Ever since Max Kozhevnikov had stopped dancing competitively, he has been performing shows all around the world with the lovely Beata. I must say that their shows are extraordinary! They are not the usual Latin and Ballroom shows that mainly run through their competitive dance routines. Instead, their shows are filled with many genres of dance mixed together and lots of acting. In a way, Max and Beata are revolutionizing the way dance shows are performed… WATCH BOTH VIDEOS
The World Super Stars Latin Dance Festival is a yearly event held in Japan that hosts the best dance couples in the world. All the couples do about 5 solo show dances. This year was particularly amazing in the quality of shows. Perhaps, aside from the only new partnership of Slavik and Anna (who were still quite amazing for being so new), all the couples seemed to have gelled together really well.
This year’s line up included:
1. Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis
2. Riccardo Cocchi and and Yulia Zagoroutchenko
3. Slavik kryklyvyy Anna Melnikova
4. Sergey Surkov and Melia
5. Franco Formica & Oxana Lebedew
6. Maxim Kozhevnikov & Beata
Here are some of my favorite dance performances from the 2009 Latin World Stars Dance Festival:
Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis – Samba:
This dance video should remind everyone why they started dancing in the first place– to have fun! Danny (No, I don’t personally know him) and his partner are having so much fun together that it seems as though they are about to crack up at any given second. In addition, their dancing here is pure lead and follow. Notice how they are not thinking about anything, they are FEELING each others’ movement and interpreting the music. This is the way dancing was always meant to be. I challenge you to go out dancing next time and have as much fun as these two. Enjoy!