Keith Todd

Keith Todd

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A New Generation in New York: NYDF

Report by Keith Todd

Photography by Ryan Kenner

Over the last few years we have seen many competitions transfer to a new generation of organizers and on this front none of these transfers have been more anticipated than the New York Dance Festival’s. Edward Simon has been the organizer of this competition for many years, but last year he transferred ownership to one of the USA’s most iconic competitive couples of recent years, Eugene Katsevman & Maria Manusova.


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Platinum Dancesport 2016: Shining on Biscayne Bay!

Report by Keith Todd

Photography by Decadance Photography 

Platinum Dancesport, hosted by Igor & Polina Pilipenchuk, holds the distinction of being the closest competition to my home on the NDCA Calendar.  In fact, from Igor & Polina’s spectacular hospitality suite at the Hilton Downtown Miami, you can see my apartment building!  That said, you can perhaps understand why I am biased towards a winter competition in my home town.  Even though the weather was a little chilly for us Floridians on the first day of the competition, those traveling from points north all told me, “you should see what it’s like where we live!”  No thank you! The next day temperatures outside were back up into our winter ‘70’s and many of the competitors were able to take a break from dancing to explore downtown Miami or cross the causeway to South Beach.


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“The Snow Couldn’t Stop ‘Em!” Nashville Starz 2016

Report by Keith Todd

Photography by Park West 

 

Well actually it did stop a few!

Taking place in January, Nashville Starz is prone to North America’s weather extremes, but situated in the southern city of Nashville, TN, it should be well clear of the Northern snow-belt.  Not this year!  Over the weekend of January 23rd Nashville endured record snow fall as did much of the northeast.  This necessarily impacted travel all over the USA and indeed some dancers were unable to attend although they had fully intended to compete.  Nevertheless, plenty of us did make it and organizer, David Hamilton, showed gracious equanimity and the event was as special as it always is.


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Sizzling in the Snow!The Snow Ball 2016

Report by Keith Todd

Photography by Ryan Kenner

This was my first ever visit to Donna Edelstein’s Snow Ball, held in Minneapolis, MN on the first weekend of January. It was also my first competition of the 2016 season. Keeping the event true to its name, the weather gods turned on the snow for my arrival and it was steadily snowing as I left the airport.


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Year End in Las Vegas!Holiday Classic 2015

Report by Keith Todd

For very many years my dance calendar has come to an end in Las Vegas, NV at the Holiday Classic.undefined This year was no exception.undefined December 9th to 13th saw me ensconced in the Tropicana Hotel, the current venue of the Holiday Classic.undefined


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World Dancesport Series Pro-Am Latin Open

Report by Keith Todd

Photography by Park Westundefined

B Division:

There was something of an upset as the winner of most championships in this division over the last year, Tina Broccole w/ Delyan Terziev lost the event 2 dances to 3 to Nathalie Belanger w/ Genya Bartashevich.undefined


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A Kingly Contest! Kings’ Ball 2015

Report by Keith Todd

Photography by Ryan Kenner

This was my first ever trip to the Kings’ Ball which was held this year December 4th  - 6th in the Hilton Meadowlands, NJ.  This hotel has the advantage of being close to New York City and Newark Airport, in fact only about eight miles from the Holland Tunnel and Manhattan, but far enough out that the high prices of the city are not so noticeable. 


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