Smooth and Amateur Latin Pics Up

Finished uploading pictures just in time to go back to Brooklyn for tonight’s round of fun! Here are the pictures I’ve added to the album thus far, of last night’s two main championships, Professional American Smooth and Amateur Latin. I still can’t believe Jonathan Roberts and Valentina won Smooth. They had excellent choreography — lots of variety with beautiful leg lifts and dramatic drops, but overall I still think J.T. Thomas and Tomas Mielnicki (current national champs in this event) moved with more fluidity and polish, and Jonathan had a couple of little, very minor fumbles with his footwork. I’m thrilled for J & V, but just a little surprised. J.T. and Tomas had a minor mishap in which J.T. was elbowed in the nose pretty badly. Caused quite a bit of bleeding and she had to take a little time out to tend to it. Certainly shook them up a bit at the moment, but didn’t seem to hamper their final round at all. It can be dangerous out there on the dance floor though!

When I was leaving the bar during a break, I heard someone call out “Swan Lake Samba Girl.” I initially thought it was my friend Parker being silly. But it wasn’t; it was a reader, named Ching, who nicely introduced herself and told me she reads my blog regularly and really likes it. She dances both ballet and ballroom as well — I think there is a lot of crossover — and is a professor. Anyway, it’s always so wonderful (albeit surreal!) to be noticed, and to receive such nice compliments. So, thanks, Ching, you completely made my night!


  1. Tonya, the Jon and Maks lovers at my DWTS community are going to love you

  2. you’re famous! i got to sit with a celebrity!

  3. Good, Katrina, I’m glad 🙂

    Haha, Parker, very funny :)Thanks so much again, for getting me the seat. I had such a great time hanging out with you!

  4. I’m so glad to have made your night! You make my mornings daily, so it’s the least I can do. I’m relieved I didn’t come off as a scary stalker! 🙂

    I dance Pro-Am with Andre Strinadko in Boston. Hopefully I’ll run into you in Orlando. We can grab a drink and swoon over Yulia. Maybe if we both cross our fingers, Slavik will show up and join us.

  5. Hi Ching! I didn’t know you danced with Andre Strinadko — I love him! I’m always annoyed the judges don’t rank them higher. I’m not sure yet if I’ll be able to go to Orlando this year; I hope I can. If I do, I’ll definitely let you know. That would be so great if Slavik showed… Thanks again for stopping me and saying hello and for your wonderful compliments on my blog 🙂

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