Blackpool Dance Festival – A Dream Come True!

As a Ballroom, Latin, or Cabaret/Exhibition dancer,the Blackpool Dance Festival aka The British Open is definitely one of the most desirable competitions to dance in or attend.  The Blackpool Dance Festival, held annually in the Spring in England, is one of the largest and finest ballroom dance competitions in the world.  To compete there is not only an honor, but a dream come true for any ballroom dancer.

For one professional cabaret dance couple, the dream is about to come true.  This past February, Waylon Jones and Ashley Judge have received their invitation in the mail to the prestigious Blackpool Dance Festival!  They are one in only 6 couples invited to the Blackpool Dance Festival to compete in their division.  It is a complete honor and I am so excited for my dance instructor and his professional dance partner!

Originally from Tennessee, Waylon Jones started dancing when he was 10 years old.  He trained in ballet and was a professional dancer with the Pasadena Ballet in Pasadena, California and the with Joffrey Ballet in New York City.  After retiring from ballet, Waylon trained in Ballroom and Latin dance, currently competing with Ashley Judge in the Theatre arts/Cabaret division.

Ashley Judge, a Georgia native, started her ballet training when she was only 3 years old.  At the age of 13, she was invited to join company of the Atlanta Ballet.  She was also a professional dancer for the British Columbia Ballet.  Ashley first debuted as a ballroom dance competitor in the cabaret division in 2010 with her professional dance partner, Waylon Jones.  Together, Waylon and Ashley are currently ranked 3rd in the US in their division.

Waylon Jones and Ashley Judge are some of the most dedicated and talented dancers that I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know.   I’ve seen their beautiful performance live and I’ve seen how hard they rehearse in the studio.  Their dancing has precise technique and incredible emotion that captures the audience and leaves you wanting more.  Waylon and Ashley know how to captivate the audience and put on a memorable, flawless, and absolutely breathtaking Cabaret/Exhibition dance performance.

Congratulations, Waylon Jones and Ashely Judge, on the incredible opportunity and the honorable invite to the Blackpool Dance Festival!!!

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