Reverse Turn at Platinum! It was a reverse turn at Platinum Dancesport last night in the Pro Ballroom. Alexander Voskalchuk & Veronika Egorova were the clear winners taking almost all the judges’ first places. (Although they did receive one 4th place and two 3rd places from one judge). The reverse came in the 2nd and 3rd placements. Last week in Maryland, Gianni Caliandro & Arianna Esposito defeated fellow Italians Emanuele & Francesca Pappacena by 3 dances to 2. Here it was the reverse, with Emanuele & Francesca placing 2,2,2,3,3 over Gianni & Arianna, 3,3,3,2,2. Sergey Samchynskyy & Yuliya Besarab were 4th in all dances and Vladimir Triazin & Alicia Gruttadauria were 5th.
It was a great beginning for Maksym Lototsky & Sarah Haworth who won all dances in the Rhythm on their first outing together. They won all dances, but had the majority of 1st places in only the cha cha and rumba. Overall the judges’ scores were quite divided in this event. Another new partnership, Sandor Stefil & Aleksandra Barsukov were 2nd, 2,3,2,3,4. With 4,2,4,2,3, the experienced Stephen Smyth & Viktoriya Kleyman took 3rd. Tamas Kardos & Mariya Khristina Shurupova were 4th, 3,4,3,4,2; Romney Reyes & Brooke O’Donnell were 5th in all dances and Egor Shalvarov & Alla Profatilova were 6th.
4 diverse couples contested the Showdance and the winners were Clifton Sepulveda & Mar Martinez performing to “At Last” in a classical style. The more whimsical James Brann & Sayra Vazquez took 2nd with a jazzy west coast swing. Carlos Zapata & Dora Yaneva were 3rd and Paolo & Liene DiLorenzo were 4th.
The audience were thrilled with the closing show performed by Canadian Pro Latin Champions and World Finalists, Mauritzio Vescovo & Andra Vaidalaite. Next year Platinum is returning to its Downtown Miami home. Stay tuned to the Dance Beat Subscriber site for more about this year’s event.
Pro Smooth Gives Surprise Ending at Platinum
The Pro Smooth was the feature event of Friday at Platinum Dancesport and it yielded a surprise finish.
Not too much surprise in the winners, however, as Mikhail & Galina Zharinov won all dances losing only 3 1st places out of 36. The surprise came with the ascendance of a new partnership, Chris Germain & Olga Chekhova to the runners-up position, besting the established partnership of Vlad & Vera Kosarev by 3 dances to 1. Vlad & Vera placed 2,3,3,3 to Chris & Olga’s 3,2,2,2. It was a split panel of judges between the 2 couples, but the majority favored the newbies in 3 dances. You’ll have to wait until the next edition of Dance Beat (or become a web subscriber) to hear our opinion. This event began with a semifinal. The remaining places in the final were: Stephen Smyth & Viktorija Kleyman (4,4,4,4); Egor Shalvarov & Alla Profatilova (5,5,5,5) and William Proper & Jennifer Caminas (6,6,6,6). It was also a pleasure to watch the children from the local studio, Dance Town, who performed most of the night in the various junior and youth divisions. For the pro-ams it was a full day of Rhythm and Ballroom, with some strong dancing especially in the Ballroom divisions.
On the first night of Platinum (Thursday) it was all celebration as a cast of dance stars performed for the TAP Benefit Gala.
2 Interesting Duels at Maryland, Saturday
Maryland ended yesterday nights with all the Open Pro divisions. Two of them provided interesting duels.
The first was the Ballroom that pitted two Italian imports against each other – Gianni Caliandro & Arianna Esposito and Emanuele & Francesca Pappacena. Today it was Gianni & Arianna who came out on top winning 3 of the dances. Emanuele & Francesca won waltz and quickstep. Each of the dances were won with the majority of 1st places. Both couples are free-moving and exciting and for us it was a close call. Find out more in the full article coming soon to Dance Beat. The remainder of the placements mirrored the Rising Star division. Oleksiy Buravenko & Victoria Karzukhina (3,3,3,3,3); She-Young & Adele Jang Don (4,4,4,4,4) and Janis Kukanis & Milda Gecaite (5,5,5,5,5).
The second of the interesting divisions was the Rhythm. This was won by Andrei Svirydzenka & Yuliya Zubova 1,1,2,1,1. We thought they had a great night, showing great confidence and a lot of soul. They won their 4 dances with a slim majority of 1st places. 2nd and winning the swing, were Shane & Shannon Jensen (2,2,1,2,2). They offer a cleaner look than the winners, but for us didn’t really get into the mood tonight. The remainder of the couples finished in the same position in all dances. 3rd, Stephen Smyth & Viktoriya Kleyman; 4th Romney Reyes & Brooke O’Donnell; 5th Jonathan Green & Carol Ann Miller; 6th Don Beedle & Jenn Christophel.
The Latin also proved and interesting duel between two very different couples. The winners were the energetic and passionate Dmitry Nikishkin & Oleana Shvets. They won 4 of the dances, all with the majority of 1st places. Winning the rumba and taking 2nd in the other 4 were the tall and elegant Rangel Spirov & Veronika Chernyavska. Very different to the winners both in appearance and style. 10-Dancers Sey-Young & Adele were 3rd in all dances. A new couple to us, Vladimir Velev & Lily Kolman were 4th in all. Zsolt Katona & Timea Potys were 5th (5,5,6,6,5) and Denis & Amanda Satonin were 6th.
The most clear cut from the judges’ standpoint was the Smooth. This went to Kostadin Bidjourov & Erin Marie who easily won all dances. We also liked the strong movement from runners-up, Morten Jensen & Tonya Martin (3,3,3,3). In 3rd place was a brand new partnership of two experienced dancers – Chris Germain & Olga Chekhova. We’re not sure if this was their first competition together, but there is certainly potential here. They were 3rd in all dances. 4th were 9-Dancers Stephen & Viktoriya (5,5,4,4) and 5th Serge & Yana Nelyubov (4,4,5,5). Jeffrey Golitiao & Katt were 6th.
The evening ended with an entertaining pro show produced by JT Thomas. It had a Valentine’s theme and was entitled “Sweet Treats.” All the numbers had “candy” themed music. In a great “role reversal” it was the lady adjudicators who ended the show (lately it has always been the men). Rita Algarra, Polina Pilipenchuk, Amanda Reyzin and Lydia Petrigova strutted their stuff to the enjoyment of all.
It was a really long day of pro-am dancing. All of the Ballroom and much of the Latin was held today including both sets of Open Scholarships. In both styles the B offered the best competition. Yanina Kisler w/ Peter Walker comfortably won the Ballroom B, winning all dances. 2nd in all was Tomoko Shimizu w/ Emanuele Papacena and 3rd in all Kelley Weld w/ Slava Sergiev. The C fell to Krista Stewart w/ Igor Pilipechuk who also won all dances. 2nd went to Sue Gershowitz w/ Nikolai Pilipenchuk (2,2,2,2,3) and 3rd was Julia Wang w/ Peter Walker (4,3T,4,3,2). Jennifer Fales w/ Slava Sergiev won all dances in the A. 2nd went to Lisa Dodd w/ Garry Gekhman (2,2,2,2,3) and 3rd to Chris Nunes w/ Lisa Vegas (3,3,3,3,2).
Missy White w/ Genya Bartashevich won all dances in the B Latin. 2nd went to Kelley Ward w/ Slava Sergiev (3,2,2,2,2) and 3rd to Erica Triscan w/ Sergey Izyumov (2,4T,4,4,3). Ann Morsili w/ Tibor Kerekes won the C, taking all dances. 2nd was Sue Gershowitz w/ Nikolai Pilipenchuk (2,3,2,2,2) and 3rd Laura Stolman w. Genya Bartashevitch (3,2,4,3,3). A good duel in the A resulted in a win for Sarah Gladish w/ Ilya Reyzin (1,1,1,2,1) over Joanna Wa w/ Anton Tregubov (2,2,1,2,2). 3rd was Lauren Lapointe w/ Louis Bar.
Janice Stanton w/ Clive Phillips won the Best of the Best 10-Dance Challenge.
Pro-Am Smooth Strong At Maryland!
Yesterday the pro-am smooth topped the bill and the Open Scholarships were strong.
After Thursday’s triple win for the men, Chris Nunes w/ Lisa Vegas kept up the tradition winning all dances to take the Open A. Nicole Vass w/ Scott Ruddick was 2nd 2,3,2,2 and Lauren LaPointe w/ Louis Bar took 3rd 3,2,3,3.
Helena Kostik w/ Mazen Hamza took all dances in the B and showed a lot of improvement. Also challenging, we thought, was Chris w/ Lisa once again. He was 2nd in all dances. Anna Boyd with Kirill Gorjatsev was 3rd in all dances.
Darla Davies w/ Jim Maranto was on form and won the C quite easily we thought and she did win all dances. Renee Kuwahara w/ Ilya Rezin was a strong 2nd in all dances. 3rd went to Amy Pollinger w/ Slava Sergiev, again in all dances. Darla w/ Jim also won the Best of the Best 9-Dance Challenge.
The evening finished with two rising star events. The largest was the Rhythm. Shane & Shannon Jensen were the easy winners here, taking all dances. Also winning all dances in the Ballroom were Oleksiy Buravenko & Victoria Karzukhina.
“Let’s Hear It For The Boys!”
It was guys’ night out last night at Maryland Dancesport in the Open Rhythm Scholarships. Gentlemen students won all 3!
Xavier Paol Aria w/ Mariangeles Moussou won all dances in the A, Giovanni Fortezza w/ Jolanta Mosteika won all danes in the B and Philip Widlanski w/ Jolanta Mosteika won the C 2,1,1,1T,1. We felt the C was actually the strongest division and this started with a semifinal. 2nd went to Darla Davies w/ Jim Maranto 1,2,2,1T,3 and 3rd to Renee Kuwahara w/ Ilya Reyzin 3,3,3,3,2. 2nd in all dances in the B was Angela Morisson w/ Peter Santiago and 3rd in all, Blaire Miller w/ Clive Phillips. Lauren LaPointe w/ Louis Bar was 2nd in the A, 2,3,2,2,2 and Nicole Vass w/ Scott Ruddick was 3rd, 3,2,3,3,3.
There were 2 straight finals in professional rising star divisions. Sey-Young & Adele Jang Don won all dances in the Latin and Jeffrey Goltiao w/ Katt won all in the Smooth.
Joining the organizational team of Glenis Dee and Andrea Ringold this year here at Maryland Dancesport is Blake Kish.
City Lights Concludes with Rhythm and Ballroom - Sunday
The City Lights Ball in San Jose California concluded last night with a terrific Professional Ballroom competition and a fun Rhythm event.
The Professional Ballroom had excellent couples in the field, Mikhail Avdeev & Olga Blinova won the event and all the dances but they were not the only ones to watch. Denis Kutepov & Lesya Sinitsa were also excellent and well deserving of the runners up spot, they placed second in every dance. It was nice to see Rober Nemiro & Olga Tskalyuk back on the floor, they placed third overall (3,4,3,3,4) and Igor Colac & Roxane Milotti were a terrific addition as well with great energy and musicality, they placed fourth overall (4,3,4,4,3). Fifth in every dance went to Simeon & Kora Stoynov and sixth was awarded to Evgeniy Mayorov & Olga Lisovskaya.
The Professional Rhythm competition had the most participants with a semifinal round and it too was very entertaining. Jonathan Chen & Nadine Messenger cemented a strong position in this style by taking first place in the open division as well as the Rising Stars, they won every dance. It most have been a disappointing finish for Slash Sharan & Meghan Anderson who we are sure wanted to take the first place finish home but like in the rising stars they placed second in every dance. Third place was awarded to Richard & Marianne Myers (3,3,4,4,3), I’m sure they were very disappointed with this placement, however, we too were disappointed with their performance and we will explain in the full City Lights article. Fourth were Alejandro & Lucelia Falcon (4,4T,3,3,5), fifth went to Tommy Belmontez & Jessica Holty (5,6,6,5,4) and sixth was awarded to Piero Della Santina & Alessandra Gonzalez (6,4T,5,6,6). Although the night before the ballroom was standing only perhaps due to the show by Arunas & Katusha and Giacomo & Melissa, for me the competition this night was terrific and very special. The ballroom was a little quiet as is customary from a Californian audience on a Sunday night, but, the finale to this City Lights Ball was excellent. My congratulations to the organizers in this their first City Lights Ball event, we wish you the best for years to come.
New City Lights! - Saturday This was the first run for the new owners of the City Lights Ball, and as far as organization it all went without a hitch. Last night the professional events started and the two events ran were healthy finals with excellent dancing that kept the judges occupied. The most exciting of the two was the Professional Smooth. Here we had three excellent, seasoned couples fighting for first place, Kyle & Allie Spinder, Kris Suakjian & Brianna Haft and Nick Cheremukhin & Victorija. Our favorite was Kris and Brianna who looked completely prepared for this final, but that was not to be the winner in all dances was the new partnership of Nick & Victorija, who had very interesting choreography but who seemed to be going nowhere in our eyes (we will explain in our full article here soon). Third in this great event went to Kyle & Allie who took third in all dances. Fourth place was Nathan Simler & Mirelle Gineste –Tuendemann they placed fourth in every dance, fifth wen to Kyle & Christina Campbell (5,5,6,5T), sixth was awarded to Forrest Walsh & Alexandra Smirnova (6,6,5,5T), and seventh went to Piero Della Santina & Alessandra Gonzales who took seventh in every dance. The Professional Latin was as exciting but we felt that it was the most predictable. Unfortunately, we should give up predicting! Our winner, Denis Podolskiy & Yulia Kushnirenko placed third overall (3,2,3,3,3) even though we felt they had a wonderful night and we will explain why in the coming issue here also. The clear winner of this professional Latin event was Vitalii Proskurin & Evgenia Shatilova (1,1,1,2,1). Second went to Andrey Tarasov & Yulia Kuznetsova (2,3,2,1,2). Simeon & Kora Stoynova placed 4th, Oleksii Lytvyn & Carly Booth were fifth, Artjom Shmigeljuk & Oceania Kashkina took all sixth and Lerey & Rebeca Bishop were seventh. The evening concluded with a professional show by Arunas Bezukas & Katusha Demidova as well as an intermission number by Melissa Dexter & Giacomo Steccaglia. So here comes another prediction! We think for a transition event everything is going superbly and we think that in the future we will probably have one of the best events in the USA here. As new kids on the block they have settled well on the job of running the event but I have the feeling that the “New” owners will come out with things to make it even more prestigious and special and to make it a “must” on your calendar next year.
Boston Cup Blends Junior & Pro-Am
The Boston Cup, held Jan. 25 in Framingham, MA, was a mighty 1-Day competition that seamlessly (almost) blended all styles and levels of pro-am dancing with junior and amateur divisions. It was 1500 entries and a full day of dancing.
The Organizers, Ronen Zinshtein & Emil Loukhnikov are known for their involvement in the junior dancesport scene, so it was no surprise that the junior and amateur segment was the largest with a packed ballroom of kids and parents – always a great atmosphere. But the day began with sizeable pro-am heats making up almost half of the total entries for the day. Local studio, Supershag, made up the bulk of the entries.
The highlight of the event was the Adult A Latin that began with a semifinal and pitched many of the USA and Canada’s high ranking competitors against each other. Canada turned up the winner as Danils Kutezov & Maria Shalvarova won all dances. 2nd in all were Nikita Malakhov & Nadezda Vlasova and 3rd in all Ron Garber & Liza Lakovistky. Watch out for a full report in Dance Beat soon from Diana McDonald.
Also coming soon to Dance Beat is a report on the Junior II Latin by Bill Sparks. The winners here were Kristers Smite & Sophie Shvartsman (1,1,2,1,2). 2nd were Joshua Lishnevetsky & Angela Gerzberg 2,2,1,2,1). 3rd Matthew Lavitman & Olivia Agranovich (3,3,3,4,4).
Other feature events were the Youth Latin and U/21 Latin won by Jaryd Farcon & Kyla Dzhaniashvili (1,1,2,1,1) and Steven Varshavsky & Karolina Loukhnikov (2,1,1,1,1) respectively.
The Ballroom divisions were not as large but the events were still noteworthy. The winners were: Justin Lin & Sasha Dubinsky (Youth & Junior II); Fernando Lareu & Nicole Palagashvili (U/21).
The Boston Cup is a 1-day event that felt ready to move on to the big time. Ronen & Emil decorated the ballroom well and used full lighting and sound. The venue was the Sheraton Framingham a pseudo castle that had two blazing fires in the lobby (a welcome sight to this Miami native) and had comfortable rooms and ample facilities.
Last night we saw some jockeying for position at the first major event of 2014 in the Pro Smooth.
It was by far the best event of the night, danced over 3 rounds. Travis & Jaimee Tuft were the clear winners, taking all 4 dances with the clear majority of 1st places. The battle was for 2nd place and there were 3 couples contesting this placement and all had their supporters and gained ‘2nd or better’ scores in every dance. Only in the Viennese Waltz did one of these couples receive the majority of ‘2nd or better’ scores and this was Kyle & Allie Spinder who did achieve 2nd place overall in all 4 dances. This was their best result to date as it placed them ahead of David & Natalie Shulz (3,3,3,3) and Vlad & Vera Kosarev (4,4,4,4). It wil be interesting to see if they can maintain this form further into the year. It was also close for 5th place, but Rule 11 gave it to Mark Short & Alyssa Kark (5,5,6,6) over Morten Jensen & Tonja Martin (6,6,5,5). Watch out for Jenell Maranto’s report on this division in Dance Beat soon. "The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance" Click here for more
Travis & Jaimee also won the Showdance division which began the night.
The other 3 divisions were straight finals and it was a good weekend for Sergiy Samchynskyy & Yuliya Besarab, now from Georgia, who won both the Ballroom and Latin winning all 10 dances, easily in our opinion. Their toughest competition came in the Ballroom from 2nd placed Martin & Liene Reinbold (2,2,2,2,2). 3rd in all dances were Oleksiy Buravenko & Victoria Karzukhina, 4th in all to Matt Rivers & Maliwan Diemer; 5th in all to Kevin Camarata & Michelle Jones and 6th to Brad Coutney & Elisa Seja.
In the Latin Matt & Maliwan were 2nd in all dances. Vlad Astafiev & Linda Gergye were 3rd in all; Denis & Amanda Satonin were 4th in all and Mario Skonieczny & Mary Jester.
Erwin & Iwona Rybcznska had a comfortable majority of 1st places in all dances to take the Pro Rhythm from the new partnership of Slash Sharan & Megan Anderson who were 2nd in all. An even newer partnership, Sandor Stefil & Alexandra Barsukov were 3rd in all. With 4,4,4,4,5, Christopher Wayne & Lisa Burghart were 4th, Michael Foncannon & Meghan McNash were 5th, 5,5,5,5,4 and Aaron Greer & Adrienne Hite were 6th.
The pro-ams danced both international styles today and the open scholarships of both were in the evening. The Open B Ballroom was the best event, beginning with a semifinal. Jill Bradford w/ Gert Roslender was the winner over Yanina Kisler w/ Peter Walker. Brynda Insely w/ Martin Reinbold was 3rd. Yanina w/Peter also won the Open A division.
Nashville Starz is the season finale for the Dancers Cup Tour, so the top prizes were awarded. Winning Top Teacher this year was Louis Bar. Louis was surprised by the secret arrival of his two children who actually presented him with his award. Louis’ student, Laren LaPointe was the top female student of the year and the top male was Russ Longley.
Put On Your Western Duds for Nashville Starz!
Last night was country western night at Nashville Starz, everyone was encouraged to wear their finest hats and jeans and the evening ended with a country style cookout in the ballroom.
But before that it was the turn of the Rising Star professionals to be the “Starz.” All four styles resulted in fairly comfortable wins. In the Smooth, Kyle & Allie Spinder took all dances followed by Mark Short & Alyssa Kark (2,2,3,2) and Morten Jensen & Tonja Martin (3,3,2,3). We thought this was the strongest of the four divisions.
In the Rhythm Slash Sharon & Megan Anderson also won all dances. Second in all were Sandor Stefil & Alexandra Barsukov and 3rd were Romney Reyes & Brooke O’Donnell 4,4,3,3,3.
Matt Rivers & Maliwan Diener won the Latin losing only the cha cha. Winning the cha cha and taking 2nd in the other 4 dances were Dmitry Karabanov & Daria Emelianova. 3rd in all were Senzo Makhaye & Agnieszka Strojek.
Martin & Liene Reinbold won the Ballroom, the smallest of the four divisions, again taking all dances. 2nd in all were Matt & Maliwan and 3rd, Kevin Camarata & Michelle Jones, 4,4,3,3,3.
For the pro-ams it was a day of Smooth. Robert Schipp w/ Shalene Archer won the Open B Scholarship 1,1,1,1. Louise Seawright w/ David Medeiros was 2nd, 2,4,2,3 and Donna Bade w/ Chris Germain was 3rd, 3,3,3,2.
Completing the 9-Dance saw Briana Yadgir w/ Chris Germain as the winners. She won all 9 dances.
Over 6,000 Entries for Nashville Starz!
David Hamilton’s Nashville Starz is in a bumper year with over 6,000 entries for 2014.
This despite unavoidable hotel problems when he was forced to relocate to the Marriott Renaissance as the original venue, the Sheraton was unable to accommodate the event due to renovations.
The first day was dedicated to the pro-am Rhythm categories. The Open Scholarships were split into only 2 age categories – A and B. The A produced an interesting result as Giovanni Fortezza w/ Jolanta Mosteika won the event over the US Open A Champion, Brianna Yadgir w/ Aaron Desotto. Giovanni won all dances and Brianna was 2nd in all. It was a good day for the gents as Stephan Tuomanen w/ Michelle Officer was 3rd, 3,3,3,4,3.
In the B Diana Best w/ Alosha Anatoliy was the winner, 1,2T,1,1,2. Roberta Fox w/ Aaron DeSotto was 2nd, 2,1,2,3,3 and Janet Brutell w/ Michael Neil was 3rd, 3,2T,3,2,1. As you can see – a tight race!
The night ended with a pizza and karaoke party for everybody - lots of laughs I'm sure!
Today it’s Smooth day at Nashville Starz plus watch out for results from the professional rising star divisions.