Chicago Harvest Moon Ball 2016

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Smooth Ball!

It was a Smooth Ball at the Chicago Harvest Moon Ball last night at it was all about the Professional Rising Stars and the Showdance couples, but in the Rising Star Smooth we had the most couples with a full quarter-final round making an incredible showing for Smooth dancing and a very entertaining evening for the audience.

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Matt Rivers & Maliwan Diemer won the smooth Rising Star taking first in all dances, second went to Enzo Zappia & Stephanie Betts and third went to Victor Tkachenko & Yulia Lukine who also took third in all dances. Fourth place went to Igor Afonkin & Meaghan Anderson, fifth was awarded to Nick Haklin & Sarah Ford and sixth was Przemek Fokt & Katt Baumgartner. The competition started early in the evening and the other events were placed between the rounds allowing for the official 20 minute breaks the professionals need between rounds.

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The Open Professional ShowDance was also an eye opener with a number of couples doing death defying lifts and bringing the crowd to a roar at times. First place went to Alyenedrov Tsoroken & Maria Wheeler who presented a routine with so many difficult maneuvers that sometimes we wondered how they got through it in just stamina alone. Second went to Dmytrii Goncharov & Tetiana Lutsenko who also had some very hard lifts and third was awarded to Senzo Makhaye & Agnieszka Strojek, leaving the final placement of fourth for Stanislav Revin & Oleksandra Ponomarova.

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The Professional Rising Star Rhythm was a 6-couple final and here there was a tie for first place when adding the marks, a rule ten was applied and the winners were Alexander Zarek & Julia Vaysfield 2,1,1,1,3. The runners up were Victor Tkachenko & Yulia Lukine 1,2,2,2,1. If you count all the marks they each ended up with 8 marks total, but then with Rule 10 applied we had a winner. Third went to Alex Olivares & Rebecca Avila.

The Professional Rising Star Latin was a 4-couple final here the winners were Dmitrii Chopenko & Valeria Khrapak 2,1,2,1,1. In second place were Dmytrii Goncharov & Tetiana Lutsenko 1,2,1,2,3; third were Senzo Makhaye & Agnieszka Strojek 3,3,3,3,2.


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