- Kamil Studenny & Anna Pelypenko Kamil Studenny & Anna Pelypenko
- Open & Closed Pro Latin Open & Closed Pro Latin
- Dmitry Ilushenov & Kateryna Stytsenko Dmitry Ilushenov & Kateryna Stytsenko
- Mazen Hamza & Izabella Jundzill Mazen Hamza & Izabella Jundzill
- Open Pro Smooth Open Pro Smooth
Two of the USA’s top contenders made the trip north for the Open Smooth and the win went to Mazen Hamza & Izabella, 1,2,1,1. Travis & Jaimee Tuft were the other high-profile couple in attendance and they were 2nd with 2,1,2,2. All the dances were scored tightly by the judges. Mazen & Izabella had a small majority in the 3 dances they won. The tango was very close with each couple receiving 6 first places. We were a little surprised that it was the tango that went to Travis & Jaimee as that was traditionally not one of their stronger dances, but as someone commented to me – “their dancing is really evolving lately.” And that’s true! Mazen & Izabella were also very much on form last night. It was a great duel. A Rule 11 tie separated 3rd and 4th, but the result went to Dmitry & Kateryna 3,4,3,4. The other half of the tie and in 4th place were Peter Hahn & Jude Coraldi from California. Kosta Trifunovic & Dinara Khayrulina were 5th in all dances and Canadians, Vadim & Alina Safonov were 6th.
The Can Am ended as it always does with the “Dancing Beyond the Stars” show assembled by Wendy Johnson. Several of the amateur and professional couples presented numbers and we were pleased that all of them had a special show style piece ready. The much anticipated judges’ routine was as always met with hilarity – perhaps a highlight was Urs Geisenhainer leading Gary Edwards (Ballroom Giant) in a tango to Pitbull’s “Fireball!”
Closed Canadian at the Can Am Dancesport Gala
This year the Can Am Dancesport Gala is also the host of the Closed Canadian Professional Championships.
This is the biggest year for some time for the Can Am, with a large uptick in entries, especially in the pro-am categories. Several of the Scholarship and championship divisions have semifinal rounds. And we think a positive note is that most of this increase is in entries from Canada denoting a rise in popularity for pro-am dancing in the host country. The organizers for the Can Am are John Karakis, Brigitt Mayer, Ann Harding-Trafford and joining the organizational team this year, Linda MacLaggan.
All the open professional divisions this year are being used to determine the official closed Canadian champions. Each division is run as the Can Am Open Professional Championships, but the Canadian couples’ placements are used to determine the Canadian Champions.
- Anton Lebedev & Anna Borshch Anton Lebedev & Anna Borshch
- Closed & Open Pro Ballroom Closed & Open Pro Ballroom
- Boris Vdovine Patricia Estay Boris Vdovine Patricia Estay
- Kosta Trifunovic & Dinara Khayrulina Kosta Trifunovic & Dinara Khayrulina
- Open Pro Rhythm Open Pro Rhythm
- Adam Hathazi & Morgana Lakatos-Hayward Adam Hathazi & Morgana Lakatos-Hayward
- Open Amateur Latin Open Amateur Latin
The venue for the Can Am this year is once again the beautiful Westin Harbour Castle Hotel that is situated right on the shores of Lake Ontario in downtown Toronto.