Milwaukee 2009 Update #3

It’s Sunday night, 10:15pm, and after wildly trying to photograph the judges’ sheets so we could tear out of the hotel to drive through the rain to the airport (which I checked seven times to make sure it’s the right airport) here we still are: Genieboy, Joe Arasin and I, still waiting for a flight which has been delayed first an hour, then another hour, then a half hour, waiting to hear the next increment. Our plane can’t get out of the Minneapolis airport – thunderstorms here and all over the midwest. Joe has already finished his first book (a quick read – 700 pages), gone on a long hunt for a serious (his word) ice cream shop (the gelatto shop exactly right here at this very exact gate where we’re sitting is not serious enough) and it has to be chocolate; and he has just returned, looking kind of spacey, settling for gelatto with chocolate chips which he is standing here eating in my face while trying to decide whether to go to Swing Diego or Easterns and explaining why he doesn’t have a phone that does anything but dial phone numbers and is about to start in on his second huge fat book which I hope he won’t get the time to finish waiting for our plane to make it out of Indiana.

JJ Finalists announced Saturday night:


Our Connie
Alisa Winkler
Adorable Texas Dallas
Dawn Lara
Krista Mitchell
Michelle Haynes
Cindy Dionne
Leslie Bricker
Becky Brodie – 1st Alt
Jamie Callahan – 2nd Alt

Our Rob
Todd Paulus
Jesse Cramer
Our Jody
Chip DiStefano
Arthur Uspensky
Benjamin Plante


Carrie Richards
Tracy Staten
Kelsey Petrewski
Joy Davina
Peggy of the Delicious Armpits
Our Faith (that sounds like a church)
Melissa Spencer

Kelly Strouse
Brian Wong
Joe Wright
Ken Negley
jeffrey Tran
Scoootish Neil
Albert Corrozato


Our very own, and very psycho since the moment his name was announced, Wayne Scott Pulling, whom we affectionately refer to as Scott #3 (we collect Scotts in DC).

Classic Results:
1st Place: Kellese and Michael Norris, in yet another brand new routine (is this her 20th brand new routine in one year? Okay, maybe just her 10th brand new routine), danced to a classical/jazz/ violin something (which sounded familiar for some reason). Wait – now the whole routine seems familiar. Maybe this was not a new one after all?
2nd Ben and Melina (SO clean! so so so so SUPER DUPER fast! Such power! Such funk! I LOVE this routine!)
3rd Jake and Talitha (Soul Man)
4th DON AND WHITNEY!!!!!!!!! YAAAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!! Is that AWESOME or WHAT?!?!? Oh I am SO PROUD OF THEM!!!!!!!! They WON! Sort of!
5th Sheli and Mike
6th Sebastien and Blandine
7th  Jesse and Stacey
(I think there were 12 couples but I don’t seem to have the last five here in my notes. I took pictures of the judges’ sheets, though, so I’ll send the rest of the list later)

Rising Star Results
Little bit of confusion here because Joy and Todd, who won in Chicago last week (wait. the week before. No oops that was Boston. The week before THAT. Anyway, they just won in Chicago), again all received 1’s from the judges (lot of the same judges since Chicago is an hour and a half’s drive from here – Carmen Passi, Yvonne Antonacci, Nino DiGiulio, Debbie Figueroa, Kara Przbyla, and Chief Judge Mike Topol), but despite this they came in 4th out of 4. I was told by a student of Todd’s that the judges did in fact all put them first, but that they were subsequently disqualified for You-Know-What.*

At any rate, here’s what was posted:
1st Michelle and Joel (She is so ADORABLE I just want to squeeze her! And GB says she is a total blast to dance  with, just laughs the whole time)
2nd Jody and Connie
3rd Willow and Dave Damon – first time on the floor with their new routine, danced to a sort of Southerrn Rock meets Punk Rock song, in black, which Willow was still hemming an hour before they went on the floor, and which doesn’t have any rhinestones yet but will soon be totally smothered in them
4th Joy and Todd

Midwesterners are fraaandly! We noticed this laaast year, too. Naat just the daaance community, but people in the Piggly Wiggly, the staaaaff at the hotel – everyone’s smiley and helpful and kind. Just nice to you for no reason. The problem is that they talk funny so while they’re being nice I’m trying to be nice back and not burst out laughing at their accent, which wouldn’t be nice at all. The highways here talk funny, too. The roads don’t have normal wordy names like “Interstate 495” or “Route 70” but instead are straightforward and unwasteful: “BB,” “NNN,” and “SS.”  We used my portable GPS Navigon which has a mechanical voice not a real person voice and will not say vowels if there are no vowels written, which means that when it said “at the ramp turn left on FF and follow for 7 M to HHH” we said WHAT?!? thinking maybe Wisconsin made it blow a fuse.

Sunday Results!!! (people I know and managed to wildly write down while at the same time running back and forth to the front of the room to juggle wads of cash and trophies for the rest of the DC crowd who left early)

Masters JJ:
5 Karen Leiker
4 Genieboy and Janice Samon
3 Chips
2 Michael Stephens and Beverly Salazzo
1 Chip DiStefano and Cindy Dionne

Hustle Novice:
2nd Kelly Strouse
1st Jamie Callahan

Hustle Intermediate:
3 Shoshana Scheid
1st Peggy of the Delightful Armpits and Delicious Boobs

Hustle Open
3rd Fred and Tina Price (they drew each other)
2nd Fred Price (again) and Angie
1st Angel and Dawn Lara

WCS Novice
1st Blandine

WCS Intermediate
5th Scottish Neal and Peggy
4th Randy Sloane and Veranne (more on Veranne later – I love that girl)
3rd Kelly Strouse and FAYFEE PANGILININININ!! (it was at this point during Awards that I started to have a hard time holding trophies and bundles of cash, AND writing things down)
2nd Ken and Kelsey
1st Sebastien and Melissa Spencer

WCS Advanced
5th CONNIE!!! and PJ
4th Chip DiStefano and Texas Dallas
3rd Michelle and Benjamin Plante
2nd Jody! and oops I forget who
1st ROB!!! AGAIN!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA with Cindy Dionne

The problem was that the prize money was cash, small bills, one envelope per couple. And I had my arms filled with trophies, and I was trying to write in my little weeny notebook and I had to be counting bills so the other person could get their half, and meanwhile they were already announcing the next winner who ALSO I had to get THEIR trophy and their envelope and also write that down too.

WCS Allstar
5th Michael Stephens and Sheli
4th Fred and Laura Christopherson
3rd Solemon and Angie
2nd Nino and Colleen
1st HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! DONNIE!!!!! with the very extremely marvelous Taletha!

Crossover (wcs and hustle – funniest was Brent doing hustle. Everything that hustle is, Brent is the opposite of. So he just kept jabbing his hands up in the air, walking very far away from his partner, and trying desperately to count. Robert Royston said what do you call a dance that is the blend of Swing, Hustle, and Shag? And Kellese said you call it “Hag.”)
3rd Melina and Robert Royston
2nd Ben and Debbie Figueroa
1st Terry Roseborough and Angie

More later – plane has arrived on the strip! So we should be home round ’bout 2:30 ish.

Love Liza

*Swing Content. Lack of it.


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