Everyone was asked to wear purple and a couple of dance numbers were prepared for the occasion including a dance by each one of the Open Professional finalists to a “Prince” song. The tribute made the event colorful with most of the audience really dressing up “purple” for the occasion but what made this event memorable was the dancing and the third leg of the Star American Smooth Tour.
Overall when all points were counted Nick & Victoria received 119.71 points total just enough to declare them victorious on this the third leg of the tour and to move them up a place in the race. Before this leg started Nick & Vicktorija were in fourth position in the Star American Smooth Tour, now they are in third place overall.
Second position on this tour went to Max Sinitsa & Tatiana Seliverstova who placed second in all dances in the group competition and captured nearly all the first places Nick & Viktorija lost, with the exception of the foxtrot where they lost one of those firsts to the couple that placed third in the group competition and that was Kyle & Allie Spinder. When it came to the solo Max & Tatiana were here also the second favorite of the judges with a score of 91.57 points total, here also only two judges awarded them less than 90 points and they were Linda Dean who awarded them a 87 and Dasha Sushko who awarded them an 80. When it comes to the judges this is not a reflection of their judgment, some judges as Dasha tend to be more conservative in their markings, if they start too high you might leave very little room to award someone you really like.
- Max Sinitsa & Tatiana Seliverstova Max Sinitsa & Tatiana Seliverstova
- Kyle & Allie Spinder Kyle & Allie Spinder
Third overall on this leg went to Kyle & Allie Spinder who placed third in the group competition in all dances. When it came to the solo the judges marked them under 90, with an 87.00 points for their solo routine. One of Kyle & Allie’s strengths continues to be the popular vote where they took second place with 24% of the vote and 12 points for this effort. In the end all this was good enough to place them third on these leg of the tour and good enough marks to maintain them in second position overall.
- Kris Suakjian & Briana Haft Kris Suakjian & Briana Haft
- Adrian & Hannah Dydynsky Adrian & Hannah Dydynsky
Fifth place on these leg went to Adrian & Hannah Dydynski. They placed fourth in the group competition and in all dances, got an 81.86 from the judges in their solo performance and like Nick & Vicktorija only mange to get 2% of the audience vote receiving 1 point for this effort. In the end their overall score was 94.86, good enough to place them in fifth position for this leg of the tour, but unfortunately they have missed some of the tour stops and so right now they are in seventh position in the overall race. We must make everyone aware that the Star Tours pay down to 12th place at the end of the race.
- Enzo Zappia & Stephanie Betts Enzo Zappia & Stephanie Betts
- Mykyta Serdyuk & Anna Krasnoshapka Mykyta Serdyuk & Anna Krasnoshapka
Seventh position went to Enzo Zappia & Stephanie Betts, they did not participate in the group competition final, they were selected by the audience in the ballroom and at home watching our webcast so when it came to earning points for the single dances they received only the 3 points that the audience wildcard received. Their solo could have improve their standing but they only managed to get a 61.86 for that effort. However, they too were quite popular with the audience that brought them in, they got 22% of the voting placing them in third place for this and earning them 11 extra points. This was still not good enough for Enzo & Stephanie to place higher in this leg, but was great points for the overall race where they stand at sixth position overall.
Fourth in this terrific Rhythm event was awarded to Shandor Shtefil & Aleksandra 4,4,4,4,5, fifth went to Aaron & Irina DeSoto who funnily enough placed fifth in four dances and second in the mambo, we wonder what happened there with the judges? Sixth in all dances were Ronald & Katie Guillen and seventh was Jonathan Chen & Melissa Keller.
The Open Professional Latin and the smallest entry with only four couples in attendance, the winners here, Aleksandr Skarlato & Loreta Kriksukaite, also won every dance with the majority of firsts and with perfect scores in the cha cha. However, the few judges that did not agree did very strongly, Michael Mead was their worst judge and he awarded them 3, in samba, 4 in rumba, 3 in paso, and 4 in the jive. Second overall went to Kharyton & Anastasiya Khomenko and they placed second in every dance, third was Dmitrii Chopenko & Valeria Khrapak 3,3,3,4,4, and in fourth place was Dymytrii Goncharov & Tatyana Lutsenko 4,4,4,3,3.
I want to congratulate Amy & Scott Anderson for always making this event a special place for everyone to enjoy life while doing what we love best “dance.”
Rising Stars at Twin Cities!
Last night the Twin Cities were rising with all the Professional Rising Star events taking place.
Fourth place in this Rising Star Smooth was awarded to Maksym Lototskyy & Sarah Haward 4,4,3,4, fifth in every dance went to Enzo Zappia & Stephanie Betts and all sixth place in every dance was awarded to Nick Haklin & Sarah Ford.
There were only three couples enter in the Professional Rising Star Latin, and the winners were Kharyton & Anastasiya Khomenko all first place marks in all dances, second in all dances was awarded to Dmitrii Chopenko & Valeria Khrapak, and third in all went to Dymytrii Goncharov & Tatyana Lutsenko.
Tonight the Star American Smooth Tour is on the move again and with over 20 couples enter it should be a very contested heat. We will also see the other Open events in the Latin, Rhythm and Ballroom stay tuned for a live broadcast of the Star American Smooth Tour at 8:30PM Minneapolis, MN time.