Below is the Adjudicators Sheet from the European Salsa Open event at Bar Salsa on Sunday 11 December 2011. It has been signed off by Head Judge, Richard Marcel, and the Adjudicator of Judging, Leigh Adams.
In the last week of October 2011, we were asked to run a single salsa championship event at Bar Salsa by new manager Jim Anderson. It could have any format, BUT there were two provisos, firstly it all HAD to be run on Sunday 11 December, AND, it HAD to be popular both for customers and participants.
As luck would have it our own Director, Joe Davids, was in discussions with Nelson Flores (of Descarga Latina, NY) who was in the process of developing a new World Championships Event to be run in the US in 2013 and wanted to develop 12-16 Qualifying events across the globe over the next years. So, why not start here and how.
To make this event as inclusive as possible and allow for access to as many people from the varied forms of salsa in the UK scene, the rules for the ESO2011 were made more flexible and away we went.
The Event itself
The first elimination rounds for both divisions were all based on Freestyle dance ability. 3 couples won through to the finals from each of the Amateur/Semi-Pro and Professional divisions.
The Am/Semi-Pro finals were also based upon freestyle dance ability whereas the Professionals were asked to perform choreographed showcases of the sort that they regularly perform (within the limits of the rules).
The Judging Process
The Elimination rounds were judged purely by a concensus verdict from the judges.
For the finals, each judge was given a scoring sheet and asked to score the finalists out of 20 in 3 categories;
1. Timing and Technique
2. Musical interpretation
3. Choreography/ Entertainment Factor
At the end of the each finals, Richard Marcel and Leigh Adams would transfer the individual scores to a “scoring sheet” and “do the maths” to give the final placings. Finally, these scores and placings were transfered across to the Adjudicators sheet, double-checked and then signed off. In keeping with standard practice, only the final scores from each judge (kept anonymous) have been transfered.
The Amateur/Semi-Pro Results
By unanimous decision, the judges voted the same placings and decided that there would be no extra “value” from logging the scores for these. Hence why only the placings have been shown;
Winners; Amanuel Burhan & Stephanie Brown
2nd Place; Daniel Olive & Georgie Smit
3rd Place; Julian Gil & Becky Hood
The Professional Level Results
Winners; Mauro Casali & Eva Hurychova
2nd Place; Gilberto Prado Mendez & Shelley Cook De Prado
3rd Place; Saulo Gonzalez & Luz Fernandez