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Diamonds in the Rough & Polished Perfection

2012 Berlin SomerFestival-Thursday Competition

Produced by Beata and Horacio Cifuentes
Held in September, 2012

photos and text by Ma*Shuqa and Carl Sermon
posted January 15, 2013

“Diamonds in the Rough and Polished Perfection" – a perfect title that sums up the array of dancer style and talent at the 2012 Berlin SomerFestival produced by Beata and Horacio Cifuentes of Oriental Fantasy.  As you can see from the image highlights of dancers and troupes who competed – this is one amazing weekend of competitive performances.  The performances were innovative including toe shoes and ballet movements and dance lines that were seamlessly well-integrated into the troupe show – one of the hallmarks of those who study with Horacio Cifuentes.  The costumes were innovative and personalized with many of the competitors from the Ukraine, Russia, and Asia. Many of whom are also ballroom competitors. As a result, the costumes were visually striking and elegant.  The trend in costuming is floral with tribal going towards more colorful stylized burlesque (ala Chicago musical).  This competition is extremely high level – thus the "diamonds in the rough" in this competition  would be top notch performers here in the U.S.; however, in this competition the audience is thrilled to see “polished perfection” from dancers who incorporate ballet and/or ballroom expertise and conditioning into dazzling performances.

Categories included:  Oriental Semi-Professional, Oriental duo-trio, Tribal solo, Tribal Due-trio, Oriental Solo Professional.  Judges were the festival celebrity workshop teachers and performers:  Horacio and Beata Cifuentes, Ilhan, Turkey; Patricia Zarnaovican, Germany; Mercedes Nieto, Hungary; Samantha Emanuel, UK, Rachel Brice, USA

 

Photos of many of the
Thursday Evening Competition Contestants

Agata

Agata

Alice and Jasmin

Alice and Jasmin

Angela Burnmeister

Angela Burnmeister

Anna

Anna

Anna Formenkova

Anna Formenkova

Dilek
Dilek

Dominika
Dominika

Dominika Pro

Dominika Pro

Ekaterina Bochkareva

Ekaterina Bochkareva

Elena

Elena

Horus

Horus

Hsiao chien Ni

Hsiao Chien Ni

Inara

Inara

Inside Duo

Inside Duo

Inspirit

Inspirit

Irina

Irina

Jang Jin Sun

Jang Jin Sun

Karolina

Karolina

Karolina and Dana

Karolina and Dana

Koriana

Koriana

Kristina
Kristina

Lenka Pokoma

Lenka Pokoma

Leyla

Leyla

Lucie Coufalova

Lucie Coufalova

Marina Kupriyanova

Marina Kupriyanova

Marschenko

Marschenko

Meyzan
Meyzan

Naniolala

Naniolala

Natalya

Natalya

Nyla
Nyla

Rosalia

Rosalia

Suheila

Suheila

Trio Insomnia

Trio Insomnia

Veronika Esnerova

Veronika Esnerova

Vologdina and Zverova

Vologdina and Zverova

 

 

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    Stasha

    Feb 20, 2013 - 11:02:13

    Dear Ma*Shuqa and Carl: great job capturing luscious “habibi” moments!
    with love, Stasha

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