Pink Jukebox Trophy in its 22nd year
By Pete Meager – United Kingdom Same Sex Dance Council
Saturday 17 February was a very special and hugely exciting time for the Pink Jukebox Trophy (PJT) held once again at the Rivoli Ballroom in London. With over 110 couples entered in both the Men’s & Women’s Latin & Ballroom categories, this UK Same Sex Dance Competition broke record figures on participation, including new couples taking part from both Poland and Russia. We are delighted to be so inclusive and that these couples overcome so many challenges to be able to compete with us at the PJT.
Jacky Logan, Competition Organiser, comments:
“We were happy this year to welcome a couple from Poland and Russia for the very first time. We hope that the friendly atmosphere and supportive environment that is created at this event will mean that they return next year on February 16th 2019. This competition also marks 20 years of competing in same-sex dance competitions for myself and my partner, Mary Logan – so a very special year all round. Apart from the World and European Championships, we have not seen such a strong Men’s section for quite a few years. There were also many new pairings in both the Men’s and the Women’s categories, which is so encouraging for the future.”
The programme was tightly run to schedule as usual as we sat on the edge of our seats to watch everyone battle it out for their place on the podium. As usual we were spoilt with performances from the Women’s Ballroom Champions (European and World), Caroline Privou and Petra Zimmermann from Cologne. We’ve lost count of how many years they have previously won the PJT title, and this year was no exception. A truly stunning and elegant performance delivered by them both.
We were also delighted to have Michael Litke and Sergio Brilhante, current Men’s Latin European Champions, take to the floor in a very emotional and poignant performance that has seen their career reach its pinnacle since they first stepped on the floor together at the beginning of last year. They took first place just ahead of another talented couple from the UK, Joshua Moore and Shane Seal, who were snapping at their heals in every round.
Monica Needham, Adjudicator, adds:
“The way everybody supported each other and that all the overseas competitors were so warmly welcomed just made it so wonderful and ever so friendly. My friend who came with me said he had never seen anything like it and thoroughly enjoyed it… there was a really special atmosphere.”
The Women’s Latin A Class final was won by the delightfully energetic divas Piia Korpi and Santra Rinne from Finland, two ladies who never fail to entertain and amaze us with the sass and sexiness on the dance floor. At the same time, the PJT was delighted to see our very first Russian entry take first place in Men’s A Class Ballroom – a real credit to both the couple and their country in what they achieved this weekend.
It was a truly fantastic weekend of Same Sex Dancing, one that London will not forget for a while. We all now look forward to a very successful World Championships at the Gay Games in Paris – #GG10. In August and welcome a brand new same sex competition in Oslo in June with the very first Norwegian Equality Open – #NEO18.
We hope to see you all there!