The Open Jazz division at The 2019 Dance Worlds was a beautiful display of the freedom of movement and expression through dance. The Jazz category allows for so much interpretation, and our finalists came through with originality. Sixteen teams competed in the Finals, representing for eleven countries, and their routines were as unique as they were fantastic.
The gold medalists put on a flawless routine that awed the crowd. After finishing in third in 2018, The Vision Dance Center – Open Allstars became World Champions after putting on a routine that gracefully lifted them to the top of the standings. There was not a single step out of place as the team moved from section to section. Their elegance was matched with extremely difficult tricks that came seemingly out of nowhere, and then seamlessly came right back into the flow of team moments. The combination of artistry and athleticism was remarkable, and it earned them first place.
The always-incredible Wings Dance Promotion Silver Wings from Japan used their absolutely breathtaking turn sequences and technique to secure the silver medal. They went for extremely difficult turn variations, and had beautiful transitions with perfect extension all the way through their fingertips. The bronze medal is going home with Dancin’ BlueBonnets and their emotional performance that made us feel all sorts of ways. Their aerial elements were outstanding, and the performance value was top notch.
Just outside of the medals were New Zealand’s Mt. Eden Ballet Academy in fourth, followed by Dance Dynamics. Both teams were hot on the heels of the medalists, and put on world-class Jazz routines. Rounding out the top 10 were: Sharon Ann Academy of Cheer & Dance: SA Supreme (England), Ultimate Dance Centre: Ultimate Rock Stars (Australia), RSD: Leading Ladies (Wales), and CFU Ukraine (Ukraine). Every performance had beautiful moments to witness, and every team rightfully earned their place in the top 10 at The 2019 Dance Worlds.
The Nations Cup, a ranking of the top score from the five highest placing countries, was awarded to: Ultimate Dance Centre (5th), Sharon Ann Academy of Cheer & Dance (4th), Mt. Eden Ballet (3rd), Wing Dance Promotion (2nd), and The Vision Dance Center (1st).
Congratulations to all of the teams who competed in Open Jazz, especially our 2019 medalists. Open Jazz, your queens officially reside at The Vision Dance Center.
By Thomas Parrott
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