Ballroom Dance > Videos > How to Defeat a Champion: World Professional Standard Championship Finals

Discussion in 'Videos' started by Dapenda, Nov 23, 2007.

  1. Dapenda

    Dapenda New Member

    World Professional Champion couples usually do not give up their seat until retirement. But this couple dared to challenge their dominance...

    The Competitors:
    #11 John Wood & Anna Lewis (World Pro Champion)
    #10 Marcus Hilton & Karen Hilton (World Pro Champion)
    #08 Glenn Weiss & Maja Serve (World Amateur Champ)
    #23 Hiro Amano & Kyoko Amano (Japanese Champion)
    #29 Lasse Odegaard & Laila Kragebol (Norwegian Champ)
    #30 Kim Rygel & Cecilie Rygel (World Amateur Champion)

    Waltz 1 of 5

    Tango 2 of 5

    more to come..
  2. Dapenda

    Dapenda New Member

    winner of Waltz: John & Anna
    winner of Tango: Marcus & Karen

    Viennese Waltz 3 of 5

    Foxtrot 4 of 5

    more to come
  3. Dapenda

    Dapenda New Member

    Winner of Viennese Waltz: Marcus & Karen
    Winner of Foxtrot: John & Anna

    Quickstep 5 of 5

    Winner of Quickstep:
  4. :confused: I don't get it?
  5. lcdancesport

    lcdancesport Active Member

    Ahh who won, 10 or 11??
  6. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    i so enjoy the modern lines as compared to those in these older videos... the ladies appear so upright and rigid, especially in tango.
  7. Dapenda

    Dapenda New Member

    The Hiltons won the quickstep, and went on to become the most dominating standard champions ever - in the history of ballroom dancing.
  8. hereKittyKitty

    hereKittyKitty Administrator Staff Member

    I agree that standard is more exciting to watch now.However, I have some old lectures from John and Anne wood on video. Even though their lines were not "filled out" as much as today, they definitely were dynamic. To me they were the best movers, though this video doesn't necessarily showcase this.
  9. Chris Stratton

    Chris Stratton New Member

    There have been changes, yes. However, there's an elegance and easy competence in the best examples of this dancing which is still an often elusive goal to capture in today's lower, more earthy athleticism. It can be done - after all, it's the people on this video and just before and after who are the leading coaches today - but it's difficult to get both what they had then, and what everybody has today, at the same time.

    Also, those wide stand-out hems can create a high spindly look all by themselves.
  10. reb

    reb Active Member

    John Wood is amazing . . .

    I highly recommend lessons from him.
  11. White Chacha

    White Chacha Active Member

    I'm curious exactly when that comp was. I can see a large banner with a '92 on it. Are we talking 1992?
  12. Jayant

    Jayant New Member

    Maybe we are talking about 1992, Yes i am sure its 1992.
  13. Warren J. Dew

    Warren J. Dew Well-Known Member

    Oh. My. God.

    I just now finally watched these videos. My respect for Marcus' floorcraft and Karen's following - and for their gutsiness - just went up by a lot, and it was already pretty high.

    What a fitting title, Dapenda. Thanks!
  14. chachachacat

    chachachacat Well-Known Member

    It's Anne Lewis, not Anna.
  15. Laura

    Laura New Member

    Anne (Lewis/Gleave/Wood) is amazing. She was incredible in that Waltz.

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