The Professional Rhythm perhaps had the most punch but here every couple had something special to offer.
A little green to this category but continuing to improve and impress, Francesco Arieta & Jessa Mae Briones, they won three dances with a majority of firsts but in the swing and the bolero they had to rely on seconds or better to win the dances. For us this performance was not the best we have seen from this couple, perhaps they are a little too comfortable now that the nationals are over. There is endless potential here and we are sure they will continue to move forward with extra consistency on future outings.
Fourth was Andrew Nikitchenson & Tara Fanzo, we love that they put a lot of impact in every dance they truly break the doors down, enough to take third in the swing. More refinement needs to be done to challenge the very top but totally on the right track. Fifth in all dances were Senzo Makhaye & Agnieszka Strojek, and sixth went to Jeffrey Ruben Benarao & Therese Andre Quilaton.
The Professional Ballroom field was also a little green but with fantastic potential. The winners in all dances with a majority of firsts were Oleksandr Kalenyuk & Olena Ablitsova, for us this couple brings a full package to the table, their feet and legs are amazing and Oleksandr’s upper body position is so natural and poised. Another favorite of ours took second and that is Igor Mikushov & Valeriia Belozerova. Like the winners they took most of the seconds and all the firsts that Oleksandr & Valeriia lost. Their displacement of movement is wonderful, perhaps a little more subtlety and light and shade might be needed to take more firsts from the top, the potential is certainly there, no reason why not.
The amateur competitions were terrific in both the Latin and the Ballroom. In the Latin the partnership of Tal Livshitz & Ilana Keselman were unstoppable, and it was an unquestionable win for them earning perfect scores from all judges in every dance, we have to agree with the judges on this one. We must also mention that Tal & Ilana won the best of the best competing against the top amateurs this same evening, they did a cha cha that the music alone brought you to your feet.
Fourth overall went to a couple that we really enjoy and felt they could have easily placed second overall. However, we must have missed something here, Sandu Babira & Emmy Chladek, were perhaps not as sharp and precise as Tal & Ilana, but their work for us was very complete. We were quite surprised with their marks 3,4,5,3,4. Fifth was another incredible couple that not long ago were a little green but now they are as ripe as a tangerine, Kevin Filipczak & Sophia Marriott 5,5,3,5,3. Kevin & Sophia have done their work and in the past year or so have matured quite a lot. Sophia who not log ago was a kid is now looking on the top of the class and for us one of the best in this competition.
Sixth overall was awarded to Oskar Krimus & Shayna McDonald 7,6,7,6,6. This was possibly not the result they were looking for, and yes they are not the most consistent couple, but could have place slightly higher. Emil Martirosyan & Eva Tulchinsky were placed seventh overall 6,7,6,7,7.
There was no variation of marks for any of the couples, what they got on the final tally is exactly what they were awarded in all dances. Third in all dances was awarded to Nickolas Bleykhman & Zlatoslava Poluben. Fourth were Yevgenii Taraniuk & Makinen, fifth went to Oskar Rybczynski & Veronika Nowak, and in sixth position were Dimitri Billian & Hanna Shyvilka.
Congratulations to the organizers who always do a wonderful job in hosting this event - the love and welcome is felt from the moment you arrive. Look forward to Paragon 2023!
"Through the Eyes of the Soul"
“Be as happy as you can, oh king Tecayehyatzin; You who appreciates the jewels that flourish!
Will we live again? Your heart knows this: We only live once!”
Poem by Xayacamachn.
Last night the main feature events were the Open Professional Latin and Smooth and they did not disappoint, both events were excellent but the Professional Latin results left us scratching our heads. The quality was terrific but the majority of the results were not expected something that we celebrate in an industry where sometimes everything can be written in stone.
Our shock was the fifth place overall awarded to Rangel Spirov & Veronika Chernyaskaya 4,T4,5,5,5. As we mentioned, we thought they were giving Andriy & Amanda a run for that placement but no, as far as we could tell the only running was for a much lower placement. In thinking about their performance, we have to agree they can get a little carried away with their emotions and presentation making it a little loud perhaps, but not deserving of the fifth place awarded. We are a little excited about the possibility that we will not always see the same result at every comp, this makes the competition so much more appealing for an audience not knowing who for sure should be second. In the end we think this to be a good thing and congratulations to the judges for going out of what we consider the usual box.
Fourth place was awarded to Andrey Kitsun & Nicole Prosser 5,4T,4,4,4, another very talented couple, unfortunately maybe our minds were all tied up somewhere else and we did not see what the judges were looking at last night, we think there is huge potential here but at the moment it is a little over-worked for us, but apparently not for this panel of adjudicators. We have to tip our hats to the judges a minute and a half is never enough for us to enjoy all their excellent dancing it must be quite hard for the judges too.
We all know where Rangel & Veronika placed they were fifth overall, and sixth went to Kostiantyn Samarskyi & Margarita Golubeva who took sixth in all dances.
Third went to Ilya Abdullin & Anastasija Jerjomina and this was in all dances. We did think Ilya & Anastasija would place third overall but might lose a dance or two, to the new partnership of Dave Hannigan & Stephanie Betts who took fourth in all dances. We are happy we were correct on this one but we do like the new partnership, and look forward to seeing them on the floor sooner than later we hope.
Fifth in all dances went to Steve Torres & Nicole Barron and sixth were Tsvetomir Stynov & Tanis Nunes.
With this the evening concluded, we look forward to tonight’s Ballroom & Rhythm competition, as we write the Latin day is going on in the ballroom and it is always a packed day here at the Paragon.