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The UK Open 2013

Posted on January 18, 2013

The UK Open, one of the most prestigious of the international dancesport competitions, closed last night, January 17, with the Amateur Ballroom and Professional Latin Championships.

Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis, dancing for England, triumphed again in the former, to huge cheers from the audience, while new Amateur Ballroom champion, Marek Kosaty, dancing for Poland, who won with partner Paulina Glazik, touched the ground in a gesture of gratitude.

It was another very successful night for Poland, with four of the six final couples in the Amateur Ballroom hailing from that country (for the secret to Poland’s success, see the October 2012 issue of Dance Today).

The previous night, in the Amateur Latin Championship, winners Neil Jones and Ekaterina Sokolova (pictured), dancing for England, announced their turning Professional, while Arunas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova, dancing for the US, won the Professional Ballroom Championship once more.

The winners of the Rising Stars competitions on Tuesday, January 15 were as follows: Sam Shamseili and Arina Grishanina, from Denmark, won the Amateur Latin, with Professional Ballroom Rising Stars Andrea Zaramella and Kristie Simmonds, dancing for the US.

Wojciech Jeschke and Malgorzata Kowalska, from Poland, were the Amateur Ballroom Rising Stars, and Martino Zanibellato and Michelle Abildtrup, from Denmark, won the Professional Latin.

A fuller report of the UK Open will follow in the March issue of Dance Today, out on March 6.

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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