FloorPlay Swing Vacation 2014-’15 Report

 What better place to be on New Year’s Eve than Orlando at the Rosen Plaza Hotel!

The 2014 -’15 edition of our FloorPlay New Year’s Swing Vacation (FNYSV) was, according to all of the positive feedback and comments a great success! This was our 15th Event overall, 12th Anniversary of the Fl. State Swing Championship and winding up the 19th year Of the FloorPlay Dance Clubs©.

First, as always, a HUGE THANKS to everyone who attended, especially in light of the early New Years Eve falling on Wednesday evening. This I know created a problem for many by either forcing a long stay for the event or having to return to work for a day after the NYE & Day celebration. Yet in spite of the personal scheduling difficulties we welcomed over 460 dancers during the weekend. Next year we will be able to start the event on NYE Thursday, automatic work-day off Friday and continue through the weekend to make your stay with us easier to schedule.

This year we continued with a series of Pro/Am Competitions to complement our regular WSDC Jack ‘n Jill’s and Florida State Swing Dance Championship. And this year continued the “F-PIT”,  the Fl. Pro Invitational Tournament that was again exciting to watch and well received. There was very good participation in all and Congratulations go to Stephen & Sonya White as our Florida State Swing Champions in the 12th edition of the FSSDC, and to all of the winners in each division.

Speaking of which, Thanks to all of the great Pro Instructors who joined us this year for a terrific New Year’s Eve show and the many workshops conducted. All were packed and heard compliments on everyone’s presentations. Welcome back to Rob Glover doing a masterful entertaining job emceeing while juggling 2 events at once. Orlando’s Jen Deluca always our favorite ‘daughter’ showing the talent that has taken her to the top! Great to have Michael Kielbasa back with us again who raises the bar by just being present. Many newcomers to our Staff this year did a terrific job and helped make for a great New Years Show. Thanks to first time staff members Stephen & Sonya White, Csilla Madocsai, Jeff Mumford & Rose Duffy & Tommy Gibbs & Renee Lipmann, as well as returning top Florida Pros Hugo Miguez & Stacy Kay, Danielle Blouin, Trish Berlanga and NC’s Brian & Pam Bennett all represented yet another terrific staff.

But no event can be successful without two all important things, a good dance floor and a GREAT sound system with fabulous music! The dance floors were smoothly provided as always by Cherry Taylor and Master Dance Floors of Tampa. The sound system provided by Orlando’s Kevin McDeed has been said to be one of the best heard on the WCS circuit nationwide. Kevin ‘KMac’, also set the tone as always with a terrific variety of music to keep everyone moving and also provided some cool lighting and video for the Midnight Champagne toast.. He continues to be the ‘soul’ of the FloorPlay Dance Club events and dances. And great to have back with us 2013 WCS DJ of the Year April Prince who put together the best mix of competition music for the FSSDC and all of the J’nJ’s you could ever hope for and rocked the floor continuously. Also joining our great DJ Staff and playing terrific music all weekend were Earl Yeomans, Louis St. George and local late nighter Dustin Wheeler in his Event debut. Each DJ seemed to just pick up where the last ended and seamlessly keep the energy peaking. Thank You ALL!

Special Thanks to Demery Leyva and his hard working crew; Derek Leyva, Wes Kolpin and Pamela Stergios for all of the coordination and control of competition sign-ups, judging schedules as well as keeping Comp’s running on time and supplying results so quickly.  It’s a lot of work and your diligence and professionalism were much appreciated.

Special Thanks so much also to Danielle Blouin and Mike Oates providing so much time and effort who graciously provided ALL of the Certificate Awards!

Always nice to have some Vendors on hand and Thanks to Martha’s Boutique, Dance Connection Shoes and Premier Dance Video Productions for being there. Be sure to order an Event DVD for the show, the comps and the workshops at www.dancevideopro.com Also Thanks to Steve Sagraves for supplying all the bananas!

I was very proud to present the first “Directors Award” to FloorPlay Directors and Instructors from Melbourne, Laura & John Beers, who need to retire their FloorPlay monthly dance after 16 years of hard work toward the advancement of WCS and all Dance genre’s in their area. Thank you for your selfless dedication and professionalism on behalf of FloorPlay and the dance community in general. Future “DA” winners may could be Directors, DJ’s, Instructors or in any capacity that have contributed to Florida’s ever growing Dance Society.

As always, there are MANY on any event staff who make it all work. Without them it simply doesn’t happen. I like to think we have the best staff anywhere. These are the folks who initially greet you, sign you in, answer your questions, handle security, keep things organized in all aspects of presentation and make everyone feel welcome…all with a smile!

Registration is very involved and now married Amy Rothenberger was the key to making it all happen again and running smoothly. She did so much behind the scenes it would be too hard to describe but suffice to say she is our “glue’. Helping out tremendously were DeAnn Kitay, Elaine Sipe, Annie Mariani, Diane Scott, Linda Murphy, Jutta Baerman and I’m sure a few others whose help we certainly appreciate, as well as those Club members and friends who donated a couple hours of their time. Ed Sullivan & Nora Batts lead Security as always and recruit ample ‘friendly’ help including Janie Morningstar, Jacqueline Jauz, Sherri Parris. And, last but not least there are those who contribute in a WIDE variety of ways without who’s help there would be noticeable deficiencies in organization. Bill Bray and Maria Hardy are these people along with several members previously mentioned. Thanks to CJ Henry as roommate coordinator which requires much time and energy pairing people up as roommates and even finding them rooms!

Since “Swing Vacation” has always been our theme, we hope many more in the future will see the advantage of coming early or staying late a few days to do some sightseeing in the Worlds #1 Vacation destination. We also had a well represented contingent from Canada who joined us and we thank them for making the trip!

A final HUGE THANK YOU again to all of you who attended this year. Always a great crowd who make it such a terrific atmosphere and make our FloorPlay Swing Vacation the BEST place to party on New Year’s Eve!

You ALL ROCK!

We will continue to do our best to bring you the Best New Year’s Party possible and hope you will plan to join us again for our 16th Swing Vacation beginning Dec. 31, 2015!

  • Full Competition Results posted next and on the Facebook page.

Sincerely,

Mark Traynor
FloorPlay Club Founder

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2014 – ’15 FNYSV Competition Results

Congratulations to all of the 2014 – ’145Competitors and Division Winners!

12th Florida State Swing Dance Championship

 2014 FSSDC ChampionsStephen & Sonya White !

 2nd  – Christopher Wrigley & Allysa Rees

3rd – Sheven Kekoolani & Stacy Kay

4th – Jeff Mumford & Trish Berlanga

5th – JC Bryant & Elise Harman

6th – Keith & Margaret Little

7th – Tommy Gibbs & Renee Lipman

8th – Dustin Wheeler & Pamela Stergios

9th – John & Ariel Penu

10th – Chris Sizelove & Dee McCord

11th – Chris Bojovic & Dori Eden

12th – James Hch & Chelsea Mosko

3rd   Florida Pros Invitational Tournament…The “F-Pit” JnJ

 1st – Hugo Miguez & Sonya White

2nd – Keith Little & Stacy Kay

3rd -  Tommy Gibbs & Dawn Sgarlata

 

WSDC Jack ‘n Jills Finals

Novice   J’n J

1st – John Penu & Raquel Safra

2nd – Michael Dean & Lana Duss

3rd – Mario Montes & Ariel Penu

4th – Patrick Tran & Brianne Nelson

5th – Keith Penu & Linda Free

6th – Gary Cook & Celia Reuss

7th – Joshua Lyons & Christy Dilworth

8th – Ron Muse & Carol Baldwin

9th – Ken Lamoire & Cindy Dauss

10th – Michael Tingle & Monika Kedziora

11th – John Boud & Amy Simmons

12th – Paul Gipson & Chinny Hoan

Intermediate J’nJ 

 1st – Daaen Lee & Allysa Rees

2nd – Fabio Beltramini & Dena Shrum

3rd – Dan Yamamoto & Megan Pollak

4th – Dustin Wheeler & Jacqueline Gutierez-Lo

5th – Derek Downs & Carrie Smith

6th – James Dooley & Ann Marie Denis

7th – Troy Novotny & Debi McCreary

8th – Rick Dauss & Holly Martin

9th –  Mike Oates & Dee McCord

10th – Les Cheong & Tonya Wpytek

 Adv / All Star  J’n J

1st – Christopher Wrigley & Trish Berlanga

2nd – Brian Bennett & Pam Bennett

3rd – John Harris & Becky Wolcott

4th – JC Bryant & Susan Downs

5th – Keith Little & Rose Duffy

Masters

1st – Mike Gordon & Cindy Dauss

2nd – Derek Downs & Tina Marie Price

3rd – Bruce Park & Dori Eden

4th – Gary Cook & Susan Downs

5th – Rick Dauss & Maru Hutchins

6th – Les Cheong & Laura McCann

7th – Bruce Perrotta & Carol Baldwin

8th – Buz McCreary & Celia Reuss

9th – Mario Montes & Helen Tang

10th – Tony Goff & Ann Marie Denis

Pro/Am’s

Solo

 1st – Lindsay Harris w/ Hugo Miguez

2nd – Laura McCann w/ Jimmy Formelio

3rd – Roberta Pearlstein w/ Hugo Miguez

Pro/Am   Jack ‘n Jill – Leaders

1st – Chris Bojovic

2nd – John Penu

3rd – Troy Novotny

4th – Steve Sagraves

5th – Buz McCreary

6th – Mike Oates

7th – Mike Gordon

8th – Keith Penu

9th – Tony Goff

10th – Mario Montes

Pro / Am Jack ‘n Jill – Followers

1st – Megan Pollak

2nd – Holly Martin

3rd – Dena Shrum

4th – Ann Marie Denis

5th – Anne Johnson

6th – Debi McCreary

7th – Ariel Penu

8th – Laura McCann

9th – Maru Hutchins

10th – Cindy Dauss

Pro/Am Strictly Novice Male

 1st – John Penu w/ Sonya White

2nd – Keith Penu w/ Cindy Formelio

3rd – Ken Lemoire w/ Stacy Kay

4th – Christian Josey w/ Renee Lipman

5th – Mario Montes w/ Beth Perrotta

6th – Mike Tinkle w/ Trish Berlanga

Pro/Am Strictly -  Novice Female

 1st – Ariel Penu w/ Jimmy Formelio

2nd – Cindy Dauss w/ Brian Bennett

3rd – Jutta Baerman w/ Hugo Miguez

4th – Bonnie Kissam w/ Jimmy Formelio

5th – Lana Duss w/ Hugo Miguez

6th – Chelea Mosko w/ Jimmy Formelio

Pro/Am Strictly – Intermediate/Advanced Male

 1st – Dan Yamamoto w/  Stacy Kay

Pro/Am Strictly – Intermediate/Advanced Female

 1st – Lindsay Harris w/ Sheven Kekoolani

2nd – Anne Johnson w/ Jeff Mumford

3rd – Laura McCann w/ Jimmy Formelio

4th – Gale Waldon w/ Jeff Mumford

Pro/ Am Strictly  – Masters Male

 1st – Mario Montes w/ Beth Perrotta

2nd – Ken Lemoire w/ Stacy Kay

 Pro/Am Strictly – Masters Female

 1st – Cindy Dauss w/ Brian Bennett

2nd – Laura McCann w/ Jimmy Formelio

3rd – Jutta Baerman w/ Hugo Miguez

4th – Gale Waldon w/ Jeff Mumford

5th – Bonnie Kissam w/ Jimmy Formelio

6th – Geri Smith-Osborne w/ Hugo Miguez

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From Trish: GREAT NEWS!!!!

GREAT NEWS!!!! Trish will be back beginning in September 2014!

We are now at: TBD

  • The night begins with WCS Lesson starting at 7:30pm, taught by Trish.
  • Dancing starts at 8:30pm and goes to midnight.
  • Water and sodas for $1 each, light snacks provided, bring something to share if you have a hankering for something special.
  • SPECIAL OFFER! Bring in a guest who has never done West Coast Swing before and you AND your guest will get in for FREE!
  • We do mostly West Coast Swing, with a sprinking of everything else.

LOCATION: TBD

DIRECTIONS:

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