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August 6-9, 2014 - Westin Crown Center - Kansas City


The History of HOA
Est. 1974
In 1974 Ray Walters fulfilled his dream of running a dance competition.  The first event was organized by Ray & Gerry Walters and it was truly a family affair.  Held at the Muelbach Hotel in downtown Kansas City, members of the Walters family filled every role of scrutineer, emcee, music and more.  The first event had a total of 240 entries.  As the competition grew, it reached championships status in 1977.  After four years at the Muelbach, Heart of America was moved to the airport Hilton and remained there for 13 years.  In February of 1978, Ray Walters passed away and the reins of carrying on the tradition of Heart of America passed to Gerry, LeRoy and Ginny Walters.  In 1983, Gerry stepped aside leaving LeRoy and Ginny as sole organizers.  To this day Heart of America continues to enlist help from family members, including great grandchildren.  In 1990, Heart of America moved to the Embassy Suites right after it was built and remained there until 2008.  As the competition grew so did the need for a bigger and better location.  Following 2008 the decision was made to move back downtown into the Westin Crown Center where it remains to this day.


2013 Open Professional Champions

Open Professional Ballroom Champions
Basil Issaev & Liene Apale

Open Professional Rhythm Champions
Ilya & Amanda Reyzin

Open Professional Smooth Champions
Gary McIntyre & Susan Kirkland

Open Professional Latin Champions
Matt Rivers & Maliwan Diemer


Professional Showdance
Jesse Lopez & Brooke Brown



2013 Top Teachers: Louis Bar, Kim Turner, Devon Panko, Ashley Mayer, Rafael Labrado, Shalene Archer, Izabela Orlowska and Anna Harwood

2013 Top Studios:  Walters Dance Center,  Allegro Ballroom,  Studio B

2013 Top StudentsGold: Lawrence Mitchell & Ramona Mitchell   Silver: Bill Lillich & Jan Blakeslee   Bronze: Russ Longley & Lauren LaPointe

Previous Heart of America Open Professional Champions


Open Professional International Ballroom
Open Professional International Latin
1974 Ron & Carol Montez 1974 Ron Bennett & Glenis Dee
1975 Al Franz & Beverly Donohue 1975 Al Franz & Beverly Donohue
1976 Ed & Jeanette Ball 1976 Larry Lawrence & Jan Mattingly
1977 John & Beverly Kimmins 1977 Robin Stockdale & Jan Mattingly
1978 Allan & Shirley Karhi 1978 Mike & Nancy Farley
1979 John & Beverly Kimmins 1979 Mike & Nancy Farley
1980 Desmond Dunne & Murial Aramburu 1985 Forrest Vance & Robin Patison
1981 Allan & Shirley Karhi 1986 Forrest Vance & Susie Thompson
1982 Joseph Gannon & Lorraine Hahn 1987 Forrest Vance & Susie Thompson
1983 Alan Clements & Diana Roberts 1990 Richard & Els Porter
1984 Ronald Ford & Jane Zanier 1991 Bill Sparks & Shirley Johnson
1985 John Swick & Mandy Austin 1993 Konstantine Antonov & Maria Surovova
1986 Alan Clements & Diana Roberts 1994 Donald Johnson & Viola Jordan
1987 Alan Clements & Diana Roberts 1995 Tony Meredith & Melanie LaPatin
1988 Alan Clements & Diana Roberts 1996 Mark Weiss & Viola Jordan
1989 Charles Jones & Linda Jackson 1997 Donald Johnson & Katarzyna Kozak
1990 Charles Jones & Linda Jackson 1998 Bill Sparks & Kimberely Mitchell
1991 Charles Jones & Linda Jackson 1999 Bill Sparks & Kimberely Mitchell
1992 Steve Brockman & Nancy Covney 2000 Igor & Polina Pilipenchuk
1993 John & Diana Berry 2001 Alex Borodko & Angi Heien
1994 John & Diana Berry 2002 Andre Paramonov & Natalie
1995 Igor & Polina Pilipenchuk 2003 Robertas Maleckis & Inga Sirkaite
1996 Timothy Mason & Michelle Mason 2004 Andre Paramonov & Natalie
1997 Ben Ermis & Shalene Archer 2005 Andre Paramonov & Natalie
1998 Igor & Polina Pilipenchuk 2006 Kristian & Irina Grabowski
1999 Igor & Polina Pilipenchuk 2007 Andre Paramonov & Natalie
2000 Igor & Polina Pilipenchuk 2008 Andrei Svirydzenka & Yulia Zubava
2001 Oleg Suvorov & Tatiana Pavlova 2009 Cristiano Callegari & Katia Kuznestova
2002 Gert & Kirsti Roslender 2010 Andre Paramonov & Natalie
2003 Eddie Stutts & Viktoria Belova 2011 Pavel Cherdantsau & Svetlana Rudkovskaya
2005 Peter Minkov & Yulia Kornilova 2012 Egor Shchiryy & Olga Ginzburg
2006 Peter Minkov & Yulia Kornilova 2013
Matt Rivers & Maliwan Diemer
2007 Anton & Lena Koukareko

2008 Peter Minkov & Yulia Kornilova

2009 Artem Plakhotnyi & Inna Berlizyeva

2010 Artem Plakhotnyi & Inna Berlizyeva

2011 Pavel Cherdantsau & Svetlana Rudkovskaya

2012 Pavel Cherdantsau & Svetlana Rudkovskaya

2013
Basil Issaev & Liene Apale











Open Professional American Smooth
Open Professional American Rhythm
1987 John Padgett & Brigett Scott 1985 Perry & Dianne Gingerich
1988 David Perry & Mandy Austin 1986 Forrest Vance & Susie Thompson
1989 Rosendo & Terri Fumero 1987 Forrest Vance & Susie Thompson
1990 Rosendo & Terri Fumero 1988 Forrest Vance & Susie Thompson
1991 Dan Messenger & Ann Zabinski 1989 Forrest Vance & Susie Thompson
1992 Dan Messenger & Ann Zabinski 1990 Forrest Vance & Susie Thompson
1993 Rosendo & Peggy Ann Heeney 1991 Perry & Dianne Gingerich
1994 Scott & Amy Anderson 1992 Forrest Vance & Susie Thompson
1995 Scott & Amy Anderson 1993 Perry & Dianne Gingerich
1996 Scott & Amy Anderson 1994 Perry & Dianne Gingerich
1997 Scott & Amy Anderson 1995 Perry & Dianne Gingerich
1998 David Hamilton & Olga Foraponova 1996 Perry & Dianne Gingerich
1999 Ben Ermis & Shalene Archer 1997 Dan Rutherford & Nicole Collins
2000 Ben Ermis & Shalene Archer 1998 Dan Rutherford & Nicole Collins
2001 Ben Ermis & Shalene Archer 1999 Michael Neil & Susie Thompson
2001 Hunter Johnson & Maria Zee 2000 John Abrams & Adriana Chessa
2003 Steven Dougherty & Eulia Baranovsky 2001 Hans Schmitt & Renee Schmitt
2004 Ben Ermis & Shalene Archer-Ermis 2002 Dan Rutherford & Nicole Collins
2005 David Hyer & Shelby Rothell 2003 Tony Dovolani & Inna Ivanenko
2006 Ben Ermis & Shalene Archer-Ermis 2004 Dana James & Elke Mischke
2007 Eddie Stutts & Valentina  2005 Jesse DeSoto & Jackie Josephs
2008 Eric & Michelle Hudson 2006 Jeremy Gatlin & Anna Harwood
2009 Mazen Hamza & Lisa Vogel 2007 Jeremy Gatlin & Anna Harwood
2010 Mazen Hamza & Izabella Jundzill 2008 Michael Neil & Danielle Wilson
2011 Mazen Hamza & Izabella Jundzill 2009 Michael Neil & Danielle Wilson
2012 Mazen Hamza & Izabella Jundzill 2010 Decho Kraev & Bree Watson
2013
Gary McIntyre & Susan Kirkland
2011 Decho Kraev & Bree Watson


2012 Decho Kraev & Bree Watson


2013
Ilya & Amanda Reyzin









Professional Theater Arts
Professional American Smooth & Rhythm
1989 Dan & Rebecca Messenger 1974 Vito Bertucci & Murial Aramburu
1990 Lynn Kennedy & Laurie Sisk 1975 Vito Bertucci & Murial Aramburu
1991 Bob Bahrs & Maura Neighbor 1976 Brad Victory & Glenda Heitz
1993 Gregory Loram & Caroline Jones 1977 Greg & Shelly Gale
1995 Robert & Jennifer Foster 1980 Greg & Shelly Gale
1996 David & Tracey Appel 1981 Patrick McGuire & Carol Lombard
1997 Gregory Day & Tommye Giacchino 1984 John Padgett & Brigitte Scott
1998 Nathan Daniels & Deanne Michael

1999 Nathan Daniels & Deanne Michael

2000
John Abrams & Adriana Chessa







Professional Showdance


2005 Andre Paramonov & Natalie

2006 Peter Minkov & Yulia Kornilova

2007 Pavel Cherdantsau & Svetlana Rudkovskaya

2008 Michael Neil & Danielle Wilson

2009 Alex Tecza & Katja Lindholm

2010 Andre Paramonov & Natalie

2011 Gary McIntyre & Susan Kirkland

2012 Pavel Cherdantsau & Svetlana Rudkovskaya

2013
Jesse Lopez & Brooke Brown




























           












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