U.S. National Professional Rising Star International Latin

Author
Wendy Johnson
Published
Jun 30, 2003


Article reprinted with permission from Dance Beat Magazine

From an entry of seventeen couples, this competition went to a semifinal of 12 couples.

Couples that caught my eye were Billy King & Alicia Duhon - a very new partnership with some clean competent dancing; I hope they continue together, they didn't make the twelve, but definitely could have. Vladimir Kosoven & Maryana Kudovsky - a very attractive and confident couple, this was a great night for them, they improve with every performance. Tomas Lewandowski & Isabela Olszewska - an exciting couple with lots of energy who would have made my final. Phillip Gott & Olga Ginsberg - very improved with very good jive.

The final was as follows:

6th. Plamen Danailov & Tina Gerova - how excited they were to make this final! I have been a fan of Plamen's for some time and tonight they both danced with inspiration.

5th. Lyubomir Asenov & Davina Jeleva - a fabulous looking couple, I loved both their outfits. From the first round I felt they would be in the top three, but they seemed to get a little untidy in the final and dropped in their placing.

4th. Ilya Ifraimov & Nadia Goulina - such a tall, striking, elegant couple! They danced consistently throughout the competition to earn their fourth place.

3rd. Eddie Stutts & Viktoria Belova. Tonight, Eddie & Viktoria danced well from the start to the finish. I loved their outfits and was happy to see how consistently they were dancing and how much "fire" they put into their performance.

2nd. Jonathan Roberts & Anna Trebunskaya - another attractive, talented couple who could have challenged more than they did this night. Anna was beautiful, but I felt Jonathan was not as slick as I had seen him one week earlier in Canada. When they are both "on" they produce a very consistent, expressive performance.

1st. Maxim Kojevnikov & Eulia Zagorouitchenko. What an extraordinary girl Eulia is! She is beautiful and has great feet, great body and personality. She is one of the most consistent dancers I have ever seen. Maxim is also an accomplished dancer and partners Euila well, but he needs to develop a stronger presence on the floor - quite a task next to a girl as talented as Eulia. Their future together will be exciting to watch.

It was a great competition and congratulations are due everyone.

Wendy Johnson is a former New Zealand Champion and a well-known choreographer of dance shows. She is a co-organizer of the South West Regional and Holiday Classic Championships.