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Event | The Londonball

The Event

May we take this opportunity to say a huge Thank you to all and everyone who helped, supported, danced, orchestrated, competed, judged, spectated, MCed and demonstrated at The London Ball 2018.
We are truly overwhelmed and humbled by the kindness and generous amount of support, love and encouragement shown and given to us over the two day event.
Special thanks must go to our Pro`Am showcase ladies for their outstanding performances, Aliena, Candy, Carmen, Pak Ling, Olga, Anna, Karen, Judy and Monica. The LB would not reach the success it has achieved without them.
Massive appreciation must go to our professional showcases, Andrea and Sara, Marat and Alina and of course Slavik and Karina.
All gave brilliant performances on Friday night and impressed a highly knowledgeable audience with each couple receiving standing ovations.
For Slavik and Karina there are just no words to express their most musical and beautiful dancing, all we can say sincerely…. that it was truly amazing.
Ashley and the Empress orchestra are quite simply the best and if you like their music at the Empress Ballroom then you should hear their sound at the InterContinental hotel, its just exquisite. They are an integral part of The LB. Their music offers the highest inspiration for all dancers.
The Pro`Am events have grown substantially and created a wonderful competitive energy, side by side with the top professional and amateur competitions, much enjoyed by all dancers and audience alike.

The London Ball will be back this year on 11th and 12th of October 2019 and we look forward to welcoming you all,

Till then best wishes and “Keep dancing”,
Andrew & 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.


Hazel Fletcher
Karen Hardy
Hanna Karttunen
Klaus Kongsdal
Michael Malitowski
Barbara McColl
Evgeny Smagin
Karina Smirnoff
David Sycamore
Sirpa Suutari
Alan Tornsberg


Michael Barr
Loraine Barry
Amanda Dokman
Anne Gleave
Janet Gleave
Augusto Schiavo
Christopher Hawkins
Karen Hilton MBE
Lyn Marriner
Alan Shingler
Kenny Welsh

special proam judge


Chairman of adjudication

Robin Short



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.


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