It’s almost time for La Classique du Québec -- the most prestigious dance championship in Canada! From February 15th to 18th the crème de la crème of talented dancers from all over the world will take to the floor at the Hotel Bonaventure in downtown Montreal. Whether you come to dance or to spectate, this is an event you do not want to miss. If you’re participating, don’t forget to order your shoes as soon as possible to ensure you receive them in time!
A World Dance Council (WDC) ranking event, La Classique is open to professionals, amateurs, pro-am, seniors, and juniors in both International and American Styles. New this year is the International Amateur same-sex division.
And this year’s pro-show stars none other than Karina Smirnoff and Slavik Kryklyvyy. Karina Smirnoff began competing in ballroom dance at the age of 11 and she is a five-time U.S. Professional Latin Champion, World Trophy Champion, and Asian Open Champion. She has also won multiple titles at the US Open, Asian Open, Dutch Open, and UK Open. She has taken second at Blackpool and she is the first woman to ever make the British Professional Latin Final with three different partners.
Slavik Kryklyvyy began dancing at the age of 11 in Ukraine. He is a World and Blackpool Amateur Latin Champion, a 5-time United States Professional Latin Champion as well as a Silver Medalist of the World and Blackpool Professional Latin Championships.
Karina and Slavik danced together from 2000-2005 and became five-time U.S. Professional Latin Champions. They split in 2005 but reunited in 2014 to the everlasting delight of the dance community and now perform together around the world. And this February, they’ll be in Montreal. This is a show to set the floor on fire. And one you must see.
Naturally, iLoveDanceShoes will be there to share in the excitement. There’s no way we’d miss this. We’ll be there with a booth throughout the entire competition, ready to answer your questions...and with an array of the most stylish and comfortable dance shoes for you try on. We’ll see you there!
(...is it February yet???)