Thursday, June 28, 2007

Dance Competition Report # One

PIDC is breaking new ground with its "Dancing to be a Star" competition formatted similar to "Dancing with the Stars" on television. Chaired by dancing icon, Leonie Manzanares, co -chaired by Pete Mauricio, Imie Belanger, Evelyn Lao, and Rei Ching; its objective is to promote further camaraderie and shared fun among those involved in ballroom dancing. Winners will serve as role models to youth and other ballroom dancers displaying their poise, execution, grace and dance choreography.

The Chairs have made it easy to join the competition with competitors being given 2 categories to dance to in front of the judges. Contestants choose from Latin (Rumba, Cha-Cha, Jive and Salsa) and one from Standard (Waltz, Fox Trot, Quick Step and Tango). No one is eliminated and judges will account for 60% of the vote and the audience 40%. The total count will be used to determine who will be 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st prize winners.

Presentation of Stars lead by Leonie, was held at Larry Taylor Hall, Mississauga Valley Community Centre, last May 19th attended by the competitors, their peers, friends and colleagues. The next venue for the wide range competition will be at the Macedonian Hall at 75 Overlea Blvd. in Toronto, July 25, 2007.

Ten finalists will all get a commemorative trophy being the very first "Dancing to be as Star" competitors. The first prize winner of the Advanced Category will be proclaimed in the final round of the competition and will be awarded the prestigious revolving Ballroom Gold Award Trophy and Cash. Second and third prize winners in both categories as well as first prize winner in the intermediate category will all be awarded a flower bouquet and cash. The proclamation of winners and awarding will be on the final event of the competition at the Mabuhay Philippines Toronto Summer Festival on August 18th, 2007 at Metro Convention Centre in Toronto.
For more information on this event, please contact Leonie Manzanares at


Finally A Semi - Formal Ballroom Dance Social

Enjoy Social & Ballroom Dancing in the elegant atmosphere ofSala Caboto at Villa Colombo every Sunday eveningOur banquet department has been successfully hosting the Villa Ballroom Dance for over 23 years. Guests will warm up quickly to the elegant atmosphere of Sala Caboto and its exceptionally large hardwood dancefloor. Regular mature dance patrons have made this their venue of choice every weekend... and it's no wonder why when you see the apparent joie de vivre of the crowd. With an alternating roster of live bands and our in-house disc jockey, playing everything from foxtrots to waltzes, this social dance is sure to be a hit with anyone seeking a value packed experience. Give it a whirl with your friends on your next night out. Read on for details regarding admission and monthly band listings.

$15.00, tickets available at the door
Hot light buffet included
Entertainment by Duo Santos and alternating disc jockeys: John Cairo and Nick Furlano

Hot light buffet and one non-alcoholic bevarage included
Live Entertainment and Disc Jockey HOURS OF OPERATION7:00pm to 12:30am, with the dinner served at 9:15pm-->Sunday, 6:30pm to 12:00am.Light Buffet served (with ticket) from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.Coffee and Tea Service at 9:30pm. $ 18.00 tickets available at the door
Semi-Formal Dress Code in EffectMen:Dress shirt, dress pants required.

No jeans, T-Shirts or running shoesWomen:Casual - dressy evening attire.No jeans, T-shirts or running shoes
Dance may be cancelled due to severe weather conditions during winter months
Monthly entertainment listing - (to be updated monthly by the first of the month).

Address info: Ballroom DanceSala Caboto at Villa Colombo40 Playfair AvenueToronto, Ontario M6B 2P9Phone: (416) 789-2113 ext. 6000
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