Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by Laura, Aug 24, 2006.
WOAH! I am now part of the Royal Family. Please call me Princess Laura.
this reminds me that i am still pouting about not getting to be a demi-goddess or something fun like that...hmmmpf
Rising Star Professional Standard
1. Ikaika Dowsett & Jula Walker - CA (1-1-1-1-2)
2. Slawek Sochacki & Marzena Stachura - CA (2-2-2-3-1)
3. Kenji & Mariko Fukui - Japan (3-3-3-2-3)
4. Youriy Pavlov & Anna Shabazyan - CA (4-4-4-4-4)
5. Bill Bisko & Kaori Asano - HI (5-5-5-5/tie/-5)
6. Mark & Andrea Nelson-Novak - CA (6-6-6-5/tie/-6)
SF Narito & Naoko Nakamura - Japan
SF Saburo Sugimura & Aya Kimura - Japan
SF Pierre-Yves & Susan Tinel - CA
Rising Star Professional Rhythm
1. Martin Balmaceda & Laura Thacker - WA (1-1-1-1-1)
2. Sean Tamashiro & Jennifer Suzuki - CA (2-2-2-2-2)
Tonight we will have Open Professional Rhythm and Open Professional Latin. (That's it, plus a show from Mirko Gozzoli & Alessia Betti.) The schedule at this competition is very light in the evenings.
Will report back more later!
Yay for threestep! :cheers:
And sand in your pants...
wow - a big win for threestep over slavik and marzena
Good Luck to you Laura!
Hope you're having a great time, Laura, uhhh, Your Highness.
And congrats to ThreeStep.
Open Professional Rhythm
1. Felipe & Carolina Telona - NJ (1-1-1-1-1)
2. Lucas Jaime & Yanna Samkova - NY (2-2-3-2-2)
3. Jeremy Pilling & Julie Goldman - CA (3-3-2-3-3)
4. Martin Balmaceda & Laura Thacker - WA
5. Golden Parker & Jackie Brockman - CO
6. Sean Tamashiro & Jennifer Suzuki - CA
Open Professional Latin
1. Darius Penkauskas & Darina Jeleva - NY (1-1-1-1-1)
2. Slawek Sochacki & Marzena Stachura - CA (2-2-2-2-2)
3. Patrick Ellison & Anne Remsen - CA (3-3-3-3-3)
4. Ryan Reynolds & Cassaundra Spargur - CA (4-4-4-4-4)
Not only was this the first comp I've been to where the Open Pro Rhythm had a larger field than the Open Pro Latin, but I also found the dancing in the Rhythm as a whole to be more interesting than in the Latin. That said, the Latin winners were great and were overall stand-outs on the night, I really liked their Cha Cha because Darina is just so fast and snappy in her footwork and in her turns and spins.
Mirko Gozzoli & Alessia Betti gave the usual type of show, the highlight for me was their magnificent Foxtrot to Barry Manilow's "Mandy."
Events of note that I will be watching tomorrow are the Rising Star Smooth, the Open Pro Smooth, and Maxim Kozhevnikov & Yulia Zagoryuchenko's 5-dance Latin show. But I really intend to spend the afternoon lounging by the pool drinking things involving rum and little paper umbrellas while reading a book!
Whoa, Latin smaller than Rhythm?
i haven't seen, or heard of, the couples in spots 4-6 in open rhythm - any thoughts, laura?
Gosh, they must be consulting with the music programmers for DWTS!
(come ona my house....)
Spot 4 (Martin Balmaceda & Laura Thacker) won the Rising Star, nice enough dancing but some stuff looked a little off timing-wise between the two people, as if they were new at this partnership or division or competing -- and as Rising Stars of course they are.
Spot 5 (Golden Parker & Jackie Brockman) are very young (or at least the lady is) and quite cute. Jackie is the daughter of someone who my pro friends know from dancing, but I don't recall who, but she's a second-generation ballroom dance pro it seems. The have a nice air about them and I actually preferred them to Martin & Laura. I think I heard that this was their first professional competition.
Spot 6 (Sean Tamashiro & Jennifer Suzuki) are a new partnership (started competing in June). I've actually known Jennifer for years, since she was a newbie pro teaching wedding couples. I think they are stylish but need seasoning, to up their performance levels and work out nerves and the like. They have a very fun and classy look.
Hmm. I know a pro with the same last name, he does quite a few pro-am entries in our Missouri comps.
great summary, thanks. i found that Parker/Brockman also did Nevada, and found some pro-am results for both as well....
I believe Jaki is the daughter of Wayne Brockman and Colleen Royal and they have studio(s) in Colorado Springs area. I had a team working in CSprings when I started dancing and checked out the studio at that time. Colleen was a very gracious hostess. They used to run the Rocky Mountain Challenge in the past. Their daughter has always been nice. I think they've been teaching for a couple years and I have seen her with Golden off and on an various comps.
It's a different Brockman then.
Hehe, I see a number of bay area entries. It's fun to see names of people that you know locally competiting in hawaii.
Yes, different family.
Yep, there's a good number of SF Bay Area people here. It's really easy to get to Honolulu from the Bay Area after all. About a 5 hour flight, and depending on what days you fly the airfares were as low as $270! Makes up fro the hotel, which is $235/night. It's just as nice as the $89/night hotel we had for USA Dance Nationals -- but *right on the water* at Waikiki, and you know what they say about real estate: it's all about location, Location, LOCATION.
It's another beautiful day here, I'm watching surfers outside my window while I'm working on my hair and makup.
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