International Ballroom Dancing Championships at the Royal Albert Hall – A competition and a venue that are impeccably matched!
If you are a fan of ballroom dancing then make sure that the Royal Albert Hall is on your itinerary on October 3, 2013. In what promises to be a glitzy evening, approximately 360 of the world’s best amateur and professional dancers will don their smartest suits and racy sequined dresses as they strut and swirl about in the quest to become the world’s number one ballroom dancer.
Only the most talented of dancers will be participating in the International Ballroom Dancing Championships, as all competitors will have already qualified through their heats in order to have reached this stage of the event.
There are various titles up for grabs, including the International Professional Ballroom, the International Professional Latin, the International Amateur Ballroom and the International Amateur Latin.
This colourful extravaganza that is the International Ballroom Dancing Championships will be an occasion of sheer glamour and style under the roof of one of London’s most iconic and well-loved entertainment venues.
The Royal Albert Hall was conceived from the vision of Prince Albert as a multi-purpose building to promote understanding of the arts and the sciences in London. This beautiful domed-building is situated in the South Kensington district and for many a concert-goer, the Royal Albert Hall is their favourite venue. Even the legendary English guitarist, Eric Clapton has stated that this is his favourite site to play in!
This grade I listed building was opened in 1871 and has been in constant use ever since. Unfortunately Prince Albert never got to see it completed as he died in 1861.
Although the hall suffered some minor damage in the Second World War it is said that the German pilots left it intact because it was such a recognisable landmark and reference point.
Once upon a time a bad echo plagued the acoustics of the hall and the building was renowned as a venue of poor acoustic properties. Today the acoustics at the Royal Albert Hall are all but perfect but for years it was said that it was the only place where a composer could hear his work twice due to the echo!
This iconic hall is perhaps most well-known for hosting the annual BBC proms, a star-studded evening which is televised every year.
Ballroom dancing is a fine spectacle on any occasion and none more so than the International Ballroom Dancing Championships. Given the exclusiveness, glamour and dexterity of the event, there could not be a more apropos venue to host it.