Méryem started figure skating at the age of 4 and continued until 16, becoming a member of the Olympic Canadian Training Team. She studied ballroom dancing in England and the United States competing in Ballroom and Latin as a professional and danced in the Blackpool TEAM MATCH as a competitor and also as the North American TEAM MATCH CAPTAIN.
She is a coach for career dance couples of Canada, USA and Europe. Ballroom dancing has been her PASSION for the last 40 years, she is still coaching couples every day.
Méryem is a world qualified championships adjudicator. She has also been an adjudicator at the Blackpool Dance Festival. She is also a Dual Fellow in Ballroom, Latin, Smooth, Rhythm and Cabaret of the I.S.T.D and CDF and an Examiner for the Canadian DanceSport Federation. She has served as an adjudicator at no less than 40 World Championships in Europe, Asia, USA and Canada.
Meryem is a recipient of the ``CARL ALLAN AWARD`` from the Royal Family in London, England, for outstanding contribution to Ballroom dancing.
Méryem assisted the famous film director MARTIN SCORCESE for his movie “THE AVIATOR’’as well as being an MC and Choreographer for movies and national TV working with stars such as; LEONARDO DI CAPRIO, KATE BLANCHET, ALEX BALDWIN, GWEEN STEFANI, JUDE LAW and many more…
She has cast talent for Cirque du Soleil, and acted as Organizer of the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS PROFESSIONAL AND AMATEUR on National TV
Second in this excellent Ballroom competition went to Oskar Wojciechowski & Karolina Holody, with these marks - 2,4,3,2,2. As you can see Oskar & Karolina did not win any dances in this match, as some of us would say they came right through the middle in order to obtain this second placement. It is interesting to note that with the exception of the tango Oskar & Karolina took a few more first place marks in the other four dances than the wining couple, but unfortunately they also got more lower marks than Vladishlav & Ekaterina.
Third and fourth place were also quite questionable and the balance between these two hung on one higher mark. In the end Valeriu Ursache & Liana Bakhtiarova placed third overall with 4,2,1,3,4, and Oscar Pedrinelli & Lenka Kovalcikova were fourth with 3,1,4,4,3. As you can see both of these couples won a dance outright, this gives you the feeling of how close all this couples were in talent and skillfulness. Fifth and sixth were a little bit clearer - all fifth places were awarded to Nazar Batih & Mariko Cantley and sixth was awarded to Andrey Begunov & Anna Demidova in all dances.
Third overall was awarded to Andrew Escolme & Amy Baker, and they placed second in the Cha Cha and third in the other four dances. Fourth in all dances was awarded to Riccardo Papi & Sabrina Moretti placing fourth in all dances, and fifth in all was awarded to Antonio Nunes & Ksenia Kashkina, leaving sixth in every dance to Nicolas Rodriguez & Paulina Struk.
Second in this terrific heat went to Alexander Chermositov & Arina Grishanina and they were the winners of the rumba, in the other four dances they placed second in all. Third across the board was awarded to Denys Drozdyuk & Antonina Skobina and fourth went to Pasha Stepanchuk & Gabriella Sabler. These top four went on to compete in the “Dance Beat Dance Off” that was broadcast over the internet later that evening.
The next three couples did not make the “Dance off” part but here it is how they faired. In fifth position by placing fifth in all dances were Andriy & Amanda Besyedin, sixth in four dances and seventh in the rumba went to Artem Zhychuk & Anna Shevchenko, leaving seventh position to Michael Finkelshtein & Yulia Ishchak from Canada and they placed sixth in the rumba and seventh in the other four dances.
In the “Dance Beat Dance Off” portion of the event that evening, the judges stayed out of the equation and the it was up to the people to speak. The broadcast was quite a success and we a massive group engaged and waiting to vote at the end of the three challenges the couples had to face. The 4 couples competed in 2 semifinal, head to head, matches with the winners of each semifinal proceeding to the final. Each round consisted of a 1-minute segment where the couples danced against each other, 45 seconds where they changed partners and danced (with the audience voting for their favorite dancer) and a 1-minute solo dance each. The audience voted 3 times on each round.
There were also 2 very good U/21 events. Erik Linda & Shelly Meshkausk won the Ballroom and Nikita Vasilenko & Olivia Agranovich took the Latin.
For the pro-ams it was Smooth Day and the results of the Open Scholarships were:
Open A – 1st Jennifer Hoffman w/ Dave Hannigan 1,1,1,1; 2nd Nichelle Kennedy w/ Aleks Nashev 2,2,2,2; 3rd Nadia Sicilia w/ Christopher Panasuk 3,3,5,4.
Open B – 1st Celia Chou w/ Erminio Stefano 1,1,1,1; 2nd Nichelle Kennedy w/ Aleks Nashev 2,3,2,3; 3rd Jennifer Hoffman w/ Dave Hannigan 3,2,3,2.
Open C – 1st Shelly Dong w/ Dmitry Illushenov 2,2,1,1; 2nd Alla Neystadt w/ Aaron Talbert 1,1,2,2; 3rd Andrea Flink w/ Val Grebenin 4,3,3,3.
Open C1 – 1st Yu Lan Lin w/ Anton Gorolevici 1,1,1,1; 2nd Julia Wang w/ Aaron Talbert 2,2,2,2; 3rd Sheila Cosby w/ Gabor Seres 4,3,3,3.
Living up to his name!
Last night at the DBDC, the Professional Latin Competition, where the “Bob Medeiros Professional Latin Medal” is presented, was amazing with some of the best dancers from across North America on the floor.
The Professional Smooth, the second featured event, also had tremendous quality with two World and US finalists in attendance. This and more made this a very special evening indeed!
Third position was a little clearer but still had its twists and turns. Artur Tarnavskyy & Anastasiya Danilova placed third in every dance, but we must also point out that they too managed to steal a few firsts in some dances from the top - two in the cha cha and one in the samba, rumba and jive. Nikita Malakhov & Nadezda Vlasova took fourth with these marks 4,4,5,4,4; Alon Gilin & Anna Oblakova were fifth 5,5,4,5,5 and Evgeny Likhachev & Maria Levina were sixth in all dances.
Third and fourth place in this excellent Smooth final was a more difficult situation down to a rule 10 to break a tie for third place. In the end third place went to Aaron Talbert & Maggie Toth 5,3,3,4, and fourth was awarded to Pavel Lebedev & Dinara Khayrulina 4,4,4,3. Fifth position was awarded to Slawek Roszak & Denises Sobiewski 3,5,5,5, and sixth went to Dave Hannigan & Yulia Koshleva 6,6,6,6.
We also saw 2 rising star divisions last night. Making it a great night for them Aaron Talbert & Maggie Toth also won the RS Rhythm 1,1,1,1,1. Runners-up were Antonio Nunez & Ksenia Kashkina 2,2,2,2,2 and 3rd were Karol Kalinowski & Rosa Paredes4,3,4,3,3.
For the pro-am competitors it was a long day that covered 2 styles – Rhythm and Latin with some good open scholarships in both.
You can tune in live tonight for the Open Professional Rhythm and Ballroom Finals and the first ever Amateur Latin Dance Beat Dance Off where the audience vote will determine the winners with $10,000 up for grabs. Tune into the the DBDC Website and vote!
Here’s the direct link: https://www.thedbdc.com/livestream-saturday.html