News: Ballroom dancing

Tuesday 20 July 2004

The world of ballroom dancing is set for an upheaval with the first all-male dancing partnership competing against mixed couples at a championship-level event.

James Bone finds out that dancing duo Russell Halley and Jorge Guzman “have run into opposition from ballroom dancing’s governing bodies, which bar same-sex partners from competing at the top level in a sport that they say is all about the interaction of a man and a woman.”

Halley explains how they get over the question of ‘who takes the lead?’ – by taking it in turns, “I can send Jorge into a triple spin and catch him, and vice versa — even in the course of one move,… We can change place instantly. From an audience point of view it can be very exciting.”

Read the full article in the, Times, 17 July.04

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