Sway Dance National Competition 2015

The Sway Dance National Competition was held at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre on Saturday the 24th October 2015 and was a huge success, with over seven hundred people attending. The competition consisted of twelve categories for all age groups, with seven Sway Dance centres competing in total. These were; Hutton Moore, Hengrove, Tudor Grange, North Solihull, Torbay, Cardiff International Pool and Barry Leisure centre. 

Each category within the competition gave the dancers the chance to be awarded either a bronze, silver or gold medal, with first place receiving a trophy. Throughout the day there was also the chance to win the coveted Grand Champion trophy for the highest scoring routine. Despite some strong competition this went to Cardiff’s under 18 street dance team Tenacious, who performed an outstanding routine which impressed all of the judges.

Head Judge and Sway National Brand Manager, Chelsea Balfour, said “All of the performers did a fantastic job and the range of talent on display was incredible. Special thanks must go to Rachel Amos and the team at Hutton Moor for all of their hard work leading up to the competition, which was exceptionally well run. As judges we were all delighted with the passion and atmosphere on display, not to mention the incredible performances of everyone involved!”

Besides the competitive element there were various performances throughout the day for the audience and competitors to enjoy, including dances from the guest judges and performances from Weston-super-Mare contemporary company Tidal Wave.

One of the main reasons the event was such a success was due to careful planning and structuring. The team at Hutton Moor did an exceptional job of ensuring all of the correct paperwork was completed prior to the competition, timings on the day were accurate and that all competitors and spectators were happy. When booking tickets, parents were asked if their family had any special requirements. This meant on the day of the event specific seats were reserved in the most accessible locations for those who required them.

Additional extras on the day added to the enjoyment of the competition. This included customised T-Shirt printing for Sway merchandise, on the day photography with instant prints, an onsite cafe with easily accessible refreshments and games and prizes held throughout the course of the competition.

Commenting on the competition, one parent said, “Both myself and my daughter Tilly popped in to see the guest’s dance display at 11am.The event was so well run and put together we ended up staying until 3pm addicted and waiting to see what was going to happen next. It was lovely to see so many different types of people taking part. Tilly has now booked on to try Street dance on a Tuesday and is also talking about Cheerleading. Her two friends Scarlet and Lola have also booked on to try it out.”

This event bolstered the Sway Dance community and received excellent feedback from teachers, spectators and competitors. Due to its success Sway Dance will look to arrange more competitions in 2016 for all regions to be a part of. Congratulations to everyone who was involved!