Obsession and Passion in the World of Competitive Dance.
Welcome to the world of tanning, rhinestones, and high heels- even for the men. Welcome to "behind the scenes" ruthless political maneuvering where the judges are the true deciders of every dancer's fate. In this beautifully gilded ballroom is where every audience member can momentarily feel like an Emperor of Rome and give either a thumbs up or a thumbs down to the competitors below. Even if you are just a mere spectator, you are in some form a judge, helping shape the dancers' destiny and most assuredly everyone who attends this celebrated and distinguished annual event has an opinion.
Welcome to the Empress Gardens, in Blackpool, England, home of the most prestigious ballroom competition on earth. Welcome to the gladiator pit of ballroom dancing.
The setting is Blackpool the Wimbleton of Dance. Blackpool is to ballroom dancers what Wimbleton is to tennis. You can even win world championships, but until you have conquered Blackpool you have not fully made your mark on dance history.
The stakes are deliriously high, On this renowned dance floor lays the sacrificial alter which devours, decides and determines the future of every ballroom dancer's dream. To the winner goes fame, riches, travel and life long status. For everyone else there is only hope for next year.
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World Exhibition Dance ChampionSharon Savoy is an icon in the world of Theatre Arts and the Exhibition field of dance. Her competition career spanned over 20 years. She won her first World Exhibition title at the Madison Square Gardens in 1984 and 20 years later ended her competitive career by winning with all first place votes at the 2004 World Exhibition Dance Championships.
She has performed in Hollywood movies, on the Miss America Pageant, at the Kennedy Center and the Sydney Olympics. In her years as a competitor and a performer, she had a first hand personal look at the world of competition and Ballroom, Latin, and Exhibition dancing. Her insight gives us a back stage pass to the behind the scenes world of competition dancers, the judges, and the politics of dance.
Ms. Savoy's unique position as an Exhibition Champion provides an insider's close up of all the players that compose this glamorous world that is part of dance, part sport and part art.