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LOUIS AND KARYNA SPLIT
Louis van Amstel & Karyna Smirnova annouced their split-up while demonstrating in Japan. Soon afterward Louis had a try out with Joanna Leunis (current World Amateur Latin champion) and they have decided to compete together. As of today they have already created the choreography for all the five dances. It is felt that their mutual background of working with Team Amsterdam makes it all come so easily.
The excitement is so enormous that Louis & Joanna would love to start immediately at the United Kingdom Championships next month. Fortunately the entries are already closed. This will give Louis & Joanna the time to not only be able to perform their new choreographies well but also to grow in their movement qualities. It gives them the time to mentally get used to each other and to look forward to a greater start. They have decided to represent Holland.
Their debut will be in February when they will dance a Dutch championship qualifying competition followed by the Dutch Professional Championship on March 11 in the famous Kurhaus in Scheveningen: the venue where Joanna won her first international amateur title last year.
As for Slavik Kryklyvyy, he still is at a stage of try outs and is making up his mind to make the right choice for the future. He also clearly intends to come back on the dance floor. Karyna will stay in New York for now and take some time to decide on her future steps.
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CHRISANNE COLLECTION SUPPLEMENT
Looking for a present for your partner? Look no more, visit our ChrisAnne page to view the latest Men's collection 2000/2001 and Ladies Supplement 2000.

TOP LATIN COMPETITOR RETIRE
Germany's Ralf Mulller and Olga Muller-Omeltchenko who are regular finalists in all major Professional Latin Championships decided to retire from competitive dancing. They have been concentrating their efforts this year in running the dance school which they have taken over from Ralf's parents and they feel that they do not have sufficient time for their own dancing.

AUSTRALIAN PROFESSIONAL COUPLES RETIRE
At the recent Australian Target DanceSport Championships held on the 8th, 9th & 10th December 2000, 3 Professional couples retired from competitive dancing. Those being :Jason Beaman & Chelsea Richardson - Australia's number one 10-Dance couple, and representatives to the 2000 Asian Pacific 10 Dance Championships held in Hong Kong in November 2000. Paul & Ann Wilson - Australian Professional Modern Champions and World Professional Modern semi-finalists. Neale & Nicole Byrnes - Australia representatives to the World Professional Latin Championships and winners of every major Dancesport Latin Championship in Australia. All 3 couples will be sadly missed from the competitive scene, but they will go on with floorshows, teaching and adjudicating.

MICHAEL AND SABINE TURN PRO
Michael Torres and Sabine Kramski
, former 3 times undefeated German Amateur Latin Champions have recently announced that they are turning professional.

WORLD 10 DANCE AND IDSF WORLD STANDARD RESULTS
Alain Doucet & Anik Jolicoeur from Canada defends their World Professional 10 Dance Championship title and Jonathan Crossley & Kylie Jones from England secures the IDSF World Standard DanceSport Championship title. The results for the two championships can be found in our results page.

2000 THE WORLD SUPERSTARS DANCE FESTIVAL VIDEO
Both Standard and Latin 2000 World Super Stars Dance Festival video tapes (NTSC) are now available at INBALL for US$85 each. To order please contact sales@inball.com

LATIN (114mins) STANDARD (135mins)
Bryan Watson & Carmen Andrew Sinkinson & Charlotte Jorgensen
Jukka Haapalainen & Sirpa Suutari Luca & Loraine Baricchi
Paul Killick & Hanna Karttunen Massimo Giorgianni & Alessia Manfredini
Allan Tornsberg & Serena Lecca Christopher Hawkins & Hazel Newberry
Michael Wentink & Beata Fabio Selmi & Simona Fancello
  Timothy Howson & Joanne Bolton
  William Pino & Alessandra Bucciarelli

REGINING WORLD, EUROPEAN, BLACKPOOL AMATEUR CHAMPIONS SPLIT
During the last two years Joanna Leunis & Slavik Kryklyvyy broke all records and won the World title. In merely 20 months they transformed form being unknown to the dance world to the unbeaten inspiring leaders in the Amateur Latin scene. After reaching such a milestone Slavik & Joanna decided to take some time off to find out what new challenge they would like to have for the future. Therefore Slavik & Joanna have decided to no longer compete together and take time for themselves to find new inspiration in the world of dance, each with another partner.

PAUL & HANNA MISS WORLD, EUROPEAN AND INTERNATIONAL
Paul Killick and Hanna Karttunen have annouced that they will not be competing at the World, European or International Championships since Hanna is to have surgery due to a knee injury.

DOCTOR TITLE IN BALLROOM DANCING
Ruud Vermeij recently got his Ph.D.-degree in Ballroom dancing. After studying for his master degree, Ruud Vermeij was the first coach introducing the universal dance principles from Laban in competitive Ballroom dancing. He published his Master study material in the book "Latin. Thinking, sensing and doing Latin American dancing" (Book and video availble from Inball. Please send e-mail to sales@inball.com for further details). Mr Vermeij decided to continue his research in both Standard and Latin American dancing. This Summer he concluded his Doctorate which included research on creating a dance profile for dancers. Major issues in his thesis were: the style of the dance itself, the style of the teacher and/or choreographer and the personal style of the dancers. His work may help dancers to cope with and to contribute positively to the practice of Ballroom dancing. A 410 page document summarises the depth of his research and analysis. His doctorate work stretched over a period of five years .His new book is now in process.

MIAMI RESULTS
The IDSF World Latin and the US Open Championships 2000 results are now available on our website. After the World Latin Michael Torres and Sabine Kramski announced to turn Profressional. The IDSF World Latin will be shown on Star TV during the period of 21 Sept 2000 - 24 Sept 2000. For futher details please see our TV listing.

IDSF ASIAN STANDARD & LATIN RESULTS
Congratulations to the Greater China Couples who competed in the IDSF Asian Standard and IDSF Latin Competition held in Japan. The couples from Chinese Taipei did very well: Kevin Lin & Betty Liao came 3rd in the Latin section, Peter Chen & Tiffany Lee came 3rd and Eric Chao and Julia Lai came 4th in the standard section. Stephen So & Connie Cheng from Hong Kong came 6th in the Standard section. Full results are now available from our site.

INTERNATIONAL WORLD GAMES 2001
The Akita organising Committee (AOC) for the World Games 2001 recently finalised the logos for the sports on the competition and on the demonstration programme for the event August next year. The DanceSport event of those World Games will be held on Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th in the magnificent Municipal Gymnasium in Akita. The World Games 2001 logo for DanceSport:

GERMAN OPEN RESULTS & NEWS

The results for the 2000 German Open Championships (28 August - 2 September) are starting to come in. Some of the familiar faces in the Amateur Latin section did not compete this year. Michael Torres & Sabine Kramski had to withdraw due to Sabine's leg injury. The highly favoured European Champions Slavik Kryklyvyy & Joanna Leunis withdrew their participation. Furthermore Tomas Hosek & Birgit Fuersterova did not come since they splitted. Tomas is looking for a new partnership but the plans of Birgit are not known.

MORE LION CITY INFO
Photos of the 13th Lion City International DanceSport Championships have been posted in our photo gallery. For those who are really interested in the details results (e.g. how each judge marked the couples) you can find the information at http://www.spaeker.de/lion/

LION CITY RESULTS
Detail Results for the 13th Lion City International DanceSport Championships held on Sunday 6 August 2000 are now available. Many competitors from Hong Kong, Taiwan and China participated in this event.

GORAN AND NICOLA RETIRES
Goran and Nicola Nordin, the currently reigning UK Closed Professional Latin American Champions have announced that they are retiring from the competitve dancing.

GAYNOR & MIRKO RETIRE
Following their recent success at the British Open Professional Latin Championship in Blackpool, Gaynor Fairweather M.B.E. and Mirko Saccani have decided to officially retire from the competitive scene.
They are to continue to demonstrate, teach and lecture from their base in Hong Kong which involves frequent visits into mainland China.

BLACKPOOL DETAIL RESULTS
For those of you who have been waiting long, detailed results of the 2000 Blackpool Dance Festival are finally published by the organiser. We have at once updated our Blackpool page to include the detailed results of all the competitors from the Greater China. Please click here to check it out.

XXVII OLYMPIAD, SYDNEY 2000
The International Olympic Committee has confirmed that up to 500 DanceSport couples from the Australian member body of the International DanceSport Federation (IDSF) have been invited to participate in the Closing Ceremony of the Games of the XXVII Olympiad, Sydney 2000. Further details of the inclusion of DanceSport are being kept confidential, so as to add to the impact of the Closing Ceremony

NEW PROFESSIONAL LATIN BLACKPOOL CHAMPION
We have a new professional Latin Champion this year in the Blackpool Dance Festival. Bryan Watson and Carmen became the 2000 British Professional Latin Champion by winning all five dances. For more details, please visit our Blackpool pages. One of last year's finalist, Michael Wentink was not in the competition due to a knee injury.

SINKINSON RETIRES
After 30 years of competitive dancing, Andrew Sinkinson decided to choose the Invitational Team Match of Blackpool Dance Festival to announce his retirement from his competitive career. Upon the announcement Andrew received a standing ovation from the audience lasting for more than 5 minutes. In gratitude to the audience's appreciation and support, Andrew performed his last foxtrot as a competitor in Blackpool's Winter Garden. His partner, Charlotte Jorgensen however will continue her competitive carreer.

COVERAGE OF BLACKPOOL DANCE FESTIVAL 2000
This year we will be sending a reporter to report directly from Blackpool about the competitions results! So look out for the latest results in our Blackpool section,

SINGAPORE MILLENNIUM
The Results for the Singapore Millennium is now available. More than 140 couples from 25 countries took part in the competition. Two couples from China took 1st and 2nd place in the Standard Amateur Closed Event. The Guests-of-Honour were the Minister for Community Development and Sports, Mr Abdullah Tarmugi and The Chairman of the National Arts Council, Mr Liu Thai Ker. Guest Artistes Augusto Schiavo & Caterina Arzenton and Paul Killick & Hanna Kartunnen gave breath-taking performances. (Hidekazu & Adele Tanaka could not perform because Adele is carrying Hide's baby. Congratulations to them !!)

LATEST "SPOILED FOR CHOICE"
The latest issue of "Spoiled for Choice" is now out. ("Spoiled for Choice" is a quarterly newsletter produce by Inball.com which contains the latest dance products for the quarter.)

SINGPORE 2000 PHOTOS
The Singapore 2000 IDSF International Open photos have just started to come in. Keep your eyes glued on the photo gallery. More photos will be added shortly.

NEW ARTICLES
If you would like to know how to dye a pair of satin dance shoes or wish to understand what I.D.T.A. and I.S.T.D. stand for or find out more about dance-related interesting things, check out our articles page. It has been recently updated! If you however wish to share your thoughts and views on any dance-related matter with others, please send them by email to webmaster@mai.com.hk or by fax to 2794 4625.

SINGAPORE 2000 IDSF INTERNATIONAL OPEN
The Singapore 2000 IDSF International Open commenced and concluded in grand style on 2 April 2000. This world-class event was held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium and was a huge success. There were over 70 entries from over 20 countries all around the world. The Minister for Community Development and Sports of Singapore was invited as guest of honour for the event. Also present were the top officials from the IDSF and ADSF. The event commenced with a traditional lion dance, followed by a manificant light show and a brief but solemn swearing of the Olympic oath by representatives of the adjudicators and the competitors. It was a major event in Singapore and the whole event was being televised. Inspired by the cheering audience, the competitors did their very best to sweep the audience's feet away. After several rounds of breathtaking performances and magnificant display of sportsmanship by the couples, the Latin title was finally taken by Dmitriy Timokhin & Anna Bezikova from Russia and the Standard title by Roberto Villa & Michelle Barry from England. Full Results are now available.

1999 WORLD SUPER STARS DANCE FESTIVAL VIDEO
Both Standard and Latin 1999 World Super Stars Dance Festival video tapes (NTSC) are now available at INBALL for US$85 each. To order please contact sales@inball.com

LATIN:
Jukka Haapalainen & Sirpa Suutari Bryan Watson & Carmen Allan Tornsberg & Serena Lecca
Holger Nitsche & Charlotte Egstrand Michael Wentink & Beata  

STANDARD:
Luca Baricchi & Loraine Baricchi Andrew Sinkinson & Charlotte Jorgensen Christopher Hawkins & Hazel Newberry
Massimo Giorgianni & Alessia Manfredini Timothy Howson & Joanne Bolton Hirofumi Amano & Kyoko Amano

SLAVIK & JOANNA WINS EUROPEAN
Slavik Kryklyvyj & Joanna Leunis
captured the European Amateur Latin Championships title in Arhus, Denmark on 26 Feburary. For more details, please visit our results section.

SAD NEWS - PASSING OF MICHAEL HOUSEMAN
A great English dancer, coach and respected world renowned adjudicator - Mr Michael Houseman passed away at his home in Port Charlotte, Florida on Friday morning, 25 February. Michael had been diagnosed with terminal cancer several months ago, but until last week, Michael had continued to share his knowledge with students. Services will be held in Port Charlotte, Florida on 7 March, 2000 at 11:00 am at the Roberson Funeral Home and Crematorium. Mrs Houseman has requested that a donation be made to the American Cancer Society in the name of Michael Houseman in lieu of flowers.

MATTHEW AND NICOLE TURN PRO
Matthew and Nicole Cutler turned professional after winning the UK Open Amateur Latin Championship in January. They have won all the major titles over the last year including the World and European championships in 1999.

IDSF INTERNATIONAL OPEN RESULTS
"Tokyo International Open" IDSF International Open results is now available at our site in the results section.

DANCERS' FREE EMAIL
There's a new free email service for dancers called www.dancemail.net! You can sign up for your own free email account at their site.

OVERSEAS INSTRUCTORS
We've added a new sub-section to the directory listing. "Overseas Instructors in town" is a month by month listing which tells you when overseas instructors will be teaching at a place near you!

DANCESPORT IN CHILDREN OF ASIA GAMES
DanceSport will be included in The Second International Sport Games "Children of Asia" Games for the first time. The Second International Sport Games are scheduled to take place in Yakutsk, Russia, August 4th to 17th, 2000. For more details please go to International Dance Sport Federation's website.

NEW CHRISANNE COLLECTION
The latest collection from CHRISANNE that everyone is waiting for is finally here. Please visit our CHRISANNE pages for the latest dancewear collection.

 

LATEST DANCE PRODUCTS
The 3rd issue of the newsletter "Spoiled for Choice!" from Inball is now available.

MILLENIUM UK CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS
Hot off the press! The results of the Millenium UK Championships are now available in our results page.

NEW MESSAGE BOARD
Just added a new message board for visitors to share their ideas, experience or problems, ask or answer any questions about any topic relating to dancing or simply get to know other fellow dancers.

SINGAPORE 2000 IDSF INTERNATIONAL OPEN DANCESPORT TOURNAMENT
Entry form is now available on-line. Please go to the Amateur DanceSport Association (Singapore) for more details.


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