News from Tulip Challenge!
HUGE thanks to Michael, Anita and Dan for a fantastic start to the year! Tulip Challenge was a great event in every way! Competitive, friendly, well organised and lots & lots of fun! (especially St Patricks night!) Headliners did themselves proud, and all their hard work paid off! Well done to everyone, and in particular the Newcastle crowd, Shirley Kay and our 2011 Strictly winner Tracy Griffiths who all competed for the first time in UCWDC...
Linzi Ibbetson - 1st in Open Female Advanced and a point to SUPERSTARS!
Mallaurie Gysels - 1st in Advanced AND Showcase Teen gaining a point to RISING STARS!
Gillian Armstrong - 1st in Star Crown Division
Stephanie Smeers - 1st in Showcase Open
Linus Backstrom - 1st in Pro-Pro Open (with coach Siobhan Dunn )
Zara Dunn - 1st in Advanced Youth Line & Intermediate Youth Pro-am (with coach Steve Dunn)
Joseph Armstrong - 1st in Advanced Male Silver
Chantal Putseys - 1st in Novice Diamond Linedance
Rebecca Cassidy - 1st in Novice Youth Linedance
Tracy Griffiths - 1st in Newcomer Diamond Line AND Pro-am (with coach Linus Backstrom)
Jo and Gillian Armstrong - 1st in Advanced Silver Classic Couples
Shaun Parr - 1st in Intermediate Open Pro-am (with coach Sam Young)
Mallaurie Gysels - 1st in Novice Teen Pro-am (with coach Steve Dunn)
Michael Ibbetson - 1st in Newcomer Silver Pro-am (with coach Gillian Armstrong)
Susan Ibbetson - 1st in Newcomer Silver Pro-am (with coach Jo Armstrong)
Morag Cassidy - 1st in Novice Gold Pro-am (with coach Steve Dunn)
A big WELL DONE to all Steph's Style & Perfection Pro-am students who did fantantic, especially...
Brenda Van Der Maele - 1st in Novice Open Pro-am (with coach Steve Dunn)
Jana Bogaerts - 1st in Novice Youth Pro-am (with coach Steve Dunn)
Annelies Du Bois - 1st in Newcomer Open Pro-am (with coach Steve Dunn)
Congratulations to ALL other Headliners who competed, there were lots more fantastic results! Headliners will see you all at the Tulip 2013 with Steve & Yvonne judging!
For a full list of results click here...
Headliners return from Florida as World Champions 2012!
What a fantastic experience to be back in America for the 20th anniversary of the UCWDC World Championships! The event took place where all dreams come true - Disney World Florida. Although all Headliners did not attend this year, we still made our mark! The event was a fantastic friendly experience for all, and really felt like Worlds (with the occasional trip to Disney or Universal Studios!). Thank you to all Headliners who couldn't attend for your loyal support on GlobalDanceTV! A MASSIVE thank you to Yvonne Dunn - who has choreographed non-stop for the past few months and without whom all the below would not have been possible...
New Superstar Linus Backstrom - World Champion Advanced & Showcase Open Line
New Superstar Siobhan Dunn - World Champion Advanced & Showcase Open Line
New Rising Star Olivia-Grace Beale - World Champion Advanced & Showcase Teen Line
Pro-Pro World Champion Linus Backstrom, with his pro coach Siobhan Dunn achieved 5 GOLD GRADUATES!
HUGE Congratulations to all line and pro-am students who achieved so much in such little time, a special congrats to:
Olivia-Grace Beale - 1st in Teen Advanced Pro-am (with coach Steve Dunn)
Zara Dunn - 1st in Youth Intermediate Line and Pro-am (with coach Steve Dunn)
Rebecca Cassidy - 1st in Youth Newcomer Pro-am (with coach Linus Backstrom)
A special mention to Style and Pefection's coach Stephanie Smeers who came an outstanding 2nd place out of over 15 competitors in the difficult Open Novice Pro-am division (with coach Steve Dunn) and to Annelies Du Bois who also achieved a fantastic 2nd place out of over 15 competitors in Open Newcomer Pro-am (with coach Steve Dunn). A big well done to our Division I couple Steve & Siobhan Dunn for their 5th place Overall, and to our Division II couple Linus Backstrom and Olivia-Grace Beale who came an amazing 2nd! Well done guys there was some stiff competition in the States- the home of couples dance!
And so the new year begins, where all Headliners will be joining us qualifying for Worlds in Nashville, accompanied by some brand new students - Keep checking here to see how they all get on! Good luck!
For a full list of results click here...
For a link to the official photos click here...
Headliners Complete Final Qualification in Sweden for UC Worlds!
Headliners have safely returned from the UC European Championships held in Charlottenberg Sweden. Everyone danced awesome, and was a great practice before heading to the USA! We quickly found out our results right after the session had finished and we recieved some great awards! In every division we entered Headliners or Style & Perfection took the 1st place, and numerous Gold Graduates were achieved by many, including respected Pro-Am Advanced and Pro-Pro divisions. After alot of dancing and cheering, we all headed back to our Swedish log cabins and let our hair down to celebrate our success at our final qualifying event. Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard and a big thanks to Steve & Yvonne who have managed to get all of us ready to head to Orlando, Florida USA in December! Good Luck to you all at Worlds!
Strictly Team raise £30,000 for Cancer Research!
The Headliners Strictly Corporate Team raised their game in the prestigious St George's Hall Liverpool. We have been training high profile members of our community including Sports Stars and Top Models. Andrew Collinge was in charge of the hair for the event, and BBC's Roger Phillips with broadcaster Michelle Eagleton hosted the night. Being Principle Choreographer and Director of the event, Headliners own Yvonne Dunn was head judge at the evening along with LIPA chief executive Mark Featherstone-Witty and Executive Editor at Trinity Mirror Group Jane Clare. After our Headliner pro's Shaun Parr, Siobhan Dunn, Laura Hulme, Steve Dunn & our resident Strictly Corporate pro's Chris Tighe and Cara Durkin took to the floor with their celebrity partners, it was Linus Backstrom & Tracy Griffiths who Samba'd and Shimmied their way to victory and was presented their award by footballer John Barnes. Tracy is bitten by the bug and is hoping to continue at Headliners competing for the UCWDC! Andrew Cawley from United Utlities took to the floor with Siobhan to perfom the previous winning routine of the cheeky Charleston - he did fantastic! Big thanks to everyone who helped us organise this fantastic event and to Sam Young and Olivia Beale who joined us in the Group Dance with the CCR staff. Keep checking to see the launch of the Strictly Corporate website as our success and profile is on the rise! Click here to see some fantastic pictures of the night!
UCWDC Shamrocks Success!
Headliners return from Ireland after winning multiple divisions and gaining lots of GOLD GRADUATES from Headliner and Style & Perfection students! Congratulations to everyone who competed and a special congrats to Linus, Olivia & Siobhan who gained Star Division points! As always the group had lots of laughs, and would like to say a huge thanks to Ann, Damian & Attracta for putting on a great event and making us all feel very welcome! Good luck to everyone at the Europeans! Click here to see a full list of the results...
Scottish Gathering - First UCWDC Event!
What a fantastic day weekend we had at the Scottish Gathering, a HUGE congratulations to everyone who managed to get through a very energetic day and got all their new routines on the floor so quickly to such a high level. The well deserved pizza party on the Saturday night was well deserved! It was great to meet some old and new friends, we will see y'all in Ireland!
Clatterbridge Come Dancing training begins!
After the fantastic success of raising over £35,000 for Claire House childrens hospice, Headliners have taken on 8 new brilliant students to dance with our Headliner Strictly Pros and hope to raise a lot of money for Clatterbridge Cancer Research. Training has begun and the competition is getting hot!