To mark this milestone anniversary of an event that started as a “local” competition 25 years ago, the Booths hired not one, but three of the USA’s leading competitive couples to perform on Saturday night - US Smooth Champions, Roman Malkhasyan & Galina Detkina; US Cabaret Champions, Shane & Shannon Jensen and number one ranked Rhythm competitors, Francesco Arietta & Jessa Mae Brioness.
It was also a change of venue for this year’s event. The new hotel was the Hyatt Regency in Aurora. This pleasant and well-appointed hotel is closer to the airport than the previous venue and had a large ballroom.
The event was well-attended from start to finish with total entries over 6500. We have always been impressed with the great atmosphere in the ballroom for the pro-am divisions here in Colorado – and this atmosphere is great right from the start at 7:00 AM.
The Professional divisions were all straight finals with the exception of the Open and Rising Star Smooth divisions, that both began with semifinals.
Only 2 couples contested the Open Pro Ballroom and the winners in all dances were Evgeniy Mayorov & Olga Lisovskaya. The runners-up were Alexey Grinev & Kseniia Grineva.
Alexey & Kseniia, as you may have noticed competed in 3 styles – Smooth, Latin and Ballroom, they also contested the Showdance where they were the runners-up. The winners were Alexey Smirnov & Daria Smirnova and Jay Holmes & Andrea Rupley were third.
Richard & Jennifer are experienced organizers (they are also involved with other events) and this experience shows in the apparent effortless organization. The Colorado Star Ball has retained its friendly feel, despite growing into a major event on the US dance calendar.