Emma Hawley reports on the Cimen Open International Championships in Shanghai.
I recently had the extraordinary privilege of attending the 4th Cimen Open International Dance Championships in the vibrant city of Shanghai, China. My sincere thanks go to Ms. Lin Bing and the Cimen Charitable Foundation for extending the invitation, allowing me to witness a magical dance experience against the stunning backdrop of the Primus Hotel complex.
From the very beginning, the competition was nothing short of remarkable. The atmosphere was electric, with a packed audience passionately cheering on their favourite dancers. The energy in the air was tangible, creating an unforgettable experience. The exquisite ceiling, gold walls, and expansive screens elevated the event, adding an extra layer of grandeur to the already spectacular presentation.
The competition featured an impressive array of competitions including solos, juniors and juveniles, as well as closed and open international events for both amateurs and professionals. The audience's enthusiasm reached its peak during the amateur and professional championships, and rightfully so. The technical skills displayed by the dancers, coupled with their extraordinary ability to connect with the crowd and each other, created a truly captivating experience. The partnership with the Blackpool Dance Festival added an extra layer of prestige, as finalists in selected categories earned the privilege of advancing directly to the second round or second qualifying round at the Blackpool Dance Festival in May 2024.
A highlight of the championship was the superstar showcase and the accompanying dinner, where stunning displays of Ballroom, Latin, and Show Dances held us spellbound for hours.
For those who couldn't attend, Dance TV Ltd's social media and website are excellent resources to catch interviews and highlights from this extraordinary event. The Cimen Open International Dance Championships in Shanghai was more than a competition; it was a celebration of the art of dance on a global stage. I am grateful to have been part of this wonderful experience and eagerly anticipate future editions of this spectacular event.
Once again I’d like to thank Ms. Lin Bing for her kind invitation and the warm hospitality extended by her and her team.
International Professional Latin
1st - Troels Bager and Ina Jeliazkova
2nd - Aniello Langella and Andra Vaidilaite
3rd - Massimo Arcolin and Laura Arcocinova
4th - Kirill Belorukov and Valeriia Aiaaeva
5th - Damir Haluzan and Anna Haluzan
6th - Darren Hammond and Marina Steshenh
International Professional Ballroom
1st - Stanislav Zelianin and Irina Cherapanova
2nd - Dusan Dragovic and Valeria Agikyan
3rd - Stas Portanenko and Nataliya Koliada
4th - Fedor lsaev and Anna Zudilina
5th - 李思诚 and Mariia Polishchuk
6th - Madis Abel and Liis End
International Amateur Latin
1st - Salvo Sinaedi and Alexandra Kondrashova
2nd - 唐艺铭,黄馨仪
3rd - Cosimo Barra and Diana Sharipova
5th - 张爱马笛,贾昊悦
6th - Roman Gerbey and Oksana Lukianenk
International Amateur Ballroom
1st - Glenn Richard Boyce and Caroly Janes
2nd - 唐渝杰,赵艾妮
3rd - Marco Sirocchi, and Dora Kilin
4th - Oleksandr Bezkrovnyi and Mariia Savchuk
5th - 康凌昊,邢安冉
6th - Evgeny Sveridonov and Angelina Barkov