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Until next year . . .

The 10th Anniversary of Crystal Blues was everything I had hoped for – and so much more!


I love this competition weekend for so much more than the competitions… The comps are what bring us all together. They are there to showcase the talent and the enthusiasm and the progress and the skills and the bravery of all those who take part and it does take all of those things to take part! But it is so much more than that.


It is the genuine and honest love and support that everyone has for each other as they compete and as they watch the competitors…


It is the unique way that someone can step through the door as a nervous ‘stranger’ and within a very short time feel like a member of the family…
It is the friendships that will last a lifetime that are forged in a moment…
It is the way that so many people turn up ‘just to watch’, but soon feel safe enough, and supported enough, to step up, step in and just go for it…
It is the way everyone is included. Everyone.
It isn’t even really all about being the best dancer – it is about trying your best, and hopefully, in that moment, for that moment, giving the best you can give and being the best you can be.


The best supporter – the best friend – the best hugger – the best cheerer – the best partner – the best tryer – the best social dancer – the best at making sure no-one feels left out – the best at asking someone to dance that you’ve never asked before – the best smiler – the best of anything and everything that just makes everything better! These are the things I’d really love to give awards for – but somehow I don’t need to. Because you are all just being your best self and it makes for an incredible weekend! I can’t even describe how special that all is.

I said on Sunday night that some of the best life advice I have been given was to surround myself with better people. And as I looked out across the room from the stage I realised that I have done just that – in spades!
Every competitor, every person who voted, every person who took the time to compliment another and say something that will stay with them for a lifetime, every single thoughtful kindness shared with another – you are amazing…


Our Judges who worked tirelessly and with great integrity throughout the weekend – I salute you, more now than ever! And I thank you!


Our DJs who never ever work from playlists, but pick every single track for the moment, in the moment, and have done themselves, and me, so proud this weekend – I am grateful for all that you do. Always.


Our Crystal Ladies who make everything look so easy – when it absolutely is not! Who wear so many different hats throughout the weekend I don’t even know how they manage to achieve it all! washer upper man). You make a formidable team! And I really appreciate all that you do.


Our Kitchen Queens go above and beyond for this weekend. The cooking starts days before, and continues into the early hours of Fri, Sat and Sun mornings. I love you, I am proud of you, and I have no idea how you make the impossible, possible! But I am so glad that you do!


Our quiet, unassuming and lovely photographer – all weekend you unobtrusively take your pictures and you only ever manage to see the best in people – we are all grateful for that!


And our team. Bubbly, fun and a joy to be around: – your calmness under pressure, your organisational skills, your willingness to do whatever is needed whenever it is needed – these are the things that turn a good weekend into a great one! Thank you…

There are so many other people who pitch in wherever and whenever they are needed. From sweeping the floor, pushing the hoover around, arranging crystals, packing up at the end when all anyone ever wants to do is sleeeeeeeeeep… Thank you all! It doesn’t go unnoticed – and it is very much appreciated.


I could go on and on and never quite say it all in a way that truly reflects how I’m feeling right now, so how about we all just decide to do it all again, together, next year! All of us! Cos every single person there helped to make this event what it was… Special!

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