Prior to the evening session, everyone was treated to a lovely dinner at the revolving restaurant at the hotel rooftop. We must acknowledge that the organizer’s attention to detail is very much noticed and appreciated: all the little details and the thank you notes.
The Professional RS Latin was a four-couple final: first in all Mishiko Bregadze and Alena Knoroshevtseva, second in all - Nazar Zakharchenko and Anastasiia
Rozdabara, third Tilemachos Fatsis and Elisavat Mantani, with Zsolt Katona and Time Potys concluding the final.
The Theatrical Cabaret was a great event with four couples dancing their hearts out. The winners with a strong and very committed performance were Brandon Barker and Chelsea Cherie form Ohio. Second went to Gene Bersten and Elena Bersten. Third were Mishiko Bregvadze and Alena Khoroshevtseva. Fourth - Alexander Romanov and Anna Blagodyreva. Great watching the artistic choices of the couples but it comes to theatrical cabaret, taking challenging choreography and making it look seamless, is surely appropriate and appreciated for this category.
We were treated to a short dance on presentation by the judges followed by the second half of the professional show, by World Latin Champions Dorin Frecautana and Marina Sergeevna. Simple and clean, beautiful performances with perhaps their final dance, the Rumba being our favorite. But we felt it left the audience wanting more. It was as if their emotional connection wasn’t authentic and a bit empty and they couldn’t capture the audience into their story of dance. But nevertheless a world class performance.
With this said, we would like to congratulate Mr. Pocius on his inaugural Winter Open and wish him the best for the future years.
Winter Open Dancesport Competition 2023
Trying to escape the drop of temperatures was not a successful attempt as we arrived at even colder and windier Chicago for the Winter Open Dancesport Championships, organized by Mr. Sid Pocius.
There is always a first, and this was his inaugural year not only running this competition, but running it in Chicago, as it was originally in Indiana. Despite our anticipation of the cold weather following us into the Ballroom, the Summer nights themed nightclub night was hot and bright. We must acknowledge the importance of music choice during competitions and here our DJ, David Innes surely did a fantastic job as we kept wanting to dance with each tune he played.
Friday was all about Pro-Am Rhythm and Ballroom, and although not big in attendance, perhaps due to the new location, the evening turned out to be quite exciting.
With the drop of snowflakes slowly covering Chicago streets with their brilliantly white canvas, we were treated with the professional events and as well as the first part of a great show.
have seemed an easy win at first glance wasn’t as true when looking at the marks, as a few of the judges gave them second place marks. Second went to the local favorites, couple 120, Peter Minkov and Yuliia Sorokata. This couple had a great night. Third went to couple 125, Jonathan Wolfgram and Danyelle Morley from MO. Fourth - couple 111, Aleksandar Bonev and Yelena Bonev from IL.
We’re looking forward to the remaining part of their show dances on Saturday!