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1 www.dancebeatworld.com Edition 0810-2 “El Diab lo Esta S An exclu sive inter view with uelto” Davide C acciari Plus * The IDSF in Palm Springs, California. 2 Dance Beat World photo by Andrew Miller 1234 S. Dixie Hwy. # 346 Coral Gables FL 33146 USA phone (+1) 305-531-3087 email firstname.lastname@example.org Keith Todd Editor Trudy Faust Advertising & Subscriptions GOC Coming Next Week! Full Coverage of the 2010 German Open Championships from Stuttgart. Analysis of the main competitions (IDSF Grand Slams & WDC World Series events), plus select other divisions. Full action photographs of all divisions covered. Plus be sure to visit www.dancebeatworld.com this week for full coverage, including video, of the Embassy Ball in Irvine, California, including IDSF Grand Slam divisions and next week coverage from US Open Championships in Tara Christensen Orlando, Florida. Design Director Our Ads are Clickable! DANCE BEAT WORLD is pub- lished weekly and is registered as a corporation in the state of Florida. Click anywhere on the ads in this magazine to be taken Opinions expressed in Dance Beat World are not necessarily those of directly to the advertiser’s website Dance Beat World, LLC. or its staff. 3 4 5 6 “El Diablo Esta Suelto” (The Devil Is Loose) by Didio Barrera Many years ago I attended a competition in Ire- land and it was there that I was first introduced to “Team Diablo.” A group of energized young men and women all wearing the “Team Diablo” leisure jackets with their prominent Diablo logo. I immediately presumed at that time that this group must be some kind of a school or organization. From the “Diablo” part I figured that it must be an Italian or Spanish group. I was a little puzzled at first by their Spanish or Italian name “Team Dia- blo” meaning a Devil Team? Was this part humor, a devilish team? Or was this a team to feared as many fear the “Devil?” Davide & Olga Cacciari photo by David Mark In my enquiries that same weekend in Ireland, I found out that this was a group him one of my first questions to Mr. Cacciari was about the “Team developed in Italy by world professional finalists Davide and Olga Cacciari. But Diablo” name. “I can tell you very clearly why the name was se- that the “Team Diablo” I was looking at were not from Italy, this group was from lected. The name constituted in two words, firstly ‘Team’ because I Spain. To me this meant only one thing that this “Team Diablo” must be some presume that in order to achieve the best results in competitions and sort of a franchise such as Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire is in the USA, and the best ability as a dancer today it takes more than one person. You even GallaDance in Russia. need a team of experts helping you to reach the best in your career. This is why we decided to call it a team, just to give the idea that it Since that time in Ireland I have continued to travel throughout the world cover- is important to have a team of experts. ing many different events and almost at every stop and every turn there is always a “Team Diablo” member, sometimes a small group, sometimes in huge quanti- And ‘Diablo’ is coming from a legendary very powerful bull from ties, but year after year “Team Diablo” continues to grow bigger and bigger Spain, from a “corrida” (a bull fight) and this bull was called “Dia- throughout the world of DanceSport. Last year at the Embassy Ball in California blo”. And the reason this bull was called “Diablo” was because where a Latin & Standard IDSF Grand Slam is held, I approached Mr. Cac- nobody could ever beat this bull. In other words he was an unbeat- ciari, the creator and director and asked him for an interview. I wanted to know able bull. So we thought that would be nice to take over this name, more about the man that like the car “Lamborginni” did for their main car some years ago, heads and had the first vi- they imported the “Lamborginni” name. sion of “Team Diablo” in his mind. I felt this was very good motivation for the people and the kids dreaming about something that’s unbeatable. We did not want to I had never really met Mr. use any names of dancers because this would have looked a little Caccari, but on this occa- strange and funny. Surely we did not want to use our name. So that sion I found him to be very is the reason we called our organization Team Diablo from the be- intense and focused on his ginning.” views of dancing and after finding out a little about So what in reality is this “Team Diablo” their website says this: “Diablo’ is coming from a legendary very powerful bull from Spain, from a “corrida” (a bull fight) and this bull was called “Diablo”. 7 Ferruggia and Claudia Kohler, World Latin “Team Diablo is an International Team of top Amateur Finalists Zoran Plohl and Tatyana level dancers in all age categories from all dif- Lahvinovitch as well as many others who con- ferent countries all over the world. They are sistently make semi-finals and quarter-finals based in Molinella, close to Bologna in Italy. It of World Closed and Open Championships. is the biggest and most successful Dance-Sport Team Worldwide. Team Diablo continues to constantly push the boundaries of ballroom dancing by conduct- The main coaches are Davide & Olga Cac- ing research together with the Institute of ciari, also the founders of Team Diablo. A lot Medicine and Sport Science in Rome as well of other Dance-Sport trainers and coaches are as working closely with the world’s leading involved within Team Diablo. They regularly teachers in both Standard and Latin. organize workshops and trainingcamps where they invite other World-class dancesport train- They frequently organize camps and work- ers (most of them former WorldChampions in shops where the top teachers from England Standard and Latin) to come to Italy to give and other parts of the world come to share their students the best information available to their knowledge and experience with all the improve their technique in dancing. members of Team Diablo.” Team Diablo is famous for the former 3 time Here is more high praise from a couple that en- World Champion in the Standard Category joys the benefits of being a Team Diablo mem- Paolo Bosco & Silvia Pitton who turned Pro- ber, they are Jeffrey and Eneth member of Team fessional in 2009 and current World Champi- Diablo since 2006. “We are the first Dutch ons Amateurs Benedetto Ferruggia & Claudia couple to be member of Team Diablo! We go Koehler. But much more very good Ballroom Benedetto Ferrugia & Claudia Koehler to Italy nearly every month to have lessons dancers are involved within Team Diablo, both photo by Helmut Roland with our Team Diablo coaches and trainers, in Standard and Latin. Davide and Olga Cacciari and our co-trainers and current WorldChampions: Benedetto Fer- ily. This is the first time that many of our readers Team Diablo developed the very first and ruggia & Claudia Koehler.” This is all very and citizens of North America have heard about unique Dance Sport Academy, in which stu- high praise but in some camps “Team Diablo” the group and so it is only natural that many dents learn all about dancing, physics, psy- is looked upon with some suspicion. Some be- are asking what is this group about? Some are chology, business, marketing and even math- lieve that perhaps “Team Diablo” want to create asking with suspicion others are welcoming. A ematics and the English language. It gives a monopoly in dance. Others like this disgrun- well-known US couple Stephan Krauel & De- young dancers a perfect platform to start a tled blogger chosen from a number of bloggers nise Jourdaine admired the Dia- successful dancing career.” blo spirit and as Denise has told me a number of times that they One of the newest members to the group is in hope to be the first to establish a Canada, North America. This “Diablo” group is “Team Diablo” here in the USA. headed by Alexandre Chalkevitch and his fam- The Canadian teams website tells us something very similar to that of the Italian Team: “Team Diablo is the biggest dance team in the world. At this moment it is home to 2500 members and growing. Team Diablo is a collaboration of many studios from around the world, who work together with the goal of developing their dancing and teaching skills as well as furthering their understanding and knowledge of such a challenging sport as Dance-sport. Team Diablo has produced a huge number of top couples including many World Cham- pions. Among its members are: many times World Standard Amateur Champions Paolo Bosco and Silvia Pitton, the Alexander Chalkevitch & Larissa Kerbel current World Standard Ama- Davide Cacciari judging at the German photo by Park West teur Champions Benedetto Open, August 2010 photo by Andrew Miller 8 on the internet feels that the team is mechanically the most efficient way to move. coaches and adjudicators cooperate photo by Dave Head What is the source of power you should use in with one another to push the team’s many different dance spaces. interest and not that of dance itself. This is always something very important in my “Ignorant, uninformed, naive opinion to be aware and develop and you have person would welcome the pub- to be very open minded in order to be able to lic show of appreciation to many take knowledge from people that are not danc- invited British Coaches involved ers but they can be ingenious. For example, bio with Team Daiblo. mechanical engineers. They might not be able to give you the right technique when dancing A sceptic would ask : Doesn’t Italy but when you explain to them what you are sup- have enough talent to help Team posed to do, they can tell you exactly which way Diablo in their progress ? will create the most efficient movement. For ex- ample in knee work, foot work, shoulder work. Is it not the same British Coaches Or for example, speaking with a sports doctors who accept the employment teach- about the anatomy of our body, they can give ing opportunities from the Team you some incredible ideas and advice as to what Diablo, who, in the function as might be the best way to use your muscle system. adjudicators, have an opportu- For this reason I think it is important to have nity (?obligation?) to better spot / a team, for this reason it is important to have notice / recognize their Team Dia- finance and enough money in order to involve blo students on the European and the people and make the research with them on British dance floors, and reward the top couples. We discovered over the last ten the use, application of their Brit- years a lot a lot of different new things or things ish teaching, in a completely un- that were developed but not developed enough biased way, not at all influenced in my opinion. by, and refusing any suggestion of a possible conflict of interest ? Mr. Caccari feels that in the past everything was opinions about chains or companies like Arthur more about feeling but now with so many ad- Murray International and even GallaDance in As long as British Coaches involved with Team vances we can rely on research in order to im- Russia. So it’s only natural for people to get a Diablo behave as is expected of them by their prove the quality of performance and so he has little concerned when they do not “understand.” employers, the expressed sincere appreciation developed a team to research and study dance Taking it with a “grain of salt” as they say here is well deserved. to be able to produce a greater quality of danc- in America, I figure that there is no one better ing. He also feels that today, you cannot just rely than the creator, Mr. Cacciari, to explain what Sceptics would not express appreciations too on feeling alone you have to go further into the “Team Diablo” is all about, so I asked. loudly not to make the competitors who are not world of understanding here is what he had to a part of Team Diablo, raise their eyebrows say about feeling verses understanding “for ex- “Team Diablo is a simple club. Many people when they lose the ‘precious’ recall marks to ample, in those days my personal career and my think or might have a distorted idea as to what less able, but more recognized members of personal improvement was based a lot on feel- “Team Diablo” is. We believe that in today’s Team Diablo, whom the judges “recognize”. ings. But it is scientifically proven that the feel- dancing it is important to have knowledge from ings that you have that we can call scientific and experts, and when I mean experts I mean experts Is it possible the sincere public show of ap- internal perception is not going together with in many different areas. So we always use a lot preciation is a subtle reminder to the British external perception. The external perception is of the top teachers in the world, like experts of Coaches not to forget what Cacciare had done what you see from outside and there is always technique in different departments of technique. for them, the lucrative future teaching op- an angle created by these two factors and this is portunities, and the invitations which could scientifically proven. Some of them are very expert in choreography, follow as long as they are on his team?” some very experts in leg and feet actions, some I remember one of my teachers used to say very experts in dynamics, some very expert in This particular blogger was commenting on the ‘don’t always trust your feelings,’ and he was performance level. We also imported other dif- praise to British coaches from Team Diablo. really correct in telling me this, because realisti- ferent type of experts, for example like experts in But you do not have to go far to hear an inflamed cally sometimes the feeling is not exactly telling bio-mechanics, in sports medicine, in psychol- version of what “Team Diablo” is, especially you what is happening. So for this reason it is ogy, and in theory and methods of practice, in now that the IDSF and WDC are not seeing eye important to investigate much more deeply and physics. So we try to involve different top people to eye. There are many people that associate so taking the knowledge of top teachers in the in their branch in order to take all the benefits “Team Diablo” with the IDSF because the ma- world mainly from England and trying to elabo- that they can offer in terms of quality. Because jority of their stars compete in the IDSF events. rate their knowledge and upgrade their knowl- of course if you want to improve your quality It is not a unusual phenomenon to me to hear edge with the use of some engineers and people as a dancer you have to think in many different such strong criticism of such a successful, chain like that, it’s an incredible experience. In this areas and you also have to research. Like what or group or persons. I work we are very dedicated.” we have been doing for almost ten years in the have often heard many institute of medicine and sport in Rome, we have people voice strong By this point he really has my attention, it is quite continued to research about the movement, what fascinating to me that anyone would have such a passion for “Team Diablo is a simple club. Many people think or might dance to want to research ten have a distorted idea as to what “Team Diablo” is.” dances to such a high level. I began to wonder what sort of 9 Ohio Star Ball World Pro-Am Championships The Pearl of Pro-Am Tatiana Seitz w/ Denis November Donskoy, World Pro-Am ‘A’ Standard Champion, 2009 photo by Park West 16th - 21st, 2010 TEL: (614) 848-7827 FAX: (614) 847-5808 Email: OhStarBall@aol.com http://www.ohiostarball.com 10 11 team he has? He must have a huge team hun- the things exactly as they are reported but I re- physical and biomechanical engineering, psy- dreds of people working in many different de- peat as I just said it is important to know exactly chology, etc. this he says is important because it partments of dance and so I was very curious what was the past. Because only by understand- opens the young peoples’ minds. They improve on how the departments work. He of course ing and studying the past you can understand their knowledge, they have a different point of was very forthcoming, “we have a selection of the present and you can develop the future. view and very importantly, the young people be- people that do different things. For example we come more cultured. “Because we think being have a teacher inside our infrastructure, Fabio We also have some experts in strategy and plan- intelligent, being cultured is a very important Bosco & his wife Marina. Their expertise is ning, because of course it’s also important to thing. And we always believe that you cannot what we call first level technique, and that is the plan the career and it’s not so easy in today to be a champion if you are completely uncultured technique book and so they teach all the couples just do it. Yes it is important that you enjoy your and stupid. For their future we feel that if they the fundamental technique, exactly what is writ- lessons and you enjoy your dancing and eventu- have a lot of culture and if you are an intelli- ten in the technique books originally. ally you become one of the top dancers in the gent person and if you are ready to study and world or the world champion, but we feel that you learn how to study it’s always an advantage Some of these things are probably not much use it’s always important to teach these people to and we really believe in that. For this reason today but it is important in order to develop plan. To plan their career, to plan their future, we started this academy 15 years ago and it has your skills to start from the origin. And if you their life, their work - planning seems to be run for us quite successfully and I must say that want to develop something you really need to something very simple but realistically it is one all the top couples that join Team Diablo join have a very clear understanding of what was re- of the main keys in many different aspects. And this academy that takes place every Wednesday ally in the beginning. So they spent in the last you need a lot of experts that are able to guide in our school. So we have one room dedicated ten years hundreds of lessons around the world you in some decisions or some thoughts and so only for that where it is set up like a university with big experts in technique in both ballroom it is not something that is as easy as it might room with tables and chairs and we are very and Latin. And we want for example that all the seem. So this is realistically the foundation of happy about this way of proceeding with things. top couples that work inside Team Diablo sus- Team Diablo. Probably some of the people can presume that tain examination in the fundamental technique, this is all bull@*!@ and that this is not impor- ballroom and Latin both groups. Even if you Mr Caccari then spoke about a program he tant . But we really believe this is the key point only dance ballroom you have to also learn the started 16 years ago within “Team Diablo”, a and the art of our Team Diablo Club. So this is fundamental technique in Latin because we feel program that resembles a university where their what Team Diablo is.” that many things are linked and for knowledge top students with the highest understanding and it is important to know knowledge of dance can attend once a week I tried hard to pin down Mr. Caccari on the both. Probably you can- to hear lectures from many different experts number of people who are affiliated with “Team not dance today some of in may different areas such as sport medicine, Diablo,” but this was not something he wanted “...... we always believe that you cannot be a champion if you are completely uncultured and stupid.” 12 13 14 15 16 to discuss. The Canadian website tells us that the dissatisfaction seems to point there are over “2,500 members and growing.” towards this type of innovative Mr. Caccari claims that the majority of their growth. This prompts me to ask Mr. members are of the basic level of dancing and Caccari why he thinks this is hap- that, “If you look inside team Diablo as a gen- pening? Is this fear? Or is it jeal- eral structure it is of course quite a big number ousy? “Honestly thinking I cannot but that includes all level of dancers from the see what you are telling me. I must beginning to the very top. For that reason we say that in the past we had some in- have to divide these two things because high credibly good teachers in Italy that competitive ranking is not what is the most. Of put lots of time and did an incred- course the top class dancers are a smaller selec- ible job. I remember people like tion of what is the entire structure. I would say Adalberto and Lala DeLorto I re- they are about 10% of the entire structure and member people like Giancarlo and that is why I say that the entire number is ok and Luiza Balbierri, Giordano & Katia important but it’s not the must important thing. Vanone, I remember these people as Because realistically what we are speaking now really good top, top teachers. Caro- and today is about the top class dancing and the line Smith and Tino Miqueloto. So top class dancing are not big numbers around I admired what they did because as the world. So we deal with probably around 30 you say twenty-five years ago the or 40 top class couples between ballroom and Italian situation was very difficult Latin.” because we did not have any good couples. I’m still quite convinced that the number of couples that they teach must me astronomical In today’s scene the younger com- not even counting the other affiliate countries petitors came on the scene like my- that have signed up for this team so I tell him self Massimo Georgianni , Augusto you obviously must have a huge pool of couples Schiavo, Luca Barrichi, Fabio Sel- in order to produce so many outstanding cou- mi, I was out of all this people prob- ples and he agree. “Yes, I must say this is true, ably competitively the least suc- in the beginning when I started this school 23 cessful. I admire Luca & Lorraine Paulo Bosco & Silva Pitton photo by DS Photo years ago it was much harder because like you Barrichi, Massimo Georgianni say if you have only 10 couples it’s very difficult & Alessia Manfredini or Augusto ably as I said before the worst one result wise to have some 10 incredibly talented couples so Schiavo & Katerina Arzenton have done in their in relation to the others, but I presume that they probably over time you might have none or one. careers, they became world champions, they all created a new statement a big change. So of If you have one hundred couples then you are created a new view for Italy. Really Augusto & course they today influence the dancing not just more lucky and are probably able to find four or Katerina were pioneers in this, they were the in Italy but all over the world and I do not think five or ten with talent, and this for sure it is an first from Italy to become world champions. I that what they are doing is not something that important thing. But I must stress that this is im- cannot forget this. I presume that in today days is going back or is going on the wrong direc- portant but today, in our structure, not the main in someway it is easier to become a world cham- tion. I think it is going in the right direction. focus. Because some of the top couples now also pion in Italy than what it was fifteen years ago I think it is an improvement. I think it is some- come from different clubs and different schools when Augusto & Katerina won their first title as thing that is creating a new view for the future. and we don’t take all out top couples only from world champions or when Massimo & Alessia What the past people in Italy did was a great our pool. At times even different clubs and dif- did. So they did tremendous work. They were job, but what these experts and champions have ferent schools might ask us for help, so there we fantastic dancers and I always admired them imported with their own quality, with their own just have a friendly cooperation with Team Dia- and I must also say that I was always a little teaching I presume is also an important thing. I blo in order to be able to give their club mem- envious of them because I could not beat them admired and I look at the future in a very posi- bers a different type of structure and this is how in competition. But I have to be very honest with tive way. I do not think we can stop progress and we are growing. This is why out top couples do myself and they were better as competitors. On I think that part of the progress that you see on not only come from our pool of people.” one side of myself I was a little envious because the floor today is just because these people came I wanted to be first and not sixth for example, through. Even myself! I was fifth or sixth in the As you can see I tried, but he still could not give but on the other side I admired and I really re- World Championship when they were first and me a straight answer as to how many dancers spect and understand that they were much bet- second and I even think that perhaps even me are a part of this incredible team, so I moved on ter. And Luca and Lorraine Barrichi, although and my partner contributed in some way to this to my next topic. As someone that has grown they danced for England, he is Italian. And I feel change. I do not see a change coming for the up with the industry, recently I have witnessed he is an Italian a part of Italy. Incredible danc- worse. I see a change coming for the best. I a deterioration of relations and a clash between ers as well they really created a new fashion can definitely see that things are changing but the new and the old. In other words the famous in dancing they imported into the mind of the in all things are they are changing they never good teachers from the past are not in favor of people a new inspiration, a new idea. All these stay the same. many of the changes happening in dancing to- couples really did a great job, like Fabio Selmi day. And it seams to me and Simona Fancello, they were not champions I’m not sure if Mr. Caccari is really that naïve or that a lot of this has to but were in the middle of the final, but again that is trying to avoid my question, but I now once do with this new kind was another fantastic couple. again try a more specific question, the tango. thinking, innovation Let’s take for instance the tango. I think the and structure. Some of And we were all of the same group. I was prob- tango has been revolutionized by the Italians “I was out of all these people probably competitively the least successful.” 17 completely. It has more dynamics, tremendous offer another example of the old “Of course when you put on the mar- emotion. But somehow it has turned into a fight. establishment disapproving of For example, I remember watching Massimo what they do. ket something that is more revolution- Giorgianni doing very unique and incredible work in the tango and people turning their heads Davide Caccari: “Of course ary, more advanced, the first tendency away saying this is not a tango. He seemed to when you put on the market for people is to try to be winning the audience but the establishment clenches when innovation comes up. More re- something that is more revolu- tionary, more advanced, the first avoid the problems and cently lets talk about one of Team’s Diablo’s tendency for people is to try to jump to the conclusion best, Paolo Bosco & Anna Pitton, by the way avoid the problems and jump to one of my favorite couples in standard, but they the conclusion that ‘it’s terrible, that ‘it’s terrible, it is no it is no good.’ I my- good.” self do not think this photo by Karin Moos way. I have a very who taught the couple in 2009? It was probably open mind and I think I’m very open the champion of 1999, so I admire these people for progress. We cannot always stay because they put a lot of effort in order to de- the same, as I said before. I respect velop what they achieved. And I must say that the past, I admire past champions. including ourselves of course, I presume we are When I watch old videos of very old all doing a successful, good job. famous dancers around 1955, 1965, 1970,1980, I admire what they did So if things move forward and become more and they were at that time the very dynamic, bigger, more speedy, I have nothing best and at that time very inspiring to complain with that. I always think that the and marvelous. But like every thing fundamental actions the basic actions are the in life we must move on. We cannot foundation. So we need to study daily these just close up and live in the past. things, many hours per day we need to study the This would be an incredible mis- basic format, we need to study the basic funda- take, and of course not only the tan- mentals. I really believe in this. I built up all go has changed, every dance has my career on that and I really believe in that changes. Life changes, human be- direction. But this does not mean that when I go ings change, technology changes. on the floor to perform I have to necessarily do What we know today is not what we only the basic routine or only the basic steps. knew thirty years ago, so the skill of I have to use the basic principals but I have to the competitors changes, the abil- use the basic principals in my opinion in order ity of the dancers change. Thirty to develop the best choreography I can with the years ago a top pro could be fifty best inspiration and motivation with the best years old, today you cannot afford musicality I can. this anymore, because the dancing is so much more dynamic it’s so And this of course is depending on the ability much more developed in many dif- and the skills of the dancers that are perform- photo by David Mark ferent areas and skills that you need ing. Because not every dancer is the same, de- to be more fit in order to support pending on the proportion of the dancers, de- the dancing of today. You could say pending on the skills that they have. Like you I think it’s too fast, I think it’s too said, Massimo and Alessia, they were fantastic dynamic, we need to go to the past, dancers, very musical, the speed that they had why? I presume that these changes at that time in their era was incredible. They don’t come because one person probably doubled up everybody else’s speed in wants a change. This happen be- quickstep and tango. Why? Because their skills cause naturally everyone has put permitted them to do that. And I didn’t think that an effort in order to make a change. was disgraceful for that time, I thought that it was always a different way, very progressive. I think in this answer he was telling me that the changes of today have Of course different couples like Augusto Schi- occurred not because of his or Team avo and Luca Baricci had different structure, Diablo’s dedication to research to- more classical body lines. They also too de- wards improvements in the future, veloped different skills and different abilities but because of the past champions. creating something with more volume, probably So I ask him this and his response slower but always full of emotion, of quality, just was “Yes! Of course, the present a different way. And that is what is the beauty of champions have been built by the dancing. And the quality of the teachers is real- previous champions. I always ad- istically being able to take out the best skills of mired the previous champions be- that particular couple. I would not like to see in cause they are able to teach even the future ten couples dancing all the same, it’s better work than when they were very nice to see the different skills. I saw yester- dancing. When I watch a couple to- day evening a fantastic competition right here at day in 2009 of course this couple is the Embassy Ball (The Open Professional Stan- better than the couple in 1999. But 18 dard 2009), where you had different couples on the floor with completely different body struc- “The judges of today are judging using differ- tures, completely different body skills, complete- ent skills than the judges of 60 or 70 years ago.” ly different ability. One couple chose very slow work, very basic work. One other chose very much wider range of perspective and they really the dancesport commu- quick work, very sharp, very ‘spinny’ and for seem in my opinion to have a much better un- nity or as we used to call me really all these performances were brilliant, derstanding of the different skills of the individ- it the ballroom world. fantastic, completely different. Very difficult to ual couples, and they really, in my opinion, are There are issues be- judge sometimes. able to balance all of these things when it comes tween the IDSF, the organization that manages to a final judgment. Realistically, I can see some what we use to call amateurs and who are now Having been a judge for a while, I totally un- couples that might be very classical and basic called athletes and the WDC, the organization derstand Mr. Caccari’s point of view when it winning, I can see sometimes some couples very that manages the professionals. In my opinion comes to judging. However, as I said to him inspiring, very powerful winning. So this just their disagreements and divisions are continu- sometimes, especially if the dancers are brilliant proves the point that all my colleagues, the vast ing to deepen. So deep are they sometimes that there is very little difference between them, it is majority, consider all these aspects when mak- many competitors, professional and athletes almost a matter of taste. You either like Greek ing a judgment. have often complained to me, especially those in food or French food. “Yes and no, in my per- the higher levels of dancing, about the uncom- sonal opinion. The time when the judge and the So as you just heard, Mr. Caccari has complete fortable atmosphere they now have to deal with. teacher use to say ‘this the way I see things, it’s confidence in the judges’ skills and the judging So I figure that it must be very hard for a manag- my way.’ I presume this is past. Not so many system, but considering the times I think that ing director like Mr. Caccari who has to explain people today keep saying this, or keep doing the world does not look as simple as he might all this to those young people that just want to this, in my opinion, of course I do not know, but see it. Having to judge six or seven couples at dance. There have been times when perhaps a this is what I think. Because I think that for the one time in a minute and a half is very diffi- large boycott of events has been issued by a rul- judging, everything is developed. cult. My famous example of this is when I saw ing body in different countries and I presume, a champion fall three times in the jive yet they being a director of such a prominent group, he The judges of today are judging using different received a full majority of firsts. Judging might must now navigate these murky waters around skills than the judges of 60 or 70 years ago. Of have evolved slightly by adding some rules to the world. I asked Mr. Caccari how he felt about course. So I’m sure that the judges today take the game but we have very little criteria. It is all this and this is what he had to say: full considerations of all the setup, totally inside still one impression against another. the box, all the elements. We cannot just say, I Realistically, I must say that it is much easier used to dance all the basic and I only mark the As Mr. Caccari mentioned the world continues than what most people think and presume. Be- couples that use the basics. I used to dance very to grow and dancing has grown in huge num- cause at the end of the day it does not matter inspiring choreography and I only mark inspir- bers in the past 30 years. So the more people which group I belong to it does not matter which ing choreography. I presume from what I see the more problems and issues that arise. Right idea I have. When the couples go on the floor to that the vast majority of the top coaches and now there are a number of huge issues dividing perform this is what I do and this is what all my judges of today look at all the couples with a 19 20 21 22 colleagues are doing because they very difficult to do. are professional. I do not think it matters to us, we each judge what Is it? Is it as simple as this? And are people able that couple is performing. I am a to leave their problems at home when they sit on great believer in this and I presume the bench to pass judgment? Or are our minds that all of these top teachers and clouded by our experiences outside the dance top judges around the world, most floor? Your guess is as good as mine and I pre- of them were all past champions, sume that this is one of the reasons Dancesport and they know the effort you have to is yet to be seen in the Olympic Games. The put to achieve that goal and I pre- Olympic Games I think is a fantastic idea and I sume that they act like I act when hope I live to see it happening. I honestly think you go on the floor, you just judge that if this dream were to become a reality there the performance of the couples. You would be very few people that would not ap- do not take under consideration plaud, including myself. However, there are still which group this couple belongs to, many obstacles that stand in the way of these which political idea this couple has, dreams, the judging for one, and most impor- all the mess that is going on in this tantly the now old argument - is it a sport or is country that country. it an art? I presume and I can still see this One of the major divisions between many of has not really infected the judgment our peers is the new definition of Dancesport. and the result of competitions. So A huge group feels that Ballroom Dancing is an I’m very simple on this issue. Yes, art and it must be treated as one, the other side probably there are a lot of difficul- feel that it is a sport and that there is no question ties around the world and I can see about it especially when even the name has been this. I live in Italy where I can say changed from Ballroom to Dancesport. In fact we have some of these difficulties some of the world sports committees have al- but I presume that this is all go- ready accepted Ballroom dancing as a sport. For Zoran Plohl & Tatsiana Lahvinovitch ing back only to what this person many years now Dancesport games have been photo by Andrew Miller believes not in the dancing world held at the well know Good Will Games held but what this professional believe, every four years, and possibly the second big- in the structure means how they see gest games in the world. The next Dancesport this structure in the future. Should we join this, So I presume that not one of us in our profession Good Will game will be held in my country of would it be good to go to the Olympics or not are so stupid to really believe that they should Colombia in 2013 and I hope to be there. I have to go to the Olympics? So it’s going back to really go on this direction. Or probably a very a slight suspicion at the time of the interview their personal opinion on how to manage this minimum number of people would think in this that Mr. Caccari believes Ballroom dancing to business and the management in this business way, but the vast majority would not think this be more of a sport but I must still ask him per- should not be confused with the judgment in a way. Because they know exactly that it is too sonally this question. Is it a sport or is it an art? competition. dangerous, the best dancer should win on the floor. And of course you can have a bad result, I’m a great believer that it is both. You see danc- This is all very well but you would have to do as a good result this can depend on many different ing is an art because you should move people Mr. Caccari does in other subjects, a scientific variables and this is understandable, but over inside, this is the goal of a dancer. The goal of study to know if some of these issues are or are a long period of time the best dancer would al- the dancer should be moving the public, mov- not carried out onto the floor itself affecting the ways win. So I’m a great believer that you don’t ing the people inside, make the people clap for young dancers. When you have a management need to spend a lot of effort fixing this. Because the performance you are putting on the floor. that believes very strongly in these issues and this is something that does not need to be fixed, Why the people clap? It’s a very difficult issue they are the same people that are involved in and people are intelligent enough as judges to to explain, but they can clap for many different meetings and decisions upon which their entire understand this, they have too much to lose in reasons, you can inspire them in many different life, their entire career has been built, how then order to try to create problems. ways. There is not only one way to move them. in the next moment are they able to take a pen So you can inspire them because you are the and have a clear conscience when judging? So I Of course when we are not judging and dis- slowest on the floor, you can inspire them be- then asked Mr. Caccari to explain to me how he cussing things, including myself, we all have cause you are the fastest on the floor, you can is able to teach these young people or explain to our own opinion but this does not mean I have inspire them because you are the must powerful them how to ignore these issues while they are to put my opinion on the floor. I mean, as an on the floor, you can inspire them because you trying to be creative and dance? administrator or manager, my opinion should are the most beautiful on the floor and so on. So stay with my opinion when I have a meeting dis- you can inspire people for many different rea- But like I said to you, I presume that all these cussing with persons disagreeing with people, sons and each of them for me is fine. people cannot be this stupid to make these mis- not bringing that on the floor and marking the takes. We all scream, we all become angry, we couples badly because they belong to a different But we cannot exclude that it is also a sport. all fight, we all try to save our rights, we all said group or event. This would look rather stupid You have to be fit, you have to rehearsed, you what we like what we dislike but when we are and I don’t think the majority of the top people I have to practice many hours per day etc. Why? in the competition floor we have a big respon- know and the top people the people that trained Because it is requested in today’s dancing with sibility. And we know that if we try to destroy me in my career are thinking this way. This can the dynamics involved to be physically fit. Like someone else the first thing we do is destroy be the outside perception probably, people can I said everything develops, probably fifty years ourselves. So it would be very embarrassing for perceive this, they can presume that these hu- ago, six years ago it was less sportive. But today a professional to try to destroy somebody else, man beings are judging and so they are affected it is very sportive, we cannot ignore this fact. in trying to win this battle you destroy yourself. by that. But I presume that more or less this is 23 “So this very simple test proves the point that we cannot say that dancing is not a sport.” If we make a very sim- an art because we have to move people, we have ple test, if we measure This does not mean you have to run, sometimes to be musical we have to inspire. But in order to the quantity of oxygen it’s about controlling and so you spend a lot of do that we have to use a lot of strengh so we also that your lungs can energy and a lot of power in order to control. use our body to its very limit. I do not think that breath in an out it would Can you imagine to do and over a hover corte these couples that we saw yesterday evening show that it is a sport. We very clearly find out in Ballroom, standing up on a toe of one foot. are sweating at the end of the waltz because the through dancers and I made this research, not You need an incredible control, especially if you dance is so fast. I think they are sweating be- only on my dancers but we took dancers from can imagine a fast variation in quickstep and cause of the tremendous amount of control they twelve couples from different schools. And we you have to just stop. You need an incredible have to have. And for sure you have to develop find out that the level for the man that took this control, and incredible strength in the muscles, your skills as a sportsman. test is around 60 and the footballers that are in the system in order to control the stillness playing in our national team is also roughly 60. of your body. So you really have to be able to So is it a sport? Yes! It is a sport, definitely control that and in order to do that you need dancing is a sport but it is not only a sport. It’s So this very simple test proves the point that we a lot of effort in your muscles. Imagine when a very particular type of sport with art included. cannot say that dancing is not a sport. Why? you dance a three step and you want to look the So it’s a very beautiful sport it’s very unique, Because a scientific test proves that the amount slowest on the floor you need massive control, because no other sport can put together these of energy and the amount of power that is re- you want to swing around the floor so you want two elements so closely. At the end of the day quested form our muscles is tremendous and for free movement but you want to look the slowest. I presume everything is going back to having this reason we cannot only presume that Danc- So you body is running but your legs are hardly incredible quality, technical quality to perform esport is an art. Dancesport is a sport with an walking in slow motion and so imagine the tre- in the best way you can in the artistic part but art form, and this is not just my opinion or your mendous amount of control that in our system also you should train good enough in a sensible opinion, this is scientifically proved and when we need to have? way to create and be ready with your physique there is scientific proof we cannot disagree, we to support the pressure of the competition that have just to say it is like that. And it does not So if somebody could think that we! Not we, (We is not basically in terms of speed but in terms matter from whom these couples train, what I laugh) but that dancers of today are not sports- of control. just said is proof that this couple has developed men they are wrong. And this does not mean inside his body very particular skills, skills like that couples should belong to one association or I think Mr. Caccari is absolutely right, having a sportsman. And so a top class dancer should another (We laugh again) this is not connected now traveled for a number of years looking at be treated like a sportsman. with that, this is connected with a fact that it is dancing, in some areas what I used to know as 24 25 26 Ballroom dancing has most definitely turned thing for girls in Italy not for men.” His first we also achieved the final in Blackpool, I think into a sport. The arenas, the benches, the pop- teacher in ballroom was Ferdinando Gardelin. seven years ago around 2002 or 2001 not quite corn, the sporting crowd in jeans but this is just He has fun memories of him one that he found sure of the date. The following year we retired the superficial transformation. The dancers are peculiar was the fact that this man never took in the team match in Blackpool. We decided then also doing things that were not possible to do dance lessons he always study through books, that we just wanted to dedicate our time to our 15-20 years ago. They are spinning more, do- as Mr. Caccari calls them, “English book.” He career of teaching.” ing harder maneuvers to the point that it most smiles when he talks about his beginnings in certainly is looking like sport. And why not? Latin. “To give you a funny example we used Contrary to what some people think Davide Especially if we are able to communicate and to dance rumba and cha cha cha on beat one. never left Italy or moved to Russia. Yes, he did touch more fans. So we all break on beat one instead of beat two. represent Russia with Olga and taught in her na- So we were dancing, of course, all out of time, tive land at her studio but was always based in I have also been to venues like the Kremlin, the but that was what our teacher taught us, what Italy. At the age of 18 before meeting Olga Mr. Internationals, the Embassy Ball and our own they though was right. I of course do not want to Caccari started a dance school and once he and US Championships where dancing is treated blame the teachers of that area. I have a great Olga retired from competition they both decided with elegance as if you are going to a ballet memory of this Ferdinando Gardelin, for me he to concentrate on their teaching and their school recital. The dancers, mainly the profession- was a great teacher a great man.” “I always liked to teach both styles Ballroom als in some of these venues, have shown me and Latin and we’ve always dance throughout a beauty and touched me in a way that cannot He does not know how Augusto Schiavo, Luca or career both styles. And for this reason we be described. Yes, they are not doing the hun- Barrichi or some of the other well known danc- thought it was good idea at that time to invest a dred pirouettes and spins on their ears, but at ers started their dancing careers but he remem- lot of time in teaching and we did.” So there you times made something out of silence, or were bers being friends with all of them and having have it, that is how Davide’s dream of “Team so experienced and musical they turned a heal some terrific good times. He also fondly re- Diablo” got started. turn into a magic step. At the WDC Professional members as he put it, his first English teacher European Latin in the Kremlin this year I was who was Lindsey Hillier “she was my first Davide hungered for information and complete so touched I was left speechless. And even in English teacher and I have a very good memory dedication to studying Dancesport has propeled one of the IPDSC events run in Spain, the Pro about her. She taught me a lot of things. She his venture to great heights. His “Team Diablo” Latin, I was touched like this by a couple of pro- was an incredibly good teacher, like she is till is no longer a dream it’s a reality with teams all fessional dancers (See the article in Dance Beat today.” At the age of 18, 19 he and his partner across the world including North America. I ask World entitled, “Down Deep and Dirty). So per- decided to go to England and two of their first Mr. Caccari what his vision was for the future haps there is room for both the “quadruples” and teachers were Bill & Bobbie Irvine MBE. He of Dancesport and this is what he had to say. acrobatics – obviously a sport but also the more danced with this partner till the age of 26 and “My vision is that, today’s couples are much mature dancer, the dancer that has lived through they reached the semifinal of three major events, more developed in skill and physics compared many years of understanding that can touch us Blackpool, the UK and the Internationals. At the to my era and in the past eras. And I presumed with a rumba walk, or a reverse wave done with age of 27 he made his final change of partner- that there is a lot more that we can do in or- such magic and precision and elegance that is ship and he started dancing with Olga. “Funny der to achieve even better quality in dancing. almost worth taking off our jeans and putting on enough when Olga started training in England What I mean as better quality is to develop even our tuxedo out of respect for this magnificent, her first teacher was also Lindsey Hillier. So more the skill that the couples have today on the beautiful art. this was funny, so we both have very good floor, meaning being able to inspire even more memories about Lindsey and we are very good people, through many different things. As I told Yes, I agree with Mr. Caccari it is both and they friends with her.” you before there’s not only one way there are can both live together side by side sharing their many different ways. We cannot live in the past knowledge and understanding even if separate. Olga and Davide have been together ever since we have to live in the future. We have to use the I found myself very enlightened by Mr. Cac- that time. They are married and have a child. knowledge of the past to continue our study to cari’s philosophy of dance. As I looked at him Their biggest accomplishment on the dance continue researching. When I have lessons with throughout the interview, always talking with floor according to Davide was a world champi- some of the teachers they inspire me all the time so much passion with so much energy almost onship and Blackpool (the British Open). “Our with the knowledge they have and they motivate as if he himself is still competing on the floor, main results were when we achieved fourth me in studying even more, to try to find out how I can’t help but wonder about the man. When place in a ten dance world championships and we can develop even more those skills.” did he start dancing, and what were some of the experiences Mr. Caccari is completely as- that turned him into this studi- photo by Andrew Miller tonished by how far dancers ous genius? and Dancesport have come and he feels that with more research Mr. Caccari started dancing and an open mind the dancers at the age of six but as he told of the future will be amazing. me, not by choice. Unlike many “I really believe that if we con- of the other well known danc- tinue to research and study in ers in Italy his parents were not following this route the dancers teachers of dance nor were they of 2020 will be amazing. They heavily involved in ballroom will be even be better than what dance, but they wanted him to we could imagine and I hope to dance very much, especially arrive there to see how dancing his mother “my mother impose will evolve. I think it will be dance on me, I did not want fascinating and I look forward to dance at all, at the end of 6 to seeing it happen. So my view all my friends laughed about of the future of dancing is amaz- my dancing because it was a ing and great.” 27 “Dancing is our life, it’s inside our DNA, we cannot just cut this or take it out.” supermarket, we do not speak about the meat tations for his son in the dance world, does he After talking about we have to buy we speak about dancers and wants Michael to become a competitor himself? dancing for nearly two dancing. And this is work this is a wonderful “I presume that I would encourage him because hours, it struck me that work. Yes as you say before sometimes there are dancing is a wonderful world. My mother en- Mr. Caccari is not only disagreements with people, sometimes there is couraged me and I thank her ever since that she passionate about Danc- fighting, there are different types of battles. But did this, but I would probably not oblige my son, esport but it seemed to me that his whole life this is part of the game I presume, that all these but I would of course try to encourage him. If revolves around dancing and so I boldly ask. people that try to battle and try to make small in the future he does not like it he can do what Is there a time when you and Olga say enough wars are always for the benefit of dancing, and he wants it’s his life, but I would encourage now it’s time for fishing, swimming, bicycling so I presume that after all this it will all be even him very strongly like my mother did with me or something else? better than before. because I find this to be a wonderful business. You can say like you mentioned before there is This is an important question. Really dancing There is in my personal view, in our personal a number of battles, arguments but you really is our life and I think that for the majority of life there is no other life there is the life or the have to see the best side of this. This business is the people that live for dancing feel like I feel. dancer, the crazy life of a dancer. Because if you keeping young people involved 16,17,18, 20,15, We are all crazy we are not normal people, this probably ask me to do something like I am do- 8 years old, all away from the street, away from is what realistically I believe. In a good way, I ing, I probably would not accept to do it, but drugs, away from smoking away from crime and mean not in a bad way, we don’t eat bread we because I do I think it’s OK for me. So I live away from many terrible things in life today. eat waltz and samba. We don’t drink water and like in a dream and I think like the majority of So I would say that this is an incredible world. wine we drink rumba and foxtrot. This is why us dancers live a dream, a dream of dancing. So this small war or battle that one section has it’s very difficult to divide life in two separate Before you are a dancer, then you are a teacher, against the other is absolutely nothing in rela- spaces. This is my dance life this is my normal you become a coach, then a judge you might tion to what could be in the normal world. So I life. I have to say I have no normal life my life is become a manager. And everything is changing presume that I will encourage my son to do it, dancing. So I’m always around dancers, danc- but it is inside the same box, and it is inside all I will. If he wants to do it is OK if he does not ing competitors, teachers, colleagues and I am your life. If I was not in this business I do not it’s also fine it does not really matter. But I pre- happy to be like that. know what I would do. sume that it is my duty to encourage him like my mother did to me.” So for me coming here to the Embassy Ball, in If I would go one week to an island where I wonderful surroundings, a fantastic, brilliant could not think about dancing I would probably And with this I ended a very interesting conver- hotel, everything is marvelous. We are together go crazy. So I think we are crazy, all of us are sation with the creator of “Team Diablo” one of with a lot of friends, it’s a holiday. But someone crazy about dancing and this is exactly what the largest and fastest growing associations in could think, but you are working all day long makes this business so special. And this is what Dancesport today. These organization or fran- from 8 o’clock in the morning, you are judging makes our people so special, all of us want to chise is not just longer in Italy as I said before, and this and that. Yes! But this is my holiday, win all of us want to be better than the others it is starting to set roots in different parts of the this is my life, I enjoy doing this, it’s a break but at the end of the day we all have great re- world. They are very organized and as you from my teaching. When I’m teaching I think spect for one another. And we are like, in some heard Mr. Caccari is very motivated and hungry that the work is judging and when I’m judging I respect, big children sometimes we have envy, for research and development. think that the work is teaching. And I think that sometimes we have jealousy, sometimes we are the vast majority of the dance teachers think this happy, sometimes we are unhappy. But at the So is it a danger? A Monopoly? Or just one more way, the majority of dancers think this way. end of the day we are very happy because we step in the development of ballroom dance? are like this.” Who knows, only time will tell, all we know for Dancing is our life, it’s inside our DNA, we can- sure is that “El Diablo Esta Suelto!” In English, not just cut this or take it out. When we some- That I think was what I would call a heartfelt, the devil is loose. times have a day off, my wife Olga and our son honest answer and he does have a point, most of Michael at the end of the day we find out that us not only work in the world of dance but live I want to personally thank Mr. Caccari for tak- we have only spoken about dancing, and it was dance. Hearing him talk made me wonder about ing his time to talk to me so we can all have a supposed to be a day off. When we go to the his child and curios to know what are his expec- little knowledge of this innovative team that is “Team Diablo.” Don’t miss part 2 of Dance Beat After Hours Starring Shirley Ballas & Featuring the US Pro Smooth Championship View Part I Here and stay tuned Coming to a computer near you! for Part II 28 29 30 Desert Gets Great IDSF Winners Support! Desert Classic 2010 Report by : Didio Barrera Photos by Park West Photography This was a great year for Desert Classic, up in entries and great support in many of the events especially in the IDSF Latin and Standard where they received good support from foreign couples. Countries like Belarus, Israel, Romania, Canada, Austria and even as far as Estonia were present. Of the two disciplines the IDSF Standard for me had the most interesting pos- sibilities. I was glad that the Chairman of judges, Nick Kremishnenski from the United Kingdom, decided to divide the semifinal into two groups since many of them were quite new to me and we were able to pay closer attention to the couples. It was funny but I nearly missed the winner Rares Cojoc & Katarzyna Kapra from Romania in that first dance it was their unique, light subtlety of movement that made me award them all first places in the final and it was possi- bly this understated subtlety that I almost missed when watching the first dance with all thirteen couples on the floor In our blog the next day I wrote that some judges did not see it this way that Alan Tornsberg from the USA awarded them a 7 in the Tango, and a 4 in the waltz. Barbara Ambroz from Slovenia also did not agree with the majority but she was more consistent she awarded them a 4 in VW, two thirds in the W,T, and a second in the quickstep. The only dance that seemed to please her was the foxtrot where she awarded them a first place mark. Second in this competition were Anton Belyayev & Antoaneta Popova from Canada. They placed second in all dances but the tango where they took third. I myself had them coming in third position. I like Anton & Antoaneta but sometimes I find their 3rd Standard dancing a little to rough and abrupt. They totally had the ability to win but for me their danc- ing now needs to be a little more subtle and delicate. When looking at the marks their scores ranged from first to sixth position. Their best judge was Oleg Yedlin from Canada who awarded them all firsts but in the foxtrot where he gave them second. Their worst marks came from Barbara Am- broz who awarded them sixth place in all dances. Third position was awarded to Sergei Kiselev & Ekat- erina Popova from Belarus. This couple for me started 31 32 quite good, but unfortu- from Italy. I totally agreed with the decision. nately as the dances went 4th In seventh position was I gave the cha cha and paso to Mirco & Maria on they became more the only US couple to who were a very interesting couple to say the physical and so what make this final Lenoid least. Unfortunately, in the other three dances started for me as second Burlo & Sasha Alkseyeva. the work got a little unfinished and lacked pow- place in the waltz it ended This couples got the ma- er, perhaps due to the uncertainty of the work to in fifth place in the quick- jority of sevenths in every the point where I found myself awarding them step. I suppose I was not dance, but this was not two fourth place marks, one in jive and one in the only one of the judges for the lack of talent but samba. Anton & Antoaneta’s work for me once feeling this way they took rather of experience and again was very consistent and clear with lots of third in the waltz second understanding. The best I power. I want to say that at times it needs a little in the tango then third in could do for this couple more creativity but when it comes to precision VW and fifth in the other was three sixth place they had it in the bag. two dances. Barbara Am- marks in the VW,F,Q. I broz gave them their best think with time this cou- When looking at the marks I noticed that the marks she had them win- ple could really challenge majority of the judges’ marks for Mirco & Ma- ning all dances but the for higher placement. ria ranged from first to fifth position but there foxtrot were she awarded were three judges who felt that this couple was them a second placement. I was a little disappointed the best by far they awarded them firsts in all not to see some of our bet- dances: Valery Gulay from Russia, Olga Ko- Francesco Paris & Natalia 5th ter players enter this com- marova from the United kingdom and Tatiana Driker from Israel placed petition. How many times Pavlova from the USA. fourth. I was possibly can a US couple enter an this couple’s worst judge. IDSF event on this side Third place in this IDSF Latin went to Vitali I gave them sixth in the of the world? Very rarely! Proskurin & Natia Kuprava from the USA and waltz, fifth in the tango So you would think they fourth position went to Andrey Tarasov & Laura and seventh in the other would want to be chal- Kveladze also from the USA. For me the fight three dances. I have to lenge especially with the for this position was very close. Vitali & Natia say that Francesco & Na- quality of couples com- have fantastic energy on the floor making you talia impressed me more peting in this event. You look constantly while Andrey & Laura tend to in the semifinal. In the would have thought this have a terrific consistency. My best marks went final I found their work would have been a great to Andrey & Laura this due to the fact that their good enough for them to trial and practice before work is clean and clear to understand but I can be there but a little too flat the largest Amateur event definitely see how the judges might see it dif- and unexciting for me to in North America in Au- ferently. place them higher. gust at the Embassy Ball, in California. Szymon Kulis & Margar- 3rd ita Zvonovz from Estonia The IDSF Latin had a big- took fifth. This couple ger entry but was more for me has wonderful un- predictable. This time tapped talent. Unfortunately for them in this Anton Belyayev & Antoaneta Popova from competition it was difficult to place them. In the Canada won overall louing only the cha cha and short time that we had to form an opinion the paso doble to Mirco Risi & Maria Ermachkova couple was not consistent enough and did not have any impact to their dancing. You had to almost find them on the floor. In my case the 2nd marks ranged from third to fifth depending on when I was looking at them, and in looking at the other judges’ scores I think they were prob- ably thinking the same as me. There was not a single judge that did not change his or her mind in their marks from dance to dance. Sixth place went to Vadim Garbuzov & Kath- rin Menzinger from Austria. I think this couple were quite unlucky in this competition. For me with the exception of the winners they had the most consistency of work. I have to agree that at times it looked a little prefabricated but for me it was still good enough for me to award them four seconds in the T,VW,F,Q. Honestly based on the semifinal I did not think I would Alan Gilin & Anastasia Trutneva from Canada mark them this highly but after the waltz where took fifth position. Alan & Anastasia have made I gave them a fourth, I changed my opinion and huge progress in the past couple of years in this found them easy to watch and as I said consis- style and so I can see why they were easy final- tent in their work. ist in this competition. And I can see how some 33 34 judges including myself could have couple and that was to Mikhail Avdeev & Olga placed them high in this final. I 1st Blinova who took second in all dances but only awarded them a few fourth places managed to obtain the majority of seconds or myself. Their best marks came better in the VW and Foxtrot. For me Mikhail from Alan Tomsberg from the US & Olga were the only other couple in this group and Oleg Yedlin from Canada who to demonstrate a maturity and consistency of each awarded them three seconds work to even come near Victor & Anastasia. I and two thirds. actually do not see or understand the fourths and fifths that were awarded to them by some of my Vadim Garvuzov & Kathrin Menz- colleagues. inger from Austria were the clear sixth place in my opinion and that I’m sure just as I wondered about the judges of the adjudicators. This is well- and their marks for second position they wonder rounded ten dance couple but clear- about my marks for the third place couple An- ly for me their Standard was much drea Faraci & Iveta Pauryte, who were awarded better than their Latin. They placed third position (4,4,3,3,3). For me I think on this sixth in all dances and their best outing Andrea & Iveta were trying too hard, I’m marks came from Barbara Ambroz a big fan of Iveta but I find that she perhaps is who awarded them third position in 1st going to far with her flexible back to the point of every dance. almost making her look a little too arched back. Andrea this time looked a little more forceful The professional events were not as than usual making some of the dances look a bit well attended but that did not mean heavy and stiff. that they lacked in excitement. In the Professional Latin, for example, For me the third place couple overall this time the battle for supremacy continues was Artem Plakhotnyi & Inna Berlizyeva who between Daniele Gozzi & Cecilia placed fourth overall (3,3,4,4,4). This is possi- Giovacchini and the latest imports bly the first performance for me where Artem from Russia who are now represent- & Inna have stood out from the rest easily. I ing Florida, Nikolai Voronovitch & particularly enjoyed their waltz. I awarded them Maria Nikolishina. In Millennium all thirds but in the foxtrot where I placed them Nikolai & Maria had a terrible loss fourth. In my opinion Inna, like Iveta sometimes to Daniele & Cecilia in my opinion suffers from that over extending of her upper quite deservedly so. At Manhattan body to the point where it looks like too much. it all turned around. Daniel & Ceci- I think perhaps they should both take example lia had the terrible loss and Nikolai from Loraine Baricchi who had a lovely posi- & Maria got ahead. At Manhattan tion when she danced during the show without we wrote on our blog the next day over extending or over stretching. that “We thought it was an espe- cially good night for Daniele & Ce- Fifth place in this final went to one of my fa- cillia” we were totally puzzled by vorite couples, Anton & Lena Koukareko who why they lost. on this occasion were not able to surpass their opponents. I was a little disappointed because I Now here at the Desert Dance Clas- have seen this couple dance and they totally can sic it all turned again and now I be divine to the point where I would say have Third clearly went to Vadim Lyubushkin & Vik- must reverse my thoughts because I was totally the potential to be one of USA’s best but their toriya Fadina who placed third in all dances. In puzzled by why Nikolai & Maria lost. This was inconsistency of work is mind-boggling. Sixth looking at the marks I think I would have to al- definitely the best performance I’ve seen from in this terrific heat was Anton Levbedev & Anna most agree with Barbara Ambroz who awarded this couple. In the past I have criticized this cou- Borshch, I have to say here too that in the past them no higher than fifth place, I perhaps would ple for being to bland and not bold enough. Here I’ve seen much better form this couple. On this not have given them anything lower than a they showed charisma as well as great body and occasion I found them pushing and working fourth but I have to say that in this night had International Latin technique from head to toe. harder than usual. This possibly was magnified I been judging I would have placed Igor Usty- In looking at the marks I found that the majority more due to their size. I quite like these two cou- movych & Olga Ginzburg who came in fourth of the judges favored Daniele & Cecilia who got ples. I hope that next time I see them both it will in their third position. the majority of firsts in all dances. There were be one of those occasions where I have to look very few low marks awarded to them and only again and again due to their brilliancy of work. In the Professional International Standard there one judge was consistent in giving them thirds was also some interesting observations. For me or lower and that was Galina Gulay from Rus- My congratulations to Igor & Irina Suvorov for as a judge there was a clear winner of this event sia who went as far as to awarded them a fourth organizing a terrific event with great energy and in every dance and that was Victor Fung & An- place in the Rumba. also for providing a venue for our amateur and astasia Muravyeva who did win all dances with professional dancers to compete at a very high perfect scores from all judges. For me second Nikolai & Maria did take a few firsts from Dan- standard and before an international adjudicat- position could have only gone this time to one iele & Cecilia the most were in the rumba and ing panel. paso where they took five of their firsts and they too got very few thirds and no fourth or lower place marks. For a complete report, see Dance Beat USA 35
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