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« on: January 30, 2010, 06:16:05 PM »

Basically a thread for luvin' on Joanna Leunis and Michael Malitowski.  Cheesy

I find such inspiration in watching them dance. Joanna is a perfect combination of athleticism, femininity, and joy in motion IMO.
A few vids that have recently inspired me in my latin practice...

A lovely rumba: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ny-6icH9t9Y&feature=related

And a memorable samba, which I got to see live in Boston. I enjoy watching it every time I see it... wow. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Bs1Mnt7KQE
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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2010, 11:42:45 PM »

Of course, dudley's favorite lady!!!  Grin
She is a perfection for me. My goal and watching her dancing is just inspiration.  Grin

Another Rumba!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8XFXhxvQCw
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2010, 11:47:22 PM »

[nice idea sam - thanks..]
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2010, 01:35:19 AM »

I love her work, she is balanced and in touch with her performance, I saw her live at the Canberra comp in June 2009 in Australia
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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2010, 01:41:24 AM »

LOL! you have to watch this jive of theirs, it cracks me up every time!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNnnPeD7nRA

at about 0:20 i think it is Grin

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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2010, 04:28:10 PM »

lovely, mesmerizing showdance. the view is not close up, but it certainly affords no compromised appreciation of all the qualities i so admire about joanna's dancing... clarity, precision, femininity, athleticism, *speed*, stillness... and just a great view of the way the lines of energy flow through her body with such relaxed purpose & sensation...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ol2ADYN3uk
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2010, 04:32:39 PM »

LOL! you have to watch this jive of theirs, it cracks me up every time!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNnnPeD7nRA

at about 0:20 i think it is Grin

Zac
very much enjoyed that. have watched before. i recall noting how much i love their precision -- the very fast stops & starts, with such clear intention.

however, i've been observing that joanna has a kind of "head wobble" thing she does which very often breaks that stillness or the lines or symmetry they're achieving as a couple. have just been observing it when it comes up and how it disrupts my eyes...
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« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2010, 02:20:39 AM »

someone commented to me recently that they thought their performance at a championship in Vienna or something (cant member the location), michael was playing to the audience instead of taking the dance seriously, and that is fine in a showcase but this was during a comp!
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« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2010, 11:00:32 AM »

someone commented to me recently that they thought their performance at a championship in Vienna or something (cant member the location), michael was playing to the audience instead of taking the dance seriously, and that is fine in a showcase but this was during a comp!

A lot of dancers play with audience during competition. That's the one way of showing off things in Latin. Probably not in Standard. They flirt with the partner, audience, other competitors, and even judges.




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« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2010, 12:07:40 PM »

someone commented to me recently that they thought their performance at a championship in Vienna or something (cant member the location), michael was playing to the audience instead of taking the dance seriously, and that is fine in a showcase but this was during a comp!
a lot of top pros seem to do this... yulia, max, andre, and elena had at a of fun at the manhattan comp -- in the final! -- where they all switched partners, at the end of a rumba IIRC. Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2010, 12:31:06 PM »

This is pretty common QPO.  I don't think I'd ever do it, but I guess it portrays a sense of humor, personality, and confidence.  There was a better video out there of Max and Andre switching partners but this is the best I could find (after they had already switched partners):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZm_L_QTI7A

More recently, Stefano reclaimed his previous partner (Slavik's current partner) during the most recent UK Open:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLBKxxM5rCc&feature=related

Slavik was a good sport about it, seemed like.  Cool
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« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2010, 01:41:33 PM »

There was a better video out there of Max and Andre switching partners but this is the best I could find (after they had already switched partners):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZm_L_QTI7A

i remember that i was there last night, but left right before the final because it was so late and i had so far to drive. oh, sillee me... Roll Eyes Cool would have been fun to see!
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« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2010, 02:40:10 PM »

someone commented to me recently that they thought their performance at a championship in Vienna or something (cant member the location), michael was playing to the audience instead of taking the dance seriously, and that is fine in a showcase but this was during a comp!
a lot of top pros seem to do this... yulia, max, andre, and elena had at a of fun at the manhattan comp -- in the final! -- where they all switched partners, at the end of a rumba IIRC. Smiley

I saw that one in youtube. It was hilarious.  Grin
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« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2010, 02:41:35 PM »

There was a better video out there of Max and Andre switching partners but this is the best I could find (after they had already switched partners):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZm_L_QTI7A

i remember that i was there last night, but left right before the final because it was so late and i had so far to drive. oh, sillee me... Roll Eyes Cool would have been fun to see!

You missed it???  Shocked
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« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2010, 02:42:47 PM »

There is another video which Slavik kisses Carmen's cheek during Blackpool. Heh! I will post once I find it.  Smiley
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