Der Tanzmaus/ The dance mouse is in Tartu!!!

Our Team for the University of Tartu who went to the ETDS in Berlin was very successfull and we had a lot of fun from friday to monday (whitsun 07). Besides the competition for couples there is also the team match and the best team wins the trophy: Der Tanzmaus/The dance mouse. Our team merged for this match together with Regensburg, Karlsruhe and Zürich and formed "The Fantastic Four". And from 19 teams we were the best and won the team match with 5,6 points distance to Berlin. The trophy first flow with me to Tartu and will travel further to the other universities of the team until we have to defend the mouse in October in Dortmund. But now from the beginning.

On friday the 25th we went by bus to Tallinn, with easyjet to Berlin Schönefeld and there with Tram to the Velodrom, where the tournament actually took place. The sleeping hall was close by in a school. Luckily we arrived before the big thunderstorm and staid dry.

At the blind date party in the evening Kaia found two partners for the tournament, Olaf (Dortmund) for ballroom on saturday and Martin (Karlsruhe) for the latin section ond sunday. Uli and me also found partners for the open ballroom tournament. This class is for all dancers who have danced regular tournaments before. And all danced the whole evening. The last went at 5am to bed and the tournament started at 9am saturday morning with ballroom. Now we had 3 couples for Tartu in the tournament and Uli was judging today one part of it. Until noon all 166 dance couples from 31 Universities went through the qualification round to be divided into 3 groups for the following tournaments. Gunnar and Irina danced through the Amateur class up to the quater final (16th-17th). That´s a fantastic performance because both started dancing 2,5 month ago. Congratulation!!! They got better and better from round to round.

Lembit with Lilja reaches in the highest group (masters) the 10th to 12th place. Wow, congratulation to you, too. I remember someone said something like:" No, I´m not so good we won´t come very far." Ok, so far to that understatement, Lilja. You too left 144 couples behind you and reached the semifinal. And starting in Tango with one figure and each round adding one isn´t so bad, is it Irina?

And Kaia, didn´t I told you that blind date is fun and you are one of the best? Just look at the result in the qualification round: Within the first 7 best couples. Ok in the end you reached the quaterfinal with the 18th to 20th place, but thats great for blind date and really really remarkeble.If Olaf closes his feet in slow waltz and corrects some other things you both would have been even in the semifinal as well.

The bad taste party in the evening was great. All these horrible cloth and these old old party songs. Lembit, where did you found these flashy hat?

On sunday I was judging most of the time and Uli and me danced one round in the open standard with our blind date partners and than continued supporting our team. Gunnar and Irina reached the 29th to 30th place in the amateur group and the others came to the masters, so the division after the qualification round latin was the same like saturday. Lilja and Lembit got to the quater final and reached the 14th to 15th place and Kaia danced with Martin up to the semifinal. There was only one small problem. In the semifinal there has to be danced also samba and paso doble. For Kaia no problem, but Martin had never danced Paso before.

So we just tought him 3 figures, a start and a highlight position and the basics in technic within 20 minutes. And the result wasn´t so bad. for the second Paso in his life it was really tolerable and with Kaia on his side nothing could go wrong. Kaia you are great. And you reached the 10th to 11th place from 153 couples, hats off!!

After the ball at sunday evening and at least a little sleep we left the tournament hall on monday morning and had a little sightseeing before going back to Tartu. It was a fantastic weekend with the Tartu team and thanks to all of you. You were great!! And don´t forget the after party on thursday at my place.

The next ETDS will be held in Dortmund (05. - 08.10.07) and we will go there to defend the dance mouse. New participants are wellcome. Just contact me via the blog.

1.6.07 18:02


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