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Posted on May 31, 2013


wintergardensAs the packed week of Blackpool Dance Festival moves to a close, with results for the Professional Latin and Amateur Ballroom finals.


Dancing for England, Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis won the Professional Latin title for the sixth time. In a hard-fought battle, they came first in all but the samba and the jive. The next morning, Joanna Leunis tweeted: “Waking up still hearing sound of beautiful rumba tune from Ashley” (Ashley Frohlick, musical director of the Empress Orchestra).


Second place went to Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko, dancing for the US, who won the samba and jive. The jive, the last dance, received particular cheers from the packed audience. Russia’s Sergey Sourkov and Agnieszka Melnicka came third, with Canada’s Maurizio Vescovo and Andra Vaidilaite in fourth place. Slovenia’s Andrej Skufca and Melinda Torokgyorgy came fifth, with Italy’s Stefano Di Filippo and Dariya Chesnokova in sixth place.


Poland dominated the Amateur Ballroom competition, with four couples in the seven couple final – including the winners, Marek Kosaty and Paulina Glazik, who won all the dances. Kosaty and Glazik are having a superb year, having already won the UK Open.


China’s Chong He and Jing Shan took second place, coming second in all the dances. Poland’s Andrzej Sadecki and Karina Nawrot came third. Dusan Dragovic and Greta Laurinaityte, representing England, took fourth place. Polish couples Sergiu Rusu with Dorota Makar and Lukasz Tomczak with Aleksandra Jurczak took fifth and six place. Russia’s Fedor Isaev and Anna Zudilina came seventh.



Picture: Blackpool’s Winter Gardens. Photograph: VisitBlackpool

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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