Vegas Open Comes of Age
Report by Keith Todd
Action Photography by Chris Hansen Photography I believe I have attended every Vegas Open (or Vegas Showdown as it was originally named) since its inception. This year I believe the event came of age! It was larger than it has ever been with about 6,500 entries, but it is not only the entry count that measures a competition in my view.
United Kingdom Open Professional Rising Star Latin-American Championship 2014
Report by Timothy Palmer
Photos by Andrew Miller The ‘Windsor Hall’ at the Bournemouth International Centre is a spacious venue with audience-friendly banked seating, so I was always certain of getting a good view of the proceedings at this cutting-edge, talent-rich, must see Professional Latin American Rising Star event on the first night of the United Kingdom Open Championships.
St. Louis Star Ball
Report by Amy Anderson
Photos by Decadance Photography The St. Louis Star Ball brought together some of the best and brightest Pro/Am dancing for this great Midwest event! Organizers David & Suzy Nyemchek and Steve Brockman always put together a very friendly and welcoming competition for all of the dancers who came from all over the country. The newly renovated Renaissance Marriott is perfectly located close to the airport and very easy to get to.
The Sarasota Challenge
Report by Mayo Alanen
Photos by Alex Rowan Before the Sarasota Challenge officially kicked off, we were already friends. The market is currently saturated with ballroom competitions that are predictable copies of each other. It is refreshing when an organizer takes risks to make their competition unique while delivering quality essentials such as great entertainment and notable prize money.
The Cuban Experience # 1 – and what a great experience it was! By Brigitt Mayer I did not know what to expect, the format was unusual, I did not know who would be there besides the experts that were announced in the publications; I just trusted my friend and colleague Barbara Nagode Ambroz! She has been going to Cuba now for more than 20 years asking me many times to come along and it never panned out. Well this time it did and I was rewarded with a truly fun and exciting experience.
Great Venue, Great Comp!
Superstars Dancesport Championships Report by Didio Barrera
Photos by Alex Rowan The Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg, Florida is always a perfect location for a quick getaway to dance and sunbathe under the Florida winter sun. Until a few years back, this hotel was the home of the Millennium Dancesport but soon with the great popularity of that event, it outgrew the hotel.
Professional Rhythm at CA Open
Report by Giacomo Steccaglia & Melissa Dexter
Action photos by Chris Hansen Photography 1) Dishliev, Ivan - Nedyalkova, Marieta # 266
Clear winners of the evening, won all five dances. I thought they had a great night. They looked good from the start. Marieta looked fabulous in her purple dress, and you could see that she loved wearing it.
What a Trinity! - The “New” City Lights
Report by Didio Barrera
Action photos by Park West What a terrific trinity of prominent people to be chosen as head of the new City Lights competition - Anna Mikhed, Dan Messenger and Josie Lee. I am new to this event since I only attended City Lights once prior to this weekend and that was for one night only, so I cannot tell what the difference is between the new or the old. But I do know a little bit about events and I found the new group helpful, attentive and they tried hard to make sure everyone was accommodated.