Friday, November 20, 2009

Events and Competitions

The Ohio Star Ball is now well underway and the “Big Night” will be on Saturday November 21 when PBS will be televising the finals of all the Open Professional events to discover “America’s Best”. I will let you know when PBS will be showing this event.
The results are coming out of Ohio very slowly! The Ohio Star Ball is now home to the Pro/Am World Championships. In the American Smooth World Pro/Am Championship at the “C” age levels there was an outstanding entry of 55 couples (this has to be the largest ever pro/am multi dance event) and it was won by Beverly Moore with teacher Alain Doucet from Canada – this is the first time the American Smooth Pro/Am winner was not from the USA. The American Smooth “A” age division was won by three people! Yes, three! Laurie Meer with teacher Mazen Hamza took top honors and Laurie is six months pregnant! In the American Rhythm “B” level Olivia Anderson with teacher Forrest Vance became World Rhythm Champions – Olivia and Forrest competed this year at the Hawai‘i Star Ball. There were no competitors from Hawai‘i.

So what is coming up on the competition scene? The oldest competition in the USA will be held November 27 –29. It is the 49th Annual California Star Ball being held at the Radisson Hotel, Los Angeles Airport and is organized by John Morton and Gitte Svendsen. In the past several Hawai‘i competitors have danced in this event. Check their website

Next would be the Holiday Dance Classic on December 9 – 13 at Luxor Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas. Wendy Johnson, Mary Murphy and Sam Sodano, organizes it. You can check the website:

Internationally there is the Australian Dancesport Championships being held in Melbourne December 11 – 13. They have an enormous panel of judges both overseas and Australian. Jenny Rosenfeld is included who judged for Hawai‘i Star Ball when we were at the Hawaiian Regent Hotel and will possibly be judging for us in 2010! Also included is Leanne Bampton who is a frequent visitor to Hawai‘i. You can check their website

Not a dance competition or event but an important date for me will be December 22 when I will be having my knee replacement surgery at Kaiser. Can’t wait to get it over with!

I think you all should be aware of The Philippine Star Ball, which is in its third year of running. It is being held on February 13, 2010 at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel, Manila. The Council of United Professional Dance Teachers of the Philippines, Inc is presenting it in cooperation with the Department of Tourism Republic of the Philippines and The First Gentleman Foundation Inc. A beneficiary is KYTHE an organization helping children with cancer. There were a group of local dancers attending last year and I know that there will be local attendees this year. Check it out or contact Michaela ‘Pinky’ Puno via email at: - or

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