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World dance competition adds new inclusive categories

The Open Worlds Dance Competition, organised by Paul Killick at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool, will feature a category for blind and partially sighted adults for the first time.

Fiona with dance partner at Step Change Studios

Set to take place on 12th May 2024 the inclusion of a category for blind and partially sighted people (BPS) has been made possible with the generous support of Freedom to Dance, which was founded in 2010 by Richard and Anne Gleave.

The BPS category will consist of a 2-dance Latin (Cha Cha, Rumba) and 2-dance Ballroom (Tango, Waltz) Bronze-level competition. Competitors will be assisted by sighted dance partners. The competition is open to anyone who is registered blind.

Rashmi Becker, Founder of Step Change Studios which supports disabled people to dance and will be bringing some of her students to take part in the competition said:

"Our students are so excited to have their first ever opportunity to dance at the famous Tower Ballroom thanks to the support of Paul Killick, and Freedom to Dance.
"This has been a dream for our students and I cannot wait to see them hit the floor. I really encourage other people with sight loss around the country who are learning ballroom dance to enter the competition. If you have wanted to learn ballroom, it is not too late to take lessons and take part!"

To enter the competition or for more information email: or call: +44 (0)7498 977033.