Pro-Am Latin Scholarships
- John Abrams
- Jul 15, 2002
In the Pro-Am Senior Latin Scholarship there were two contestants. Placing second was Lester Smith w/ Victoria Belova. Lester is into his dancing from beginning to end and has much improved his timing. Attention to changes in muscle energy would give him a more dynamic visual effect. The winner was Beth Lessard w/ John Berry who showed nice open movement and good expression. More articulated feet and ankles would compliment her dancing.
In the Pro-Am Open 'A' Scholarship the results were as follows:
6th place: Debbie Klaar w/ Andre Yeremin. Good, clean dancing. Try to stretch more lines.
5th place: Pam Butler w/ Jonathan Roberts. Easy to watch, sure-footed and clean. A more attacking approach in this style would move her up the ranks.
4th place: Nancy Senner w/ Eddie Ares. A solid partnership, the best look I've seen on Nancy. Some of the turns seemed worked too hard.
3rd place: Lauren Scwelfhaudt w/ Michael Ulbrich. Fast and rhythmical, but sometimes some untidy timings.
2nd place: Spencer Smith w/ Kimberly Mitchell. Great partnership, nice rhythm. Would like to see him take some risks and really stretch some lines and shapes to their full potential.
1st place: Daniela Castenada w/ Donald Johnson. This girl has it all! Expressive feet and ankles, strong, expressive face and body. Watch for high shoulders interrupting a great presentation. Congrats!
The Pro-Am Open 'A2' Scholarship started with a semifinal and the following was the result in the final:
6th place: Carrie Chiang w/ Edward Apolonov. Nice lines, some foot and leg lines could be more defined.
5th place: Nancy Canesse w/ Radim Lanik. Great attitude and presence. Beware of untracked legs.
4th place: Cindi Marquette w/ Martin Cawston. Much improved look for this dancer and a more relaxed performance than I've seen. Watch out for excess tension throwing solo turns.
3rd place: Sue Smith w/ Paul Richardson. Very elegant and again an improved dancer. Freer head spotting will give more breath to the movement.
2nd place: Joan Goddard w/ Chris Johnston. Great dancer. I would like to see less tricks and more of this woman's great dancing.
1st place: Pam Butler w/ Jonathan Roberts. So easy to watch! Again, more attack would help deliver the whole package. Congratulations to all! Keep up the good work!
John Abrams is a U.S. Professional Rhythm Finalist, top pro-am teacher and co-owner of East Towne Ballroom in Milwaukee and Director of the successful youth program.