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World Salsa Dance Championships: Day 3
Second Salsa Dance Report, Results Analysis,
RESULTS -- THE HOUSE, THE HOUSE, THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE: DATELINE EARLY SATURDAY
(DAY 3.5) OF THE WORLD SALSA CHAMPIONSHIPS 2007 (ORLANDO, FLORIDA)
By Dakin Ferris, Incoherent Correspondent for
Sorry folks, but after a night of elation and then tears that went almost
until sunrise, I needed some sleep and a few minutes to compose myself before
posting the results. I am surrounded here by greatness, not just salsa talent,
but greatness of heart and soul….and the results brought a few Bay Area shockers
which, if nothing else, will show you I should never be allowed to judge
anything more than a kids sack-race! Results are in separate pictures taken by
Kayono, but here is my analysis:
On1 - All top ten scored in the 80s, so a very tight race here!!
10. JAPAN'S TETSU AND EMI -- Yeah! I love this couple. They won the
competition in Beijing earlier this year, and I am happy to report, that was not
a fluke. Though they dance on1, their style is much closer to on2/mambo than
on1/L.A. -- with a good showing in the finals, I expect them to creep up in the
rankings and are dark horses to take it all.
7. SF'S RICARDO AND TIANNE -- WOW!!!! From the first time I wrote about
loving their routine at the Glas Kat months ago to now, this couple really
proved that it doesn't have to be about tricks….and artistic interpretation and
elegance will be rewarded. A big congratulations to these two.
6. L.A.'S ABEL AND ZUMARA -- These two had to change their routine a lot
because of the trick rule….look for these prior winners to go way up in the
ranking now that they have had a chance to really work their new changes in.
1. SF'S ISIDRO AND SHEILA -- The scoring speaks for itself. Along with the
Canadians, they were three or so points above everyone else. With perfect
execution, this deserving couple will be unstoppable.
Note: A major blow that Jorge and Lupita didn't make it. I had them as a
virtual lock. I have no doubt they will be back next year holding one of these
On2 - Note the much wider range in scores in this category than on1!
5. SF'S JOHN AND LIZ
3. SF'S JUNIOR AND EMILY
2. NEW YORKS AND FORMERLY SF'S LOUIS ANTONIO AND ANYA
1. SYDNEY'S OLIVER AND LUDA
I was pretty sure all four of these were in and held top spots, so I have no
shockers here….these are great results for the Bay Area.
Oh, if you could have been in the circle of tears last night, you would have
needed a life preserver to keep your head above water when the names of our
loved Alex and Kim were not announced. Everyone arm in arm, consoling each
other. Its not that they expected to place….Alex and Kim are consummate
professionals with unstoppable spirits…..but with their best routine even just
completed, it would have been ohhhhh so sweet for them to make it. Afterwards,
Alex and Kim were completely in their zone…..and resolute that this coming year
their salsa training would take priority over the tricks. These two will be back
and at their current trajectory, there may be no stopping them next year.
Beyond that, I can't help but notice that with seven of the top ten coming
from Colombia, I think my comments yesterday were on spot. Like their style or
not (and I like it A LOT), Colombian style is completely different and so
powerful in its own right that it simply has to be put in a separate
category--for Cabaret and Teams. I hope the Salsa Seven look very close at this
issue, because otherwise, I think Cabaret style performers and many teams from
most of the rest of the world will stay home.
Aside from the stunner I will mention below, the Colombians are clearly
dominant here with four of the top ten teams. Modus Vivendi from Sydney and
Louis Antonios DanceSport All-Stars from New York and in the hunt too, however.
My instincts were right with the Korean team as well, as they were rewarded with
a well deserved spot.
For the first time since this competition started there are NO SF BAY AREA
Teams to make the finals. I wish I had a picture for you all. As the results
were announced most of the SF Bay folks were in the middle of the floor, huddled
up, bursting with delight….until it was clear first Jorge and Lupita and then
SalsaMania didn't make the cut, and then everyone's delight turned to tears and
disbelief. I haven't analyzed how close they came, but this was a shocker on the
scale of the Thrilla from Manilla…for that matter, I also had Majesty in Motion
as likely recipients of a top ten as well….and as you would expect the
SalsaMania folks all treated this like pro's without a gripe, but as a pundit
watching from the side, I have to question how much not being able to hear the
music hurt them. I have performed in bad music conditions, but to not have the
percussion and piano playing at all with such a musical piece as theirs? And
then to compare them to people who got the benefit of their music….well, I won't
scream foul, but I will say I am quite disappointed at the process. Maybe they
still wouldn't have made it, but after all their work, the SalsaMania team
deserved better. A shattering end to a glorious run that, among others, has
inspired amateurs like Kayono and I to push ourselves harder and harder, the two
SalsaMania teams (that is, Son de Mania as well) are heroes to me. Aside from
the massive organizations in Colombia, I know of no other group with the success
at the level John and Liz (who also are Colombian of course) have created.
Congratulations to them all for another stunning year of achievement and impact,
both locally and globally.
Congrats to all the Bay Area competitors who didn't make the final cute.
David and Carla, what great progress. Jorge and Lupita, I think you were robbed!
Enrique and Veronica, I can't wait to see the final numbers, but I suspect you
were in the hunt as well. Son de Mania, you folks set a new level for Bay Area
to aspire to. Thanks to all of you for being the inspiration for so many of us.
Well, time to get ready for tonight…..so stay tuned for -- THE FINALS!!!
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