Jennifer Priaulx Bjork costume for the Pop Star themed Hogmany party now at the top of my Wish List shopping list is a pair of unicorn ear muffs! Giant margerita's at the party (although I'm very glad that those are likely to be only a once a year occurrence), discovering I'd accidently danced all the way through till breakfast two of the nights/mornings, I am very grateful for French Toast and watermelon at the beautiful Radisson Heathrow breakfast bar, Kyle & Sarah for the beautiful articulated cycling analogy related to Blues dancing. Last but certainly not least I am very pleased to have thought through the chain of events thoroughly and booked Tuesday off of work! 24hrs of sleep was never more needed.
A huge thank you to the entire NYSF2017 team, all the wonderful wcs dancers who dragged me round the dancers and to those who let me lead (Jeff from the France, you were my fav xx). I can't wait to do it all again with you on a dancefloor somewhere soon. Happy 2018 to you all. xx
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