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Contestants taking to the floor at this year's event will compete in both Latin and Standard dancing, and will have to perform a number of complex routines, including pulling off the perfect Waltz (pictured), Quickstep and Paso Doble Now a truly global event attracting competitors from more than 60 different countries, Blackpool's Dance Festival remains a key part of the ballroom dancing calendar - and a glittering spectacle for the rest of us.
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After a one-year break in 1928, the Blackpool Dance Festival was relaunched in June 1929, with events that included the North of England Professional and Amateur Championships, an Amateur Veleta Competition, a Veterans Waltz Competition plus an Original Sequence Dance Competition.They then repeated in Moscow 2011 at the Kremlin Ballroom, in 2012 at the Olympiaworld arena in Innsbruck, Austria, and again in 2013 on their home floor in the United States (Irvine, California). They are also undefeated, 6-time United States Professional Latin Champions! Twinkling in an array of sequin-studded rainbow silks and pacing backstage like a flock of nervous peacocks, professional dancers from all over the globe descended on Blackpool this week to compete in its hotly anticipated Dance Festival.The world's largest ballroom competition - celebrating its 90th anniversary - has received a boost in recent years thanks to the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, and as a result, the event attracted more than 20,000 competitors from 60 different countries last year.