Heroes are remembered, but “Legends” never die!
Over time there has been many brilliant dancers, but like every other industry there are few that have become “Legends.” Mr. Peter Eggleton is one of a kind, a Ballroom legend and icon who devoted his life to our industry.
Yusif & Naomi were the winners of the Fordney Foundation Youth Ballroom.
Dance Brilliant, Dance like a Champion!
Last night at the DBDC was a fantastic combination of “Brilliant” dancing in a tradition that could only be staged in the beautiful, “historical” ballroom of the Park Plaza hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bob Medeiros Memorial Professional Latin Medal was awarded by his life partner, Mr. Patrick Slattery, to Mykhailo Bilopukhov & Anastasiia Shchypilina who took first in every dance with a majority of first from the judges in all. The Open Professional Smooth was also run this evening and current US Professional Smooth Champions, Nick Cheremukhin & Viktorija won every dance with “perfect” scores from all judges (“perfect” means 1st in every dance by every judge).
The first major event to be run Friday night was the Open Professional Smooth and as we just mentioned it was a walk in the park for Nick & Viktorija who won every dance with perfect scores from all judges. Second in this brilliant competition was awarded to Yegor Novikov & Alexandra Smirnova who almost had a perfect run of second placements from the judges but in the foxtrot and VW where Kathy St. Jean awarded them a third-place mark in both dances. Third position overall went to the brother and sister team of Slava & Valeriia Kostianets, and they took third in every dance. However, theirs was not as consistent a run as it was for the previous couples mentioned. They received a variety of fifths or better in order to keep this position.
Fourth place went to Aaron Talbert & Maggie Toth, who took fourth in all dances, fifth place in all dances was awarded to Viktor Tkachenko & Yuliya Lukina, and in sixth place was Christian Lightner & Kia Kennedy taking sixth in every dance.
The “Bob Medeiros Memorial Professional Latin Medal” was also fought for in a very exciting competition and this very high honor went to Mykhailo Bilopukhov & Anastasiia Shchypilina who won every dance with a majority of firsts. Second overall was awarded to Artur Tarnavsky & Anastasia Danilova, a favorite of the crowd from the balcony above, and they took this placement with a majority of second places or better in every dance. Third overall went to Ivan Mulyavka & Karin Rooba by placing third in three dances and fourth in the samba, jive.
Fourth place overall in this excellent Latin heat went to Nikita Malakhov & Nadezda Vlasova, taking fourth in three dances and third in the samba, jive. Fifth in all dances went to Richard Lifshitz & Laura Robinson and sixth in all was awarded to Vlad Astafiev & Annie He Xiao
A brilliant 8-couple Open Amateur final was called in the Ballroom and the winners of this competition by placing first in four dances and second in the foxtrot were Oleksandr Kalenyuk & Olena Ablitsova from Italy. Second place overall was awarded to Dan Malov & Anna Kaczmarski who won the foxtrot but placed second in the other four dances. Third went to Florin Vlad & Natalia O’Connor placing third in four dances and fourth in the VW. Fourth overall was given to Tony Cooperman & Rickie Taylor with these marks - 5,5,3,4,4. Fifth went to Andrii Nikitchenko & Zlata Ptykhodko 4,4,5,5,5; sixth were Alec Zhiwei Zhang & Zhuoshi Xie placing sixth in all dances, seventh in all was awarded to Lu & Huang, and eighth was Matthew Harkins & Shannon Julian.
Two Professional Rising Star events took place the RS Ballroom and the RS Rhythm. In the Rising Star Rhythm, the winners of every dance were Andrew Escolme & Amy Baker placing first in every dance. We must also point out that they won the swing with perfect scores from all the judges. Second in every dance was awarded to Matt Hauer &, third place went to Tomas Vasicek & Vitalija Tyrnova, fourth was Viktor Tkachenko & Yuliya Lukina; fifth was Zeki Maviyildiz & Isabella Libertore; sixth went to Mykhailo Annienkov & Yuliya Sinevych 6,6.5,6,7,6, and in seventh place were Simone Zat & Stephany Moujally 7,6.5,7,6,7 (Canada).
The Rising Star Ballroom was a four-couple final and the winners in all dances were Andrii Mykhailov & Anna Bohachova. It is interesting to point out that they won the tango, VW and quickstep with perfect scores from the judges. Second overall was awarded to Slava & Valeriia Kostianets and they placed second in every dance. Third in every dance went to Sergey Bolotnikov & Catherine Edgar and fourth was awarded to Ashan Samarasinghe & Eleanor Van Der Zwan.
There was an Under-21 Ballroom and this was a three-couple final. The winners were Malov/Kaczmarski with these marks 1,2,1T,1,1, Second went to Samuel Hacke & Katerina Hermanova 2,1,1T,2,2, and third was awarded to Cooperman/Taylor and they placed third in every dance.
During the day we did two styles of Pro/Am dancing the Rhythm and the Latin. The Open Scholarship winners were: Open A Rhythm Kathryn Harper w/ Rex Jones; Open B Rhythm Gwen Bourque w/ Aaron Talbert; Open C Rhythm Joan Goddard w/ Aaron Talbert; Open C1 Rhythm Matia Matulaniec w/ Gunnar Sverisson; Open B Latin Mira Blinova w/ Clement Joly; Open C Latin Deborah Leibow w/ Alon Gilon; Open C1 Latin Vicki Sato w/ Thomas Shilivili
Last night was a great night for personal dancing, however. During dinner we were treated to some excellent entertainment, Mr. Brent Mills, DJ extraordinaire, set up a fantastic band and played throughout dinner while people dined and danced. We also had special performances. Firstly from Mr. Johnston’s niece, Olivia sang a few songs accompanied by the band followed by our very own MC Daniel Tackett who sang as well. As usual, it was hard to pull everyone away from the entertainment to the competition after such a terrific social gathering.
Tonight the Open Amateur Latin, the Peter Eggelton Cup and the second leg of the Pro Rhythm Trifecta.
Burlesque at the DBDC!
“The difference between burlesque and the newspaper is that the former never pretended to be performing a public service by exposure…….”
For those people in "La Vida Loca" packages the day was totally filled. First stop at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, where they got to see the famous dancers painting and other art work by renown artist. The to an excellent lunch and casual dancing at the Back Bay Social club.
Last night at the DBDC in Boston, Massachusetts, it was a night of fun and burlesque while competing in some of the most neglected dances in our industry. In the USA and Canada, the majority of people as adults get exposed to ballroom dancing by going to a dance school to learn how to do dances like, salsa, bachata, hustle, Argentine Tango, west cost swing, and the occasional wedding dance. People then get hooked and continue to want more (hobby), usually neglecting the dance they came originally to learn. That is not because they want to but because by learning the mother dances like the cha cha, rumba, you learn the skills to be able to do many of the social dances without much trouble.
At the DBDC the nightclub dances or social dances are revered, they are taken and put in a nightclub atmosphere were they flourish. Last night you were transported to a packed nightclub, and everyone socialized and danced until they literally dropped.
The theme was “burlesque” and so fun costumes and sexy outfits were all over the place, the professional pole dancers on each side of the packed dance floor provided entertainment and decor that helped make this night a fantastic success. The night kicked off with a burlesque performance from some of the ladies both professional and amateur, from Super Shag. Then after some of the country western dances were done, a group of male students did an excellent burlesque showdance and later, the professional teachers and some of the female students of the SuperShag studio, also performed a choreography to “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” and Didio Barrera the co-organizer and theme bearer “Didio’s Hideaway” joined them on the floor, it was all in the style of “Cabaret” and the house went wild!
The heats were packed with a number of full semifinals in many of the heats, and the night concluded with the best of the best competition in three age categories. The “B” best of the best Caribbean Mix Challenge had a seven-couple final and this was won by Linda Miller w/Rafael Steyners with these marks 3,1,2, second in this excellent heat went to Jeannine Jodhan w/ Andrew Escolme with these scores 1,2,3, and third was awarded to Lola Gusinov w/Tibor Kerekes and they placed 2,4,1.
The “C” Best of the Best Caribbean Mix Challenge went to Kush Smith w/Andrew Escolme 1,2,1; second was awarded to Linda Miller w/Rafael Steyners 2,1,2, and in third place was Kathy Rogozinski w/Tibor Kerekes and they placed third in all dances.
The “A” category was a rule 11 decision and when all was tabulated the competition was awarded to Viviana Scrugli w/Andrew Escolm by placing 1T,1,2. Second after the rule 11 decision went to Irina Sauer w/Tibor Kereles and they got 1T,2,5, and third was Anya Jacoff w/Vladimyr Derisier and they took third in all dances.
In the B of B dance off, Linda Miller was the winner.
Today in the main Ballroom we are seeing Rhythm & Latin, with over 7 thousand entries we expect this to be a packed day of dancing at the DBDC.