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Monday, June 2, 2008

Go Americans

This week at the Blackpool Dance Festival was fabulous. We saw the U.S.A. team win the team match for the first time in history and Americans place in the finals of the 2008 British Open in the Professional Latin and Professional Ballroom.

In a team match, usually four teams are invited to participate and each team selects two Professional Latin couples and two Professional Ballroom (Standard) couples to dance. The Latin and Ballroom couples dance in a “round robin” sort of format until all ten International dances have been performed. After totaling the scores for all dances, the U.S.A. team emerged victorious! Yeah, U.S.A!

In the Professional Latin division, Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis from Poland won this event. The good news for Americans is we had three couples reach the finals. Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko placed 2nd overall and both Andrei Gavriline & Elena Kryuchkova and Eugene Katsevman & Maria Manusova made the finals in one dance. Congrats to the American Couples! (See overall placement below)

Professional Latin – Overall placement
1. Michael Malitowski & Joanna Leunis, Poland
2. Riccardo Cocchi & Yulia Zagoruychenko, USA
3. Peter Stokkebroe & Kristina Stokkebroe,Denmark
4. Sergey Sourkov & Agnieszka Melnicka, Poland
5. Franco Formica & Oksana Lebedewa, Germany
6. Maurizio Vescovo & Melinda TöRöKgyöRgy, Hungary
7. Andrei Gavriline & Elena Kryuchkova, USA
8. Eugene Katsevman & Maria Manusova, USA

In the Professional Ballroom division, Mirko Gozzoli and Alessia Betti from Italy won this event. And again, the good news for Americans is that we had two couples in the finals. Arunas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova placed 2nd overall and Victor Fung and Anna Mikhed placed 4th overall. Congrats to these couples too! (See overall placement below)

Professional Ballroom – Overall placement
1. Mirko Gozzoli & Alessia Betti, Italy
2. Arunas Bizokas & Katusha Demidova, USA
3. Jonathan Wilkins & Hazel Newbury, England
4. Victor Fung & Anna Mikhed, USA
5. Domenico Soale & Gioia Cerasoli, Italy
6. Jonathan Crossley & Lyn Marriner, England
7. Roberto Villa & Morena Colagreco, Italy

Good luck to all couples in the future and we look forward to seeing them on the dance floor.

Mark Mendez


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