Local competitive ballroom dancing couple compete together for the first time – Nanaimo News Bulletin


Sarah Au-Yeung and Josh Moroz have only been dancing together since March, but next weekend the area duo will show off their moves at the second-largest ballroom dance competition in British Columbia.

Au-Yeung and Moroz, who live in Nanaimo and Comox respectively, have modest goals for the 27th Island Fantasy Ball, which takes place at the Beban Park Community Center on May 25-26.

“Don’t stumble, don’t laugh at me,” Moroz said.

“Make our fans proud,” added Au-Yeung. “We have friends and my parents coming.

The duo have both been dancing for about nine years, and both of them got down to it because they wanted to get out of their comfort zone and try something new.

Au-Yeung took a free tango class with the University of British Columbia Dance Club when she was a student there and was immediately hooked.

“I was never very good at arts because I am in science, I am a pharmacist, so [I tried] something in the arts to be more complete. Something outside of my usual domain, ”she said.

Moroz said he didn’t like dancing at all when he started taking classes, but within weeks he got hooked.

“I was always nervous and it was really hard to drag myself to a dance floor at weddings or any kind of party or social event, so I decided to try dance lessons someday to have trust me a little., “he said. “I signed up for dance classes in Parksville in 2010 and think my first dance was a cha cha.”

The competition is sanctioned by DanceSport BC, the governing body for amateur competitive ballroom dancing in the province. Participants receive points that allow them to participate in larger events. At Island Fantasy Ball, Au-Yeung and Moroz will compete in the intermediate level standard ballroom and Latin dance categories.

“Actually, I like the standard a bit more and she likes Latin, so we kind of share it. She does switchboard for me and I do Latin for her, ”Moroz said.

Au-Yeung and Moroz’s trainer Nelson Wong paired the dancers because they have similar height, abilities, and dance experience, as well as compatible personalities. Wong, also director of the Nanaimo Ballroom Dance Society, said the duo are still developing but have “great potential to be a great couple.”

“They practice well together, they understand each other well, understand each other’s personality and work with it,” he said. “Quite often in dance, the more the couple tries to work hard [dancing together], the more likely they are to have conflict because you try so hard.

The dancers agree that they make a good team. Au-Yeung said they communicate well, which is a big factor as she needs to be able to follow her male example.

“I would say there’s a pretty good chemistry, a good connection,” Moroz said. “It works great too, because she’s a big size for me.”

Regardless of the outcome at the Island Fantasy Ball, Wong expects Au-Yeung and Moroz to return to the dance floor.

“This is just the start,” he said.

WHAT’S NEW… Island Fantasy Ball at Beban Park Social Center, 2300 Bowen Rd., Saturday, May 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Session 1), 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Session 2) and Sunday, May 26 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Session 3). Session 1 tickets cost $ 25 at the door, Session 2 tickets range from $ 45 to $ 95, and Session 3 tickets are $ 30 and $ 45. Seats are reserved for sessions 1 and 2. Tickets available through the Port Theater.

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