This is sort of a tribute to Mirko & Alessia post… For those dancers out there who have been living under a rock *wink*, Mirko & Alessia were 4-time consecutive World Ballroom Dance Champions, from 2005 to 2008, when they both retired. They have both since returned to dancing, albeit separately.
Interesting aside: Mirko Gozzoli is currently dancing with Edita Daniute (see profile). Alessia Betti is currently dancing with Angelo Madonia (see profile). Edita Daniute and Angelo Madonia were partners before Mirko and Alessia split. And Edita was also previously partnered with Arunas Bizokas (see below), who is now partnered with Katusha Demidova (see below). And if that isn’t confusing enough, Arunas & Katusha are the reigning World Champions, filling the spot previously held by Mirko & Alessia. And Mirko & Edita are currently ranked #2 in the world. Musical Partners! Phew!
I was re-watching some of their dancing on YouTube recently, and I am amazed by how well matched their partnership seems to have been. I think it’s too bad that they aren’t dancing together anymore, I would love to see them in person!
Well, without further adieu, watch and decide for yourself! How do you think their tango compares to other couples, past and present?
Alessia & Mirko 2005 German Open Professional Tango – imho: WOW!
Compare to Mirko & Edita’s Tango, 2010.
I feel that between the two, Mirko & Edita’s Tango feels too perfect for my taste, while Mirko & Alessia’s Tango seems dynamic, powerful and alive! I think I prefer the latter, though I can’t say one or the other is better - they are similar and yet different, and the world is richer for having had the opportunity to watch both of them! (I wish I could go back in time to watch Mirko & Alessia in person before they retired!)
How about their Waltz?
Compare to Arunas & Katusha’s 2008 WSS Waltz.
I appreciate the weightless quality in Arunas & Katusha’s Waltz, and the dynamic nature of Mirko and Alessia’s Waltz. I can’t say that I can pick just one here, either – both are very certainly among my favorites!
What do you think? Share your thoughts and feelings in the comments!