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.
FloorPlay Club Founder