The 2012 -’13 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 13th Event overall, 10th Anniversary of the Fl. State Swing Championship, 8th New Year’s Party and winding up the 18th year Of the FloorPlay Dance Club©. What better place to be on New Year’s than Orlando at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. With sunny and mostly mid 70’s weather, we experienced the largest turnout ever for the FNYSV!
A HUGE THANKS to everyone who attended as we hit about 580 dancers over the long weekend! 423 of who have learned that it is worth it to take advantage of the fantastic Dinner Buffet included at Café’ Matisse at the Rosen on New Year’s Eve.
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 added the Fl. Pro jack ‘n Jill Invitational Tournament that was exciting to watch and well received. It will return! There was very good participation in all and Congratulations go to Stephen White & Sabrina Paxmann as our new Florida State swing Champions in the 10th edition of the FSSDC and 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. Robert & Nicola Royston doing a usual masterful job emceeing, Robert Cordoba & Amanda Warren, Danielle Blouin, Demery Strickland, Patti Jobst, Hugo Miguez, Trish Berlanga, Rick Weston, Sabrina Paxmann, Steven White, Bruce & Beth Perrotta, and especially nice to have Orlando’s Jen Deluca back with us again! Thank You Jen for the White Horse dance!
And be sure to get a video of all the weekends’ festivities, workshops and competitions from Bobby Caudill who got everything covered. We also had over 45 couples learn and participate in the “My Baby” Swing Shift Mixer as part of the NYE Show. Well done!
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 by Cherry Taylor and Master Dance Floors of Tampa. The sound system provided by Orlando’s Kevin McDeed who also provided some cool lighting and video for the Midnight Champagne toast. Kevin ‘KMac’, also set the tone as always with a terrific variety of music to keep everyone moving. He continues to be the ‘soul’ of the FloorPlay Dance Club events and dances. Also playing terrific music all weekend were Robert Cordoba, Earl Yeomans, Bobby Caudill, Trish Berlanga and Desi Damaso. Great Thanks to all the DJ’s for keeping the dance floor hopping all weekend.
Special Thanks to Demery Strickland, Rick Weston and Beverly Co for all of the coordination and control of competition sign-up, as well as supplying results so quickly. It’s a lot of work and your diligence and professionalism were much appreciated.
Full Competition Results have already been posted on the website and the Facebook page.
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! Ed Sullivan & Nora Batts lead Security and recruit ample ‘friendly’ help including Janie Morningstar and Irene Gomulka. Registration is very involved and Amy Palmer 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. Helping out tremendously were Meggan and Marilyn Thomas, Elaine Sipe, Annie Mariani, Sandy Sanborn, Maryanne Lang, Cindy Winternitz, Linda Murphy, Jutta Baerman and I’m sure a few others I’m sorry I can’t remember, as well as those Club members and friends who donated a couple hours of their time. 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. Diane Scott, Bill Bray and Maria Hardy are these people along with Danielle Blouin and Mike Oates who graciously provided the Pro /Am Awards. Thanks too to CJ Henry whom devotes much time and energy pairing people up as roommates as well as keeping the State dancers informed as to all of the WCS communities dances/events etc. happening throughout the year.
And a special Thanks to Robin DiMeo who aside from working hard at the event, manages our website and Facebook page all year long. Needless to say she makes my life easier all year long! I sincerely thank you all for your tremendous efforts and to those who helped I may have unfortunately omitted here.
A final HUGE THANK YOU 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 Swing Vacation 2013 – ’14. Also look for details on a planned 5th SeaPlay Cruise coming in Spring of 2014.
FloorPlay Club Founder