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The 61st International Championships

Posted on October 4, 2013

thur.albert-hall.-147 jmAt the grand finals of the 61st International Championships on October 3, there were new winners, returning champions and a smattering of Strictly stars in the audience.

Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis (pictured), dancing for England, reclaimed the Professional Latin title, which they lost to runners-up Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko, who dance for the US, last year. Maurizio Vescovo and Andra Vaidilaite, dancing for Canada, came third, Andrej Skufca and Melinda were in fourth place, Stefano Di Filippo and Dasha were placed fifth and new finalists Jurij and Jagoda Batagelj were in sixth place.

The Professional Ballroom Championship was won, once again, by Arunas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova, dancing for the US, with runners-up Victor Fung and Anastasia Muravyeva, who also dance for the US.

Andrea Ghigiarelli and Sara Andracchio, who dance for England, were in third place, with Russia’s Valerio Colantoni and Yulia Spesivtseva in fourth, Slovenia’s Domen Krapez and Monica Nigro fifth and new finalists Chao Yang and Yi Ling Tan in sixth place.

In the Amateur Latin event, new champions Troels Bager and Ina Jeliazkova took to the floor for an exuberant honour jive. The runners-up were Kirill Belorukov and Elvira Skrylnikova, who dance for Russia, with popular dancers Ferdinando Iannaconne and Yulia Musikhina, dancing for the US, in third place.

Mirco Risi and Maria Ermachkova, dancing for England, came fourth, Russia’s Nikito Brovko and Olga Urumova were in fifth place with Denmark’s Morten Lowe and Roselina Doneva in sixth place. Catch some of the Amateur Latin finalists in action at Dance Options Cheam last week on Dance Today‘s Facebook page.

In an Amateur Ballroom final dominated by Poland, Marek Kosaty and Paulina Glazik took the top prize for the first time with Chong He and Jing Shan, who dance for China, in second place. Andrew Sadecki and Karina Nawrot, dancing for Poland, came third, Sergiu Rusu and Dorota Makar (Poland) came fourth, Dusan Dragovic and Greta Laurinaityte, dancing for England, were in fifth place, with Fedor Isaev and Anna Zudilina, dancing for Russia, sixth.

Photograph: Ron Self 

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Now acting editor of Discover Britain magazine, she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success.

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