News: Crystal Palace DanceSport Cup

Friday 14 May 2004

Over 200 best couples from over 25 countries will descend on Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Monday 24 May to compete in this exciting International Event recognised by International DanceSport Federation. Couples from as far as Russia, USA, Australia, Canada, Japan, Italy, Spain and Iceland will display their skills to a sizable audience of nearly 1000 spectators. This year’s competition is to be recorded by Russian television producers NTV+ and will be screened at prime-time throughout Russia, Europe, Israel and North America.

Organised by Nick Kremichenski and Olga Komarova, Russian born former professional dancers, this all-day celebration of world class competitive dance is now established as one of Britain’s top showcases. Dancing has never lost its appeal and is currently very much in fashion with University Clubs attracting hundreds and having to turn people away. Olga Komarova, who was nominated and short-listed for Administrator of the Year in the Sunday Times Sportswomen of Year Awards 2002 following her work in modernising the image of competitive dance through DanceSport, is delighted that the event is to continue at the reprieved national sports centre in south London: “We are delighted that the DanceSport Cup is staying at Crystal Palace and continuing to bring people from so many countries together through dance,” she said. “With the vibrant costumes, great music, imaginative lighting and the wonderful sets, which this year will follow a jungle theme, this will be an experience that Londoners can continue to enjoy.”

DanceSport was developed from competitive Ballroom and Latin American dancing and is one of the most popular and athletic leisure activities in the world. With clubs and competitions available for young people over the age of five, DanceSport is increasingly regarded as a healthy and lucrative way of combining a love of the art of dance with the enjoyment of travel. Selection rounds 1.00 pm, Semi-finals and Finals 7.30 pm Tickets, priced from £12 through to £15, £20 and £30, can be obtained in advance on 020 8679 5732, web

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