DUTCH OPEN 2008
Yes we were there again - this is our fourth year running - to watch all the exitement and the drama and the wonderful
music and dancing of couples from all over the world.
Here are some of the moments. There are many more in Dancesportinfo.net
Professional Latin Dutch Open - Riccardo and Yulia - What an amazing couple to watch close up - exciting, exuberant,
exhillarating, a powerhouse of musicality and movement.
Professional Ballroom - Jonathan Wilkins and Hazel Newbury from England - exquisitely elegant and vibrant in their dancing.
Dancing their famous leap in the quickstep - Domenico Soale and Gioia Cerasoli came second.
Amateur Latin Dutch Open 2008 - Kyrill and Elena took gold! What a delight to watch them year after year developing and
progressing. They came third last year and first this year. Congratulations!!
Troels and Ina from Denmark - what a strong vibrant couple - they came first in Blackpool and two years running second at
the Dutch Open.
Such fun to watch. The audience loves them so much.
Dutch Open - November 2008 - Five couples represented Israel this year in the fabulous
four day event in Assen -
Annabelle Perez and Illia Miasnik from Sunrise Arad,
Costa Gershun and Dianna Piskun from Gratsia Ashdod,
Ivan Moiseev and Elina Shustin from Gratsia Ashdod,
Andrey Lobankov and Liana Koralov from Bravo Haifa,
Artiem Lyazkovsky and Elena Dovgan from Bravo Beersheva.
Congratulations to Annabelle and Illia who reached 47 in Rising Stars Latin Dutch Open 2008.
Congratulations to Artiem and Elena who reached the finals in the Junior B Latin.
Prior to the four day competition, a three day congress is held with all the top teachers and dancers attending.
What a delight - being together with Riccardo Cocchi & Yulia Zagorouitchenko
, representing the USA,with Kirill Belorukov & Elvira Skrylnikova
representing Russia, with Troels Bager & Ina Ivanova Jeliazkova
and Janick Löwe & Pia Engelberg Lundanes
both couples representing Denmark. An amazing and exhausting very long three days starting at 8.30 in the morning and
finishing with a two hour practice from 21.00-23.00.
CONGRESS - DUTCH OPEN THREE DAY CONGRESS - with the top dancers, teachers and lecturers in the world: Tony Nyahagen,
Jerry Abrate, Alex Fletcher, Sammy Stopford, Gaynor Fairweather, Donnie Burns, Andrew Sinkinson, Ruud Vermey, Steve Powell,
Mrco Saccani, Kenny Walsh, Leonid Pletnev, and more. Photos from the congress and private lessons together with
famous couples who took part in the Dutch Open competition with our couples from Israel.
Annabelle and Illia together with Jerry Abrate working on Paso in the above two photos.
We had the delight of working together with Yulia and Ricardo in the congress. Watching them practice was an education
in itself then to see the results on the dance floor - fantastic!!!
A message from Israel.
We had a wonderful trip with moments of extreme joy and heart break, of satisfactions and disapointments, we learnt so
much and took away so many memories. We made new friends and met old ones. We danced and sang and shouted and
cheered. We saw some of the best dancers in the world dancing one meter in front of us. We were judged by some
of the best judges in the world. We watched icons such as Donnie Byrnes and Gaynor Fairweather and we also saw future
stars in the making. This was a trip to remember. Thank you Fred for making all of this possible.
COSTA AND DIANNA FROM ASHDOD DUTCH OPEN 2007
Professional Ballroom - Gozzoli took the gold.
For photographs from Dutch Open 2006 click here.
|DUTCH OPEN-COSTA, DIANNA, MAX, ANNABELLE AND ILLIA
|WAITING AT THE ENTRANCE FOR THE TAXI TO TAKE US HOME
|DUTCH OPEN AMATEUR BALLROOM
|ANNABELLE AND ILLIA FROM SUNRISE ARAD
PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE DUTCH OPEN 2007
AMATEUR AND YOUTH BALLROOM
AMATEUR AND YOUTH LATIN
AMATEUR AND RISING STARS BALLROOM AND LATIN
|FRED BIJSTER AND PATRICE PEREZ DUTCH OPEN 2007
|FRED IS VICE PRESIDENT OF WORLD DANCE COUNCIL AND ORGANISER OF THE DUTCH OPEN
|GETTING BORED WAITING FOR THE TAXI
|WHAT A LAUGH WE ALL HAD!
|FIRST DAY SHOPPING BEFORE THE COMPETITION
|THE COLD AND WET COULDN'T DAMPEN OUR SPIRITS!