The Event

Dear Dancers, colleagues and friends.

Please may we take this opportunity to thank everyone for their wonderful kindness, generosity and support in last year’s Londonball. It might be said that, we organise it, but all of you have certainly made a huge contribution and without you, it wouldn’t be possible to succeed.

The Londonball tries it’s best in choice of venue, music , panel of adjudicators and prize money. We must say the music is just outstanding from Greg DeWet to the fabulous sound of the Empress Orchestra under the direction of Ashley Frolic.

Also please may we applaud to all our pro-am guests and competitors. You are indeed the most fantastic integral part of The Londonball and your high level of ability is immediately evident.

Special thank you to our professional couples who all received standing ovations:
Craig and Genia
Krill and Polina
Dorin and Marina
And our legend superstars
John Wood and Anne Gleave.

An immense appreciation must go to our pro-am demonstrators on Friday evening. You all did an amazing nerve tingling performance in front of a three hundred strong and highly educated audience. We take our hat off.

Looking forward to seeing you again this year.

Best wishes.

Andrew and Irina


The Directors of The London Ball have chosen two panels of Adjudicators who are past Champions or Finalists in the British Open and World Championships. With their experience and integrity they will judge the Competitors in a professional and impartial manner.


Allan Tornsberg, Espen Salberg, Paul Killick, Jukka Haapalainen, Denise Weavers, Richard Porter, Karina Smirnoff, Michael  Malitowski, Hazel Fletcher, Evelyn Hoerman, Elena Khvorova, Mikhail Sporykhin (PRO-AM)


Michael Barr, Joanne Bolton-Hawkins, William Pino, Janet Gleave, Yang Chao, John Kimmins, Karen Hilton MBE, Kenny Welsh, Hiro Amano, Tony Dokman, Alessia Betti, Mikhail Sporykhin (PRO-AM)

Chairman of adjudication

David Sycamore



A great big “Thank you” for a wonderful weekend. From my side as an Adjudicator everything was excellent. I wish you all every success for the next London Ball. Lorraine

Just a congratulatory note to everyone concerned with the super event. If only that atmosphere could be available for competitors and attendees everywhere! What a difference we would see in the dancing. Anyway – the dream was realized and dare we hope that, at some point in the future, it could happen again! Peter Eggleton

On behalf of Alan and I, we also thank-you and all the Directors for a wonderful event, superbly organized and presented. I am most sorry I missed the Friday evening, I heard I missed a great night. Good luck for the continuance of what hopefully can become a bigger part of the dancers calendar. Alan and Hazel Fletcher

The Friday evening is an unbelievable experience for us; of course dancing to Ashley and the orchestra but also to have a social evening dancing with our colleagues. And ler me dancing with David! It certainly was a Ball and a very special one-off evening that you go home from smiling and happy. We are very gratetul to the directors ot the London Ball for having the opportunity to experience this evening.
After judging the compelition on the Saturday I reflecled on how satisfying it was to really have time to judge – thank you! The couples were enjoying dancing and were so supportive of dancers in other heats it was wonderful to witness. The live music, which sounded even better in the InterContinental Hotel than at Blackpool, was obviously the biggest contributing factor for this but I also believe it comes from Bryan and Carmen compering and giving enlhusiasm (and advice).
Both days were excellent and I am afraid I do not have any comments on how to make it better! I hope it grows and develops as you deserve.
Thank you for your hard work once again trom David and myself.

Denise Weavers