Frank competing with his wife Debbie at Diamond Jubilee Dancesport Championships
"My first Dancesport Competition"
"My First Comp
As of today, August 2020, It looks like there won't be any competition dancing for sometime due to Covid-19. However, when competition dancing does recommence I would encourage new dancers to give it a try. The recreational Dancesport competition section is fun and not expensive. For beginners, there is a competition open for you to dance with your teacher and this is how I first tried out competition dancing.
Two memories stand out when I think of that first competition. I was so nervous I can remember actually asking my competition Dancesport coach teacher Suzie how the dance started while we were waiting to go onto the floor!. I knew the dance was to be the New Vogue style “Merrilyn” but I couldn't remember how it started!
I can also remember being awarded 2nd place (2ND Place!) in the Latin American dance, the Rumba. You could have knocked me over with a feather! After collecting my ribbon I asked Suzie: “How on earth did I get 2nd place?”She replied: “Except for first the placed dancers and us, all the others probably danced out of time.”
It was then that I realized, if you go out and have fun, dance the dance correctly and in time, you may actually win. It was a revelation!"