- Arunas, Meryem, Daniel, Katusha Arunas, Meryem, Daniel, Katusha
- Aruans & Katusha Aruans & Katusha
- Arunas Arunas
The show was wonderful but only the beginning to a excellent night of competitive dancing as, like the night before, the Amateur event took a big role this evening and here in the ballroom Oskar Wojciechowski & Karolina Holody took all dances and the trophy back to the USA. It is interesting to point out that Oskar & Karolina won with nearly perfect scores, with the exception of the quickstep where they got a few seconds and a couple of third. We must point out that Tatiana Vainer awarded Oskar & Karolina three of those third place marks in the W,V,Q, in the other two dances she awarded a second in the tango and a first in the foxtrot.
- Amateur Ballroom Amateur Ballroom
- James Cutler & Virginie Primeau-Poirier James Cutler & Virginie Primeau-Poirier
- Wojciechowski & Karolina Holody Wojciechowski & Karolina Holody
- Patryk Ploszaj & Anna Kaczmarski Patryk Ploszaj & Anna Kaczmarski
As we mentioned earlier, the Professional Smooth went to Travis & Jaimee Tuft and here as we mentioned they too got a huge majority of firsts from the judges in every dance. Their worst marks came from Aira Vaidiliene who spoilt their almost perfect run in the foxtrot and Viennese Waltz. Here Travis & Jaimee got all firsts but a third in the foxtrot from Aira and also a third in the Viennese Waltz. Second in this very competitive heat was awarded to Canada’s “smooth best” Dmitry Ilyushenov & Kateryna Stytsenko and they placed second in every dance. Third also went to Canada and here Viktor Tkachenko & Yuliya Lukina placed third in all dances, fourth was awarded to Dmitry Kuzmenko & Andrea Lynn and they placed fourth in every dance, fifth was Vadim Safonov & Alina Safonova and they too took fifth in every dance and sixth went to Mathieu Casavat & Melanie Martin.
Arunas & Katusha mentioned during their show that it was so cold outside, almost 30 below or lower last night, but that “it was hot in the ballroom” due to such an incredible audience. And it sure got hot for all when it came to the professional Latin. As it was pointed out to me everyone was here excluding Canada’s best Mauricio Vescovo & Andra Aidelaite who did not compete. When this was pointed out we did find it a little odd that Mauricio & Andra would not be here paying homage to one of Canada’s best competitions on its 40th anniversary and to the woman that began the movement, Meryem Pearson, but I quickly pointed out that perhaps they already had contracts in another part of the world.
Third in this arena was awarded to Jean-Philippe Milot & Laurence Bolduc with the score of 2,2,3,5,4, as you can see by these marks this style was very disputed last night in this “mad hot ballroom.” Fourth overall was awarded to Nikita Malakhov & Nadezda Vlasova 5,4,4,3,3, fifth went to Dmitry & Olena Shvets–Nikishkin with the scores of 4,5,5,4,5. Sixth was Roman Italyankin & Alexandra Bokova 7,6,6,7,6 and last but not least were Ilya Maletin & Polina Mayer who placed seventh 6,7,7,6,7.
With this La Classique Du Quebec concluded but partying went on through the night with an excellent reception. Congratulations once again to Meryem Pearson & Daniel Hereux for putting together such an incredible event and for hitting 40 in such great style and leaving on a great note until 2017.
La Classique Du Quebec hit the 40 year mark this weekend here in Montreal, Canada and it seems like only yesterday we were all lining up to dance at this incredible and fabulous event that played the most incredible music had terrific lighting and a fantastic atmosphere.
With 40 years on the books this year’s celebration brought people from all over the world including a judging panel of 53, many of them like us in Dance Beat competed on this floor many years back, some of the world’s best made it a yearly stop on their world tour and many of them are here as officials this year to celebrate La Classique and the person who made it all possible Meryem Pearson.
This year La Classique was up in entries many of them in pro/am but also in the professional field. At one point in the past there was no Pro/Am dancing here in Canada but now it is becoming a feature and you can see this by the amount of participation.
- Amateur Latin Amateur Latin
- Adam Hathazi & Morgana Lakatos-Hayward Adam Hathazi & Morgana Lakatos-Hayward
- Pasha Stepanchuk & Gabriela Sabler Pasha Stepanchuk & Gabriela Sabler
For us the unexpected win of Adam & Morgana was not a surprise. This young couple has blossomed into a fabulous, challenging couple with little fear and a very unique style, their stuff totally separate them from the others and they were easily able to hit a strong homerun and out of the field, making heads spin! Sitting with the audience for these rounds we overheard many comments, the majority as to how wonderful Adam & Morgana looked, including how engaged and emotional they got in every dance. The only slightly harsh comment we heard was over Morgana’s “tongue” being constantly at play, sometimes out and about, although we totally believe this young couple’s creativity should not be restrained in any way, because they have the right to express themselves as they see fit. We did find the mouth action slightly overdone and possibly unnecessary, for a couple that could one day easily be the best Latin couple in North America, in just plain dancing alone, no need to add unnecessary extras that could cost them a world title in the future.
When it came to the favorites going in, our hearts go out to the USA’s couple Pasha Stepanchuk & Gabriella Sabler who placed second overall, they too looked fabulous but when it came to creativity and owning the prize they were slightly short. Third in this competition went to Vladislav Kvartin & Anna Maria taking third in all dances, fourth in all was awarded to Nurlan Gallyamov & Celeste Bailey, fifth were Michel Fikelstein & Arielle Jacob and sixth went to Marco Tremblay Brosseau & Alice Muraru.
Second in this Professional Ballroom event went to Canada’s Anton & Anna Lebedev who placed second in all dances, and who were the recipients of the last two judges’ first place marks and any of the other first place marks awarded on this competition. Third overall was awarded to Oscar Pedrinelli & Lenka Koualcikova and they placed third in every dance, fourth overall went to Andrey Begunov & Anna Demidova, this was possibly very disappointing for this couple who we are sure want to maintain their US superiority over the last couple mention, the worst for them we think was the fifth place finish in the quickstep. Richard Tonizzo & Claire Hansen placed fifth overall and stole that fourth place from Andrey & Anna. And last but not list Yuriy & Oksana Shelkovyy were sixth in all dances.
Fifth place in this seven couple final went to Dmitriy Kuzmenko & Andrea Lynn and they took fifth in all dances, sixth went to Dayan Mantecon Roldan & Kyra Kalwet 6,7,6,6,6, and seventh in this seventh couple final was Mathieu Casavant & Melanie Martin 7,6,7,7,7.
Tonight the day will conclude with the Amateur Ballroom, Pro Latin and Pro Smooth and we should have it all for you here as well so stay tune for more on La Classique Du Quebec