Aha! I just made the connection! Didn't realize you were Sambagirl when we met. It was great competing against you. Well done! Really enjoyed meeting you and your partner.
Yes, you're right that no competitions in North America ever hold IDSF Senior 1 Latin events. I can understand it because who wants to pay megadollars in licensing fees for the event to have only a handful of couples show up. You should go to Classique this year. Some excellent Senior 1 couples will be there and it's always a very good event. It would be a great test of your skill against some of North America's best couples. Unfortunately we can't go to Classique this year because SnowBall happens on the same weekend and since I'm part of the organizing team I have to attend. But plan to come to Vancouver in 2010, as we are hosting IDSF World Cup Latin and it happens the week before the 2010 winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Thanks for the invite -- we would love to go to La Classique but it's a little short notice right now and the Thursday night scheduling for Senior I Latin really doesn't work for us. I wish organizers would take into account that people over 35 generally are, well, working? We may end up trying another IDSF event before worlds, if we end up being able to represent the U.S.
Vancouver in 2010 sounds wonderful; I've never been to the city and have always wanted to go, especially since you have developed a reputation for good Chinese food!
It was a long but very fun three days! I hope everyone that attended enjoyed themselves and everyone that didn't will join us next year. If anyone has any feedback, we would always appreciate it. Such as things you liked, things you didn't, etc...feel free to either post them in here or PM me. Thanks!
And EXTRA kudos to a comp that (generally speaking) runs ON TIME! Yay to everyone involved in making that happen. (Maybe you can provide a tutorial to some of the, ahem, "schedule-challenged" comps.)
The one thing I missed--and I know it was probably cut due to time constraints, so I'm not sure this is exactly a suggestion--were the 30-60 second "dance-ons" for the couples in the youth and adult championship events. It's nice to have an opportunity to see each couple individually.
The VIP program at MAC = best of any comp. Great seats, great re*fresh*ments, great people.
I really liked that we actually danced a full 1:30 instead of 1:00 or at most 1:15.
I wasn't too impressed with the music choices though. I thought the songs could have been better. And I'm still not sure why there were so many problems with the sound system.... Audio cutting out in the middle of a song, songs skipping.....
Great job MAC! For me this was one of the most enjoyable competitons this year. As Novice competitors, we also appreciated the fact that Novice was run in the same session as Pre-Champ. Unless one has a luxury of owning more than one costume, it is just so disgusting to get into wet dance costumes for the second session.
To everyone who is looking for the results from the MAC, please go to www.o2cm.com, then click on results and then on the MAC link. It will take you straight to all of the results and you can then pick and choose which events you want
ADULT PRE-CHAMPIONSHIP LATIN:
Khan Hannan and Meagan O'Toole
George Shamis and Ava Donovan
Filipp Akopyan and Alena Birukova
Chin-Hong Wang and Natalya Gertsik
Scott Vu and Lisa Falcone
ADULT CHAMPIONSHIP LATIN
Tal Livshitz and Vlada Semenova (lots)
Jason Dai and Patrycja Golak (lots)
Peter Gelzhinsky and Mila Burdan
Igor Zabrodin and Nina Estrina
Pasha Stepanchuk and Nadezda Vlasova (lots)
Denys Drozdyuk and Antonina Skobina
Boris Rudenko and Ekaterina Fedosova
Pavel Balykin and Natalia Barantseva
ADULT CHAMPIONSHIP SMOOTH
Ryan Kenner and Amanda Pytlik (on pages 5 and 7)
TEAM MATCH OFFICIAL WINNERS' PHOTO--"Team Awesome"
YOUTH LATIN CHAMPIONSHIP
Ilia Kvartin and Ann Stillman
Mircea Cernev and Jennifer Fales
Ron Garber and Sofia Zaytseva
Slavic Ben and Yana Orlova
Dmitry Ivashchenko and Liza Lakovitskya
***There are definitely more to come of Youth Latin, and lots more of Saturday night in general.***
MQ (or anyone else)--Is this Pavel Balykin and Natalia Barantseva? If not, any idea who it is?