With the stars up above in our eyes. A fantabulous night to remember. 'Neath the cover of October skies. One more moon dance with you in the moonlight. On this very magic night.”
It was certainly a wonderful night and conclusion for the Harvest Moon Ball Dancesport Championships, here at the Chicago Marriott in Oak Brook, IL. Last night we had some terrific dancing, and like a harvest some were very ripe and ready to be picked while others were still a little green but with huge talent.
Fourth in all dances went to the couple that we felt could have taken the second place position easily, David Elser & Elizabeth Krug. Their presentation is top notch, even though in the last two dances they seemed to get a little lost and not demand a higher placement. We had to look for them in the last two dances. But once found we liked what we saw. Fifth position was taken by Jonathan Wolfgram & Danyelle Morley and sixth were Aleksandar & Yelena Bonev, who for us had a better night than the night before on the Rising Star.
The Professional Rhythm was also another well attended and interesting professional heat to watch and here the results were really all over the place. The overall winners were Toshko Kondov & Kristen Dobson. They won three dances and placed third in the mambo and second in the rumba. We quite liked their performance, but we agree with the dissenting panel who placed them second in the mambo, for us there was no power or excitement to their performance and even when we looked at their solo number that they did later in the evening during the Challenge of Champions, it was hard to recognize the dance they were doing, apparently it was a bolero.
Our winner on this night placed third overall in this heat, Senzo Makhaye & Agnieszka Strojek, who did manage to win the rumba and placed second in the mambo but were awarded third in the other three dances. We had to disagree with many of the judges on this call, we felt that this couple were easy to read and technically were quite clean, they had enough to win with the exception of the mambo where Gene & Elean could have taken this dance. In the rest of the dances, we think they could have easily placed first in all four dances. We don’t really see any reason why they would be placed as low as this but as we all know, all judges are individual and perhaps we did not see something they saw.
Fourth in this heat and in all dances went to Shen Modrzynski & Magdalena Zybura, and fifth in all was awarded to Nicolas Rodriguez & Paulina Struk, and sixth position went to Fabio Pellicoro & Lindsey Rutherford.