Troels Bager & Ina Jeliazkova won the US National Latin Championships for the second time with also nearly perfect scores from the judges. The won the paso doble with perfect scores from all judges but in the other four dances they missed by one or two marks; in the cha cha and samba judge Corky Ballas was the only judge to award them second place and in in the rumba and jive Linda Wakefield joined Corky and both awarded them seconds in this two dances.
The US Open to the World Scholarships and National Scholarships in the Ballroom division were held at the end of the afternoon, as you saw the day before there was no Pro/Am Scholarships on Friday so all scholarships in the Ballroom were Saturday afternoon.
In the Open Senior 1 National things were a little different here the winner was Llewelyn Nielsen w/Oreste Alitto, she placed second in the waltz and won the other three dances. Agnes Mah who did not enter the open to the world with teacher Stefano Di Brino took second overall 4,2,2,2,2, and third also did not enter the Open to the world Kathy Stetler w/Alexander Voskalchuk 1,4,3,3,6. Annie Chang w/Cristian Radvan placed fourth 3,3,5,5,3; Linda Gill w/Luca Balestra in this nationals was fifth 5,5,4,4,5, and sixth went to Mike Brown w/Anna Oblakova 6,6,6,6,4.
Linda Gill w/Luca Balestra also won the Senior 2 US National Open Ballroom Championship placing first in all dances. Lynn Murrell w/Andrea Zaramella placed this time second in all dances and Shela Abraham w/Andrii Mykhailov was overall third 3,3,3,3,4. Peter Chou w/Xenia Cletova placed fourth overall 4,4,4,4,3; fifth in all dances went to Gloria Genevieve w/Samuel Pacchini; sixth was Carolyn Homoly w/Dmitriy Solomakha, and seventh was awarded to Maryann Nichols w/Mirko Spano.
The Nationals A division was awarded overall to Kristina Mazhar w/Alex Spencer 2,1,3,1,1. This time Alex Caraballoso w/Ihar Kisialiou took second 1,2,1,2,4; Tessa Kolaczenko w/Artur Kozun placed third 3,3,2,4,3 and once again Arun Garg w/Madalina Letting took fourth 4,4,4,3,2. Alina Huang Sakura w/Eugene Bubyr was fifth 5,5,5,5,6, and Annette Baird w/Alexey Grinev placed sixth overall 6,6,6,6,5.
In the US National C, Patricia Schneider w/Sergey Bondarenko placed first 1,2,1,1,2; Kyle Brown w/Vladislav Shakhov took second 3,1,2,2,1, and Natasha Janey w/Iaroslav Bielievi was third 2,3,3,3,3. Fourth in all dances went to Antonia Frost w/Riccardo Conte, fifth was Meridith Kaplan w/Rudy Homm, and sixth was awarded to Catherine Blondell w/Andrii Mykhailov.
The National Open was also won by Sabrina Zagolin w/Yuriy Kravets in all dances. Second but now in all dances went to Laura Shooks w/Aleander Voskalchuk; third overall again went to Aleksandra Grocott w/Andrii Mykhailov 3,3,4,4,3; Dana Miller w/Oreste Alitto was fourth 4,4,3,3,4; Vinie Miller w/Stefano Di Brino placed fifth in all dances and she did not compete in the Open to the World Championship; Bo Chang w/Valerio Colantoni took sixth, and Annette Baird w/Alexey Grinev was seventh.
The Rhythm Got Them!
Last year Andre & Natalie Paramonov retired from the Professional Rhythm arena leaving a void in our Rhythm space.
This void has been filled this year with new champions and new directions. Francesco Arietta & Jessa Mae Briones were crowned last night United States Professional Rhythm Champions, this solidified their win from last week at the Embassy Ball as World Professional Rhythm Champions.
Andrew Escolme & Asta Sigvaldadottir took second in every dance and yes one first in four dances was given to them by different judges and two in the cha cha, but not enough to overcome the landslide sweep by Francesco & Jessa. Andrew & Asta danced quite well even though they were hard to find or should we say they often danced so close to the audience that they almost disappeared, especially for those on the far side of the floor or for the judges who were lined up in front of the stage. This was not just them - many of the couples in this final decided to dance right on top of the audience, leaving the center of the floor nearly empty.
There was one surprise for us we kind of expected Roger Romero & Arismel Naya to make it back at least to the semifinal round but it was not do be they were left out in the quarter final round, apparently they did not have enough marks. Roger & Arismel have a wonderful look and for us they seem to be doing quite a few “Rhythm” moves. We also thought the RS winners, Illie Bardahan & Oxana Kashkina had a shot at this final.
Total entries in the Rhythm were 26 couples and in the Ballroom there were 25 in the Ballroom. The organizers made the decision to dance these events over 4 rounds even though both could have been danced in 3 rounds. A tough decision, but the extra time meant that the ballroom was barely half full by the finals and results – it was just too long for many in the audience.
The US Open Amateur Ballroom was also held this night but attracted only 5 entries. The winners in all dances were Andri Cutashevskii & Anna Vasina. 2nd in all went to Maksym Savytskyy & Marta Tyutyunnyk. 3rd Roman Shchochka & Marta Tyutunnyk 3,3,4,3,3; 4th Mariia Aleksieiev & Kateryna Vusatenko 4,4,3,4,4; 5th Brian Noon & Anastasia Tatarenko 5,5,5,5,5.
We also saw the final 2 Rising Star event and the winners were Ron Garber & Klaudia Petriti (Latin) and Lukas Spisak & Eva Tibenska (Smooth).
An Open, Latin day at USDC!
Yesterday at the USDC the Professional Open to the World Championships were held in both the Latin and the Ballroom divisions.
We also saw the conclusion of the fully packed Latin day for Pro/Am dancing with the Open and National Championships and it was full of surprises.
Only two couples came from outside the USA and they were from Japan and Slovakia, but only one of them made it to the final, Naoto Nomura & Karin Yamasaki from Japan who placed fifth overall 4,5,6,4,6. The coupe from Slovakia, Thomas Jy Loewe & Nirvan did not get out of the first round of competition. In sixth position in this US Open To the World Professional Latin event were Robin Alexander Veskus & Diana Gavrilona 6,6,5,6,5.
In this Open to the World Ballroom Championship second place in all dances was awarded to Valeriu Ursache & Liana Bakhtiarova. Maksym Savytsyi & Polina Riabolvil took all thirds. Fourth place overall went to Radu Sterban & Xenia Cletova 5,4,4,5,4; fifth was awarded to Andrii Mykhailov & Ekaterina Popova 4,5,5,4,5, and sixth in all dances went to Marek Klepadlo & Nina Zhiting Yang.
In the Pro/Am divisions the US Open to The World Cabaret Championship was very contested and the level of difficulty of some of this choreographies made your head spin. The easy winners from the judges perspective was Sophia D’Angelo w/Victor DaSilva. This was perhaps not our favorite routine we have seen from this lady, but she did bring not only lifts but also quality of movements in their transitions as well as a good balance when it came to floor movements.
Robert Haworth w/Rachel Sayotovich placed fourth overall; Maya Rao w/Douglas Dombrowik took fifth overall and Alexandra Kaiser w/Colton Gannon took sixth from the judges.
As we mentioned earlier, the US Open to the world Pro/Am Latin took place this same day and finished with the finals in the evening. Many of them were quite good and here are your results.
Nora Fox once again won all dances in the US Open National event and Esperanza also captured second place in all dances. Alice Lekht w/Igor Derimov were also third but with lower marks than in the Open to the World, 5,4,3,3,5. In this heat there was a tie for fourth place which a Rule10 easily broke and here Philippa Zemelman w/Nikolai Pilipenchuk took fourth 6,3,5,4,3 =21, and Susan Sordoni & Francesco Arietta ended up with fifth overall 3,5,4,5,4 =21. And sixth place was awarded to Toni Mullins w/Tomasz Wlodarski 4,6,6,6,6. Toni competed in the Open to the world but was not called for the final.
In the National B event Christine Stanko w/Andrei Kazlouski took first overall 1,2,3,1,2, as you just saw she placed second in the open. Second went to Christina Enoch w/Tarasov 2,1,2,2,4, we most point out that Christina did not compete in the open event. Third in this National event was awarded to Cortney Reiselman w/Christopher Wayne 3,3,1,4,3, and she too did not compete in the Open to the World event. Katie Hinkley w/ Dymytrii Goncharov placed fourth 4,4,4,3,1. Lindsey Keatley w/Francesco Arietta took fifth in all five dances in this National event, we must point out that as you read earlier Lindsey won the Open to the World Championship. Sixth in all dances was awarded to Irma Wang w/Daniel Hustiuc, and in seventh place was Mirra Blinova Thorpe w/Clement Joly.
Deborah Wright w/Nikolay Voronovich also won all dances in the National event but here was not as clear as in the open event, Deborah had to rely on second or better marks to win the samba, rumba and jive. Second overall in this heat was awarded to Lynn Magnesen w/Tomasz Lewandowski 3,2,2,2,2, and Maria Rigopoulos w/Andrei Kazlouski continued in their third place finish in this National but not in all dances she placed second in the cha cha. Sophia D’Angelo w/ Vitalii Proskurin placed fourth overall 4,4,5,4,4, this lady did not compete in the Open to the World perhaps because the Cabaret Championships were running quite close with this event, Sophia as we mentiond earlier won the Cabaret Championship. Nichelle Kennedy W/ Aleks Nashev placed fifth overall in this National event 5,5,4,5,5; Bonnie Collins w/Mykyta Serdyuk took all sixth in all dances, Bonnie did not dance in the Open To the World event.
The US Open National A division was awarded to Anna Brown w/Andrey Tarasov and they won all dances but the jive where they placed second. The winner of the Open to the World, Caredis & Francesco Bertini took second in this heat with these marks 2,2,3,2,1, and third overall went to Kristina Mazhar w/Vladimir Karpov 3,3,2,3,3. Fourth place was awarded to Ava O’Hara w/Ron Garber 4,6,4,5,4; fifth went to Ginny Rosanio w/Aleksandar Vukosavljevic 5,4,5,6,5, and sixth went to Xinyu Wei w/Daniel Hustiuc 6,5,6,4,6.
In the National Senior 1 event, Marilyn Lim w/Ilie Bardahan won all dances, this lady did not compete in the Open event. Second place in all dances was awarded to Doreen Dressel w/Genya Bartshevich; Tomoko Fujiwara w/Sergiy Samchynskyy who was second in the Open now took third overall 4,3,3,3,4. Scott Magnesen w/Izabela Lewandowski who won the Open placed fourth in this National event 3,4,5,4,3. Fifth overall went to Sheila Pompan w/Henry Byalikov 5,6,4,5,5, and sixth overall was Nancy Murdock w/Roman Italyankin 6,5,6,6,6.
A Show, Show Night
Last night at the US Championships was a show - show night for all, with no group competitions and only solos were performed.
The chairs for the judges across the front of the floor became permanent so they could comfortably witness solo after solo starting with the US Pro/Am South American Showdance and finishing with the US Professional Mambo Championships. The evening as it has been the normal trend this year began after 10:00PM due to the amount of entries and the afternoon finished at around 9:45PM.
This was a new night for the US National Pro Mambo Championship, and it was the last event of the night which meant a rather diminished audience. We were impressed that the couples all appeared to put work into their solos. Some years it seems that couples just reprized their competitive routines.
4th Gene & Elena Bersten; 5th Jeffrey Benarao & Thea Quilaton; 6th Jake Davies & Alyona Kalinina; 7th Joshua Bradford & Regina Kaszas; 8th Andrey Svirydzenka & Yulia Zubava.
Also on the menu with more solos tonight was the US National Pro Latin Showdance Championship. While most of these numbers were entertaining to watch, we felt that all but a couple ran afoul of the following rule "the dances must be selected from....... in the Latin Show Dance events from one up to all of the five regular Latin dances." In many cases we did not see any recognizable dance within these routines making them in effect "cabaret" routines and not show dance.
The pro-ams also joined in the solo train competing for the National Latin Showdance and Ballroom Showdance Titles. The results were as follows:
1. Nichelle Kennedy w/ Aleks Nashev
2. Christian Orsos w/ Anastasiya Danilova
3. Diane Larsen w/ Julius Solano
4. Caleb Ford w/ Evgenia Elcoro
5. Emily Aldridge w/ Carlton Gannon
1. Charlene Proctor w/ Mikhail Zharinov
2. Adrian Kaiser w/ Sarah Lototsky
3. Leeza Dudinchik w/ Mayo Alanen
4. Lynn Murrell w/ Andrea Zaramella
5. Michael Spatola w/ Lydia Petrigova
6. Susie Somerville w/ Carlton Gannon
7. Sally Frame w/ Oleksandr Dzhum
As we mentioned the afternoon session finished after 9:00 PM with the US Open and National Pro/Am Smooth Championships.
The US National Open Championship had a different winner, here Gracelyn Tuoti w/Roman Malkhasyan won overall 1,2,1,1. The winners of the Open to the World were second this time around, Sue Eldred w/Oleksiy Pigotskyy 3,1,2,2, and third place went to Robin Kencel w/Dmytro Pankov 2,3,3,3. This lady competed in the open championship but was not called back for that final. This time Kristi Nadvornik & Mayo Alane placed fourth 4,4,6,4, she placed fifth in the open championship. There was a tie for fifth and sixth place but was easily broken by a (Rule10) judgement and Llewelyn Neilsen & Slawek Sochacki who did not compete in the Open, took fifth 5,6,5,5 = 21 and Carolyn Glazner w/Yegor Novikov placed sixth 6,5,4,6 =21. Seventh place in all dances was awarded to Charlene Proctor w/Mikhail Zharinov, this lady did compete in the open but was not called for the final.
Sophia D’Angelo w/Max Sinitsa also won with first in all dances in the US National Smooth event, but this time second overall went to Patricia Schneider w/Slawek Sochacki 3,2,2,3, leaving her opponent Zlata Clark w/Igor Dogoter this time holding third 2,4,3,2. Like in the Open to the world Nichelle Kennedy w/Aleks Nashev placed fourth 4,3,4,4, and there was also a (Rule11) tie breaker but this time for fifth and sixth place, Gail Komar w/Nikolai Pilipenchuk who competed in the Open but did not make the final now placed fifth 5,6,5,6 =22 and Karence Chan w/Paul Cloud who placed sixth in the open manage to stayed in this same placement in the National event 6,5,6,5 =22.
The A National final was an eight couple affair and here as in the open Alina Huang Sakura w/Kharyton Khomenko won the event but this time with first in all dances. Second also went this time to Alexis Salapatek w/ Stefan Ciubotaru but this time with this marks 3,2,3,3, and Elizabeth Cuevas w/Mayo Alanen moved up one place to third place this time around 2,3,5,2. Marko Namen w/Marina Vlasova took fourth on this National event a place lower than in the Open 5,4,2,4, Maxahna Brinkmeyer w/Danas Jaksevicius continued to be fifth 4,5,4,5, and Alicia Jackson w/Nikolai Pilipenchuk sixth but now in all dances. Seventh overall was awarded to Ali Crampton w/Mauriusz Olszewski 8,7,7,7, they also competed in the Open to the world event but did not make the final and eighth place was awarded to Diane LaVecchia w/Paolo Di Lorenzo who placed seventh in the open - 7,8,8,8.
Celia Chou did not dance the National event and so first place went to Aja Pascale w/Sergiy Samchynskyy 2,1,1,1. Second place went clearly to Selene Steelman w/Travis Tuft who also did not enter the Open to the world event 1,2,2,2. There was a tie for third place that had to be broken by a (Rule11), third place went to Mag Retelewski w/Adrian Dydynski 3,4,4,3 =14, this lady did enter the open event but did not make that final, fourth place went to Ola Glodek w/Kharyton Khomenko who also took fourth in the open event 4,3,3,4 =14. Nannel Wray w/Enzo Zappia took fifth overall 5,6,5,5, and she too entered the open but was not a finalist then. And sixth position was awarded to Kelly Prisco w/Paulo Di Lorenzo.
The National Senior 2 went also to Janet Bruttell w/Dmitrii Zavialov but this time she placed second in the tango, Karen Scott w/Vladimir Kosarev won that tango and placed second overall again this time around. Sally Hess w/Darius Mosteika who did not compete in the open event took third in all dances, and fourth overall went this time to Jeanie LaFavor w/Igor Afonkin 4,4,4,5 they were third in the open event. Jane Dippong w/Scheppler placed fifth 5,5,5,4 and did not compete in the open event, sixth went to Michael McCarthy w/Yuliya Sinevych in all dances.
Nine Dance, Ten Dance, Showdance, Bingo!
Last night the US Championships hosted the Professional Nine Dance, the Ten Dance, the Ballroom ShowDance and the Theatre Arts.
It was a late evening due to an increase of entries and people, with the afternoon session finishing around 10:00PM. But the events didn’t disappoint, they were all well attended and totally worth the wait.
The US Open to the World Rhythm Pro/Am Scholarships were all quite good, a couple of them had quarter-finals and full semifinals to start.
The US Open National Rhythm Championships Senior 1 went a little different, here Marguerite Pinard w/Ilya Reyzin who placed fourth in the Open to the World Scholarship C won all dances. Carolyn Glazner w/ Yegor Novikov took second in every dance and Ana Capo w/ Luis Lopez placed third overall 4,3,3,4,3. Shari Oxman w/ Hayk Balasanyan was fourth 3,4,4,3,5, Sandy Bukholtz w/ Toshko Kondov placed fifth 5,5,5,5,6; Tillie Stacker w/Norov placed sixth 6,6,7,6,4, and Scott Magnesen w/Izabela Lewandowski took seventh overall 7,7,6,7,7.
Marko Namen w/Marina Vlasova also won the US A National Open Championship also placing first in all dances. Maxahnna Brinkmeyer w/ Danas Jaksevicius took second overall 3,3,2,2,2, and third went to Adrian Kaiser w/Rvgennia Elcoro 2,2,3,3,3. Fourth in all dances went to Alexis Salapatek w/Legor Likhachov; fifth place was Avery Lloyd w/Adam Spencer; sixth wen to Hanna Reich w/Ivan Kudashev; seventh was awarded to Lily Pryor w/Frank Del Aguila 8,7,8,7,7, and in eighth position was Crystal Jackson w/Vartan Zakhariants 7,8,7,8,8.
The Senior 2 National event was also won by Karen Scott w/Vladimir Kosarev but this time not in all dances 2,1,1,2,2. Second was awarded to Quin Bommelje w/Mikhail Vlasov 3,3,2,1,1; third went to Janet Bruttell w/Dmitrii Zavialov 1,2,3,3,3. In this heat Leslie McLeod w/Melbin De La Cruz was fourth in all dances; Jeanie LaFavor w/Igor Afonkin placed fifth and Susan Sordoni w/Francesco Arietta took all sixths.
Chasity Smith w/Eddie Ares also won the National B event but this time with these marks - 1,1,2,1,2. Second place went to Michael Butler w/Oxana Kashkina 2,2,1,2,1 who did not enter the Open event, and third place was awarded to Monica Morales w/ Abraham Sannoh 3,3,5,3,4. Julie Wolf w/Gene Bersten placed fourth 4,4,4,4,5; fifth went to Amber Haider w/Mark Baker 6,5,3,6,6; sixth was Cait Meree w/Mishiko Bregvadze 7,6,6,7,3, and seventh went to Jill Winters-Bougard w/Grigol Kranz 5,7,7,5,7.
The US National Pro/Am “mambo” has become a feature at the US Championships, last year there were several penalties awarded but this year we are proud to announce they all behaved and there was no penalties awarded whatsoever.