Volunteer State 2017

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"Smooth Rock" - Volunteer State!

Last night was the conclusion of the Volunteer State and the Professional Smooth rocked the last evening session keeping everyone in suspense until the results came in.

In our opinion and the amount of years we have witnessed ballroom dancing, this Professional Smooth competition last night had at least 4 couples that could have run away with the trophy. Morten Jensen & Ashley Mokris, Maksym Lototskyy & Sara Haworth, Matt Rivers & Maliwan Diemer, and Sergiy Samchynskyy & Yuliya Besarab.

The competition started with a semifinal round and finished with a very strong 6-couple final, with as we mentioned earlier, 4 of these couples in our opinion in with a chance at the grand prize. In the end the clear winners by winning all four dances were Sergey & Yuliya, second was awarded to Matt & Maliwan and they placed second in three dances and third in the VW, the second in the VW went to Maksym Lotoskyy & Sara Haworth who placed third overall and placed third in three dances. From fourth place on the marks did not vary - Morten Jensen & Ashley Mokris took fourth in all dances, Przemek Fokt & Katt Baumgartner all fifths and Dmitriy & Oksana Volodko all sixths.

The second most populated heat was the Open Professional Rhythm. Here four couples took to the floor and Maksym Lototskyy & Sara Haworth won every dance, second in every dance was awarded to Jonathan Chen & Melissa Keller, leaving third in every dance to Senzo Makhaye & Agnieszka Strojek, and fourth were Stanishlav Morozov & Kseniia Tashkinova.

The Professional International Ballroom was a two-couple competition and this went easily to Igor Colac & Roxane Milotti who won every dance, second were Volodymyr Barabash & Enxhi Fundo placing second in all dances.

The Professional Latin was the smallest event with only one couple entered and this went to Sam Paliashchuk & Jill Apostolico.

The evening went quite quickly leaving some time for general dancing and enough time for people to hit the Music City afterhours clubs. Everyone enjoys the clubs in Nashville where the music sounds out of every bar and every club. We want to congratulate Mr. Medeiros for running a fun, well-organized competition where you can have a little bit of everything, competition dancing, social dancing, nightclub dancing, living up to Nashville’s name - “Music City.”

Back to the Music!

We are all back again to Music City, Nashville, TN and as always only a few blocks from the music street itself where you can party and hear music untill dawn and that is what many of the attendees did when the Volunteer State ended last night.

The Professional Rising Star Smooth was the largest entry and started with a semifinal round. In the end Maksym Lototskyy & Sarah Haworth won the competition by placing first in three dances and second in the waltz. Second was awarded to Morten Jensen & Ashley Mokris who won the waltz but placed second in the other three dances leaving third to Przemek Fokt & Katt Baumgarter who also placed third in three dances and fourth in the tango. Dmitriy & Oksana Volodko were third in the tango but fourth in the other three dances, Keith Michael & Corinne Smith were fifth in all dances, and Aaron Greer & Victoria Anderson were sixth in all.

The showdance added great excitement. 2 couples took to the floor and both delighted the audience. However, the win went to Stanishlav Morozov & Kseniia Tashkinova, and second were Alyenendrov & Maria Wheeler.

The Professional Rising Star Rhythm went to Senzo Makhaye & Agnieszka Strojek leaving Stanishlav Morozov & Kseniia Tashkinova in second position. In the Pro Rising Star Latin the winners were Kim Srygle & Danny Pugh, second went to Ling Lo & Christopher Wayne.

Today is Rhythm day and it is the busiest of all starting at 7:30AM this morning, tonight we should see all the Professional Open and events

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