Aside from all the personal stuff, the quality of dancing this year at the evening events was absolutely off the charts. Champ Latin certainly didn't disappoint -- I love watching Pasha and Anastasiya whenever I'm lucky enough to, and Jason Dai was unrecognizable (in a good way) with his new partner. Also, a big Taras and Tatiana fan, so I'm very happy they won Champ Standard.
The American styles were freaking insane, though (again in a good way). Everyone was absolutely on fire in the Champ Smooth and Rhythm finals. The former got me revved up by seeing just how far my own partner and I can go -- so many different stylings and choreographic choices made the final inspiring to watch (plus, I got some kicka** photos). The latter especially made me proud to call myself an American style dancer. Sharp, crisp, original (even if there were some ... idiosyncratic choreography choices), and it was a hard-fought battle between 1 and 2 (results were 1-2-1-1-2 to 2-1-2-2-1). Based on immediate feedback on Facebook and personal conversations, the quality of dancing in the Rhythm final really bumped up a notch, and it'll be exciting to see what happens in the coming months, especially at Nationals.