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The UK Open 2014

Posted on January 28, 2014

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joanna-and-michael-Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis (pictured), who dance for England, triumphed for an eighth time at the UK Open Professional Latin Championship last week on Thursday, January 23, pipping the US’s Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko to the post in the battle of the Latin giants.

Russia’s Sergey Surkov and Melia were back in third place in this championship, with Maurizio Vescovo and Andra Vaidilaite, from Canada, fourth, Stefano Di Filippo and Dasha, dancing for the US, in fifth place, and Jurij and Jagoda Batagelj (pictured below), from Slovenia, sixth.

The Professional Ballroom event also saw returning champions Arunas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova, dancing for the US, with Victor Fung and Anastasia Muravyeva (also dancing for the US) in second place; Andrea Ghigiarelli and Sara Andracchio, dancing for England, in third; Domen Krapez and Monica Nigro, dancing for Slovenia, in fourth; Russia’s Valerio Colantoni and Yulia Spesivtseva in fifth place; and China’s Chao Yang and Yiling Tan in sixth place.

Winning the UK Amateur Latin event for the first time were Denmark’s Troels Bager and Ina Jeliazkova; with Kirill Belorukov and Elvira Skrylnikova, from Russia, in second place; Ferdinando Iannaccone and Yulia Musikhina, dancing for the US, in third; j-and-jNikita Brovko and Olga Urumova, dancing for Russia, in fourth; Mirco Risi and Maria Ermachkova, dancing for England, fifth; and Denmark’s Morten Lowe and Roselina Doneva in sixth place.

In the Amateur Ballroom Poland triumphed once again, with Marek Kosaty and Paulina Glazik in first place and Sergiu Rusu and Dorota Makar in second. In third place were England’s Dusan Dragovic and Greta Laurinaityte and in fourth China’s Chong He and Jing Shan. It was Poland again in fifth place – Andrew Sadecki and Karina Nawrot – and sixth: Lukasz Tomczak and Aleksandra Jurczak.

The Rising Star results were as follows… The Amateur Latin winners were Ilya Sizov and Yulia Koshkina, from Russia; with Nasko Gendov and Anna Lisova, Italy, second; Wu Liu Fu and Yu Jun Du, China, third; Tal Livshitz and Ilana Keselman, US, fourth; Konstantin Chigirev and Darya Mikhalskaya, Russia, fifth; and Darren Hammond and Milla Lykke, South Africa, sixth.

web-tue21.1.14.-135The US and China dominated the Rising Star Pro Ballroom with Igor Mikushov and Ekaterina Romashkina, dancing for the US, in first place, with Denis Kutepov and Lesya Sinitsa, again from the US, second. The couples in third and fourth place were both from China: Wu Zhian and Ying Lei, third, with Zhang Chi and Yanna Zhang, fourth. In fifth place were Alexander Ostrovskiy and Yulia Igonina, from Russia, and sixth were Jun and Noriko Motoike, from Japan.

Two couples from England were placed in the Rising Star Amateur Ballroom (pictured left): Edmund Ault and A Reum Han came fourth, while Stephen Arnold and Yasmin Priestnall were in sixth place. The event was won by Jianan Peng and Jia Ci Zhong, from China, with Si Cheng Li and Zhou Man Ni, again from China, in third place and Sergey Sutyrin and Natalia Sazhina, from Russia, in third. Italy’s Alessandro Lippi and Sofiya Aksenchyk came fifth.

In the Professional Latin Rising Stars, Marek Fiksa and Kinga Jurecka-Fiksa, from Poland, came first; Dorin Frecautanu and Marina Sergeeva, from Moldova, came second; and Sarunas Greblikas and Viktorija Horeva, from the US, came third. Stefano Moriondo and Angelik Meyer, from France, came fourth in this event, with two couples from Ukraine taking the final placings – Mykhailo Bilopukhov Anastasiia Shchypilina and Dmytro Vlokh and Ekaterina Krysanova.


Photographs: 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. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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