Joel and Clara Marasigan

Archive View: January, 2010

Interview with Simone & Annette – Part 1
January 28th, 2010

simone_annette_joel_clara3At the Snowball Classic in Vancouver this past weekend, Joel and I had the opportunity to have a chat with two of the couples who were competing in the IDSF Open Standard event. Currently ranked 4th in the IDSF Standard World Ranking List, Simone Segatori & Annette Sudol, representing Germany, were gracious enough to let us publish our conversation together. They were willing to divulge all their ‘secrets’ (well, almost all!) to help inspire up and coming dancers like yourselves. Joel and I used to train and compete with them in England when they were just coming up the ranks, so it was nice to be able to sit down and catch up with them.


Life is not Fair!
November 6th, 2009

susan-boyleThe great thing about competition is… Anyone can enter! Whether you’re tall, short, blonde, brunette, rich, poor, experienced or not … you can enter the competition nevertheless! Anyone can participate, and anyone can have a truly rewarding experience from it!


Competitions: Giving You The Extra Push You Need
October 16th, 2009

dscn9189I remember back when I was an amateur competitor, one of my friends (outside the dance community) asked me why I chose to dance competitively. At the time, I was at the height of my competitive career, and I thought to myself, ‘The answer is obvious! First of all, I love to perform and second of all, I feed off of the competitive atmosphere, as it drives me to reach greater and greater heights.’


Dance Pacifica 2009: Where Have All the Competitors Gone?
June 23rd, 2009

seawallDance Pacifica was held last weekend in Victoria, BC. For those of you who don’t know, it is one of two DanceSport competitions held on Vancouver Island during the late Spring and early Summer. The Victoria Ballroom Dance Society, which is an organization made up of volunteers and ballroom enthusiasts, do a great job of putting it all together. This year, the event hosted the regular slate of Amateur competitions, as well as a Professional Showcase by Canadian Latin Champions, Andre and Natalie Paramonov. Unfortunately though, attendance was quite low.


Consistent Dancing = Consistent Marks
May 16th, 2009

consistent-target2In my last blog, I wrote about the Island Fantasy Ball, our local DanceSport competition in Nanaimo. As I mentioned in that article, the winners for each of the BC Closed Championships were obvious; and in some events, even the results of the top six were pretty clear.

Why is it so clear in some cases, with the winners often winning each and every dance and getting the majority of first place markings, while in other events, the results are all over the place? Honestly, at times, it is hard to say. However, the more you know about the judging system, the more you’ll understand what can actually be determined by looking at the judges’ marks.