Like the hams we are, Chris and I entered the Open Balboa and Swing contest - "Balboa" and "Swing" here referring to their 1930s & 40s meanings where Balboa was only closed (chest-to-chest) position, and Swing is anything that separates from your partner. I had a TON of fun with this contest - there were several rounds where we were told to demonstrate musicality, showmanship, etc. A lot of Balboa contests tend to emphasize one end of the spectrum or the other, but it was nice to have both in this one. I just hope it didn't go on too long for the audience!
Here are the videos I could find - they're linked from Facebook instead of YouTube, so I hope they work for you.
Open Balboa & Swing Classic Finals - Warm-up
Open Balboa & Swing Classic Finals - Chris & Beth Spotlight
Open Balboa & Swing Classic Finals - Fast Battle
And finally, Chris and I got to take home these GORGEOUS glass trophies! First Place, and the couple featured in the photo are 2 of our dance heroes, Hal and Betty. We stole several of their moves for the Fast Battle, and I will proudly display this in honor of them and all of our old-timers.