The lighting and atmosphere set up for the dancers in each and every dance is admirable, the rewards and outstanding trophies are beautiful, the attendance and enthusiasm of the audience guided by the very capable MC is significant and the music made us tap through nearly all heats. But that’s not all, some of the competitions last night were terrific and totally worth a mention on this blog.
For us things were really up on the air when it came to third place down. On this occasion Sandu Babira & Alise Dombrovsky took third overall but as you will see not in all dances 3,2,3,3,4. We have to admit that this couple did improve as they went on, in the semifinal had anyone asked us what we thought, we would have said it would almost be hard for them to make the final, but yes they improved their game in the final and we could see how they ended up in this position. Vincent Corriveau & Bianca Champagne placed fourth overall 4,4,4,4,3, this couple for us had tremendous energy, they always pushed with lots of consistency and we are also not surprised they made the final, their work was not as clear as we would expect, but good enough to make it on this group.
Fifth place went to a couple that also caught our eye almost immediately and who we thought could have placed a little higher at least in fourth place in some of the dances and that was Steve Grenier & Maryse Loiselle with these marks 5,5,5,5,6. Unlike Sandu & Alise who placed third and got better as they went, this couple’s performance got weaker as they went, by the time the paso and jive came in the final they started to lag behind and looked a little sluggish. Sixth in this terrific final was awarded to Chad Faessier & Danika Flood 6,6,6,6,5, this was a very good couple as well but in the scheme of this final not good enough to push much ahead. We do have to congratulate these excellent couples because they made this an excellent finale to this excellent night of dancing at Le Chic de La Dance.
There were two very good senior events. The Senior II was greatly attended and the winner overall was Jean-Francois Rousseau & Nathalie Labouceur winning all dances. This event had open marking, meaning the judges showed their marks after every dance, so the couples have extra pressure knowing how they are doing as they go. Jean-Francois & Nathalie won every dance with a majority of firsts but we did not quite see it this way. We think that Mario Nadeau & Danielle Nobert could have easily taken a dance or two but it was not to be, the judges had them second in every dance. Third overall was awarded to Guy Joyal & Sylvie Lortie placing fourth in the waltz and third in the other three dances. Claude Guimond & Martine Guay were fourth 3,4,4,4,4, Karl Belanger & Chantal Arcand placed fifth in all dances, Robert Foucault & Marie-Andree Ploirde were six in all and Stephane Lemay & Melanie Milette seventh.
With this, this very sleek evening of dancing at Le Chic de La Dance concluded and we immediately attended a reception for many of the attendees. Congratulations to the organizer Alain Doucet, Anik Jolicoeur, Claudia Primeau, and Francis LeFrenier for putting together such a fabulous event to showcase our ballroom dancing!