Clun Valley YFC claim ballroom victory
The spiritual home of British ballroom dancing saw Young Farmers’ finest at the National Ballroom Dancing Competition finals today.
Clun Valley YFC from Shropshire came first in the competition, beating off stiff competition from seven other teams.
Each team had to perform a dance that included two elements of Latin and two from ballroom, with music and costumes reflecting the theme ‘Tomorrow’s World’.
Clun Valley had to overcome a series of injuries and ill health in the run up to their victory – one member went through spinal surgery while choreographer battled illness on the final day to perform.
“We didn’t feel that it had gone as well as it usually does in practices, so I was really shocked,” said Lucy.
The team has put in months of work to perfect the performance, with practices held twice a week, plus a lot of video review to see how professionals dance.
“When I thought about ‘Tomorrow’s World’ I thought about space, so our work was related to that,” said Lucy. “I just chose different dances that went with that – and we looked at a lot of YouTube!”
“Lucy did an amazing job choreographing us all,” said Huw Williams.
Judges Carol May and Lewis Danson from the Carol May Dance Academy said that the standard was very hard, making it a difficult decision for them to make.
Congratulations also go to Hermon YFC from Pembrokeshire who came second and Haldon Group YFC Devon who came third.