Errol Williamson

Errol Williamson

Fantasy ball hosts international talent

NANAIMO - The 21st annual Island Fantasy Ball is Saturday and Sunday (April 20-21) at Beban Park.

Two figures glide across the dance floor – a union of grace and fluid movement.

They execute their dance with flawless technique making it look effortless when it took years of practice to achieve their skill.

This weekend people in Nanaimo can watch some of the best dancers from around the country and the globe compete during the 21st annual Island Fantasy Ball.

The event is Saturday and Sunday (April 20-21) at Beban Park and is one of the largest DanceSport competitions in the province.

It features numerous competition levels including newcomers, juveniles, juniors, under 21s, pro-am, adult, seniors and championship level dancers.

The fantasy ball features various types of dancing such as jive, samba, cha cha, rhumba, the waltz, quickstep and tango.

Among this year’s competitors are 12-year-olds Erik Linder and Rickie Taylor. The two have been dancing together since they were four years old and have appeared on the Oprah Show, Dancing with the Stars and America’s Got Talent.

Saturday features the International Open Latin Championship, which showcases rich Latin rhythms. Sunday includes the juvenile and junior couples competitions and the International Open Adult Standard Championship.

On Saturday during the daytime show doors open for general admission at 11 a.m. and competitions run from noon to 3:45 p.m. Daytime admission is $15 and is open seating.

Saturday evening doors open for the gourmet dinner at 4:30 p.m. Tickets vary from $45 to $90 depending on seating locations.

Sunday is reserved seating and tickets range from $35 to $39. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the competition runs until 4:45 p.m.  For more information please go to

Tickets are available at or call 250-754-8550.