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Hometown: Dolo, Veneto, Italy
Current location: Pianiga, (Italy) and Toronto, (Canada)
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OverviewMaurizio Vescovo begun dancing in a early age. His first partner Loredana Vizziello, with whom they was represent Italy. For 3 years of dancing together they have achieve Bronze Medal at the World Youth Latin Championships, as well as finalist of the Blackpool Dance Festival in category "Under 21" and placed 7-th in German Open known now as (GOC).
In late 1998, in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, Maurizio met Melinda Torokgyorgy with whom he continued hir competitive career. In January 1999, he moved to Dolo, Italy where the couple worked hard to prepare for their debut. Their first performance took place at the Balaton Dance Competition in Melinda's home country of Hungary in the town of Keszthely. They became the Amateur Latin Champions.
Some of their best results in the Amateur Division include first place at the 2007 German Open Championships, first place at the 2007 International Championships in England, and 2007 Blackpool Dance Festival Champions.
In May 2008, the couple decided to proceed into the Professional arena.
ProfessionalOne of the best results for the couple was winning the Hungarian Professional Latin National Championship of 2009. Maurizio and Melinda were also British Open Finalists, WDC European Latin finalists, as well as Champions of the German Open Championships.
Maurizio Vescovo continue competitive career with Andra Vaidilaite. Since teaming up in the latter parts of 2009 they have been finalists in the World Professional Latin Championships twice, have been National Champions of two different countries (Italy & Canada), and have been in contention for all of the finals of the major competitions placed second at the Blackpool Dance Festival, UK Open campionships, International Championships, WDC World Championships and has won WDC World Cup Latin Championships.
On Thursday, October 13th 2016, at the International Championships held at the magnificent Royal Albert Hall, after competing for over 30 years, Maurizio Vescovo announced his retirement from Professional competition. Below are the words of appreciation to his loved ones and the whole industry of ballroom dancing.
I am extremely happy to share this moment of my life with you tonight. After 30 years of dancing, I’ve decided that today is the perfect time for me to retire from the competitive career, and to continue with the new life of coaching and judging. It has been the most beautiful journey, and I decided to do it here tonight, at the Royal Albert Hall – one of the most prestigious places in the world, and a very important competition for me (International Championships). Because it was here, at the Internationals, that I achieved my first important final as an Amateur. And, I also have wanted this to be my last competition as a Professional. Like someone very important to me once said: “The best thing you can do in your dance career, is to find your perfect soulmate.” I know I found mine. So most of all, I’d like to thank my soulmate – Andra, who has given me the possibility to be ALL that I am today. Together we have achieved results that I’d never imagined. But, more importantly, we have touched the hearts of many people through our never ending love for dance. My wish now, is that she continues her dancing career with her fiancé (Aniello Langella), and a very good friend of mine. I wish them the best of luck in the many years to come, and I can’t wait to see them succeed. I would also like to thank my family and teachers, who have always helped me to believe in myself and to never give up.
Thanks, Thanks and Thanks to all my fans for always giving me the support. I am very lucky to be in this wonderful world of dancing. Filled with beautiful people who, just like me, love to dance, and express our souls through music and movement. I hope that I have been a good example for the future, and a good inspiration for the generation of ballroom dancers.
Life After CompetitionMaurizio Vescovo continue to instruct dancers around the world, traveling around the globe to participate in lectures and various dance camps. He is also Adjudicator and together with Andra Vaidilaite,Zilvinas and Aira Vaidila organizers of the Toronto Open Dance Championships.
- 8-time Blackpool Dance Festival Professional Latin Finalist
- British Open Professional Latin Vice Champion
- 5-time UK Open Professional Latin Finalist WDC World Professional Latin Vice Champion Champion
- WDC World Cup Professional Latin Champion
- Hungarian Professional Latin Champion (2009)
- German Open Professional Latin Champion (2008)
- Blackpool Dance Festival Amateur Latin Champion (2007)
- International Championships Amateur Latin Champion (2007)
- Amateur Latin German Open Champion (2007)
- Canadian National Latin Champion
- Italian National Latin Champion
- 2-time Hungarian National Amateur Latin Champion (1997-1998)
- Bronze Medalist at the World Latin Youth Championships
- Finalist at the British Open Latin in category "Under 21"
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