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2016 - 11 . 29

China Blackpool Professional ‘Open’Latin Championship

日期: 2016-11-29
来源: Dance News
Author: Hazel Fletcher
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The China Blackpool Open Professional Latin was undoubtedly the highlight of the five day festival. The very vociferous huge audience were cheering for their elite idols even when they walked on to the floor and prior to a step being taken. This, combined with the inspirational music of Ashley Frolick and the Empress Orchestra, certainly stimulated excitable energy right from the off! Many superstars of the Professional Latin scene have gained a fan base from previous performances in Asia but most of the dancing surpassed anything previously witnessed. With the large excellently lit floor providing lots of space for all competitors, power and projection seemed paramount in many of the dancers’ minds.

 

China Blackpool Professional ‘Open’Latin Championship

 


Winning this first China Blackpool were Riccardo Cocchi & Yulia Zagoruychenko fromthe USA. To say they were in fine form would be an understatement. They bounced onto the floor with effervescent confidence ready to give of themselves completely. Although both diminutive in stature and Yulia opting for compact fringe dresses, which I deem her best look, they created a picture of volume that belied the reality. Supreme comfort and confidence radiated through allfive dances with them seemingly thoroughly enjoying sharing their pleasure ofpresence every moment completely. Each dance depicted its own characteristic story line and in all departments they were an excellent example to aspire to for the young Chinese dancers that have never had the advantage to see them dance live. The fact that they received forty eight out of a possible fifty firsts showed the belief the panel had in their prowess and ability.

 

China Blackpool Professional ‘Open’Latin Championship

 


MaurizioVescovo & Andra Vaidilaite (Canada) also comfortably secured their second position withonly four marks from fifty dropped below second place. Maurizio seemed to beopting for a completely different approach to Riccardo. Where Riccardo enteredthe floor and smiled openly at everyone, Maurizio held everything in behindvery intense eyes which seems the approach he favoured, perhaps trying tocreate the impression of serious intention. It must have been so difficult toremain so impassive with so many of his fans smiling and cheering for him. Myquestion is does all this deep internal intensity really characterise alldances, especially Cha Cha and Samba? Also could Andra perhaps feel she isalone in projecting and sharing her love of dance that is absolutely fabulous.Perhaps the idea in Maurizio's approach is to try and gain favour by beingopposite in style from Riccardo. At times, Maurizio showed the ability tocreate incredible energy and speed from utter quiet stillness that seemed bothspontaneous and was actually awesome. Andra for her part is incredible as shehandled the unpredictability from her partner as if that is what she nowexpects! Even in Paso Doble which Maurizio captures superb essence, atmosphereand imagery so well, the degree of internalization does sometimes produce aless than perfect spine line. So I question is this the best direction?

China Blackpool Professional ‘Open’Latin Championship

 


The result for third and fourth places was incredibly close and almost inseparable. Due to an unfortunate situation of one judge having to withdraw, an even number of 10 adjudicators created a situation of a tie on Rule 10. The Cha Cha was a dead-heat, each couple receiving 5 thirds and 5 fourths. Then each couple received an analysis of 3rd in two dances and fourthin 2 dances. As Rule 10 did not make an outcome, it came down to Rule 11 which decides individual placings. This may be helpful for those who have never understood why panels are usually an uneven number.


Troels Bager & Ina Jeliazkova (Denmark -31⁄2.3.4.4.3). This couple has an engaging appeal. Troels is always pleasing in his demeanour, so correct and sound of principle. Ina is one of the most womanly and fundamentally astute ladies on the floor. Occasionally a wide base action detracted but as a total performance her understated approach to simple quality of action is most admirable. I found their analysis totally understandable as Samba and Jive requires a certain lightness of approach which suited their style and found favour.

China Blackpool Professional ‘Open’Latin Championship


Dorin Frecautanu & Marina Sergeeva (Moldova -31⁄2.4.3.3.4.). The dances where they gained the best marks I believe they have really made their own. In Rumba, Marina's leg action is second to none, danced not just with precision but also emotion, as if she can really "Talk with her legs," most admirable. Paso Doble, which I have always believed is truly the dance where the man has to create the picture first, Dorin shows a complete understanding of depicting the role of the Spanish male mix of Matador and Flamenco artiste.

China Blackpool Professional ‘Open’Latin Championship


Yet another very close result decided 5th and 6th places which must have created ascrutineer’s nightmare!


Arkady Bakenov & Rosa Filippello (England -5.51⁄2.6.51⁄2.5.). Since their win at the British Open in May in the Rising Star they seem to have taken their dancing to an even higher plateau, confidence from success most evident. Arkady's developed artistry and fine sense of line and "finishing" movements seemed so much more mature and Professionally competitive. Rosa appeared totally focussed and in tune with Arkady, excellently centred and grounded at all times.

China Blackpool Professional ‘Open’Latin Championship


Anton Sboev & Patrizia Ranis (Russia -6.51⁄2.5.51⁄2.6.). Their picture of a tall imposing man and a long limbed, lithe, sinuous, beautiful lady provides them with a unique look by comparison in this final. Being blessed with long legs can and often does work in their favour regarding length of line, volume and powerful floor coverage in Samba and Paso Doble.Those long limbs can be a deterrent though in Cha Cha and Jive where a muchnarrower base and compact rotational action is required. At times, their passion allowed them to travel too much, thereby slightly diminishing characteristic action.

China Blackpool Professional ‘Open’Latin Championship

A very exciting semi final should also be recorded. With a commendable 17 marks toward the final were Chinese Super stars Alex Wang Wei & Roxie Chen Jin.Stanislav Nikolaev & Uliana Maximkina from Russia who had also won the Rising Star title here the day before. Rising Star runners-up Andrew Escolme & Amy Baker from England. Slovenians, Peter Majzelj & Maja Gersak. From China, Wang Ji & Pan Jianhui aka James & Kathy and Russians Sergey Gusev & Anastasia Usoltseva. All seemed inspired, put in good performances and did their fair share of completing an exciting, entertaining semi final.

 

China Blackpool Professional ‘Open’Latin Championship

 


 

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