Mark and Olga Elsbury
We were extremely happy to become the British National Professional Showdance Champions earlier this month again!!!
It was featured on BBC Strictly It Takes Two earlier this week - hope some of you got to see it!!
We did a few competitions this month including the International Championship in the beautiful Royal Albert Hall in London and also in one of our favourite events - the IDTA Midlands Championship ( near our home town) where we reached the Grand Final!!
We have had a really busy summer time, competing and demonstrating all over the world, flying the flag for England!!!
In April we competed at the DPA Europeans in Blackpool in a DPA Open to the World in a Professional Ballroom competition, and were very proud to win that title!!
Then a month after, we went back to Blackpool for the Open British Championships in May at the beautiful Winter Gardens and were lucky to be included in the British Professional Rising Star Championship Grand Final.
Soon after, we were nominated by the British Dance Council to represent Great Britain at the WDC European Championship in Italy. And we are very happy to report that we were placed 7th in our first Professional European Championship.
And we did get to stay in the beautiful Italy for a couple of days after for a little holiday to enjoy the sun ☀️
A couple of weeks after that we were invited to compete in Ning Xia, China in the WDC Cup - we had an amazing time out there, and it was a great success for us to be dancing in that prestigious final among the best professional couples in the world!!
Last 4 months have been the most amazing few months of our dance career so far!!!
We have had a few dance demonstrations and workshops in the UK and abroad, met a lot of old and new friends and adjudicated a couple of dance competitions, and also competed in a few competitions ourselves.
In October 2014 we became The International Professional Rising Star Champions - and are really proud to be the first British couple to win it in the last 9 years!
Soon after in November 2014 we became Closed British Professional Showdance Champions and also came 3rd in the Closed British Professional Ballroom Championships (only missing the runner up position by a couple of marks!!!),
Then the day after we represented England at the World Championships and finished in the top 22 in the world.
We have had a really busy and fun few months!!
Doing our first professional competition in Blackpool, being nominated for a "LE CLASSIQUE DANCE AWARD" for Amateur Ballroom category, and winning it earlier in April this year!!! we would like to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH to everyone responsible for this nomination, its a great honour for us!!!
We had a great time at the IDTA Congress in Liverpool and also lecturing at The Worthing Congress for The Imperial Society of Teachers.
Thank you to the organisers for inviting us!!!
And finally, thank you to those of you who cheered us on to the floor at THE UK CLOSED CHAMPIONSHIP! It was a great event, we enjoyed every minute of dancing to Ross Mitchel and his band!!!
We have finished 2nd in Professional Ballroom and also won the DPA/BDF National League in Amateur Ballroom for 2013/2014.
Dear friends, we hope you all have a great 2014! Let this New Year be the one, where all your dreams come true. Wishing you all a happy and prosperous New Year 2014!
2013 has been really busy year for us. We have been travelling the world doing dance competitions and a little sightseeing in our free time :-). Here is some pictures from the World Amateur Trophy in China earlier in the 2013 were we we're lucky enough to be included in the semi finals.
We had our World Championships in Paris in December and were very proud to fly the English flag and finish 11 th in the Waltz.
The British National Championship was as always held in the Winter Gardens in Blackpool and we were very happy to win it for the 4th time last year.
And finally we are really exited to report that we won the BDF/DPA AMATEUR NATIONAL LEAGUE once again for 2013/2014.
We would like to say THANK YOU to those of you who sent us some lovely messages throughout the year, cheered us on to the floor at competitions around England or around the World and those of you who have been following our progress online. We are really happy to have you as our supporters. And we are really looking forward to seeing you all in 2014, we have some big challenges ahead and we hope for your continuous support. Big kisses to everyone of you xxx
We are really exited to report that during 2012/2013 we are the highest ranked couple in England. The results of every single couple in every competition during the last twelve months have been added up and we are really proud to be ranked number 1 in the country!!!
We have done a few shows in in last couple of months, especially we were very proud to be invited to perform in the "WORLD AMATEUR ALLSTARS". It was a huge honour for us to be included in the elite group of worlds ballroom and latin top couples.
We are really happy to report that after making the semi finals of the British Open Championships earlier this year we have also made the semi final of the World Championships in Paris earlier this month. We are really happy to be included in the top 12 couple in the world but looking forward to working even harder now to try and reach our main goal - break into all the major finals in the world!!
We hope your summer has been as productive as ours. We danced in the UK Closed Championships in Bournemouth this month and won in it for the third year running!!!!
And right now, we have some exiting shows coming up in the near future.
One of them is THE ISLE OF MAN DANCE FESTIVAL - should be fun, we are looking forward to the trip :-)
We are very proud to announce our new sponsorship with CHRISANNE. We always admired their work and they are very best at what they do!!!
We are looking forward to working with CHRISANNE.
We are also happy to report our new sponsorship with SUPADANCE for dance shoes and DANCE COS for tanning products.
We are performing a demonstration in Oxford this weekend, come and join us there and check out all of Olga's fabulous dresses made by CHRISANNE!!!
Happy New Year to you all,
Last few weeks have been super busy, we danced the "Ball of the Year" Championship in Manchester, competed at The UK Open Championships in Bournemouth and cheered many of you on at "Champions of Tomorrow" in Blackpool.
Also Mark was part of the English dance football team in USA v England football match. The score was 10:2 to England (Mark is number 10 in the picture)
Next few weeks are going to be just as busy. Right now we are working very hard on our new show program. It is almost finished and we will be performing it in Gosport on the 3rd of March, Glasgow on the 17th of March and Cheltenham on the 31st of March.
We are very exited for all our upcoming projects and we hope to see a lot of you out there cheering and enjoying yourselves.
Thanks to all of you who cheered us on at the Nationals at Winter Gardens at Blackpool.
We are happy to report that last Friday we won the Amateur Ballroom Championship for a 3rd year running!!!
It was an extraordinary experience, and truly a dream come true.
We will post more pictures from this event soon.
We want to thank you all for continued love and support.
This month we competed in one of our all time favourite events - The Midlands Dance Championship in Birmingham. It was another amazing competition and we had a fantastic time.
Now we have a few shows coming up and also The International Dance Championships in Royal Albert Hall in London. And we are looking forward to The Closed British Dance Championship in Blackpool at the end of November where our National Championship will be held.
As you may have heard, last month we competed in the UK Closed Championship in Bournemouth. It was a great competition, and the pressure was on as we won this prestigious title already last year.
It was an unforgettable experience.The atmosphere was electric and the audience was unbelievable.
We were called out first by winning all five dancers!!
We want to thank all of you, who were there. Your support and cheering made it a night we will always remember.