The Open Amateur Latin also took place and that was very interesting as well.
Sergiy Samchynskyy & Yulia Besarab took fourth in all dances, Nikolai Pilipenchuk & Sarika Hudson were fifth in every dance and we should say that Sarika’s beautiful white dress and striking physical appearance totally enhanced their performance on this evening. Slava Kostianets & Valeriia Kostianets placed sixth in every dance.
The Professional Rising Star this evening was the Latin and here Ilya Ivanov & Yana Tikhenko won 2,1,4,4,1. As you will see from these marks the judges were quite divided in this heat. Second overall went to Stanishlav Savich & Nicole Prosser 3,2,2,3,2, and third went to Daniel Hustiuc & Jessica Li 1,3,3,2,4.
In the Pro/Am Ballroom the Open “A” division went to Jennifer Lin w/ Radu Sterban winning all dances, second was awarded to Eva Chen w/ Cristian Radvan 3,2,2,2,2, leaving third to Irene Lee w/ Egor Bezukladnikov 4,3,3,4,3. In the “B” category Laura Shooks w/ Alexander Voskalchuk won all dances, second went to Lisa Liao w/ Vladishlav Shakhov 4,2,2,2,2, and third was Julie Zhao w/ Denis Kutepov 2,4,4,4,3. In the “C” Kyle Brown w/ Sergey Bondarenko placed first overall 1,1,4,1,2, second went to Annie Chan w/ Cristian Radvan 2,2,3,2,1, and third was Paige Riffle w/ Iaroslav Bieliei 3,4,1,3,3.
With this the 2019 Empire Dance Championship came to a finish. Congratulations to the organizers for an excellent job - Vibeke Toft, Katharina Giannico, Giampiero Giannico and Allan Tornsberg!
A Great Ballroom Challenge!
Last night at the Empire Dance Championships the main event was the biggest and most entertaining professional event, the Open Professional Ballroom.
Two couples went head to head for first place and from the audience’s point of view it looked as if it was too close to call for both couples. The Rhythm was pretty much what was expected, but the open Amateur Ballroom and Youth Under 21 were excellent.
For us it was a battle of the soul and correctness. Wiktor & Julia for us were a lot more musical and playful with their dancing, while Iaroslav & Liliia stuck to correctness and form, not one step or hair out of place at any time. This is unfortunate, because Wiktor & Julia are what the majority of Ballroom greats talk about. Like a jazz musician creating a different interpretation for every song, but we did see them have some issues with floor craft, perhaps the floor was a little small for this couple, they might be used to dancing at a stadium or gymnasium - a lot of the European competitions are held in this type of venue. We were a little disappointed on the result because we, like most Ballroom greats, like to see more musicality over correctness.
In third place in all dances and stealing a few first place marks in every dance were Alexander & Veronika Voskalchuk, placing fourth in four dances and fifth in the quickstep were Vladislav Shakhov & Ekaterina Popova. Taking that fourth in the quickstep but fifth in the other four dances was Valeriu Ursache & Liana Bakhtiarova, and taking sixth in all dances were Oskar Wojciechwski & Karolina Holody. As you can see this was a very exciting final on all counts.
The Under 21 Latin was also terrific and here the winner was Zijian Zhang & Yaxin Hou 1,1,1,2,2 winning by one dance. Second and losing that one dance were Idan Daich & Rumi Dolmaya, and third was awarded to Anthony Mancuso & Sophie Srlevich.
Yesterday was all about the Pro/Am Latin and there were quarter finals in some of the scholarships rounds. The “A” went to Angelina Evseeva w/ Aleksandr Skarlato winning all dances, second was awarded to Deborah Tipley w/ Paul Richardson 2,3,2,2,2, leaving third to Romina Brignardello w/ Jesse Valvasori 3,2,5,4,4. In the “B” division Joanne Kay Smith w/ Richard Liftshitz won overall 1,2,1,1,1; second overall and winning the samba was Deborah Wright w/ Nikolay Voronovich 2,1,2,2,3, this is a move up from the C Division for this lady. Tina Broccole w/ Andrei Kazlouski took third overall 3,3,3,3,2. In the “C” division Sophia D’Angelo w/Nikolai Pilipenchuk won all dances, second overall went to Jelena Sevaljevic w/ Daniis Kutuzovs 4,2,3,2,2, and third went to Lorraine Peoples w/ Genya Bartashevich 3,3,2,4,4.
Today we are working on the Pro/Am Ballroom categories and we should see in this final night the Open Professional Smooth, Amateur Latin and many other events. Stay tuned for more from the Empire Dance Championships.
Empire Starts With a Bang!
Yesterday was the second day of competitions but the first official night of Open Professional Championships here at the Empire Dance Championships.
However, last night was brilliant with an incredible Professional Latin Championship, featuring another world champion, but this time in the Latin, Riccardo Cocchi & Yulia Zagoruychenko who won all dances with perfect scores from all the judges. Second were Andrei Kazlouski & Asta Sigvaldadottir placing second in all dances with the majority of seconds in all dances, their lowest scores came from Armando Martin who awarded them 5,4,5,5,4. Third wen to Mikhailo Bilopukhov & Anastasiia Shchypilina but not in all dances they took fourth in the rumba to Ilya Maletin & Polina Mayer from Canada who placed fourth overall but third in the rumba.
There were two couples in the Professional Theater Arts-Showdance and this Championship went to Arsen Sargsyan & Jessica Jonika, leaving second to Vincent Antonelli & Stephanie Falciano.
There was 3 professional Rising Star Events and in the Smooth the win wen to Tykon & Yana Zhyvkov, second was a tie broken by a rule (11) and in the end second went to Vitalii Kalluzhnyi & Talia Barrington 3,3,2,2, leaving third to Dmitri Zavialov & Katt Baumgartner 2,2,3,3. In the Professional Rising Star Ballroom Luca & Krizia Balestra were first 2,1,2,1,1, Slava Kostianets & Valeriia Kostanets took second 1,2,1,2,2 and third was awarded to Ivan & Maria Levin. The Professional Rising Star Rhythm went to Kristian Sese w/ Mae Lozada winning all dances, second were Aaron Pierce w/ Ksenia Stavrica in every dance and third in every dance was awarded to Vuk Stefanovic & Lariza Mikryukov.
In the Pro/Am Categories on Thursday before the Galla, Joanne Kay Smith w/ Anton Lebedev won the “A” Smooth Scholarship, Irene Lee w/Egor Bezukladnikov was second and third went to Elizabeth Thomson w/ Patrick Derry. The “B” Smooth also was awarded to Joanne Kay Smith, and in this category Nichelle Kennedy w/ Aleksandar Nashev took second and Irene Lee w/ Egor Bezukladnikov was third overall. In the “C” Robin Kencel w/ Mayo Alanen was the Champion leaving Angela Morrison w/ Evgeny Dyachenko holding second and Sally He w/ Enzo Zappia third.
The Pro/Am Rhythm yesterday was also excellent and here the “B” was awarded to Giovanni Fortezza w/ Jolanta Mosteika, second was Nichelle Kennedy w/ Aleksandar Nashev and third was awarded to Mariana Lvoff w/ Vladimir Kosarev. In the “C” Category Janice B Gonzalez w/ Aleksandar Vukosavljevic was first, second was Lana Lusher w/ Jose Decamps, and third went to Jennifer Marre w/ Delyan Terziev. In the “A” Category the winner was Kelby Dougherty w/ Julius Solano.