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UK Open 2019 Success!

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The UK Open Dance Championships is over for another year and what a success it has been! First of all we would like to congratulate everyone who took part in this fantastic event. We were so proud to see so many great results achieved by our #IDSEliteTeam couples. Read about the event below and click on any name to find out what they wear!

Our Ballroom dancers had a lot of success this week with Fedor IsaevAnna Zudilina (Russia) being crowned Amateur Champions for the second year in a row. Nothing can stop this elegant couple right now! Igor ReznikMaria Polishchuk (Ukraine) finished in 3rd place in their 3rd consecutive final here. Eric Li Liis End (China) are one of the newest partnerships in this category however nothing is stopping them from achieving tremendous results. They’ve danced this final in previous partnerships but neither had finished as high as the 4th place they achieved here. Last years Amateur Rising Star Champions, Artem KuklinLika Dikaya (Ukraine), also made this final for the first time and placed 5th, an exceptional result for another amazingly talented young couple!

In Professional Ballroom, Valerio Colantoni Monica Nigro (Italy) came 2nd which was a fantastic result. Stanislav ZelianinIrina Cherepanova (Russia) improved their placing to 4th after finishing in 9th last year - an exceptional rise in just 1 year! Completing this sensational final was the wonderful Stas PortanenkoNataliya Kolyada (Ukraine), our newly sponsored couple. It was great to witness their first World Professional Ballroom final which was also their first competition wearing International Dance Shoes! We don’t think that was a coincidence! :) It was sad not to see Arunas Bizokas & Katusha Demidova dancing the UK Open this year, their presence was missed greatly.

In the Amateur Latin final we proudly saw Petar DaskalovZia James (England), the current UK Closed Amateur Latin Champions, finish 4th. Salvatore SinardiViktoria Kharchenko (Italy) were 5th after demonstrating a passionate performance with clear and dynamic footwork. Completing this final in 6th place was the super talented Austin JosonNino Dzneladze (USA).

Not forgetting some other special #IDSEliteTeam couples who did us proud: Joel LopezKristina Bespechnova (Spain) and Tagir MansurovAlexandra Kondrashova (USA) both made the semi final of the Amateur Latin, with Alex GunnarssonEkaterina Bondareva (Iceland) and Angelo GaetanoClarissa Morelli (USA) making the Amateur Ballroom semi final.

Chong He (Charles)Jing Shan (Sara) (China) reached the semi final of the Professional Ballroom, a great result for their first time dancing at the UK Open as professionals.

The Professional Latin semi final featured Gunnar GunnarsonMarika Doshoris (England) who finished 11th despite Marika picking up a nasty injury during the competition. We hope she recovers well! Our final congratulations go to Artur TarnavskyyAnastasiya Danilova (USA) for their 2nd place finish in the Professional Rising Star Latin!

Wow! What a great start to the year with these truly fantastic results! As always we are grateful to our customers and sponsors for allowing us to be a part of your dancing journey. Thank you to everyone that visited us over the road at the Royal Exeter Hotel - as always it was a pleasure to see some familiar faces and meet some new friends too! See some photos from our stand below!

Bring on the rest of 2019!

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