North America, USA, Canada – The World! North American Imperial Star Ball 2017
The North American Championships are back! The venerable North American Championships, once a staple of the US Dance Circuit, has been reinvented by its new owners as the North American Imperial Star Ball and those new owners bring a “world” of experience.
U.S dancers could be found in all corners of the country on Halloween weekend as 3 events were taking place in different parts of the country. I was in Indiana attending the North American Imperial Star Ball which also hosted the finale of the Global Dancesport series. Hosted by David Medeiros and Julie Stadler at the Sheraton Indianapolis at Keystone Crossing, the competition ran smoothly and in good spirit, thanks to the help of music director Rick Popp and Mark Brock using the opportunity to practice his karaoke styling. The only place this weekend I am pretty sure where you could do an international VW to "We Are The Champion", original version!!
I would like to mention some of the pro/am competitors who were at the top of their game this weekend.
In the Bronze Smooth category, Alicia Richhart dancing with Christopher Spalding, Cheryle Russo dancing with Josh Tilford, Tom Travgott dancing with Shalene Archer and Charlie Carboneau dancing with Kelly Bartlett.
In Silver Smooth, congratulations to Stacey Tilford dancing with Josh Tilford and Judy Renau dancing withBen Ermis.
Open Smooth "A" went to Karen Jacob dancing with Christopher Spakding and the "B" to Wendy Stambaugh dancing with Ben Ermis.
Rhythm In the Bronze, Alyssa Ivanson dancing with Tony Didier, Peggy Lavinski dancing with Aleko Khutsidze and Tim Bolin dancing with Shalene Archer. Silver, Chris Wilson dancing with Emilia Goldberg.
Open, Sophia D'Angelo dancing with Ilya Reyzin. Sophia was also the recipient on top overall lady for the Global tour.
Ballroom Bronze, Stacey Tilford dancing with Josh Tilford, Nancy Farrell dancing with Andrea Stefano.
Silver, Dawn Phillips dancing with Jari Muller, Donna Torsney dancing with Ben Ermis.
Open, Joyce Lo dancing with Guennadi Lakounine, Sherry Borchelt dancing with Andrea Stefano.
Latin Bronze, Peggy Lavinski dancing with Aleko Khutsidze, Elizabeth Callahan dancing with Gert Roslander Silver, Karen Rembold dancing with Gert Roslender
In the Pro category it was a very successful weekend for Roman Malkhasyan & Viktoriya Kleyman, they won the RS Rhythm and Smooth, the Open Rhythm and came in second to Adrian & Hannan Dydynsky in the Open Smooth.
The Open Ballroom winners in all dances were Michal Towliszew & Tiffany Fung followed by Pavel Cherdantsau& Svetlana Rudkovskaya who also won the Showdance.
Also a good show for Jason Rivers & Elisa Seja who won the RS Ballroom and came in 2nd in the RS Smooth.
The Open Latin went to Dmytro Kovalenko & Nina Kovalenko. But none of these dancers were happier than Josh Tilford who was the overall recipient of the top teacher price for the Global tour taking home $10,000!
Congrats to all, and thank you to David and Julie.
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