Recent competition - US Open.
Congratulations Stephen & Sarah Summers on coming 1st Place in the World
Professional over 40's 10 dance for the 3rd year running.
Congratulations!! To all of our Sponsored Dancers who competed at last weekend’s Champions of Tomorrow, there were some fantastic results including:
Matthew Townend and Caitlin Heasman
Junior Latin – 3rd
Junior Ballroom – 7th
Joseph Hughes and Libby Cutts
U14 Latin – 2nd
U14 Ballroom – 5th
Bradley Taylor and Alice Smith
U35 Pre Am Latin – 1st
U35 Pre Am Ballroom – 7th
Oliver Beardmore and Lydia Hall
Open Ballroom – 1st
Open 5 Dance – 1st
Cameron Leitis and Jade Overthrow
Open Ballroom – 6th
Open 5 Dance – 5th
Congratulations to our sponsored dancers Bradley & Alice on their recent competition placings, They were placed top 7 in Ballroom under 35s pre-champ and winners in Latin under 35s pre-champ.
Visit Bradley & Alice's page here
Currently Brad and Alice are in 3rd place u35s pre-champ Latin, 5th in Ballroom, 7th in youth Latin and 12th in Ballroom, Well done from Freed Of London.
Congratulations and well done to all of our Sponsored Dancers in their recent competition placings from Freed Of London.
British National Results 2015
Ryan Bendall & Libby Cutts, 1st Place
Ryan Bendall & Libby Cutts, 5th Place
Oliver Beardmore & Lydia Hall, 1st Place
Cameron Leitis & Jade Overthrow, 5th Place
Under 21 Latin:-
Harrison Keep & Georgia Blatch, 5th Place
North Of England Amateur Ballroom:-
Fabio D’Angelo & Amy Ward 9th Place
Steve & Tina Holes, 13th Place
Over 50’s Latin:-
Steve & Tina Holes, 3rd Place
Jack Beale & Nataliia Siianko, 3rd Place
Stephen Arnold & Yasmin Priestnall, 4th Place
Michael Foskett & Nika Vlasenko, 6th Place
Fabio D’Angelo & Amy Ward, 19th Place
Harrison Keep & Georgia Blatch, 10th Place
Professional Ballroom, Single Dance:-
Craig & Evgeniya Shaw, 2nd Place
Stephen & Sarah Summers, 8th Place
We recently caught up with Freed of London Sponsored Dancer, Craig Shaw, who was kind enough to spare the time to give us a quick interview:
What first inspired you to dance?
My older sister helped out at the local class and I went along and saw two of my best friends from school surrounded by all these girls so I thought it must be good.
What is your favourite dance/performance ever and why?
So far my favourite performance has to be our European Championships in Siberia, Russia as we had a lot of Evgeniya’s family supporting us and it was our first European Final that we made.
What has been your favourite career highlight?
Favourite career highlight was our first competition together after only 3 weeks. We danced our National Championships in Blackpool and came 2nd in the professional ballroom after only several weeks together.
What has been the biggest challenge of your career?
Accepting that sometimes our qualities can be our flaws and learning to compromise.
If you hadn’t become a dancer, what else might you have done?
I played county level football and I was having a lot of trials for clubs when I was just starting out dancing. I had to make a decision after a few years when I made the International Junior Ballroom Final so it was an easy choice as I was never in the top 6 in the world at football!
What is your pre-performance routine/superstitions?
Prepare, prepare, prepare. Not only in the physical side of training so that bodily you are ready but the little things like making sure all your shirts are ready, extra bow ties, cufflinks etc that way you will never run into a panic about the things that require no hard work and talent. Everyone should arrive on the floor prepared in every aspect then it leaves the competition down to how hard you’ve worked!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given as a dancer?
My old man quoted a line to me many years ago and he still does and it holds pretty true! “The man makes it, the woman shapes it….if she wants to!”
What’s the best piece of advice you could give to a young dancer?
Always remember to enjoy and love what you do. Find a good teacher that makes learning fun, it’s the best way to create longevity in your career.
What is the first thing which comes to mind when you say “Freed of London”?
Freedom (to do what I want with my feet)
What is your favourite Freed of London item
My white flexi fits that Freed of London made for me for this year’s Professional Team Match in Blackpool. Matched perfectly with my white tail suit!
Well done to our sponsored dancers Sasha and Olessia who competed in the Kremlin Cup Russia and won 2nd place in amateur Latin
Congratulations to Jade Overthrow and Cameron Leitis who won 1st place in all Ballroom and Latin events at The 2015 West of England Open Championship
Our dancers are always competing all over the world, keep up to date with their progress right here.