And all the events had great talent, possibly challenging for the judges and very entertaining for the audience.
The rest of the final was a little easier with the Rising Star winners from the night before Evgenii Rozenfeld & Maria Shumakher taking fourth in all dances and Aleksandar Bonev & Olga Aidasheva placing all fifths.
The Ballroom was also a terrific competition, a seven-couple final took to the floor, with the majority of couples in great form and with at least 3 couples making some major improvement in their game. We are sure that there must have been some difficult decisions for this panel of adjudicators on more than one count. There is never enough time in a normal heat, there is certainly not enough time to see seven excellent terrific couples within a minute 30 or 45 in each dance, this is where impression judging is at its best and the fact that there were 13 judges makes sure a sound decision is called.
Also very imporved and awarded third position were Richard Tonizzo & Clair Hansen with these marks 3,4,3,3,3. It had been a long time since we have been as excited for this couple, because they have tended to be in the same mode for quite a while now. We want to tip our hat to them, now making a very strong stride and perhaps taking more risk than before. Fourth was awarded to Nazar Batih & Mariko Cantly who the night before thrilled us with their Showdance performance, and they placed fourth with these marks 4,3,4,4,4. Another couple that is a little understated but who we also though much improved was Sergey Izyumov & Oksana Zaver. We love their very basic “no frills no thrills” performance and thought them of good quality, perhaps we are too much of the old guard who just likes basic Ballroom, but we thought them to give a well-executed performance last night, worthy of a higher placement, than the 5th place in all dances they were awarded. Sam Sodano and Didio Barrera were in the minority who thought they should get higher than fifth position.
The rest of the final was all a straight run, Riccardo Conte & Eleonora Filippi took all sixth places, here was another very talented couple that is new to the scene and seventh position in all dances and from all the judges went to Kent Berkey & Yuko Ota.
Third place went to Jan & Adele Don 3,3,3,3,4; fourth was Kristian Sese & Mae Lozada with these marks 4,4,4,4,3; fifth in all dances went to Tomas Vasicek & Vitalija Tyrnova, leaving sixth to Karol Kalinowski & Rosa Paredes.
We have to say that the hotel, Lord Baltimore, was super charming with its fancy bar and excellent rooms and ballroom, it is always nice to stay in such a historic hotel!
Great night for the Stars!
Friday February 1st here at the Maryland Dancesport, in the historic hotel Lord Baltimore Ballroom, was all about the Rising Stars and the Professional Cabaret!
Satruday all the Open professional divisions took place and we will be bringing you the results and commentary tomorrow.