November 26, 2015
“Couples, take your positions please for the next dance.” With 19 different competitive dance styles represented dozens of times throughout the day by more than 160 ballroom dancers, this was a common announcement at Delta Cup which took place in KinVillage Community Centre from morning till late at night on Saturday, October 17.
The inaugural Delta Cup DanceSport Gala brought in competitive ballroom dancers from Edmonton, Portland, Seattle, Kelowna, Vancouver Island and throughout the Greater Vancouver region. They brought the Centre to life as they performed the Cha Cha, Waltz, Samba, Tango, Rumba, Viennese Waltz, Bolero, Paso Doble, Slow Foxtrot, Mambo, Jive and Quickstep. The dance floor was filled with swirling color and dazzling rhinestones as couples of all ages competed to see who was the best in their style and skill level. Ages ranged from youngsters not yet in school to seniors kicking up their heels with style, defying all expectations of age limitations.
Competitive ballroom dancing, known as DanceSport, is a structured activity with millions of registered participants worldwide. Until Delta Cup, local competitions took place in Vancouver or on Vancouver Island. Organizers George and Wendy Pytlik, who teach ballroom dancing in KinVillage, wanted to offer the excitement of this type of competition to Delta. The event was sold out three weeks in advance, showing just how popular ballroom dancing is.
The success of the event allowed the organizers to make a donation of $1,500 to KinVillage Association to support the bus fund.
Delta Cup will be an annual event. Next year’s competition takes place over two days on Thanksgiving weekend October 8-9, 2016.
Click to see more photos in the Community Centre gallery.