Didio Barrera

Didio Barrera

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“It’s a New World It’s a New Day” -  It’s a new Champion!

 

This year at the Embassy Ball two new Professional World Champions were crowned - Nazar Norov & Irina Kudryashova from the USA in the World Professional Rhythm and Nick Cheremukhin & Viktorija from the USA in the World Professional Smooth.


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Do you Believe in Magic?

 

“Do you believe in magic?” was this year’s them for the Millennium Dancesport Championships and how can you not, being so close to the “Magic Kingdom.” This year’s big move from Tampa, Florida to Orlando, Florida was a big move by the organizer (Michael Chapman) for the Millennium Dancesport Championships, but as if it was orchestrated with a wand the move went nice and easy with out a hitch.


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A Hero’s Welcome to the Big 20! Colorado Star Ball 2016

 

This year it was the big 20th celebration for the Colorado Star Ball, and organizers Richard and Jennifer Booth went all the way out to make it a major celebration. Two World Professional Champions were invited to perform, World Professional Ballroom Champions, Arunas Bizukas & Katusha Demidova and World Professional Latin Champions, Riccardo Cocchi & Yulia Zagoruychenko.


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As we mentioned on our blog, the American Star Ball changed to a new venue and this venue to me is as American as Apple Pie. Their new venue is located right on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, giving you total easy access to everything this gambling city has to offer. If you love the beach as I do, it’s right out the back door, or you could just walk down the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk, buy yourself a pretzel or take a ride on a Ferris wheel.


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Good Enough for Tina Turner! Champions Ball 2016

Report by Didio Barrera

Portion of photos courtesy to Priyanka Mathew

The Champions Ball is the largest Pro/Am event outside the United States. With over six thousand entries it also rivals a number of events here in the USA. I have been fortunate to have been asked to officiate at the Champions Ball for a number of years and every year this event has to be judged by a standard of excellence. The staging and focal point is always amazing.  I remember my first time attending the Champions Ball, I thought “Tina Turner” was going to make an appearance with the amount of lighting, smoke and props. This year was no different.  In fact it was the best ever, with the two giant LED screens opening up to present the Pro/Am competitors on the stage and the stairs coming out of a tunnel for them to come down to the floor.


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SFO New Face! New Competition!

Report by Didio Barrera

Photography by Charles Ryder 

It has been a few years since I last attended the San Francisco Open! San Francisco is my favorite city after Miami Beach, Florida where I live and so any time I get an invitation to an event in this city I immediately jump at the chance. The San Francisco Open continues to be run by Stephan and Denise Krauel, good, steady and consistent organizers, but this year added to the picture was Mr. Colin James. I noticed some a big changes in the atmosphere and running of the event.


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There is a Heaven! Heritage Classic 2016

Report by Didio Barrera

Photography by Park West

I have now attended the Heritage Classic for a number of years and I’m always amazed at the elegance and beauty of the “Grove Park Inn,” inside and out. To top it all, the competitions in the spacious ballroom are usually of good quality but this year it was even more special with the finishing touch of perhaps some of the best Latin dancing I have seen in recent times. The Show by Slavik Kryklyvyy & Karina Smirnoff was totally heavenly, beautiful and an awesome experience that I will never forget.  


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Andrei & Elena, not just Trying they are the Tri-State Championships!

Report by Didio Barrera

Photography by Ryan Kenner

A year ago Andrei & Elena bought the Tri-State Championships, it was and still is a well-attended competition in the north east of the USA.  With the USA being the melting pot of all countries and races, it is reassuring to see Andrei & Elena, who came to the USA from Russia with the hope of attaining a better life able to be among other things, the organizers of a successful competition here.


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