To compliment this finale we also saw the Open Professional Ballroom Championship and a quick and sweet Best of the Best competition between all professional styles!
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The Open Amateur Latin was the awaited event of the weekend with many of the top amateur champions expected to be in attendance. In the end there were a few top couples missing but it was still an excellent competition to start our last blog with.
Having said that we most also point out that in all the dances Austin & Nino lost at least one mark, their worst marks came from Maria Manusova who awarded them 2,3,2,3,3. The majority of Maria’s firsts went to Pasha Stepanchuck & Gabriella Sabler who placed second overall. Pasha & Gabriella placed second in four dances and third in the rumba. Pasha & Gabriella’s marks were a little more varied than Austin & Nino’s, but for us on the night they were clearly the second best in this field. We have to point out that although we liked Pasha & Gabriella’s performance they lack the earthiness and realism needed to fully compete with Austin & Nino at this time.
Fourth was awarded to Taras Savitskyy & Yuliya Koshkina placing fourth in all dances and fifth went to Max Firestine & Nicole Renee with these marks 5,6,5,5,5, leaving sixth to Vladishlav Krupskii & Valerie Dubinski 6,5,6,6,6.
Overall we were a little surprised that Andre & Natalie from the judges’ perspective had so little challenge in this competition. We feel that Dmitry Nikishkin & Olena Shvets–Nikishken had a wonderful night and could have taken a few dances away from the Champions, in particularly the cha cha where their body isolation and energy were oozing out of them. Dmitry & Olena did get three firsts in this dance, one from Marat Gimaev, one from Inessa Strelnikova and one from Didio Barrera, this was the most firsts anyone took from the champions in any dances. Dmitry & Olen placed second in all dances.
Fourth overall and nearly third place recipients were Ilya Abdulin & Tara Barakov 4,4,3,3,5. This couple had very varied marks from second to sixth place from the judges. We have to say that this was a stronger performance than in the Smooth the night before. We have to recognize that this couple do two styles - that is 9 dances they have to perfect and it is quite admirable how terrific they look considering the amount of time and effort that takes to keep up this pace.
As we mentioned before Alberto Cortez & Jena Mae Briones placed fifth overall and here are their marks 5,5,5,5,3, as you can see it reflects the fact that they really had a terrific mambo totally worth a higher placement and for some judges even a first. Unfortunately for them we need that kind of performance in the other four dances in order to move higher. This was a great start and we think that here perhaps they could have placed higher in at least another dance. In a surprise turn of events the Rising Star winners, Andrew Escolme & Amy Baker made this good quality final and placed sixth overall. Andrew & Amy’s semifinal was not as thrilling as the final and in our opinion with just getting the foot in the door they cannot afford to just walk around going through the motions, they need to dance strongly like they did in the Rising Star and be noticed from the second they step onto the floor. We would say that in some ways Andrew & Amy were lucky to make this final, but once in this final they gave an excellent performance and it would not have surprised us had they placed higher.
All those firsts went to the couple that took second in all dances, Igor Mikushov & Ekaterina Romashkina. We actually understand Boriana, Alexander & Veronika had incredible posture and displacement around the floor and for us there is very little question they should not have been first, but Igor & Ekaterina gave a heart felt performance with great musicality and this we think should nearly always count for at least half the vote.
Sporting a blondish look in the hair and placing fifth in all dances were Nazar Batih & Mariko Cantly. We think the new hair on Nazar looks great and we also think that they are beginning to really play with their music and with what they are doing on the floor. This is a great thing to do in order to challenge the top in future outings, great work guys! Sergey Izyumov & Oksana Zaver took sixth in all dances and completed this final.
Before we move on to the Pro/Am Latin categories we most mention that when all was said and done there was a “Best of the Best” competitions between the professional winners in all four styles. It is important to note that not all winners were able to stay and compete in this final championship, because obviously they did not know they were going to win and so they could not change their plans. The winners of this final contest at the end of the evening were Andre & Natalie Paramonov by one mark they had 12 second or best scores to Ilya Maletin & Polina Majer from Canada who had 11 second or best scores. Funnily enough, the two couples just mentioned each had 6 first place marks from the judges in this venture. Ilya & Polina represented the Professional Latin because Mykhailo Bilopukhov & Anastasiia Shchypilina who won the Latin had already departed and so they took their place.
The Open Pro/Am Scholarships in the Latin were fantastic, great couples took to the floor and every heat was packed to the max.
The “A” category ended up with an 8-couple final and here this scholarship went to Emily Takhtarov w/Nikita Malakhov placing first in all dances. Second went to Nicole Pierzchalski w/Vlad Astafiev 2,2,3,2,2, and third was awarded to Deborah Tipley w/ Paul Richardson 3,3,2,3,4.
In the “B” Scholarship the win went to Isabel Deich w/ Maxim Fomin from Canada winning all dances. Canada also took second place with Sabrina Nirchi w/Danny Arbour taking all seconds and third went to the US with Irina Rich w/ Andrej Hacke and they took third in all dances.
In the “C” division in the end there was a 7-couple final and this scholarship went to Sophia D’ Angelo w/Nikolai Pilipenchuk winning all dances. Second was Michelle Peng w/Alexey Karaulov (Canada) with these marks 3,2,2,2,3, and third was Ada Fung w/Andrei Kaslouski 2,3,3,5,4.
The senior was also a terrific competition and this category went to Fifi Wang w/Delyan Terziev winning all dances, second was Alice Lekht w/Igor Derimov and they were 3,2,2,2,2, leaving third place to Ibis Wu w/Mikhailo Bilopukhov.
My congratulations once again to Andrei Gavriline and Elena Kryuchkova for putting so much care and effort to this competition, from the decorations to the awards and concerns for all your officials. It is quite obvious that you care for the dancers and you care to present an excellent competition within our industry. Congratulations and thank you for you cordial invitation!
The Greatest Show in CT!
Last night’s Championships here at the Tristate Dancesport Championships were amazing, but the P
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rofessional ShowDance division took top billing and it will go down in our minds as the Greatest Show in Connecticut!
The other competitions through this night were also, as many will say, the best of the best and we will try to break them down for you.
Second to come out was Zachary Pohl & Ariel Freilich from Hartland, WI. This couple had a very challenging routine that in our opinion and that of other was perhaps a little too long in length. Zachiry & Ariel did some amazing lifts but theirs were the greenest of the group when it came to clean entrances and exits and transitions. In fact a couple of times were where literally on the edge of our seat thinking they might not make it, this perhaps contributed to their fourth place finish.
With huge improvement, fourth place was awarded to Nikita Malakhov & Nadezda Vlasova with these marks - 5,4,4,4,5. This is the first time that Nikita & Nadezda have really made us do a double take. They are two different people - now they are in the game to stay! Their work is powerful, clean and we are able to understand where they are going, congratulations!
The surprise of the evening was the demotion of Ivan Mulyavka & Karin Rooba 4,5,5,5,4. As professional as this couple is, we still felt a slight grimmace of surprise from them, when they were called for fifth place. We too were a little surprised but perhaps we are in the same bubble they are in? If you look at this couple, they are hard to miss. Last night when they were dancing, you saw very clear dancing. Like the winners for us they gave us a very clean performance with no frills or thrills and we tend to like this. However, in this group only one could afford to do this and it better be almost down to perfection to get away with it. And so here too we can understand how the majority of the judges did not have them very high. Their performance had to be more energized especially since we hardly ever see them on the scene nowadays.
Ivan Kudashev & Ksusha placed sixth in all dances and Vlad Astafiev & Annie He Xiao took all sevenths.
Colin James will have a report soon for you to see another point of view.
Aaron Talbert & Maggie Toth took fourth 4,4,5,4, and they seemed slightly surprised by this. Aaron & Maggie have great potential and move quite well but I think at times are slightly one dimensional. Their work has to have more shapes and even better isolation of the body in order to keep up and move forward. Slawek Rozak & Denise Sobiewski were fifth 5,5,4,5; Charlie & Emily Roberts took sixth in all dances and Evgenii Rozenfeld & Mariia Shumakher took all sevenths.
We were very surprised when we looked at the marks and noticed that Oleksandr & Olena won by miles with a majority of firsts in 4 dances and two of those missed perfect scores by one mark. They also won the tango with perfect marks from all judges. When we looked we figured that the marks might be closer but as you can tell that was not the case. We presume now that musicality is not as important as we think it should be, and so this should be a message to Dan & Stephanie that they might need to tighten up their compulsory work.
Yesterday was Ballroom day at Tristate and so the afternoon concluded with the Pro-Am Ballroom Scholarships.
The Open “B” ended up an 8-couple final and the winner was Carole Simmons w/Serghei Pogonet from Canada and they won all dances. Second in this heat and in all dances went to Ami Liu w/Igor Mikushov, and third was Bo Chang w/Oscar Pedrinelli 3,4,3,3,3.
The “C” division was also a good category and this went to Anni Chan w/Cristian Radvan placing first in all dances. Second in this heat went to Eva Fong w/Oscar Pedrinelli 3,2,3,2,2, and third was Linda Dillman w/Arturas Misurenkovas 2,3,2,3,3.
The Senior was also a fantastic heat and here Linda Dillman w/ Arturas Misurenkovas won all dances. Second was Sandy Chiu w/Yuriy Nartov and they took all seconds, and third was awarded to Maria Fila w/Kamil Urbaniak 4,4,3,3,6.
The excitement continues tonight with the Amateur Latin, the Professional Ballroom and Rhythm - so stay tuned for more.
Last night at the Tri-State DanceSport Championships it was a night for all the “Rising Stars.” So on this night we wanted to make sure we were there early because we might all witness in one of these couples the rise of a major star!
As always the presentation of this event is immaculate. Stunning decoration in the ballroom and always that little extra in the awards to the competitors - a great credit to the organizational tam and Andre Gavriline & Elena Kryuchkova.
We want to leave our Rising Star competitors with these thoughts. “To be a star you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and don’t worry about the darkness for that is when the stars shine brightest”
In the Rhythm Pro/Am Scholarships the “C” division was also a well attended event and this scholarship went to Joan Goddard w/Aaron Talbert with these marks 1,1,1,1,2. Second overall was Marcy Garson w/Ilya Reyzin 2,2,2,2,1, and third in all dances was Janice B. Gonzalez w/Vladimir Kosarev.
In the “B” Lana Lusher w/Jose DeCamps took first overall 2,1,1,1,1. Second overall went to Mariana Lvoff w/Vladimir Kosarev 1,3,2,2,3, and third was awarded to Angela Morrison w/Peter Santiago.
The “A” category went to Levina Kasmara w/Gleb Makarov taking first in all dances. Cristina Diana w/Ion Simboteanu took second 3,3,2,2,2, and Joanna Gorski w/Vlad Astafiev was third 2,2,3,3,3.
The Senior went to Lois Fein w/Aleksandr Vukosavljevic placing first in all dances. Linda Ficher w/Mikolay Czarnecki took second and third was Vimala Sivaraman w/Dimitrios Damalas.
Tonight the Amateur Ballroom, the Pro Smooth, Pro Latin and Pro ShowDance will take place and we will soon have it all here for you!