Same-sex ballroom dancing champions Kalin Mitov and Michael Winward (photo: courtesy Kalin Mitov)
Note: This article is adapted from the May/June 2013 issue of Boston Spirit magazine.
Massachusetts is home to one of ballroom dancing’s most lauded same-sex partner dance couples. Yet the Bay State has yet to host a competition.
That changes later this month.
You may have seen them last summer, gliding, turning, stepping, snapping around the streets of Provincetown.
Kalin Mitov and Michael Winward are North American Same-sex Partner Dance Association champions.
They have danced to critical acclaim in competitions across the country and all over the world. And now Mitov thinks it is time to bring a sanctioned competition to the dance partners’ home state of Massachusetts.
On Saturday, September 21, at the Hynes Convention Center, New Englanders will be able to witness some of the most beautiful ballroom dancing on the planet.
Mitov hails originally from Bulgaria where he first became attracted to ballroom dancing when he saw his older sister dancing in pretty dresses with feathers. “I wanna do that,” he says he remembers saying to himself.
While America hosts only a couple of same-sex partner dance competitions each year, in Europe, according to Mitov, they happen just about every month. “It’s a big popular sport, like basketball is here,” he says.
Bostonians can expect to be treated to performances by about forty to sixty couples — male-male and female-female.
And it won’t just be couples, there will be team dances as well. Mitov promises fun for everyone. [x]
For more information, including some videos of past glamorous events, check out www.bostonopendancesport.com.
There is also a new documentary in production about same-sex ballroom dancing featuring Mitov and Winward. Called Hot to Trot, the film’s web site — www.hottotrotfilm.com — features fun footage.
North American Same-sex Partner Dance Association
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