MadJam 2014 Update #6 – STRICTLY WINNERS!

What a show tonight!

Champion Strictly AUGHGHGH!!! So crazy awesome, SO FUNNY! so damn clever, SO creative, BLOW MY MIND great AUGHGHGH!

Allstar Strictly WOW! HOW GOOD ARE THEY?!?

Advanced – what? These people are just Advanced? Really? I kept checking to make sure I wasn’t mistaken.

Intermediate and Novice WOW! Seriously? You guys are in the *lower* levels?

Wow, just wow, the level of dancing nowdays.



1ST PLACE Kyle and Tatiana
2nd Jordan and Torri
3rd Robert Royston and Yenni
4th Benji and Sarah
th Ben Morris and Susan Kirklin


1ST PLACE PJ Turner and Shantala Davis
2nd Matt Richey and Victoria Henk
3rd Brad Whelan and Sonya Dessureault
4th Stephane Dominguez and Stacy Kay
5th JB Brodie and Bonnie Subey


1ST PLACE Christopher Wrigley and Abby Stone
2nd Yu Sun and Ashley Brown
3rd Wesley Brown and Mikaila Finley
4th Scott Mehlberg and Alyssa Lundgren
5th Frank Blakemore and Heather Fronczak


1ST PLACE Stanislav Ivanov and Sayaka Suzuki
2nd Victor Hernandez and Allison Atteberry
3rd Pierre Katz and Ksenia Sheina
4th Myat Nyunt and Rachel Dotter
5th Austin Scharnhorst and Katherine Stover


1ST PLACE Ryan Hayes and Laura Pendleton
2nd Rogerio Storani and Carolina Araujo
3rd Julien Bec and Alix Lajoie
4th Richard and Susan Defelice
5th Davis Canady and Emily Smith


1ST PLACE Eddie Karoliussen and Adela Su
2nd Marc Carter and Marilyn Hall
3rd James H and Dori Eden
4th Bill Hopkins and Lorraine Rohlik
5th Phil Bradfield and Stephanie Courtney

Robert Royston on the mic tonight – doesn’t get any better than Robert Royston. He’s funny, kind, knows everyone by name, takes care of the mood, the pace, the logistics, brings on the dancers with respect and fanfare getting you psyched and cheering for them, cracks so many jokes your cheeks hurt. He’s just GREAT is all there is to it.

Louis in the DJ booth, and here’s what he played:

Champion Prelims

18 Couples:

Jerome Subey and Rebecca
Arjay and Hazel
Thybaldt and Taletha (that’s lot of th’s)
Kris and Tashina
Tren and Stephen White
Markus and Jen Deluca
Robert Cordoba and Irina Puzanova
Benji and Sarah
Greg Scott and Jennifer Pasetes
Luis and Lemery
Rob Jackson and Annemarie
Robert Royston and Yenni
Jordan and Torri
Gary McIntyre and Deborah
Ben Morris and Susan Kirklin
Kyle and Tatiana
Hugo and Sabrina

“It’s a Blue Blue World” (I don’t think that’s the name of this blues standard, but you know which song I mean)
“Don’t Wait” (Mapei)
“Get Up Offa That Thing” (James Brown)
“Give It To You” (Robin Thicke)

Champion Finals

All-Skate to “On The Rocks” (Grieves), then the jam:

Kris and Tashina got “Whatever Turns You On” (Devin)

Jen Deluca and Markus got “Come On Over” (Sevyn Streeter)

Cordoba and Irina got “She Wolf” (Shakira)

Sarah and Benji got “I’m Outta Love” (Anastacia)

Royston and Yenni got “Just Got Paid” (Johnny Kemp)

Jordan and Torri got “Sophisticated Lady” (Mya)

Gary and Deborah, “Shut Up” (Black Eyed Peas)

Kyle and Tatiana, “I’m A Slave 4U” (Britney Spears)

Ben Morris and Susan, “Sweet Music” (Kylie Minogue)

Final All-Skate to “Funky Mama” (Danny Gatton)

Allstar Prelims

[Robert: “We have 870 Allstar Prelim couples”]

First song: that one that goes “The blues is kinda green [ugh!] But it don’t seem bad The blues is kinda green [ugh!] But it don’t seem bad My momma told me buh buh ba ba baaa etc etc etc” You know which one I mean.
“Black Coffee In Bed” (Ernie Halter)
“Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” (Michael Jackson)
“Boom Boom” (Justice Crew)

Allstar Finals

“Beat Goes On” (Michael Jackson)
“Grace’s Amazing Hands” (Dave Barnes)
My favorite name for a blues song: “Spankin Leroy” (Lucky Peterson)
“Monster” (Rihanna and Eminem)

Advanced Prelims

“I Used To Sing Love Songs” (Eugene Bridges)
“Pay Phone” (cool acoustic somebody)
“Liar Liar” (Cris Cab) (why does he spell his name without an “h”?)

Advanced Finals

“Numb” (Usher)
“Royals” (Lorde)
“Turn It On Turn It Up” (Roomful of Blues)
“Baby I Love You” (Aretha)

Intermediate Prelims

“Rack it Up”
“I Need A Dollar” (Aloe Blacc)
“Rack Em Up” (Jonny Lang)

Intermediate Finals

“Lights” (Ellie Goulding)
“Sweet Sixteen” (Junior Wells)
“Haven’t Had Enough” (Marianas Trench)
“The Way You Make Me Feel” (Michael Jackson)

Novice Prelims

“Feel the Love” (Lina)
“Big Sister’s Radio”
“Cause I Said So” (Ne-Yo)
“All I See” (Kylie Minogue)
“Nobody” (Ne-Yo)

Novice Finals

“Respect” (Aretha)
“Sometimes I Get A Good Feeling” (Flo Rida)
… and a blues standard during which I spaced out and forgot to write it down

Sophisticated Finals

“She’s a Bad Mama Jama”
“Walk On” Ruthie Foster
“It’s Always A Good Time” (Owl City)

The ballroom is MOBBED right now as I write this, at 3:15 am. It has been mobbed since Awards were announced.

Tomorrow is the Big Day. Jack and Jills all day, and THEN!






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