For some unknown reason, Croatia never featured on our list of places to visit. But when we heard Dubrovnik was hosting the Adriatic Pearl ‘Dance for the Thrones’ competition this year, we packed our dance shoes without a second thought. It turns out it was a fantastic decision.

Chris and I arrived in Croatia on a beautiful Tuesday evening, giving us a few days to explore Dubrovnik’s satellite town, Mlini, where we were staying for the week.

A few days later, our respective dance teachers arrived to add the finishing touches to our choreographies, ready for the competition on Friday and Saturday.

The dance crew is assembled!

The competition we entered was an international Pro-Am competition, where professionals (i.e. our teachers) dance with amateurs (very much Chris and I). So much like the Strictly Come Dancing format but without the celebrity component. Chris entered two Argentine tango competitions at two different levels and I entered six competitions dancing Salsa, Bachata, Merengue,Viennese Waltz, Jive and Rumba.

With competitors flying in from countries including Australia, Italy, Russia, Singapore and the US, we weren’t hugely optimistic we’d fare very well as both of us are quite new to Pro-Am dance competitions – especially Chris who was entering for the first time. But thanks to our fantastic teachers Armand from Equal Dance, and Sophia and Julio, we somehow managed to win all of the 8 competitions we entered!

The Tango Sin Fronteras team

To celebrate, we jumped in a taxi and took the beautiful coastal route from Mlini into Dubrovnik where we were transported back in time through the medieval streets of this historic city. It’s no wonder Game of Thrones used Dubrovnik as the setting to film the scenes for King’s Landing.

For a final farewell, we decided to hop on a boat and visit the famous blue cave, where I got to enjoy this spectacular sunset as a final goodbye to an unforgettable trip to the Adriatic Sea.

If you’d like to see more dance-related photos, including a video of Chris and I competing in our first-ever competition together, there’s more at the Tango Sin Fronteras Facebook page.

About Tammyonthemove

Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

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