United Kingdom Open Professional Rising Star Ballroom Championship 2014
Report by Timothy Palmer
Photos by Andrew Miller This event, like many others at this popular festival experienced a significant increase in entries this year: 144 couples taking the floor for the first round over the 133 who took part in 2013; a very satisfying eight and a quarter percent hike on last year!
Visiting the Land in the Sky!
The Heritage Classic Report by Didio Barrera
Action photography by Park West The Grove Park Inn in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina (better referred to as “The Heritage”) continues to be one of my favorite destinations for a dance competition. The hotel is magnificent with a wonderful spa and wonderful views of the mountains, so much so that there is only one way to describe it “The Land in the sky.”
Open Professional Smooth
Report by Beth Knoll
Photos by Chris Hansen Photography The California Open, hosted by Debbie Avalos-Kusumi, is the first really big multi-day competition of the new year to be held on the West Coast. With a warm, welcoming atmosphere and Debbie's impeccable attention to detail, this competition is a rewarding experience for all involved. Friday night's spectacular competitive events did not disappoint the vocal and enthusiastic audience.
CALFORNIAN OPEN PROFESSIONAL LATIN CHAMPIONSHIP 2014
Report by Martin Lamb
Photos by Chris Hansen Photography 1st ANDREI KAZLOUSKI & ASTA SIGVALDADOTTIR (1,1,1,1,1)
Dominated the competition from the first dance with precision and projection. Clear winners with only a few lower marks, but tonight were not challenged in any way. Had great energy, and also, connection with one another.
CA Open Scores on Busy Dance Week
Report by Keith Todd
Action Photos by Chris Hansen Photography The second weekend of February is one of the USA’s busiest dancesport weekends with three NDCA Registered events (Superstars Dancesport and Eastern US Championships are the others), plus the ever-popular Classique du Quebec in Montreal, yet Debbie Avalos’ California Open always draws a big crowd.
Platinum Dancesport Professional Smooth
Report by Vadim Mostovoy
Photos by Decadance Photography The story of the Platinum Dancesport Classic began a long time ago when Polina and Igor Pilipenchuk were successfully representing USA around the World. It has been a real pleasure for me to be part of the great beginning and to have an opportunity of adjudicating the Platinum Dancesport Classic. This was the competition’s third year. I was happy to see that the momentum was kept high; there were more participants, great enthusiasm and more energy. I would like to extend a thank you to the organizers of the Championship, Polina and Igor Pilipenchuk and their Team, who made everyone feel welcome as well as all the participants, who demonstrated their commitment and passion to the love of dance.
Change of Location, but Platinum keeps its Vibe!
Report by Keith Todd
Photos by Decadance Photography For the past two years, Platinum Dancesport has been nestled in Downtown Miami, right on the historic Venetian Causeway and incidentally about five minutes from my house. Hotel issues forced a move for this one year only, but the EB of Platinum, Mr. Scott Washburn, was able to secure the organizers, Igor & Polina Pilipenchuk, a place in the Airport Hilton.
This is a comfortable hotel with excellent convention facilities and the advantages of an airport shuttle. It is a little further from the delights of South Beach, but I believe many intrepid competitors made the trip to my “hood.” Certainly we saw many of them (Sunday) the day after the event enjoying the sun and sand.
Dancing in Jaffa
A Famous Palestinian dancer takes his unique talent to the city of his birth. By Keith Todd On April 11th 2014 a documentary entitled “Dancing in Jaffa” opens in New York. Executive Producers are LaToya Jackson, Nigel Lythgoe (So You Think You Can Dance) and Morgan Spurlock. The Director is Hilla Medalia (To Die in Jerusalem), the Producer is Diane Nabatoff (Take the Lead) and the star is - Pierre Dulaine.