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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Snowball Dancesport Competition 2014

In January our studio returned to Minnesota for the Snowball. This was our third year attending. The event is hosted by Donna Edelstein at the Minneapolis Hilton by the Mall of America. I attended this event with Rebecca Gentry, and our students, Michale & Judith Albarelli. The Snowball is one of the most unique events in the dance circuit, with great attention given to detail and hospitality. This year the ballroom had opulent white walls & was illuminated with lights in silvery blue. The event was a cozy esape the record cold weather we experienced a week earlier. The Snowball is a great place  to celebrate dance, in a way so in tune with the season.

Upon arrival at the hotel, we were treated with a fabulous ice and snow globe display outside the hotel. The globes were created by ice molds, and illuminated the entire front of the hotel.

This year the event moved to a more convenient location, just a short can ride from the airport, located directly across the Mall of America. Our group spent our first day exploring the mall.

Judy Albarelli wanted to ride every roller coaster in the mall! We had to remind her to save some energy for dancing the next day :)

My favorite part of our mall trip was our adenture in the Lego Store.

We had two fabulous days of dancing. Judith Albarelli received the Top Newcomer Award and 5th position in the Danxesport Series line up. Michael Albarelli place 6th in the Dancesport Series lineup.
During the Subday evening session, we had a great time in cheering for Gordan and Kate Brat.

The open professional smooth rounds were so good, they were more entertaining than the professional show.

We had a fabulous time at the SnowBall & hope to return next year. 

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