'06 Manhattan Dancesport Championships

#44
Too bad I can't make it. :( It's so close, too.

bluetango said:
ALL of the top names in the US in ALL divisions are registered to compete.
Who's dancing amateur smooth? I saw neither Porfirio nor DancerForLife. Elona and I won't be here. I didn't see Nels and Theresa on the list, nor did I see Hans and Keynes. That rules out most the top couples from the last two years.

Christopher
 
#47
callen said:
Who's dancing amateur smooth? I saw neither Porfirio nor DancerForLife. Elona and I won't be here. I didn't see Nels and Theresa on the list, nor did I see Hans and Keynes. That rules out most the top couples from the last two years.Christopher
My mistake, seems the field is not so strong in the amateur smooth. However, am latin/standard, and pro latin/standard are fielding many of the top names in the country, as is pro rhythm.
 
#50
bailarín said:
I feel as though I am seeing a general improvement in the quality and quantity of pro rhythm - is it my imagination or is it real?
I definitely agree. The top dancers in the field are really starting to push the envelope (ie tony&elena, emmanuel&joanna), and there is some major young rising talent in the ranks as well (matt&karen - what an explosive duo).

I think it all boils down to quality. The quality of Rhythm is improving at a tremendous pace. However, with such a strong international style presence still in the US, Rhythm is starting to duplicate the "look" of international latin - and I'm not sure if that is a good thing.

Its kind of what I was saying in another post about the "look". If you look very quickly at a couple (while dancing), can you tell if they are rhythm or latin dancers? I'm not talking about recognizing obviously american or international steps, I'm just talking about the way the couple moves. Does rhythm have its own unique look? I'm not sure, I'm not a expert....
 

GJB

Well-Known Member
#51
Well, Tony and Elena have both competed in Pro Latin. So did Inna. And her current partner is from Russia so he must be trained in Latin. Joanna competed in Amateur Latin in Poland. Matt and Karen also did Amateur Latin. No wonder people think Rhythm looks like Latin.
 
#52
i think the impression bob and julia made - rhythm is a serious style, and it's its own style - is bearing some exciting fruit now. (sidenote: a couple of pro friends who saw them do a show recently said that, even a year into their retirement, they outdanced all the rhythm and most of the latin pros competing at the event by a very wide margin.)

there's a little bit of a battle going on in the field, stylistically - will things move more in a latin direction, or more in a rhythm direction? emmanuel and joanna represent the best fusion of the two, i think, and when they unseat tony and elena (an inevitability, and soon) i think that will help move things in the right direction even further.
 
#53
all of that said, i hope the entire cluster of ny/nj rhythm pros show for Manhattan. it should make for a very good event if they do. lots of 'em are listed, we'll see if they show.
 
#54
I agree. Bob and Julia had a style. They worked it and set themselves apart (and for Bob to outdance current pros is even more impressive - he's in his 40s at least?). Emmanuel and Joanna are next. Who will be after them?
 

Merrylegs

Well-Known Member
#58
Good luck to everyone dancing. Especially Mambo Queen! She deserves it after the hell week she's had.

See everyone this weekend. Not sure when exactly, still working on it.
 

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