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.
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
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....
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.
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.
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?