How to Defeat a Champion: World Professional Standard Championship Finals

#1
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..
 

samina

Well-Known Member
#6
i so enjoy the modern lines as compared to those in these older videos... the ladies appear so upright and rigid, especially in tango.
 

hereKittyKitty

Administrator
Staff member
#8
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
i so enjoy the modern lines as compared to those in these older videos... the ladies appear so upright and rigid, especially in tango.
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.
 

Warren J. Dew

Well-Known Member
#13
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!
 

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